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Tuesday, April 24

Washington Post CIA Failed to Identify Plane Downed in Peru (washingtonpost.com): "The decision of the crew on the CIA's Citation surveillance plane not to approach the missionary aircraft and observe its registration number underscores one of the main challenges facing the anti-narcotics missions. While more than 30 smuggling flights have been intercepted in the last six years, far more suspicious planes have escaped over neighboring borders to Colombian and Brazilian airspace, where neither Peruvians nor Americans can follow." The blame gauge swings back the other way because the Americans did not check the missionaries' plane registration.

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