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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:08 AM
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Four Farc hostages killed during apparent rescue attempt
Source: Reuters

Colombia's main rebel group has killed four of its longest-held captives, apparently during combat on Saturday between soldiers and guerrillas, the government has said. A fifth fled into the jungle and survived during what appears to have been a failed rescue attempt.

President Juan Manuel Santos called the killing of a soldier and three police officers "a crime against humanity" and dismissed any suggestion that Colombia's armed forces might be responsible.

"They were held hostage for between 12 and 13 years and wound up cruelly murdered," Santos said.

Juan Carlos Pinzon, the Colombian defence minister, announced the deaths and the escape of police sergeant Luis Alberto Erazo, 48, who had been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the Farc) for nearly 12 years.

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Little Tich Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:31 AM
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1. I feel very sad when I read this. My condoleances.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 03:22 AM
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2. 12 years! And then this.
Oh how sad. I remember hearing an interview of a woman who had been released from being held by FARC. Her ordeal sounded so terrifying. Who is FARC really? I can't remember. I just know they kidnap people and treat them reallt badly.
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COLGATE4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 03:30 PM
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4. FARC is a Marxist guerrilla organization dedicated to the overthrow
of the Colombian government by force of arms. They are intimately involved with narcoterrorism in Colombia and are infamous for kidnapping and killing hostages. A group of armed thugs.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:54 AM
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5. Armed thugs who talk business with the biggest name on Wall Street.
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 09:49 AM by Octafish

Richard Grasso, then chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, hugs then-living FARC Number 2, Raul Reyes.

The Real Deal: NYSE's Richard Grasso and the Ultimate New Business "Cold Call"

Narco-Dollars For Dummies

How The Money Works In The Illicit Drug Trade

Part 3 in a 13 Part Series
By Catherine Austin Fitts
First published in the Narco News Bulletin
Monday, 18 February 2002, 10:13 am

Lest you think that my comment about the New York Stock Exchange is too strong, let's look at one event that occurred before our "war on drugs" went into high gear through Plan Colombia, banging heads over narco dollar market share in Latin America.

In late June 1999, numerous news services, including Associated Press, reported that Richard Grasso, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange flew to Colombia to meet with a spokesperson for Raul Reyes of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the supposed "narco terrorists" with whom we are now at war.

The purpose of the trip was "to bring a message of cooperation from U.S. financial services" and to discuss foreign investment and the future role of U.S. businesses in Colombia.

Some reading in between the lines said to me that Grasso's mission related to the continued circulation of cocaine capital through the US financial system. FARC, the Colombian rebels, were circulating their profits back into local development without the assistance of the American banking and investment system. Worse yet for the outlook for the US stock market's strength from $500 billion - $1 trillion in annual money laundering - FARC was calling for the decriminalization of cocaine.

To understand the threat of decriminalization of the drug trade, just go back to your Sam and Dave estimate and recalculate the numbers given what decriminalization does to drive BIG PERCENT back to SLIM PERCENT and what that means to Wall Street and Washington's cash flows. No narco dollars, no reinvestment into the stock markets, no campaign contributions.

It was only a few days after Grasso's trip that BBC News reported a General Accounting Office (GAO) report to Congress as saying: "Colombia's cocaine and heroin production is set to rise by as much as 50 percent as the U.S. backed drug war flounders, due largely to the growing strength of Marxist rebels"


It should be big news, but for some reason ABCNNBCBSFixedNoiseNutworks missed the story.

The real tragedy, besides the giant narcodollar laundrey that is Wall Street, is how America is continually lied to by ommission by its constitutionally mandated watchdogs, the press.

Thank Moon for DU.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 11:05 AM
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3. I guess one out of five is not bad.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:09 AM
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6. Did reddit lose any?
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