Nine Years Later, CIA Fesses Up

by Daniel Russ on February 4, 2010

Cessna A-37 Dragonfly Like The One Peruvians Used To Gun Down Innocents

BBC News has obtained some incredibly dramatic footage located here

of an incident from nine years ago in which the CIA watched as a Peruvian air force fighter jets shot down a plane carrying American missionaries even as the pilot screamed for help.

The tape was shot from a CIA plane which was on assignment in Peru as part of anti-smuggling operations undertaken in coordination with the Peruvian air force. As ABC’s Brian Ross notes, it has taken this long for the CIA to acknowledge its responsibility in the matter.

Traveling in the plane, which was mistakenly believed to be carrying drug smugglers, was a family of Christian missionaries from Michigan, the Bowers. The mother, Veronica Bowers, and her infant daughter were killed by bullets fired at the plane. Her husband and six-year-old son, as well as the pilot, survived. The family was flying back from a trip to Brazil.

What’s perhaps most chilling about the video is that the CIA pilots clearly doubt that the plane is actually being used for drug smuggling, but are unable to communicate this to the Peruvian air force in time to stop an attack. “I don’t know if this is bandito or amigo,” one of the CIA pilots says. “This guy doesn’t fit the profile.” Later on, not long before the plane is shot down, one of the CIA pilots mutters. “I think we’re making a mistake.” They warn the Peruvian pilots not to shoot the plane down, but their warnings don’t seem to be understood due to a language barrier.”

Source: ABC News

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jesus felix February 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

absolutely stunning, what a tragedy

bob November 6, 2010 at 8:04 am

Amazing how this doesn’t actually mean the CIA is responsible. It gives no credence to the fact that the CIA pilots attempted to stop the attack. How is it the CIA’s fault if they tried to stop the attack, and the Peruvians attacked even when being told not to? Seems like that means the attack was the Peruvians’ failure, not the CIA’s.

Awesome how people only see and hear what fits into their little world view.

Joe August 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Hey Bob, you seem to conveniently forget that the CIA subsequently tried to bury the matter – why? If there was nothing to hide? – and did NOT pursue this obvious case of law enforcement brutality and murder – of which they were formal, trained witnesses – through diplomatic, justice, or political channels.
In judicial terms that makes them co-responsible for the crime at the very least!
In moral terms that makes them despicable murdering assholes.

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