US INTELLIGENCE SEES VENEZUELAN DEMOCRACY IN JEOPARDY

July 18, 2007 at 10:52 pm 2 comments

US INTELLIGENCE SEES VENEZUELAN DEMOCRACY IN JEOPARDY

Following Idrees comment, yes I posted this article (forwarded by Bolivia Solidarity Campaign) to show that what is happening in Bolivia it is not a threat to democracy, as the US propaganda states, but people exercising their democratic rights as through the forthcoming Bolivian Constitution to be approved on the 6th of August, which is also the day of Bolivia independence. The article was posted within the Democaracy & Propaganda category just to show both side of the story, and how political change is synonymous of “tirany” for the US propaganda. I have also posted the Bolivian Indigenous People Manifest (in Spanish) on the Resistance page at the top.

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Published on EL UNIVERSAL. com (Venezuelan online paper)

A report submitted to the Committee on Armed Services, US House of Representatives, claims that the highest risk for democracy in Latin America is in Venezuela and Bolivia.

The “highest risk” for democracy in Latin America is in Venezuela and Bolivia, according to a US intelligence report released Wednesday, which also pointed to “critics of free-market economy” in Ecuador and Nicaragua, AP informed.

The analysis was submitted by Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Council, to the Committee on Armed Services, US House of Representatives, during a hearing to assess global security, AP reported.

In Venezuela and Bolivia, Presidents Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales “are taking advantage of their popularity to undercut the opposition and eliminate checks on their authority,” said Fingar.

The National Intelligence Council centralizes the work of all US intelligence agencies.

According to Fingar’s report, Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan Presidents Rafael Correa and Daniel Ortega, respectively, are “critical of free market economics and have friendly relations with Venezuela’s President Chavez.”

The report attributes the elections of presidential candidates with leftist views to “the growing impatience of national electorates with corruption -real and perceived- and the failure of incumbent governments to improve the living standards of large elements of the population.”

Further, the document added that “public dissatisfaction with the way democracy is working is especially troubling in the Andes.”

This is the first time the National Intelligence Council speaks in the US Congress of “jeopardy” for democracy in Bolivia. Regarding Venezuela, however, the same warning has been made over the last few years.

The paper listed a number of actions taken by the Venezuelan government, including the State growing participation in the energy business, nationalization of telecommunications and the end of open-signal operations conducted by opposition private TV station Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV).

Based on the report, Chávez “revoked the broadcasting license of a leading opposition television station, on 28 May, and has nationalized the country’s main telecommunications enterprise and largest private electric power company.”

Stressing the Venezuelan ruler’s growing powers, the report added that Chávez “has forced US and other foreign petroleum companies to enter into joint ventures with the Venezuelan national petroleum company or face nationalization. Negotiations on compensation and the autonomy remaining to the companies that have chosen to stay in Venezuela are pending.”

“Chavez is among the most stridently anti-American leaders anywhere in the world and will continue to try to undercut US influence in Venezuela, the rest of Latin America, and elsewhere internationally,” Fingar claimed.

The Council stressed that the Venezuelan President’s “effort to politicize the Venezuelan Armed Forces and to create a large and well-armed military reserve force are signs that he is breaking with the trend in the region toward more professional and apolitical militaries.”

According to the report, Cuba remains Venezuela’s closest ally. “This year may mark the end of Fidel Castro’s domination of Cuba; but significant, positive political change is unlikely immediately,” the document added.

During presentation of the report, Fingar was joined by Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director for Analysis, Defense Intelligence Agency, and John A. Kringen, Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency.

Translated by Maryflor Suárez R.
msuarez@eluniversal.com

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  • 1. m.idrees  |  July 19, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Have you posted this because you agree with this article? If not, perhaps you should point that out. US Intelligence agencies which have been engaged in covert attempts to overthrow the said governments can hardly be considered a reliable source for judging the health of Venezuelan democracy.

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  • 2. m.idrees  |  July 19, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    P.s. You should also post videos and documentaries related to your field of interest. Others who may not have seen them otherwise always appreciate them. e.g. You could post the video for Life and Debt, its available on googlevideo. Just post the following:

    For youtube, if the address is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=binMjEiS8AY then just take the last part of it, and use the following format:

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