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The New York Times Buries Story About U.S.-Connected Atrocities in Honduras

September 7, 2001

The nonchalant way the mainstream press treats discoveries about American-connected atrocities abroad infuriates me.

The following one-paragraph item appeared in The New York Times about a week ago:


Forensic researchers have uncovered the remains of 15 people at a former American base used to train the Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980's. Prosecutors expect to find the remains of as many as 80 leftists who disappeared between 1979 and 1990. Human rights groups say some were tortured and buried at El Aguacate base, which the United States built in 1984. It was turned over to Honduras, then abandoned in 1994.    (AP)

During the following six days, The New York Times has had nothing further to say about this.

I guess it's no big deal.  Scores of people were tortured and killed at the precise location where U.S. advisors or their surrogates trained the terrorist contra army (which itself tortured and killed civilians throughout the Nicaraguan countryside in the late 1980's).  The people tortured and killed were the opponents of those being trained by the U.S. advisors or their surrogates.  But hey, that was long ago, these dead people were only Hondurans and probably Commies, so bury the story inside the paper and don't follow up on it. 


Even more remarkably, the story is particularly relevant now since John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras during part of that time period, has been nominated to be the U.S. representative to the U.N.  Human rights groups have strongly opposed his nomination because Negroponte was involved in covering up precisely these types of atrocities by U.S.-trained Honduran troops.

Whoops!  Might that be precisely why this story was buried and never followed up on?

This was a selection from The Daily Diatribe

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