Chavez is crucified in the NY Times headlines… because the CIA is losing its foothold in Venezuela?

Something is going on in Venezuela.  Apparently Chavez has placed the intelligence agencies under his direction and has replaced the existing agencies with new ones under the enabling laws given him by the Assembly a while back. 

I’m not too sure of the details yet of the new intelligence rules, but the NY Times has written a scathing headline report about the new rules here:

Seeing that this is given such front page top story space, it appears that the US is starting to revive the rhetoric war against Chavez again.  Like I said, the details of the new rules are not really out there yet, but I suspect that the hullaballoo that is causing the NY Times to scream bloody murder is contained in this brief analysis of the previous intelligence agencies:

The eliminated DISIP and DIM had been created by presidential decree in 1969 with the purpose of, in the minister’s opinion, “obeying the capitalist vision that existed in that era.”

These institutions were notoriously repressive during their nearly four decades of existence. It was widely speculated that they coordinated directly with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and supported anti-Castro Cuban terrorists, such as Luis Posada Carriles, who is currently wanted by Cuba and Venezuela for the 1973 bombing of an airliner and is now living in the U.S.

Before Wednesday, intelligence agencies had not been regulated by federal intelligence law.

Aha!  Now we’re getting somewhere.  So, the US is losing its grip on Venezuela via the infiltration of its intelligence agencies.  That would explain the headline report.  As I understand more on this situation or come across new information I’ll print it here.  Stay tuned.

Update 6/8/08:  Chavez has now revoked the new law until it can be revised, saying:

“For example, article 16 of the law, is a mistake and it is not a small mistake,” said Chavez on Saturday, during the swearing-in ceremony for his party’s candidates for the November regional elections. Chavez said the intelligence services cannot oblige someone to inform on someone else. Such an act would be an “overstepping” of the intelligence service’s boundaries. “I assume responsibility” for having made this error, added Chavez.

Chavez continued, “Where we make mistakes, we must accept this and not defend the indefensible… I guarantee to the country, in Venezuela no one will be assaulted [with this law]! And no one will be obliged to say more than they want to say. This is a political fight, not a legal fight.”

Chavez repeated his comments about the intelligence law during his weekly Sunday television program “Alo Presidente,” where he said, “Our Venezuelan state will never attack the freedom of Venezuelans, independently of their political positions. Liberty, liberty! This is one of the slogans of our socialism.”


2 Responses to “Chavez is crucified in the NY Times headlines… because the CIA is losing its foothold in Venezuela?”

  1. 1 Daniel June 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Nice post! The anti-Chavez propaganda machine has been terrifically effective here in the US, though nobody can really tell me why he’s so bad, only that he’s “crazy” in the words of my father.

    The propaganda machine makes use of phrases like “state-run” and, as in your excerpt, “anti-Castro,” thus providing a Cold War narrative as undercurrent.

    My (least) favorite part is the way that nobody seems to know or care that he was democratically elected. I wish we in the US had leaders who were more like Chavez and actually gave a shit about the people they lead.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon June 4, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    The disinformation campaign is so flagrant against Chavez. I think that it is even worse than the disinformation campaign against Iran and its president. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like it, though I’m only 40 so that doesn’t mean much. I guess it was pretty bad against the Sandinistas as well.

    Thanks for dropping by Daniel.

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