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VA Defies New York Gun Law; California Only State to Take Legal Guns from Prohibited Owners

VA Defies New York Gun Law; California Only State to Take Legal Guns from Prohibited Owners

Thursday, March 14, 2013
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Gun owners in New York State are less likely to have their firearms taken away from them, under a decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), while gun owners in California face the very real risk of government agents knocking on their doors to seize their weapons.

In New York, where a new state law—the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE)—takes effect this week, doctors and therapists will be required to alert the government about patients deemed “likely” to be a threat to themselves or others, so that officials can act to take away their firearms.

But the VA announced that it would not comply with the new law, saying it is beholden to federal statutes.

“Federal laws safeguarding the confidentiality of veterans’ treatment records do not authorize VA mental-health professionals to comply with this NY State law,” Mark Ballesteros, a VA spokesperson, said in a prepared statement.

About a million veterans reside in New York. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo—who spearheaded SAFE’s enactment as law—responded to the VA announcement by saying, “What the law says is it leaves it totally up to the mental health provider if they want to come forward or not—totally up to them.”

Out in California, which is the only state that confiscates legally registered guns from residents who have lost the right to own them, state law enforcement agents have seized thousands of weapons under a controversial state law.

About 20,000 gun owners in the state are barred from possessing firearms, including the mentally ill, convicted felons, and those subject to a domestic violence restraining order.

Last year, the state seized about 2,000 weapons, along with 117,000 rounds of ammunition and 11,000 high-capacity magazines. Thirty-three California Department of Justice agents are assigned to the task of tracking down and confiscating the disallowed guns, and state Attorney General Kamala Harris has requested that number be doubled.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, Danny Biederman

To Learn More:
VA Says No to SAFE Act (by Curtis Skinner, New York World)
California Seizes Guns as Owners Lose Right to Keep Arms (by Michael B. Marois & James Nash, Bloomberg)
VA Misled Public about Timeliness of Mental Health Care (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)

Federal Judge Slams Obama Administration for Trying to Dismiss No-Fly List Case in Secret

Federal Judge Slams Obama Administration for Trying to Dismiss No-Fly List Case in Secret

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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The Obama administration was admonished by a federal judge recently for attempting to get a lawsuit involving the anti-terrorism no-fly list dismissed using secret information.

Rahinah Ibrahim, a citizen of Malaysia who earned a Ph.D. in construction engineering and management at Stanford University, sued the U.S. government after she was prevented from flying out of San Francisco International Airport in January 2005. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authorities informed Ibrahim that her name was on the special list that denies those suspected of terrorist ties from flying on commercial airliners.

She was arrested, handcuffed, and placed in a holding cell for two hours, but eventually told she could go. She was also told that her name was removed from the no-fly list.

The next day, however, Ibrahim learned her name had not been removed from the list. Nevertheless, TSA officials allowed her to board her flight for Malaysia. Her visa was revoked and she was denied reentry into the U.S.

Her lawsuit has slowly made its way through the federal courts. The government has tried more than once to have the litigation thrown out, claiming Ibrahim lacked the legal standing to pursue her case.

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said Ibrahim had the right to continue her legal fight. Still, government attorneys tried again to derail the case, this time by submitting confidential records for the judge to review, but not for Ibrahim’s legal defense to see.

Judge William Alsup objected to the government’s tactic. He wrote: “Here the government seeks to affirmatively use allegedly privileged information to dispose of the case entirely without ever revealing to the other side what its secret evidence might be.”

“In sum, only in the rarest of circumstances should a district judge, in his or her discretion, receive an ex parte argument and evidence in secret from only one side aimed at winning or ending a case over the objection of the other side,” Alsup added. “Here, the government has not justified its sweeping proposal. It has gone so far as even to redact from its table of authorities some of the reported case law on which it relies! This is too hard to swallow.”

Ibrahim is currently dean of the Faculty of Design and Architecture at Universiti Putra Malaysia.
-Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:
Feds Blasted for Trying Dismiss Case in Secret (by Chris Marshall, Courthouse News Service)
Ensnared by Error on Growing U.S. Watch List (by Mike McIntire, New York Times)
Three Veterans Stranded Abroad on No-Fly List (by David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

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Obama Draws Up Plans To Grant Spy Agencies Complete Access To Financial Data On Every American

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'The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.
The proposed plan represents a major step by U.S. intelligence agencies to spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates by bringing together financial databanks, criminal records and military intelligence. The plan, which legal experts say is permissible under U.S. law, is nonetheless likely to trigger intense criticism from privacy advocates.'
Read more: Obama Draws Up Plans To Grant Spy Agencies Complete Access To Financial Data On Every American

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Bill Gates Praises UK Socialism Says Obama ‘Should Have More Power’

Microsoft  co-founder Bill Gates, the wealthiest American, said on “some days” he wishes the U.S. political system were like England’s, so that President Barack Obama could have “slightly more power.”
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Gates was asked for his assessment of President Obama’s job performance during an interview at Politico’s “Playbook Cocktails” event.
“Some days I wish we had a system like the U.K. where, you know, the party in power could do a lot and you know, you’d see how it went and then fine you could un-elect them,” said Gates on Wednesday.
“Now, over time, our system has worked slightly better than theirs, theirs has worked okay but so it’s ironic that right now it feels like I wish there was slightly more power in the presidency to avoid some of these deadlocks. So I think what he Obama wants to do and what he’s actually able to do, the gap is so big there that it’s hard to know in some ways.” source – Daily Caller

47 states revolt against Obama gun control Fed-up Americans: 'We're not going to accept this. We're against it'

47 states revolt against Obama gun control

Fed-up Americans: 'We're not going to accept this. We're against it'

Thousands of gun owners across America have had enough of the Obama administration’s attack on the Second Amendment – and they’re preparing to take their concerns to the capitols in at least 47 states this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12 p.m.
Texan Eric Reed, founder and national  coordinator of the “Guns Across America” rallies, told WND he’s irritated about all the talk of new gun-control regulations and overreach by the federal government in violation of our Second Amendment rights.
“I was trying to figure out why people weren’t being more proactive about this, Reed said. “Then I realized I’m part of the problem. It takes somebody to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to accept this. We’re against it.’
“We want Americans who feel the same way to come out. We want to stand up, be united and get our point across.”
As WND reported today, President Obama announce a sweeping set of directives he intends will cut down on Americans’ access to guns, setting the stage for a constitutional battle with states where lawmakers already are openly defying the latest power grab by the White House.
Obama’s plan would demand federal access to the details every time an uncle sells a .22 to a nephew, would ban some weapons outright through a limit on ammunition capacity, would waive medical privacy laws in some cases so individuals can be reported, and others.
The president also listed 23 executive orders he is preparing to implement.
“He’s essentially restricting and punishing all law-abiding American citizens,” Reed said. “He’s taking people who have never committed a crime in their lives and he’s trying to tell them that these guns are ‘assault weapons.’ Well, I’ve got guns in my home. If they’re ‘assault weapons,’ then mine must be defective because they haven’t assaulted anybody.”
Frustrated by the narrative coming out of Washington, Reed noted that “assault weapons” have been banned since 1934.
“The aesthetics of a rifle do not determine what an assault rifle is,” he said. “That’s what our elected officials in Washington, D.C., are trying to sell to the American people. I mean, if you take a body of a Ferrari and stick it on a Chevrolet, it’s still a Chevrolet. It’s going to perform like a Chevrolet; it’s just a cool-looking Chevrolet.”
Reed added that the media contribute to misinformation and confuse the public about so-called “assault weapons.”
“Part of it is ignorance of the media because a lot of them may not necessarily have a good idea of what an assault rifle is,” he said. “Another part of it is, most of the media do push a liberal spin. They’re helping to push through the political agenda that the Obama administration wants to pass right now.”
Thousands of Americans have taken to Facebook to support the pro-gun rallies this weekend.
“The people are pulling themselves away from their families and their personal obligations for one day because the Second Amendment is very important to them,” he said. “If these people are willing to take that kind of time out of their personal lives to try to tell Washington, D.C., something, those guys work for us. It’s their job to listen.”
While they may be tempted to sit the protest out, Reed warns citizens that time is running out.
“This is the most crucial time,” he said. “This is when all the laws and executive orders are coming down the pike. This is the time that we have to act, not next week, not next month. It’s now.
“If our Second Amendment rights are as important as we say they are, we need to come out and show it to the rest of America and Washington, D.C.”
Citizens are encouraged to bring pro-gun signs and their families to the rallies. A petition supporting Second Amendment rights will be circulated at each event.
Event organizers encourage attendees to follow all state gun laws.
So far, gun-rights advocates from at least 47 states are participating. All rallies begin at 12 p.m. local time:
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/47-states-revolt-against-obama-gun-control/#p7M5sgEZEh8v1L4K.99

Obama shares more drone memos with Congress

Obama shares more drone memos with Congress

In an effort to get John Brennan confirmed as Central Intelligence Agency director, President Barack Obama has agreed to a longstanding request from Congress to see highly-classified legal opinions on targeted killing of terrorism suspects who are U.S. citizens.
In addition, the administration agreed to say publicly whether such powers could be used on U.S. soil, several senators said.
"We have worked with the [Senate Intelligence] committee to provide information about advice—legal advice on issues of concern to committee members and have done that recognizing that this is a unique and exceptional situation," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at Tuesday's briefing for reporters.
Just after stating how unusual, rare, and presumably not-to-be-repeated the sharing of the memos was, Carney said it should be considered part of Obama's effort to be more forthcoming about counterterrorism policies, like deadly drone strikes. "It is in keeping with the president's commitment, which he reiterated in his state of the union address, to work with Congress to be as transparent as possible about these actions," Carney said.
"We simply look forward to speedy confirmation of John Brennan," Carney added.
Obama disclosed a few legal memos on the issue to Senate Intelligence Committee members last month on the day of Brennan's confirmation hearing. However, a bipartisan group of senators continued to demand access to all legal memos on the subject, believed to number about eight.
Several senators issued statements Tuesday morning hailing Obama's decision to disclose the additional memos to the intelligence panel.
"I have reached an agreement with the White House to provide the committee access to all [Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel] opinions related to the targeted killing of Americans in a way that allows members to fulfill their oversight responsibilities," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. "I am pleased the administration has made this information available. It is important for the committee to do its work and will pave the way for the confirmation of John Brennan to be CIA director.”
"We are pleased that we now have the access that we have long sought and need to conduct the vigilant oversight with which the committee has been charged," Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) wrote. "We believe that this sets an important precedent for applying our American system of checks and balances to the challenges of 21st century warfare. We look forward to reviewing and discussing these documents in the days ahead."
The trio of senators also said the administration had agreed to say whether targeted killing could be used in the U.S.
"In our view, the appropriate next step should be to bring the American people into this debate and for Congress to consider ways to ensure that the President’s sweeping authorities are subject to appropriate limitations, oversight, and safeguards," Wyden, Udall and Collins said.
A number of human rights and civil liberties groups welcome the White House's move, but asked that the memos or redacted versions of them be made public.

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The votes are in, and now celebrities are reacting to Barack Obama being re-elected the President of the United States.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Hollywood was out in full force on Tuesday, with many celebs encouraging their Twitter followers to get to the polls and share photos of themselves doing their civic duty.
Not surprisingly, some stars are now celebrating the results on Twitter, while others, well, seem not too pleased.
See what celebs are saying here:
Neil Patrick Harris: Yahoooo! FOUR MORE YEARS!
Lady Gaga: I JUST GOT OFF STAGE IN COLUMBIA!! CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT @BarackObama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!!
Demi Lovato: Tonight is a good night for women. Proud to be a WOMAN IN AMERICA!!!
Samuel L. Jackson: Congratulations are in order for all who went out & worked & kept the faith & WOULD NOT BE DENIED!
Kal Penn: Young people, you fought hard & pushed for #progress and this is historic & awesome! Congratulations, Mr. President!
Rashida Jones: A VERY BIG EXHALE.
Rob Lowe: Now we come together. It is time for our leaders to lead. We will do our part, if they will do theirs.
Mindy Kaling: Ahhh the part of the election coverage when middle aged women bop to Aretha Franklin
Ashlee Simpson: 4 more years!!
Ricky Gervais: Well Done America. We knew you’d get it right.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: We are either hearing fireworks or massive bubble wrap being popped outside! So exciting!!!! #Obama
Sherri Shepherd: YES! YES! YES! Yes we can & YES WE DID!!!!!
Zoe Saldana: Barack Obama!!! The 44th President of The United States of America. God bless America, once again!- ZS
Donald Trump: This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!
Zachary Quinto: NEVER BEEN MORE FIRED UP IN MY ADULT LIFE!!!!!!!
Nicole Richie: We did it America!!!!!
Cher: OMG ! IM SO HAPPY ! THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT NITES OF MY LIFE !!!! TEARS R STREAMING DOWN MY FACE ! WOMEN WE HAVE A CHAMPION !!!
Jaleel White: game over. 274 and counting. Finish your journey, Mr. President
Sarah Silverman: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Bill Maher: Well that was a million dollars well spent.
Russell Simmons: A NEW AMERICA WINS OVER BIG MONEY! I am so proud to call Barack Obama our President of the United States!
Ricky Martin: GANAMOSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #OBAMA2012
Mandy Moore: So F’ing proud of my country and our President
Sophia Bush: Crying. Happy tears. Breathing deep. #4MoreYears
Kelly Osbourne: Thank God #Obama2012 has victoriously won I feel Safer now there hopefully wont be a world war III & gays can finally get married! #victory
Adam Levine: That’s what happens when you f*ck with Sesame Street.
Katy Perry: DONE AND DUSTED!!!
Nikki Reed: America!!! We did it!!!
Marlee Matlin: Mr President, Barack Obama, I salute you
Maria Menounos: Fox News calling Ohio for pres Obama…silence here at Romney hq and celebrations in chicago.
Solange Knowles: Yes. We. Can. Yes. We. Did. Obama 2012.
Piers Morgan: Congratulations @BarackObama – you’ve got another chance to do it properly this time. Good luck.
Jennifer Hudson: It’s a new day!!!!!!! Come on!!!
Mischa Barton: Being away from home during this election has been hell. I am so proud of the country I grew up in today!
Valerie Bertinelli: #4moreyears #celebrate #ThankyouJesus
Tatyana Ali: Thank God. Thank Reason. Thank everything!
Jessica Alba: Woohoo! Congrats President @BarackObama & 2 all the Americans who made their voices known & heard! I love our great country & our Democracy!
Mike Tyson: Congrats to President Obama for a 2nd term.
Keri Hilson: America, you have spoken…YES!!!!!!!! OBAMA!!!!!!!!! 4 MORE YEARS!!!!! THIS IS THE NEW AMERICA!!!!!! PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!
Ben Stiller: Phew.
Dianna Agron: Congratulations, Mr. President, our president.
Elizabeth Reaser: Good to be a woman tonight. Thank you America! #Obama2012
will.i.am: All that travel, hard work and campaigning was worth it…and now its time to work even harder…
Jonathan Cheban: Congrats Mr. President!!
Olivia Wilde: AMERICA! You have spoken! Women! You have been heard! Young people! You proved them wrong! Tireless Obama volunteers! I THANK YOU!
James Van Der Beek: To all the winners (and losers) tonight: Politicians run campaigns. Leaders strike compromises. Time for everyone to shift gears now #please
Chris Colfer: All ages, genders, ethnicities, and orientations dancing badly TOGETHER on TV! THATS America! Wouldn’t see that 50 years ago. #USAProgress
Ian Somerhalder: I’m so proud of us as a people.Even people in other countries contributed to this event. A global group hug…Wow. Wow. Wow.
Peter Facinelli: Congrats @BarackObama Hoping Rep and Dems can put their differences aside and work together to get this Country back on track. #America
Christina Applegate: I’m so happy right now I could cry…., because my food finally got here and it’s delicious!! #voteyummyfood2012
LeBron James: Ohio and Fla. My favorite states!
Aisha Tyler: Tonight America smells like cookies and freedom, my friends. Cookies and freedom. #forward
Lea Michele: Amazing election party tonight at @MrRPMurphy’s house! And so glad we got to celebrate the re-election of OBAMA!!!
Michael Moore: We, the people, have spoken.
Pete Wentz: 4 more years. thank you for the inspiration…. were in this together.
Miranda Lambert: Im always proud everytime I see red, white, and blue no matter what! #proudtobeanamerican (and a texan) :)
Jamie Kennedy: Um observation. Obama HQ Is playin “you wanna be startin somepin”
Gabrielle Union: to all the #Volunteers Poll workers, voters, STANDING OVATION! Hats off!
Jamie King: God Bless America!
Billy Ray Cyrus: Congratulations Mr President ! Congratulations America …the process worked …and freedom rings
Octavia Spencer: I have a question… is it freezing cold in DC in January? What type of coat should i bring for the inauguration? #Trench or #Wool
Jared Leto: I’m calling it! President @BarackObama IS ONCE AGAIN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: My family is so happy!
Alec Baldwin: Now that this enervating election is over, lets help rebuild New Jersey, Staten Island, the Rockaways, et al…
Paris Jackson: whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight , o’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming #proudofmycountry
Elizabeth Banks: Classy concession speech by Mitt Romney. Gave the speech alone, took high road, no excuses, and the country can move on.
Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson: Lead us my friend.
Kerry Washinton: Wow! Wow! Wow! #Obama2012 YOU DID IT AMERICA! YOU DID IT!
Eliza Dushku: #POTUS #Obama gonna sing me off to sleep. We can come together & be prosperous & harmonious, US. #faith #goodnight
Chris Rock: No jokes I’m just happy my girls get to grow up in a better world than I did
Kristen Bell: Obama won the election and I am getting fatter by the day. America has never been luckier.
Jim Carrey: Congrats Mr. Obama! Sincerely hope dems and reps can be better dance partners this time out! ;^)
Olivia Munn: “We are and forever will be, the United States of America!” #USA-USA-USA!!!
Matthew Perry: Now that’s what I call a speech. #GoBama
Hugh Hefner: We listened to Obama’s acceptance speech and now it’s time to say goodnight. There are better times ahead for all of us.
Eva Longoria: Amazing speech by @BarackObama re-elected for his 2nd term! America is and can be united for the greater good of all Americans!
Mariah Carey:INCREDIBLE SPEECH!!!!!! Watching in a room full of diverse people-all truly moved. Thank you America for President Obama-4more yrs.
Dane Cook: At the end of Obama’s speech he should’ve ripped open his shirt wearing the Superman “S” & flown up over the crowd.
Nina Dobrev: Goodnight and get ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow begins the next 4 years…
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Obama is Begging for Impeachment

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According to Wikipedia: “United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law, since issuances are typically made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress, some of which specifically delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation), or are believed to take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution.”
“However, these perceived justifications cited by Presidents when authoring Executive Orders have come under criticism for exceeding executive authority; at various times throughout U.S. history, challenges to the legal validity or justification for an order have resulted in legal proceedings.”
I am not a Constitutional scholar, but I am aware of the consequences of past executive orders. The nation now has a rogue government agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, by virtue of an executive order by President Nixon. Later, President Carter reorganized the executive branch and created a separate Department of Education. Currently, executive orders permit the President to seize control of the entire nation in the event of an attack or the declaration of a national emergency.
Now we are told that President Obama is planning to issue up to nineteen executive orders to do an end run around Congress and the Second amendment on the issue of gun control. Whereas Social Security was often referred to as “the third rail” if presidents or Congress attempted to reform it, it would appear that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is the new third raid and touching it is likely to enflame both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Former Attorney General, Edwin Meese, recently went on record to say that the proposed executive orders would be an “impeachable offense.” There is a growing chorus of resistance to Obama’s “imperial presidency”, but whether it is the executive orders or a judgment rendered by a forthcoming Supreme Court conference, it would appear that Obama has over-reached.
The Supreme Court has scheduled a conference—not a hearing—regarding a case that challenges President Obama’s eligibility to be President. Court observers believe this will lead nowhere. If the justices were to favor elevating the case to a hearing that found Obama guilty, he could face impeachment hearings or possibly be summarily removed from office by Congress.
The Constitution says (Article II, Section 4) “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The scheduling of a Supreme Court conference to discuss a lower court case has gone virtually unreported. The case is led by an attorney, Orly Taitz, and is called Noonan,Judd, MacLaren, Taitz v Bowen. Having made it to the highest court in the land, the Taitz asserts it will provide evidence to prove that “Barack Obama using a last name not legally his, forged a Selective Service application, forged a long form and short form birth certificate, and a Connecticut Social Security number, 042-68-4425, which was never assigned to him according to E-Verify and SSNVS.”
The conference is scheduled for February 15, 2013. Obama will be sworn into office on January 21 and will deliver a State of the Union speech on February 12.
The conference arises out of a Fifth Circuit court of Appeals decision to agree to hear a petition for a Writ of mandamus to expedite a default judgment and post judgment discovery against the Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Michael J. Astrue, resulting from a previously filed case. Commissioner Astrue did not reply to Taitz’s inquiry.
If the Court finds that the evidence of forged Social Security numbers Obama is alleged to have used over the years is valid and irrefutable, it would be scheduled for a hearing, but conferences are often meetings in which cases are returned to a lower court. It has taken four years just to be discussed in conference. Despite the weight of the evidence, it may go no where.
A hearing could generate a Constitutional crisis that could lead to Obama’s impeachment and removal. It would mean that Obama was ineligible to run for office for both terms and would render his previous executive orders and the laws that he signed null and void.
Former President Nixon saw impeachment proceedings initiated in the wake of the Watergate scandal and resigned to avoid that fate. He was later pardoned by Gerald Ford. President Clinton faced an impeachment in the wake of the Lewinski affair, but Congress gave him a pass on it.
This year could initiate a political tsunami that would engulf the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidency.
For many the Supreme Court is seen as a politicized entity. The failure to take up the case regarding Obama’s eligibility would damage the integrity of the Court in the same way the ruling that Obamacare was a “tax” evoked a loss of faith in its judgment—or it might go unreported and the public remain unaware of it.
A constitutional crisis is looming. Only the Congress has the power to pass laws. If the President ignores Congress and issues executive orders that impose new restrictions on the Second Amendment, the people of the United States will have lost the power of the Constitution to protect them. There are already legislators prepared to initiate impeachment proceedings if he does.

Obama's Argument Leads to Impeachment of Supreme Court Justices

Here's the president:

"When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with Members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision. We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done."


Forget the "bipartisan" BS, the point is that this statement advocates a forceful response from Congress. What could such a thing be? Legislation could lessen the damage, but not reverse it, and could hardly be seen as forceful. A Constitutional Amendment gets closer and is ultimately what's needed, but it requires that the states take action, as well as, or instead of, Congress. The only forceful response Congress can offer, regardless of whether it's uni-partisan, bi-partisan, tri-partisan, or non-partisan, is impeachment.

Oh, but you can't impeach justices for rendering decisions you don't like. They have to have truly abused power in a serious way. They have to have done something that could fit this description from President Obama:

"We’ve been making steady progress. But this week, the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence. This ruling strikes at our democracy itself. By a 5-4 vote, the Court overturned more than a century of law – including a bipartisan campaign finance law written by Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold that had barred corporations from using their financial clout to directly interfere with elections by running advertisements for or against candidates in the crucial closing weeks.

"This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy. It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way – or to punish those who don’t. That means that any public servant who has the courage to stand up to the special interests and stand up for the American people can find himself or herself under assault come election time. Even foreign corporations may now get into the act.

"I can’t think of anything more devastating to the public interest. The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in Washington, or more power to the special interests to tip the outcome of elections."


Impeachment is for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Treason? Check. These five jusices have, according to Obama, just given foreign, not to mention international, corporations the power to greatly influence the outcomes of U.S. elections.

Bribery? Check. This decision facilitates, not to say legalizes, massive bribery the likes of which the world has never known.

Other high crimes and misdemeanors? Check. These five justices ruled on an issue not requested of them and not relevant to the case they heard, and did so in a manner destructive of long-standing precedent. That's a serious abuse of power.

So, take your pick: treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors: we've got 'em all here, and we've got the president of the United States pointing this out to us and Congress.

Let's hurry up and demand impeachment proceedings before President Obama declares concern over this decision to constitute looking backwards.

The Supreme Court filed impeachment on Obama!

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Puerto Rican-born congressman questions Supreme Court justices about becoming president By TAL KOPAN | 3/14/13 2:50 PM EDT While Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer were before Congress testifying about sequestration and the courts Thursday, one member of the House Appropriations committee decided to use the moment to get some high-end legal advice. At the beginning of the hearing, Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, asked the justices whether a person from Puerto Rico would be eligible to be president. Serrano was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the Bronx, New York, when he was seven. Breyer responded that lawyers always ask two questions: Why, and why not? On “why”, Breyer asked: “Isn’t Puerto Rico an important part of this country? Yes.” Second, he asked, why not? “I don’t have an answer,” Breyer said. “I think you just made the front page of all the papers in Puerto Rico. And New York,” Serrano said. “Let me just say my exploratory committee is coming together in the next hour.” Kennedy noted that the main constitutional requirement of presidents is that they are natural citizens over the age of 35 – for which Serrano qualifies. The justice noted that the reason for the provision was likely to prevent European royalty from coming to the United States to rule. At least, probably, he said: “I wasn’t there at the time.” Serrano’s Republican counterpart on the panel, Chairman Ander Crenshaw, noted that lawmakers had decided that Sen. John McCain could run for president despite being born in Panama, so why couldn’t Serrano. A clearly delighted Serrano said later of his exchange with justices: "They came very close to giving me and opinion and the opinion was hovering around: why not?" Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.

Puerto Rican-born congressman questions Supreme Court justices about becoming president

While Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer were before Congress testifying about sequestration and the courts Thursday, one member of the House Appropriations committee decided to use the moment to get some high-end legal advice.
At the beginning of the hearing, Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, asked the justices whether a person from Puerto Rico would be eligible to be president. Serrano was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the Bronx, New York, when he was seven.
Breyer responded that lawyers always ask two questions: Why, and why not?
On “why”, Breyer asked: “Isn’t Puerto Rico an important part of this country? Yes.” Second, he asked, why not? “I don’t have an answer,” Breyer said.
“I think you just made the front page of all the papers in Puerto Rico. And New York,” Serrano said. “Let me just say my exploratory committee is coming together in the next hour.”
Kennedy noted that the main constitutional requirement of presidents is that they are natural citizens over the age of 35 – for which Serrano qualifies.
The justice noted that the reason for the provision was likely to prevent European royalty from coming to the United States to rule. At least, probably, he said: “I wasn’t there at the time.”
Serrano’s Republican counterpart on the panel, Chairman Ander Crenshaw, noted that lawmakers had decided that Sen. John McCain could run for president despite being born in Panama, so why couldn’t Serrano.
A clearly delighted Serrano said later of his exchange with justices: "They came very close to giving me and opinion and the opinion was hovering around: why not?"
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.

Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder - Josh Gerstein: Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder

Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder - Josh Gerstein: Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder

January 12, 2011
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Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder

It may have been inadvertent, but a passage in President Barack Obama's speech to a memorial service in Tucson Wednesday night could undercut a criminal charge federal prosecutors have leveled at suspect Jared Loughner for the death of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll in a shooting rampage Saturday.
"Judge Roll was recommended for the federal bench by John McCain 20 years ago, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and rose to become Arizona's chief federal judge," Obama told the crowd at the University of Arizona. Roll's "colleagues described him as the hardest-working judge within the Ninth Circuit. He was on his way back from attending mass, as he did every day, when he decided to stop by and say, 'Hi,' to his representative."

In the complaint supporting Loughner's arrest, federal prosecutors argue that Roll wasn't simply seeking to pay a social call on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) when he showed up at the community outreach event where the shooting spree took place Saturday. Prosecutors and the FBI insist that Roll "was engaged in official duties" because he wanted to talk to Giffords and her staffers about problems with a surging caseload in federal courts in Arizona, particularly along the Mexican border.
Loughner's alleged killing of Roll may only be a crime under federal law if Roll was on business and not merely stopping by to say hi to a friend. The death penalty is likely available to the feds anyway, because of the death of Giffords's aide Gabriel Zimmerman. However, multiple murders are an additional aggravating factor that could lead to the death penalty under federal law, as is the killing of a federal judge when carrying out his official duties.
As a legal matter, Obama's view (which tracks with the public narrative offered by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik) may be irrelevant, but it probably doesn't help to have the President of the United States emphasizing the social aspect of Roll's stop to see Giffords on Saturday, rather than the reason prosecutors claim drew him there.
It should be noted that Roll's killing is clearly prosecutable under Arizona law. The issue of the strength of the federal charge for his murder mainly affects the dynamic between the state and federal governments over which should go first in prosecuting Loughner. For now, the feds are asserting their right to press forward before the state does.

The CIA’s Inside History of ARGO.


The CIA’s Inside History of ARGO.

February 25, 2013
Also Posted at ForeignPolicy.com
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In the final scenes of the “nail-biting political thriller“ Argo – the true story of how the CIA safely whisked six U.S. Embassy staffers out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis — a group of Americans disguised as a film crew safely survives three passport checks, the canceling and uncanceling of plane tickets, and a runway car chase by the Revolutionary Guard. But according to the insider account published in 1999 by the CIA’s in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence, the actual exit was much less dramatic. The Iranian customs official stamping passports at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport “could not have cared less” when he stamped the fake passports and exit visas of “six Canadians, a European, and a Latin American” as they snuck out of the country and onto Swissair Flight SR 363.
Notwithstanding this “easy exit,” the account written by CIA agent Antonio J. Mendez — who is played by Ben Affleck in the film — still reads like le Carré. Mendez and his team began by looking for “black” smuggling routes out of Iran, even studying billionaire Ross Perot’s successful exfiltration of two of his employees from Iran the year before. But Mendez concluded that “using paramilitary means” to rescue the hostages “seemed impossible.” (A year later, the Operation Eagle Claw fiasco proved him correct.) As such, the CIA’s Directorate of Operations decided to smuggle the employees “in plain sight.”
The CIA Goes Hollywood, Indeed.
But Langley was not immediately sold on the “film production” cover; initially it tossed around disguises such as “food economists” or “unemployed school teachers.” No matter the cover, the Americans needed the help of Canadians. The Canadians agreed to provide six passports for the embassy staff for “humanitarian purposes” but refused to allow the two CIA escorts Canadian documentation. They did, however, smuggle the CIA’s documents and disguises to Tehran in a diplomatic pouch “the size of a pillowcase.”
Artifacts published with the CIA account.
According to the CIA’s account, “The Mafia and many shady foreign investors were notorious for backing productions in Hollywood,” so it was the perfect spot for the CIA to operate. The team opened Studio Six Productions and set up shop in offices previously used by Michael Douglas during production of The China Syndrome. Picking a script was a bit tricky. They decided, “We needed a script with ‘sci-fi’, Middle Eastern, and mythological elements. Something about the glory of Islam would be nice, too.” The crew found one that would work at the bottom of the pile; it was based on “an award-winning sci-fi novel” (Roger Zelazny’sLord of Light). They drew up some logos and posters and bought full-page ads in Variety and theHollywood Reporter. The origin of the title Argo stemmed from “a profane ‘knock-knock’ joke”: Argo who? Argo fuck yourself.
Despite the eventual successful rescue from Tehran, the operation did not go off without hitches. The Canadians discovered that one of the CIA’s forged Iranian visas had been mistakenly issued in the future — its forger had “misinterpreted the Farsi calendar.” Relations with the Canadian government were also strained at times; Mendez recounts that some Canadian forgeries “terribly outclassed” those made by the Americans. The CIA’s maps also showed the incorrect location of the Canadian Embassy, where the agents were supposed to meet their Canadian contacts. After arriving at what was actually the Swiss Embassy, the two CIA agents had to act like lost tourists, asking Iranians on the street for directions. (I wonder whether the same company made maps of Belgrade.) The final error occurred in the pre-dawn hours the day of the escape. Mendez awoke at 3 a.m. to a phone call; his alarm was set to wake him at 2:15 a.m. He had overslept.
Mendez meets Carter.
The eight (the other CIA agent was omitted from the film) then traveled to Mehrabad International Airport in Canadian Embassy transportation (the embassy had even composed a fake cable explaining that it had advised the movie crew to film elsewhere). The refugees dressed with Hollywood flair and sauntered through the airport, each having been drilled on the dates and details of their “legend.” One wore a “‘mod’ blow dry … tight trousers with no pockets and a blue silk shirt unbuttoned down the front with his chest hair cradling a gold chain and medallion … his topcoat resting across his shoulders like a cape.” The disguises worked to a T. After their fake visas and passports were stamped by the Iranian customs agents, the eight boarded their plane, which took off after a brief mechanical delay. To be safe, they waited until they were out of Iranian airspace to order bloody marys.
One “ironic coda” from the CIA account: “By the time Studio Six folded several weeks after the rescue, we had received 26 scripts.… One was from Steven Spielberg.”

ON 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ARGENTINE COUP NEW DECLASSIFIED DETAILS ON REPRESSION AND U.S. SUPPORT FOR MILITARY DICTATORSHIP Kissinger sought immediate support for the new military regime in spite of staff warnings on bloodshed 22,000 people murdered or disappeared by military between 1975 and 1978 according to secret Chilean intelligence report Secret Argentine documents record Operation Condor kidnappings and disappearances carried out by military intelligence Battalion 601. Posted - March 23, 2006

ON 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ARGENTINE COUP
NEW DECLASSIFIED DETAILS ON REPRESSION AND
U.S. SUPPORT FOR MILITARY DICTATORSHIP

Kissinger sought immediate support for the new
military regime in spite of staff warnings on bloodshed

22,000 people murdered or disappeared by military between
1975 and 1978 according to secret Chilean intelligence report

Secret Argentine documents record Operation Condor kidnappings
and disappearances carried out by military intelligence Battalion 601.

Posted - March 23, 2006
Edited by
Carlos Osorio
Director of the Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Documentation Project
National Security Archive
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301/442-7551
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Marcos Novaro
Director of the Political History Project, Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONYCET
and National Security Archive Latin America Fellow
marcosnovaro@gmail.com
John Dinges
Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and National Security Archive Fellow
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Assisted by Karina Banfi

Previous Archive postings on Argentina
Kissinger to Argentine Generals in 1976: "If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly"
Newly declassified document shows Secretary of State gave strong support early on to the military junta
Kissinger to Argentines on Dirty War: "The quicker you succeed the better"
Documents show Secretary of State gave green light to junta
Argentine Military Believed U.S. Gave Go-ahead for Dirty War
New State Department documents show conflict between Washington and US Embassy in Buenos Aires over signals to the military dictatorship at height of repression in 1976
State Department Opens Files on Argentina's Dirty War
New Documents Describe Key Death Squad Under Former Army Chief Galtieri
Relatives continue to search for the tens of thousands of disappeared in Argentina.
Washington, D.C., March 23, 2006 - On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the military coup in Argentina, the National Security Archive posted a series of declassified U.S. documents and, for the first time, secret documents from Southern Cone intelligence agencies recording detailed evidence of massive atrocities committed by the military junta in Argentina. The documents include a formerly secret transcript of Henry Kissinger's staff meeting during which he ordered immediate U.S. support for the new military regime, and Defense and State Department reports on the ensuing repression. The Archive has also obtained internal memoranda and cables from the infamous Argentina intelligence unit, Battalion 601, as well as the Chilean secret police agency, known as DINA, which was secretly collaborating with the military in Buenos Aires.
The documents record Washington's initial reaction to the military takeover. "I do want to encourage them. I don't want to give the sense that they're harassed by the United States," Secretary of State Kissinger ordered his staff after his assistants warned him that the junta would initiate a bloodbath following the coup. According to the transcript, Kissinger's top deputy on Latin America, William Rogers, told him two days after the coup that "we've got to expect a fair amount of repression, probably a good deal of blood, in Argentina before too long."
State Department cables, including some obtained previously by the Argentine newspaper, Clarin, show that U.S. officials had prior knowledge of coup plotting. More than a week before the coup, Ambassador Robert Hill sent Assistant Secretary Rogers a secret cable reporting that the commander of the Navy, Admiral Emilio Massera, had requested that the U.S. embassy "indicate to him one or two reputable public relations firms in the U.S. which might handle the problem for a future military government." Massera, according to the cable, promised that the Argentine military would "not follow the lines of the Pinochet takeover in Chile," and would "try to proceed within the law and with full respect for human rights."
But although the military repression in Argentina drew less international attention than the Pinochet regime's in Chile, it far exceeded it in terms of human rights violations. By mid 1978, according to a secret cable from the DINA station in Buenos Aires, posted here publicly for the first time, the secret police battalion 601 had "counted 22,000 between dead and disappeared, from 1975 to the present date [July 1978]." Thousands of additional victims were killed between 1978 and 1983 when the military was forced from power.
A secret Argentine military document revealed here for the first time records the capture of Jorge Zaffaroni and his wife Maria, who were never seen again. (Source: Sin Olvido)
 
Some of the victims were Uruguayans living in Buenos Aires at the time of the coup. A secret Argentine intelligence report records an operation to kidnap two Uruguayan citizens who were then disappeared. "From: State Intelligence Secretariat. To: Intelligence Battalion 601... Primary objective: Jorge Zaffaroni [and] Maria Zaffaroni, Results: Positive…" reads the military form dated September 29, 1976. Other records posted today provide details on efforts to wipe out a Uruguayan resistance group known as OPR-33 through Operation Condor, a network of Southern Cone secret police services that worked together to eliminate opponents of their regimes.
"For the sake of history, memory and justice, it is extremely important that this kind of information from the Argentine intelligence and security services be made public and rigorously analyzed," said Professor Marcos Novaro, who directs the political history project at the University of Buenos Aires.
"It is clear from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's reaction that Argentina had to pay in blood for the sake of stability in the region," said Archive analyst Carlos Osorio. "The U.S. knowingly supported a national security doctrine that disregarded all civilized norms and any adherence to human rights, and tens of thousands of Argentines paid the ultimate price."

The Documents in Historical Perspective
In the year preceding the coup, Argentina descended into a spiral of violence. On one side, death squad operations carried out by the Anti-communist Argentine Alliance (AAA), sponsored by the government, the Federal Police and the Armed Forces, claimed hundreds of victims per month; on the other side the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) and the Montoneros guerrillas attacked a number of economic installations. Scores of union leaders, popular activists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and intellectuals as well as public servants, military men and business people were targeted. Private companies, many of them U.S. corporations, saw their executives threatened and killed. The U.S. Embassy received numerous threats and attacks; one of its staffers was wounded and another killed in 1975. Political chaos was compounded by economic upheaval. By early 1976, Isabel Peron, who had succeeded her late husband as president, was weak and isolated. The military coup was seen by many in the Argentine polity as an inevitable step to bring stability.
Washington welcomed the military takeover. Initially, reports by the U.S. Embassy branded it as "moderate in character" and the "most civilized coup in Argentine history." The administration of President Gerald Ford was ready to support the new Junta financially and with security assistance. But, as the U.S. Ambassador put it: "the USG [U.S. government] of course should not become overly identified with the Junta, but so long as the new govt can hew to a moderate line the USG should encourage it by examining sympathetically any requests for assistance." At the very first State Department staff meeting after the coup, Assistant Secretary William Rogers predicted to Secretary Kissinger that the Argentine military was "going to have to come down very hard not only on the terrorists but on the dissidents of trade unions and their parties," and recommended that "we ought not at this moment rush out and embrace this new regime."
Kissinger, however, ordered U.S. support for the new government. "Whatever chance they have," Kissinger noted, "they will need a little encouragement from us."
As predicted by the State Department, the military Junta instituted widespread and vicious repression following the coup. Not only Argentines were targeted, but also citizens from Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay who had taken up political exile in Argentina to escape repression in their home nations. As part of Operation Condor-a network of Southern Cone secret police services collaborating to eliminate opponents of their regimes--the Argentine military carried out numerous operations against foreigners trapped in Buenos Aires after the coup.
The clandestine effort to capture, kidnap, detain and disappear two Uruguayans, Jorge Zaffaroni and his wife Maria Islas de Zaffaroni, is recorded in dramatic detail from documentation obtained from intelligence agencies in four countries. The National Security Archive has reconstructed the paper trail on the chilling events of September 1976 that led to the disappearance of these two Uruguayan citizens:
  • By May 1976, Uruguayan intelligence is keeping track of dozens of OPR-33 uruguayan guerrillas operating in Buenos Aires. A secret document published here shows a list built between May and October 1976,listing the Zaffaroni couple and 60 other members of the OPR-33. The information found in the archive of the Paraguayan Secret Police was likely being shared with Southern Cone intelligence services. (Source: The secret police archive in Paraguay)
  • A U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency cable written in mid-September 1976, states that a high ranking delegation of Argentine generals has traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay to coordinate intelligence operations. (Source: Italian judicial official from a FOIA request to the U.S.)
  • An Argentine intelligence report obtained by the Archive through a confidential source records information provided by the Uruguayans authorizing the State Intelligence Secretariat to order Intelligence Battalion 601 to kidnap the Zaffaroni couple; the operation is successfully carried out, and the couple is handed to the Uruguayan authorities and never heard from again.
  • An October 1, 1976, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency cable reports that in a one week operation the intelligence cooperation of Argentina and Uruguay has destroyed the OPR-33.
By mid 1978, military repression in Argentina had already peaked and was winding down, but human rights violations nevertheless continued. The Carter administration's policy of open diplomacy on human rights brought significant international pressure on the Junta to begin to curtail its abuses. But torture, disappearances, and executions continued at a reduced level until the military was defeated during the Falklands war, and forced to withdraw from power.
How many people were killed and disappeared during the seven years of dictatorship? "It is our estimate that at least several thousand were killed and we doubt that it will ever be possible to construct a more specific figure," says the U.S. Ambassador in one cable in early 1978. The National Commission on the Disappeared (CONADEP) was able to document 9,089 persons disappeared at the hands of the regime. Another U.S. declassified State Department memo, titled "Disappearance Numbers," places that figure at 15,000 by late 1978.
But one internal DINA document, obtained by journalist John Dinges for his book, The Condor Years, recorded secret numbers on the dead and disappeared compiled by Argentine Intelligence Battalion 601 between 1975 and July 1978. The cable, sent by DINA's attaché to Buenos Aires, Enrique Arancibia Clavel (using the code name Luis Felipe Alemparte Diaz) stated that that he was "sending a list of all the dead" which included the official and unofficial death toll. Between 1975 and mid 1978, Arancibia reported, "they count 22,000 between the dead and the disappeared."
The DINA cable, according to Dinges, "provides important corroborating evidence that the true number of disappeared is significantly higher than the 9,089 persons listed by CONADEP in the 1980s."

READ THE DOCUMENTS The U.S., the Argentine Military and the Coup
This section was drafted in collaboration with Fernando Rocchi and Catalina Smulovitz of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

March 26, 1976 - [Staff Meeting Transcripts] Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Chairman, Secret, [pages 1, 19-23 regarding Argentina]
[Full document]
Source: Collection compiled by National Security Archive analyst William Burr. Selected by Archive Senior Analyst Peter Kornbluh.
Two days after the military coup, Secretary of State Kissinger convened his weekly staff meeting. In this declassified secret transcript of the first conversation on Argentina, Assistant Secretary for Latin America, William Rogers informs Kissinger that for the Argentine generals' government to succeed, they will make "a considerable effort to involve the United States - particularly in the financial field.". Kissinger responds "Yes, but that is in our interest."
Rogers advises that "we ought not at this moment rush out and embrace this new regime" because he expects significant repression to follow the coup. "I think also we've got to expect a fair amount of repression, probably a good deal of blood, in Argentina before too long. I think they're going to have to come down very hard not only on the terrorists but on the dissidents of trade unions and their parties." But Kissinger makes his preferences clear: "Whatever chance they have, they will need a little encouragement… because I do want to encourage them. I don't want to give the sense that they're harassed by the United States."
[Note: On March 27, 1976, the IMF released a $127 million credit for the Military Junta]
February 16, 1976 - Military Take Cognizance of Human Rights Issue *
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Originally released through FOIA request by and published in Suplemento Zona, Diario Clarín in 1998.

More than two months before the coup, U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of State learn that the Argentine military is planning to take power. In this secret cable U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Robert Hill reports directly to Secretary of State Kissinger and his Assistant Secretary for Latin America, William Rogers, that officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and journalists in contact with the Argentine Army Chief of Staff Roberto Eduardo Viola, have been told that the military are drafting a public relations plan to accompany the upcoming coup. The public relations plan is intended to cast the new military government in a positive light, in order to avoid human rights sanctions from the U.S. Congress. But the Argentine military passes word to the U.S. Embassy that "some executions would…probably be necessary" and "they wish to minimize any resulting problems with the US."
In his conclusion Ambassador Robert Hill observes: "it is encouraging to note that the Argentine military are aware of the problem and are already focusing on ways to avoid letting human rights issues become an irritant in US-Argentine relations."
March 16, 1976 - Ambassador's Conversation with Admiral Massera
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Originally released through FOIA request to and published in Suplemento Zona, Diario Clarín in 1998.
Eight days before the coup, Ambassador Hill reports to Assistant Secretary of State William Rogers about a conversation about the pending coup with the Argentine Navy Chief, Emilio Eduardo Massera. Massera reassures the Ambassador stating that the military will operate in the most "democratic and moderate manner possible." According to Massera, the military government
"will not follow the lines of the Pinochet takeover in Chile… will try to proceed within the law and with full respect for human rights…had no intention of resorting to vigilante-type activities, taking extra-legal reprisals or of taking action against uninvolved civilians."
Massera asks whether the Ambassador can recommend a public relations company to manage the military government's public image. Hill responded "I emphasized that the US government could not in any way become involved in the Argentine internal affairs." Hill then offers Admiral Massera a list of reputable public relations firms that the Embassy keeps.
March 30, 1976 - Videla's Moderate line Prevails *
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Originally released through FOIA request to and published in Suplemento Zona, Diario Clarín in 1998.

A week after the military putsch, an extremely optimistic Ambassador Hill sends a seven-page assessment about the new military Junta. He reports that the head of the Junta, General Jorge Videla, "is at least for the time being in a strong enough position to keep the hardliners in check and impose a moderate approach." Hill concludes:
"This was probably the best executed and most civilized coup in Argentine history. It was unique in other ways too. The US has not been accused of being behind it, except by Nuestra Palabra, the organ of the PCA. The Embassy hopes to keep it that way."
"The U.S. government of course should not become overly identified with the Junta, but so long as the new government can hew to a moderate line the U.S. government should encourage it by examining sympathetically any requests for assistance."
[Note: In early April 1976, the U.S. Congress approved a request by the Ford Administration, written and supported by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, to grant $50 million in military assistance to the new Argentine military regime.]

Operation Condor: The Machinery of the Dirty War
May-October 1976 - Relacion de Requeridos del OPR-33 [OPR-33 Most Wanted List]
[First page of the Uruguayan military intelligence report containing this list]

Source: Documentation Center and Archive for Human Rights of the Paraguay Supreme Court, aka. "Archive of Terror." Collected by Carlos Osorio.

The Uruguayan Army Intelligence Department II sent this list of OPR-33 most wanted members to intelligence services of the Southern Cone. Among those listed are Jorge Roberto Zaffaroni Castilla (Page 4, second from the bottom), and Maria Emilia Islas Gatti de Zaffaroni (Page 5, 4th from the bottom). The document was obtained from the Archive and Documentation Center for Human Rights (CDyA) of the Paraguayan Supreme Court, or "Archive of Terror" of the Paraguayan Secret Police where several unique documents have been found pertaining to the Southern Cone cooperation of intelligence services known as Operation Condor. Of the people listed in this document, many were kidnapped and tortured and twelve were disappeared at the hands of Argentine and Uruguayan security forces who coordinated their repression in the mid 1970's. Four children that were captured with their parents, or were born in captivity, were stolen and raised by their kidnappers--intelligence officers.
September 22, 1976 - Counter Subversion
Source: Declassified by DIA in response to request by Italian Judge GianCarlo Cappaldo. Copy obtained by John Dinges.

This Defense Intelligence Agency Intelligence Report (IR) records the Operation Condor collaboration between secret police officials in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. DIA sources report that "On September 15 1976… Roberto Viola, Chief of the Army Staff, Brigadier General Suarez Mason, I Corps Commander and Colonel Juan Saa, Assistant Army G-2… [were] en route to Montevideo… A senior Army Colonel responsible for internal Argentine intelligence… was leaving on September 17, 1976 for Brasilia to discuss intelligence matters with the Brazilian armed forces… [an unidentified source states] the mission was secret and that the Argentine Army was exchanging information on subversion… but did not elaborate to what extent coordination took place beyond exchange of intelligence information.
The visit of the Army officer to Brazil provides firm information that the Argentines are actively coordinating with their neighbors on counterinsurgency matters. While the purpose of BG Viola's trip to Uruguay is not clear, it could very well have been to coordinate counter subversion activities…"
September 29, 1976 - Entregados a OCOAS XXX URUGUAYOS [Handed down to OCOAS]
[Note: This document has been digitally enhanced for readability and to protect the identity of the source]
Source: Protected. Obtained by Carlos Osorio
This military form records, in bureaucratic language, the repression of Battalion 601. It states that Uruguayan citizens Jorge Zaffaroni and Maria Emilia Islas de Zaffaroni have been captured in Buenos Aires and handed to the Uruguayan government's Anti-Subversive Operations Coordinating Organization (OCOAS - Organismo Coordinador de Operaciones Anti-Subversivas).
"Military Intelligence Battalion 601
Handed to OCOAS"
"From: State Intelligence Secretariat.. To: Intelligence Battalion 601... Primary objective: Jorge Zaffaroni [and] Maria Zaffaroni, Results: Positive…"
The Zaffaroni couple disappeared on September 29 in Buenos Aires. The record shows that information coming from abroad ("Exterior" most likely means from Uruguayan intelligence) prompts the Argentine State Intelligence Secretariat (SIDE - Secretaria de Inteligencia del Estado) to order, on September 18, the capture of the Zaffaroni couple. Battalion 601 then records that the operation was successfully completed on September 27 or 29. The document was obtained by the National Security Archive through a confidential source.
October 1, 1976 - Special Operations
Source: Chile Declassification Project, Department of Defense, 1999. First published in The Pinochet File, by Archive analyst Peter Kornbluh.

This Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Intelligence Report (IR) provides information on joint counterinsurgency operation by Southern Cone countries in what was known as Operation Condor. "Operation Condor is the code name given for intelligence collection on leftists, communists and Marxists in the Southern Cone Area. It was recently established between cooperating intelligence services in South America in order to eliminate Marxist terrorist activities in member countries with Chile reportedly being the center of operations. Other participating members include: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia… Members showing the most enthusiasm to date have been Argentina, Uruguay and Chile."
In particular, the document accounts for the recent joint Argentine and Uruguayan raid in Buenos Aires during which the Zaffaroni couple was kidnapped and disappeared. The document refers to a high-ranking Argentine military delegation to Montevideo reported a few days earlier in the DIA cable above, as a sign of the preparation for these operations.
"During the period 24-27 September 1976, members of the Argentine State Secretariat for Information (SIDE), operating with officers of the Uruguayan Military Intelligence Service carried out operations against the Uruguayan terrorist organization, the OPR-33 in Buenos Aires. As a result of this joint operation, SIDE officials claimed that the entire OPR-33 infrastructure in Argentina has been eliminated…"

Casualties of Repression: Accounting for the Dead and Disappeared
March 28, 1978 - The Problem of Those Who Disappeared
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Selected and previously published by Carlos Osorio in the National Security Archive briefing book 77, Argentine Junta Security Forces Killed Disappeared Activists, Mothers and Nuns

Under US pressure, the Argentine government began to release information that accounts for the officially recognized 3,000 PEN prisoners (People held under National Executive Powers). In this memo, the U.S. Ambassador Raul Castro reflects on how the release of these names will surely lead relatives to demand accountability for those thousands whose names are not listed. Ambassador Castro describes the issue of the disappeared:
"Civil violence, terrorism and counterterrorism in Argentina over the past half dozen years have probably taken thousands of lives. A great many of those have been shot or victims of bomb attacks. There is a large category, however, generally described as "the disappeared". The conventional government explanation for these persons who have vanished without a trace is that they:
1) have gone underground
2) were terrorists who were killed by their companions
3) have fled the country
4) Had been killed in battle and bodies were unrecognizable, or
5) Were victims of counter-subversive excesses

While we know that there are significant numbers in the first four categories, we are convinced that the majority fall in the fifth. These individuals have been seized by elements of the security forces and have been summarily executed…
… It is our estimate that at least several thousand were killed and we doubt that it will ever be possible to construct a more specific figure."
Taking into account the small positive steps the military Junta has taken so far, Ambassador Castro concludes: "The USG should concentrate its efforts on the opportunities created for continued progress toward return to the rule of law. While not condoning or pardoning the GOA for its part in the disappearances, we should avoid endorsing demands for an accounting."
April 26, 1978 - [Letter on Human Rights from Political Officer F. Allen "Tex" Harris]
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Copy collected by Carlos Osorio in 2006.

Reporting on several human rights issues to his colleagues at the Department of State, U.S. Embassy Human Rights officer, Tex Harris writes that in addition to the PEN prisoners, "One of the jargon breakthroughs we have made recently concerns the DAMs - Personas bajo disposicion autoridad militar. This is the argot for the disappeared but alive non recognized prisoners…." Harris identifies a new prison and suggests that intelligence reports estimate that it could hold up to 1000 "non recognized" prisoners. The problem, he writes, "is that very few people are released from the detention centers which are "outside the law."
July 13, 1978 - International Red Cross Appeal for Support for Argentine Program
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Copy collected by Carlos Osorio in 2006.

The Embassy sends a cable to the Department of State explaining how important it is to support the Red Cross work in Argentine. The cable reports that according to a secret source, the U.S. embassy has learned that "the Red Cross has begun to have access to political prisoners being held at the Disposition of Military Authority ("DAM") … The ICRC's [International Committee of the Red Cross] central tracing agency's work here is important in the effort to establish an accurate number of quote disappeared unquote in Argentina. REFTEL B reports that the current ICRC files contain more than 20,000 cards of detained and missing persons in Argentina…"
Mid-July 1978 - [Argentine Military Intelligence Estimates 22,000 people Dead or Disappeared, page A-8]
[Note: this page has been digitally enhanced for readability. For the full original scanned document click here]
Source: Copy obtained by John Dinges at Argentina's Federal Courts. Cited in 2005 in John Dinges' book The Condor Years and published here for the first time.

The document excerpted here contains the only known report of the calculation by Argentine military intelligence itself of the number of people their operatives had killed in the repression. The document was sent to Chile's DINA headquarters by Chilean intelligence official Enrique Arancibia Clavel, who used the pseudonym "Luis Felipe Alemparte Diaz," and is based on records he was allowed to examine in the headquarters of Army Intelligence Battalion 601. Arancibia Clavel was Chile's representative in Argentina of the "Operation Condor" network created in November 1975 by the security forces of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. Weeks before writing this report, he had been requested by his superiors in Chile to send names and numbers of killed and disappeared in Argentina. The report provides important corroborating evidence that the true number of disappeared is significantly higher than the 9,089 persons listed by the National Commission on the Disappeared (CONADEP) report in the 1980s. It is also significant that the military intelligence count starts in 1975, at a time the military took over national repressive activities from the national police but several months before the military coup in March. Since the disappearances are known to have continued several more years, the actual total of those disappeared by the military should be extrapolated beyond the 22,000 who had already been killed at the time the report was written in July 1978. The document is among approximately 1500 pages of documents confiscated from Arancibia's office and home by the Federal Court of Argentina in November 1978 and held in court archives. John Dinges obtained a copy of the Federal Court's five volume compilation of Arancibia's documents in January 2002 and provided them to the National Security Archive. The document displayed here is Volume V, p. 238. The document was first published in John Dinges, The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents (The New Press).
Chilean intelligence officers had requested that Arancibia produce names and numbers of those dead and disappeared in Argentina. In a series of memorandums dated between the first half of June 1976 and mid 1978, the Chilean agent sent to Santiago thousands of names and dates of deaths and disappearances. In this particular report, Arancibia seems to summarize his accounting work and writes
"[T]hese lists include 'official' as well as 'non official' deaths. We got this from the Army Intelligence Battalion 601, located on Callao and Viamonte streets, which is under the Army Chief II of Intelligence at the Army general Command of the Chiefs of Staff of the Army. Those listed as NN are those unidentifiable corpses, almost 100% correspond to extremist individuals eliminated by "left hand," by the security forces. The tally of those killed and disappeared from 1975 up to date is 22,000. Luis Felipe Alemparte Diaz"
[Note: Left handed operations in the vocabulary of the security forces' secret trade meant anything that was illegal. For a description of the secret operations leading to the assassination and disappearance of people by security forces during the Argentine dictatorship, see the description by an Argentine intelligence officer in the section describing the "Fate of the Disappeared" on page 5 of the August 7, 1979 memorandum titled Nuts and Bolts of the Government's Repression of Terrorism-Subversion (National Security Archive briefing book 73, State Department Opens Files On Argentina's Dirty War)]
August 1, 1978 - Follow up to Human Rights Round Up
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Copy collected by Carlos Osorio in 2006.

Responding to requests by the Department of State to clarify the latest U.S. Embassy's Human Rights Round Up, the Embassy reports that "Information regarding the elimination of terrorists and subversives is understandably an area of great sensitivity within the GOA [Government of Argentina] and is very closely held. Consequently, the Embassy has no current information regarding the magnitudes of eliminations of terrorists and subversives…"
December 27, 1978 - Disappearance Numbers
Source: U.S. Department of State Argentina Declassification Project, 2002. Copy Collected by Carlos Osorio in 2006.

The U.S. Embassy officer in charge of human rights, F. Allen "Tex" Harris, writes a report on the number of disappeared in Argentina. The Argentine Ministry of the Interior statistics passed to the Embassy show the numbers of disappeared declining from 2500 in 1976 to 800 in 1978. The overall numbers of disappeared tallied by the Ministry is 4,780 for the period. In several other reports, Harris estimates that the official figures, including the 9000 names of disappeared compiled by the human rights office at the Embassy, are but a fraction of the actual total of disappeared people. In this memo, Harris opens his report stating "Disappearance numbers… a senior army official had informed the [Catholic] Nuncio that the armed services had been forced to 'take care of' 15,000 persons in its anti-subversion campaign."
* The documents marked with an asterisk were published jointly in 2001 by the National Security Archive and the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales CELS.