On Imperial Crimes in Honduras, Don’t Believe the State Department

John Glaser, May 18, 2012

The State Department is almost certainly deceiving the American public regarding U.S. involvement in the murder of several Honduran civilians. As I’ve written, the government kept this information from the American people for almost an entire week (the incident is reported to have occurred on May 11). They acknowledged the incident and admitted to being involved only after Honduran news media and human rights organizations began publicizing it. And, wouldn’t you know it, the stories differ. And the State Department’s initial story has changed since its first articulation.

Dana Frank, whose work I’ve been blogging about and highlighting for at least six months, is a professor of history at the University of California and has been very outspoken about the Obama administration’s terrible policies in Honduras (namely supporting a military coup regime and militarizing the country with U.S. Army and DEA troops under the pretext of the war on drugs). Here’s what she had to say about the conflicting stories on Democracy Now:

As a historian I would start by underscoring that we have to be very careful about believing what the State Department is saying at this point. They have admitted that there were four helicopters and that two of them were State Department helicopters and that there were Guatemalan military on board as well. So it is obviously getting even more complicated.

According to the Mosquito people on the ground, and the local mayor, and the Congress person that the U.S. forces—they descended from the helicopters after they had allegedly been shot upon by alleged drug traffickers in a different boat. According to people on the ground, they mistook that boat for the boat with civilians and started shooting at the civilians, killing at least four people—by some accounts five—including at least one pregnant woman, and by some accounts, children. Another woman was also shot at and lost limbs as a result, and a boy was shot in the arm from behind. U.S. troops were clearly on the helicopters but local people say U.S. troops were doing part of the shooting.

Meanwhile, the Honduran government—I do want to underscore, a week before, the day after it happened, they reported that it was drug traffickers that had been killed, and only after the civilians came forward very bravely and said, wait a minute, we’re not drug traffickers, we are local people—in fact, terrified of drug traffickers. And only thanks to AP do we even have it crossing over into the U.S. press, that there was U.S. DEA agent involvement in helicopters and on the ground.

Aside from this incident, we have to keep in mind that the Obama administration has blood on its hands anyways, given its committed support of the corrupt coup regime.

The police regularly kill people, and they have admitted that themselves, at least 300, have been killed by state security forces since Lobo came into office a little over two years ago. None of these people have been prosecuted. There are at least ten thousand denunciations of human rights abuses by state security forces, and even the government itself admits that—no one has been prosecuted for that. So this incident is happening in the context of U.S. ongoing support and even celebration of that regime, and welcoming Lobo to the White House just two weeks ago. In October—he was certainly speaking to the government in D.C. two weeks ago. So what’s going on is we have this tremendously corrupt government that’s killing its own people, and the U.S. is pouring more and more money into it.

As we speak, the U.S. has just recently tried to double a key piece of funding for the U.S.-Honduran military and police. Biden was recently down there, promising a hundred and seven million dollars more. We’re increasing the funding for the U.S. Air Force base at Soto Cano, and making the barracks there permanent there for the first time.

So the Obama administration is enthusiastically supporting perhaps the most brutal regime in the region with money and weapons, is basing more than 600 U.S. troops and probably many more DEA agents inside Honduras, and doesn’t think it’s any of the American people’s business if innocent men, women, and children are murdered in our name. This is the kind of prerogative that comes with leading the world’s only military hegemon. And I have a feeling the Blue Team won’t let it stop them from reelecting Barack Obama, Envoy of Change and Benevolence.




10 Responses to “On Imperial Crimes in Honduras, Don’t Believe the State Department”

  1. Like the old saying goes… you know when they're lying when their lips are moving.

  2. It's the Cold War all over again.

  3. Truly, this is the cold war all over again, or it was never truly abandoned. The US is clinging to the 'shadows' of the Cold War, looking everywhere for it. It's become a kind of political superstition, a religion based on old dogmas that are now entirely baseless and irrelevant but re-stimulated by 'the war on drugs', 'the war on terrorism', and other forms of hysteria-mongering.

  4. Obama welcomes the corrupt, brutal and authoritarian Lobo to the White House? Birds of a feather flock together.

  5. Our government lied? Wow, you coulda knocked me over with a sledge hammer.

    But seriously…

    "So the Obama administration is enthusiastically supporting perhaps the most brutal regime in the region with money and weapons, is basing more than 600 U.S. troops and probably many more DEA agents inside Honduras, and doesn’t think it’s any of the American people’s business if innocent men, women, and children are murdered in our name. "

    Exactly. When you see how much your government is stealing from your paycheck, remember it is going to fund murdering innocent men, women and children.

    The US Government is a government of murder and your government stealling the money from YOUR labor makes it possible.

  6. John, do you mean to imply here that there still exist in this country grown men and women with "normal" intelligence quotients who actually believe something that a government agency says? PLEASE, say it ain't so – otherwise my last shred of faith in humanity is in jeopardy.

  7. > “…do you mean to imply here that there still exist in this country grown men and women with “normal” intelligence quotients who actually believe something that a government agency says?”

    Amerikans are not stupid. However, they are thoroughly brainwashed from birth and continuously disinformed by the propaganda they are fed daily by the corporate media. In consideration of that fact, it is remarkable that any of them have been able to unplug themselves from the Matrix to see the world as it actually exists. However, some do, and that is a remarkable achievement. Indeed, most of the contributors to this site live in Amerika and have managed to somehow break free of the brainwashing. That is no minor achievement.

  8. No one should forget it was the quintessential fluffer-boy Lanny Davis — Clinton's personal lawyer who argued that cocksucking is not "having sex" — who acted as the coupsters' US PR flack.

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  10. I hope we will find a way to hold Obama and the DEA animal Leonhart accountable for the murders committed by their employees.