Nicaragua: A Mystery Involving Mercs

Deaths in Nicaragua raise questions about U.S. involvement

Version 1: The scene is a clearing in Nicaragua controlled by the anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas. "We're going on a rescue mission," shouts Dana Parker, a captain in the Alabama National Guard, as he jumps into a green Hughes 500 helicopter, joining James Powell, a Viet Nam veteran and flight instructor from Memphis. They take off with a contra pilot at the controls. The two Americans are unarmed. The chopper's rocket pods are empty. The visitors, who have no ties to the CIA, are bringing boots and uniforms...

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