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More information on the Colombian military's 6000 "False Positives" killings mentioned above: The U.S., Colombia & the Spread of the Death Squad Stateby DANIEL KOVALIK http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/23/the-u-s-colombia-the-spread-of-the-death-squad-state/
I am not a FARC apologist, but for Otis to talk about the Colombian Army providing security in Uribe without once mentioning its implication in thousands of human rights abuses is appalling. Its "false positives" scandal, in which soldiers have killed civilians and dressed them as guerilla fighters to claim bounties has reached the highest levels of the Colombian government.
I work for a human rights organization, and my colleagues in Colombia had to accompany members of a peasant organization this week who were threatened by masked Colombian soldiers. (See below.) I am sure a lot of people in Uribe were not feeling very secure about the army being there. But if Otis approached them with the attitude toward the military evident in his report, they sure wouldn't have told him.
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