How Washington Is Playing Venezuela Like a Fiddle

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By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News: 21 February 14

Una version en Espanol de este articulo aparece debajo de la verison original.

(A Spanish language version of this article appears below the original version.)

United States foreign policy can be summed up as hard power vs. soft power. An example of hard power is the US backing the unsuccessful 2002 military coup d’état against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, when businessman Pedro Carmona Estanga briefly took power. An example of the US’s soft power is the current situation in Venezuela.

A leaked document from November of 2013 shows that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) collaborated with the Colombian government and Venezuelan opposition leaders to destabilize Venezuela and stoke massive protests. The document, obtained by journalist and attorney Eva Golinger, was the product of a June 2013 meeting between US-based FTI Consulting, the Colombian Fundación Centro de Pensamiento Primero Colombia (Centre for Thought Foundation of Colombia First), and Fundación Internacionalismo Democratico (Democratic Internationalism Foundation). The third tactic outlined in the 15-point strategy document openly called for sabotage:

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Exposed: The CIA's Clandestine Operations in Colombia

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Washington Post investigation exposes 'multibillion dollar black budget' underlying CIA role in targeted killings, surveillance, torture

Published on Sunday, December 22, 2013 by Common Dreams

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

 

Since the early 2000s, the CIA has been secretly helping the far-right Colombian government torture, spy on, and kill at least two dozen members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a covert program with a "multibillion dollar black budget" approved by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, according to a Washington Postinvestigative report published Saturday.

Drawing on interviews with over 30 present and former U.S. and Colombian officials, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the CIA operations are still ongoing, the report unearths a hidden program that dwarfs the public U.S. program "Plan Colombia," which began in 2001 and has funneled over $9 billion in mostly military aid to Colombia.

The secret assistance, separate from Plan Colombia, included supplying GPS equipment that transforms "that transforms a less-than-accurate 500-pound gravity bomb into a highly accurate smart bomb," and directly participating in their use to target alleged FARC leaders, according to the report.

It also included a fusion center in the U.S. embassy which monitored the jungle and intercepted radio and telephone communications, which were then "decrypted and translated by the National Security Agency," the report states. U.S. officials also helped the Colombian government develop its own intelligence gathering centers and informant program.

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