Death Squads Linked to “Dozens” of President Uribe’s Associates

The Boston Globe reports that dozens of associates of Columbian President Uribe have been implicated for their associations with right wing death squads. Some of Uribe’s associates have resigned their government positions and others have been arrested.

The Globe reports that “a computer seized from paramilitary leader ‘Jorge 40’ revealed the names of dozens of politicians who supposedly collaborated with paramilitaries in intimidating voters, seizing land, and kidnapping or killing labor unionists and political rivals. Other revelations followed, including secret documents signed by officials pledging moral support or kickbacks to the illegal militias.”

Columbia, as you will remember, receives more USA military and economic aid than any other nation in the Western Hemisphere. The aid is provided to fight the drug war and a long term insurgency.

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