CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is calling for a criminal investigation into whether the CIA lied to Congress about the 2001 shoot-down of an American missionary plane by the Peruvian air force.
A Peruvian jet shot down the plane carrying Baptist missionaries Jim and Roni Bowers and their two children after being alerted by a
CIA plane that was meant to spot drug dealers. Roni Bowers and the
couple's infant daughter were killed. Jim Bowers, their son Cory and missionary pilot Kevin Donaldson survived.
Congressman Pete Hoekstra is calling for declassification of a CIA report, suggesting a coverup of evidence surrounding the shoot-down. Hoekstra says the intelligence committee will likely hold hearings on the matter in the new year.
Unclassified excerpts of the report released yesterday show investigators documented continuous and significant violations of
aircraft intercept procedures. The report says Peruvian fighter pilots routinely shot down the wrong planes.
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