allgov.com A military school operated by the Department of Defense has come under criticism for hiring military officers from Latin America accused of human rights atrocities. National Defense University (NDU) employed at least two controversial commanders, one fromColombia and another from Chile, who allegedly oversaw or personally ordered heinous crimes against civilians. One is Carlos Alberto Ospina Ovalle, the former chief of the Colombian Armed Forces. While he was still a field officer, Ospina led an Army brigade in 1997 that allowed a pro-government militia to sack the village of El Aro in northern Colombia, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The assault left several dead, including children, and others missing. “One shopkeeper was tied to a tree, had his eyes gouged out, and his tongue removed, according to witness reports at the time cited by human rights investigators,” Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith reported.
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