Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004
By: Roy S. Carson
EXCLUSIVE: Bush 2 administration officials again seeking to stimulate a
regime change in Venezuela -- question is no longer IF, but WHEN!
VHeadline.com editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: Sources
in Washington D.C. have revealed that Bush 2 administration officials
are again seeking to "stimulate" a regime change in Venezuela after a
USA-backed coup d'etat against democratically-elected President Hugo
Chavez Frias failed when US puppet dictator Pedro Carmona Estanga moved
to dissolve parliament, the judiciary and the constitution in one fell
Our sources (which must remain confidential, but have been verified)
say that Venezuelan nationals, recruited on the promise of fast-track
US citizenship and benefits, have been trained in the arts of USA
terror tactics at the US Army School of Americas-SOA (renamed 3 years
ago as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation-WHISC)
at Fort Benning (Georgia) were relocated to training camps at Iquitos
in the northern jungles of Peru under the direction of US Southern
Command (Latin America & Caribbean) regional HQ at Fort Buchanan
(San Juan, Puerto Rico).
SOA/WHISC commanders are said to be "smarting"
over their failure to impose a US-backed military/civilian dictatorship
in Venezuela in April 2002 when democratically-elected President Hugo
Chavez Frias was swiftly returned to power after US-puppet dictator
Pedro Carmona Estanga dissolved parliament, the judiciary and
Venezuela's constitution in one fell swoop. Carmona Estanga was not
able to control the massive surge against him as millions of
Venezuelans took to the streets repudiating his imposition and
demanding the return of reformist Chavez Frias.
Oliver North 2004 version
US 'enforcer' Otto Reich
Covert US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
operatives are already in place in Venezuela as the SOA/WHISC prepares
for what it is calling "a second bite at the cherry." Bush 2 Latin
America 'enforcer' Otto Reich has been holding top level meetings with
strategists from the Venezuelan political opposition in Washington D.C.
who also had meetings there last week with shadowy Venezuelan
billionaire Gustavo Cisneros and former US White House insider Henry
Corrupt Venezuelan Confederation of Trade
Unions (CTV) president Manuel Cova and Coordinadora Democratica (CD)
representative Timoteo Zambrano have met with senior US State
Department officials, including Reich, although both are attempting to
whitewash their visit to D.C. as simply a round of information meetings
they could equally have held with anti-Venezuelan US Ambassador Charles
S. Shapiro at the Colinas de Valle Arriba bunker in Caracas. Cova and
Zambrano were also meeting with Organization of American States (OAS)
Secretary General, former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria and US
congressmen, including Massachussetts Democrat Frank Barney, a member
of the secretive US Select Committee on Homeland Security, where he
serves on the Subcommittee on Infrastructure& Border Security and
the Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism.
While, on the face of it, US State Department spokespersons are calling on all side in Venezuela's tumultuous electoral process
to respect established norms and procedures, radical opposition
meetings with USA-OAS Roger Noriega and Senator Charles E. Shannon have
led IC operatives in D.C. to dig deeper into Beltway motives while
senior diplomat Peter DeShazo (who recently visited Caracas to speak
personally with President Chavez Frias) is seen as having a more
mediative role in alliance with former US Ambassador and Latin America
expert John Maisto.
Meanwhile, SOA/WHISC troops are hunkered down
ready to be drafted into Venezuela as soon as opposition-inspired
violence breaks out. US Air Force and Navy contingents are being made
ready at a Southern Command base on the Caribbean island of Aruba
(Dutch Antilles) to provide logistic and material back-up to an
invasion force. A US Navy hospital ship is also said to be on standby
to sail to a position off the Venezuela's northern coastline at first
signal of "the balloon going up."
The remaining question is no longer IF, but WHEN!