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Negroponte Is Expected to Be Picked for Iraq Post

by OzzyO Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004 at 5:44 PM

Negroponte, soon to be ruler of Iraq, says "To this day, I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras."

Negroponte Is Expected to Be Picked for Iraq Post

By STEVEN R. WEISMAN

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/14/politics/14ENVO.html

Published: April 14, 2004

When he was questioned as the nominee to become United Nations ambassador about whether he had deliberately turned a blind eye to human rights abuses in Honduras to advance the Reagan administration's policies, he denied it.

"I do not believe then, nor do I believe now, that these abuses were part of a deliberate government policy," he said. "To this day, I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras."

HOWEVER:

CIA Misled Congress About

Honduran Death Squads

http://www.icomm.ca/carecen/page33.html

A recently declassified report reveals that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) misled Congress concerning human rights abuses by the Honduran military. During Honduras'

"dirty war" in the 1980s hundreds of opponents of the government and suspected guerrillas were executed by that country's military. The Honduran army and security forces were a major recipient of United States aid during this period. Honduras was seen by the Reagan and Bush administrations as an indispensable ally in the contra War against Sandinista-led Nicaragua.

AND

Honduran Death-Squad Victims Seeks U.S. Justice

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15722

By Joan Kruckewitt, Pacific News Service

April 23, 2003

-It was past 1 a.m. and Berta Oliva was sleeping when a loud knock on the door jarred her awake. Before she could answer, Honduran government security forces broke down the door, and dragged her husband, Tomas Nativi, out of bed. Berta, three months pregnant, clutched him, but security forces struck her to the ground and knocked her unconscious. She never saw her husband again.

Twenty-two year later, Oliva holds new hope for finding justice from an unlikely source: the U.S. courts. The Honduran commander of an infamous death squad set up by the CIA now lives in retirement in Florida, and he's scheduled for the docket, accused of torture and other violations of international law. Oliva's husband disappeared at the time the death squad was active.

AND

NEW RIPPLES IN AN EVIL STORY, 7/01

by Sister Laetitia Bordes, s.h.

John D. Negroponte, President Bush's nominee as the next ambassador to the United Nations? My ears perked up. I turned up the volume on the radio. I began listening more attentively. Yes, I had heard correctly. Bush was nominating Negroponte, the man who gave the CIA backed Honduran death squads open field when he was ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985.

AND

Thursday, 14 September, 2000, 02:45 GMT 03:45 UK

Judge orders 'death squad' arrest

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/924279.stm

By Peter Greste, Central America Correspondent

A judge in Honduras has ordered the arrest of former military officer, Amilcar Zelaya, and seven other police and army officials, for the attempted murder of a group of student activists.

And Finally

Perhaps the Iraqis will finally give him the justice he deserves for all the innocent men, women and children who were murdered while he stood by in Central America

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