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Central America / El Salvador, Nicaragua #297153

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 24, 1984
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(Studio) Former Salvadoran national guardsmen reported convicted of killing 4 United States church women in 1980; details of trial mentioned. House said approving emergency military assistance to El Salvador, while rejecting CIA request for funds targeted for its anti-government operation in Nicaragua.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Zacatecoluca, El Salvador) Outcome of guardsmen's murder trial examined; films shown. [Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights spokesperson Michael POSNER - praises jury's and judge's courage.] Course of prosecution's argument outlined. [Voice of PROSECUTOR - (thru translator) accuses defs. of cowardice, brutality.] Possible sentence mentioned. [Sister Helene O'SULLIVAN - hopes other murder cases will be brought to trial here.] Classified United States report noted accusing Salvadoran military of cover-up in case; details given.
REPORTER: Jane Wallace

(DC) House debate and approval of funds for El Salvador featured; films shown. [Representatives Michael BARNES, Edward BOLAND, Robert MICHEL - debate Salvadoran trial, funding for covert operations against Nicaragua.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NCY) Reactions of families of United States church women killed in El Salvador to trial outcome featured; films shown. [William FORD - notes questions regarding cover-up remain unanswered.] Home movies of Jean Donovan shown. [Michael DONOVAN - hopes trial will result in human rights progress in El Salvador.] [Julia KEOGH - doesn't believe defs. acted on their own.] Families of Donovan, Maura Clarke, Ida Ford and Dorothy Kazel said feeling United States government has acted passively in case. [FORD - thinks State Department considers women's murder irrelevant compared to department's "mindless war against communism"] [DONOVAN - describes permanent impact on him of his sister's murder; opposed her going to El Salvador.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Reporter(s):
Goldberg, Bernard;
Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Wallace, Jane
Duration:
00:06:10

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