A coach, a professor and some Americans

Chilean sports fans derived some grim satisfaction from watching Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final July 8, and not just because their team lost to the former by a  penalty kick the previous week.  The Brazilian team’s coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has professed admiration for Chile’s late dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, saying “he did more good things than bad” and justifying the regime’s repression as necessary to avoid anarchy. The headline in Chile’s El Mostrador reports on “the humiliating finale of the Brazilian coach who admired Pinochet:” http://www.elmostrador.cl/destacado/2014/07/08/el-humillante-final-del-entrenador-brasileno-que-admiraba-a-pinochet/

Speaking of Pinochetistas, a Chilean judge has issued new indictments for homicide against a professor at the National Defense University and several other former regime officials. Retired brigadier Jaime Garcia Covarrubias had been a faculty member teaching national security affairs at NDU when he visited Chile last year, only to find his return to Washington blocked by a judicial order.  The first charges involve the deaths of seven political detainees in southern Chile shortly after the 1973 military coup; the second indictment is for the arrest and disappearance of a young lawyer and member of Chile’s Radical Party young wing, who was arrested by a military patrol and later transferred to Garcia Covarrubias’ regiment.

The judicial investigation into these events had been going on for a considerable time, which raises the obvious question as to how Garcia Covarrubias came to be teaching at the National Defence University while under a legal cloud.  Here is a link to some background material on the case by former NDU professor Martin Edwin Andersen: http://www.scribd.com/doc/233209938/Strategic-Communications-v-Torture-Murder-and-Complicity

And another Chilean judge has ruled that U.S. officials played a role in the arrest and killing of two American citizens in the aftermath of the 1973 coup. The arrest of Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman (whose case was dramatized in the film Missing) were part of a “secret United States information-fathering operation carried out by the U.S. Milgroup in Chile on the political activities of American citizens in the United States and in Chile.” A lawyer representing the Teruggi and Horman families noted that neither man had been of particular interest to the Chilean military at the time and would not have acted against the without input from U.S. officials.

The New York Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/world/americas/chilean-court-rules-us-had-role-in-murders.html?ref=americas

2 comments on “A coach, a professor and some Americans

  1. Slappy says:

    A lawyer representing the Teruggi and Horman families noted that neither man had been of particular interest to the Chilean military at the time and would not have acted against the without input from U.S. officials.

    And the horses of Arabia have silver wings. OH, and the “case” was not “dramatized”. Was instead “fictionalized”. By the way, try reading the Senate report. Better than taking your fictional history from Hauser and Missing.

  2. Hi Slappy, thanks for your comment. I have indeed read the Senate report and am well aware of issues with the Hauser book (the author never visited Chile, but enlisted freelancers there to provide descriptions of places mentioned in the text). I would also mention the General Accounting Office report, “An Assessment of Selected U.S. Embassy-Consular Efforts To Assist and Protect Americans Overseas During Crises and Emergencies,” published in December 1975.

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