Target: John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Goal: End America’s secret operations in Colombia
For nearly 50 years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have struggled against the multinational corporations’ monopoly of the nation’s resources. Income inequality and violent repression by the Colombian government have also inspired FARC forces to rebel against their far-right government. This conflict has brought much suffering to the Central American nation, including nearly 250,000 deaths. Devastatingly, intervention from the United States has complicated recent peace talks. For more than a decade, the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has supplied weapons, missile steering systems, and information that has led to the killing and torture of FARC soldiers.
While the United States has been open about its $9 billion “Plan Colombia” program of military aid, the top-secret operations in Colombia have been even more far-reaching…and expensive. National Security Agency officials have helped intercept, decrypt and translate phone calls and radio communications. CIA operatives have trained the Colombian military in “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as torture. Dozens of FARC soldiers have been killed with the help of American GPS systems, used to more accurately target missiles.
The American military has no place meddling in these affairs. Rather than support democracy, intervention has compounded the violence. Tell the CIA to suspend its top-secret operations in Colombia without delay.
Dear John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,
The Washington Post’s recent investigation into CIA operations in Colombia tells a disturbing tale. Far beyond the scope of the official “Plan Columbia,” the CIA has trained the Colombian military in enhanced interrogation techniques and supplied GPS missile tracking systems–literally contributing to the torture and death of rebel forces opposed to the Colombian government. This program of top-secret interference has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and has further destabilized the already troubled nation. Beyond these concerns, targeting and killing specific rebel leaders constitutes political assassination, which is illegal under U.S. law.
The past year’s peace talks between FARC and the Colombian government have led to some promising developments. The United States has muddied the water by intervening militarily; indeed, foreign intervention by corporations and armed forces is one of the primary complaints of rebel groups. Prior military involvement in countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras escalated beyond initial expectations, and the American public is watching and being tricked as this pattern repeats yet again.
No ends can justify these brutal means. I urge you to call an immediate end to the CIA’s participation in the torture and killing of Colombian rebels.
[Your Name Here]
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