The Coup in Argentina
Back in the day on March 24th, 1976, the military junta of General Jorge Rafael Videla, Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera, and Air Force Brigadier Orlando Ramon Agosti deposed and arrested then President Isabel Peron. Videla was designated President soon after and headed the dictatorial regime’s so-called “National Process of Reorganization” that reigned from 1976 to 1983. The “Proceso,” as the military dictatorship liked to fashion itself, included systematic state terror campaigns that utilized cruel torture techniques and also claimed the lives of some 30,000 people in a so-called “Dirty War.” On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the coup, declassified files from our National Security Archives detail how then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, wanted to reassure the regime when he said, “I don’t want to give the sense that they’re harassed by the United States.”
No such overtures were given thought to those who suffered much more than harassment under its oppression.