EIR reveals (2005) that top LaRouche aides "made direct contact with Chile's former DINA [secret police] head Manuel Contreras and other representatives of the Pinochet regime" in 1993. This article by LaRouche disciple and convicted felon William Wertz claims that the contacts led to discussions of rekindling the Operation Condor death squads that had assassinated Chilean dissidents in exile, and to a possible coup to save Pinochet's top thugs from prosecution. The allegations are made in the framework of a polemic (full text here) against LaRouche aides who had been purged by their paranoid leader.
Because of the next item below, I flatly don't believe that the LaRouchian overtures to elements of the former Pinochet regime were conducted behind LaRouche's back by certain of his aides operating on their own while he was in prison. Indeed, if these actions were unauthorized and LaRouche himself was an innocent democratic-minded fellow, why did he allow the circulation throughout Latin America of the neo-fascist tract The Plot to Annihilate the Armed Forces and the Nations of Ibero-America AFTER his release from prison? And why did he engage in or allow all the other pro-dictatorship and pro-death squad activity and rhetoric documented in his own publications and in the mainstream media of various countries BEFORE as well as after his incarceration?
I urge the former LaRouchians named in this EIR article to come forward and tell everything they know about LaRouche's, and their own, sinister contacts and activities in Latin America over the past 35 years.
Evidence that EIR's 2005 article above is a cynical coverup of LaRouche's own complicity in defending the former Pinochet regime. Here is a Nov. 6, 1998 EIR article by Cynthia R. Rush that clearly and openly defends Pinochet and other perpetrators of horrific human rights abuses in Chile--and dismisses the murderous Operation Condor as being merely an "anti-terror intelligence-sharing and coordination program." (Note also the defense of the former death squads in Spain.) By this time, LaRouche had been out of prison for almost five years and was in daily control of his organization's activities and publications. According to ex-LaRouchians, the EIR editorial staff would never have dared to openly support Pinochet without the explicit approval of LaRouche himself. As to William Wertz (author of the 2005 article), he apparently is willing to lie to EIR's readers just as flagrantly as he lied to senior citizens from whom he and his master LaRouche swindled millions of dollars in the 1980s.