- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Army finds hostages; no rescue attempted

BOGOTA | Colombia’s army located three U.S. nationals in the hands of Marxist FARC rebels but did not attempt a rescue, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said Monday.

“We have had very accurate information about the location of the [rebel] leaders, the hostages and the camps. Our people saw the three Americans bathing in the river, they even heard them speaking English,” he told RCN radio.

He said U.S. contractors Keith Stansell, Thomas Howes and Marc Gonsalves were spotted by military staff from the opposite bank of the Apaporis River in the southeastern department of Guaviare.

The three Americans, contractors for the U.S. State Department, fell into the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in February 2003.

Mr. Santos, who did not give a date of the sighting, said the troops did not attempt a rescue because the hostages moved and it was not possible to guarantee their safety.


Interrogators told

to destroy notes

@Text.rag.noindent:SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | The Pentagon urged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially harsh treatment of detainees, a military defense lawyer said Sunday.

The lawyer for Toronto-born Omar Khadr, Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, said the instructions were included in an operations manual shown to him by prosecutors and suggest the U.S. deliberately thwarted evidence that could help terrorism suspects defend themselves at trial.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon said he was reviewing the matter Sunday evening.


Chavez drops

domestic spy plan

@Text.rag.noindent:CARACAS | Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would scrap new rules that oblige citizens to spy on each other, backing down after an outcry from the opposition, rights groups and the Roman Catholic Church.

“Nobody can oblige me to turn into a snitch

nobody,” Mr. Chavez said on his Sunday TV show. “To err is human. We made a mistake and we have to correct the law -From wire dispatches and staff reports

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