Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

State Sponsored Assassination: Israel, Colombia and the U.S.

February 23, 2001
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

The targeting of Palestinians suspected of attacking Israelis amounts to a policy of state assassination, AmnestyInternational said in a new report. The human rights organization urged Israeli authorities to put an end to thispolicy and to investigate all unlawful killings of Palestinians. Amnesty International USA also urged the USgovernment to thoroughly review all arms transfers to Israel in light of reports that US weapons are being used tocommit state assassinations.

But In Colombia, the US not only sold weapons used in state assassinations, it also trained and armed a secret policeforce with sophisticate weapons and technology. These police were dedicated to take out, by any means necessary,including murder, suspected criminals who had never faced trial. The Copes police made no pretense at upholding thelaw. Instead, led by a US General, they became a law unto themselves.

Guests:

  • Marty Rosenbluth, Amnesty International country specialist for Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
  • Carlos Salinas, acting director of government relations, Amnesty International, USA.
  • Michael Evans, research associate, National Security Archives.

Related link:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.