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October 16, 2005
Paramilitaries as Proxies
Declassified evidence on the Colombian army's anti-guerrilla "allies"
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 166
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Michael Evans - 202/994-7029
Posted - October 16, 2005
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Today, the Colombia Documentation Project proudly announces the first in a series of articles to be published in collaboration with Semana, Colombia's leading news magazine. The column, which will appear monthly on Semana.com, is the result of a mutual desire to publish and disseminate in Colombia declassified information now emerging from United States files about the major issues in the U.S.-Colombia relationship, including the drug war, security assistance programs, human rights and impunity.
The first article, published here in English and in Spanish at Semana.com, reveals new information about the hidden history of collaboration between Colombain security forces and their paramilitary allies, offering a unique and intimate perspective on the institutional pressures that encouraged cooperation with paramilitary atrocities.
Each month, the National Security Archive will simultaneously publish an English-language version of the article along with scanned images of the documents cited in the column. Watch this space for upcoming articles or sign up to receive the National Security Archive's free email update every time the website is updated with new material.
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The Colombia Documentation Project
Michael Evans, project director
About the Project - The National Security Archive's Colombia Project seeks to identify and obtain the release of documents from secret government archives on United States policy in Colombia and to disseminate these records through publications, conferences and the Archive's web site. Major themes of the project include security assistance, human rights, impunity and counternarcotics programs.