Video shows fighter jets shooting down US missionaries

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Video shows fighter jets shooting down US missionaries

Times Online
February 4, 2010

A video has emerged showing a bungled CIA operation that led to the shooting down of a light plane carrying American missionaries in Peru.

The dramatic footage, taken from a CIA surveillance aircraft and shown on America’s ABC News, shows Peruvian fighter jets opening fire on the missionaries’ seaplane even as its pilot screamed for help.

Although the Peruvian pilots issued a warning, the pilot of the missionaries’ plane was on a different frequency and could not hear it.

The Peruvian jets shot down the missionaries despite CIA officers expressing serious doubts that the people they were shadowing were drug dealers.

The aircraft was carrying Jim and Veronica Bowers and their children Cory, 6, and their adopted baby Charity, who were returning from a routine trip to Brazil. Mrs Bowers and seven-month-old Charity were killed in the attack.

The emergence of the video has led to renewed accusations that the CIA lied to Congress and covered up its role in the 2001 deaths of Mrs Bowers and Charity.

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Video shows fighter jets shooting down US missionaries – Times Online

3 thoughts on “Video shows fighter jets shooting down US missionaries

      • Thanks, BuelahMan. This is one issue I feel so very strongly on. I personally don’t take illegal drugs, don’t smoke pot, don’t particularly want anyone to do so, but the prohibition is destroying our country. If adults over 18 want to take drugs, let them. It’s time to empty our prisons, and let law enforcement do their job of really protecting the citizens by going after real criminals.

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