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What the United States Knew About Salvadoran Human Rights Abuses

Thomas Blanton, of the National Security Archive, a group that declassifies government documents, using the Freedom of Information Act. Recently, they accessed documents indicating that the Reagan administration was aware of human rights abuses in El Salvador in the 1980s. During that time, the administration was required to report to Congress about conditions in El Salvador, with the understanding that if the Salvadorian military did not improve it's human rights record, the U.S. would no longer send aid. Last week, the U.N.'s Commission on the Truth issued implicating the Salvadorian military in the murders of Archbishop Romero, four American churchworkers, and six Jesuit priests.

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Other segments from the episode on March 24, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 24, 1993: Interview with John Darnton; Interview with Thomas Blanton; Review of Wynton Marsalis's album "Citi Movement."

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