CIA Cover-Up of Plane Shootdown - ABC Brian Ross Investigates: Fri, Nov 5, 2010
CIA Lies Led To Death Of American Mother and Baby Daughter
New CIA Report Says Fatal Shootdown of Missionary Plane Could Have Been Prevented
Jim and Veronica Bowers with their son Cory and adopted infant daughter Charity.
CIA officials caused the deaths of an American mother and child in a tragic plane shootdown above Peru, according to a blistering new report, by operating a counter-drug program outside the rules for six years and then lying about it to their superiors.
The report also says that after Roni Bowers and her daughter Charity died, the officials tried to cover up how it happened by “repeatedly” lying to Congress. Details from the report, and footage from the 2001 shootdown, are featured in this week’s edition of “Brian Ross Investigates.”
The CIA inspector general’s report details “an environment of negligence” in which nearly two dozen officials knowingly participated in the shootdown of the Bowers plane and 14 other aircraft over the Peruvian jungle between 1996 and 2001 without following the established rules. While the program was in operation, according to the report, the officials misled their superiors and the National Security Council about the procedures being followed, and assured them that no planes were being shot down until it was certain they were drug planes.