Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Colombia Spied on Judges, Lawmakers and Media

The jaw-dropping abuses in Colombia just never seem to let up under President Alvaro Uribe. Of course, all the analysis and discourse in the US automatically takes Uribe at his word, that these are "rogue" agents. If it was one of the "bad left" countries of the region, best believe there'd be no such deference and silence from the media and US Govt.

BOGOTA (AFP) — Colombia's intelligence service was at the center of a political storm Monday, following revelations it spied on judges, politicians and journalists, forcing President Alvaro Uribe to deny he had ordered the move.

The revelations in the Colombian magazine Semana prompted the resignation of the Department of Administrative Security (DAS) deputy director Jorge Alberto Lagos, and may lead to further high profile departures.

"I have never given a single order to monitor these people's private lives," Uribe said Monday.

As well as lawmakers, judges and reporters that were considered political opponents to the Uribe administration, some officials close to the government were also spied on, according to the magazine.

The recordings were beginning to be destroyed in January, according to Semana.

Uribe blamed the illegal eavesdroppings on a group of DAS officials, describing them as a "mafia gang" that hoped to hurt
Colombian democracy.

Since 2002, at the outset of the Uribe government, the DAS has been the target of numerous accusations for alleged links to right-wing paramilitary groups, and for accusations it spied on opposition figures.


Blogger jsb said...

Another restriction you supported falls in Havana:

"The public reading last week of a selection from Orlando Pardo's new book, "Boring Home," at the Havana Book Fair marked the first time in 50 years that Cuban authorities allowed a reading from a book not approved by the state."

Would you like to tell us what other restrictions the government should lift that you might support?

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11:42 AM  

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