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Why are we training terrorists?

According to a story by Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker, between 2005 and 2007, US was secretly training members of a known terrorist group. So if someone (like you or me) donated some money to the group, they could be jailed for supporting terrorism, but the US government provided training in the use of weapons, cryptography, and small-unit tactics, at a secret site in Nevada right here in the USA.



  1. Duckman wrote:

    Is this news? We’ve been doing it for decades

    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink
  2. John wrote:

    I agree with Duckman.

    The School of the Americas at Fort Benning is legendary.

    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  3. Max wrote:

    One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  4. johnny ro wrote:

    President Reagon sold arms to Iran to finance undisclosed war in Guatemala. Did not make that big of a splash with the public to my recollection.

    Friday, April 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink
  5. Duckman wrote:

    Unfortunately, things like terrorist attacks and spying is the new conventional warfare

    Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  6. Don wrote:

    Although Guatemala was in the mix of Reagan’s Central American scheming, the focus of Iran/Contra’s activities was on providing weapons and funding to the contras in Nicaragua. Although Reagan had some very interesting ties with Guatemala, including selling arms to its right wing dictator as well as apparently receiving large campaign contributions prior to his election in 1980, the administration changed it’s position and eventually supported a democratically elected, socialist leaning president.

    Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink