U.S. Special Operations Forces training missions to Latin America tripled between 2007 and 2014, newly obtained documents by a human rights advocacy organization reveal, offering further evidence that it is "the golden age" of secret operations by these elite fighters.
The only thing that has changed since the US propped up the likes of malevolent dictators like Noriega, Somoza, Barrientos, Fujimori, Pinochet, and others is the amount of $$$$$$$$$$ being invested in these "special ops." Energy, mining, and other corporations including Coca Cola and Nestle have vested interests in their operations in Mexico, Central, and South America. Just exchanging the encomienda of the Spaniards (including missionization by the Catholic church that served to enslave the indigenous peoples) with the operations of United Fruit and now with other US megalopolies. The U S took up where the Portuguese left off searching for gold in SA. Concern for the people is once again trumped by the grasping, all-consuming greed of any number of companies, corporations, and moneyed interests seeking only to shore up their bottom lines.
Speaking of US torture and training, there's this.
Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, the number two man in ISIS and its chief of operations was killed on Monday in an airstrike.
Like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, Adnani was held in US military custody in Iraq in 2005-2006 and then released. After his release he joined Baghdadi and the two of them reconstituted al-Qaeda in Iraq before they founded ISIS.
It gets curiouser and curiouser.
clinton was secretary of state 09-13 but i'm sure there is no connection...