February 17, 2005

"And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat
on him was death, and hell followed with him". Revelation 6:7

The above biblical quotation is the only way I can describe John Dimitri Negroponte because of his atrocities he previously committed around the world.

From 1971 to 1973, Negroponte was the officer-in charge for Vietnam at the National Security Council under Henry Kissinger. During that period, former DEA Michael Levine was conducting undercover operations in Saigon, Thailand, and Cambodia where our government was smuggling heroin into the U.S. Our government was utilizing caskets and body bags of those "Killed In Action" to smuggle in the heroin.

From 1981-1985, Negroponte was U.S. ambassador to Honduras, where he illegally assisted the contra war and most devastatingly, helped the Reagan administration in "disappearing" close to 300 of political opponents in classic death squad fashion. He supervised the creation of the El Aguacate air base, which the Contras used it as a secret detention and torture center. In August 2001, excavations at the base discovered 185 corpses, including two Americans missionaries. In May 1982, a nun, Sister Laetitia Bordes went on a fact-finding delegation to Honduras to investigate the whereabouts of thirty Salvadoran nuns who fled to Honduras in 1981. Negroponte claimed the embassy knew nothing. But in a 1996 a U. S. newspaper interviewed Negroponte's predecessor, Jack Binns. Binns said that a group of Salvadorans, among whom them was Bordes, who had been captured on April 22, 1981, and savagely tortured by the Honduran Secret Police, and then later thrown out of helicopters, alive. Negroponte turned a deliberate blind eye to a murderous pattern of political killings. He orchestrated the famous death squad Battalion 316, which used shock and suffocation devices in interrogations. Prisoners often kept naked and when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves. We have seen similar seen pictures of those atrocities committed by our service man and women in Iraq.

From 1989 to September 1993, he was also ambassador to Mexico where he directed our U. S. intelligence services to assist the war against the Zapatista rebels in Chiapas. Furthermore, he was there in obstructing the war on drugs. Seven Mexican drug agents were gunned down in an ambush by 100 members of the Mexican army on the payroll of a drug cartel; Negroponte dismissed the slaughter as "a regrettable incident." The slaughter had been videotaped by the DEA from another plane, which had also been strafed by the army unit.

Ironically enough, I was station in Vietnam as a combative soldier at the same time that Negroponte was assigned to Vietnam. It was there, where I saw some of my brothers laid low from heroin overdose. It was also there, that I promised myself that if I survive that war, I would initiate my own personal war against drug trafficking. In 1979, I became one of the very few Latinos DEA agents.

From 1985 to 1991, I was assigned to Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. As one of two DEA agents that covered those countries, I observed that our U.S. government was complicit in drug trafficking and human rights violations. The area was rife with rebellion, gunrunning, and a perception that communism was on the move towards our back yards. One of my job descriptions was to train members of their military intelligence on interdiction of drug enforcement. However, most of my time was spent assisting the CIA in training the death squads. We were utilizing CIA contract agents from different parts of South America, specifically Venezuela and Argentina. In reality, Central America became one huge country, which allowed the death squads to over flow into each other. Mario Sandoval-Alarcon, best know as the godfather of the death squads and creator of the notorious death squad, “La Mano Blanca” ran all death squads. Sandoval was so loved by Ronald Reagan, that he got a private invitation and attended Reagan's inauguration.

At the same time, we had a guerilla movement known as the Contra operating against the Sandinistas' Nicaraguan government. Honduras and El Salvador became bases for the U.S. support of the right wing contras. They unleashed a sadistic "scorched earth" campaign basing itself upon the murderous theory that the only way to combat the leftist guerrillas resistance was to "empty the sea" in which the guerillas swam, thus this death squads set about to commit genocide against the indigenous population. The same blue prints that were used in Vietnam were implemented into Central America and once again, "worked". There are hundreds of secret cemeteries all over Central America, enough to keep digging for another 10 years. There is no doubt that these same prints will be used in Iraq.

In Honduras, I saw first hand how Negroponte and General Alvarez committed some of the worst human rights violations ever committed against humanity in the Western Hemisphere. In 1994, the Honduran Human Rights Commission charged Negroponte personally with several human rights abuses.

President Bush appointed Negroponte as ambassador to Iraq with the "Salvador Option" in hand. The Salvador Option is a blue print of the Phoenix Program that was utilized in Vietnam. And know it is being implemented in Iraq.

Today, President Bush has named Negroponte, as headhunter, Director of National Intelligence. He is now in charge of all intelligence including the Pentagon. God help us in saving our world.

As I’ve stated in the past, this country will get worst, before it gets better, if it gets better. I am now capable of feeling deeply in my blood when an injustice has been committed. I’ve risked my life to demonstrate what I believe to be real. And, that is that an armed struggle (with pen in hand) is in order for those who are struggling in keeping their freedom at home. I've now become a veteran of my third, and perhaps most dangerous war, the war against the criminals in my own government.

Celerino "Cele" Castillo III