Sunday 28th of February 2021

a fizzer... so far....


Here is what the NYPost leads with… And here is more of the crap the international media dishes out, to lick the USA’s arse. 

Venezuela: Guaido urges military to join May 1 protest

Thousands of opposition supporters have clashed with police in Venezuela after self-declared president, Juan Guaido, called for a military uprising. Guaido has called for protests to continue on the May Day holiday.

In fact, there were 20 (19?) rebel “soldiers”  (or some guys with uniforms and weapons) and just a bit less Guaido's supporters than passengers average on platform 19 at Central Station, Sydney, on a lazy Sunday waiting for the next to Parramatta.

And they claimed they had taken over the “airport”. No, they had not. No, they could not. Unfortunatly one person died and a few got injured when a real army truck ran through the tiny crowd.

By end of day:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has congratulated the military for “defeating” the plotters of a coup after a day of protests called for by opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Maduro called the opposition supporters a "small group that tried to fill the country with violence" and confirmed his government has faced several "modalities" of a coup d’état.

Meanwhile the US bandits spread disinformation like cheap margarine on a sweet US bun:

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was about to flee to Cuba on Tuesday amid the fierce political standoff with opposition leader Juan Guaidó — until Russia intervened and convinced him to stay, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Maduro and other senior Venezuelan officials were ready to end the chaos in the South American country by jetting off to the communist island nation, Pompeo told CNN.

“It’s been a long time since anyone has seen Maduro,” Pompeo said on Tuesday night. “He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it, and the Russians indicated he should stay.” 

Bullshit plus.

The secretary of state emphasized that the situation was fluid and urged foreign governments to allow a peaceful transfer of power.

“Maduro is surrounded by Cubans and has been supported by Russians there in Venezuela,” Pompeo said. “We have told the Russians and we have told the Cubans: ‘That’s unacceptable.’ ”

(Meaning only the US bullshit is acceptable)

Meanwhile, President Trump threatened a “complete embargo’’ on Cuba if its military didn’t stop supporting Maduro.

So what is the real news: 

Tuesday morning self-declared president and opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on the military and the population to oppose the Maduro government. Only a few thousand civilians and very few soldiers heeded the call. Mike Fox reports from Caracas

And one has to analyse the Western media shit falling in a conga line behind the behind of the US president, keeping the behind in line with their noses:


A FAIR survey of US opinion journalism on Venezuela found no voices in elite corporate media that opposed regime change in that country. Over a three-month period (1/15/19–4/15/19), zero opinion pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post took an anti–regime change or pro-Maduro/Chavista position. Not a single commentator on the big three Sunday morning talkshows or PBS NewsHour came out against President Nicolás Maduro stepping down from the Venezuelan government.


Of the 76 total articles, opinion videos or TV commentator segments that centered on or gave more than passing attention to Venezuela, 54 (72 percent) expressed explicit support for the Maduro administration’s ouster. Eleven (14 percent) were ambiguous, but were only classified as such for lack of explicit language. Reading between the lines, most of these were clearly also pro–regime change. Another 11 (14 percent) took no position, but many similarly offered ideological ammo for those in support.


The Times published 22 pro–regime change commentaries, three ambiguous and five without a position. The Post also spared no space for the pro-Chavista camp: 22 of its articles expressed support for the end to Maduro’s administration, eight were ambiguous and four took no position. Of the 12 TV opinions surveyed, 10 were pro-regime change and two took no position.
At least, The American Conservative seems to tell the US administration to stay away from Venezuela. One could hope this to be the end of the shitfight, but with the US administration ruled by psychopaths, one has to be careful and pessimistic. Failure is not an option for these idiots, unless they are themselves eliminated from the picture frame.

We shall dread what the USA is going to do next...

a firm editorial line...

That elite media didn’t find a single person to vouch for Maduro or Chavismo, and that almost all the opinions explicitly or implicitly expressed support for the ouster of Venezuela’s elected president, demonstrates a firm editorial line, eerily obedient to the US government’s regime change policy.


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May be regime change should be happening in Washington. But who to replace the psychos with? More psychos?



And apparently Assange has been condemned to 50 weeks in prison... This is a ploy to make sure he does not have any ability to communicate with anyone about any issues of importance. The powers in charge are worried that he could activate his "insurance policy" too soon. 50 weeks is beyond the pale and beyond "reason". This is a political move. This sentence has nothing to do with "punishment" but removing Assange from circulation for a while, until the US case is ready. The Brits deserve Brexit. Fuck off...



a CIA clown trying hard to get martyred...


Ron Paul Warns: "Hapless" Guaido Now "Worth More Dead Than Alive" To Washington's Venezuelan Coup-Creators

Paul blasted US officials rooting vigorously for Guaido and his efforts to seize power in Venezuela while denouncing with indignation things like the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“How many places have we been involved in in the last 20-30-40-50 years? I mean – that’s our business. It’s solidifying our empire,” he said. “I think it’s pure hypocrisy for us to think that we are doing [the interference in Venezuela] and we are against government interference. We love it, except’ when we don’t.”

The devoted constitutionalist added people like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or National Security Advisor John Bolton, who appealed to Venezuelan soldiers to protect their nation’s constitution by siding with Guaido, were “a bunch of clowns.”

They don’t have the vaguest notion about what the constitutional law in our country would be like. And they are going to restore the constitutional law in other countries? It’s just clichés and nonsense!



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the document...


by Eric Zuesse

A detailed plan from “UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND” dated “23 FEBRUARY 2018” was issued with the title “PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP ‘MASTERSTROKE’” and is here presented complete.

This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who was the Commander (the chief), at SOUTHCOM, and he was thus the top U.S. military official handling Venezuela. But this was far more than just a military plan. It was comprehensive — directing military, diplomatic, and propaganda, policies — regarding the Trump Administration’s planned “Overthrow” of Venezuela’s Government. His plan has since guided the Administration’s entire operation, including “the capacities of the psychological war,” regarding Venezuela.

It instructed SOUTHCOM:

Encouraging popular dissatisfaction by increasing scarcity and rise in price of the foodstuffs, medicines and other essential goods for the inhabitants. Making more harrowing and painful the scarcities of the main basic merchandises.” …

intensifying the undercapitalization of the country, the leaking out of foreign currency and the deterioration of its monetary base, bringing about the application of new inflationary measures.” …

Fully obstruct imports, and at the same time discouraging potential foreign investors in order to make the situation more critical for the population.” …

compelling him to fall into mistakes that generate greater distrust and rejection domestically” …

To besiege him, to ridicule him and to pose him as symbol of awkwardness and incompetence. To expose him as a puppet of Cuba.” …

Appealing to domestic allies as well as other people inserted from abroad in the national scenario in order to generate protests, riots and insecurity, plunders, thefts, assaults and highjacking of vessels as well as other means of transportation, with the intention of deserting this country in crisis through all borderlands and other possible ways, jeopardizing in such a way the National Security of neighboring frontier nations. Causing victims and holding the Government responsible for them. Magnifying, in front of the world, the humanitarian crisis in which the country has been submitted to.”

Structuring a plan to get the profuse desertion of the most qualified professionals from the country, in order ‘to leave it with no professionals at all’, which will aggravate even more the internal situation and along these lines putting the blame on of Government.”

the presence of combat units from the United States of America and the other named countries, under the command of a Joint General Staff led by the USA.”

It was posted online at the Voltairenet site, and was first copied to a web archive on 14 May 2018. So, it has been online since at least that date. However, because the photo in it of the document wasn’t made available via software which includes the individual symbols, but presented only the full visual image of the paper document, it still hasn’t yet gone viral on the Web.

Here, therefore, is the first appearance, on the Web, of the full document, that’s manually copied, character-by-character, so that each phrase in this document becomes, for the first time, web-searchable, and thereby conveniently available for journalists and historians to quote from.

This prophetic document — the source for what has happened afterward in and to Venezuela — might therefore finally receive the public attention that it so clearly merits.

The document starts with propaganda against Venezuela’s existing Government (and it totally ignores the extent to which the pre-existing U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela had actually caused these problems), and it then proceeds to present the U.S. plan to overthrow the ‘dictatorship’. (Tidd refers to Maduro only as “the Dictator,” except at the very start and very end.

At the end, he commands “the denouncement toward Maduro’s regimen” and he also uses the phrase “the enemy” to refer to him — as if there had been the U.S. Constitutionally required authorization, by the U.S. Congress, of this “war.” The close urges “the dispatch of a UNO military force for the imposition of peace, once Nicolas Maduro’s corrupt dictatorship is defeated.” The U.N. is militarily to “impose” “peace,” after the U.S. and its allies have conquered Venezuela.)

Although Tidd placed 100% of the blame for Venezuela’s problems upon Maduro, and ignored the crucial extent to which U.S. economic sanctions had caused them, his plan emphasized that the U.S. must actively make things even worse for the Venezuelan public than America’s economic sanctions had yet done.

His coup-plan is loaded with such statements, and, in fact, opens with one: “Encouraging popular dissatisfaction by increasing scarcity and rise in price of the foodstuffs, medicines and other essential goods for the inhabitants. Making more harrowing and painful the scarcities of the main basic merchandises.”

So: he wasn’t naive. America’s induced suffering upon Venezuelans was part of his plan for Venezuelans, in order to get them to do what the U.S. regime wants them to do — overthrow Maduro. Furthermore, the United States Government has had extensive successes in previous such operations. One example is that this was how Chile’s Salvador Allende was brought down in 1973 (at a time when the U.S. Government’s claims to have done it for ‘national security’ reasons had much more credibility than its current excuse of helping the Venezuelan people does, because the supposedly ideological Cold War was still on).

The only excuse that the perpetrators can come up with, this time around, is “to put an end to the Venezuelan nightmare and the awakening of theirs beloved nation at a luminous dawn, in which the vision of fortune, true peace and tranquility predominate for their fellow citizens.” Impoverish the nation, in order to help Venezuelans attain “true peace and tranquility.” That’s the plan.

Here is the document’s entire text:

23 FEB 2018



TOP SECRET/20180223


The Venezuelan Chavista dictatorship staggers as a result of its frequent internal problems; there is a great shortage of foodstuffs, an exhaustion of the sources of foreign currency and a rampant corruption. The international support, won with petrodollars, becomes scarcer each time and the purchasing power of its national currency is in a constant downfall.

Such scenario is not supposed to change, but the Venezuelan present-day leaders, as they usually do, in their despair to preserve their power, are capable to appeal to new populist measures that perpetuate their positions of privilege; the only mechanism that sustains them obstinate to the struggle to hold on their positions.

Maduro’s corrupt regimen will collapse but regrettably, the divided opposing forces, legitimate defenders of democracy and the well-being of their people, do not have power enough to put an end to the Venezuelan nightmare and the awakening of theirs beloved nation at a luminous dawn, in which the vision of fortune, true peace and tranquility predominate for their fellow citizens.

The internal disputes, the supreme particular likings, the corruption similar to the one of their rivals, as well as the scarcity of rooting, do not grant them the opportunity to make the most of this situation and to give the necessary step to overturn the state of penury and precariousness in which the pressure group, that exercises the leftist dictatorship, has submerged the country. We are at the presence of an unprecedented criminal action in Latin America.

This affects the entire region, there is no respect to international right and local political alternatives are unacceptable.

Democracy spreads out in America, continent in which radical populism was intended to take over. Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil are examples of it. The rebirth of democracy has the support of the most valuable determinations, and the conditions in the regions run in its favour.

It is the time for the United States to prove, with concrete actions, that they are implicated in that process, where overthrowing Venezuelan dictatorship will surely mean a continental turning point.

It is the first opportunity of the Trump Administration to bring forward the vision in reference to security and democracy. Showing its active commitment is crucial, not only for the administration, but also for the continent and for the world.

The time has come to

Step to speed up the definite overthrow of Chavismo and the expulsion of its representative:

Undermining the decadent popular support to Government.
  • Encouraging popular dissatisfaction by increasing scarcity and rise in price of the foodstuffs, medicines and other essential goods for the inhabitants. Making more harrowing and painful the scarcities of the main basic merchandises.
Securing he the present-day dictator’s irreversible deterioration
  • Developing actions to encourage the egocentrism and the verbal incontinence of the Dictator, compelling him to fall into mistakes that generate greater distrust and rejection domestically, while continuing to minimize the international significance of his public figure.
  • To beseige him, to ridicule him and to pose him as symbol of awkwardness and incompetence. To expose him as a puppet of Cuba. Exacerbating the division among members of the governing group. Revealing the differences in his living conditions with respect to those of his followers, at the same time to incite them to keep on increasing those divergences. Highlighting examples as the ones of Rafael Ramirez from PDVSA and Nelson Mercengtes from gthe BCV.
  • Making his government unsustainable, forcing him to claudication, to negotiate or to run away, as other close collaborators have done.
  • Making provisions for a back or escaping door, in case he finally chooses to look for a safe port out of his country.
Increasing the internal instability to a critical level.
  • Intensifying the undercapitalizatioin of the country, the leaking out of foreign currency and the deterioration of its monetary base, bringing about the application of new inflationary measures that increase its deterioration and that simultaneously provoke the citizens with less access — who support the present-day rulers — and those who are best positioned, to see their social status threatened or affected. Establishing that the use of bitcoin, Petro, is a key element in the deterioration of the economy, which is an unconstitutional and illegal manipulation of the national currency, useable for money laundering.
  • Fully obstructing imports, and at the same time, discouraging potential foreign investors in order to contribute to make more critical the situation of the population — mainly in the sphere of oil, essential for any attempt of recuperation of the national economy.
  • Appealing to domestic allies as well as other people inserted from abroad in the national scenario in order to generate protests, riots and insecurity, plunders, thefts, assaults and highjacking of vessels as well as other means of transportation, with the intention of deserting this country in crisis through all borderlands and other possible ways, jeopardizing in such a way the National Security of neighboring frontier nations. Causing victims and holding the Government responsible for them. Magnifying, in front of the world, the humanitarian crisis in which the country has been submitted to.
  • Making use of the generalized corruption and the originating profits from their operations with prohibited drugs, to do away with their image in front of the world and their domestic followers.
  • Promoting fatigue inside the members of the PSUV, inciting the annoyance and nonconformity among themselves, for them to break noisily away from the line of the Government; for them to refuse the measures and restrictions which also affect them, inciting the rising of internal politic factions, which divides it in its schism, making it as weak as the the opposition is. Creating frictions between the PSUV and “Somos Venezuela”.
  • Structuring a plan to get the profuse desertion of the most qualified professionals from the country, in order “to leave it with no professionals at all”, which will aggravate even more the internal situation and along these lines putting the blame on of Government.
Using the army officers as an alternative of definite solution.
  • Continuing hardening the conditions inside the Armed Forces to carry out a coup d’etat before concluding 2018, if the crisis does not make the dictatorship to collapse or the dictator does not decide to move aside.
  • Continuing setting fire to the common frontier with Colombia. Multiplying the traffic of fuel and other goods. The movement of paramilitaries, armed raids and drug trafficking. Provoking armed incidents with the Venezuelan frontier security forces.
  • Recruiting paramilitaries mainly in the campsites of refugees in Cucuta, La Guajira and the north of Santander, areas largely populated by Colombian citizens who emigrated to Venezuela and now return, run away from the regimen to intensify the destabilizing activities in the common frontier between both countries. Making use of the empty space left by the FARC, the belligerency of the ELN and the activities in the area of the Gulf Clan.
  • Preparing the involvement of allied forces in support of the Venezuelan army officers or to control the internal crisis, in the event they delay too much in taking the initiative.
  • Establishing a speedy time line that prevents the Dictator to continue winning control on the internal scenario. If it’s necessary, act before the elections stipulated for next April.
  • Getting the support of the allied authorities of friendly countries (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Panama and Guyana).
  • Organizing the provisioning, relief of troops, medical and logistic support from Panama. Making good use of the facilities of electronic surveillance and signals intelligence, the hospitals and its deployed endowments in Danen, the equipped airdromes for the Colombian Plan, as well as the landing fields of the old-time military bases of Howard and Albrook, as well as the one belonging to “Rio Halo”. In addition, the Humanitarian Regional Center of the United Nations, designed for situations of catastrophes and humanitarian emergency, which has an aerial landing field and its own warehouses.
  • Moving on the basification of combat airplanes and choppers, armored conveyances, intelligence positions, and special military and logistics units (police and military district attorneys and prisons).
  • Developing the military operation under international flag, patronized by the Conference of American Armies, under the protection of the OAS and the supervision, in the legal and media context, of the Secretary General Luis Almagro. Declaring the necessity that the continental commandment be strengthened to act, using the instrument of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, in order to avoid the democratic rupture.
  • Binding Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Panama to the contribution of greater number of troops, to make use of their geographic proximity and experience in operations in forest regions. Strengthening their international condition with the presence of combat units from the United States of America and the other named countries, under the command of a Joint General Staff led by the USA.
  • Using the facilities at Panamanian territory for the rear guard and the capacities of Argentina for the securing of the ports and the maritime positions.
  • Leaning on Brazil and Guyana to make use of the migratory situation that we intend to encourage in the border with Guyana.
  • Coordinating the support to Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad and Tabago and other States in front of the flow of Venezuelan immigrants in the event of the crisis. Promoting international participation in this effort, as part of the multilateral operation with contribution of the States, Non-Profit Organizations and international bodies. Supplying the adequate logistic, intelligence, surveillance and control support.
  • Anticipating, specially, the most vulnerable points in Arauca, Puerto Carreno and Ininda, Maicao, Barranquilla and Sincelejo, in Colombia, and Roramia, Manaos and Boa Vista, in Brazil.
Information Strategie
  • Silencing the symbolic presence of Chavez-representative of unit and popular support-, and in the other way around, keeping the harassment to the Dictator as the only responsible of the crisis in which he has submerged the nation.
  • Holding the Dictator and his closer followers responsible, in the first place, for the prevailing crisis due to his inability to find the way out that the Venezuelans are in need of.
  • Intensifying the media denouncement about the cubanization of Venezuela.
  • Outstandingly intensifying the denouncement toward Maduro’s regimen, considering him:
    1. A criminal
    2. A illegitimate
    3. A thief of the wealth of the Venezuelan people
    4. Someone who plunders the national treasury to carry out his evasion
  • Highlighting the incompetence of the mechanisms of integration created by the regimens of Cuba and Venezuela, specially the ALBA and PETROCARIBE, in order to tackle the situation of the country and their inability to find solutions to the problems that the citizens are facing.
  • Increasing, inside the country and through the mass media established abroad, the dissemination of designed messages based on testimonies and publications originated in the country, making use of all the possible capacities, including the social networks.
  • Claiming, through that mass media, the need to put an end to this situation because of its unsustainable essence.
  • Justifying and assuring through violent means the international backup to the deposal of the dictatorship, displaying an extensive dissemination, inside the country and to the entire world, through all the open means and the capacities of the psychological war of the US ARMY.
  • Assuring that the disclosed images and reports of the military actions are approved by the General Staff to prevent their manipulation and use by the enemy.
  • The United States should entirely back up the OAS, strengthening the image of the OAS and other multilateral institutions for the inter-American system, as instruments for the solution to the regional problems.
  • Promoting the request of the the dispatch of a UNO military force for the imposition of peace, once Nicolas Maduro’s corrupt dictatorship is defeated.



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Note: This YD site often refers to the voltaire network and made a link to the document when it appeared...

a failed western coup from an ill-intent...

This time around, however, having realized Guaido is not as powerful as they expected, Europe has not been as gung-ho in its support for him. Having initially added to the chaos by encouraging the first uprising, suddenly the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was calling for the “utmost restraint” in order to “avoid the loss of lives.”

Lack of courage?

Venezuelan Ambassador to the EU Claudia Salerno Caldera believes the sudden European reticence shows thatEU leaders have “begun to realize that [Guaido] was losing influence, that he was no president at all.” With that realization, they “began to give up their positions” and “change their narrative” in order to make it “more realistic” and reflect the actual situation on the ground in Venezuela, she told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

It is likely that the EU knows that the US stance toward Venezuela is “wrong, dangerous and illegal,” but it has “not got the courage to stand up and say so,” Dr Michael Derham, senior lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Northumbria University told RT. The EU “has to be seen to not advocate coups or violence” and it is not convinced by the US ultimatum against Maduro — but at the same time, Europe will“never go against the US, even if it were to invade Venezuela,” Derham said.


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What will the US do next?... Read the document above... The US administration will go dark and murderous, deceptively and patiently. Nothing new. The same happened in the past. The USA took 40 years to eventually destroy Yougoslavia, only 10 years to "switch" Indonesia... 


Such project such as the "Venezuela Project" are long term and demand "patience" from the goons... This from The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 December 1958...:





As well the "news" about China was not any better than today:


The Christians... What are they doing in China?...





playing with washington...

One of the negotiators on the Venezuelan side was allegedly Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, who is thought to have had a last-minute change of heart.

The Trump administration had an agreement in place with Venezuela's military that President Nicolas Maduro would be arrested during this week's attempted coup, the Spanish newspaper ABC reports, citing a source in the US National Security Council.

Washington apparently reached the deal with Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez via phone talks conducted over the past few months.

READ MORE: ‘A Complete Failure’: Venezuelan Coup Attempts Staged ‘More For The US Audience

Padrino, alongside other ministers and generals, is said to have accepted the agreements drafted by the self-proclaimed acting president, Juan Guaido. This roadmap would include a call for fresh elections within a month — one of Guaido's main promises — and the recognition of the opposition lawmaker as the "legitimate and interim" head of state.

In turn, president of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice Maikel Moreno, a Maduro ally, had reportedly planned to declare illegitimate the Constituent Assembly, a parallel legislature loyal to Maduro convened by a presidential decree in 2017 in defiance of the opposition-held National Assembly.

This move, as per the report, would legally allow the military to notify Maduro that he was either leaving the country for Cuba or would be detained by court order.

The agreements were supposed be signed at the military base La Carlota in Caracas, from where Guaido, on Tuesday, urged the armed forces and civilians in a video address to join what he called the final push to topple Maduro.

However, his coup attempt did not gain enough traction to oust the president, with the military leadership voicing their support for the government.


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It looks as if the Maduro government minister OUTSMARTED THE DEAD SHITS  from Washington, by playing along and then dropping "the deal" at the last minute... Not the first one to play that game...




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seeking sanctuary in foreign embassies...

Months of insistence in Washington that the people of Venezuela stood by the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido basically went up in smoke when his ‘Operation Liberty’ fizzled. The question now is whom to blame.

Senior US officials like National Security Advisor John Bolton and special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams expressed confidence in “regime change” in Caracas on Tuesday, named top Venezuelan officials ready to defect, and even spoke of signed documents to that effect.

Yet literally none of this happened, and by the early evening on Tuesday, the handful of Guaido’s armed supporters were seeking sanctuary in foreign embassies.


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US acronyms failed in venezuela, so far...


The greatest defeat of CIA in two decades

by Valentin Vasilescu

With the acquisition by Venezuela of su-30 aircraft, S-300 anti-aircraft systems, T-72 tanks of coastal batteries of Russian bastions, the Pentagon headquarters (USSOUTHCOM) in charge of Central America and the South has set up means of Technological Espionage (TECHINT-technical intelligence) to evaluate, analyze and interpret information on the combat equipment of the Venezuelan army.

These are MASINT (Measurement and signature intelligence) means that receive at a distance, the vibrations, the pressure, the caloric energy produced by the combat systems. There are also other means (ELINT) for the electronic emissions from radar and radionavigation systems that equip the surface-to-air missile systems, aircraft and military vessels of Venezuela.

But most spying methods have been used to intercept communication networks (COMINT). The National Electronic Intelligence Agency (NSA) has a network called ECHELON, designed for the interception and recording of communications by telephone, fax, radio and data traffic through US spy satellites.

USSOUTHCOM was able to assess, through COMINT, the state of mind, loyalty or dissatisfaction of army commanders and heads of central and local political authorities. The official version of Russia and China, hardly credible, is that they did not send experts in espionage and counterintelligence in Venezuela. Unlike this version, since January, when the United States introduced the self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s counter-espionage leadership seems to have been taken over by a super James Bond. One of the Pentagon’s findings is the discontinuation of data collection by the NSA through the COMINT process. However, Venezuela does not have such advanced technology to block the reception of NSA satellites.

Faced with this situation, the initiative in Venezuela was taken over by the CIA, specializing in HUMINT (Human inteligence). That is, spying with infiltrated US agents, who in turn have networks of local informants. But soon after, the small Venezuelan counterintelligence service (SEBIN: Servicio Boliviariano de Intelligencia Nacional) managed to humiliate the CIA. It is only now that the Americans have learned that all the opposition groups of the Caracas regime have been infiltrated by agents of the SEBIN counterintelligence.

Thanks to undercover SEBIN officers, in the US-funded press, there was an operation with the selection and publication of the most miraculous but unreliable news related to political developments in Venezuela. There were thus several “leaks” that were delivered to the CIA, as, for example, the intention of some generals in the first Venezuelan task force to betray Maduro and release the arrested political opponents.

In order to gain the confidence of the CIA agents, SEBIN members even organized conspiracy meetings with Venezuelan generals, under full information control of SEBIN and military counterintelligence. The “desertion” of General Manuel Figuera, head of the SEBIN, the release of Leopoldo Lopez from his house arrest, and the provision, for Juan Guaido, of a platoon of soldiers belonging to the SEBIN, to take the garrison Carlota to Caracas, more than 1,000 soldiers, were part of the poisoning operation of the CIA agents. To convince Washington of the success of the coup.

The White House has finally given the green light to the action of April 30 which has become the biggest failure of the CIA in recent decades. Venezuela has proven that fighting with patriotism and professionalism, even for an embargoed South American country, can break the CIA’s plans.

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bolton cranks up the "evil" fizz...

Washington has been supporting self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido since January 2019 in a bid to force democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro to resign, but without success.

The US president's National Security Adviser John Bolton has taken to Twitter to accuse Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of allegedly misusing the country's money. Bolton claimed that Maduro paid $209 million to Russia under a defence contract to "buy" Moscow's support and once again called for the elected president to resign.

However, the national security adviser failed to present details on the alleged defence contract between Venezuela and Russia. Moscow hasn't commented on his claims yet. The two countries have signed contracts on the supply of military equipment to the Latin American state in the past, but these deals were fulfilled long before Venezuela was struck by economic and political instability.

Head of the Russian state corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said at the SPIEF 2019 that although Caracas is interested in buying new military equipment from Moscow, it can't afford to do so right now due to economic problems and US sanctions.

Deputy Director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Anatoly Punchuk recently said that new military contracts between the two states are unlikely to be signed in the near future due to the harsh economic conditions in Venezuela, which have partially been caused by American sanctions.


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The amount of lies and deception from the US Trump administration, attached to its punitive actions is phenomenal... Not even Ghengis Khan and his hordes of barbaric ransackers were so evil — should the word evil exist, it would be now defined by the existence of Bolton, Pompeo and Trump. 

bolton the terrorist is gone. maduro is still there...

The Vice President of Venezuela [Delcy Rodriguez] spoke at the UN General Assembly. She denounced attempts at coups and assassinations by Washington and its Colombian ally. The American delegation left the room.

"I come in the name of the only Venezuela, worthy, worthy Venezuela, who does not kneel before the imperial power." This was the opening speech of Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez on September 27 at the UN General Assembly. An introduction as a response to the challenge by a number of countries, led by the United States, the power of the Bolivarian government led by President-elect Nicolas Maduro.

The US delegation immediately and conspicuously left the room when Delcy Rodriguez spoke, even posting a video of this collective departure accompanied by this message tinged with contempt: "The lies and deception of the Maduro regime have corrupted the UN charter. . We are coming together to solve the world's problems, not to stay tuned while Maduro starves the people of Venezuela. That's why we joined other nations to come out of the General Assembly when Maduro's "girlfriend" went on stage."

"Venezuela is at peace," continued the Vice President, unabashedly, while vigorously denouncing coup attempts by extremist sectors of the opposition as well as assassination attempts against President Nicolas. Maduro and the senior political and military leaders of Venezuela.

In response to accusations against the Venezuelan power of mistreatment of the people, Delcy Rodriguez recalled that there is "a system of social protection in Venezuela that benefits almost 19 million people without distinction". It is, according to her, that "system of inclusion, justice and protection that the United States government has designated as an objective to be destroyed" because it is a "threat to its model of capitalist supremacy".

350 coercive measures costing $130 billion

The Vice President of Venezuela then explained the consequences of economic sanctions imposed by the US government on her country.

"Between 2015 and 2018, the United States government declared more than 350 unilateral coercive measures against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," she said, denouncing in particular "the appropriation of resources and assets abroad, the total financial and commercial blockade, damage to food, health and education ". These sanctions have resulted in losses for the Venezuelan economy worth "130 billion dollars," said the vice president, referring to "economic terrorism."

In this regard, she compared what Venezuela is currently experiencing with similar situations experienced by Cuba for 50 years, or by Nicaragua, which, according to her, is also the victim of "American imperialism" and the "Monroe doctrine".


The lies of the Colombian president

The Vice-President then accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of lying in the same gallery. She assured that Venezuela has "evidence" that Colombia "is hosting terrorist training camps to attack Venezuela."

Indeed, on September 25, Colombian President Ivan Duque said that Caracas was supporting armed groups and drug traffickers operating in his country. The following day, he handed over to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a dossier presenting "evidence" of the presence of guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Venezuela, but containing false information on at least one photo.

This image, supposed, according to Ivan Duque, to show a scene in the state of Tachira in Venezuela, was actually handed over in 2015 to the daily El Colombiano de Medellin by military intelligence agents, claiming that they were guerrillas ELN recruiting children in El Tambo, Cauca Department, on the Colombian Pacific coast, about 1,200 kilometers from the Venezuelan border.

Photos of Juan Guaido with drug traffickers

Delcy Rodriguez then waved to world leaders the photo of Juan Guaido — self-proclaimed president of Venezuela on January 23 and recognized as such by the United States and many countries, including France — posing next to a member of Los Rastrojos, a gang of Colombian" drug traffickers and paramilitaries ".

"I show it to you so that you know what we are facing," said the vice president. "We are facing the instrumentalization of criminal gangs, paramilitary organizations and drug traffickers to destabilize Venezuela," she said.


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The heavyhanded arrest and detention of Grayzone founder and editor Max Blumenthal comes five months after an attempted coup and assassinaton plot against the Venuzuelan President failed. Maybe the US is running out of ideas…

The US intelligence service finally ran out of patience with Max Blumenthal last Friday morning and stormed his home, seizing him and spiriting him away to prison for a weekend of illegal detention, mistreatment and threats.

If that had happened to a well-respected investigative journalist in Caracas, Venezuela, then the international media would have risen as one in outrage, condemning the heavy-handed tactics of President Nicolás Maduro and his security forces.

There would have been calls for the Venezuelans to explain their actions, demands to release the journalist immediately and to guarantee their future security. Sanctions already in place by the US would have been tightened and denunciations would have been forthcoming from all corners.

But with this happening in the US capital, it is a different story because the intelligence services do not like people like Max Blumenthal. He is the sort of troublemaker who asks awkward questions of the powers that be, who raises issues that are considered best left unexplored and generally makes them squirm when rocks are kicked over and their less honourable activities are revealed in daylight.

Ask Edward Snowden how that goes down. (Better still, read his autobiography Permanent Record which came out a few weeks ago.) Ask Chelsea Manning, ask Julian Assange.

If you cause a fuss that US intelligence does not like then your card is marked and it is only a matter of time before you will be whisked away for a weekend of fun and games while shackled in a cage. It might not be today, or tomorrow, but that knock on the door will come.

So Blumenthal’s reporting from outside the Venezuelan embassy, as he and other activists attempted to deliver food and sanitary supplies to those besieged inside was exactly the sort of thing to make the men in dark suits see red.

He told how, “the pro-coup mob outside turned violent, physically assaulting embassy protectors, and hurling racist, sexist and homophobic abuse at others” and he, along with his colleagues, tweeted details of pro-coup individuals vandalising the Venezuelan embassy and abusing the Embassy Protection Collective activists.

This sort of exposure did not fit in with the plans of the US Government to demonize Venezuela or its president, with Obama having kicked things off by declaring the nation a national security threat way back in 2015.

Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that belief earlier this year in case anyone thought there had been a thaw in the frozen relationship since the change in the White House residents.

Having made its mind up about Maduro, the US managed to sign up 50 nations to somehow back the notion that the Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido should actually be recognised as president of the oil-rich nation. There are some powerful dissenting voices, however, namely Russia and China who sit alongside the US as permanent members the United Nations Security Council.

America decided to try and orchestrate a coup back in June this year and along with Colombia and Chile, devised a plot to overthrow the Venezuelan government and assassinate Maduro.

Around the same time, the embassy in DC became a focus for the plotters, who included supporters of Guaido but the local activists were too quick and managed to get people embedded inside the building to report on and record the siege as it unfolded.

That was not what the intelligence services wanted.

Blumenthal and Co needed to be shut down. Stooges willing to press fake charges were found and Blumenthal was wrongly accused of assault albeit five months after the incident apparently took place. Why the delay?

A puzzled Blumenthal wrote online: “If the government had at least told me I had a warrant I could have voluntarily surrendered and appeared at my own arraignment.”

But it is not justice that is being sought here. This is an exercise in intimidation and fear, hence the unheralded 9am arrival of the forces of law and order, the shackles, the cages and the denial of contact with legal representation.

Whatever happened to the press freedom guaranteed under the First Amendment which permits information, ideas and opinions without interference, constraint or prosecution by the government? Or doesn’t that count anymore?

Are threats, insults and attacks now simply occupational hazards for journalists in the USA?

Will Max Blumenthal and his colleagues at The Grayzone, and investigative journalists elsewhere, let an increasingly authoritarian regime intimidate them into early retirement? Unlikely.

Blumenthal has had an unpleasant experience, no doubt, and while the assault charge may not succeed in unnerving him he would certainly know now that the fight to maintain press freedom does not come easily. First amendment or not.

By Damian Wilson, UK journalist & political communications specialist


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The US State Department magnanimously agreed that opposition politician Juan Guaido may not actually be president of Venezuela, but insisted he still has to be part of a transition government if Caracas wants sanctions relief.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put forth a “democratic transition framework” on Tuesday, under which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would set up a power-sharing interim government with Guaido, that would arrange for elections in six months to a year. 

According to Pompeo, the proposal “protects the interests and equities of all Venezuelan people who desperately seek a resolution to their dire political, economic and humanitarian crisis,” and he urged all sides to “carefully and seriously” consider it.

The US and EU would lift their sanctions against Venezuela – including a ban on oil exports and on Maduro and his colleagues personally – if and when the initiative is “fully implemented,” the State Department said.


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The Democratic Party’s gripes with President Trump are many, yet the latest may be the most bizarre to date. One senator argued that Trump’s brash personality bungled a perfectly good, American-style coup in Venezuela.

If Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) had his way, opposition leader Juan Guaido would be occupying the Presidential Palace in Caracas right now, after the successful ousting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite the weight the US threw behind Guaido last year, the young upstart’s planned coup was a failure, and Murphy blames Trump for that loss.


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The incoming Joe Biden administration will maintain Washington’s view that opposition figure Juan Guaido is the legitimate president of Venezuela, dashing hopes that the new president might rethink US policy towards Caracas.

Anthony Blinken, Biden's nominee for secretary of state, told members of the US Senate on Tuesday that there were no plans to rescind the US recognition of Guaido as the leader of the South American nation, even though the country is still firmly under the control of the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. 

He also said that the Democratic administration would continue to use sanctions to “more effectively target” Venezuela, as part of a strategy aimed at pushing Maduro from power. He insisted, however, that the United States wanted to do more to provide humanitarian aid to the economically-crippled nation. 

“We need an effective policy that can restore Venezuela to democracy, starting with free and fair elections,” Blinken told lawmakers.

The United States and many of its allies crowned Guaido, the former head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, as the legitimate president of Venezuela in January 2019, after he led a short-lived movement claiming that Maduro’s 2018 re-election victory was fraudulent. The opposition figure spearheaded two unsuccessful attempts to foment a coup in the country, after failing to drum up support for his cause within the ranks of the Venezuelan military. 

Although Biden’s team appears intent on maintaining support for Guaido’s precarious claim to the presidency, Washington’s European allies seem to be losing enthusiasm for the regime change scheme.  

Earlier this month, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said Europe will continue its “engagement” with all Venezuelan “political and social actors.”But rather than refer to Guaido by his self-appointed title of interim president, Borrell merely lumped him in with other representatives of the outgoing National Assembly elected in 2015.

Facing dwindling support from within Venezuela, Guaido urged his remaining followers last month to “keep pushing” to overthrow Maduro, by force if necessary. However, the erstwhile opposition leader’s last two attempts to instigate a coup and bring the military to his side failed embarrassingly – to say nothing of the botched kidnap attempt against Maduro led by American mercenaries.

Some had hoped that Biden would recalibrate Washington’s uncompromising approach towards Maduro’s government. According to reports, the president-elect had earlier declined to take Guaido’s phone calls, and hinted that he would loosen the economic chokehold on Caracas if Maduro brings about “free and fair elections.” 

It remains to be seen how Biden will promote Washington’s vision of regime change in Venezuela. The Trump administration has been accused of taking a rather direct approach to the foreign policy issue, after Venezuelan security forces foiled a plot to kidnap Maduro. Several American mercenaries were captured during the botched operation, and a paper trail reportedly led back to Washington, specifically to a mercenary firm called Silvercorp. The US government fervently denied any involvement in the attack. Since then, the Trump administration has put a $15 million bounty on Maduro’s head, accusing him without evidence of narco-terrorism


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Guaido is no more the president of Venezuela than I am an astronaut... One day, I will curse the USA so that the administration politicians catch a rotten disease. Not only they can't piss straight in their own country, they go and piss in everyone else's... But they have no shame, Biden is Trump 2.0 and Blinken is Pompeo+... The USA have had righteous hypocrisy at their side since inception, so why should we hope that they will change?


See also: the glory of the american experiment... in why the empire hates julian assange...


"unsavoury" additions to the transition team... in customer of fake and covert "intelligence" to become the chief grocer of said...


threats through a red and blue lens... in no more secrets between friends and enemies...