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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:40 AM

Honduras: Obama Administration Rejects Congressional Request for Investigation of the DEA's Role in

Honduras: Obama Administration Rejects Congressional Request for Investigation of the DEA's Role in the Ahuas Killings

Written by Alex Main, CEPR
Sunday, 17 February 2013 21:23
Source: The Americas Blog

At the end of January, I blogged about a Congressional letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder asking, among other things, for a U.S. investigation into the May 2012 killing of four Honduran indigenous villagers in Ahuas, Honduras during a counternarcotics operation that involved agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The letter, signed by 58 House representatives, argues that a credible U.S. investigation of the incident is necessary given the “deeply flawed” nature of the investigation carried out by Honduras’ Public Prosecutor and that, according to media reports, Honduran police agents stated that “they took their orders from the D.E.A.”

On February 12, the Washington Times reported that despite “pleas from liberal lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the State and Justice departments have no intention of investigating purported human rights violations and misconduct by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Honduras.” Times’ correspondent Guy Taylor spoke to an anonymous State Department official who indicated that the Department was satisfied with the Honduran official investigation and stated that “there will be no separate investigation.” Furthermore,

In a statement last month, DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden told The Times that the investigation conducted by Honduran authorities “concluded that DEA agents did not fire a single round” and that “the conduct of DEA personnel was consistent with current DEA protocols, policies and procedures.”

The anonymous State Department official reaffirmed this position stating, “as we have confirmed previously, DEA agents were involved in a supporting role, and did not fire their weapons.”

The basis for this determination, as the DEA spokeswoman made clear in her previous comments to the Times, is the report summarizing the conclusions of the Honduran Public Prosecutor’s office. Though cited by the DEA and State Department, this report has not been made public. However, there is abundant evidence that the investigation that generated the prosecutor’s report was indeed “deeply flawed.” Last year’s in-depth report on the May killings, co-authored by CEPR and Rights Action, explained how key forensics tests were performed long after the incident occurred and how the autopsies of the victims took place a month after the incident and, according to numerous eye witnesses, were carried out in a stunningly unprofessional manner. Key participants in the counternarcotics operation – including at least ten DEA agents and several State Department contractors – were never questioned, nor were their weapons submitted to ballistics tests.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:45 AM

1. Why not?

Why is he scared of ordering an investigation?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:06 AM

2. The president is a fierce drug warrior.

Obama & Holder will always protect their DEA thugs.

There is no justice in this country anymore. It's disgusting.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:44 AM

3. wanna slash the budget?

End the faux "drug war".

Then end the supposed war on terror....

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Response to dtom67 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:06 AM

4. but there's the rub..

 

the two have been purposely intertwined so that you can't end one without ending the other, meaning that it is not enough to get people opposed to the war on drugs, they have to be opposed to the war on terror also.

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