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America’s Disappeared by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
July 18, 2011

A former illegal detention center in the headq...

A former illegal detention center in the headquarters of the provincial police of Santa Fe, in Rosario, now a memorial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Silvia Quintela was “disappeared” by the death squads in Argentina in 1977 when she was four months pregnant with her first child. She reportedly was kept alive at a military base until she gave birth to her son and then, like other victims of the military junta, most probably was drugged, stripped naked, chained to other unconscious victims and piled onto a cargo plane that was part of the “death flights” that disposed of the estimated 20,000 disappeared.

The military planes with their inert human cargo would fly over the Atlantic at night and the chained bodies would be pushed out the door into the ocean. Quintela, who had worked as a doctor in the city’s slums, was 28 when she was murdered.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Classand The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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Argentina search for stolen children

 on Aug 16, 2010

The Argentinian government is trying to find hundreds of children stolen from their parents during the military dictatorship of the 1970s and early 1980s.

A controversial law obliges young adults suspected of being the missing children to provide DNA sample, even if they do not want to be found.

The adopted children of one of Argentina’s most powerful women are at the centre of the debate.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from La Plata.

Argentina search for stolen children

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5 Responses

  1. And Chris, why is this so ? I suggest the foolish incredible concentration of governmental power in Washington,D.C. . The only way to prevent these abuses of power is to go to the source of the power and begin there. Until individual states reclaim their rightful authority from our federal government we will continue to see more of the same abuses. Our federal government will NEVER prosecute itself. It is silly to hope so. Expecting them to ever prosecute themselves is like asking a poorly baked apple pie to fix itself,,, it just ain’t happening brother ! Holder WANTED to go after the Bush Boys in federal court ! “Mr. change You Can Believe In” said hell no. Cases must somehow find a way into other courts if any of these folks are to be prosecuted,, and I’m no lawyer,, but there must be a way ! Perhaps some very intelligent state initiated cases to protect citizens rights being protected from the abuses of federal authority. Know anyone who wants to start one ? This will require one hell of a lawyer ! Where is Perry Mason when we really need him ?!

  2. Tragic story, never to be forgotten.

    Viva Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.

    ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!

  3. [...] America’s Disappeared by Chris Hedges (via Dandelion Salad) [...]

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