View Full Version : Colombia police in wiretap probe

David Guyatt
02-22-2009, 11:24 AM
No kidding. Really. The Colombian police are corrupt.

Colombia police in wiretap probe
By Jeremy McDermott
BBC News, Medellin
Colombia's secret police is under investigation over claims rogue agents may have intercepted phone calls and passed on information to criminals.

Magistrates, politicians, officials and journalists may have had phones tapped.

It is the latest scandal to hit the Department of Administrative Security - or DAS, as the secret police are known - under President Alvaro Uribe.

One ex-DAS director is accused of giving right-wing death squads the names of suspected rebel sympathisers.

Felipe Munoz has been the DAS director for just a month, and is now in the the middle of a scandal even worse than that which cost the job of his predecessor - although not quite as bad as one that put another former director in prison.

Too corrupt to reform?

A special squad has been set up to investigate the wire-tapping allegations.

The DAS has been at the centre of corruption scandals since Mr Uribe took over in 2002 and appointed Jorge Noguera, one of his campaign managers and a man with no intelligence experience, as director.

Mr Noguera resigned in 2005 amid accusations he was working with right-wing paramilitary death squads.

He has been imprisoned and the case is awaiting trial.

Maria Pilar Hurtado was forced to resign as director last October after it was revealed the DAS was spying on opponents of the president.

There have been calls for the DAS to be disbanded. A Ministry of Defence source said that the organisation was so corrupt that it could not be reformed.

Magda Hassan
02-22-2009, 11:54 AM
Why stop there? That's the least of it. The whole government is corrupt. The president is corrupt. In 1991 the US Defence Intelligence Agency had Uribe (then a senator) listed as a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar and himself "Dedicated to Collaboration with the Medellín Cartel at High Government Levels". He "was linked to a business involved in narcotics activities in the United States" and he fought the extradition prosess of Pablo Escobar to the US to face drug charges.

Also on the list same list of known drug traffickers and assassins was Adnan Khashoggi and Manuel Noriega amonsgt many others.


Peter Lemkin
02-22-2009, 04:30 PM
Part of the money we've given them [knowing full well they were currupt and dealing in drugs - for us; death squads - for us], etc.
This is the above the table funding - not the black and covert money and support.

Magda Hassan
02-23-2009, 06:31 AM
Some people would say that was money well spent. A good return on investment. Colombia is the southern spheres Camp Bondsteel. I mean Kosovo.