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Feb 23rd
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SOA Graduates Implicated in Bombings PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Lindsay-Poland, FOR   
A director of Colombian military intelligence and another officer implicated in a series of false attacks and a bombing that killed a civilian and injured 19 soldiers in Bogotá in 2006, attended the SOA.

The Colombian Public Ministry is investigating Colonel Horacio Arbelaez, former director of the Army’s Joint Intelligence Center; Major Javier Efrén Hermida Benavides; and Captain Luis Eduardo Barrero for orchestrating the placement of bombs Bogotá car bombingin a Bogotá shopping mall and other sites in July 2006, on the eve of President Uribe’s inauguration for his second term. At the time of the bombing and false attacks, they were attributed to guerrillas of the FARC. In most cases, the bombs weren’t detonated, but were denounced by the accused officers and deactivated to demonstrate the FARC threat and show military intelligence was doing its work.

Hermida took two courses at the School fo the Americas, including a three-month military intelligence intensive in 2000, while Arbelaez took an infantry course at the School in 1981. A statistical study by sociologist Katherine McCoy found that the more courses Latin American officers took at the School, the more likely they were to commit abuses.

In addition, the Army Joint Intelligence Center that Arbelaez directed receives US aid, according to a State Department list of units vetted to receive assistance.

The officers reportedly collaborated with a FARC deserter on placing the bombs, according to tapes, videos and documents. Hermida, who claims his innocence, told a Colombian radio station that the operation at the shopping mall was carried out with knowledge of high military officials.

Hermida and Barrero Major Hermide & Captain Barreroalso face criminal charges for the false attacks, five of which had been united into one case by the Prosecutor General’s office.

Arbelaez, who is now Colombia’s defense attache in Israel, was previously head of intelligence for the Army’s 18th Brigade. That brigade, based in oil-rich Arauca state, has received extensive assistance and in-country training from US Special Forces.

Press reports identified Hermida and Barrero as belonging to the Army’s 13th Brigade, part of which receives US assistance, as well as to a regional military intelligence center that also receives US aid.

Published in the Spring 2008 issue.


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written by solstice1319, February 10, 2009
It is not necessary for the Colombian military to invent evil doings and have them attributed to the FARC. It is well known throughout the world that the FARC ranks near the top of terrorist groups. They continue to embarass themselves with their moronic actions of kidnapping civilians, military, and police, holding them for more than ten years, and devastating the lives of the victims and their families. They explode bombs in public areas, killing innocent civilians. They destroy the infrastructure of Colombia. They restrict free access to travel within most of Colombia. They have become a major producer and supplier of cocaine to the world. The people of Colombia are the most friendly in the world and they ask only to live in peace. I pray to God that the FARC ceases to exist in this year of 2009.
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Death squads in Colombia are more ruthless than their salvadoran similars
written by John P Ovando, April 15, 2009
The fact Is that the "Aguilas Negras" former AUC are even more ruthless than the worst of the Central American death squad horrors of the early eighties In both Guatemala and El Salvador., with open complicity of high ranking officers of the Colombian Armed Forces., The latter who also are known to constantly kidnap people from native communities, rural areas, slums and repeat offenders from prison kill them, and then dress them up in fatigues and claim as "fallen" guerillas, their families and friends outrageusly waving pictures and proof of "strategic murder., and surprisingly, there are vast sectors of Colombian society that say it is ok that jailbirds and street folk be "taken out" in a sick excuse of being "desechables" that is 'disposables'. I am glad that Obama, and the US legislature stop making any more deals these narco-fascists., Now if only Obama can do to SOA what he did with Gitmo and the very Uribesque "Rendition Facilities"!!
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2nd Part of why Colombian "paras" can easily be compared with the Ruanda genocide
written by John P Ovando, April 15, 2009
During the period in Colombia, known as "La Violencia" which was basically an undeclared ruthless war between the two traditional parties., Liberals and Conservative (latinamerican "liberals" are usually far to the right and have nothing to do with the Anglo progressive liberals) both rightist in nature they both hired simpsthizers to attack the supporters of their rivals where the "pajaros" where formed in the conservative side and the "cachiporros" on the other side, both groups., as well as many other "bandolero" organizations comitted gross atrocities and genocidal practices that claimed the lives of almost 300.000 people., the violence started during the early fifties, almost right after the murder of candidate of the ANAPO (populist progressive movement)., later after the triumph of Castro in Cuba, many liberal organizations and peasant movements that followed them, tilted leftward and where caught themselves in a war with both traditional parties., whom by then have united against the " new threat" of the "independent republics" this I'll move by the armed forces under president Laureano Gomez against a small community of armed peasants leftover from past conflict and wary of state sponsored peace accords., left the survivors of the offensive to regroup and form what today is FARC and the the Paras kept mutating into different named such as MAS, Los Pepes, MACOGUE, Macetos, ACCU, then finally the AUC most of whose leaders are dead or have been extradited to the US., The different names correspond to differen to different circumstances when they where "sicarios" or hitmen for the drug cartels or other criminal enterprises, but are basically now a staunch anti-communist front financed by narcotrafficking and extorsion and have beenrespinsible of almost 50000 more deaths since the seventies up till now., This is aside from the "violencia" The authorities have recently discovered "vivification camps" and "mutilation camps" run by the AUC in the rural areas of the Putumayo ,Antioquia and Meta municipalities., where their recruits where trained to "grow cojones" by doing unspeakable acts against defenseless indigenous or campesinos accused of sympathizing with the FARC It is believed that as much as 5000 died in those camps alone right around the end of Pastrana's term and a few years into Uribe's term...

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