An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Sarah Lazare follows:
Since the early 2000s, the CIA has been secretly helping the far-right Colombian government kill, torture, and spy on members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a covert program with a “multibillion dollar black budget” approved by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, according to a Washington Post investigative report published Saturday…
The so-called War on Terror colored these covert operations. The report notes that 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,” the report states.
If the ‘enhanced’ interrogation techniques are torture, what must the other techniques look like? But it’s okay. It’s democracy. Obama said so.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
“Colombian forces rushed across the border into Ecuador to retrieve Reyes’s remains and also scooped up a large treasure trove of computer equipment that would turn out to be the most valuable FARC intelligence find ever.” As I recall, this was propaganda. Maybe some hoped it would be useful propaganda. Clearly the author of this Washington Post article is in that camp. See the Alternet article titled “More Doubts About Colombia’s “Magic Laptop” And It’s Allegations Against Hugo Chavez,” by Daniel Denvir: http://www.alternet.org/story/…
This reportage on the world’s most powerful terrorist state’s doings in Colombia (Bragging?) is disturbing. This is our world for now. Some are in it but not of it, as Jesus said (in John chapter 15 for example). I certainly will never side with the murderous Obama and his gang the way WaP0’s new owner does, gleefully (See Democracy Now’s segment on Jeff Bezos’s purchase of the Washington Post: http://www.democracynow.org/20… ). I’m with God, who these fiends call out to regularly to “Bring it!”
So, Either I’m dreaming but doomed, and lucky to not be, for the moment, a direct victim of murderous fascists the way millions are and have been, or else we will soon see God. I believe that we are seeing him. But it’s hard for us to recognize God because we are used to seeing ourselves and when we think about him, we project ourselves. He doesn’t look like us. If he can’t stop violence and brutality now (for good reasons), then when those reasons are done (and we all see, as we wrongly chose to, that independence from the source of life doesn’t work), He should be free to exercise his power to fix things without violence and brutality, for he is a God of peace, not disorder (1Corinthians 14:33).
Corporatocracy isn’t just a form of social organization. It’s not just one among a number of possible styles of rule. It’s ghastly, beastly and drenched in blood. And it’s all powerful – if that’s what you believe. “Who is like the wild beast and who can do battle with it?” (Revelation chapter 13) Is there an answer?
The link I put into my Common Dreams comment doesn’t work. Let’s try this: “More Doubts About Colombia’s “Magic Laptop” and It’s Allegations Against Hugo Chavez.” by Daniel Denvir. Also, Daniel has a related article on Alternet titled “Photos in Colombia’s “Magic Laptop” Undermine Claim of Chavez-FARC Connection.”
Also, the Democracy Now link didn’t work. I just now checked and it seems that Democracy Now has redesigned their website and is issuing a warning that we may encounter such problems. Let’s try this: “How The Washington Post’s New Owner Aided The CIA, Blocked Wikileaks & Decimated The Book Industry.”