Monday, November 7, 2016

The US Presidential Election: a Referendum on Rightist Revolution

The November 8 election has become a referendum on right revolution.

The referendum on left revolution was held, and did surprisingly well, but the system stopped Sanders.

Now we must help the system stop Trump.

Its a complex moment, full of paradox.

The US/world system is criminal. It kills civilians, most overseas, directly with bombs, drones and bullets, and indirectly —but still more lethally — by withholding available wealth, food, resources.

That system deserves to be dismantled.

But Trump and co. will make it far worse. 

He and his teams represent revolution.

But its revolution in the wrong direction.

Some compare him to Mussolini, even Hitler.
One of his principal teams is indeed the modern neofascists (the alt right).

In lieu of going back in epochs to observe  and compare him to dead tyrants, one can instead travel overseas, to the US/world system outposts, where repressive violence — along with much production and pollution — has been largely outsourced.

Having spent decades fighting US-backed mass killers overseas I have had
countless occasions to combat and meet fascistic figures.

On the one hand, systematic comparison to Trump is near-impossible giving differing contexts.

For decades, stateside Americans have largely lived in a bubble regarding political violence.

Labor and other forms of violent repression are still involved in creating US wealth and production but most of the violence no longer
occurs in US south and midwest factories.

It happens in distant countries, and most Americans neither hear nor suspect.

It helps give rise to foreign political systems that are more hands-on and dangerous than our own and on occasion (with US help) gives rise to leaders who kill often, directly.

In a sense it is perversely unfair (to them) to compare these blood-soaked men to the pipsqueak Trump, but I have to say that when I think of them, and then see Trump, I feel a certain subjective resonance.

Had Trump been born in Guatemala, the rich-kid rite of passage there involved, in the 80s, going out and killing any troublesome workers from daddy’s plantations and factories.

There was also the droit de seigneur, peasant/worker women — and dissidents —were theirs for the taking.  

Their partner, Colonel Chupina, the Police chief, cruised the city  in a van, snatching Guatemalan “10s” for rape and burial, and, he hoped, oblivion.

Across the border in El Salvador there was a catchy tune that rich boys sang that — with one edit; delete “communists,” insert “immigrants” —could have been played in the background when Donald Trump came down the escalator. 

"Tremble, tremble," the hymn began.  It was a warning to adversaries, people who were, the lyrics went, "criminals, with the souls of animals." 

"They have killed.  They have raped," it continued.  You heard it all the time on the radio.

"They have ruined our fatherland," but the country would become a "tomb" for them, "Saving in this way America [the continents], our immortal America."

That was the song of Roberto D'Aubuison's civilian death squad party, ARENA.  

They were the ones who killed Archbishop Romero.  They featured telegenic, crazed oligarchs. 

With CIA data, they broadcast death lists.  But in the death squad system, they were secondary.

The bulk of the assassinations were done by the state, with secret army/police death squads run by bureaucrats.

Their founder was an army general, Jose Alberto "Chele" Medrano, Washington's principal asset in El Salvador.

In comparison to D'Aubuisson, who, in person, vibrated with a sick charisma, Medrano was matter-of-fact, a technocrat, a death technician.

But as I sat with him for hours I realized he was also lunatic, a crackpot consumed by conspiracy theories and by his own and Washington's propaganda.  When not telling tales of his work with the Green Berets or his private visit to the Oval Office he would draw elaborate diagrams with which he purported to explain to me how most every last nun and campesino was controlled from Moscow by the KGB.

Years later, in a Jakarta office tower, General Prabowo, "the Americans' fair-haired-boy," by his own description, spent hours ranting to me about the proper way to do a massacre, musing on whether he "ha[d] the guts" to seize power and "be called a fascist dictator," and insulting Indonesia's then-president, the popularly-beloved Muslim cleric Gus Dur because he was civilian, legally blind, and not as "young [and] handsome" as W. Bush, Blair, or Putin: "The military even obeys a blind president!," the General said, "Look at him!  He's embarrassing!"

The whole thing was surprising.  We were meeting in private, as adversaries. I had long publicly called for his arrest -- and that of his US sponsors -- for war crimes (He was the country's most notorious killer, famous for torturing and executing abductees personally), and had helped to start a grassroots lobby that had contributed to his (and his father-in-law Suharto's) downfall, yet here he was venting at length about the other generals who years ago had mocked him (he said they called him "The American") and expressing his palpable hurt about being dumped by Washington as soon as he lost power.

In 2014, having never seized power, Prabowo declared as a candidate for president.

He launched his campaign in a stadium, on horseback, dressed up like Mussolini. One of his backers, a bad-boy rich-kid rock star, did an endorsement music video in Nazi SS garb.

Prabowo had told me he had "fifteen servants" and had kept "slaves" in occupied East Timor.  He was a rich man with a billionaire brother, so he decided to run as a man of the mass.  

He said that only he could uplift Indonesia.  He said his opponent, a not-rich civilian, was weak. 

And he positioned himself against the foreigners (In 1998, while still a powerful general, as the country rose in rebellion against the regime, Prabowo had been accused of organizing riots, mass rapes and arson against Jakarta's ethnic Chinese). Without mentioning his US "fair-haired boy" past, he said only he would stand up to the Americans.

His had his opponents labeled as ”foreign stooges" ("antek asing"). 

At first, few took Prabowo seriously.  

But as he rose precipitously in the polls, I decided to publish our old off-the-record discussions. A campaign-long confrontation ensued.

He demanded that the army capture me, and said he would have me charged for speech crimes (including “inciting hatred against the army”) but when I said yes, please arrest me, I look forward to facing you in court, he backed down and was ridiculed.  On the last campaign day he filed the charges.

At one point in our running televised battle, an agitated Prabowo (the press described him as speaking "in a high tone") gave a speech in which he assailed the rakyat (the masses/ the volk/ the people) for listening to me instead of him.  "What's with you?  One foreigner speaks and you get all worked up?  One white-skinned guy and we have to get agitated?" ("Kenapa sih kamu, kalau satu orang asing bicara, kok kamu ribut sih?  Satu orang kulit putih kita harus ribut."

"We are 240 million people.  Just stay calm.  Ask the rakyat, don't ask foreigners." ("Kita ini 240 juta orang, tenang saja.  Tanya rakyatmuh lah, jangan tanya orang asing.")

I responded by saying that if he loved the rakyat, why did he kill so many of them, and if the issue was foreigners why had he worked for decades for US intelligence?

Prabowo's Gus Dur insult made waves among the poor, especially religious Muslims.  In East and West Java street banners went up quoting what Prabowo had told me, and were quickly torn down by plain-clothes teams from the Kopassus special forces, the kidnap/murder-specialist US-trained red berets that Prabowo had once commanded (Many of the banners were then put back up, and the tear-down cycle repeated).

With days do go before the election I met with the Gus Dur family and they issued a statement calling on Prabowo to explain himself.

The family had made a point of staying neutral in the election.  Their statement was surprisingly forceful.  

But as the hours ticked by without a Prabowo response, I became increasingly nervous, fearing that I might have inadvertently handed him a breakthrough opportunity.

If Prabowo had gone to Gus Dur’s widow, prostrated himself and begged forgiveness, it could have electrified the electorate.  It would have been a TV sensation. 

But as it turned out, those fears were groundless. Apology was apparently not an option.  

Even with state power on the line, the General wasn't admitting error. 

Prabowo sent out a spokesman who told the cameras that the Gus Dur family wouldn't be getting an apology and that Prabowo didn't owe any explanation to anyone.

Soon after, Prabowo lost the election.  Behind the scenes, he put out coup feelers, but failed.  

It took weeks, but Prabowo eventually conceded that he had lost.

Last September, after his “Mexican rapists” launch, with his campaign in a bit of trouble, Trump arranged a press conference at Trump Towers.  His staff had found him some foreigners.   

Standing behind Trump as he spoke was Prabowo’s right-hand-man Fadli Zon.  Prabowo and Fadli Zon were forever denouncing opponents for not being true Muslims.  Some of their campaign rallies had featured army/police-backed thugs waving ISIS flags. 

After the Trump Tower press conference Fadli Zon posted a series of grinning Trump selfies, and brought forth real fury from Indonesians at home and abroad.

The Grand Imam of the Indonesian mosque in New York City issued a statement pointing out that Trump was famous in US politics primarily for being a racist, and that his particular targets included immigrants and the Muslim faith.


After Trump proclaimed the Muslim ban, Gen Prabowo’s man spoke out.  The press headline read: “Fadli Zon is sure that a US president Trump will not be anti Muslim.” 

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Although this vote is a referendum on right revolution, many don't see it that way.  Some vote for him for jobs, to fight corruption, to stay out of stupid wars, and this scam becomes easy for him because his opponent, Clinton, is a corporate Democrat.

Trump could not have gotten away with this nonsense if his opponent were Bernie Sanders because Sanders could outflank him on all of these issues and offer real, constructive solutions

The debate on money in politics  is perhaps the most painful to watch.   Both Sanders and Trump -- alone among the candidates, say the system is rotten.  But Clinton, as she feels she must, denies that money influences her, and, by way of defense, says, hey, Obama takes more Wall Street money than I do!

Trump's reply is devastating.  It's one reason he often beats her in polls on "honesty."  He says, hey I'm a crook!  I've been buying politicians all my life!  But now I'll be a crook for you, the American people.  Screw this system!

On trade deals he crushes her even though his solutions make no sense and she must squirm to defend a pillar of her and her husband's life's work.

In fact, a close reading of Trump, and those around him strongly suggests that should he win, he'll end up in roughly the same spot on TPP as Clinton. 

Unlike Sanders, Trump doesn't attack the trade deal corporate tribunals that allow the rich to go around the world repealing national laws and regulations that cramp their style.   He instead accepts the corporate frame that views trade deal clashes as nation v nation, as opposed to the fact that they're mainly big transnational firms v most everyone else.  

With the help of Paul Ryan and the Chamber of Commerce , Trump's and Clinton's real stances will converge: face-saving minor modifications that he (or she) can tout as basic change.

On the issues in which Trump seems left of Clinton, on close examination it's illusion and mist.  The factors that make him radical are all radicalism of the right.  

When one votes for US president one is voting not just for a person but for teams.  Evan McMullin, the ex Congressional staffer, points out that when Trump sat down with Paul Ryan, he pledged to follow the program and cut Social Security (a bipartisan DC favorite long pushed, under Obama by Gene Sperling, now at Clinton's right hand as one of her economic chiefs.  Clinton, nonetheless, was compelled by Sanders forces to make a clear statement in debate that she will not cut Medicare of Social Security.  We'll see how long that lasts.) 

 Trump's 28-point policy plan, which had Newt Gingrich in extasy, puts the oil companies in charge of the environment and promises to slash safety/labor/health regulation more precipitously than positions that Ryan and the Kochs have tacitly accepted in legislation.

The presidential election of any Republican now would be a quasi revolution because the party has become so radical as the servant of the thug fringe of the rich.  

But Trump adds in additional teams, like the open racists and trigger-happy police that his own unique persona bids to drag across the political finish line.

But Trump is more than a vehicle for the vilest elements of the right.   

He has his own unique capacity to unleash the beast on countless fronts.  

On killing policy, its the murder adventurers like Cheney, Rusmfeld, Boykin and Flynn who support him, as opposed to the murder bureaucrats, who line up firmly for Clinton.  He talks about nuclear weapons like a modern Gen. Curtis LeMay (its forgotten that Trump once-amateur studied nukes, and, while still a playboy, gave interviews on nuke policy.)

And perhaps more ominous is this one's man's singular drive and capacity to unleash the beast in White America.  I

Its one of the elements that resonates most when I think of Trump alongside the killers I've known.

Recent Trump-like movements around the world have a certain variety in their targets, (In the Philippines and Europe they claim to be for working people; in Egypt and Thailand they despise the masses).  

What they have in common includes a middle class base, led by sometimes-fringe rich elites, and a feeling -- a semi or not-semi violent atmosphere of rage and hate that transcends continents.

In Thailand, the royalist elite helped the army topple two elected presidents with relentless mass middle-class sit-ins that paralyzed airports, downtown streets, state offices.  

At one point they rode under the banner of The People's Alliance for Democracy, and their main demand was oppsition to democratic elections on the grounds that poor farmers were too corrupt and stupid to be trusted with the vote.   

Now and then, when working on their second elected president, Yingluck Shinawatra, upper crust figures would mount the rally stages and demand that Mrs. Yingluck be impeached, arrested, jailed, and then - for good measure - gang raped.

When the Phlilppine Donald Trump -- as he's known, though he doesn't like Trump because Trump called the Phillippines "terrorist" -- Rodrigo Duterte got elected president on an open death squad platform, he immediately loosed cops and vigilantes and they murdered 3000 "drug dealers," at least two of them mayors; one of whom was just executed in his prison cell.  

When Senator Lila de Lima herocially stood up and exposed Duterte in death squad hearings, he got her fired from her Senate Chairmanship, threatened with death by smearing her as a drug dealer, had her home address and phone number published, and was subjected to open taunts from Duterte officials about a purported "sex tape."  

It could have been ripped from the headlines of the Trump campaign, except that under current Phillipine conditions, the brave Senator's life is clearly in danger.

Thats a difference, at least for now.



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Monday, September 26, 2016

Debate Night 1, 2016. Notes on Trump and Clinton: Restraint

The US policy has been to run the world and Trump has said he's against that.

But thats also what Bush Junior said.  Just as Trump is doing with Clinton, Bush ran to the left of Gore on intervention and repudiated nation building.

And then Bush responded to the attack of 9/11 by invading and occupying two nations, causing the death of perhaps a million civilians and sending US troops into sustained combat.

Does anyone think that once Trump takes office attacks on US targets will cease?

And does anyone think that Trump will be more restrained in responding to such attacks than Bush?

And, for that matter, will Trump allow himself to be called less of a drone killer than Obama?

Trump talks about nuclear weapons for Saudi Arabia.  He backs the Egyptian mass killer al Sisi even more warmly than does Clinton.  And Trump wants to give more weapons to Israel than does either Obama or Clinton.

Trump says he will sink Iranian ships if their sailors give the US the finger and will void the Iran nuclear deal which inevitably -- from the DC point of view -- will then require outright bombing.

So, open war in yet another country.

And in Syria, Trump says of ISIS, that he will stand beside them if they take the fight to Assad.

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Whichever gets elected, mass murder wins.  The question is how much murder?

The bureaucrats of the US killing system tend to back Hillary Clinton.

The murder adventurers Cheney and Rumsfeld are backing Donald Trump.

The murder bureaucracy isn't going away.  Trump and Congress will sustain it.  He openly calls for mass expansion of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

But Trump adds the additional element of animal spirits to the death business.

He has the gleam of a nuclear gamble that a Cheney or a Gen. Curtis LeMay could appreciate.

He has already called for China to "disappear" Kim Jong Un.

Those who think that the white supremacist proto-fascist will be less lethal abroad are failing to look at Trump's proposals and failing to look at the past. 


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reports Claim Indonesian President Set to Name Indicted War Criminal to Cabinet

Press reports claim that the indicted war criminal, General Wiranto, is set to be named Indonesia's security chief by the country's president, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

General Wiranto is under indictment by a UN-sponsored prosecutor for the massacre, rape, and arson campaign in occupied East Timor in 1999.  

Though forces under Wiranto's command raped nuns and staged mass executions of civilians he has evaded arrest for 17 years and -- if the press reports prove correct -- will now be placed in overall charge of Indonesia's vast security forces.

Wiranto's indictment and the brief supporting the outstanding warrant for his arrest can be accessed below:






For further background re Gen. Wiranto and his crimes:

"Admiral Dennis Blair, Prospective Obama Appointee, Aided Perpetrators of 1999 Church Killings"

"Bloody Hands and a Crucial Victory"

"Lembaga Negara Mendesak Jokowi Tidak Memasukkan Pembunuh ke Kabinet"

"A Government Body Asks Jokowi to Exclude Murderers from the Cabinet"

"Breaking News: Jokowi Siap Memasukkan Para Jenderal Pembantai Massal Wiranto dan Ryamizard ke Kabinet"

"Red Marks Next to Their Names: Is Jokowi Serious About Being Clean?"

"Tanda Merah Calon Menteri: Apakah Jokowi Sungguh-Sungguh Ingin Membangun Kabinet Bersih?"

Kompas: "Jurnalis Investigasi Allan Nairn Ingatkan Jokowi Jangan Pilih Menteri Pelanggar HAM"
(2014/10/22)



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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tweets During the Guatemalan Uprising of 2015 and the Fall of Perez Molina: August 25 Installment

By Allan Nairn (@AllanNairn14)


@AllanNairn14  Aug 25
68)In his hour of desperation,PerezM has gone demagogue.This longtime partner of th CIA&CACIFis now denouncing th rich&foreignrs #JuicioTito

69) It is a familiar scam: Mass killers who are closest to foreign powers and th rich sometimes like to pose as their opponents..#JuicioTito

70) They claim to be nationalists while selling the country's wealth to foreign corporations…#JuicioTito

71) ... And they claim to be populists while letting the local rich starve the people. #JuicioTito

72)Th rich&foreign sponsors of th demagogue just chuckle at th charade.They know it is necessry 2 deceive th people&keep control #JuicioTito

73) In this case, thats what the US is doing. Perez Molina is still useful to them (for the moment)... #JuicioTito

74) The US doesn't want a regime collapse that could unleash a deep popular movement... #JuicioTito

75)But CACIF is having a family spat with their little brother,Tito.He has become an embarrassment.They just want him to move on #JuicioTito

Allan Nairn retweeted @guatemalajustice:
“Both #RiosMontt and #Rodriguez Sanchez will be tried behind closed doors. Only victims will be allowed to attend. #Guatemala”
Allan Nairn added: “Rios Montt killed many 1000s but he couldnt kill their souls.For eternity he will have 2 face them,& their survivors”

Gustavo Berganza @GBerganza tweeted to @Allan Nairn14:
“Lástima que no viniste a atestiguar al juicio contra Ríos y Rodríguez. Hubiera sido útil oírte hablar de Otto.”
Allan Nairn replied: “Re mi testimonio que estaba programada para el juicio1 de Ríos Montt: http://goo.gl/Rof233  http://goo.gl/qzPws2   http://goo.gl/w3VH6j

Re my scheduled testimony for the first trial of Rios Montt: http://goo.gl/Rof233   http://goo.gl/qzPws2  http://goo.gl/w3VH6j

English versn of interv re my scheduled Rios Montt testimony"The witness who would have accused the US & Pérez Molina”http://goo.gl/oBV13f

[A]When I asked Rios Montt-a firm believer in the death penalty-if HE should be executed for his role in the slaughter.. http://goo.gl/pNZGqI

[B]…[Rios Montt] leapt to his feet and shouted "Yes! Try me! Put me against the wall!"... http://goo.gl/pNZGqI

[C]But he [Rios Montt] said that the Americans should be put on trial too. http://goo.gl/pNZGqI 

76)Th US&CACIF at th moment disagree on if Tito shld resign.Its just a tactical difference:they both,jointly,want 2 keep control #JuicioTito

77) For decades Perez Molina helped them[US/CACIF/foreign corps]loot the country.But now that some of the people have risen up…#JuicioTito

78) ... Perez Molina's usefulness (to the US,CACIF,foreign corps) has come into question…#JuicioTito

78) The US/CACIF don't care about Perez Molina personally.They care about preventing deep, popular change.#JuicioTito

79)Tito is terrified, but the US and CACIF are scared too. They want to end this unpredictable time of crisis swiftly, quietly. #JuicioTito

80But it is in no way preordained thtUSCACIFTitoArmy will prevail.History is now-for1brief momnt-largely in th hands of th peopl #JuicioTito

Allan Nairn retweeted Prensa Libre @prensa_libre: “Cacif y empresarios no apoyan paro nacional, argumentan pérdidas en economía http://bit.ly/1JwKPG6 Vía @rbolanos_pl 
Allan Nairn added the comment: “CACIFwants2remove Tito wthout giving an opening 2 a mass movemnt.Thy want2assure that only he-not them-is overthrown

[A] Guatemala now somewhat resembles Indonesia '98 in that th elites want 2 remove their chosen leader cuz he has lost control of th people…

[B]…but want to make sure that only he falls,&that they-the elites-maintain control.In Indonesia it was the US-backed mass killer, Suharto…

[C]..In Guate it is th USbacked mass killer PerezMolina.In Indonesia,th elites succeeded.Th army took control.They had 2 concede some reforms..

[D]….but the same people still ran society.  Moments where deep change is possible are brief.In Guatemala, this is one of them.

Allan Nairn retweeted Ejército Guatemala:” @Ejercito_GT
Somos garantes de la Institucionalidad del Estado de Guatemala, esencialmente apolítico, obediente y no deliberante”
Allan Nairn added the comment:”A) The army says they are the ‘guarantors of the Institutionality of the State of Guatemala.’”

B)...Previously that has meant committingmassacre,torture,disappearance,rape,& doing so in collaboration with foreign powers like the US..

C)...Señores del Ejercito: What does "guaranteeing the Institutionality of the State of Guatemala" mean today?


Link to August 23 Installment: goo.gl/w569xk
Link to August 24 Installment: goo.gl/6KeuCl


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Tweets During the Guatemalan Uprising of 2015 and the Fall of Perez Molina: August 24 Installment

By Allan Nairn (@AllanNairn14)


@AllanNairn14  Aug 24
53)The only ones who have not yet abandoned Guatemalan Pres Gen Perez Molina r Army/Police commanders,some diehard oligarchs,&…#JuicioTito

54)...some corrupt politicians/officials.The highest profile force now pushing 2 keep him (Perez Molina)in power is th US/Europe #JuicioTito

55) The US/Europe say privately they want "stability," but its the stability of theft, hunger, and terror. #JuicioTito

56) The US would never tolerate a full murder prosecution/ investigation of its long-time protege, Perez Molina. #JuicioTito

57) Neither would CACIF, the oligarchs, who ran their own civilian death squads. #JuicioTito

58) But CACIF sees that Perez Molina has lost control of the populace. They want to move him out, for corruption ... #JuicioTito

59)..&in th hope of retaining control of hs successor(VP Maldonado Aguirre,ex MLN,th self-described"party of organized violence”)#JuicioTito

60)...and in the hope of deactivating the popular movement and getting control of any "reform" process... #JuicioTito

61)...&in response 2 th fear that if Perez M stays,th protests will progress frm th issue of corruption 2th issue of mass murder #JuicioTito

62) But even on narrow corruption grounds, keeping Gen. Perez Molina (@ottoperezmolina) in office is wrong... #JuicioTito

63)...It gives him (Perez Molina) time to find & destroy evidence & to use the wealth & coercive powers of the state ...  #JuicioTito

64) ... to bribe, intimidate, and incapacitate witnesses, prosecutors, judges, legislators, and election commissioners ... #JuicioTito

65)It also gives him time 2 steal far more money.Keeping Perez M in office makes th prospect of real reform far more difficult . #JuicioTito

66)In Guate criminal court-& live on national TV-th public is now hearing phone intercepts implicating Perez M's ex VP in theft..#JuicioTito

67)..Imagine if th US were this advanced,& in a US crim court it were possibl to hear th NSA intercepts implicating US VPs&Prezs #JuicioTito


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Link to August 25 Installment: goo.gl/r0hIAu


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Tweets During the Guatemalan Uprising of 2015 and the Fall of Perez Molina: August 23 Installment

By Allan Nairn (@AllanNairn14)


@AllanNairn14  Aug 23
1)Guatemalan PresGen Otto Perez Molina may b tried fr corruptn.But he shld also b put on trial fr massacre,torture,assassination #JuicioTito

2) Perez Molina implemented the Rios Montt program of massacre in the Ixil.  I interviewed him then and he told me, on film, ... #JuicioTito

3) ..all the families are with the guerrillas.” #JuicioTito See: http://goo.gl/YXwuHB     http://goo.gl/jdPVVU  http://goo.gl/E0AuK2

4)Perez Molina,a special Kaibil troop &US protege,ws using th pseudonym“Major Tito”  His subordinates told me how they massacred #JuicioTito

5)Under Tito’s command,fm Nebaj,his men swept thru th mountns.Thy burnt & bombed villages,raped,strangled civilians& committed…#JuicioTito

6) ... many hundreds of murders. #JuicioTito http://goo.gl/8xr8Gl  http://goo.gl/UVISPC 

6)Tito’s men told me it didn’t matter that the victims were unarmed, including old people, women, children. #JuicioTito

7)Their crimes were genocidal.  They rank with those of today’s ISIS. And their commander later became the country’s president. #JuicioTito

8)But Perez Molina/Tito,though criminally responsible,was following orders from the top.His boss was th dictatorGen. Rios Montt #JuicioTito

9)Rios Montt and Perez Molina had the full support of the United States (and Israel).  Tito proudly showed me his US-weaponry. #JuicioTito

10)One of Tito’s officrs,Lt Romeo Sierra,a leader of massacres,told me thUS support was determinative-“definitivo"-in their work #JuicioTito

11)Within Guatemala, it was the oligarchs (CACIF) who backed Rios Montt, the army, and the massacres. #JuicioTito

12)Now th oligarchs have abandoned a sinking ship.With Perez Molina in corruption trouble thy have belatedly called4 him 2quit.. #JuicioTito

13) But they, CACIF/ the oligarchs, don’t want a murder trial for Perez Molina. #JuicioTito

14)When a Guat trial court convicted Rios Montt of genocide CACIF demanded th verdict b set asideThe corrupt high court complied #JuicioTito

15)CACIF cn’t tolerate criminal trials becuz most murders were done by th natl army thy sponsored.&,still more dangerous fr thm..#JuicioTito

16) ... a significant number of the '80s murders were done by CACIF oligarchs personally. #JuicioTito

17)In th‘80s,young oligarchic men wld organize their own civilian death squads.Thr targets wr unionists, peasant lders,students.#JuicioTito

18)Thy killed in concert w th far mor prolific Guat army/policeBut many rich boys took specl pride in gettng thr own hands dirty #JuicioTito

19) These Guatemalan oligarchy death squads were the counterparts of the D’Aubuisson death squads of El Salvador... #JuicioTito

20) Indeed, the Guatemala and ES oligarchy death squads sometimes trained together, and shared intel on cross-border targets. #JuicioTito

21)Today those murdering young CACIF men r in their 50s,60s.Th skeletons in thr closets are literal.Thy cant risk actual justice #JuicioTito

22)But suddenly,as if from a coma,parts of Guatemala hve awakened.Theyre in th streets, demanding justice.Th issue is corruption #JuicioTito

23) But every Guatemalan of a certain age, especially the Mayans, knows the real issue that lies beneath:... #JuicioTito

24)...the men (and some women)theyve now caught for stealing could do so becuz they had power,&they got that power due 2 murder.#JuicioTito

25)In '80,Fred Sherwood of AMCHAM,th US corp partner of CACIF,explained 2 me tht whn workers at his factory tried to unionize... #JuicioTito

26) ... he would give their names to National Police chief Col. German Chupina, the legendary rapist and torturer . #JuicioTito

27)The AMCHAM US exec Sherwood told me a joke about how Chupina was such a good torturer he could even make mummies talk. #JuicioTito

28) Sherwood said the Colonel solved his union problem by “disappearing” the workers. #JuicioTito

29)Perez Molina shld be on trial 4 murder,but so shld his US sponsors & other murderers,be they army,police,CACIF orUS corporate #JuicioTito

[30] Strting now,&in days 2 come,I’ll b tweeting facts& links re this skein of murder,incl. perhps,new info re Perez Molina, & others #JuicioTito

31) Last night, at the Palace, there were two small signs amid the massive cry for Tito’s downfall… #JuicioTito

32)One said:“Otto (Tito) el pueblo Ixil no olvida las masacres.” The other:“Cuando Los de Abajo se mueven … los de arriba caen!!”#JuicioTito

33) One sign said (rough translations):“Otto (Tito) the Ixil people will not forget the massacres”... #JuicioTito

34) The other: “When Those Below stir themselves…those who are above fall down.” #JuicioTito

35) Perez Molia/Tito me dijo,en el Ixil '82:"Todas las familias estan con la guerrilla."Su Sargento,Miguel Raimundo, me dijo:.. #JuicioTito

@AllanNairn14  Aug 23
Breaking News: US and Europe, behind the scenes, are telling Perez Molina not to resign.
They fear "collapse of the regime." #JuicioTito

Perez Molina takes the US/Eur order telling hm not 2 resign & thn in a speech 2 th natn,blames his corrup indictmt on foreigners #JuicioTito

36).."Casi toda la gente en las aldeas son guerrilleros."El Cabo Felipe,otro hombre de Tito me dijo que cuando el Ejrcito llega..#JuicioTito

37)..."Ellos huyen de sus casas. Huyen hacia la montaña. 
–¿Qué hacen ustedes? 
–Capturamos a algunos vivos, y otros ...." #JuicioTito

38)"...no los pdemos capturar vivos.Cndo ellos salen corriendo hcia la mntaña,nos obligan a matarlos"dijo el Cabo de Tito,Felipe #JuicioTito

39)Perez Molina/Tito told me, in the Ixil’82:”All the families are with the guerrillas.” His Sargent,Miguel Raimundo,told me:…”#JuicioTito

40).."Almost all the village people are guerrillas."Corporal Felipe,another of Tito's men, told me that when the Army arrives... #JuicioTito

41)..."They flee from their houses. They run for the mountain.
--And what do you do?
--Some we capture alive, and others..." #JuicioTito

42)"...we cant capture alive..When they run & go into th mountains tht obligates one to kill them,"said Tito's Corporal, Felipe #JuicioTito

43)Pregunte al hombre de Tito,Cabo Felipe:"Entre aquellos que uds tienen que matar,¿qué clase de gente es:hombres o mujeres?" #JuicioTito

44) Cabo Felipe (de Tito):"–Algunas veces [matamos a] hombres, otras veces mujeres. 
–¿En qué aldeas ha sucedido eso?" #JuicioTito

45) ElCabo de Tito (Felipe) sobre sus matanzas:"Ha sucedido en una serie de aldeas.En Acul,Salquil,Sumal Chiquito,Sumal Grande”#JuicioTito

46)Pregunte a Felipe, Cabo de Perez Molina/Tito"--En esas aldeas, ¿cuánta gente mataron ustedes? 
–No muchas, unas cuantas." #JuicioTito

47)"–¿[Uds mataron] más de 10,más de 20,más de 100? 
–Oh,no.Cerca de 20. 
–¿En cada aldea? 
–Sí,por supuesto.Eso no fue mucho.”#JuicioTito

48) I asked Felipe, Tito’s Corporal: ”Among those you have to kill, what kind of people are they? Are they men or women?” #JuicioTito

49)Perez Molina/Tito’s Corporal Felipe: “—At times [we kill] men, at times women.
—In which villages has this happened?” #JuicioTito

50)Tito's Corporal Felipe re massacres: ”Oh, it’s happened in lots of [villages]. In Acul,Salquil,Sumal Chiquito, Sumal Grande” #JuicioTito

51) I asked Felipe, Perez Molina/Tito’s Corporal:”-- In those villages, about how many people did you kill?
-- Not many, a few." #JuicioTito

52)"--[You killed] more than 10? More than 20? More than 100?
--Oh no, about 20
--In each village?
--Yes,of course.Its not many"#JuicioTito

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Breaking News: Rekaman Wawancara Hendropriyono Tentang Perannya di Talangsari. Jenderal yang terlibat dalam pembantaian mengklaim para korban "bunuh diri," mengancam akan "menyerang rumah-rumah gubuk," dan bersedia diadili untuk kejahatan HAM

[Versi teks dari wawancara ini telah dimuat di sini pada 27 Oktober 2014 dengan judul: "Breaking News: Pengakuan 'Tanggungjawab Komando' Jenderal Hendropriyono dalam Pembunuhan Munir, Mengklaim Para Korban Talangsari 'Bunuh Diri,' Kesetujuannya Diadili untuk Pelanggaran HAM; dan Implikasi Hukumnya untuk As'ad, Wiranto, CIA."

Selasa, 10 Februari pukul 10:00 WIB, saya akan bersaksi di depan POLDA Metro Jaya, dalam kaitannya dengan kasus kriminal sang jenderal yang diajukan oleh para penyintas Talangsari beserta keluarga. 

Mereka berpendapat bahwa Jend. Hendro melakukan "pencemaran nama baik" ketika mengatakan kepada saya dalam wawancara ini bahwa para korban Talangsari--ratusan jumlahnya-- "melakukan bunuh diri" massal saat itu juga:]


Oleh Allan Nairn
Jakarta


Jenderal A.M. Hendropriyono, salah satu sosok orang kuat di Indonesia, mengakui "tanggungjawab komando" atas pembunuhan aktivis HAM terkemuka Indonesia. 

Dalam dua wawancara malam hari di rumahnya yang mewah pada 16 Oktober lalu, Hendropriyono melontarkan pernyataan-pernyataan yang kelihatannya bisa membuatnya diproses dan bakal menimbulkan masalah untuk CIA, TNI, dan Jokowi--presiden Indonesia yang baru.

Hendropriyono adalah penasehat kunci Jokowi, pemimpin inti TNI, dan sedang bekerjasama dengan CIA ketika badan Intelijen yang dipimpinnya (BIN) menghabisi nyawa Munir. 

Lebih detilnya, dalam perbincangan-perbincangan on the record itu, akhirnya Hendropriyono—mungkin tanpa sengaja—membiarkan dirinya larut menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang saya ajukan

Pada saat wawancara selesai, praktis Hendro mengugurkan sejumlah pembelaan yang sudah lama sekali dipegang oleh dirinya dan TNI. Ia sepakat diadili untuk tiga kasus: pembunuhan Munir, kampanye terror 1999 yang mengluluhlantakkan Timor Timur (saat itu masih diduduki pasukan TNI), serta pembantaian Talangsari tahun 1989 yang memuatnya menyandang julukan "Jagal Lampung."

Hendropriyono pun akhirnya sepakat agar semua dokumen internal yang dipegang oleh pemerintah Indonesia dan AS terkait kasus-kasus tersebut dirilis. 

Dengan mengakui "tanggungjawab komando" dan membukakan jalan untuk fakta-fakta tertentu, Hendropriyono turut memberikan tekanan legal kepada dua orang--Wiranto, sang jenderal, dan As'ad, sang intel—yang kian melesat ke jantung politik Indonesia setelah dipromosikan untuk duduk di Kabinet Jokowi. 

Perjumpaan dengan Hendropriyono adalah hal yang tak saya perkirakan sebelumnya dan seringkali terasa ganjil. Sesi pertama pertemuan tersebut dimulai dengan sikapnya yang memuji-muji saya, dan berakhir dengan ucapan saya padanya bahwa saya berharap pembunuh Munir dihukum seumur hidup. 

Di sela-sela itu, obrolan yang berlangsung antara kami berdua tak jarang berliku. Saya akan memaparkannya dalam beberapa bagian.

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Dari New York, saya menghubungi nomor ponsel Hendropriyono pada 14 Oktober. Saya ingin mendengar komentarnya langsung tentang perannya dalam pembantaian warga sipil. 

Sepanjang pemilu presiden Indonesia musim panas lalu—yang akhirnya dimenangkan Jokowi—berulangkali saya menyerukan agar Hendro diadili untuk kasus-kasus kejahatan kemanusiaan. 

Akan tetapi, yang mendapatkan perhatian besar—seringkali bahkan diliput hingga ke detil-detilnya --adalah konfrontasi saya dengan Prabowo, lawan Jokowi. Saya pernah menerbitkan wawancara off the record di mana Prabowo bicara panjang lebar tentang kediktatoran fasis, tentang cara melakukan pembantaian, tentang upaya-upaya kerjasamanya yang luas dengan Pentagon/Intelijen AS. Dalam wawancara itu pula, dia menghina mantan presiden sekaligus ulama yang sangat dihormati, Gus Dur.

Prabowo menuntut supaya tentara menangkap saya. Ia menyebut saya pembohong, imperialis Amerika, "musuh negara," dan menyatakan—kali ini dengan tepat—bahwa sebanyak tujuh kali TNI telah menangkap saya, dan bahwa Suharto sudah melarang saya masuk ke Indonesia sebagai "ancaman terhadap keamanan nasional." Menanggapi Prabowo, TNI mengumumkan bahwa saya berstatus "Target Operasi (TO).”

Saya sendiri sudah menantang tentara untuk menangkap saya. Saya menantang Prabowo untuk mengajukan saya ke pengadilan. Terkait Imperialisme Amerika, saya menantang Prabowo untuk bergabung bersama saya mengutuk presiden dan para mantan presiden AS yang masih hidup supaya mereka diadili karena kasus-kasus kejahatan. Saya juga sempat menantang Prabowo untuk bersama-sama menyerukan agar raksasa tambang AS, Freeport McMoRan, didepak dari Indonesia. Prabowo mundur dari semua tantangan tersebut dan menjadi bahan olok-olok, hingga akhirnya—di hari terakhir kampanye—ia pun memperkarakan saya. Para asisten Prabowo kemudian menjelaskan bahwa perkara yang diajukan antara lain terkait dengan "memancing kebencian terhadap militer," yang kemudian bertambah lagi setelah hasil pemilihan keluar: "menyebabkan kekalahan Prabowo."

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Dengan latar belakang inilah Hendropriyono, salah satu penopang kampanye Jokowi, menyarankan saya untuk bertemu langsung dengannya di Jakarta, alih-alih lewat telepon. Saya pun terbang ke Jakarta, dan beberapa jam setelah masuk ke wilayah Indonesia, saya tiba di pekarangan eksklusif milik Hendro di Senayan, Jakarta.

Sementara Hendro menemani utusan dari badan intelijen Malaysia, dan saya menunggu di ruang tamu, seorang anggota keluarga Hendro memberitahu saya bahwa sebelumnya Jokowi sudah menawarkan tiga jabatan menteri kepada Hendro, termasuk Menkolpokam, yang tidak lain adalah pos tertinggi untuk militer dan intelijen. Masih sehubungan dengan hal itu, pada hari yang sama, menantu Hendro, Jenderal Andika, baru saja diumumkan sebagai kepala Paspampres (pasukan pengawal kepresidenan) yang baru. Di dalam lemari kabinet di hadapan saya, terdapat foto Hendro bersama Jenderal Wiranto dan Sutiyoso, sementara di samping kanan foto Hendro dengan ajudan lamanya, Jendral Susilo yang di kemudian hari menjadi presiden. Di antara kedua foto tersebut, terdapat patung dada (bust) Napoleon--yang menurut seorang anggota keluarga merupakan tokoh kesukaan Hendro. 

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Setelah mempersilakan saya masuk, Hendro memulai pembicaraan. Dia mengatakan bawah dirinya merasa "terhormat" bisa bertemu dan menyambut saya, karena saya telah menggembosi kampanye  Prabowo. Ia menerangkan bahwa Prabowo adalah seorang "totaliter."

Jawaban saya: saya menyerang semua jenderal, termasuk dirinya. Hendropriyono mengatakan dia tahu akan hal itu, dan kalau tidak keliru, lanjutnya, saya menyerangnya khusus terkait Talangsari. 
Saya mengangguk, tapi saya menambahkan: saya menyerangnya untuk banyak kasus, termasuk pembunuhan Munir dan teror di Timor tahun 1999.

Pertama-tama, Hendro ingin bicara tentang Talangsari. 

Menurut semua laporan—termasuk yang dituturkan Hendro pada saya, yang terjadi di Talangsari adalah banjir darah. Namun Hendro memulai ceritanya dengan mengatakan: “Tak ada cara lain, Allan Nairn.”

Ia mengatakan bahwa sebagai komandan resort militer (danrem), ia mengendalikan tentara dan Brimob, lalu masuk ke Talangsari untuk menghadapi kaum militan agama yang bersenjata “busur dan panah.”

Ia mengatakan, “Mereka bilang saya thogut. Thoghut artinya ekstremis yang akan selalu menghabisi kaum Muslim...”

Tentang perang antara senapan vs. panah itu, Hendro mengatakan, “Tentunya ... kami menang karena kami lebih kuat.”

Hendro mengatakan: “Kami mengepung gubuk-gubuk yang mereka bangun di dusun bersama warga. Tidak ada yang keluar (dari gubuk) karena dilarang oleh para tetua mereka, oleh pemimpin-pemimpin mereka... Saya katakan, ‘Kami akan menyerbu. Saya minta kalian keluar dari rumah dan menyerah.’”

Lalu pada satu waktu, dalam laporan Hendro—dan banyak laporan lainnya—pengepungan gubuk-gubuk itu menyulut api. 

Para penyintas dan saksi mata mengatakan bahwa orang-orang Hendro menyulut api, menempak dan menyiksa warga desa yang tak bersenjata.

Kesaksian mereka di depan Komnas HAM dan kelompok-kelompok HAM seperti Kontras (yang didirikan Munir) sangat terperinci. 

Namun saya terkejut: di saat kami tengah berbincang di rumah mewahnya di Jakarta, Hendropriyono mengatakan bahwa korban Talangsari sebetulnya melakukan bunuh diri.

“Tiba-tiba mereka bakar gubuk mereka sendiri. Itu yang bikin banyak orang mati,” katanya.

(Ia memperkirakan angka koran tewas sebesar 100 orang—mungkin 200—tak bersenjata dan ada banyak anak-anak dan perempuan di antaranya) 

[Audio: "Attack the Huts:"]


[Note: the recording time stamp icon is set on New York time]


Tidak percaya begitu saja, saya tanya dia, “Anda mengklaim mereka menghabisi diri mereka sendiri?”...

“Ya, mereka membakar... mereka membakar gubuk mereka.”

“Dengan kata lain, Anda mengatakan mereka bunuh diri.”

“Ya ...”

“Bunuh diri?”, kali ini saya bertanya dalam bahasa Indonesia. 

“Bunuh diri”, jawab Jenderal Hendropriyono dalam bahasa Indonesia pula.

Ia menunjukkan bahwa tindakan tersebut didorong oleh fanatisisme. 

Saya kembali ke pokok supaya lebih jelas:

“Jadi, bapak kata bahwa orang itu bunuh diri?” 

“Bunuh diri,” Hendro menjawab tegas.

[Audio: "Bunuh Diri:"]




Dan saya pun mengatakan:

"Saya yakin Anda tahu hal ini: ada banyak kesaksian langsung dari penyintas Talangsari yang diberikan ke Komnas HAM dan lembaga-lembaga lain yang mengatakan bahwa 100-200 korban itu dihabisi oleh pasukan Anda dalam sebuah pembantaian. Mengapa tidak dihadapi di pengadilan saja? Apa Anda sepakat untuk diadili dan menjelaskan argumen Anda di pengadilan seperti yang baru Anda lakukan di depan saya?"

"Yah, tentunya itu tidak benar," jawab Hendro seraya mengelak dari pertanyaan.

Saya katakan: "Anda bisa mengatakan itu di pengadilan. Anda bisa bilang itu ke hakim." 

Tapi sekali lagi, Hendro tak ingin menjawab. 

Dia malah mengalihkan pembicaraan. Dia mulai dengan serangan terhadap "organisasi-organisasi HAM Indonesia," yakni Kontras-nya Munir dan kelompok-kelompok serupa. 

Hendro mengatakan bahwa kelompok-kelompok HAM ini telah membayar saksi-saksi supaya dirinya "dikasuskan". Tuduhan ini ironis karena Hendro sendiri telah melakukan pembayaran ke saksi-saksi dengan tujuan--katanya pada saat itu--sedekah. Dan fakta ini sudah dilaporkan secara luas.

(Ketika saya menyebut uang pemberian Hendro di meja yang penuh dengan orang-orang Kontras, mereka terkejut--dan tertawa terbahak-bahak, "Kayak kita punya duit aja!" salah seorang berseloroh.) 

Namun hal yang paling mengganggu Hendro adalah fakta bahwa kelompok-kelompok HAM, termasuk Komnas HAM, sudah sepakat untuk mendengar kesaksian dari penyintas anak-anak Talangsari, atau lebih tepatnya, orang-orang yang masih di bawah umur ketika bencana itu terjadi.

Dia jelas gusar dengan fakta bahwa anak-anak yang kini masih hidup itu dianggap serius.

Mereka "[dulu] masih anak-anak," katanya. Mereka "tidak tahu apa yang sedang terjadi." 

Dalam kasus Talangsari, saksi anak-anak akhirnya memang dirujuk.

Tapi itu karena Hendro dan anak-anak buahnya membunuh orangtua mereka, menurut kelompok-kelompok HAM.  

Sebetulnya ada pula kesaksian dari para penyintas dewasa, dan kesaksian anak kapanpun sering digunakan untuk kasus-kasus semacam itu.

Pada tahun 2013 saya diminta untuk bersaksi dalam pengadilan genosida di Guatemala. Mantan diktator yang didukung AS, Jenderal Efrain Rios Montt, duduk di kursi pesakitan. 

Dalam kasus tersebut, kesaksian orang-orang yang masih kanak-kanak saat peristiwa terjadi, digunakan secara luas. Rios Montt didakwa melakukan pembunuhan massal berencana dan dijatuhi hukuman 80 tahun (oligarki kemudian membekukan kasus ini; sang jenderal tetap berada di tahanan rumah.) 

Jenderal Hendropriyono tidak ingin ada kesaksian semacam itu di sini.

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Namun ketika megeluh tentang kesaksian yang melibatkan anak-anak itu, Jenderal Hendro nampaknya keceplosan.

Dia sendiri yang membuka kembali kemungkinan untuk menghadap pengadilan.

"Saya yakin, jika kita ingin ke pengadilan, pengadilan akan mencari saksi-saksi," katanya. Yang dia maksud adalah, pengadilan tidak akan menganggap penting anak-anak kecuali sebagai saksi palsu atau bayaran. 

Saya pun segera menanggapi: "Jadi ketika Anda bilang kasus ini harus diurus pengadilan, Anda harus diadili untuk Talangsari dan Anda tidak takut, Anda akan menerima itu? Anda bisa menerima kenyataan seandainya Anda disidang untuk kasus Talangsari?"

Hendro diam sejenak, bimbang, lalu bergumam: "Saya tidak bisa, mmm, Sepertinya saya sudah...."

Tak dinyana dia berkata: "Jika ada orang yang bukan saya--anggap saja Anda--kalau Anda jadi saya waktu itu, saya cukup yakin Anda akan melakukan hal yang sama."

"Tidak, saya tidak akan melakukan hal yang sama," saya jawab. "Saya tidak akan melakukan hal yang sama." 

"Apa yang akan Anda lakukan? Apa yang akan Anda lakukan jika Anda jadi saya waktu itu," sang jenderal mendesak. 

"Saya tidak akan bunuh orang," saya menjawab. Tapi saya ingin kembali ke pokok permasalahan:

"Tapi saya ingin memastikan bahwa saya paham apa yang Anda katakan. Saya hanya ingin mendapatkan pemahaman yang jelas tentang itu. Apa Anda bilang Anda siap diadili untuk Talangsari? Anda bersedia membela diri di pengadilan dan membawa bukti-bukti Anda?"

"Oh ya tentu saja!" jawab Hendropriyono.

Kelihatannya ada titik cerah di sini. 

Tapi saya ingin mengoreknya lagi, dan dia pun menghindar.

"Jadi, Anda bersedia diadili untuk Talangsari?"

"Kapan? Di jaman itu?," jawabnya.

Dia merujuk ke tahun 1989, saat pembantaian terjadi.

"Maksud saya sekarang," saya menjawab. "Waktu itu sudah berakhir. Saya bicara sekarang."

Tepat di titik ini, pembelaan emosional--dan hukum--Hendropriyono mulai kelihatan goyah.

"Segala sesuatu yang saya lakukan," katanya, "segala sesuatu yang mereka tuduhkan pada saya, tidak ada alasan bagi saya untuk tidak menerimanya. Saya akan mengadapinya." 

Titik cerah itu memang sungguh ada. Jenderal Hendropriyono menyatakan setuju untuk diadili. 

Setelah puluhan tahun TNI--dan Hendro-- membentengi diri dengan berbagai pembelaan dan alasan guna menghindari pengadilan, sang komandan jenderal--sekaligus mitra CIA--ini ternyata memberikan contoh untuk masa depan. 

"Karena segala sesuatu yang telah saya lakukan, saya bukan binatang, saya manusia," katanya.

"Dan Anda paham, saya bisa merasakan, saya punya anak, saya punya keluarga, dan saya bisa merasakan bagaimana perasaan mereka. Jadi bagi saya, saya bertanggung jawab atas segala yang sudah saya perbuat. Saya tidak akan menolak apapun. Saya mengerti maksud Anda. Jika saya diadili di pengadilan pelanggaran HAM, saya akan terima."

[Audio: Hendro Agrees to Stand Trial:]



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Tarik-ulur Talangsari ini menciptakan pola perbincangan kami tentang kasus-kasus kekerasan lainnya: biasanya Hendropriyono akan sampai pada titik dimana ia menegaskan--kadang terdengar sangat tidak masuk akal--bahwa keberadaan mayat-mayat yang masih menjadi pertanyaan bukanlah murni kesalahannya; namun pada saat bersamaan, ia mengakui fakta bahwa akhirnya dialah yang berwenang, dan bahwa mengadili seorang jenderal senior seperti dirinya untuk kasus pembunuhan adalah tindakan yang tepat.

Persetujuan ini amat penting dan membuka banyak jalan.
Gaungnya akan sangat signifikan untuk perbincangan kami selanjutnya terkait Munir. 

Dan efeknya tidak hanya berlaku untuk Hendro, tapi juga untuk BIN, As'ad, dan CIA. 




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