Monday, March 28, 2011

Legal Advocacy Group Files FOIA Claim on Honduras Coup

Highway in HondurasImage via WikipediaThe Jurist Website ( reports today that the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a nonprofit legal and educational organization advocating for human rights under the U.S. Constitution and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has filed a complaint under the Freedom of Information Act [5 U.S.C. sec. 552 et seq.] against the CIA and Department of Defense to obtain documents involving the 2009 coup in Honduras in which then-President Manual Zelaya was abducted by Honduran military officers and flown out of the country to Costa Rica.

The FOIA complaint alleges that the named defendants withheld documents from the CCR concerning the coup's impact on the U.S. and its interests. The CCR has filed additional FOIA requests with the CIA and DOD on behalf of the Honduras Commission for Truth, which is probing coup-related human rights violations. Former President Zelaya and officials involved in his ouster all received immunity from Zelaya's successor.

"TUOL" expects that the mainstream news media will pick up on this story if Charlie Sheen adds Tegucigalpa as a stop in his Violent Torpedo of Death/Defeat Is Not an Option Tour.

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