Trump Cuts Aid to Central America, Ramps Up Surveillance in Ecuador

Donald Trump has cut foreign aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be diverted.

With its other hand, the Trump Administration has made a deal with Ecuador to allow the U.S. to fly military surveillance aircraft from the airport on the Galapagos Islands to "fight drug trafficking". Legislators in Ecuador are quite unhappy and calling on the Government to explain.

The Galapagos Islands, 563 miles (906km) west of continental Ecuador, are a Unesco World Heritage site renowned worldwide for their unique array of plants and wildlife.

In addition, the plan is said to violate Ecuador's constitution:

....any presence of foreign armies in Ecuadorean territory is unconstitutional. According to article five of the 2008 Constitution, Ecuador declares itself as a territory of peace, where "the establishment of foreign military bases or foreign installations for military purposes will not be allowed. In addition, it is prohibited to cede national military bases to foreign armed or security forces."

The U.S. should stop militarizing the War on Drugs, and stop encroaching on the sovereignity of other nations in its futile attempt to end drug trafficking.

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    Paint job. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Wed Jun 19, 2019 at 02:59:17 PM EST
    The article was short on detail, but a civilian paint job for the plains and a civilian crew would seem to deal with the constitutional issue.

    Kind of like (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Peter G on Wed Jun 19, 2019 at 05:36:37 PM EST
    how Air America worked during the Vietnam War, is that it?

    The beatings will continue, (none / 0) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jun 20, 2019 at 12:25:56 PM EST
    until poverty and violence are eliminated.

    Venezuela (none / 0) (#4)
    by john horse on Mon Jun 24, 2019 at 07:24:11 AM EST
    This is just speculation on my part but I suspect that this might also be tied to Trumps desire to  overthrow the democratically elected government in Venezuela.