US Soldiers Selling Arms to Colombian Paramilitary
U.S. Soldiers Accused of Selling Arms to Colombian Paramilitaries
May 6, 2005
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On Tuesday, Colombian authorities arrested Lieutenant Colonel Alan Norman and Sergeant Jose Hernandez of the United States Army, for illegally trafficking weapons and ammunition. The arms – according to press reports more than 30,000 "projectiles" were found in the house where the two were arrested – were almost certainly meant for sale to paramilitary groups, the right-wing death squad militias that terrorize Colombia’s people.
The U.S. Embassy and its bosses back home have kicked into damage control, and are trying to sweep this one under the rug. And so far, the U.S. media aren’t doing much to stop them.
The U.S. soldiers deployed in Colombia supposedly have two goals – to combat the production of cocaine, and help end the 40-year-old civil war. Last month, five U.S. soldiers were caught smuggling cocaine back to the United States, and now more soldiers, one of them a Lieutenant Colonel, no less, have been found helping and profiting off of the most brutal force in the hemisphere.
The U.S. often justifies its aid (nearly $800 million this year) to a military known to collaborate and work closely with paramilitary groups by saying that it is helping the Uribe government to clean up the army; that the U.S. presence there is some sort of magical cure for corruption and human rights abuses. Such fantasies may not survive many more incidents like this one.
Read a full report in The Narco News Bulletin:
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