…beware the tides of march! us msm and us foreign policy, e.g., Colombia…Posted: 2015-03-28
…as towering waves and their fierce undertow do their work…
We should recall those ‘super’ tides from that recent solar eclipse that saw Mont St Michel become an island and had the River Thames overflowing its banks. That irresistible force of nature.
For its part the US is now in the unenviable position of creating and unleashing its force of nature. This force, this phenomenon of violence, destruction and death, and chaos, now with renewed and terminal vigour takes aim at its creator. And the US MSM continues blissfully unaware, with its focus on Venezuela, its threat to the ‘existence of the US’ – because of unrelenting US corporate interests in that country. But we first look at a troubling indicator of an enfeebled and doddering empire.
Unreported by the US MSM, but widespread, and incriminatingly so, across Latin America and elsewhere, is the the report of heroic performance of the US military in Colombia, not Okinawa. And, no, we are not speaking of the behaviour of the US DEA in Colombia and its many orgies so well-funded by very ‘savoury’ characters.
No, we speak of child rape committed by the US military, news that has been totally ignored – even by an ever loquacious US President, now so preoccupied by a Venezuelan government that, in his feeble fabrication, is abusing the human rights of a powerful oligarchy that, with US support, still seeks to overthrow the duly elected government of Venezuela. So, we go to the non-MSM.
Telesur would be among the first with the news. US Military Sexually Abused at Least 54 Colombian Children. On 23 March it would report, and the grinning officials seem to portend the impending evil.
U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children between 2003 and 2007, according to a report commissioned by the Colombian government and the FARC.
“There is abundant information about the sexual violence, which ocurred under absolute impunity because of the bilateral agreements and the diplomatic immunity of United States officials,” said Renan Vega of the Pedagogic University in Bogota, who helped write the report.
Vega detailed a case in 2004 in which military contractors sexually abused 54 girls and filmed [the abuse] and sold the films as pornographic material. The families of the victims received death threats and the victims fled the central Colombian town of Melgar.
Another would be RT, so derided by the US Secretary of State and his associates, US troops, contractors sexually abused Colombian girls with impunity – report. As we read,
Fifty-four Colombian girls were sexually abused by US troops and military contractors between 2003 and 2007, claims a new report by the country’s reconciliation commission. None of the perpetrators were ever prosecuted because US forces had immunity.
The claims are part of an 800-page report by an independent commission established by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group. The commission’s goal is to determine the causes and document the consequences of the civil war that has ravaged the country for 50 years and claimed over seven million lives.
“There exists abundant information about the sexual violence, in absolute impunity thanks to the bilateral agreements and the diplomatic immunity of United States officials,” Renan Vega, of the National University of Colombia in Bogota, told Colombia Reports.
In another instance, in 2007, one US sergeant and a security contractor were accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. An investigation by Colombian prosecutors established that the girl had been drugged and assaulted inside the military base by Sergeant Michael J. Coen and contractor Cesar Ruiz. Both were flown out of the country, as terms of the US-Colombian Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) gave US personnel immunity from local laws.
The girl and her family left Melgar and moved to Medellin, claiming harassment and threats from the US-allied government forces.
From the US, on 27 March, would then come a report by Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow!, Report: U.S. Soldiers, Contractors Sexually Abused 54 Children in Colombia. From the transcript of the show, a snippet,
A new report commissioned by the Colombian government and FARC rebels has concluded U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007. The investigator cites one case where 53 girls in the town of Melgar were targeted by contractors who filmed the abuse and sold the films as pornography. In another case, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and raped by a U.S. Army sergeant and a contractor. Under immunity agreements, none of the alleged abusers were ever punished.
Still not a word from the US government or the jingoistic US MSM. We are reminded of that immortal utterance of the US President, when excerpts of a sanitised investigation of US torture in Iraq were released, Obama: “We Tortured Some Folks”. One cringes at the thought of the response of the articulate US President, were he ever to be asked about these atrocities in Colombia.
And what’s an ally to do? Later this year, some three thousand US military with equipment and weapons are to be based in some parts of Peru, for some reason or the other. An ominous future awaits the innocent. Then again, what price for freedom and liberty and a Big Mac and fries.
…yes, ‘they hate us for our freedoms’…