samedi, décembre 23, 2006

Actualité - New U.S. Chief Spy for Cuba and Venezuela

Norman Bailey, the new "chief spy" whom Bush has appointed against Cuba and Venezuela is a genuine relic from the Reagan regime, in which he was a privileged advisor.

He infiltrated the Noriega government in Panama whilst the U.S. invasion was being prepared; he advised Duhalde in Argentina when the country was heading towards economic disaster; he confesses to being a buddy of Lyndon LaRouche, the controversial ultra right-wing U.S. politician.

Everything would indicate there was no other recourse left available to Bush than rummaging 'round in his father's closet when the time came to recruit high-ranking officials for his declining government.

Norman Bailey, whom John Negroponte -- another leftover from the Reagan connection and currently national director of U.S. intelligence -- has recently named as head of the U.S. intelligence mission for the two sister nations, has a longstanding curriculum with the CIA, that is certainly not lacking in inconsistencies and foolish mistakes.

His official biography indicates that Bailey is an "economic consultant" and "professor" of Washington's Potomac Foundation, a conservative think-tank embedded within the network of low-ranking Republican officials.

Former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan for international economic affairs and a member of the National Security Council (NSC), he urged the National Security Agency -- the electronic espionage agency that monitors the post -- to spy on the movement of money on a worldwide scale.

He has his own lobbying office -- Norman A. Bailey Incorporated -- that has even advised the Mobil Oil firm.

But aside from all his titles and covers, this rotund sexagenarian, who was trained in military intelligence and graduated from Colombia University, has acted for many decades as a beachhead for the CIA, most notably with respect to Latin American governments which, after having placed their trust in him, have seen their own downfall.

In 1989, when the U.S.. invasion of Panama was being prepared, it was he who handled the plans of George Bush Sr. in the State Department and the CIA.

It is said that it was thanks to his indiscretions, perhaps inspired by Otto Reich, that journalist Seymour Hersch published a veritable flurry of alleged crimes committed by Manuel Noriega in The New York Times, which gave rise to a widespread international campaign of discredit and a series of undercover operations.

He then advised Noriega and "accompanied" him to the disastrous denouement of the crisis that took the Panamanian president straight to a U.S. jail cell, in the midst of a veritable massacre of poor Panamanians from the most marginal neighborhoods in the capital.

With the same shamelessness, he developed a close relationship with Argentine president Eduardo Duhalde, in the guise of a great U.S. financial expert -- his favorite role -- following the abrupt end of the De la Rúa government in December 2001, when the Argentine economy was in tatters.

On March 8, 2002, the Clarín daily, with admirable innocence, announced that "the president is now receiving advice from his American consultants" and that the previous day at the presidential palace he had met with Norman Bailey, "who advised [George W. Bush] in his campaign" with the aim of "improving his contacts in the USA."

He recommended that the vulnerable president fiercely repress social unrest or, if a strong hand did not work in the short term, to call elections as a means of diversion. He also recommended that Duhalde issue trusteeship bonds for state land.

Shortly after receiving such great advice from an "independent" advisor who belonged to both the CIA and the most intimate circles of the current occupant of the White House, Duhalde ended up in the inexorable archives of history.

He continued his links with Latin America. It is said that he made an appearance during the dollarization process in Ecuador and also participated in the conception of Plan Colombia.

But the thing that stands out most on his résumé is his confessed friendship with Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., former presidential candidate and prominent member of the far right in the U.S., who runs an intelligence network, the breadth and efficiency of which he has publicly praised.

In December 1999, in a cable from Washington which condemned the appearance of "new threats to the security of the United States in Latin America," the U.S. Associated Press agency quoted Bailey rudely attacking Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who had been democratically elected the previous year.

In his lecture, Bailey declared that the government of Ecuador was "totally bankrupt," suggesting that "military intervention" should not be ruled out. Speaking of Panama, he said then that it was a country that was vulnerable to guerilla incursions and that possibilities for sabotaging the Canal are "enormous" allowing him, of course, to dream of another adventure in that nation.

In March 2001, in The Washington Times, the current Chief Spy against Cuba and Venezuela openly expressed his desire for a drop in oil prices which, he commented, would have "disastrous consequences" for Venezuela.

Bailey then blurted out an example of his unsubtle vision of Latin America: "Thinking that Bush needs Kirchner to contain Chávez is idiotic."

Reports of U.S. troops being sent in alleged "humanitarian" missions to Peru, Panama, Paraguay and other Latin American countries may be a new scheme, Bailey-Bush style, to subvert the newly-elected governments and their neighbors in the region.

(Prensa Latina News Agency)

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