Report suggests CIA covered up details related to missionary death
Multiple planes shot down
Dec 30, 2008
A top-ranking Republican says he will seek a new federal inquiry into an alleged CIA cover-up in the 2001 military attack on a small plane in Peru that killed an American missionary and her infant child.
Representative Peter Hoekstra (R., Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said the attack that killed Veronica and Charity Bowers can be traced to a reckless CIA-sponsored drug interception program that had already downed numerous other planes.
Hoekstra also said the CIA may be responsible for a widespread cover-up designed to hide embarrassing details about the Bowers’s deaths and similar incidents in the skies over Peru between 1995 and 2001.
A new report from CIA inspector general John Helgerson accuses the agency of running a reckless air interception program aimed at illegal drugs and ignoring regulations and procedures designed to protect innocent air travelers.