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Congressional hearings

Upcoming hearings

April 24, 2007: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing on "U.S.-Colombian Relations," 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, 2:00 PM.

  • Hearing announcement
  • Witnesses:
    • Panel 1:
      Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the house
    • Panel 2:
      Anne W. Patterson, assistant secretary of state, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
      Charles Shapiro,
      principal deputy assistant secretary of state, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
    • Panel 3:
      Luis Gilberto Murillo Urrutia, senior fellow on international policy, Phelps Stokes Fund; Former Governor of Chocó, Colombia
      Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, principal researcher and specialist on Colombia, Human Rights Watch
      Mark Schneider, senior vice president, special adviser on Latin America, International Crisis Group
Past hearings

March 21, 2007: House Armed Services Committee hearing "To receive testimony on the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the U.S. Strategic Command, Northern Command, Transportation Command, and Southern Command."

  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Admiral James Stavridis, USN Commander, U.S. Southern Command

February 15, 2007: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Nominations

  • The Honorable William B. Wood [outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Colombia] To be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

September 21, 2006: Hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on "The Need for European Assistance to Colombia for the Fight against Illicit Drugs"

  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Transcript of entire hearing and attachments
  • Mr. Michael A. Braun, Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • The Honorable Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
  • The Honorable Rosso Jose Serrano [Invited], Ambassador of Colombia to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Vienna
  • The Honorable John Bruton, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the United States

September 19, 2006: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on "Nominations"

  • Vice Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN, for appointment to be admiral and to be Commander, U.S. Southern Command [Answers to written questions - Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

March 30, 2006: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee on "Counternarcotics Strategies in Latin America"

  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana)
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Michael A. Braun, Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of James F. Mack, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, Organization of American States
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Joy Olson, Executive Director, Washington Office on Latin America

March 16, 2006: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on "Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2007 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the U.S. Southern Command"

  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Opening statement of committee chairman Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California)
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, commander, U.S. Southern Command

March 14, 2006: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on "Testimony from combatant commanders on their military strategy and operational requirements in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2007 and the Future Years Defense Program"

  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, commander, U.S. Southern Command

March 8, 2006: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "The Impact on Latin America of the Servicemembers’ Protection Act"

  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Dr. Peter DeShazo, director, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • [HTML | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Adam Isacson, Center for International Policy
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Dr. Ruth Wedgwood, director of the International Law and Organization Program, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

September 28, 2005: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee: "Keeping Democracy on Track: Hotspots in Latin America"

  • [PDF format] Opening statement of Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana)
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Sen. Norm Coleman, Chairman, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs, Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Charles A. Shapiro, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Arturo A. Valenzuela, Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Michael Coppedge, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Jaime Daremblum, Director Center for Latin American Studies, Hudson Institute
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Susan Kaufman Purcell, Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami

September 21, 2005: Hearing of the Threat Panel of the House Armed Services Committee: "Threats in Latin America"

  • [PDF format] Opening statement of Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-California)
  • [PDF format] Testimony of William Edgar, Director, Jane's Strategic Advisory Services, Jane's Information Group
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Stephen Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
  • [PDF format] Testimony of Dr. William M. LeoGrande, Dean, School of Public Affairs, American University

May 11, 2005: Hearing of the House International Relations Committee: "Plan Colombia: Major Successes and New Challenges"

  • Background memo to committee members from Chairman Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Statement of Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)
  • Statement of Ranking Democrat Tom Lantos (D-California)
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House
  • [HTML | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • [HTML | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • [HTML | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Jonathan Farrar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Rear Admiral (Ret.) Ralph D. Utley, Acting Counternarcotics Officer and Interdiction Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

March 9, 2005: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee: "Fiscal Year 2006 National Defense Authorization budget request from the Combatant Commanders of the U.S. European Command, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Southern Command"

  • [HTML | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of General Bantz J. Craddock, Commander, United States Southern Command

March 9, 2005: Hearing of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere: "The State of Democracy in Latin America"

  • Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
  • Testimony of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega
  • Testimony of Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID
  • Testimony of Lorne Craner, President, International Republican Institute
  • Testimony of Stephen Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America, Heritage Foundation
  • Testimony of Professor Arturo Valenzuela, Georgetown University
  • Testimony of Kenneth Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute

February 16, 2005: Hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: "National Security Threats to the United States"

February 16, 2005: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "FY06 Foreign Affairs Budget"

February 15, 2005: Confirmation hearing of Robert Zoellick to be Deputy Secretary of State

November 18, 2004: Hearing of the House International Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee: "Aid to Colombia – The European Role in the Fight Against Narco-terrorism"

  • Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-NC)
  • Testimony of Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Testimony of Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID
  • Testimony of Juan J. Quintana, Counselor, Embassy of Colombia to the United States
  • Testimony of Sandro Calvani, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Representative in Colombia
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Gen. (R) Rosso José Serrano, ambassador of Colombia to Austria
    • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Addendum to Amb. Serrano's testimony
  • Testimony of Michael Shifter, vice president for policy, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Marc W. Chernick, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

June 17, 2004: Hearing of the House Government Reform Committee: "The War Against Drugs and Thugs: A Status Report on Plan Colombia Successes and Remaining Challenges"

  • Transcript of entire hearing
  • [HTML / Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Statement of Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Davis (R-Virginia)
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of John P. Walters, Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • [HTML format] Testimony of Luis Alberto Moreno, Ambassador to the United States of America, Republic of Colombia
  • [HTML / Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • [HTML / Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Thomas W. O'Connell, Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, U.S. Department of Defense
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of General James T. Hill, Commander, U.S. Southern Command
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Karen P. Tandy, Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • [HTML / Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format / HTML (Español)] Testimony of Carlos Alberto Ploter, Former Political Commander, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Marc W. Chernick, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • [HTML / Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Adam Isacson, Director of Programs, Center for International Policy

April 29, 2004: Hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs: "Security Assistance Budget Request"

April 2, 2004: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats Subcommittee: "Department of Defense Counternarcotics Program in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2005"

  • Testimony of Thomas W. O'Connell, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Brigadier General Benjamin R. Mixon, Director for Operations, United States Southern Command

April 1, 2004: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee: "Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense Authorization budget request"

  • Transcript of entire hearing
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of General James T. Hill, Commander, United States Southern Command (nearly identical to testimony given before the House Armed Services Committee one week earlier)

March 24, 2004: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee: "Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense Authorization budget request"

  • Statement of Committee Chairman Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California)
  • Testimony of General James T. Hill, Commander, United States Southern Command

March 2, 2004: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "Foreign Assistance Priorities for the Western Hemisphere"

  • Testimony of Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Testimony of Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID

March 2, 2004: Hearing of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources: "Andean Counterdrug Initiative"

  • Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mark Souder (R-Indiana)
  • (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format) Statement of Full Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Davis (R-Virginia)
  • Testimony of Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format) Testimony of John Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format) Testimony of Tom O’Connell, Assistant Secretary, Department of Defense, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict

October 29, 2003: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "Challenges for U.S. Policy Toward Colombia:Is Plan Colombia Working?"

  • Transcript of entire hearing
  • Statement of Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisconsin)
  • Testimony of Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Testimony of General James T. Hill, Commander, United States Southern Command
  • Testimony of Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development
  • Mark L. Schneider, Senior Vice President, International Crisis Group
  • Julia Sweig, Senior Fellow & Deputy Director, Latin America Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Phillip McLean, Senior Fellow & Deputy Director, Americas Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies

October 21, 2003: Hearing of the House International Relaions Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere: "Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere"

  • Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina)
  • Testimony of Roger Noriega, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Testimony of Adolfo Franco, assistant administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, US Agency for International Development
  • Testimony of Robert Pastor, professor and director of the Center for North American Studies, American University

July 9, 2003: Hearing of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources

  • Testimony of Paul E. Simons, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Testimony of Rogelio E. Guevara, Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration

June 3, 2003: Hearing of the Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus on "U.S. policy regarding narcotics in Colombia"

  • Statement of Caucus Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
  • Statement of Caucus Co-Chairman Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware)
  • Testimony of Francisco Santos Calderón, Vice-President, Republic of Colombia
  • Testimony of Curt Struble, acting asssistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Testimony of Paul E. Simons, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Testimony of General James Hill, Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command
  • Testimony of Marshall Billingslea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
  • [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Jess T. Ford, Director, International Affairs and Trade, General Accounting Office
  • Testimony of Phillip McLean, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies

June 3, 2003: Confirmation hearing of William B. Wood, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to Colombia, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

May 13, 2003: Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Narco-Terrorism: International Drug Trafficking and Terrorism – A Dangerous Mix"

  • Statement of Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  • Statement of Ranking Minority Member Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
  • Testimony of Steven W. Casteel, Assistant Administrator for Intelligence, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Testimony of Steve McCraw, Assistant Director, Office for Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Testimony of Deborah A. McCarthy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State
  • Testimony of John P. Clark, Interim Director, Office of Investigations, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
  • Testimony of Raphael Perl, Specialist in International Affairs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

April 2, 2003: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Foreign Assistance Oversight"

  • Testimony of J. Curtis Struble, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Testimony of Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, US Agency for International Development

March 12, 2003: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, "Fiscal year 2004 national defense authorization budget request"

February 27, 2003: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House International Relations Committee, "Overview of U.S. Policy Toward the Western Hemisphere"

  • Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina)
  • Testimony of John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Testimony of Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator for Latin America & Caribbean Affairs, US Agency for International Development
  • Testimony of J. Curtis Struble, acting assistant secretary of state, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

February 2, 2003: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "The Foreign Affairs Budget"

December 12, 2002: Hearing of the House Government Reform Committee on "America's Heroin Crisis, Columbian Heroin and How We Can Improve Plan Colombia"

  • (Link to C-SPAN2 video archive)
  • Statement of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois)
  • Felix J. Jimenez, Retired Special Agent in Charge, DEA New York Field Division; Special Agent in Charge, Transportation Security Administration, New York Field Division
  • Detective Tony Marcocci, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney's Office
  • Detective Sergeant Scott Pelletier, Portland, Maine, Police Department; Head, Portland Police Department-Maine Drug Enforcement Administration Heroin Task Force
  • Undercover narcotics detective, Howard County, Maryland, Police Department
  • Tom Carr, Director, Baltimore-Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)
  • Barry Crane, Deputy Director for Supply Reduction, Office on National Drug Control Policy
  • [English | Español] Testimony of Paul Simons, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
  • Testimony of Rogelio Guevara, Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • [HTML | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Testimony of Adam Isacson, Senior Associate, Center for International Policy

September 17, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on "U.S. Policy in the Andean Region"

  • Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State
  • Asa Hutchison, Director, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Brig. Gen. Galen B. Jackman, Director of Operations, United States Southern Command
  • Transcript of entire hearing

July 26, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee: Confirmation of Lt. Gen. James T. Hill for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command

  • Advance questions (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format)

April 29, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee

April 24, 2002: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on "U.S. - Colombia Policy: What’s Next?"

  • Transcript of entire hearing

  • Statement of Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut)
  • Testimony of Marc Grossman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State
  • Testimony of Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Testimony of Major General Gary D. Speer, Acting Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President, International Crisis Group
  • Testimony of Jose Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch

April 24, 2002: Hearing of the House International Relations Committee on "International Global Terrorism: Its Links with Illicit Drugs As Illustrated by the IRA and Other Groups in Colombia"

  • Summary of committee investigation of "IRA Links to FARC Narco-Terrorists in Colombia"
  • Republican committee staff memorandum to Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Illinois) [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]
  • Memorandum from Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)
  • Statement of Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)
  • Testimony of Asa Hutchinson, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Testimony of Mark Wong, Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
  • (External link) Testimony of General Fernando Tapias, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Armed Forces of Colombia

April 24, 2002: Hearing of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee

April 11, 2002: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House International Relations Committee on "U.S. Policy Toward Colombia"

  • Statement of Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina)
  • Statement of Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)
  • Testimony of Otto J. Reich, assistant secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State
  • Testimony of Peter W. Rodman, assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Testimony of Major General Gary D. Speer, acting commander-in-chief, United States Southern Command
  • Testimony of Michael Shifter, vice president for policy, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Testimony of Adam Isacson, senior associate, Center for International Policy

April 10, 2002: Hearing of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee on "U.S. Assistance to Colombia"

  • Transcript of entire hearing

  • Testimony of Marc Grossman, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Testimony of Major General Gary Speer, Acting Commander in Chief, US Southern Command (identical to testimony given the following day in the House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee)
  • Testimony of Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator for Latin America & Caribbean Affairs, US Agency for International Development

March 19, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on "The worldwide threat to United States interests"

  • Excerpts from questioning of Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vice Admiral Thomas R. Wilson

March 13, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information

  • Statement by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
  • Testimony of DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson
  • Testimony of former Ambassador to Colombia Curtis W. Kamman
  • Testimony of Michael Shifter, senior fellow, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Testimony of Richard Newcomb, Director, U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Testimony of Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Rand Beers and Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism Francis X. Taylor

March 12, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary

  • Excerpts from questioning of Secretary of State Colin Powell

March 6, 2002: Hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies

  • Excerpts from questioning of Secretary of State Colin Powell

March 5, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee

  • Relevant excerpts from hearing transcript
  • Testimony of Gen. Gary Speer, Acting Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command, March 5, 2002 [.html | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

February 26, 2002: Hearing of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources

  • Excerpt from questioning of Office of National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters

February 13, 2002: Hearing of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee

February 6, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Testimony of Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet

February 5, 2002: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Foreign Affairs Budget for 2003

  • Excerpt from testimony of Secretary of State Colin Powell

October 10, 2001: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee on "The Western Hemisphere's Response to the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack on the United States"

  • Transcript of entire hearing [Web (.htm) format | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

  • Statement by Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina)
  • Testimony of Francis X. Taylor, coordinator for counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
  • Testimony of Roger Noriega, U.S. permanent representative to the Organization of American States
  • Testimony of Ambassador James F. Mack, deputy assistant secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Testimony of Curt Struble, deputy assistant secretary of State for Western Hemipshere Affairs

July 17, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee: "Nomination of Asa Hutchinson as DEA Administrator"

July 11, 2001: Hearing of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee "to examine the Andean counterdrug initiative"

  • Testimony of Rand Beers, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Testimony of Michael Deal, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development
  • Testimony of Robin Kirk, Senior Researcher, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Excerpts of notes taken while attending this hearing

June 28, 2001: Hearing of the House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee: "A Review of the Andean Initiative"

  • Transcript of entire hearing [Web (.htm) format | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

  • Testimony of James F. Mack, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U. S. Department of State
  • Testimony of Michael Deal, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development
  • Statement of Subcommittee Chair Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-North Carolina)
  • Statement of Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-New York)
  • Statement of Rep. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey)

June 5, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee to consider Defense Department nominees

May 15, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on "Transit Zone interdiction strategy"

  • Testimony of Edward Jurith, acting director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Testimony of Donnie R. Marshall, administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

May 15, 2001: Hearing of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on 2002 appropriations

May 1, 2001: Hearing of the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee on "US Air Interdiction Efforts in South America After the Peru Incident"

  • Statement of Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Illinois)
  • Testimony of Robert E. Brown, acting deputy director for supply reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Testimony of Donnie R. Marshall, administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Testimony of Adam Isacson, senior associate, Center for International Policy

April 4, 2001: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on "The posture of U.S. military forces"

  • Transcript of the entire hearing
  • Statement of Chairman Rep. Bob Stump (R-Arizona)
  • Written testimony of Gen. Peter Pace (USMC), Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command

March 27, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on "Testimony from the unified and regional commanders on their military strategy and operational requirements"

  • Testimony of Gen. Peter Pace, commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Transcript of senators' questioning of Gen. Pace

March 15, 2001: Hearing of the House Budget Committee

March 8, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Overview of Foreign Policy Issues and Budget"

March 2, 2001: Hearing of the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee

  • Statement of Rep. Mark Souder (R-Indiana), chairman
  • Statement of Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Illinois)
  • Testimony of Rand Beers, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (Identical to statement submitted to Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on February 28, 2001)
  • Testimony of Donnie Marshall, administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources
  • Testimony of Robert J. Newberry, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Drug Policy and Human Resources
  • Testimony of Gen. Peter Pace, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command (Identical to statement submitted to Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on February 28, 2001)

March 1, 2001: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Review of the Drug Certification Process

  • Transcript of entire hearing [Web (.htm) format | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

February 28, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

  • Statement of Caucus Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
  • Statement of Caucus Co-Chairman Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware)
  • Testimony of Rand Beers, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Testimony of Donnie Marshall, administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Testimony of Gen. Peter Pace, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Testimony of Robert J. Newberry, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict

February 7, 2001: Hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats to National Security"

January 17, 2001: Confirmation hearing of Secretary of State-Designate Colin Powell, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

January 11, 2001: Confirmation hearing of Secretary of Defense-Designate Donald Rumsfeld, Senate Armed Services Committee

October 12, 2000: Hearing of the House Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources

  • Statement of Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-New York), chairman, House International Relations Committee
  • Statement of Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana), chairman, House Government Reform Committee
  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict (Sheridan's statement was read by Ana Maria Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of defense for drug enforcement policy and support, who testified in Sheridan's place.)
  • Statement of Jess T. Ford, director, International Affairs and Trade, U.S. General Accounting Office [Web (.html) format | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]
  • Statement of Andrew Miller, acting advocacy director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Amnesty International USA

  • Statement by Rep. John Mica (R-Florida), chairman, Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee

September 21, 2000: Hearing of the House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, International Relations Committee

  • Transcript of entire hearing [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict
  • Statement of Carl Leonard, assistant administrator for Latin America, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Statement of Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Statement of Michael Shifter, senior fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, project director, Independent Task Force on Colombia
  • Statement by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-California), chairman, Western Hemisphere Subcommittee
  • Statement by Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-New York), chairman, International Relations Committee
  • Statement by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana)
  • Statement submitted by Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia)

April 4, 2000: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee

  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict
  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of Luis Alberto Moreno, ambassador of Colombia to the United States

March 23, 2000: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee

  • Transcript of entire hearing
  • Excerpts of notes taken while attending this hearing

  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict
  • Statement of General Charles E. Wilhelm, commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of Committee Chairman Rep. Floyd Spence (R-Columbia, South Carolina) [Web (.html) format | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

February 29, 2000: Hearing of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee

  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of General Barry R. McCaffrey, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

February 25, 2000: Hearing of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director, Human Rights Watch Americas Division
  • Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-Rhode Island)

February 24, 2000: Hearing of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee

  • Statement of Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, under secretary of state for political affairs
  • Statement of Luis Alberto Moreno, ambassador of Colombia to the United States
  • Statement of Robin Kirk, researcher, Human Rights Watch
  • Statement of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
  • Statement of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

February 22, 2000: Hearing of the International Trade Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus

  • Statement of Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, under secretary of state for political affairs
  • Statement of General Charles E. Wilhelm, commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Statement of General Barry R. McCaffrey, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Statement of Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware)

February 15, 2000: Hearing of the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee

  • Statement of Rep. John L. Mica (R-Florida), subcommittee chairman
  • Statement of General Barry R. McCaffrey, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Statement of Ambassador Peter F. Romero, acting assistant secretary of state, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Statement of Ana Maria Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Drug Enforcement Policy and Support
  • Statement of William E. Ledwith, chief of international operations, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Statement of General Charles E. Wilhelm, commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Statement of Ambassador Thomas McNamara, former U.S. ambassador to Colombia
  • Statement of Ambassador Morris Busby, former U.S. ambassador to Colombia
  • Statement of Lawrence P. Meriage, vice president, Executive Services and Public Affairs, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation
October 6, 1999: Hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Transcript of entire hearing [Web (.htm) format | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]

  • Statement of Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, under secretary of state for political affairs
  • Statement of General Barry R. McCaffrey, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

September 21, 1999: Hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

  • Statement of Rand Beers, assistant secretary of state, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Statement of General Charles E. Wilhelm, commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command
  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Drug Enforcement Policy and Support

August 6, 1999: Hearing of the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee

  • Statement of Brian Sheridan, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Drug Enforcement Policy and Support
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