It’s Come to This: Bain Started With Money From Families Tied To Salvadoran Right-Wing Death Squads

Posted by on Aug 08, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Geez, it’s still three months from election day and we’re already in the Land of Make Believe. Yesterday Romney was accused of murder, a quantum leap up from being called a mere felonious tax-cheat, and now the evil Bain was started with money from Salvadoran death squads. Oh, and never mind this is all a rehash from long-ago Boston Globe material.

While they were on the lookout for investments in the United States, members of some of these prominent families — including the Salaverria, Poma, de Sola and Dueñas clans — were also at the time financing, either directly or through political parties, death squads in El Salvador. The ruling classes were deploying the death squads to beat back left-wing guerrillas and reformers during El Salvador’s civil war.

The death squads committed atrocities on such a mass scale for so small a country that their killing spree sparked international condemnation. From 1979 to 1992, some 75,000 people were killed in the Salvadoran civil war, according to the United Nations. In 1982, two years before Romney began raising money from the oligarchs, El Salvador’s independent Human Rights Commission reported that, of the 35,000 civilians killed, “most” died at the hands of death squads. A United Nations truth commission concluded in 1993 that 85 percent of the acts of violence were perpetrated by the right, while the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, which was supported by the Cuban government, was responsible for 5 percent.

When The Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign about Bain Capital accepting funds from families tied to death squads, a spokeswoman forwarded a 1999 Salt Lake Tribune article to explain the campaign’s position on the matter. She declined to comment further.

Can’t wait for tomorrow’s atrocity.

7 Responses to “It’s Come to This: Bain Started With Money From Families Tied To Salvadoran Right-Wing Death Squads”

  1. Coleman on 8/08/12 at 2:35 pm

    So what’s next! Bain got investment money from Former NAZI families I mean come on guys this is just getting ludicrous!
    That’s all they got INUENDO! I think it was wise of the spokesperson not to give a response to such a thing!

  2. Rob Crawford on 8/08/12 at 3:41 pm

    Nothing new; remember the attempts to tie Bush with Nazis?

    (Never mind that Ted Kennedy’s dad was vocally supportive of them; never supposed to remember that. Or that Obama’s male genetic donor was a tyrant-in-making.)

  3. bongo on 9/09/12 at 2:19 am

    Salvadorian Death Squads eh?

    Remember the polls a month or so back that showed people would rather have Obama at their side during a Zombie Apocalypse than Batman?

    By Sept. 6 those”ll be a 7 million dollar ad buy in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    I’d like to think these guys have hit the limits of crazy but there are three monthes to go.

  4. RK on 9/09/12 at 11:17 pm

    “Yesterday Romney was accused of murder” – that is a lie.

    “called a mere felonious tax-cheat” – that is a lie.

    “the Land of Make Believe” – from the look of things, you didn’t read the 5 page, 49 paragraph, 2,700+ words of the linked article too closely.

    I guess just making stuff up, as the Romney campaign does, is business as usual for this blog too.