Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
November 21, 2008
NewsWithViews.Com News Director Jim Kouri participated in a special news teleconference today. US Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, held a media conference call at 10 AM this morning to discuss a matter of grave concern involving the US intelligence community and one of the most disturbing in his time leading congressional oversight of the community.
US Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, today strongly criticized rogue CIA employees that a CIA Inspector General's report concluded had attempted to block congressional and federal investigations into the agency's role in the shoot-down of a plane carrying the Bowers family of Muskegon, Mich.
Hoekstra expressed his frustration after personally reviewing the findings of a CIA IG report titled the "Procedures Used in the Narcotics Airbridge Denial Program in Peru, 1995-2001."
The IG report reviewed procedures used in the airbridge-denial program, including those that resulted in the deaths of Veronica "Roni" Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity, and the injury of three others on the plane carrying them, including Bowers' husband and young son.
"To say these deaths did not have to happen is more than an understatement," Hoekstra said. "The CIA knew about repeated serious issues with this program, but took no corrective actions, which could have prevented this needless tragedy. Making matters worse, the inspector general found continuous efforts to cover the matter up and potentially block criminal investigation."
"While the press conference was designed to bring this matter to the attention of all Americans, don't hold your breath waiting for the elite media to cover it. As with the Waco slaughter and the Ruby Ridge shootings by federal agents, the liberals don't care when American citizens are victims of excessive force. The only care when Americans use force on murderers, thugs and terrorists," claims political strategist Mike Baker.FULL STORY.
Republican Rep. Hoekstra accuses CIA of cover-up
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A top Republican lawmaker is accusing employees at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of blocking investigations into the downing of a missionary plane in Peru that killed two Americans in 2001. FULL STORY.