by Craig Whitlock
JAKARTA -- The U.S. military said Thursday that it would resume relations
and training with Indonesia's special forces, an elite group blamed for
atrocities and repression during the country's dark years of
authoritarianism. . . .
Under a 1997 law sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the United States
is prohibited from contact with foreign military units that have a pattern
of human-rights violations and have resisted efforts to hold abusers
accountable, even for crimes committed long ago. The State Department also
has a policy of vetting individual officers from foreign militaries before
they are allowed to participate in U.S. training programs.
Kopassus served as a brutal arm of the military during long reign of
Indonesian dictator Suharto, crushing communist sympathizers and repressing
regime opponents in East Timor, Aceh and Papua. Suharto was deposed in 1998.
Indonesia has subsequently convicted about a dozen Kopassus officers for
abuses during Suharto's rule. But advocacy groups noted that many have been
allowed to return to duty, including some who have taken senior positions in
the Indonesian military. . . .
Enver Masud, "One Million
Indonesians Died In U.S. Backed Coup," The Wisdom Fund, September
[Suharto's 31-year rule was brutal and corrupt. Yet now they want to honour
him--Sholto Byrnes, "Indonesia to rebrand
dictator as 'national hero'," Independent, October 31, 2010]
[George Soros and his CIA, National Endowment for Democracy (NED),
International Republican Institute (IRI), and National Democratic Institute
(NDI) minions - the latter two dedicated to spreading the myth of
competitive American politics to the rest of the world - are using a simple
story of police and judicial corruption in a small Indonesian town to craft
the next themed revolution.--Wayne Madsen, "Next Stop for Soros' Themed Revolution
Express -- Indonesia," opinion-maker.org, January 12, 2012]