Forwarded from Anthony (Colombia gov't lies)

DMS dmschanoes at
Mon Sep 15 09:18:25 MDT 2003

Another interesting item re Colombia from today's NYT:
"Colombia Plans to Ease Penalties for Right-Wing Death Squads"

President Alvaro proposing a law that would effectively grant impunity [sic!]
to right-wing death squads that lay down their arms......

The proposed law would allow militiamen from the Self-Defense Forces....avoid
jail for widespread human rights abuses that include mass killings of thousands
of villagers and the assassination of two presidential candidates.  The groups'
leaders...would be compelled to admist their crims and make symbolic acts
of contrition.

...American officials...say the United States has not only offered support for Mr.
Uribe but also has been consulted as his administration drafted the legislation.


You can't make this up.

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