Archive for Februar 20th, 2014

20. Februar 2014

[] Diskussionen auf höchste

Diskussionen auf höchster Ebene über neuerliche Intervention Obama noch immer auf der Suche nach ‚militärischen Optionen’ in Syrien
Sein letzter Vorstoß in Richtung Krieg gegen Syrien war ein peinlicher Misserfolg, aber Präsident Obama gibt die Vorstellung nicht auf, und es heißt, dass er auf neue „militärische Optionen” drängt, um eine Intervention in Syrien wahrscheinlicher zu machen.

20. Februar 2014

Solidarität mit #Venezuela: Präsident #U

Solidarität mit #Venezuela: Präsident #Uruguay, José Mujica – 20.2.14 #antikriegtv #assange #wikileaks

20. Februar 2014

[RT] US, EU are ‘neck deep’ in plan to see pro-Western regime change in Ukraine

Though the Ukrainian conflict is complex, with „its own dynamic,“ protesters are certainly emboldened by support from Western powers, Brian Becker, director of the anti-war ANSWER Coalition, told RT in an interview.

„The United States and NATO and the EU are together using their combined forces to signal to these demonstrators that ‚We are with you,'“ he said. The EU, NATO leadership and the Obama administration „are neck deep now in a plan to carry out regime change in this extremely important part of Europe, trying to integrate a former Soviet republic into the EU and, of course, into NATO ultimately.“

In the cheerleading for protesters coming from Washington, Becker believes the US is fomenting discontent to further its reach into Russia’s backyard.

„I think the United States government is playing another dirty game. They’re trying to do what they have tried to do for the last 20 years, which is to incorporate all of the former socialist countries in the eastern and central European bloc – those that were aligned with the Soviet Union – into an American-Western-NATO sphere of influence,“ he said.

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20. Februar 2014

US Intervention in Venezuela

Edited from a piece by Paul Dobson, writing in a personal capacity, Venezuela, Feb 2013

This week Wikileaks published over 40,000 secret documents regarding Venezuela, which show the clear hand of the US in efforts to topple the progressive government of the popular and democratically elected leader Hugo Chavez.

The documents, which date from July 2004 to December 2011 and which were published through Wikileaks twitter account @wikileaks and are now available on Wikileaks Global Intelligence Files online, are based on emails taken from the private US-based intelligence company, Stratfor.

This company claims to provide analysis for multinational corporations looking to invest in Venezuela, and uses a number of local sources to develop their reports. However, their emails prove that their motives and objectives are far from independent, and they are working as an intelligence and strategy agency for those looking to develop suitable political conditions for both economic exploitation and intervention in the country.

Wikileaks describes Stratfor as “a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency”.

“The emails”, Wikileaks goes on to explain, “show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods”.

The leaked emails cover a range of issues, but concentrate on the energy sector, especially petrochemicals and oil; political change and the state of the right-wing forces within Venezuela; and the state of the military and armed forces. They also touch on Venezuela’s relations with Cuba, China, Russia, and Iran, as well as providing bleak projections of the economy and future of the financial sector.

The firm’s emails are listed with the addresses of the sender and receiver, as well as mentioning, amongst other things, the reliability of the source from which they take the information. One email, which exposes the political requisites for reliability, according to Stratfor, uses a source described as a “Venezuelan economist in Caracas” who is described as having “source reliability: B (solidly anti-Chavez)”.

The emails mention meetings with, and biographies of, various prominent Venezuelan right-wing opposition leaders, such as Antonio Ledezma (Mayor of Caracas), Henrique Capriles (the Presidential candidate defeated by Hugo Chavez last year) and Leopoldo Lopez, as well as right wing media tycoon Rafael Poleo: “I spoke to Rafael Poleo [a very prominent Venezuelan
political analyst] a couple of days ago” reports one source. Such naming’s complete the link between right-wing anti-Chavez activities in Venezuela and US/external ambitions in the country.

The emails to and from the Stratfor staff mention various political events during the period, but focus on the student protests of 2009-2010 when right-wing student based opposition sectors manipulated for political ends the power cuts bought about by the worst drought in 100 years which left the hydro-based energy system completely dried up. They also address the
RCTV protests following the rejection of the application to renew the license of the right wing TV channel after they backed the 2002 coup d’état and publically called for the assignation of elected President Chavez.

The emails make frequent reference to a Serbia-based right wing policy group called CANVAS (Center for Applied Non Violent Action and Strategies).Here, there are numerous Word documents sent amongst the emails, many of which are classed as “not for  publication” and which detail the steps recommended to enact a “revolution” which would see Hugo Chavez thrown out of power.
One is indeed referred to as “a how-to guide for revolution”. They go on to class Venezuelan people as “retarded” and who “talk out of their ass”. The country is, according to CANVAS, “absolutely a joke”.

CANVAS explains clearly their recommended strategy for toppling governments: “when somebody asks us for help, as in Vene case, we usually ask them the question ‘and how would you do it’. That means that the first thing is to create a situational  analysis (the word doc I sent you) and after that comes “Mission Statement” (still left to be done) and then “Operational Concept”, which is the plan for campaign” explain CANVAS to Stratfor. “For this case we have three campaigns: unification of opposition, campaign for September elections and parallel with that a “get out and vote” campaign”.

Referring to destabilisation plans, CANVAS go on to state that “we only give them the tools to use”.

Making reference to the opposition alliance of parties, they further state that “in Venezuela’s case, because of the complete disaster that the place is, because of suspicion between opposition groups and disorganization, we have to do the initial analysis. Whether they go on to next steps really depends on them, in other words depends on whether they will become aware that because of a lack of UNITY they can lose the race before it has started”.

“This year we are definitely ramping up activity in Venezuela” they write. Referring to the 2010 Parliamentary elections, the explain that “they have elections in September and we are in close connection with activists from there and people trying to help them (please keep this to yourself for now, no publication). The first phase of our preparation is under way”.

The emails also leave the reader in no doubt about whom these people are helping the Venezuelan right-wing opposition: “to answer your question, the US networks are definitely involved. I cannot confirm for you if that specific gentleman is involved, but the usual establishments are”.

Other emails contains various attached files which provide rundowns of the exact status of the Venezuelan army, air force and navy, including numbers, equipment, and expertise.

“(We) will be sending along more info soon on the whole rundown of how Chavez has revamped the military/security apparatus over the past several years” states the sender. “It’s all scribbled on paper right now from my notes, but gotta say, I’m quite impressed with ‘ol Hugo”.

The fully detailed documents explain that “the army’s reform has stretched beyond the procurement of new assault and sniper rifles and now comprises of a modernized doctrine too. New concepts include asymmetric warfare and reliance on the country’s communication and supply infrastructure as well as popular support to resist a large scale US invasion”

20. Februar 2014

REWIND April 04, 13 – New WikiLeaks cabl

REWIND April 04, 13 – New WikiLeaks cable reveals US embassy strategy to destabilize Chavez government –

20. Februar 2014

[Neues Deutschland] Auf bestem Weg zum totalitären Polizeistaat NSA-Whistleblower William Binney über Massenausspähung durch den US-Geheimdienst

Interview von ElsaRassbach___________________________________________________________________________

William Binney arbeitete mehr als 30 Jahre lang bei der National Security Agency (NSA – Agentur für Nationale Sicherheit). Dem US-Verteidigungsministerium unterstellt, ist die NSA heute der größte Geheimdienst der USA.

In den 90er Jahren baute Binney zusammen mit NSA-Forschungsdirektor Dr. John Taggart eine Einheit für automatisierte Informationsgewinnung auf und wurde Technischer Direktor. Nach seinem Ausscheiden aus der NSA am 31. Oktober 2001 forderte Binney zusammen mit anderen Kollegen den Kongress und das Verteidigungsministerium auf, den Geheimdienst wegen Verletzung der Verfassung und Verschwendung von Steuergeldern zu untersuchen.

Nach der Veröffentlichung eines kritischen Berichts über die NSA in der »New York Times« ermittelte das FBI gegen Binney und andere Whistleblower wegen angeblicher Verschwörung und Preisgabe von Staatsgeheimnissen. Die Betroffenen wurden aber von allen Anschuldigungen freigesprochen.

Nach jahrelangen Bemühungen, eine Untersuchung der NSA durch die US-Behörden zu veranlassen, ging Binney am 20. April 2012 mit einem Interview in der Fernsehsendung »Democracy Now« erstmals an die Öffentlichkeit. Durch die Enthüllungen Edward Snowdens im vergangenen Jahr sehen sich Binney und die anderen früheren NSA-Whistleblower in ihren Forderungen bestätigt. Im Februar war Binney in Berlin, um seine Erfahrungen und Ansichten der deutschen Öffentlichkeit bekannt zu machen. Elsa Rassbach nutzte die Gelegenheit für ein Gespräch.


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