Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Democracy promotion: You are free to do what we tell you

CIA Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces by James Petras

"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 ... 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..."

Looks like the CIA is not so busy with carrying on its murderous incompetence in Iraq and Iran that it cannot focus on what it calls "democracy promotion" in Venezuela as well. The CIA has always had strange bedfellows, but a tryst with a formerly Maoist group is new, as far as I know. And I love all the idealistic leftists in Venezuela who fight against the "authoritarian" Chavez; do they love fighting so much that they look forward to the day when they can fight against a pro-capitalist successor government, this time without the CIA's eager assistance?

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