Friday, November 10, 2006

F.A.R.C enlists Michael Moore, Chomsky and Denzel Washington

Terrorism: Someone is trying to cast a wide net for publicity though I am not surprised they would reach out to Moore and Stone, Denzel on the other hand is a mystery.

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's largest rebel group is calling on Denzel Washington, Oliver Stone and Michael Moore to help it reach a deal with the government on exchanging imprisoned guerrillas for rebel-held hostages, including three U.S. citizens. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as the FARC, issued a letter made public Thursday asking the celebrities to advocate the swap to the American people. "To the people of the United States, we ask for your always generous solidarity to pressure President Bush and his government to support a prisoner exchange in Colombia," said Raul Reyes, the chief spokesman for the FARC. The letter was also addressed to leftist academics Noam Chomsky, James Petras and Angela Davis, as well as activist Jesse Jackson. Calls to representatives of those addressed in the letter were not immediately returned. The three American defense contractors, Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell and Marc Gonsalves, were on an intelligence-collecting mission when their small aircraft went down in February 2003 in Southern Colombia. They were captured by the rebels. In the letter, Latin America's largest rebel group confirmed the three were well. "Howes, Stansell and Gonsalves are alive in our custody, treated with respect and dignity in the jungle," said Reyes. "They are the only North American prisoners alive in the world." The FARC, listed by the U.S. government as a "foreign terrorist organization," is holding some 60 prominent hostages in all, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, politicians and military officers. It says it will only release them in exchange for nearly 600 imprisoned rebels.

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