The Other September 11: Henry Kissinger & US-Sponsored Terror in Chile
Michael Zezima (Mickey Z.)
Monday, March 10, 7 pm, in MIT Room 2-105
After September 11 (2001), the United States government asserted
a "War on Terror" against the likes of Osama bin Laden. But September 11
is also the anniversary of a military coup in Chile (1973): the US government,
operated by the likes of Richard Nixon & Henry Kissinger, supported
the generals and ushered in the brutal Pinochet regime, which fought
a "War of Terror" against its own people. Self-educated historian and
author Mickey Z. (Michael Zezima) explores the US government's attitude
towards terror by comparing these episodes.
Mickey Z. is the author of Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of "The
Good War" and The Murdering Of My Years: Artists And
Activists Making Ends Meet. His next book, Seven Deadly Spins: How The U.S. Sells War,
will be published by Common
Courage Press. Mickey is Senior Editor of
Wide Angle and his work has appeared
in three anthologies from Disinformation Books and
on ZNet. He lives in New York City with his wife, Michele.
This event is the second of four we are organizing to mark "the other September 11":
the thirtieth anniversary of the coup against the Allende government in Chile.
MIT graduate student Eden Miller was in Chile on September 11, 2001:
"As one of my Chilean friends put it, 'When people are killed in the
U.S., the whole world watches. No one watched when people were killed in Chile.'
… I got into a rather heated discussion the other night with a group of
Chileans who felt the deaths in the U.S. were no different from the deaths in
Vietnam or Iraq. If we kill innocent people in other places, we too must expect
is vivid and well worth reading. She has just returned from Chile investigating the history
of computer innovations during the Allende period. She will present
her research on March 12.
For years the US government denied having any role in (or
even advance knowledge of) the coup against Allende. But when the State
Department declassified thousands of coup-related documents in 1999,
hints of the truth began to emerge, As Michael Zezima writes:
The article is reproduced
here in full with the kind permission of the author.
[A] CIA document from the day before the coup stated
bluntly, "The coup attempt will begin September 11." Ten days
later, the Agency announced, "severe repression is planned." With
thousands of opponents of the new regime gathered in soccer
stadiums, a Sept. 28 State Department document detailed a request
from Chile's new defense minister for Washington to send an expert
advisor on detention centers.
Allende was dead. In his place, the people of Chile now faced
brutal repression and human rights violations, book burnings, dogs
trained to sexually molest females, a powerful secret police, and
more than 3000 executions. Tens of thousands more were tortured