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FTR #121 Interview II with Christopher Simpson about The Splendid Blond Beast

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The pro­gram reviews and and ana­lyzes the inter­na­tion­al con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing for­mer Chilean dic­ta­tor Augus­to Pinochet. Installed in a CIA-sup­port­ed coup in 1973, Pinochet was detained in Lon­don in late 1998 on an extra­di­tion request from a Span­ish court. The broad­cast sets forth some of the aspects of inter­na­tion­al law and war-crime guilt as dis­cussed in Simp­son’s land­mark book, The Splen­did Blond Beast: Mon­ey, Law and Geno­cide in the 20th Cen­tu­ry (Soft-cov­er edi­tion, Com­mon Courage Press, copy­right 1995). The dis­cus­sion also cen­ters on Oper­a­tion Sun­rise, the arranged sur­ren­der of al SS forces in Italy at the con­clu­sion of World War II. Arranged by OSS offi­cer and Wall Street lawyer Allen Dulles (who lat­er became direc­tor of the CIA), Oper­a­tion Sun­rise was a breach of the accord between the Sovi­et Union and the West­ern Allies. One of the key SS offi­cers who nego­ti­at­ed with Dulles was Walther Rauff, a heinous war crim­i­nal, who lat­er made his way to Chile and, accord­ing to Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, became an advi­sor to Pinochet’s gov­ern­ment and helped direct its prison sys­tem.


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