February 10, 2004 |
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ruled out exchanging prisoners with his country's largest rebel group, which holds dozens of hostages. Those held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are "good citizens" who cannot be exchanged for jailed guerrillas, Uribe said during a visit to the European Union office in Brussels. "The Colombian government cannot enter into negotiations that strengthen terrorism," Uribe said at a news conference. The hostages include three U.S.
June 17, 2006 |
The lobbying firm enmeshed in a federal investigation of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is breaking up because of publicity surrounding the probe, the company said. The firm, Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White, has been a major player in Washington, particularly in winning narrow appropriations, known as "earmarks," for military contractors, municipalities and others.
October 21, 2003 |
Colombian troops have killed a guerrilla commander accused of kidnapping three U.S. military contractors and carrying out a string of assassinations and bombings, the army said. Edgar Gustavo Navarro of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was among 11 rebels killed during a gunfight Sunday, said Gen. Hector Martinez. Martinez said Navarro was behind the capture of Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell after their single-engine plane crash-landed Feb. 13.
October 8, 1986
The House passed and sent to President Reagan legislation providing substantial rewards for whistle blowers who prevail in fraud suits against military contractors. The bill would provide for rewards of up to 30% of the money recovered. It was sponsored initially by Sen. Charles E.
February 18, 2009 |
Government auditors denied protests lodged by Northrop Grumman Corp. and Textron Inc., keeping the military contractors out of a competition to build lightweight tactical vehicles to replace the Humvee. The Army and the Marine Corps have been looking for a vehicle that can withstand roadside bombs and explosives but is more agile on mountainous terrain and narrow roads than existing mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles being used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The services are expected to order 65,000 vehicles.
May 17, 2007 |
A Colombian police officer who fled to freedom after eight years as a hostage said leftist rebels held him with three American military contractors and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Jhon Pinchao Blanco escaped the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, near the southeastern town of Mitu. He walked for 17 days in the jungle before running into a narcotics patrol, said police spokesman Sgt. Alberto Cantillo.