Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CIA Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces

"On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday, December 2, 2007.

The memo sent by an embassy official, Michael Middleton Steere, was addressed to the Director of Central Intelligence, Michael Hayden. The memo was entitled 'Advancing to the Last Phase of Operation Pincer' and updates the activity by a CIA unit with the acronym 'HUMINT' (Human Intelligence) which is engaged in clandestine action to destabilize the forth-coming referendum and coordinate the civil military overthrow of the elected Chavez government. The Embassy-CIA's polls concede that 57 per cent of the voters approved of the constitutional amendments proposed by Chavez but also predicted a 60 per cent abstention." - CounterPunch


LX said...

i cant believe the Empire is still meddling in the affairs of democratically elected governments in Latin America... have they learnt nothing from Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua?

Rafa said...

What will happen on December 2nd is still to be seen, but it will definetely mark the future of the country for the years to come.

A vote towards the "Yes" will provide the legal basis not only for a president to stay in charge for life (or be reelected as many times as needed, when in the former constitution no reelection was possible), but it will also allow for example "land expropriation" by the government to be "redistributed" to the "people", as well as many other changes which are considered inconstutional by the way they were produced and put forward.

For the time being I will only voice my opinion on the "land expropiation" by giving some insight into a reality which does not get out of the boundaries of my beautifull country. At this moment in time the "revolution" has been implemented so well that Milk is hard to find throughout the country, leading people towards queuing long hours in order to buy the limit of 1 lt of milk per person.

Now Venezuela historically has never been self suficient when it comes to Milk, but the "Nationalization" and "Expropriation" of lands has made a strong impact on internal Milk production, and productive land has been given to people that do not have the know how, resources or support to produce effectively in it, damaging the Milk production capabilities of the country.

Besides that the Government control over the Currency Exchange makes it hard for milk to be imported. So what can be expected to happen once the reforms are approved?

This is something that happens not only with Milk, but also with chicken, sugar, etc. Which is something I cannot recall ever happening, not even in the worst economical crisis experienced before.

Now coming back to the "Confidential Memo", I confirm whether it is real or not, but I can only point out that US investment and interest in one of their top importers is very high.

But honestly in a country that produces well over 3 Million Barrels of petrol per day, taking into account the currect high oil prices, the fact that the Government has full control over PDVSA (the Venezuela oil company), full control of the ANC (body in place for the Congress) as 100% of the seats are controlled by the government, and where the Supreme Court (TSJ), Procurador General (Or Attorney General if not mistaken), as well as military heads have been handpicked by the president, there are sufficient resources and creativity to make not one but MANY of those memos.

As a Venezuelan I do agree that Chavez still has a good amount of blind followers, the same way that the oposition has blind followers, but at this stage and after everything that has happened I strongly believe that most Venezuelans only want to have good economical opportunities, to live safely and work to improve their situation.

Based on experience I don't think that the "No" (or stopping the reforms) has a chance of winning. And if it won it would create further caos and conflict, by the president asking his followers to take the streets and "defend the revolution" as he has voiced out before with his speech of "Revolucion o muerte". But a "Yes" although with less conflict will set the basis for the "Revolution" to move on with their plans of implementing the "Socialism of the XXI century". If Cuba has been able to withstand for this long, how long can Venezuela with all its resources live in Socialism?

It is sad to see one of the most progressive countries in Latin America, with one of the strongest economies in the region get sucked deep into this hole for the "ideological believes" of a few, believes that have been tested many times with almost the same outcome: few people with huge amounts of money and power (and corrupted by it), and a full country in poberty, without liberty, opportunities or hope.

Memz said...

Dear Venezuela, meet Egypt of the 50s and 60's. We still have not managed to recover.

Danny said...

It's probably worth noting that the only news outlets that have done any original reporting on the leaked memo are owned and censored by Huge Chavez. Not that the CIA is above this, but it's rather silly to give Chavez and pals the benefit of the doubt.

Jim said...

A few points:

* I second Danny's point that the credibility of this memo is *highly* suspect. Interesting that the CIA wrote a memo in Spanish only, not in English, and was conveniently leaked to the "target" government. And just days before the vote!

* Having lived in Venezuela this past summer, I saw firsthand that Chavez likes to blame things on the CIA. I was told to be careful where I went, because many "chavistas" were on the lookout for CIA operatives who were monitoring their marches. Because, you know, the CIA would learn a lot from the red shirts, colorful banners and clever chants.

* Check out for interesting ongoing commentary about Venezuelan economics and poliics (and, Rafa, some encouraging statistics about a possible "no" victory!)

I'm not trying to defend the CIA's involvement in international affairs, just addressing the (unfortunately) typical knee-jerk reaction of some AIESECers (!!) to unfounded information against the US on this site.

Dody G. said...

It's a slamdunk

Emon Hasan said...

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