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Salvador newsclips { October 22 1987 }

Salvador Divided over Aid to Police
The New York Times, October 22, 1987, p. 11
by Lindsey Gruson

The debate on police aid here - as in other Latin American countries traumatized
by police violence - grows out of bitter divisions stemming from state-sponsored
terrorism, which ravaged El Salvador in the early 1980's.

The aid package, they say, is destructive because it rewards unrepentent torturers
and members of the right-wing death squads.

The aid has renewed a contraversy that began over a decades-old United States program
to aid foriegn police forces that has been widely blamed for abedding state-sponsored
terrorism in the third world. Begun in 1952, it financed the training of thousands of
police officers in 77 countries, including some with Governments that became known for
brutal treatment of dissidents, such as those of Uganda under President Idi Amin and Iran
under Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi.

In El Salvador, American aid was used for police training in the 1950's and the 1960's and
many officers in the three branches of the police later became leaders of the right-wing
death squads that killed tens of thousands of people in the late 1970's and the early

"We're gettng back in the business of helping governments crack down on their own people,"
said Holly Burkhalter, the Washington representative for Americas Watch.

She said the aid package would lead only to an increase in torture.


U.S. Sending Salvador Weapons and Supplies Valued at $5 Million
UPI January 18, 1981, p. 7, New York Times

The Carter Administration has approved the shipment of $5 million and arms, ammunition and
helecopters to El Salvador, the State Department announced tonight.


The New York Times, March 31, 1980, p. 1
by Joseph B. Treaster

At least 26 people were killed and about 200 injured today when explosions and gunfire set
off a stampede during the funeral for Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was killed Monday
as he celebrated mass in a small hospital chapel.

Archbishop Romero, who had criticized both the extreme right and the extreme left for
widespread killing and torture in El Salvador, was one of the leading human rights advocates
in Latin America.


Rebels Kill 43 Salvador Troops and U.S. Adviser
The New York Times, April 1, 1987, p. 1
by James LeMoyne


Reagan Orders Inquiry Into Report U.S. Aides in Salvador Had Rifles
The New York Times, February 13, 1981, p. 1

President Reagan ordered an investigation today into why five American advisers in El
Salvador apparently violated United States policy by carrying M-16 rifles in what may have
been a combat zone.


U.S. Advisers Saw 'Torture Class,' Salvadoran Says
The New York Times, January 11, 1982, p. 2
By Raymond Bonner

A 21-year-old who asserts that he is a former Salvadoran soldier says that United States
Military advisers were present at two "traning sessions" early last year when two suspected
guerrillas were tortured by Salvadoran Army Instructors.

According to Mr. Gomez, many guerrillas were people suspected of being guerrilla
sympathizers were dropped alive into the sea from helicopters. On other occasions, he said,
bodies were discarded along roads after the faces had been slashed so they could not be

Mr. Gomez said that his paratroop unit received training from two United States advisers.


Lawmakers Say U. S. is Misusing Aid to Salvador
by Joel Brinkley
The New York Times, February 12, 1985, p. 1

A report issued by the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, a bipartisan group, says
economic and military aid, which will total at least $557 million this year, is worsening
El Salvador's problems and prolonging the civil war. One reason, the report says, is that
most of the spending has been military, despite Administration claims that most has been for
economic and social development.

The United States has provided $1.7 billion in aid to El Salvador since 1980.

As an example, the report says the Administration asked for an additional $93 million last
year on the ground that an "emergency" existed in Salvadoran arms supplies.

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