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Keep an eye on Venezuela and Bolivia

Those who are familiar with the history of US foreign policy and covert action in South America are sensing a barely concealed and very dark pattern. Within the past week, both Bolivia and Venezuela have expelled US diplomats, US flights have been banned over their territory, and both are claiming that something rotten is going on in their region. Meanwhile, the media here is telling us that Soviet bombers are landing in Venezuela, and that riots are breaking out in both Bolivia and Venezuela. Morales' and Chavez's complaints, and other developments in the South, are eerily similar to Guatemala in 1954, Chile in 1973, and on a more positive note, Cuba all through the 1960s and early 1970s.
While the CIA never succeeded in its endless, embarrassing, and sometimes deadly attempts to overthrow Fidel Castro, they did manage to cause chaos in most of the rest of the global South. All the while, the US government assured us that they had no hand in any of it. The true stories did not come out until many years and a lot of blood later. If you are not familiar with this history, I urge you to do some reading. Because I could tell you how journalists, including those from magazines as seemingly prestigious as Time, TV stations like NBC, papers of record such as the New York Times and others, were on the CIA's payroll and how they almost literally served as CIA stenographers, lying through their mealy-mouthed teeth and printing whatever the CIA told them to in order to drum up support for various coup efforts, much the way corporate journalists today are now telling us stories about Chavez and Morales. I could tell you how the CIA spent years working on the coup that ultimately ousted democratically elected Salvadore Allende and then ushered in the Caravan of Death, in which thousands of people were tortured, imprisoned, killed, and simply disappeared, because they were deemed to be too far to the left. I could tell you how the CIA trained, armed, funded, and directly assisted death squads all over South and Central America from the 1950s to the present, and how even American citizens were deliberately targeted and sometimes killed. I could tell you the story of Ben Linder, for example.

I could tell you all that, but the reality is so bizarre and reprehensible that it could come out sounding like scarcely more than the proverbial "conspiracy theory" that the media has trained you to be wary of. So it would be much better for you to do the research yourself. (You might want to start with a good overview by reading, for example, Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine, or for a broad, if more mainstream history, Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner. You could also go straight to the CIA documents that remain archived [those not destroyed by desperate, outgoing Agency directors]. Here's a good place to start:  http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB8/nsaebb8.htm. These detail CIA involvement in the infamous coup against Salvadore Allende of Chile.)(For CIA involvement in media manipulation, see also, Operation Mockingbird.)(For an even more eye opening journey into the shadows, try looking up information about KUBARK. Basically, this was a CIA torture manual, used to train operatives all over the world. You can find some info here:  http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB8/nsaebb8.htm. These detail CIA involvement in the infamous coup against Salvadore Allende of Chile.)(For CIA involvement in media manipulation, see also, Operation Mockingbird.)(For an even more eye opening journey into the shadows, try looking up information about KUBARK. Basically, this was a CIA torture manual, used to train operatives all over the world. You can find some info here:  link to www.mindcontrolforums.com but, by all means, find your own sources. It's some hair raising reading, and leads you in a straight line from the early 1960s all the way to Abu Ghraib. Those who take the time to read the manual itself will definitely recognize the methods of torture, degradation, and mind control illustrated in the photographs of hooded Iraqi prisoners being brought to "democracy" in US hands.)

The point here is, something is happening in South America. Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez are picking up on it, much as Allende, Guzmán, and Castro picked up on it. They are raising the alarm, as their predecessors did. Will we listen? Or will we allow our shadowy rogue government to deliver blood, torture, and death upon the people of Venezuela and Bolivia in the way that blood, torture, and death were delivered to the people of Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, and so many other nations around the world? Be vigilant. Watch the backs of our comrades to the South.