Global Research: Is The CIA Trying to Kill Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez?


Richard Moore

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By Chris Carlson

Global Research, April 19, 2007

"I want to kill that son of a bitch," said the Capitan of the Venezuelan 
National Guard, Thomas Guillen in a recorded telephone call with his wife. In 
the call, played on Venezuela's state TV channel last month, the Capitan reveals
his and his father's plans to kill President Hugo Chávez. The next day, the 
Capitan and his father, retired General Ramon Guillén Dávila, were arrested and 
taken into custody for conspiring to kill the President of Venezuela. [1]

In recent weeks, Hugo Chávez has increasingly warned that the United States has 
plans to kill him and is stepping up its activity against him and his 
government.  Chávez has also claimed that the CIA is working with associates of 
the famous Cuban terrorist and CIA agent Posada Carriles, designing plans for 
his assassination. But could there be any truth to all of this?  Could this be a
classic CIA-conspiracy to kill another official "enemy" of the United States?  A
quick look at the connections between the CIA and the General Ramon Guillén 
Dávila shows that it definitely is a possibility.

The United States manages to spread its tentacles into different countries 
around the world in various ways, influencing and intervening in the politics of
sovereign nations. In Latin America, one of the most common ways is through 
supposed "drug operations." The CIA has been known to run "anti-drug" operations
in countries like Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

In Venezuela, such CIA-created "anti-drug" operations were led in the 1980's by 
the same General Ramon Guillén Dávila who was recently planning to kill Chávez. 
According to the Miami Herald, Guillen was the CIA's most trusted man in 
Venezuela and the senior official collaborating with the CIA during the 1980's. 

As head of the Venezuela National Guard, Guillén worked closely with the CIA to 
infiltrate and gather information about Colombian drug trafficking operations. 
But instead of curbing drug operations, Guillén and the CIA ended up smuggling 
cocaine themselves, and the whole thing exploded when 60 Minutes aired an expose
in 1993.  The CIA had collaborated with Guillén to smuggle the incredible sum of
22 tons of cocaine into the United States. [3]

After US customs intercepted a shipment of cocaine entering the country through 
Miami Internatoinal Airport, an official investigation revealed that General 
Guillén was responsible. But according to investigative journalist Michael 
Levine, Guillén was a CIA "asset" operating under CIA orders and protection, a 
fact that was later admitted by the CIA.  General Guillén was never extradited 
for trial in the U.S. [4]

So is General Ramon Guillén Dávila still a CIA "asset" working to knock off the 
Venezuelan President? Whether or not the General maintains ties with the CIA, it
does seem that he would be a likely candidate for destabilization efforts 
against the Chávez government.

According to the web page School of the Americas Watch, General Guillén 
graduated from the infamous U.S. combat training school in 1967. [5] The School 
of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security 
Cooperation in 2001, is a US military facility that is used to train Latin 
American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques and interrogation tactics.

As another of the many tentacles of the U.S. Empire, the School of the Americas 
has been called the "biggest base for destabilization in Latin America." Located
in Fort Benning, Georgia, the school sends its graduates throughout the region 
to repress left-wing and communist movements and to influence the political 
situations in Latin American countries. The school has frequently supported 
regimes with a history of employing death squads and torture to repress their 

Last week, during the 5th anniversary of the 2002 U.S.-supported coup attempt 
against the Venezuelan government, Chávez emphasized that "the empire never 
rests." He assured that the United States, along with the Venezuelan elite will 
continue conspiring in order to remove him from power, and that they would never
accept the Bolivarian Revolution.

It would be no surprise, however, if the CIA were planning to kill or overthrow 
Hugo Chávez. The criminal organization has a long and dirty history of covert 
operations including assassinations, economic warfare, and rigged elections. In 
Latin America alone the CIA has overthrown numerous regimes in places like 
Nicaragua, Chile, Panama, Brazil, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and, 
most recently, Haiti in 2004.

What would be more surprising is if the CIA is not searching for a way to get 
rid of the popular Venezuelan President. After all, Chávez has proven to be 
quite a threat to the interests of the U.S. Empire and their corporate sponsors.
Chávez has sharply rejected Washington's neo-liberal agenda, nationalized major 
sectors of the economy, freed his country from IMF and World Bank mandates, 
strengthened OPEC, taken control of the nation's oil industry, and strengthened 
south-south integration across the world.

However, what is even more threatening to the interests of the empire is that 
the revolution in Venezuela serves as an example in the region, and is now 
spreading to other places.  Countries like Bolivia and Ecuador are now living 
their own revolutions, replicating the Venezuelan experience.

It seems feasible that former CIA "asset" General Ramon Guillén Dávila was 
conspiring with the CIA to get rid of the most consolidated leftist movement in 
Latin America today. But regardless of whether or not the CIA can manage to 
extinguish the fire in Venezuela, it might be too late for them to control the 
growing wave of leftist revolutions in the region.


1. "Presentan grabación sobre supuesto plan de magnicidio contra Chávez," ABN, 07/03/07

2. Jerry Meldon, Contra-Crack Guide: Reading Between the Lines, 1998.

3. Howard G. Chua-Eoan, "Confidence Games," Time Magazine, Monday, Nov. 29, 

4. Michael Levine, "Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills?,"

5.  School of the Americas Watch, Notorious Graduates from Venezuela,

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