Paramilitary death squads are responsible for massacres and disappearing persons in Columbia. BP and Texaco are hiring paramilitary troops as security for oil pipelines. Monsanto Roundup is being sprayed all over the Putamayo farming region, sickening thousands of Columbians and forcing them off their land. Bush has asked that military aid to Columbia be increased from 1.3 billion last year.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matthew Briggs, research associate with the Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation, who examines U.S. participation in the recent shooting down of the missionary plane in Peru and the limited prospects for reform under the Bush administration.