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The US in Bolivia
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New Discoveries Reveal US Intervention in Bolivia

By Jeremy Bigwood

October 11, 2008


Quote:As a photo and investigative journalist for more than two decades, I often come across revealing government documents and information through various sources, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) requests and leaked documents. Most of the documents I have obtained has been through FOIA requests, which allow me to declassify documents from various entities of the US government.

I made my first request of US government documents about Bolivia in 1997 and since then have made subsequent requests for information, ranging from American embassy communiques in La Paz to USAID grant requests. The information below reveals a clear policy of US intervention and meddling in Bolivia´s internal affairs. Almost all the time, this has been done without the knowledge and at the expense of the American taxpayer.

1. The first document, from 2001 is written before a visit by then President Quiroga, to the US, in which the US Embassy states that they didn´t believe he had acted strongly enough against the MAS party, led by Evo Morales. In talking points prepared by the US embassy in La Paz to be used by US Secretary Beers during his meeting with the President, the US government suggests he say, “We were quite concerned by the agreement in November to halt eradication…. We believe that a continued strong response could have weakened the political base of Evo Morales even further.” View the full document here.

2. In 2002, the American embassy qualifies Evo Morales as an “illegal coca agitator” and admits that cocaine production in Bolivia is insignificant for the US. More importantly though, the embassy details a USAID “Political Party Reform Project” that should specifically “serve as a counterweight to the radical MAS or its successors.” View the full document here.


3. In 2004, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce organization, CAINCO, through CIPE (Center for International Private Enterprise) to alter an existing Bolivian law and “gain popular support for their policy recommendations”. This clearly shows that US funding was spent to alter internal legislation and in this case, it also shows a historic relationship between US funding institutions and the Santa Cruz opposition. View the full document here.


4. Many organizations funded by NED show a clear political bias. One, the IIPS or Institute of Pedagogical & Social Investigation, refers to Evo Morales and the MAS in their grant request and project summary as an “anti-democratic, radical opposition” that doesn’t represent the majority. Of the three program objectives listed, the last is telling. The NED grant awarded to them will help, “efficient and effective social monitoring.” View the full document here.


5. By 2006, it is evident that the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and USAID are openly working to promote events centered around regional autonomy and decentralization. “…NDl adapted the community forum model piloted in this program to conduct a Santa Cruz dialogue event through its USAID funded political party program to facilitate an open discussion about regional autonomy and decentralization.” View the full document here.


6. The most telling documents from my point of view, are a series of leaked e-mails from within USAID-Bolivia last year. They detail the forming relationship between the U.S. government (specifically Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the US embassy in La Paz) and indigenous groups in the Chapare and Media Luna departments to create a common USAID-guided front against Evo Morales and the MAS. In discussing who to invite to a lunch between indigenous leaders and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg in 2007, USAID staff write that the litmus test for being invited is, “a su situacion real frente el gobierno del MAS, etc. ademas son aliados nuestros.” The staff members goes on to discuss the indigenous organizations that USAID programs fund and how their principal demand is to “fortalecer sus organizaciones de base para hacerle frente al MAS:” In order to facilitate communications, one of the USAID officers recommends “immediate assistance” by sending them radios. Shades of Vietnam and the US assistance to the Hmong tribesmen, which only guaranteed the destruction of their way of life. View the full document here.


7. Among my many Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on Bolivia, I have made five such requests to USAID since 2005 to determine exactly what they are doing there. So far, USAID has not responded to my requests, I can only conclude, because they wish to keep their activities there clandestine. USAID denied any response to my latest request about their activities in Bolivia during the last year (2008) by stating that “the few people who are still there will not be able to conduct a search of the documents you request” because of the “political crisis” in the country. This is simply not the case: as anyone who drives by the USAID building knows, for the parking lot is still full and there are hundreds of employees still working there. View October 2008 photos of USAID-Bolivia´s full parking lot taken by me and the full document requests and responses here from September 14, 2008, September 19, and September 28.

To summarize, I believe that these documents provide clear proof that the US government, through its various entities - especially USAID - have been, and continue to conspire against the legal and democratically elected government of Bolivia. In coming weeks, I will reveal more of the documents that I have uncovered in my ongoing investigation and research here.
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Hmmm your embedded links to outside documents aren't working .. I'd love to read over the texts that you reference here ..

Elaine
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Hi Elaine. Welcome to the forum. :hello:
If you click the http://boliviamatters.wordpress.com
which is at the top of Paul's post. This clicks through to the original post by Paul. You will be able to check out any embedded links there. Maybe it lost its formatting in the transition.
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LA PAZ (AFP) Bolivia's leftist president Evo Morales on Saturday accused US intelligence of hacking into the email accounts of top Bolivian officials, saying he had shut his own account down.
Latin American leaders have lashed out at Washington over recent revelations of vast surveillance programs, some of which allegedly targeted regional allies and adversaries alike.
Bolivia has joined Venezuela and Nicaragua in offering asylum to Edward Snowden, the former IT contractor for the US National Security Agency who publicized details of the programs and is now on the run from espionage charges.
Morales said that he learned about the alleged US email snooping at the Mercosur regional summit in Montevideo earlier this week.
"Those US intelligence agents have accessed the emails of our most senior authorities in Bolivia, Morales said in a speech.
"It was recommended to me that I not use email, and I've followed suit and shut it down," he said.
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told the same summit that more than 100 of his country's officials were under electronic surveillance from a nation he did not name.
Bolivia's Morales, who has long had a thorny relationship with the United States, speculated that Washington hoped to use the information in the emails to plan a future "invasion" of his country.
His allegations followed a diplomatic dust-up last week when, during a flight home from Moscow, European authorties diverted Morales's plane to Austria and searched it after rumours that he had Snowden on board.
Morales renewed his offer of asylum to Snowden on Saturday, saying La Paz would follow all "diplomatic norms and international accords" in the case.
The 30-year-old intelligence leaker has been stranded in an airport transit zone in the Russian capital since June 23.
Snowden is seeking to avoid US espionage charges for revealing vast surveillance programs to collect phone and Internet data.
US authorities say the revelations threatened national security, insisting the secret programs are fully legal and have helped foil dozens of terrorist attacks.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/13/...z2Z0eM56Lm
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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And Argentina gets hacked too.
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Foreign minister hands over evidence of Argentine spying targets, with their email passwords

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 15, 2013 - 6:48 pm EDT




BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Argentina's foreign minister says a who's-who of leading figures in Argentine politics have been victims of espionage, and he has the evidence to prove it.
Hector Timerman says he was handed an envelope at last week's Mercosur meeting with a list of more than 100 Argentine politicians, Cabinet ministers, diplomats and journalists that included their email usernames and secret passwords. On Monday, he handed the list over to Argentina's top prosecutor for criminal investigation.
Timerman did not name names, but said a high-ranking official who was part of the summit gave documents to him as well as a third country's official.



South American leaders condemned spying by the U.S. government, which admits collecting internet records worldwide but says it doesn't read emails unless it needs to for national security reasons.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/87...-Espionage
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“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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