There’s a headline for you. Yet the terms come from a Yahoo News report, which seems to be fairly well buried, as it only has one comment. And, crucially, the report makes no mention whatsoever of the US support that brought Pinochet into power and kept him propped up for almost two decades.
But it does say that an ex-Nazi, Paul Schaefer, founded a German outpost in Chile called Colonia Dignidad, which was built up into a fortified, sub-state like entity, and that he ran it as a “cult”, “lord[ing] over [it] with sadistic brutality” and using the enclave for “sexually abusing and torturing children” and others.
The colony consisted of 32,000 acres, and was home to “300 refugees from Nazi Germany and their descendants.”
According to the leaked report, there was “a close relationship between Colonia Dignidad’s leaders and high-ranking figures” in the US-backed Pinochet dictatorship.
The close relationship between the US and Pinochet, which goes unmentioned in Yahoo’s coverage, is so well known that even CIA-edited Wikipedia provides an adequate summary, with a separate section on the 1973 coup, which brought Pinochet to power, titled “US Involvement“. The US began working against the mild leftist Allende movement in Chile in 1958, and on 9/11/1973 played a crucial role in overthrowing Allende, who had been elected president, and installing the fascist Pinochet military dictatorship, which went on to kill and/or torture tens of thousands.
The US stated internally at the time that “[t]he U.S. has no vital national interests within Chile… The world military balance of power would not be significantly altered by an Allende government.”
But Allende, a medical doctor, was “trying to deliver food, health care, and education to the poor”, giving free milk to children, “advocat[ing] income redistribution to the poor, expand[ing] trade with the Soviet Bloc, and, most worrisome, nationaliz[ing] Chile’s powerful mining corporations.”
As Bob Harris puts it, “Wall Street was about to lose a few bucks”, so the game was on, and the first 9/11, a US terrorist operation to install a totalitarian state harsh enough to ally with Nazi child-torturers, was imminent, even if, as Yahoo and many in the US might prefer, unmentionable.
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