Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973

“September 11, 1998 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. The violent overthrow of the democratically-elected Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende changed the course of the country that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda described as “a long petal of sea, wine and snow”; because of CIA covert intervention in Chile, and the repressive character of General Pinochet’s rule, the coup became the most notorious military takeover in the annals of Latin American history.”

—Peter Kornbluh, “Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973.” National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 8.

On 9/11, I like to take the opportunity to reflect on “the Other 9/11,” the one the United States is responsible for.

From Mind Control to Murder? How a Deadly Fall Revealed the CIA’s Darkest Secrets

“Decades later, however, spectacular revelations cast Olson’s death in a completely new light. First, the CIA admitted that, shortly before he died, Olson’s colleagues had lured him to a retreat and fed him LSD without his knowledge. Then it turned out that Olson had talked about leaving the CIA – and told his wife that he had made “a terrible mistake”. Slowly, a counter-narrative emerged: Olson was disturbed about his work and wanted
to quit, leading his comrades to consider him a security risk. All of this led him to room 1018A.”

—By , “From mind control to murder? How a deadly fall revealed the CIA’s darkest secrets.” The Guardian. September 6, 2019.