by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), June 22, 2000
BOXER. Mr. President, after I make just an opening remark, I will yield
5 minutes to my distinguished colleague from Vermont.
I am offering an amendment
which is completely consistent with the Department of Defense guidelines
on the activities of their own personnel in Colombia. It actually says
that we support these guidelines, we think it is good to put limits on
our involvement, and we should express ourselves on that point.
The first part of the amendment
supports the prohibition of the DOD using its personnel, equipment, or
other resources to get involved in the counterinsurgency; in other words,
to get involved in what some call the civil war between the left and the
right in that country.
Again, written by the Secretary
of Defense in March 2000:
I am directing that no DOD personnel, funds, equipment, or resources may
be used to support any training program that engages solely in counterinsurgency
That supports that DOD guideline.
The same thing occurs on the
second part of my amendment; that we support the fact they shouldn't be
involved, our own personnel, in law enforcement activities in Colombia.
Again, that mirrors the position of our Secretary of Defense.
The third part of the amendment
says we agree with the Secretaries that our personnel shouldn't conduct
any counterdrug field operation in which counterdrug-related hostilities
are imminent. That is to protect our people from harm.
Finally, we say we agree with
the Secretary of Defense that U.S. military personnel should make every
effort to minimize the possibility of confrontations with civilians.
Clearly, what we should do
here is support our own Secretary of Defense and our own administration.
I don't think it should be controversial.
I am hopeful it can be accepted
because I believe we ought to go on record in support of these limits.
I think it is sensible. I think the DOD is correct on this.
Yesterday, we voted millions
and millions of dollars to send advisers. I think it would be wonderful
if we stood with our own DOD and said there ought to be limits on the
participation of our own personnel.
I yield 5 minutes to my friend
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