Friday, March 03, 2006

Mexico: The Truth About 'The Dirty War'

A leak of a historic official Mexican report alleges "crimes against humanity" and a "scorched earth" campaign in against leftists over 10-year period in the 60's and 70s. For some reason it's leak got insignificant attention in the United States. Maybe because it shows again what WE also were willing to tolerate (and aid) in defeating the Castro-inspired leftist threat.

The report will be released April 15th but it's (Spanish) leak can be found below.

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2006 - The National Security Archive posts on its Web site today a work of history in progress -- a draft of an unprecedented report by Mexico's government on the nation's "dirty war" of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

This document is the result of four years of work by the office of Mexico's Special Prosecutor for Social and Political Movements of the Past (FEMOSPP), Dr. Ignacio Carrillo Prieto. The office was created in 2002 by President Vicente Fox to investigate human rights crimes.

The crimes detailed in the draft report were committed during the administrations of Presidents Diaz Ordaz (1964-1970), Echeverría (1970-1976) and López Portillo (1976-1982). In those years, hundreds of Mexican citizens -- uncounted innocent civilians as well as armed militants -- were murdered or "disappeared" by military and security forces. Thousands more were tortured, illegally detained, or subjected to government harassment and surveillance.

This is all at the time US officials never said a negative thing about Mexico and, in private, called it the "perfect dictatorship". But no one will be held to account, says the Supreme Court. I have to add that the Cuban Revolution has never "disappeared" anyone, nor have their security services tossed bodies out of airplanes, nor can on make comparable claims of widespread and sytematic torture (if at all). But ask 99/100 Americans whether it was Cuba or Mexico that did these things and they would say Cuba.


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