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Bush Turns CIA Loose on Chavez

Posted on Jan 21, 2007

CIA Director Gen. Michael V. Hayden told the House Intelligence Committee that President Bush has ordered him to “pay more attention” to Hugo Chavez. According to former intelligence czar John Negroponte, U.S. intelligence already pays a great deal of attention to Chavez, leaving one to wonder exactly what kind of action has been authorized, particularly for an agency with a long history of meddling in Latin America.

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Negroponte, well aware of the threat Chavez poses to American corporate interests, responded that Venezuela “is probably the second country in the hemisphere (second to Cuba) where we have concentrated the majority of our intelligence and analysis efforts.” He reassured policymakers that they should be afraid, very afraid. Negroponte accused Chavez of spending “millions and millions of dollars to support his extremist ideas in various parts of the world…despite the fact that there is an enormous amount of poverty in his own country.”

Chavez’s “extremist” ideas have provided free oil to struggling US citizens, and favored Venezuelans above the interests of foreign corporations. Negroponte also failed to mention the 7 million dollars taken from US taxpayers every year through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela, along with fascist capitalist politicians. Despite the US interference in Venezuela’s free elections, Chavez won in December with 63 percent of the vote.

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By j, January 26, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment
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I haven’t read one comment that didn’t agree with the author?

Preaching to the choir is very easy, what this site needs is some opposition so sharpen the senses.


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By Ken, January 24, 2007 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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The War on Terror is a Joke!  Are we not at war with ourself?  Since when is right for us to bomb and kill people in countries that we are not at war with.  Instead of making enemies we should be making friends.  Say, Chavez, thanks for the heating oil,  what do you think about the US giving your country so food, or medical aid?  Cant we all just get along, and not worry about what the other guy is thinking?

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By Boggs, January 23, 2007 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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I believe the CIA stands for meddling, and snooping, into business that is none of their business. Just like a bunch of proverbial “old ladies” who sit around and try to tell everyone else how to run their lives.
They have such inflated ego’s and an empirical dream, where they must see themselves with some kind of super power!
Chavez is good.
The CIA and Bush are the power behind Satan.

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By Gary Maxwell, January 22, 2007 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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History tends to repeat itself, so we can expect that if the US can’t overthrow him by funding anti-Chavez groups, then the CIA will try to kill him (like the failed attempts on Castro’s life), and if that fails, we will send in the Marines like we have done several times in different countries over the years.

The fact of the matter is that Chavez seems to have the good of the people as his main concern.  The US should learn to be more tolerant of other opinions.

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By Maricia, January 22, 2007 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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Chavez has provided the poor people of Venezuela well. He has compassion for his people. Those in the White House and of Bush’s ilk want people to believe that Chavez is an evil man. Bush’s interest lies with the wealthy and its with the wealthy in Venezuela they deal with to somehow throw over the government! With Bush,LIES are in and TRUTH is out!!    PEACE

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By Skruff, January 22, 2007 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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From the trials of Henry Kissenger:

“As U.S. corporations worried about their investments under the Marxist Allende, Kissinger famously commented ‘I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist due to the irresponsibility of its people.”

Does this mean that the US feels justified in murdering a duly elected leader of a sovereign nation if that leader is not in sync with US economic interests?

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By Joe, January 22, 2007 at 9:49 am Link to this comment
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Chavez squanders millions peddling personal views around the world whilst ignoring his country’s poor…any different to the Bush admin’s behaviour towards its own US destitute?

Bolivia’s Evo Morales had better be watching over his shoulder too. Those CIA guys are under the bed, in the bed, in the cupboard, under the kitchen sink - every damn where. US Ambassador, David Greenlee in 2006: “I think that what we see is a President who was ‘democratically elected’ [and we respect that]. ‘We certainly support democracy’ and we’re going to do what we can to have a productive and solid relationship with this [Morales] government, as we have with governments in the past.” Familiar palaver? Price of ‘peace and freedom’ maybe?

The US angst towards these guys (Chavez and Morales) even though they’ve been ‘democratically elected’ by their own people is indeed the threat posed to ‘American corporate “interests”’ (greed) no? Corporations rule the roost and so dictate to governments everywhere how their economies will be run. Buck the trend and, well, another overthrow.

Whatever happened to the savings and loans scandal investigation – “a trillion dollar rip-off” by people strategically placed – of the public [sic] treasure – which US taxpayers will be paying for generations to come that occurred when George the 1st was in power and with possibly three of his own sons facing jail? Being a democracy we’re allowed to ask, right? Seems though, the CIA is now involved in the illegal kidnapping of European citizens ... their detention and even torture on foreign soil is a fact of life. And what about the Bush/Cheney insider trading scandal “stock prices artificially pumped up,” sold for massive profits just before the big slide down and then everybody else left holding worthless paper?

(Check Pt 4)

Democracy at work in the 21st century.

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By Sandy, January 22, 2007 at 9:09 am Link to this comment
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Hugo Chavez isn’t telling all Americans to go to hell, just bush & Co. and quite frankly they deserve it!!! Now that having been said by Chavez, bush says to CIA go ahead and kill the bastard and every American will think that’s OK.
bush is such a weasel and will kill anybody who stands in his way!!! Quite frankly, I think Chavez is right in many ways at least for those in his country…

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By David, January 22, 2007 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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Chavez is the capitalists’(US’s) worst nightmare.  Not only does he sit atop a vast amount of oil, but he is a socialist.  He is diametrically opposed to the New World Order which seeks to create an ownership society of a couple of wealthy (corporate owners) and and poor majority (everyone else).  What’s more is he, with his oil revenue, is investing in South American nations in opposition to the World Bank’s (western wealth) agenda (or US’s - take your pick).  The World Bank is doing to “Third World” countries what banks and lending institutions are doing to the citizens of this nation - lending needed monies with massive interest rates attached, thereby keeping them indebted, enslaved & poor.  Chavez is using his oil revenues to help them pay of their debts and investing in their infrastructure.  Therefore he IS a huge threat to   the interests of the United States and is hegemony. Cut up your credit cards and read the terms of your mortgage VERY carefully before signing folks.  Conspiracy?  You betcha!

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By anonymous, January 22, 2007 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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Corporate intelligence agency.

If I owned an oil company, I’d be after this guy, too!

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By George S Semsel, January 22, 2007 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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Shades of Chile, Nicaragua and too many other sad places vistied by the CIA.

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By Louis N. Proyect, January 22, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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Maybe George W. Bush persuaded Marc Cooper to pay more attention to Chavez as well. His blog is a reliable source of counter-revolutionary agitation. His screed against Chavez that was published here a while back might have been written by somebody at the National Endowment for Democracy.

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By SadButTrue, January 22, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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“spending ‘millions and millions of dollars to support his extremist ideas in various parts of the world…despite the fact that there is an enormous amount of poverty in his own country.’ “

Was he talking about Chavez or George W. Bush?

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By Steve Hammons, January 22, 2007 at 7:24 am Link to this comment
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Maybe it time for new concept of what “intelligence” means, as well as unique ways to gather intelligence.

Looking at other nations, leaders and the problems of the world in way that includes “transcendent” intelligence might be helpful at this point.

These concepts are examined in the article below about a former Navy SEAL officer who wrote a paper for the Marine Corps War College on remote viewing and “transcendent warfare:”

Navy SEAL officer’s report on ‘remote viewing’ urges ‘transcendent’ intelligence

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
December 26, 2006

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By Christopher Robin, January 22, 2007 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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I’m beginning to wonder who is more paranoid, Bush or Chavez?

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By Beth Lundeen, January 22, 2007 at 5:20 am Link to this comment
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If Bush can order assassinations… so should other states.

Maybe we’ll get lucky.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 22, 2007 at 4:19 am Link to this comment
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There have been plenty of warnings about this. As Quy Tran says, “...hang him high as Saddam…” which is exactly what they’ve got planned for him. They’re claiming he’s a “commie” bent on destroying all free will in South America. What’s really frosting them is that he’s dumping his T-bills and pricing his oil in Euros — Saddam’s real sin and Iran’s too.

Look folks, the New World Oligarchy doesn’t give a damn about anything but high-risk paper that turns mega profits: hedge funds; nothing solid that really produces anything. The Petro-arms-drugs dollar is what all the figthing’s about — preserving the value of their paper.

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By Dublin Joe, January 22, 2007 at 1:10 am Link to this comment
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To quote Jerry Seinfeld:

“The very fact that you’re opposed to this makes me think it’s a good idea.”

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By Quy Tran, January 21, 2007 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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Just hang him high as Saddam Hussein. Bush/Cheney have powerful forces, bombs…and righteous cause to invade any country they want regardless the whole world against them.

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By Hank Van den Berg, January 21, 2007 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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How does the CIA suddenly “pay more attention” to Chavez?  They hadn’t noticed him before?  There is nothing the CIA can do that would do much good, and there is mucg they can do to do even more damage to U.S. interests.  Hayden should just focus on restoring some degree of professionalism to the CIA and replenish the ranks with competent people.  Let the media “pat attention” to Chavez.  He is no worse than any of the long chain of losers who have squandered Venezuelan wealth and caused per capita income to fall for 40 years.  We certainly never paid any attention that!  Just send the oil and let the rich Venezuelans buy condos in Miami.

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