Chile, DINA and Pinochet
The following is a U.S. Department
of Defense document discussing the violent tactics employed by DINA, dictator
General Augusto Pinochet's secret police in Chile during the 1970s. The cover
of Blowback's album Track III
shows La Moneda, the Presidetial Palace
of Chile, in flames during the coup d'etat instigated by the CIA on September
11, 1973. The democratically elected Marxist government of Salvador
Allende was violently overthrown by the Chilean military, of which Pinochet
was the Army Commander. Pinochet remained in power until 1990. His
regime was responsible for the executions, extrajudicial killings, and "disappearances"
of more than 3,000 people, while thousands more were tortured, beaten, and
arbitrarily detained by the Chilean armed forces.