Douglas Farah


Farah, Douglas. "Papers Show U.S. Role in Guatemalan Abuses." Washington Post, 11 Mar. 1999, A26. []

"During the 1960s, the United States was intimately involved in equipping and training Guatemalan security forces that murdered thousands of civilians in the nation's civil war, according to newly declassified U.S. intelligence documents [obtained by the National Security Archive, a private nonprofit group in Washington]. The documents show, moreover, that the CIA retained close ties to the Guatemalan army in the 1980s, when the army and its paramilitary allies were massacring Indian villagers, and that U.S. officials were aware of the killings at the time."


Farah, Douglas. "War Study Censures Military in Guatemala: Panel Blames Army For Most Atrocities." Washington Post, 26 Feb. 1999, A19. []

A report by Guatemala's independent Historical Clarification Commission, released on 25 February 1999, "accused the U.S.-backed military ... of responsibility for the vast majority" of the human rights abuses during Guatemala's long-running civil war. "Unlike the government of El Salvador (and the contra rebels in Nicaragua), the Guatemalan army did not receive large-scale aid from Washington; still, the commission found that the 'government of the United States, through various agencies including the CIA, provided direct and indirect support for some state operations.'"


Farah, Douglas, and Laura Brooks. "Colombian Army's Third in Command Allegedly Led Two Lives; General Reportedly Served as a Key CIA Informant While Maintaining Ties to Death Squads Financed by Drug Traffickers." Washington Post, 11 Aug. 1998, A14.

"For years Colombian Gen. Ivan Ramirez Quintero was a key intelligence source for the United States. After training in Washington he was the first head of a military intelligence organization designed by U.S. experts to fight Marxist guerrillas and drug traffickers, and served as a liaison and paid informant for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to U.S. and Colombian intelligence sources. But during many of the years he was funneling information to the CIA,... Ramirez, now the army's third in command, maintained close ties to right-wing paramilitary groups who finance much of their activities through drug trafficking."

A follow-up story by Douglas Farah, "Colombian Official Denies CIA Link; Resigning General Says He Was Not a Paid Informant," Washington Post, 12 Aug. 1998, A20, notes that "[i]n a telephone call to The Washington Post, and in a radio interview broadcast in Bogota,... Ramirez described as 'defamatory' a Post story linking him to the paramilitary organizations while on the CIA's payroll in the late 1980s and early 1990s."


Farah, Douglas, and Dan Eggen. "Joint Intelligence Center Is Urged: Rep. Wolf Says Information Should Be Shared Globally to Fight Terror." Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2003, A25. []

In a letter to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the FBI budget, has asked that "the United States to take the lead in establishing a joint intelligence center modeled on NATO to share information on terrorist money and movements."

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