Thursday, February 17, 2005


John Negroponte was US ambassador in Honduras from 1981 to 1985. There he reportedly worked closely with Honduran army to impose a police state based on extra-judicial murder.


A Honduran army death squad, Battalion 3-16, trained by the CIA, kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of people, including US missionaries.

Reportedly Negroponte knew about these human rights violations and yet continued to collaborate with the Honduran military while lying to Congress.



U.S. collaboration with Battalion 316:

* 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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