Is the State Department happy about the suspending of some freedoms in Managua? It seems to be.
After all, these rights were instituted by the revolution, they did not exist under Somoza.
Only when we hear they are suspended do we learn they existed! Now we learn Sandinista Nicaragua has laws protecting the "right of speedy trial for criminals," the "right to appeal judicial sentences," the "right to protect people against police authority to search homes," the "right to strike."
Of course, none of these rights are in existence in any of the countries we send millions to. Not El Salvador, South Korea, Pakistan, Chile, the Philippines, China--you name it!
When death squad killings in Salvador diminish a percentage point, we compliment this "friendly" government and send them another $20 million.