CIA forced to release long secret official history of Bay of Pigs invasion

CIA FORCED TO RELEASE LONG SECRET OFFICIAL HISTORY OF BAY OF PIGS INVASION

National Security Archive lawsuit yields never-before-seen volumes of Massive Study
Agency continues to withhold Volume 5

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 353

Posted – August 1, 2011

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB353/index.htm

CIA Sued for « Holding History Hostage » on Bay of Pigs Invasion

National Security Archive Update, April 14, 2011

CIA Sued for “Holding History Hostage” on Bay of Pigs Invasion

National Security Archive files FOIA lawsuit to Force Release of
“Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation” on 50th Anniversary

Brasil Recente

Brasil Recente é um blog de Carlos Fico da Silva Júnior (UFRJ) dedicado aos acontecimentos políticos, sociais, econômicos e culturais que tiveram lugar no Brasil a partir do golpe militar de 1964. Neste espaço, você encontrará documentos histór…

Brasil Recente é um blog de Carlos Fico da Silva Júnior (UFRJ) dedicado aos acontecimentos políticos, sociais, econômicos e culturais que tiveram lugar no Brasil a partir do golpe militar de 1964. Neste espaço, você encontrará documentos históricos, pesquisas acadêmicas, artigos, referências bibliográficas, vídeos e, claro, textos exclusivos, atualizados semanalmente, e que discutem a formação do Brasil nas últimas cinco décadas.

Former Guatemalan Soldier Arrested for Alleged Role in Dos Erres Massacre

Former Guatemalan Soldier Convicted to Ten Years for Lying About Role in Dos Erres Massacre.
Declassified documents show that U.S. officials knew the Guatemalan Army was responsible for the 1982 mass murder.
National Security Archive Electronic Briefin…

Former Guatemalan Soldier Convicted to Ten Years for Lying About Role in Dos Erres Massacre.
Declassified documents show that U.S. officials knew the Guatemalan Army was responsible for the 1982 mass murder.
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 316; Updated – September 16, 2010

Revista Brasileira de Estudos Estratégicos (REST)

A Revista Brasileira de Estudos Estratégicos (REST) visa o desenvolvimento do pensamento estratégico brasileiro, principalmente no campo dos estudos da defesa e da segurança, da transferência de ciência e tecnologia via indústria militar, das rel…

A Revista Brasileira de Estudos Estratégicos (REST) visa o desenvolvimento do pensamento estratégico brasileiro, principalmente no campo dos estudos da defesa e da segurança, da transferência de ciência e tecnologia via indústria militar, das relações internacionais, das políticas públicas, das interfaces entre forças armadas e sociedade, entre outras. Especial atenção será conferida aos trabalhos relativos ao avanço de metodologias e conceitos inovadores na área. A revista também publicará dossiês, documentos e resenhas de livros, bem como textos extraídos de teses, dissertações e monografias em geral.

Revista Brasileira de Estudos Estratégicos (REST)

A Revista Brasileira de Estudos Estratégicos (REST) visa o desenvolvimento do pensamento estratégico brasileiro, principalmente no campo dos estudos da defesa e da segurança, da transferência de ciência e tecnologia via indústria militar, das rel…

A Revista Brasileira de Estudos Estratégicos (REST) visa o desenvolvimento do pensamento estratégico brasileiro, principalmente no campo dos estudos da defesa e da segurança, da transferência de ciência e tecnologia via indústria militar, das relações internacionais, das políticas públicas, das interfaces entre forças armadas e sociedade, entre outras. Especial atenção será conferida aos trabalhos relativos ao avanço de metodologias e conceitos inovadores na área. A revista também publicará dossiês, documentos e resenhas de livros, bem como textos extraídos de teses, dissertações e monografias em geral.

The National Security Archive – Update Uruguay

Washington, DC, August 11, 2010 – Documents posted by the National Security Archive on the 40th anniversary of the death of U.S. advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay show the Nixon administration recommended a "threat to kill [detained insurgent] Sendi…

Washington, DC, August 11, 2010 – Documents posted by the National Security Archive on the 40th anniversary of the death of U.S. advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay show the Nixon administration recommended a "threat to kill [detained insurgent] Sendic and other key [leftist insurgent] MLN prisoners if Mitrione is killed." The secret cable from U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, made public here for the first time, instructed U.S. Ambassador Charles Adair: "If this has not been considered, you should raise it with the Government of Uruguay at once."

The National Security Archive – Update Uruguay

Washington, DC, August 11, 2010 – Documents posted by the National Security Archive on the 40th anniversary of the death of U.S. advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay show the Nixon administration recommended a "threat to kill [detained insurgent] Sendi…

Washington, DC, August 11, 2010 – Documents posted by the National Security Archive on the 40th anniversary of the death of U.S. advisor Dan Mitrione in Uruguay show the Nixon administration recommended a "threat to kill [detained insurgent] Sendic and other key [leftist insurgent] MLN prisoners if Mitrione is killed." The secret cable from U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, made public here for the first time, instructed U.S. Ambassador Charles Adair: "If this has not been considered, you should raise it with the Government of Uruguay at once."

Colombia: el caso del Palacio de Justicia

National Security Archive Update, June 11, 2010

Landmark Conviction in Colombia’s Palace of Justice Case

First-Ever Criminal Sentence Handed Down in Infamous Army Assault

Declassified Documents Implicate Colonel, Army, in Civilian Killings, Disappearances

For more information, contact:
Michael Evans – 202/994-7029 or mevans@gwu.edu

http://www.nsarchive.org

Washington, DC, June 11, 2010 – To mark the first-ever criminal conviction in Colombia’s infamous Palace of Justice case, the Archive today posts a selection of key declassified documents pertaining to the episode, including a 1999 U.S. Embassy cable that found that Colombian Army soldiers under the command of Col. Alfonso Plazas Vega had “killed a number of M-19 members and suspected collaborators hors de combat [“outside of combat”], including the Palace’s cafeteria staff.”

On Wednesday, a Colombian court sentenced retired Col. Plazas Vega to 30 years in prison for the disappearances of 11 people, including members of the cafeteria staff, during Army operations to retake the building from M-19 guerrillas who seized control of the building in November 1985. In all, more than 100 people died in the conflagration that followed, including 11 Supreme Court justices.

U.S. Embassy Situation Reports obtained by the National Security Archive in collaboration with the Truth Commission on the Palace of Justice shed light on how the Colombian government and military forces responded to the crisis, indicating widespread agreement that the operation be carried out expeditiously and using whatever force necessary. In one cable sent to Washington during the crisis, the Embassy said: “We understand that orders are to use all necessary force to retake building.” Another cable reported : “FonMin [Foreign Minister] said that President, DefMin [Defense Minster], Chief of National Police, and he are all together, completely in accord and do not intend to let this matter drag out.”

The Embassy documents also include a pair of reports on the fate of “guerrillas” detained during the operation: one saying that “surviving guerrillas have all been taken prisoner,” and another, two days later, reporting that “None of the guerrillas survived.”

The conviction of Plazas Vega comes six months after the Truth Commission on the Palace of Justice, established by the Colombian Supreme Court, issued its final report, finding that “there never was a real or effective plan by the national government to try to save the lives of the hostages.”

At least three other former Army officers face similar charges in the case, including former Army commander Gen. Jesús Armando Arias Cabrales, and former Army intelligence officers Gen. Ivan Ramirez Quintero and Col. Edilberto Sánchez Rubiano.

Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today’s posting.

http://www.nsarchive.org

Journal of Democracy en Español

El Journal of Democracy en Español es una publicación anual conjunta del International Forum for Democratic Studies del National Endowment for Democracy y del Instituto de Ciencia Política de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, que cuenta …

El Journal of Democracy en Español es una publicación anual conjunta del International Forum for Democratic Studies del National Endowment for Democracy y del Instituto de Ciencia Política de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, que cuenta con el apoyo financiero del United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)