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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Yeeeeee-ikes!

It was bad enough when John Negroponte was made ambassador to Iraq, but now Dubya has nominated this creep for "spy czar," overseeing our nation's intelligence agencies.

This is the same guy who, after having been the US ambassador to Honduras during some of its more violent and repressive years, told Congress that he did not think there were death squads operating in Honduras, despite the evidence that they were.

Worse, these gangs, which used murder, kidnapping and torture, were partially trained by the US and supported by the US-backed and financed Honduras government.

Don't take my word for it. You can Google "John Negroponte" to find dozens of articles about him. To save you some effort, here are two good articles about him, and each include links to other sources:

Who is John Negroponte, from Counterpunch. Here is a tidbit:

At the time Mr. Negroponte was in Honduras, Honduras was a military dictatorship. Kidnapping, rape, torture and executions of dissidents was rampant. The military top and middle ranks were U.S-trained at the School of the Americas (SOA), the Harvard version of the CIA, based in Fort Benning, Georgia.
The Full Negroponte, from The American Prospect. Here's a bit from that article:

The post of ambassador to Honduras, which Negroponte held from 1981 to 1985, is not normally a crucial one in the grand scheme of U.S. foreign policy. Negroponte's main task, however, was a rather vital one: implementing the Reagan administration's illegal efforts to arm and train Contra rebels, who would then across the border into neighboring Nicaragua to overthrow the Sandinista government there. As the CIA, which oversaw the Contra operation, eventually admitted, the rebel force "engaged in kidnapping, extortion, and robbery to fund its operations." Wishing to avoid combat with the Nicaraguan army, it became, in essence, a terrorist group, attacking civilian targets in an effort to disrupt Nicaragua's economy and society.
So, considering the Bush administration's love of all things banned by the Geneva conventions and international human rights law, Negroponte should fit right in the White House.

And of course the Democrats are promosing to fight this tooth and nail . . . psyche! No, instead, they are bending over forward to accommodate the nomination as quickly as possible.

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