CIA and FBI Plan to Assassinate Hugo Chávez


Richard Moore


CIA and FBI Plan to Assassinate Hugo Chávez 
Posted by: APR on Nov 11, 2005 - 09:48 AM 

CIA and FBI Plan to Assassinate Hugo Chávez

By Kurt Nimmo

"How do we know that the CIA was behind the coup that
overthrew Hugo Chávez?" asked historian William Blum in
2002. "Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow
morning. That's what it's always done and there's no
reason to think that tomorrow morning will be any

Now we have a bit more evidence the CIA and the FBI
connived with reactionary elements to not only briefly
overthrow Chávez, abolish the constitution and the
National Assembly, but later assassinate the Venezuelan
State Prosecutor, Danilo Anderson. He was killed by a car
bomb in Caracas on November 18, 2004, while investigating
those who were behind the coup. Giovani Jose Vasquez De
Armas, a member of Colombia's right wing paramilitary
group called the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia,
claims he was in charge of logistics for the plot to kill
Danilo Anderson. Vasquez De Armas told the Attorney
General's office that those planning the killing, "all
discussed the plan with the help of the FBI and CIA."

And the sun will rise tomorrow.

"According to the Attorney General, Vasquez De Armas said
that during a meeting in Darien, Panama, on September 4
and 6, 2003, an FBI Officer called 'Pesquera' and a CIA
agent called 'Morrinson,' attended a meeting along with
two of the plot's alleged organizers, Patricia Poleo and
Salvador Romani, as well as two of those who actually did
the killing, Rolando and Otoniel Guevera," writes
Alessandro Parma . "An official from the Attorney
General's office, speaking on behalf of Vasquez De Armas,
said that in Panama the FBI and the plotting Venezuelans
agreed, 'to take out Chavez and the Government.' He said,
'the meeting's final objective was to kill President
Chavez and the Attorney General.'"

None of this is new or particularly revelatory.

Steve Kangas writes:

    CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First,
    American business interests abroad are threatened by a
    popular or democratically elected leader. The people
    support their leader because he intends to conduct land
    reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth,
    nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business
    to protect workers, consumers and the environment. So, on
    behalf of American business, and often with their help,
    the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies
    right-wing groups within the country (usually the
    military), and offers them a deal: "We'll put you in power
    if you maintain a favorable business climate for us." The
    Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow
    the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses
    every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes,
    purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual
    intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local
    media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political
    parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation,
    economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination.
    These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs
    a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator's
    security apparatus to crack down on the traditional
    enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and
    murder. The victims are said to be "communists," but
    almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates,
    labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of
    free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses

Examples include the coup to overthrow the democratically
elected leader Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran, the ouster of
democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in Guatemala, one coup
per year (between 1957-1973) in Laos, the installation of
the murderous "Papa Doc" Duvalier in Haiti, the
assassination of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican
Republic, the overthrow of Jose Velasco in Ecuador, the
assassination of the democratically elected Patrice
Lumumba in the Congo (later Zaire), the overthrow of the
democratically elected Juan Bosch in the Dominican
Republic, the overthrow of the democratically elected
government of Joao Goulart in Brazil, the overthrow of the
democratically elected Sukarno government in Indonesia, a
military coup in Greece designed to install the "reign of
the colonels" (when the Greek ambassador complained about
CIA plans for Cypress, Johnson told him: "F- your
parliament and your constitution"), the overthrow of the
popular Prince Sahounek in Cambodia, the overthrow of Juan
Torres in Bolivia, the overthrow and assassination of
Salvador Allende in Chile, the assassination of archbishop
Oscar Romero in El Salvador, and dozens of other incidents
rarely if ever taught in American school history lessons.

As John Perkins (author of Confessions of an Economic Hit
Man), as a former respected member of the international
banking community and National Security Agency economist,
told Amy Goodman: "Basically what we were trained to do
and what our job is to do is to build up the American
empire. To bring-to create situations where as many
resources as possible flow into this country, to our
corporations, and our governmentŠ. This empire, unlike any
other in the history of the world, has been built
primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating,
through fraud, through seducing people into our way of
life, through the economic hit men." Perkins' job was

    It was giving loans to other countries, huge loans, much
    bigger than they could possibly repay. One of the
    conditions of the loan-let's say a $1 billion to a country
    like Indonesia or Ecuador-and this country would then have
    to give ninety percent of that loan back to a U.S.
    company, or U.S. companies, to build the infrastructure-a
    Halliburton or a Bechtel. These were big ones. Those
    companies would then go in and build an electrical system
    or ports or highways, and these would basically serve just
    a few of the very wealthiest families in those countries.
    The poor people in those countries would be stuck
    ultimately with this amazing debt that they couldn't
    possibly repay. A country today like Ecuador owes over
    fifty percent of its national budget just to pay down its
    debt. And it really can't do it. So, we literally have
    them over a barrel. So, when we want more oil, we go to
    Ecuador and say, "Look, you're not able to repay your
    debts, therefore give our oil companies your Amazon rain
    forest, which are filled with oil." And today we're going
    in and destroying Amazonian rain forests, forcing Ecuador
    to give them to us because they've accumulated all this
    debt. So we make this big loan, most of it comes back to
    the United States, the country is left with the debt plus
    lots of interest, and they basically become our servants,
    our slaves. It's an empire. There's no two ways about it.
    It's a huge empire. It's been extremely successful.

Most of the money for these loans, according to Perkins,
is provided by the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund, the two premier neolib loan sharking
operations (it is important to note that the Straussian
neocon, Paul Wolfowitz, is now president of the World
Bank, thus demonstrating how closely related the neocons
and traditional neolibs are).

If the loan sharks are unable to steal natural resources
(oil, minerals, rainforests, water) as a condition of
repaying this immense debt, "the next step is what we call
the jackals."

    Jackals are CIA-sanctioned people that come in and try to
    foment a coup or revolution. If that doesn't work, they
    perform assassinations-or try to. In the case of Iraq,
    they weren't able to get through to Saddam HusseinŠ His
    bodyguards were too good. He had doubles. They couldn't
    get through to him. So the third line of defense, if the
    economic hit men and the jackals fail, the next line of
    defense is our young men and women, who are sent in to die
    and kill, which is what we've obviously done in Iraq.

Hugo Chávez is now between the assassination point of this
neolib plan and invasion, when "our young men and women"
will be "sent in to die and kill" Venezuelan peasants the
same way they are now killing poor Iraqis. Of course, it
remains to be seen if Bush can actually invade
Venezuela-the neocon roster is teeming with targets, from
Syria to Iran-and so we can expect the Bushcons and their
jackals to continue efforts to assassinate Chávez, as
Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas reveals the CIA and the FBI
are attempting to do, with little success. One notable
failure by the jackals is Fidel Castro in Cuba, who
experienced numerous assassination attempts and CIA
counterinsurgency specialist Edward Lansdale's Operation
Mongoose (consisting of sabotage and political warfare),
also known as the "Cuba Project."

As Blum notes, we know all of this is happening, same as
we know the sun will come up tomorrow.


Kurt Nimmo is a photographer, multimedia artist and
writer. You can visit his blog "Another Day in the Empire"


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