Big News: Government Officials Lied

I realize it is hardly news that government officials would lie (hence the sarcasm in the title of this post).

Do you remember the story from 2001 about the missionaries shot down over Peru? Here’s an update

CIA Inspector: Agents Lied About 2001 Missionary Shoot-Down in Peru

I remember when this happened and I even wrote the President afterwards urging him to do look into and not let it be swept under the rug. I wasn’t very confident that anything would be done and when nothing more was reported, I concluded I was right.

Now it turns our nothing might as well have been done since agents apparently lied about the incident.

As usual, however, the media (here FoxNews, who at least covered it; I found no story on does a terrible job reporting this. The story fails to answer questions any reasonable person would ask:

1. Who lied? Agents or the people who testified; or are they one and the same?

2. Why did they lie? Were they protecting a source? Were they covering themselves?

3. What did they lie about? If that didn’t happen, what did?

4. What would have happened if they hadn’t lied? Would this have harmed our relations with Peru? Would it have made any difference? (It’s just missionaries, after all, not athletes or music stars.)

5. What were the recommendations the IG made to the CIA director?

6. What is “the substance of the report” on which the CIA will not comment?

7. Could this have been prevented?

On a different note, I find it interesting that Fox News, to get the gist of the incident has to refer, not to the government (which you think would be the authoritative source) but to a magazine, Christianity Today.


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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