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  1. Secret CIA Budgets and Assassinations in Colombia

    For decades, the Colombian government struggled to contain the FARC rebellion, but now, it seems, the rebel group has dwindled — thanks apparently to a secret U.S. campaign. Government insiders cite the CIA and Colombian military’s hush-hush budget, and use of smart bombs to assassinate FARC leaders. In the 2000s, the Bush administration and the CIA decided that FARC’s influence in Colombia posed a substantial threat to America and that the U.S. could use the same tactics used against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Gains have been made, but the strategy remains legally and ethically dubious.

    Source: The Washington Post

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