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Watchdog says DEA botch deadly Honduras RAID

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress, and the Ministry of justice officials on an aggressive, but poorly planned strategy led to a series of deadly confrontations with agents in Honduras, the government watchdog wrote in a scathing report published on Wednesday.

To stop the offensive, Operation ” Anvil, involved the US State Department helicopters and a special team of DEA agents working with Honduran security forces, drug-smuggling planes of cocaine to the country. The report found raid to sweep problems with the DEA’s response to three violent encounters associated with the effort in 2012, including one that killed four people and wounded four others, whom locals said were innocent civilians traveling the river in the vicinity of the village of Ahuas in the night.

The Agency’s poorly planned, the operation does not fully investigate the incidents and gave incorrect information to the Justice Department and Congress, according to the report, published by the inspectors General for the justice and state departments.

The DEA said in a statement that the team is also involved in the effort-as the Foreign Advisory and Support Team no longer operates abroad, among other changes.

But the Agency, to disrupt the efforts of the drug-smuggling abroad. He said it was the implementation of the recommendations in the report, the more thoroughly investigate the shootings that happen, while working with foreign law enforcement authorities.

To wear the may 11 shooting on the river happened after a boat collided with a severely handicapped pass with the canoe by law enforcement of cocaine seized earlier in the day. DEA officials have insisted that the people on the boat were a drug dealer, fired first, and the lawmen acted in self-defense. You will receive this account, also as further information that showed otherwise.

“As information was the DEA that was in conflict with the original reporting, including that of the passenger-boat, a water taxi, the passengers on an overnight trip, and DEA officials remained steadfast, with little convincing evidence, that all the people shot by the Hondurans were a drug dealer” to try to get the drugs back.

The report found the DEA’s report of the shooting, carried out only after mounting pressure from the public, was “little more than a paper exercise.” Studies of two other deadly encounters in June and July have been more thorough, but still inadequate, it said.

DEA then not to cooperate with investigations by the State Department and Honduran government officials. The Agency also provided inaccurate information to justice officials and the Congress in the may 2012 raid, according to the report.

DEA, Honduras and the State Department is trying to “perpetuate” self-serving narrative that was fundamentally wrong and demeans the life of the victim and the reputation of the United States,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “I am deeply concerned about the uninformed arrogance of these agencies produces this error. This raises serious questions whether these cases are individual cases.”

The report also says that the State Department misled the public with false talking points, the false DEA interprets role in the operation as a support, when in fact its representatives retain significant control efforts.

Likewise, Embassy officials prepared talking points for the ” Associated Press interview with the U.S. Ambassador in Honduras reaffirm that the DEA agents were involved, and in “a supportive, Advisory role only” with “very well-trained and certified in” Honduras officers “, the work with the advice of the US government law enforcement authorities.”

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