In Violation of U.S. and International Law, the CIA has been Participating in Airstrikes Inside of Colombia and Ecuador

February 2, 2014

According to a report in the Washington Post published late last year ("Covert Action in Colombia" 12/21/13), the CIA has been directing airstrikes against targets inside of Colombia for the past 8 years.

In violation of U.S. law restricting aid to Colombia, George W. Bush began funneling billions of dollars in covert military aid to Colombia shortly after 2001 when he declared the indigenous liberation movement [including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN)] a target of U.S. imperialism's "war against international terrorism."

In 2006, also in violation of U.S. law prohibiting direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam-type war against the popular insurgency, the CIA began providing real-time intelligence to direct "smart bombs" allegedly used by the Colombian military to target individuals inside of Colombia.

Although information about the ongoing program remains classified, U.S. and Colombian sources claim that a large percentage of the targets have been political leaders of the FARC.

It has also been reported that the CIA was involved in launching an airstrike inside of Ecuador in March of 2008.