Death Squad Coordinator Robert Ford Keynotes Amnesty International Annual Meeting

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Further to yesterday’s episode: an article on Amnesty’s LiveWire blog asking UN Qatar israHell and US to stop arming the opposition, here is an article from March 2012. The following article proves what we were saying yesterday – to those who seemed happy to have Amnesty speaking the truth – that Amnesty is an empire tool and will always act according to empire’s agenda. As we foresaw, Amnesty came up and said it was hacked]

The former US Ambassador to Syria, Robert S. Ford, presented part of the keynote address during the 2012 Amnesty International Annual General Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado between March 30th and April 1st. While AI made sure to keep the appearance of Ford under wraps from the public, it was mentioned by supporting media prior to the event. As well, Ford was listed in the program as a keynote speaker during the second day of the conference. Among others, AI’s annual conference also featured “progressive” radio host Amy Goodman.

Between 2004 and 2006 Ford worked closely under US Ambassador John Negroponte at the US embassy in Baghdad. During his previous tenure as ambassador to Honduras, Negroponte devised and implemented the policy of funding and training death squads to combat leftist insurgencies in the region. In Iraq, Negroponte charged Ford with a similar task: funding and training militias to carry out sectarian violence aimed at a largely Sunni resistance. In late January of 2011, during the same time that the first protests in the country occurred, Ford arrived in Syria to serve as the newly-appointed ambassador. Since, violence has racked the country and Ford has been accused of recruiting and arming foreign fighters from the region to destabilize and possibly overthrow the Syrian government. Continue reading