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Covert action against FARC in Columbia

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The Washington Post has an extremely interesting and fairly detailed account by the redoubtable Dana Priest (who broke the story of the CIA’s gulag of secret prisons and torture chambers in various countries) of how the US, working through the CIA, NSA, and Special Forces, assisted the Colombian government in breaking the back of FARC. I would be that this story is part of an NSA/CIA public-relations campaign, trying to rehabilitate their somewhat tattered reputations. Note, for example, this sentence, which obviously comes from the CIA:

The CIA also trained Colombian interrogators to more effectively question thousands of FARC deserters, without the use of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques approved for use on al-Qaeda and later repudiated by Congress as abusive.

Butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths, eh? Unfortunately, the CIA’s prior enthusiastic embrace of torture and the CIA’s quite deliberate decision to destroy the video evidence of the torture sessions is not so easily settled.

But the article does show how the carefully considered and systematic use of intelligence and force can help end a disastrous rebellion.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 December 2013 at 10:07 am

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