John Negroponte

Negroponte Evaded Human Rights Questions during Hearings on US Ambassador Nomination
John Negroponte

"Under the supervision of the Military Intelligence Division of the Armed Forces General Staff; and six, the FUSEP special unit and Battalion 316 counter terrorist tactics included torture, rape and assassination against persons thought to be involved in support of the Salvadoran guerrillas or part of the Honduran leftist movement; seven, as many as 250 instances of human rights abuses in Honduras are officially documented, including disappearances, torture, extra judicial killings; and eight, at least one death. I asked [Negroponte] a number of questions related to his tenure in Honduras, two questions dealt with human rights. Given what we know about the extent and nature of Honduran human rights abuses, to say that Mr. Negroponte was less than forthcoming in his responses to my questions is being generous." - Senator Christopher Dodd, Congressional Record: September 14, 2001 (Senate) Page S9431-S9433

John Negroponte Perfect Bush Choice for Iraq: Psychopath Who Lies on Command
John Negroponte

John Negroponte -- ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985 - is expected to be replace Paul Bremer as head man in Iraq. In Honduras, Negroponte "made sure that news of torture, disappearances and killings by the U.S.-trained Honduran military didn't make it back to Congress or the American people, where it might discourage funding for the covert wars. The CIA trained and financed a Honduran army unit known as Battalion 316, which kidnapped and tortured hundreds of people... A CIA document declassified in 1998 and made available by the nonprofit National Security Archive, acknowledged that the Honduran military had committed abuses which were politically motivated and officially sanctioned." (For an in-depth expose, see the Baltimore Sun series: http://www.baltimoresun.com/search/ and put in "Negroponte" -for articles by Ginger Thompson and Gary Cohn.)

Negroponte Condoned Torture and Murder in Honduras - then Ordered the Evidence Deleted
John Negroponte

"Negroponte has a reputation, even among some U.S. diplomats who served with him, both for 'doggedly defending U.S. interests overseas' and for 'making sure human rights don't get in the way.' According to a four-part series in the Baltimore Sun [1995], reporters Gary Cohn and Ginger Thompson detailed the activities of a secret CIA-trained Honduran army unit, Battalion 316 [during Negroponte's 1980s tenure in Honduras] that used 'shock and suffocation devices in interrogations. Prisoners often were kept naked and, when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves.' Former official Rick Chidester, who served under Negroponte, says he was ordered to remove all mention of torture and executions from the draft of his 1982 report on the human rights situation in Honduras."