CIA Activity in Honduras

January 28, 1997

Nearly two years ago, The Baltimore Sun broke a major story detailing how a CIA-trained Honduran army unit — known as Battalion 316 — kidnapped, tortured and murdered Honduran political opponents with the full knowledge and complicity of US officials. At the time, the Honduran revelations came on the heels of a string of a number of other sensational expose about CIA relations with death squads in the Caribbean and Latin America, including CIA relations with the notorious FRAPH death squad in Haiti and with the Guatemalan military.

Yesterday, journalists with The Baltimore Sun published another article on CIA activity in Honduras during the 1980s, namely, how the CIA taught torture techniques to the Honduran military.

GUEST: GARY COHEN, a Baltimore Sun reporter who coauthored yesterday’s story about the CIA torture manual. He also broke the 1995 story on the CIA-trained Battalion 316 and the kidnapping, tortures and murders sponsored by the CIA unit during the 1980s.