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22. Wayne Madsen and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
Edited on Sun Jun-12-05 12:00 AM by seemslikeadream
Covert Action in Africa: A Smoking Gun in Washington, D.C.

Rayburn House Office Building
Friday, April 6, 2001
10:00am - 12:00 noon


Prepared Statement of Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen is an investigative journalist who has written for The Village
Voice, The Progressive, CAQ, and the Intelligence Newsletter. He is the
author of Genocide and Covert Activities in Africa 1993-1999 (Lewiston, NY:
Edwin Mellen, 1999), an expose of U.S. and French intelligence activities in
Africa's recent civil wars and ethnic rebellions. He served as an on-air
East Africa analyst for ABC News in the aftermath of the 1998 U.S. embassy
bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Mr. Madsen has appeared on 60 Minutes, World
News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20, MS-NBC, and NBC Nightly News, among others.
He has been frequently quoted by the Associated Press, foreign wire
services, and many national and international newspapers.

Mr. Madsen is also the author of a motion picture screen play treatment
about the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer
and worked for the National Security Agency and U.S. Naval
Telecommunications Command.

I wish to discuss the record of American policy in Africa over most of the
past decade, particularly that involving the central African Great Lakes
region. It is a policy that has rested, in my opinion, on the twin pillars
of unrestrained military aid and questionable trade. The military aid
programs of the United States, largely planned and administered by the U.S.
Special Operations Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), have
been both overt and covert.

ACRI, ACSS, and the covert programs all involve the use of private military
training firms and logistics support contractors that are immune to Freedom
of Information Act requests. More troubling than these overt problems are
those that involve covert assistance to the Rwandan and Ugandan militaries.
Sources in the Great Lakes region consistently report the presence of a
U.S.-built military base near Cyangugu, Rwanda, near the Congolese border.
The base, reported to have been partly constructed by the U.S. firm Brown &
Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, is said to be involved with training RPF
forces and providing logistics support to their troops in
the DRC.

The increasing reliance by the Department of Defense on so-called Private
Military Contractors (PMCs) is of special concern. Many of these PMCs -- once
labeled as "mercenaries" by previous administrations when they were used as
foreign policy instruments by the colonial powers of France, Belgium,
Portugal, and South Africa -- have close links with some of the largest
mining and oil companies involved in Africa today. PMCs, because of their
proprietary status, have a great deal of leeway to engage in covert
activities far from the reach of congressional investigators. They can simply
claim that their business in various nations is a protected trade
secret and the law now seems to be on their side.

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