Several years ago, for academic purposes I chose to research Chile's 9/11 just as the CIA declassified many documents, some still heavily redacted, about the US's involvement. Below is a short piece for those not familiar with the basic story. I can assure all that details that have been revealed  over the last 40 years would shock the most hardened of conscience. One detail I think every American should know is that there were many Americans in Chile at that time, some of them students and some with humanitarian groups trying to alleviate the situation caused US sanctions. Above the number of Americans that came home and were told they could not report what they saw or the beatings and conditions of their incarceration, an estimated 27 were never seen or heard from again. Their families were denied US govt assistance in investigating their whereabouts. The US govt has refused to establish the exact number of Americans lost.

By Ryan Villarreal

A court in Chile has confirmed that former President Salvador Allende committed suicide by shooting himself during the coup the ousted him from power in 1972 and replaced him with Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Forensic tests on Allende's exhumed body finally concluded the long-debated issues.

The court's ruling coincided with the 39th anniversary of Allende's death - September 11.

While the U.S. and many other countries around the world associate the date "Sept. 11" with the terrorist attacks that occurred in 2001, the people of Chile are reminded of their own tragedy that happened on that day in 1973.

The incident in question refers to the U.S.-backed coup d'état that ousted democratically elected President Salvador Allende and installed the dictator Augusto Pinochet, who ruled the country with an iron fist for over 15 years.

Under Pinochet's reign, thousands were imprisoned, tortured, murdered and disappeared in an attempt to crush all political opposition. A Chilean commission investigating human rights abuses, estimated that there were over 40,000 victims of the military regime, 3,000 of whom were killed or disappeared, the BBC reported.

Pinochet received the support of the U.S. government because he embraced economic policies that favored U.S. interests, such as privatizing national industries and allowing American corporations to come in and reap massive profits, while only enriching an elite few in Chile and leaving the majority of people without social safety nets, labor rights or economic security.

Allende had dared to stand up to the neo-liberal economic model prescribed to developing countries around the world by the U.S. government via corporate-funded economists who envisioned these countries as new markets to be exploited for profit rather than actually developed. Allende wanted the Chilean people to benefit from the wealth of its national industries and natural resources, and for this he became a pariah in the eyes of the U.S.

The U.S. had engaged in a campaign of economic sabotage, using financial institutions to isolate Chile while Allende was in power. Failing to coerce his capitulation, it encouraged Pinochet to take over. Once Pinochet was in power, the financial tap was turned back on.

The Pinochet regime did not maintain power because its economic policies were successful, but because it ruled through oppression and with the economic backing of the U.S.

This is not a history lesson to diminish the memory of those who died 11 years ago in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93, but to honor the lives that were lost under a brutal regime propped up by the U.S. government. There is no ownership over a date, and past tragedies cannot be paved over by newer ones, not as long as we can still remember them.

http://www.ibtimes.com/chiles-own-911-when-us-backed-brutal-dictato...

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A dear friend of mine told me about this decades ago, I never looked at our country the same again . Her family lost loved ones and had to flee the country. It was brutal and thanks to folks like you, it will never be forgotten .

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