CIA Lied About Missionary Plane Shot Down Over Peru

The Agitator: In 2001, the Peruvian Air Force shot down a plane flying over the Amazon after receiving information from the CIA that the plane was trafficking in narcotics.

It wasn’t. It was filled with Christian missionaries. The attack resulted in the death of 35-year-old Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter Charity. The CIA was working with the government of Peru as part of a program to intercept drug planes en route—another part of our disastrous drug interdiction efforts in Latin America.

Seven years later, CIA Inspector General John Helgerson has issued a blistering report finding that the CIA repeatedly lied and covered up details about the intercept program, about the downing of Bowers’ plane, and about other incidents that never made the news.

Unfortunately much of Helgerson’s report is classified, so the conclusions, while damning, are frustratingly lacking in detail. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), whose district Bowers was from, is trying to get the entire report declassified.

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