Viewpoint: Kissinger dodging subpoenas

Viewpoint: Kissinger dodging subpoenas

By Joe Baker

Kissinger dodging subpoenas

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

You haven’t heard this story on the national networks. It hasn’t come up on Nightline. Nor have the major dailies published it. It seems Henry Kissinger is doing a good bit of traveling these days, trying to dodge a subpoena or two.

Henry is attempting to avoid questioning about his role in events in Chile and Argentina as well as in various places in Southeast Asia and the Mideast. Incidentally, Ted Koppel, host of Nightline, and Henry are very good friends and never discuss such matters.

At the end of last month, Chilean Judge Juan Guzman asked that country’s supreme court to pass on to the appropriate U.S. authorities a list of questions for Kissinger concerning what Henry knows about the 1973 murder of an American journalist named Charles Horman.

“We order,” said the court, “that the list of questions be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for delivery to the corresponding court in the United States of


Horman was seized by Chilean troops at his home just days after the coup that put dictator Augusto Pinochet in power. Weeks later, Horman’s bullet-riddled body turned up at a local morgue. The story was filmed in 1982 under the movie title Missing.

Horman’s family is convinced that Kissinger and officials of the U.S. Embassy knew about Horman’s arrest but did nothing to help him. His widow filed a lawsuit against Kissinger in the late ’70s, but it was withdrawn for lack of evidence.

Reports released by the State Department last year indicate that our intelligence officials may have played a role in Horman’s abduction.

Last May, Kissinger was in Paris on a supposedly “private” visit to conduct a seminar at a Paris hotel. French authorities

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attempted to serve him with a subpoena. They wanted to question Henry about his role in the coup d’etat which put Pinochet in power. The record shows Kissinger and the CIA took actions to disrupt the Chilean economy and encouraged the assassination of then-President Salvador Allende.

A number of French citizens vanished following Pinochet’s takeover. Allegedly, Henry had had a private meeting with Pinochet and told him the U.S. approved of what Pincochet was doing.

Kissinger’s response to the attempt to bring him before a French court was to leave the country. He claimed he had a previous commitment. The U.S. Embassy, in a letter to the French judge, pleaded Kissinger had recently had a heart attack, and it didn’t want the judge questioning him. The letter said that Henry had “other obligations,” and the information the judge wants is confidential.

The embassy official suggested the judge should submit an official request for the information to the U.S. government. It was he who told the judge Henry had gone to Italy. The judge, Roger Le Loire, has been tracking Kissinger since he issued a warrant for Henry’s arrest three years ago.

This story has been thoroughly researched and detailed in a book by British author Christopher Hitchens, entitled The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Hitchens alleges Kissinger is an international war criminal.

He lays out Henry’s part in the bombing of Cambodia, which led to the ascent to power of Pol Pot, who murdered thousands; the events in Vietnam, the putsch in Chile and the machinations in Argentina. It is a well-known story never mentioned in so-called mainstream media.

William Bourdon is a lawyer representing the families of the “disappeared” French citizens in Chile and Argentina. He commented that there is no doubt of U.S. involvement in the Chilean coup, and that “the American administration watched very closely what was going on in Chile and especially, the plight of foreigners, including French, who disappeared.”

At a recent appearance of Kissinger before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., questions about these matters were not allowed. The moderator admitted he had made a deal with Henry not to bring up these subjects.

Last June, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Georgia Democrat in the U.S. House, called for open dialogue on Kissinger’s activities as National Security Advisor and U.S. Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977.

Writing to Secretary of State Colin Powell, she said: “The search for truth and justice should not be impeded by the stature or power of an individual in question. The fact that Serbian officials turned (Slobodan) Milosevic over to international authorities demonstrates that nation’s resolve to face its demons and admit responsibility for its grave crimes. No world leader or world superpower should be immune from the requirements of international justice.

“The United States has demanded Yugoslavia’s cooperation in the case of Slobodan Milosevic, with extraordinary results for world justice. It now smacks of the grossest hypocrisy for the United States to deny the same justice to others that it has so zealously carved out for itself and its friends,” McKinney wrote.

The upheaval in Chile was marked by kidnappings, murders, torture, rape and other atrocities. Kissinger is implicated, either directly or indirectly. He also played a key role in the Watergate scandal and Iran-Contra.

All of the other principals in the latter two events have met punishment or disgrace. Nixon had to quit, and others of his criminal crew went to jail. It is unconscionable that the most bloody-handed of the bunch remains free, untouched and living in a position of respect and honor.

It offends my sense of justice, and it ought to offend yours. No one should be above the law—not presidents, judges, congressmen or former secretaries of state. The true picture of Henry’s actions is revealed by his papers, but what has he done with them? He has put them in the Library of Congress under seal until five years after his death. Only Henry and his staff can get access to them. Is that the action of an innocent man?

Don’t expect to hear about any of this on CNN. You may recall a few years ago when that network broadcast the “Tailwind” story about our side using poison gas during an illegal military operation in Laos. Henry was involved in that one, too.

He and Colin Powell and others in Washington brought pressure to bear on CNN. Network brass caved in, retracted the story, termed it unsupported and fired the producers. A year later, they got rid of Peter Arnett, the reporter on the story.

I agree with Rep. McKinney. We should make available to Judge Le Loire all the documents relating to U.S. knowledge of and involvement in the disappearance and murders of French citizens.

Peel the mask off Henry the K and let justice prevail!

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