A little more search about Neil Livingstone’s approval of death squads revealed an article in World Affairs in Winter of 1983-84. In it, Livingstone offered a perspective on government-sponsored death squads that not only invalidates him as a candidate for governor but as a human being.
Criticism of death squads is just “propoganda.” They are effective, so they must be okay.
Death squads create democracy!
Stalin said that brutal methods of repression and murder are okay, so they must be!
The kind of tactics that Livingstone explicitly endorses here are the worst of American foreign policy, war crimes of the highest order. They led to the deaths of untold thousands, did enormous damage to American foreign policy, and jeopardized the lives of Americans traveling and serving abroad.