This is a wonderful article. I hope the author or other investigative journalists will look deeper into the role of USAID and ARD in other countries.
The parent company of ARD, which was "overseeing" many hundreds of millions of dollars in USAID contracts to the benefit of--in this instance - genocidal paramilitaries linked to the right-wing government of Uribe, is called Tetra Tech. They describe themselves as follows: "Tetra Tech is a forward-thinking, progressive company that strives for the highest level of excellence." See here for the backgrounds of their board members.
Please expose the link between USAID, NED, and murderous security forces of right-wing governments like Calderon's in Mexico who kill their own people with impunity to the benefit of multinational corporations, mining, energy corporations etc.