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Colombian rebel testifies in U.S. trial

Colombian rebel leader Ricardo Palmera testified Tuesday that he had never seen the three Americans he is accused of helping hold hostage and described the guerrilla organization as noble and peaceful. Palmera, who introduced himself by his nom de guerre, Simon Trinidad, faces charges of providing material support to a terrorist group and hostage-taking. Prosecutors say he plotted to use three American defense contractors as bargaining chips after their plane crashed in Colombia in 2003. Full Story

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