on Drug smuggling A group of US soldiers arrested for alleged cocaine smuggling cannot be allowed to stand trial in Colombia, Washington's envoy to
April 7, 2005

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A group of US soldiers arrested for alleged cocaine smuggling cannot be allowed to stand trial in Colombia, Washington's envoy to Bogota has said. Colombian senators have been calling for the men, who were based in the country, to be extradited from the US. But US ambassador William Wood said the soldiers are immune from prosecution...read on

I'm all for our troops and their safety, but this is ridiculous. We have to hold our people accountable. We talk about the moral high ground yet sink below the Mendoza line. The US ambassador in Colombia argued that the men were working for US embassy staff in Colombia and therefore qualify for diplomatic immunity. That sounds like a plot line from Law and Order. If we are to stand apart as the world's leader then we must at least hold our own to the same standards. Let's hope we act accordingly and at least prosecute them under our laws.

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