CIA will give advice to restructure the colombian intelligence DAS .
President Alvaro Uribe meets CIA Director Leon Panetta
In a public audience and in the presence of several officers from the colombian and U.S. government, President Alvaro Uribe met the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA, Leon Panetta. During the meeting the two discussed the restructuring of the colombian intelligence agency DAS and the fight against terrorism (FARC) and drug trafficking.
Although not established whether it was the president who solicited the participation of the CIA or if instead it was an offer in that regard by the Director of this organization, the meeting learned that the U.S. agency will actively participate in the restructuring of DAS.
Former Colombia’s intelligence agency DAS will now be known as the Central Intelligence Agency of Colombia, a new entity which will take over state and immigration intelligence and counterintelligence duties. Bill 189 of 2009 was filed with the General Secretariat of the House of Representatives to create a new civilian intelligence agency , to be called the Central Intelligence Agency of Colombia (ACI). This new entity will not only produce strategic state intelligence and counterintelligence, but will also take over the role of immigration authority, as a first line of homeland defense.
However, in yesterday’s meeting in Bogota, the central issue of the dialogue was the war against drug trafficking organizations.
FARC camp recently bombed with surgical precision by the Air Force.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs Jaime Bermudez and Defense Minister Gabriel Silva, were present at the meeting. The colombian Air Force have been very effective lately in the bombardment of FARC´s secrete camps.
Also attended the commander of the Armed Forces and the Police Director, General Freddy Padilla de León and Oscar Naranjo, respectively, and the DAS Director Felipe Munoz.
Panetta came to the presidential headquarters, accompanied by the charge d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Colombia, Brian Nicholas. The sources said that the Director of the CIA supported the colombian efforts against terrorism and drug trafficking.