Saturday, December 17, 2005

More US Aid Flows Through Pentagon

Published on Friday, December 16, 2005 by Inter Press Service
More US Aid Flows Through Pentagon
by Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - U.S. aid in Latin America is becoming increasingly militarised, according to a new report, which warns that both the U.S. Congress and the State Department are losing control over Washington's assistance to the region as more of it is channeled through the Pentagon.

The report, "Erasing the Lines", is the latest in an annual series on trends in U.S. military programs in Latin America published since 1997 by three Washington-based human-rights and foreign-policy groups -- the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF), and the Center for International Policy (CIP).

It identifies 10 specific trends that it says are effectively reducing civilian control -- both here and in Latin America -- over the region's military and security forces, and that have intensified over the past year.

This is an outrage!
The Pentagon is "Agency Run-amok!"
Someone has got to step up on this! Why not just let the Mafia monitor welfare and social Security in America?


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