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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Long-forgotten war

This should be an interesting legal case:

"War crimes from the Salvadoran civil war go on trial in a federal courtroom in Memphis, Tennessee today. Colonel Nicolas Carranza, former Vice-Minister of Defense of El Salvador, comes face-to-face with five individuals who accuse him of torture, extrajudicial killing and crimes against humanity."

The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Justice and Accountability, describes Carranza as a nasty piece of work. His history tells a familiar tale:

"Colonel Nicolas Carranza, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Memphis, was Vice-Minister of Defense of El Salvador from late 1979 to early 1981. In that position, he exercised command and control over the three units of the Security Forces - the National Guard, National Police and Treasury Police - responsible for widespread attacks on civilians. Despite being removed from his position as Vice-Minister due to U.S. pressure over his human rights record, Colonel Carranza was later brought back in 1983 as head of the brutal Treasury Police, where he exercised command over the members of that group. After being forced out of the Treasury Police, Carranza came to the United States in 1985. He became a U.S. citizen in 1991. In 1984, the New York Times reported that Colonel Carranza had been a paid informant for the CIA."

This must be the kind of American-supported democracy Daniel Pipes has in mind.

The real history of American foreign policy interventions is a brutal and bloody tale and confirms once again that the sole global superpower has long been a supporter of state terrorism.

9 Comments:

Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Thanks for the link, Ant. That's an impressively thorough blog he has going there. The trial will be worth watching, to be sure. Many throughout the Americas are awaiting justice for crimes committed during the "hot wars" of the cold war period.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 10:24:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Just one more 'secret' war waged by the US. And still the victims live without justice.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 11:02:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Wait a second...I thought after Plame-gate, we were all supposed to be outraged by the outing of CIA agents?

Friday, November 04, 2005 7:04:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Nice try Shab. What is that favoured blogger phrase about "irrelevance"? Give up, mate. If you have nothing to contribute, just give it a rest for a bit.

Friday, November 04, 2005 10:04:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

No, Dirty, you're not getting off that easy: Why is this outing of a CIA informant by the Times OK? Why was it OK when the NYTimes reported all about that CIA air base in the Carolinas (I think) recently, and on the markings the planes had? Why is this sort of thing OK, when suddenly Valerie Plame, who's name had been broadcast all over town by her husband and was no longer an agent, is supposed to be off-limits? I just want to know...is it because it's Ok to beat up the CIA and possibly get people killed if it's in service of a lefty political agenda?

Friday, November 04, 2005 2:39:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

The shorter Shab:

You believe A.
The "left" (as I conceive it) believes A.
The "left" also believes B.
Therefore you believe B, which is (in some interpretations) inconsistent with A.

Thus you are a hypocrite and your argument can be dismissed.

Yeah?

Friday, November 04, 2005 3:02:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yo have it wrong Shab. Wilson did not mentino hs wife until Bob Novak's columsn exposed her. His detractors are saying that hsi cusequent interview with Vanity Fair did the real damage, which is BS, becasue one you are outed, you are outed.

The Plame outing is unique because it was an overt reponse to cover up the Niger flasities.

Friday, November 04, 2005 3:53:00 pm  
Blogger Ian Westmore said...

Not mentioned in the link is that Carranza is yet another graduate of the notorious School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) at Fort Benning, Georgia, the world's largest, longest running terrorist training camp.

See www.soaw.org/ for info

Saturday, November 05, 2005 4:30:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

There used to be a time when the School of the Americas represented an ink blot on America's reputatino as a bastion of liberty.

Next to Gitmo, The Patriot Act, Cheney wanting to exempt the CIA from torture, Abu Ghraib, and the creation of The Department of Homeland Security, the School of the Americas is starting to look like a training centre for alternative healing.

Monday, November 07, 2005 11:06:00 am  

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