Contact: Susan Peacock
SECRET CIA REPORT ADMITS:
Washington, D.C. October 23, 1998 -- The CIA yesterday declassified its secret Inspector General's report on controversial CIA
activities in Honduras during the 1980's. The report states officially for the first time:
"HONDURAN MILITARY COMMITTED HUNDREDS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES" AND "INACCURATE" REPORTING TO
The report indicates that the CIA knew contemporaneously about the abuses which were occurring, and did
not report on them as it should have even though Honduras was the linchpin of U.S. Central America policy
during the Reagan administration. Despite CIA knowledge of Honduran military abuses, more than $1 billion in
U.S. taxpayers money flowed to the Honduran military throughout the 1980s.
- "The Honduran military committed hundreds of human rights abuses since 1980, many of which were politically motivated and officially sanctioned" and were linked to "death squad activities." (p. 2)
- "Reporting inadequacies" by the CIA station in Honduras "precluded CIA Headquarters from understanding the scope of human rights abuses in Honduras." (p. 3)
- Some CIA notifications to Congress were "inaccurate." (p. 3)
"The CIA knew there was blood on the hands of the Honduran military but covered it up, providing impunity for rights abusers and
misleading the U.S. Congress and public," noted National Security Archive Research Fellow Susan Peacock. She called the
release of the IG report "a step toward the disclosure which President Clinton promised vis-a-vis human
rights abuses in Latin America."
Despite the Clinton Administration's commitment to Congress to release the report to the fullest extent possible,
major portions -- including critical sections on CIA involvement in "torture or hostile interrogations" and "possible
accountability issues" -- are blacked out.
The IG report was released yesterday to
Honduran Human Rights Ombudsman Dr. Leo Valladares. The
IG investigation was prompted by Valladares' 1993 declassification request, a prize-winning 1995 Baltimore Sun series,
and pressure from human rights and openness groups including The National Security Archive.
of the IG Report - titled "Selected Issues Relating to CIA Activities in Honduras in the 1980's (96-0125-IG)," dated
August 27, 1997 - together with Dr. Valladares' most recent report
In Search of Hidden Truths, can be accessed on the
Archive's website : http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv
President Reagan (left center) and Vice President Bush with
Honduran President Suazo Cordoba (right center) and General Gustavo
Alvarez Martinez (left) in the Oval Office in 1982. (White House photo).
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