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Green Party demands Kissinger's removal from 9/11 investigation (english)
01 Dec 2002
Calling him a terrorist and war criminal, with direct responsibility for human rights catastrophes in chile, east timor, cambodia and so on, resulting in millions of civilian deaths, the new york state green party demanded the immediate removal of Henry Kissinger from the "independent" committee overseeing a long-delayed investigation into the events of last september 11, and potential coverups in their aftermath.
phone: 518 286-3411 dunleamark (at) aol.com

Green Party Calls for Kissinger to Be Removed from Panel to Investigate September 11th

Accuses Him of Being a Terrorist

The Green Party today harshly criticized the Bush administration for appointing former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to head the government investigation into September 11th, saying that if was reprehensible to appoint someone widely regarded worldwide as a war criminal to oversee an inquiry into how 3,000 Americans were murdered.

Kissinger is presently facing several legal actions due to his role in the overthrow of the democratic government in Chile in 1973, and for efforts to murder political opponents throughout South America . He is also widely blamed for the illegal bombings of Cambodia which killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.

"It is clear that Kissinger was appointed by the Bush administration to ensure that the truth about September 11th remains hidden. His prime qualification is his long history of being willing to ignore U.S. and international law. We need someone to head this investigation who will be willing to discover who paid for the September 11th attacks, regardless of whom they were, and to determine whether or not our country's intelligence agencies did an adequate job in response to various warnings they received about such an attack. Kissinger has been brought in to bury the truth," stated Mark Dunlea, Chair of the Green Party of NYS.

The Greens continued to criticize the compromise reached last week between Congress and the Bush administration to create a panel to investigate the September 11th attacks. "This panel falls far short of the independent commission sought by the victims of the families of September 11th. The Bush administration is doing everything it can to prevent the American people from learning the truth about September 11th. The scope of the committee is severely restricted, it is controlled by the President and the two major parties, and effectively allows a single member of the committee to veto any particular witness from being called," added Howie Hawkins of the Syracuse Greens.

Kissinger is widely blamed for the U.S. efforts to overthrow the democratically elected Governor in Chile in 1973 , including the assassination of President Allende. In recent years, prosecutors in Chile, Argentina, Spain and France have sought to have Kissinger testify about what happened in Chile. Kissinger chaired the secret U.S. committee that oversaw the covert operations.

Victims of General Pinohcet's 17-year military dictatorship have brought legal actions in both Chilean and American courts against Henry A. Kissinger. One investigating judge in Chile has formally asked Mr. Kissinger to respond to questions about the killing of an American citizen, Charles Horman

Relatives of Gen. Renéé Schneider, commander of the Chilean Armed Forces when he was assassinated in Oct. 1970, have filed a $3 million civil suit in Washington against Mr. Kissinger and other officials who, according to declassified United States documents, were involved in plotting a military coup to keep Mr. Allende from power. General Schneider was known as an officer committed to upholding the Chilean constitution and therefore opposed to the rumored incipient coup against newly elected Socialist President Salvador Allende.

Mr. Kissinger has acknowledged that he initially followed Mr. Nixon's orders in Sept. 1970 to organize a coup, but contended that he reversed his position later. The newly released documents however showed that the C.I.A. continued to organize a coup and provided money to military officers who killed General Schneider.

Human rights lawyers in Chile have also filed a criminal complaint against Mr. Kissinger and other American officials, accusing them of organizing the covert regional program of political repression called Operation Condor. The plan involved the coordination of efforts by military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay the 1970's to kidnap and kill hundreds of their exiled political opponents. Argentina has also begun an investigation into American support for and involvement in Operation Condor. A judge there, Rodolfo Cancioba Corral, has said he regards Mr. Kissinger as a potential "defendant or suspect."During a visit by Mr. Kissinger to France last year a judge there sent police officers to his Paris hotel to serve him with a request to answer questions about American involvement in the Chilean coup, in which French citizens also disappeared. Kissinger fled on to Italy.

In April of this year, a British human-rights campaigner applied to a London judge to arrest Mr. Kissinger under the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957 for the "killing, injury and displacement" of three million people in Indochina during the Vietnam War years. The judge rejected the application.

Kissinger has been blamed as the mastermind of the secret and illegal bombings of Cambodia beginning in 1969 during the Vietnam War, which by some estimates killed as many people as the subsequent Pol Pot regime. An estimated 600,000 to one million people were killed in this decade long holocaust. U.S. B-52s pounded Cambodia for 160 consecutive days in 1973, dropping more than 240,000 short tons of bombs on rice fields, water buffalo, villages; this was 50% more tonnage than we dropped on Japan during WWII. At the time the Pol Pot took over in April 1975 Cambodia was a devastated nation on the verge of mass starvation with crops unsowed and vast numbers of refugees in and around Phnom Penh suddenly cut off from the U.S. aid that had kept them alive. High U.S. officials were estimating a million deaths from starvation before the Khmer
Rouge takeover

President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger also gave the go ahead to Indonesia's invasion of East Timor and subsequent massive war crimes there.

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