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Sat Mar 20, 2021, 01:46 PM

Trump official charged in Capitol Riot has family ties to Argentina's Military Junta

A Trump administration official who’s been charged with playing a major role in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol had a history of praising a military dictatorship that seized power in a coup—and close family ties to that junta.

Federico “Freddie” Klein, 42, a former mid-level political appointee at the State Department who sits in jail awaiting a trial for his role in the riots, repeatedly praised the 1976-83 Argentine military junta while working at the State Department, according to three former colleagues.

“He had warm feelings about the Argentine junta. His father’s Argentine, and he expressed some frustration about how history remembers that brutal dictatorship,” one former State Department official who’d heard Klein praise the junta told VICE News.

It turns out that those views may run in the family.

Klein’s uncle Guillermo Walter Klein Jr., 84, was a senior economic official in the Argentine military junta that came to power in 1976.

While he pushed through financial deregulation - which resulted in a devastating 1981 debt crisis - the military and its allies were busy murdering as many as 30,000 Argentine students, trade union organizers and other dissidents.

The elder Klein has charges pending in Argentina over the 1977 murder of one his own top advisors, Juan Carlos Casariego de Bel, after Casariego objected to a $400 million payout for the nationalization of the bankrupt CIADE electric company - whose estimated book value was but $8 million.

One the chief shareholders in CIADE was his boss, Economy Minister José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz.

At: https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7az8b/trump-official-charged-in-capitol-riot-has-family-ties-to-argentinas-military-junta



Guillermo Walter Klein, Deputy Economy Minister during the fascist Jorge Videla dictatorship and the architect of the "financial bicycle" debt bubble that derailed Argentina's economy in 1981.

Federico “Freddie” Klein - the State Department official arrested on March 4 after being identified from Capitol Hill assault footage - is his nephew, and was known for his staunch pro-dictatorship views.

Bob Cox, the former editor of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald, told VICE News that he was “not a bit surprised” about his alleged involvement in the insurrection given his father’s and uncle’s politics.

“There is a connection of the belief that you use military force, if you can. That ran in the family,” he said.

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Reply Trump official charged in Capitol Riot has family ties to Argentina's Military Junta (Original post)
peppertree Mar 2021 OP
niyad Mar 2021 #1
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Judi Lynn Mar 2021 #3
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Judi Lynn Mar 2021 #5
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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 06:05 PM

1. INSURRECTION. NOT "riot". We DEMAND that you do better, vice.

By the way, thinking of Andy Kim's comment about what happened to him at Ste, exactly what was klein's role at State?

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 06:43 PM

2. Well said.

This reminds of how the Tulsa and Haymarket massacres were often referred to as "riots" in history books - implying that both sides shared about equally in the blame.

As to Klein, he was a low-level analyst at the State Dept's Western Hemisphere (i.e. Latin America) office - which begs the question: how did he come to have Top Secret clearance?

My guess is that he was a back-channel between Trump and his pal Macri.

You'll recall that Macri had staked his re-election chances on tarring the opposition, mainly through the "Notebook scandal" - a 2018 fabrication (never subjected to court forensics) on which he is said to have received help from Trump's Ambassador, Ed Prado (Prado resigned the day Biden took office).

It follows then, that someone in the State Dept.'s (right-wing Cuban exile-dominated) Latin America office may have been involved as well - and Klein would've fit the bill perfectly as a back-channel to Macri:

Ambitious, Argentine, and very right-wing authoritarian. A fan of both Macri and Trump.

Of course though, we'll probably never know.

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Response to peppertree (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 12:05 AM

3. Trump lashed himself to all the dictatorships, it seems,envying them for their brutality and wealth.

He picked a direct line by putting Klein in the State Department, it seems.

Crafty, cruel face on the uncle in the photo. What a shame he made his way into a position which allowed him to give full reign to his basest impulses without fear of punishment. Murder is no small matter.

There's so much to be illuminated by this violent group, and I believe it will be, in time. We know that Henry Kissinger was probably totally involved with them, and they did continue to exercise their evil power well after the formal reign of the dictatorship. As it seems, they may never have really faded away, and just became more covert.

Thanks for the information, peppertree.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 12:20 AM

4. You're welcome, Judi.

I bumped into this very well-written and thorough article, and was immediately reminded of the conversation we had on Argentina's Kleins - all the way back on March 5th.

But there's still the question of how this very low-level analyst at the State Dept's Latin America office had Top Secret clearance.

My guess is that he was a back-channel between Trump and his pal Macri (see my post above).

But we'll probably never know.

In any case, I'm glad Vice News looked into this - and made their findings public.

It really helps U.S. readers get a glimpse into the minds of Argentina's (and to some extent, Latin America's) right-wingers - people who, in general, are big believers in the ends justifying the means, that democracy is a burden, and that voters don't deserve it anyway.

Just like Cheeto.

Thanks again, Judi.

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Response to peppertree (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 11:59 PM

5. Your summary of the right-wing position on justifying how they handle authority was excellent.

It's a horror actually seeing it up close. Nothing worse can happen to a society.

I reread the article from Vice, and it was even uglier read more closely.

Hard to imagine a person with a grandfather, an uncle and a father all involved in a military dictatorship getting placed in a US State Department at any level. The Top Secret qualification for his ranking defies understanding, and shouldn't be possible. It designates him and everyone connected with the process as suspect, someone who should be investigated immediately.

It also doesn't speak well for Harvard that he was accepted there, since they had to know his direct connections to the people responsible for the mass murders, the suffering which affected so many, many hundreds of thousands of people.

Argentina never recovered, yet, clearly, before the next monster slithered his way into the driver's seat, probably illegally, once the truth is revealed with enough time. He certainly kept control for 4 years illegally.

Now he's trying to grab the reins all over, again. Sure hope it won't work this time for him, or someone he'll throw his weight behind.

It becomes uglier and uglier now, realizing Macri and Trump seized control at roughly similar times, doesn't it?

So glad Vice did the article, too.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 22, 2021, 02:31 PM

6. You're right about Cheeto and Macri: the timing was interesting

Trump, as you know, wiggled into office (on a technicality, really) thanks to an unholy trinity of Wall Street, Russian, and Likudnik interests.

They thought they had a good puppet - though they later realized they had a loose cannon.

Macri, in turn, came in (narrowly) thanks to support from local elites, the Clarín Group, U.S. neocons, and (yes) Likudniks.

They, too, thought they had a good puppet - though in Macri's case, it turned out to be a useless clown doll.

You know: the kind you pull the string on, and it says the same 5 wisecracks - but it can't do anything.

Thanks as always, Judi.

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