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CIA Involvement in Guatemala

March 13, 1997
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George Monbiot

columnist for the London Guardian. His new book is "Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning."

Among the questions asked of Anthony Lake at yesterday’s CIA hearings were his views about the CIA’s so-called "scrubbing" from its ranks of agents known for their human rights abuses.

Reeling from criticism that the CIA regularly hires known killers and death squad leaders, former CIA director John Deutch last year ordered a review of who the agency works with. As a result, the CIA reported that some 1,000 informants and agents were released from their employ, including 100 human rights abusers most of them from Central and South America.

Jennifer Harbury, an attorney based in Texas has had a lot of experience with Guatemala, the CIA and the Clinton administration over the last several years. She launched an international campaign five years ago in search of the truth about the death of her husband, Guatemalan guerilla leader Commandante Everardo. He was captured, tortured and killed by Guatemalan military officers, including those on the payroll of the CIA.

TAPE: JENNIFER HARBURY, an attorney based in Texas who has launched an international campaign in search of the truth about the death of her husband, Guatemalan guerilla leader Commandante Everardo, who was captured, tortured and killed by the Guatemalan military some five years ago.


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