The making of history in Venezuela. Will Bush be able to overthrow democracy once again?

Very interesting history being made in Venezuela right now.  With the referendum on the proposed constitutional changes to take place on December 2nd, a document has been discovered by Chavez’s government from the US Embassy in Caracas.  It is quite fantastic and the New York Times jumped all over the chance to make its readers believe that in all probability it is a forgery.  However, it reeks of authentic CIA tactics in disrupting democratic elections.  Everything about the document is similar to what was done in the past in Venezuela.  For example, the referendum recall a while back where exit polls done by the opposition showed Chavez losing 60-40 when in fact he won by 60-40, which were then used by the desparate opposition to claim fraud until they were shamed into crawling back into the dark recesses of their secret combination hideouts.

It’s quite an amazing intelligence discovery if it is indeed authentic and I lean toward believing it is indeed authentic.  Eva Gollinger, who uncovered CIA complicity in the 2002 coup against Chavez, has written about this document and outlines the tactics the CIA plans to undertake with the 8 million dollars the document claims to have used to defeat Chavez this Sunday:

In the memo, the CIA proposes the following tactics and actions:

  • Take the streets and protest with violent, disruptive actions across the nation
  • Generate a climate of ungovernability
  • Provoke a general uprising in a substantial part of the population
  • Engage in a “plan to implode” the voting centers on election day by encouraging opposition voters to “VOTE and REMAIN” in their centers to agitate others
  • Start to release data during the early hours of the afternoon on Sunday that favor the NO vote (in clear violation of election regulations)
  • Coordinate these activities with Ravell & Globovision and international press agencies
  • Coordinate with ex-militar officers and coupsters Pena Esclusa and Guyon Cellis – this will be done by the Military Attache for Defense and Army at the US Embassy in Caracas, Office of Defense, Attack and Operations (DAO)

To encourage rejection of the results, the CIA proposes:

  • Creating an acceptance in the public opinion that the NO vote will win for sure
  • Using polling companies contracted by the CIA
  • Criticize and discredit the National Elections Council
  • Generate a sensation of fraud
  • Use a team of experts from the universities that will talk about how the data from the Electoral Registry has been manipulated and will build distrust in the voting system

The CIA memo also talks about:

  • Isolating Chavez in the international community
  • Trying to achieve unity amongst the opposition
  • Seek an aliance between those abstentionists and those who will vote “NO”
  • Sustain firmly the propaganda against Chavez
  • Execute military actions to support the opposition mobilizations and propagandistic occupations
  • Finalize the operative preparations on the US military bases in Curacao and Colombia to provide support to actions in Venezuela
  • Control a part of the country during the next 72-120 hours
  • Encourage a military rebellion inside the National Guard forces and other components

Here’s the whole article from Gollinger:

For your reading pleasure, here’s the recent New York Times article that tries to show only the opposition viewpoint to the vote:

And here is an excellent article from the Guardian about what is actually going on in Venezuela.  I like the part where the author explains that the negative slant of foreign journalists is a load of crap.  An excerpt:

“The unfavourable image of the Chávez government in the outside world has been largely created by a tiny group of Caracas-based foreign journalists who repeat the hostile propaganda produced by this opposition, and fail to appreciate the quantitative and qualitative improvements that have taken place in the country over the past few years. It is easy to denounce the levels of crime and corruption, and the incompetence of a government presiding over a revolutionary upheaval, just as it is easy to suggest that catastrophe may lie ahead. Yet it should not be possible to ignore the fact that the sheer volume of the oil bonanza of recent years has given the country a feel-good factor that is finally providing a sense of stability and optimism.”

“Quite apart from the extraordinary mobilisation of the people in the poorest areas, benefiting from new schools and clinics, there has been a huge expansion of public works all over the country, with new railway lines and motorways and well-designed sports facilities in almost every major city. Even the road from the airport has finally acquired a new motorway bridge, and many shacks on the surrounding hillsides have been freshly painted in gaudy colours, blue and orange, yellow and pink. Doubtless these could be denounced as Potemkin villages, yet they demonstrate an organising power on the part of the people that augurs well for the future. The Chávez revolution remains the most original and democratic experiment in Latin America, and is clearly here to stay.”

5 Responses to “The making of history in Venezuela. Will Bush be able to overthrow democracy once again?”

  1. 1 Non-Arab Arab December 3, 2007 at 4:48 am

    Could you, for a layman like me, write up (perhaps separate post?) a summary of what is being voted on? And perhaps comment the dry descriptive stuff with a bullet point each for what supporters and opponents say about each of the key components?

  2. 2 theradicalmormon December 3, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Sure Arab. I have found a document that sort of does that by Gregory Wilpert. Let’s see if that helps.

  3. 3 opit December 3, 2007 at 7:33 am

    Why wouldn’t you post that – wasn’t it a link?

  4. 5 opit December 3, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    10-4 Thanks. Was updating a laptop and downloading forms until a few minutes ago – which is why I’ve been out of the loop a bit.

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