The image of the United States has been suffering in the hearts and minds of activists worldwide due to reports of U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which have sometimes killed civilians. Now the United States has another serious image problem with the surfacing of reports the CIA has been secretly helping Colombia kill FARC rebels, reports NBC News on Dec. 21, 2013.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday a covert CIA program has helped Colombia's government kill about two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which is the rebel insurgency also known as FARC. The FARC rebels first took up arms in 1964. The Washington Post also reported the National Security Agency has provided a great deal of eavesdropping help to the Colombian government. Furthermore, the U.S. government is said to have provided Colombia with GPS equipment that can be used to transform regular munitions into smart bombs which can accurately home in on specific targets.
Colombian forces killed a top FARC commander, Raul Reyes, in one of several jungle camps which the rebels operated in Ecuador, just across the border from Colombia, in March 2008. It has leaked from sources that Colombia used U.S.made smart bombs in the operation, reports Al Jazeera. A multibillion-dollar program aimed at helping Colombia with these operations was first authorized by President George W. Bush and has since continued under President Barack Obama, The Washington Post reported. This is all leaving the United States with a very unfavorable image among human rights activist groups worldwide.