In 2008, Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras, openly called for the legalization of drugs as a way to tackle drug-trafficking violence.
(President of Honduras Calls for Drug Legalization Cato @ Liberty)
Reportedly, the CIA and elements of the CIA-backed military in Honduras have been involved in the drugs trade.
On 29 June 2009, the CIA reportedly used the Honduran military to oust Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras.
Venezuela's President Chavez said troops in Honduras temporarily detained the Venezuelan and Cuban ambassadors and beat them.
Hugo Chavez has accused the CIA of playing a role in the coup in Honduras. (Chavez: CIA Behind Coup in Honduras)
Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Honduras met with congressional representatives and right-wing military top brass shortly before the military coup was carried out.
The Honduran military has long had links to the CIA, dating back to the Contras, the fascist criminals who were backed by the CIA.
Reportedly, during the Reagan years, the CIA was involved in cocaine trafficking in Central America as part of the Contra war in Nicaragua.
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John Negroponte was US ambassador in Honduras from 1981 to 1985.
There he reportedly worked closely with Honduran army to impose a fascist police state based on torture and murder.
A Honduran army death squad, Battalion 3-16, trained by the CIA, kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of people, including US missionaries.
When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally. (Baltimore Sun)
Reportedly Negroponte knew about these human rights violations and yet continued to collaborate with the Honduran military while lying to Congress.
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The CIA trained Battalion 316 in the United States.
Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support - even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.
By 1983, when Alvarez's oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for "encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras."
A CIA officer went frequently to a secret jail known as INDUMIL, where torture was conducted.
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