categoryMenu_new
 
  Home
  EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  AbundantHope
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Announcements
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  OUR PUBLIC FORUM IS OPEN TOO ALL
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Candace
  Ron
  Rosie
  Jess
  Brian's Poetry
  James
  Giuseppe
  Esteban
  Telepathic Messages
  Candace
  Jess Anthony
  Vince
  Leonette
  John
  Adam
  Bela
  Joyce
  Hazel
  Kibo
  Peter
  Rosie
  Johan
  Lucia
  Lucia G
  Rubens
  Shellee-Kim
  Ben
  Dorothea
  Solon
  Others
  Targeted Messages
  Hano
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  Illustrations For The Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  THE WAVE
  Environment/Science
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
  Education
  Resources
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Video
  Websites
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Scientific
  Spiritual
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Dutch
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Artikelen/berichten
  French
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Articles
  German
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Italian
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  Portuguese
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Spanish
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Monjoronsón
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  Chinese
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

Search
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Political Information : True US History Last Updated: Dec 29, 2018 - 7:23:11 PM


US Espionage: Alive and Well in Latin America
By Eva Golinger
Nov 23, 2015 - 12:04:21 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

US Espionage: Alive and Well in Latin America

Edward Snowden revealed to the world the 21st century spycraft in use against millions of innocent, unknowing people who now think twice about sending a text or an email. Amongst the documents obtained by Snowden were reports and details on surveillance of current and former heads of state, many of them from Latin America. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was outraged over revelations of NSA espionage against her government, including wiretaps of her own phone and email. Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was another major target of NSA operations. And now, Snowden has revealed the extensive espionage and penetration of the NSA in Venezuela's state-owned oil company, PDVSA, the lifeblood of the South American nation and fuel of Chavez's Bolivarian revolution.

Just three years before Edward Snowden became a household name, whistleblower organization WikiLeaks had already released a massive trove of classified and secret documents from the Pentagon and State Department that exposed U.S. government involvement in coups, destabilization campaigns, mass espionage and war crimes. The dirty tactics, strong-arming and back-stabbing revealed in internal State Department cables shed glaring light on the lengths Washington will go to impose its agenda. Allies are treated as enemies, and adversaries as partners, so long as it advances the self-serving objectives of U.S. power.

None of what Snowden or WikiLeaks revealed, as incredulous as it seemed to many, was surprising in Latin America. The region has been subjected to every tactic in the CIA book to ensure U.S. domination and control of its “backyard”. Throughout most of the 20th century, U.S. backed coup d’etats and interventions placed and removed heads of government, imposing School of the Americas-trained dictators that tortured, assassinated, disappeared, persecuted and incarcerated tens of thousands of civilians, disrupting and destabilizing their democratic, progressive movements and spiraling their nations into decades of darkness and brutality. When the dictators no longer served U.S. goals, they were switched out through coups or electoral processes heavily funded by U.S. agencies, ensuring an equally subservient leader would fill their shoes.

It wasn’t until the beginning of the 21st century, with the election in Venezuela of President Hugo Chavez, that the region began to liberate itself from Washington’s iron grip. Chavez opened the door to a sweeping tide that brought progressive, leftist leaders to power, elected by widespread majorities in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay, Honduras and El Salvador. Of course the resilience of Cuba for nearly half a century subjected to a crippling U.S. economic blockade and endless CIA attempts to destroy and destabilize their system, was the bedrock of the leftist rise that transformed and liberated the region.

After Chavez was elected in 1998 and began to implement changes affecting powerful interests, changes that would redistribute wealth and nationalize control over strategic resources such as oil and gas, the U.S. backed a coup against him in 2002 that briefly removed him from power and installed a U.S. selected dictador, businessman Pedro Carmona. When Venezuelans took to the streets to reclaim their democracy, bringing Chavez back to power, Washington continued funding and overseeing efforts to destabilize his government, undermine his policies and debilitate Venezuela’s economy and international trade.

In response, support for Chavez grew and his allies came to power throughout the continent, elected for policies that prioritized social justice and people over profits. One by one, U.S. agencies targeted them, funding coups against Evo Morales in Bolivia in 2008, Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in 2009, Rafael Correa in Ecuador in 2010 and Fernando Lugo in Paraguay in 2012. The success of the coups in Honduras and Paraguay attempted to weaken advancing Latin American integration and sovereignty, but the failure to overthrow Morales and Correa helped strengthen the consolidation of regional organizations like ALBA and UNASUR, and propelled the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which intentionally excludes the U.S. and Canada.

Nevertheless, U.S. efforts to regain control and influence over the region continue. President Barack Obama has reiterated this objective numerous times during the course of his administration, making clear that the United States must “lead” in Latin America and look to the future, not the past. Ignoring Washington’s atrocious, criminal history in the hemisphere does not equate to improved relations, especially since the same behavior continues today, veiled under seemingly noble pretenses.

The clandestine operations, espionaje, secret missions, covert funding, psychological warfare and regime change tactics the U.S. has employed in Latin America for decades, continue today overtly and covertly. Snowden has revealed ongoing surveillance and illegal spying of Latin American leaders, governments and public and private institutions, while other investigations, including WikiLeaks, have evidenced the vast array of strategies and tactics utilized by U.S. agencies to fund political parties, build opposition movements and undermine democratically elected presidents who refuse to subordinate to U.S. agenda.

Venezuela continues to be a key target of these destabilization tactics. U.S. agencies including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded entity that finances political movements abroad, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), State Department’s funding arm, invested over US$100 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to build up the anti-Chavez coalition in Venezuela during the period 2002-2011. Despite this enormous aid from the U.S. government, the opposition was unable to garner enough support to oust Chavez through elections, and the various attempts to overthrow him were easily defeated by his supporters. Since his untimely death in early 2013, his successor, Nicolas Maduro has become the target of these efforts.

Currently, Venezuela is preparing for an important electoral process set for December 6, when all 165 legislative seats in the National Assembly are up for reelection. The country is experiencing a severe economic crisis and President Maduro’s popularity has fallen. While Maduro and his administration share responsibility for failed policies and decisions, the familiar destabilizing hand of the U.S. government is also at play. During the past year, the U.S. has spent more than US$18 million through USAID and the NED to fund anti-government groups in Venezuela, feeding the conflict in that country and keeping alive an opposition that lacks cohesion and popular support. From 2014-2015, the NED channeled nearly US$3 million to anti-government groups in Venezuela, a large amount focused on the upcoming legislative elections. US$125,000 was given to the opposition group Súmate, created by NED in 2003 to lead a recall referendum campaign against President Chavez. Súmate’s founder, Maria Corina Machado, is a leading opposition figure, whose extremist views and divisive discourse have placed her on the fringe of a rivalrous right-wing movement. Despite her participation in coups and destabilization plots, Machado’s group continues to receive U.S. government funding to intervene in Venezuela’s election. An additional US$400,000 has been allocated for a program that “supports members of the National Assembly and the development of policies”, and more than $40,000 went to “Monitor the National Assembly of Venezuela”. This amounts to U.S. government funding to promote pro-U.S. candidates, policies, and to fund internal espionage within the Venezuelan legislative branch.

More than half a million dollars of NED funding to anti-government groups this year in Venezuela is dedicated to financing their communications on Twitter and other social media to combat government propaganda. But U.S. funded propaganda is not independent or objective. And another US$474,000 went towards efforts to document and disseminate information about the human rights situation in Venezuela, including the preparation of complaints against the Venezuelan government in international bodies, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court. Coincidentally, complaints against Venezuela have skyrocketed during the last two years.

In addition to the overt funding and support for Venezuela’s opposition, the U.S. government continues to engage in clandestine operations to undermine the Venezuelan government. In 2005, after the restructuring of the U.S. intelligence community was completed, newly-named Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte created highly specialized priority intelligence divisions to tackle “intelligence challenges” faced by Washington. The divisions, called “Mission Managers”, represented the most important security and defense targets for the U.S. Three Mission Managers were created for Counterterrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Nuclear Proliferation, and three were country-specific: Mission Manger for Iran, Mission Manager for North Korea and Mission Manager for Cuba-Venezuela. Venezuela as an intelligence priority meant massive resources would be spent on espionage, surveillance and special operations both inside and outside Venezuelan territory.

The first Mission Manager for Cuba-Venezuela was CIA veteran Norman A. Bailey, a Cold War expert in espionage and intelligence collection in enemy territory. His tenure only lasted one year and next in line was Timothy Langford, a career clandestine service officer with more than 25 years experience in the CIA.

In Top Secret 2008 and 2009 Congressional Budget Justifications for the National Intelligence Program, the Director of National Intelligence highlighted as a key goal the “identification and administration of ‘Centers of Excellence’ to provide relevant, timely and actionable intelligence about Iran, North Korea and Cuba-Venezuela.” Another objective was to “create an Investment Strategy for Iran, North Korea and Cuba-Venezuela aimed at strengthening analysis, collection and exploitation.” The 2009 Top Secret document also reveals one of the objectives of the Cuba-Venezuela Mission Manager is “developing analysis about leadership transitions”, referring to the Washington’s “Plan for a Democratic Transition in Cuba”, an effort to overthrow the Cuban revolution and other initiatives to remove Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from power.

In testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Timothy Langford referred to operations taking place in the “Intelligence Fusion Center” in Colombia, an espionage focal point fusing the capabilities of the NSA, CIA, DEA and DIA (military intelligence) to execute special operations in the region targeting U.S. objectives, including the Venezuelan government.

As of 2011, the Cuba-Venezuela Mission Manager remained in existence, but since then the available public information on its operations have gone dark. The 2015 Directorate of National Intelligence budget exceeded US$53 billion, a significant portion of which went to key strategic intelligence priorities, such as Venezuela.

Venezuela has the largest certified oil reserves on the planet and will always be a target of the most powerful interests. A not so distant history of U.S. policy in Latin America recalls how Washington will do what it takes to ensure control over the region and its resources.

http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/11711

[Colour fonts and bolding added.].




All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2019 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here


Top of Page

True US History
Latest Headlines
Digital Democracy? One Company Controls it All
‘Wheat is a weapon’: US Gov-funded, Democrat-linked think tank Proposes Starving Syrian Civilians to Weaken Assad
National Guard Unit Tries to Ban Christian Scouting Group
Legal Reform and The Elephant in the Room (Or, Here Comes “Da Judge!”)
California’s New Sex-ed Regime Is Worse Than You Can Imagine
US has No Moral Right to Comment on Extradition
US Congress Has No Intention Of Stopping The Massive Immigration Invasion
Insider Exposes Google’s Efforts to Influence 2020 Election Against Trump
Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail
US Bishops give $750K Grant to Group Pushing Homosexuality, LGBT Propaganda
Anti-Vaxxers are Dangerous and Should Be Arrested ?
Bella Hadid and the Ridiculous Politics of Left-Wing OUTRAGE!!!
America's Unacknowledged 17th Intelligence Service Blows Up Philadelphia Car Lot After Port Attack
Democrats Unanimous As House Passes Bill Forcing Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls’ Sports
Iran Blows Up Philadelphia Port Aided By Louis Farrakhan “Sleeper Cell” In “Answer” To Trump
Most Slaves In America Were White
Reparations Madness
Jews Refuse Vaccinations in New York - Jim Stone
Silicon Valley Is Destroying American Democracy by Playing Political Favorites
BREAKING: General Flynn Uncovered Massive Clinton Scandal Linked to Terrorist Funding – Was Immediately Targeted by Obama Deep State