The Bush Family Saga
05/11/03: (Information Clearing House)Unless you were around and following events in the 1980s, especially Central American affairs and later, the Iran-contra scandal, you probably won’t know who Elliot Abrams is. More’s the pity too. As Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs he used to oversee US foreign policy in Latin America, and was active in covering up some of the worst atrocities committed by the US-sponsored Contras. According to congressional records, under Abram's watch, the Contras "raped, tortured, and killed unarmed civilians, including children," and that "groups of civilians, including women and children, were burned, dismembered, blinded and beheaded."
His partners-in-crime include John Negroponte, the new ambassador to the UN, who served under Reagan as ambassador to Honduras from 1981-1985. He is known for his role in the cover up of human rights abuses by CIA trained paramilitaries throughout the region. Coincidentally, Honduran exiles associated with the paramilitary forces that had been living in the US, were exported to Canada prior to Negroponte's Senate confirmation hearing, thus rendering their testimony unavailable.
Another partner from the ‘good ol’ days is Otto Reich who has been appointed as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (which includes Latin America). The Bush administration used a "recess appointment" during January 2002 to side step the Senate confirmation hearing otherwise required of the appointment. Democrat opposition to Reich's nomination had been predicted.
But they are still up to their old tricks:
"The coup in Venezuela against Hugo Chavez sports the sticky fingerprints of all three men and the modus operandi of a long line of US-led cold war interventions.
But if these covert ops were tragedy, the Chavez plot was farce. The rapid unraveling of the coup suggested that the Venezuelan plotters would have done better seeking advise from Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist rather than from Reich. It soon became public that Bush officials maintained a web of connections with the conspirators and appeared to have foreknowledge of the plot. Using the same conduit Reagan used to fund the contras, the National Endowment for Democracy, the administration had funneled money to Venezuelan opposition.
According to British media, Abrams gave a nod to the plotters; Otto Reich, a former ambassador to Venezuela, met repeatedly with Pedro Carmona and other coup leaders. The day Carmona seized the presidency, Reich summoned ambassadors from Latin America and the Caribbean to his office and endorsed the new government.
Abrams pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress in 1991, for which George Bush senior subsequently pardoned him in December 1992."
For more on the Iran-Contra scandal see also,National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty
Bush's anti-terrorist teamby Andrew Szasz 18 October 2001
Iran-Contra gangsters resurface in Bush administration By Patrick Martin 1 August 2001
A Nuremberg Trial for the US Government
Following is a transcript of the "Charlie Rose," talk radio show of March 31 [year unknown]. The guests were Rep. Robert Torricelli, Elliot Abrams, and Allan Nairn.
Face-off: Bush's Foreign Policy Warriors by Peter Roff and James Chapin United Press International, 18 July 2001
The Bush Vision and the Culture of Power by SAUL LANDAU January 4, 2003
Three tarnished Reagan figures have hands in Bush foreign policy By BART JONES
President Bush’s appointment of Elliot Abrams, August 2001
"The shocking news out of Washington recently is that U.S. President George W. Bush has chosen Elliott Abrams to be director of the National Security Council’s office for democracy, human rights and international operations. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house."
Elliot Abrams. It's Back! by David Corn The Nation magazine, July 2, 2001
The Return Of Elliott Abrams. Israel's Likud Scores Big With White House Appointment Jim Lobe Inter Press Service
The Biases of Elliot Abrams by Dr. LAILA AL-MARAYATI CounterPunch December 16, 2002
Bush Appoints Former Criminals to Key Government Roles
Bush Advisers Planned Iraq War Since 1990s by Joe Taglieri, FTW Staff
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