Monday, April 11, 2005


Negroponte's Black Heart

More and more memos from Negroponte's good old days supporting torture in Central America are coming out:
Overall, Negroponte comes across as an exceptionally energetic, action-oriented ambassador whose anti-communist convictions led him to play down human rights abuses in Honduras, the most reliable U.S. ally in the region. There is little in the documents the State Department has released so far to support his assertion that he used "quiet diplomacy" to persuade the Honduran authorities to investigate the most egregious violations, including the mysterious disappearance of dozens of government opponents.

The contrast with his immediate predecessor, Jack R. Binns, who was recalled to Washington in the fall of 1981 to make way for Negroponte, is striking. Before departing, Binns sent several cables to Washington warning of possible "death squad" activity linked to Honduran strongman Gen. Gustavo Alvarez. Negroponte dismissed the talk of death squads and, in an October 1983 cable to Washington, emphasized Alvarez's "dedication to democracy."
Source: Washington Post Papers Illustrate Negroponte's Contra Role April 12, 2005. (Emphasis added.)
Short version: John Negroponte is the kind of guy that thinks the ends justify the means - and will make every effort to hide illegal and immoral actions to ensure his side doesn't get any bad press.

What a great guy to put in charge of National Intelligence! I'll bet we won't hear any more about torture with him in charge - and that anybody even mentioning torture promptly disappears from public view.


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