Histories worse death squads certainly weren't related to the CIA. The CIA was involved in supported non-leftist regimes that had very poor human rights records. However the offensives of any of the regimes supported by the CIA pales in comparison to that of the regimes the US has toppled and or helped to destroy. I:E: Nazi's, Imperial Japan, the Communist block, Papa Doc, Saddam, Assad, and numerous others.
A fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro has destroyed one of country’s most important scientific collections. No one was injured in the fire, which broke out after the museum had closed on Sunday evening. But the blaze ravaged the museum’s massive archives and collections, numbering around 20 million items by some estimates. The museum had no sprinkler system, and only limited water was available from fire hydrants when fire fighters arrived.
Founded 200 years ago, before Brazil’s independence from Portugal, the museum housed ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman artifacts, important paleontology and natural history collections, including one of Latin America’s oldest human fossils, the 11,500 year old skull called Luzia. In recent years budget woes had plagued the museum, and scientists had warned as early as 2004 of dangerous wiring and a lack of fire protection.
“It’s an irreparable loss, not only for Brazilian science but for the world. The building can be reconstructed, restored and everything else, but the collections can never be replaced. Two centuries of science and culture are lost forever”, said Sergio Alex Azevedo, a paleozoologist and former director at the museum.
The full extent of the damage isn’t yet clear. Some vertebrate specimens and some of the botany collection were housed in a separate building that was not affected by the fire. But millions of specimens, including the museum’s globally important invertebrate collection, were destroyed. Aerial images showed collapsed roofs, with piles of ashes and rubble inside the exterior walls that were left standing. The interior of the building was mostly wood, and safety upgrades were difficult to make because of federal rules governing historically protected sites. (The building was built in 1808 as the official residence of the Portuguese royal family in Brazil.) ...
After a catastrophic fire blazed through the National Museum of Brazil on Sunday (Sept. 2), destroying many of the institution's 20 million artifacts, the museum's meteorites were some of the few relics left standing.
Among the space rocks that survived the blaze is the Bendegó meteorite, which is the largest meteorite ever found on Brazilian soil. The iron-nickel meteorite is one of about a dozen meteorites housed at the museum.
Discovered by a cattle farmer near the town of Monte Santo in the Brazilian state of Bahia in 1784, the Bendegó meteorite weighs about 11,600 lbs. (5,260 kilograms). That's more than twice as much as an average car, all packed into a space rock the size of a motorcycle. At the time of the object's discovery, it was the second-largest meteorite ever found. ...
A Brazilian rightwing group led by a messianic cult leader who claimed to be in contact with aliens carried out terrorist acts to justify repression by the country’s military dictatorship, according to newly discovered archive documents.
The group was led by Aladino Félix, who wrote a book called My Contact with Flying Saucers under the pseudonym Dino Kraspedon, claimed to be the messiah of the Jewish people and had served in the army during the second world war.
Félix led a group of 14 police officers who, between December 1967 to August 1968, carried out a series of terrorist acts – detonating 14 bombs, stealing arms and explosives and robbing a bank. Targets included the São Paulo stock exchange, a secret police headquarters and an oil pipeline.
In March 1968, armed leftist groups also began planting bombs. And as violence increased, in December 1968, the military government used leftwing terrorism as its justification to introduce a landmark decree that toughed up the dictatorship’s powers, ushering in its most repressive period, which became known as theanos de chumbo,or years of lead.
Félix and his group were arrested in 1968. Félix served a little over three years in prison, Quadros said, and eventually died in 1985.
I reckon a deeper conspiracy is likely to emerge here rather than two former cops acting alone.
Two men have been arrested over the murder of Marielle Franco, an outspoken black councillor in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
The arrests come almost a year after Ms Franco and her driver were shot dead, an incident which caused mass protests. Ms Franco had been highly critical of the deployment of federal security forces to Rio's poor neighbourhoods. Police said both suspects were former members of the military police force.
Ms Franco was returning from an event encouraging black women's empowerment in central Rio on 14 March 2018 when a car drew alongside hers and nine shots rang out. She was shot four times in the head, and three bullets hit her driver, Anderson Gomes. Ms Franco's press officer, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, was injured.