Special Report: Colombian Army and Intelligence Agency: Recent Problems
In the last six months, Colombiaâ€™s armed forces and intelligence agency have evidenced a slew of major scandals, abuses, and policy failures, largely unexplored in Administration and media reports. These include a massacre by the army of top anti-drug police; terrorist infiltration of the Colombian intelligence agency; documented torture of army cadets; extrajudicial killings; use of Blackhawk helicopters to attack unarmed indigenous protesters; and responding to expressions of concern by dozens of Members of Congress with public relations instead of action.
Taken together, these events demonstrate the urgent imperative to fundamentally reconsider the United Statesâ€™ relationship with the Colombian Armed Forces. This reports provides a brief review.