Thursday, September 15, 2005

Anglo-American fascism: military, government and business links revealed; Pinochet and BAE

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Fascism involves torture and terror. Fascism is used to keep the rich elite in power. Fascism involves an alliance of the politicians, the military and big business.

On 9 11 1973, the CIA toppled Chile's president Allende and replaced him with the fascist dictator, General Pinochet.

"It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup," reads a CIA document from October 1970. "It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the USG (US government) and American hand be well hidden."

Two days after this document was written, top CIA officials proposed a terrorist campaign to stun the Chilean people into accepting a military regime.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/chile/story/0,13755,1038615,00.html

Pinochet's government tortured, terrorised and murdered its opponents. http://www.trentu.ca/~mneumann/pinochet.html

In 1998 Pinochet was arrested in London. A Spanish judge was behind this arrest.

Tony Blair's Home Secretary Jack Straw claimed that Pinochet was unfit to stand trial. Pinochet was allowed to leave Britain.

The senior medical expert who examined General Augusto Pinochet refuted Home Secretary Jack Straw's claim to the Commons that his team reported the former Chilean dictator to be unfit to stand trial. http://www.guardian.co.uk/chile/story/0,13755,1026649,00.html

According to David Leigh and Rob Evans in the Guardian, 15 September 2005, US banking records show that links between the UK arms firm BAE systems and ex-dictator Pinochet continued until last year. http://www.guardian.co.uk/chile/story/0,13755,1570335,00.html
http://www.tercera.cl/lt2/portada/0,4427,3255_5658,00.html

The Guardian explains that BAE Systems secretly payed more than £1m to General Pinochet.

"A Guardian investigation has revealed some of the money was listed as being paid through a front company in the British Virgin Islands, which BAE has used to channel commission on arms deals.

"Covert payments to Pinochet-linked groups are listed on documents compiled by the Chilean authorities and obtained by the Guardian. They record large payments from BAE as recently as last year.

BAE Systems "is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office on suspicion of money laundering and false accounting, after allegations of a £60m Saudi 'slush fund'."

A Chilean judge, Sergio Muñoz obtained banking records which showed "huge sums of cash flowing into banks including the then Miami branch of Coutts."

According to the Chilean documents, "BAE made payments into Coutts accounts under its own name, and under that of Red Diamond Trading, an offshore entity which does not appear on BAE's published accounts. Documents obtained by the Guardian show it has been used since 1998 to funnel covert commission payments for aerospace deals to Argentina.

"The BAE payments went to offshore firms - also registered in the British Virgin Islands - controlled, the Chilean authorities say, by Gen Pinochet's financial adviser, Oscar Aitkin, described in a US senate committee investigation this year as a conduit for payments to Gen Pinochet."

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The Chilean daily newspaper La Tercera

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