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Ed Jewett
11-12-2009, 09:59 PM
Official US Air Force Document Reveals the True Intentions
Behind the US-Colombia Military Agreement

by Eva Golinger

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15951

An official document from the Department of the US Air Force reveals that the military base in Palanquero, Colombia will provide the Pentagon with “…an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America…” This information contradicts the explainations offered by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and the US State Department regarding the military agreement signed between the two nations this past October 30th. Both governments have publicly stated that the military agreement refers only to counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations within Colombian territory. President Uribe has reiterated numerous times that the military agreement with the US will not affect Colombia’s neighbors, despite constant concern in the region regarding the true objetives of the agreement. But the US Air Force document, dated May 2009, confirms that the concerns of South American nations have been right on target. The document exposes that the true intentions behind the agreement are to enable the US to engage in “full spectrum military operations in a critical sub-region of our hemisphere where security and stability is under constant threat from narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies…and anti-US governments…”

The military agreement between Washington and Colombia authorizes the access and use of seven military installations in Palanquero, Malambo, Tolemaida, Larandia, Apíay, Cartagena and Málaga. Additionally, the agreement allows for “the access and use of all other installations and locations as necessary” throughout Colombia, with no restrictions. Together with the complete immunity the agreement provides to US military and civilian personnel, including private defense and security contractors, the clause authorizing the US to utilize any installation throughout the entire country - even commercial aiports, for military ends, signifies a complete renouncing of Colombian sovereignty and officially converts Colombia into a client-state of the US.

The Air Force document underlines the importance of the military base in Palanquero and justifies the $46 million requested in the 2010 budget (now approved by Congress) in order to improve the airfield, associated ramps and other installations on the base to convert it into a US Cooperative Security Location (CSL). “Establishing a Cooperative Security Location (CSL) in Palanquero best supports the COCOM’s (Command Combatant’s) Theater Posture Strategy and demonstrates our commitment to this relationship. Development of this CSL provides a unique opportunity for full spectrum operations in a critical sub-region of our hemisphere where security and stability is under constant threat from narcotics funded terrorist insurgencies, anti-US governments, endemic poverty and recurring natural disasters.”

It’s not difficult to imagine which governments in South America are considered by Washington to be “anti-US governments”. The constant agressive declarations and statements emitted by the State and Defense Departments and the US Congress against Venezuela and Bolivia, and even to some extent Ecuador, evidence that the ALBA nations are the ones perceived by Washington as a “constant threat”. To classify a country as “anti-US” is to consider it an enemy of the United States. In this context, it’s obvious that the military agreement with Colombia is a reaction to a region the US now considers full of “enemies”.

COUNTERNARCOTICS OPERATIONS ARE SECONDARY

Per the US Air Force document, “Access to Colombia will further its strategic partnership with the United States. The strong security cooperation relationship also offers an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations throughout South America to include mitigating the Counternarcotics capability.” This statement clearly evidences that counternarcotics operations are secondary to the real objetives of the military agreement between Colombia and Washington. Again, this clearly contrasts the constant declarations of the Uribe and Obama governments insisting that the main focus of the agreement is to combat drug trafficking and production. The Air Force document emphasizes the necessity to improve “full spectrum” military operations throughout South America – not just in Colombia – in order to combat “constant threats” from “anti-US governments” in the region.

PALANQUERO IS THE BEST OPTION FOR CONTINENTAL MOBILITY

The Air Force document explains that “Palanquero is unquestionably the best site for investing in infrastructure development within Colombia. Its central location is within reach of…operations areas…its isolation maximizes Operational Security (OPSEC) and Force Protection and minimizes the US military profile. The intent is to leverage existing infrastructure to the maximum extent possible, improve the US ability to respond rapidly to crisis, and assure regional access and presence at minimum cost. Palanquero supports the mobility mission by providing access to the entire South American continent with the exception of Cape Horn…”

ESPIONAGE AND WARFARE

The document additionally confirms that the US military presence in Palanquero, Colombia, will improve the capacity of espionage and intelligence operations, and will allow the US armed forces to increase their warfare capabilities in the region. “Development of this CSL wil further the strategic partnership forged between the US and Colombia and is in the interest of both nations…A presence will also increase our capability to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), improve global reach, support logistics requirements, improve partnerships, improve theater security cooperation and expand expeditionary warfare capability.”

The language of war included in this document evidences the true intentions behind the military agreement between Washington and Colombia: they are preparing for war in Latin America. The past few days have been full of conflict and tension between Colombia and Venezuela. Just days ago, the Venezuelan government captured three spies from the Colombian intelligence agency, DAS, and discovered several active destabilization and espionage operations against Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela. The operations - Fénix, Salomón and Falcón, respectively, were revealed in documents found with the captured DAS agents. Approximately two weeks ago, 10 bodies were found in Táchira, a border zone with Colombia. After completing the relevant investigations, the Venezuelan government discovered that the bodies belonged to Colombian paramilitaries infiltrated inside Venezuelan territory. This dangerous paramilitary infiltration from Colombia forms part of a destabilization plan against Venezuela that seeks to create a paramilitary state inside Venezuelan territory in order to breakdown President Chávez’s government.

The military agreement between Washington and Colombia will only increase regional tensions and violence. The information revealed in the US Air Force document unquestionably evidences that Washington seeks to promote a state of warfare in South America, using Colombia as its launching pad. Before this declaration of war, the peoples of Latin America must stand strong and unified. Latin American integration is the best defense against the Empire’s aggression.


*The US Air Force document was submitted in May 2009 to Congress as part of the 2010 budget justification. It is an official government document and reaffirms the authenticity of the White Book: Global Enroute Strategy of the US Air Mobility Command, which was denounced by President Chávez during the UNASUR meeting in Bariloche, Argentina this past August 28th. I have placed the original document and the non-official translation to Spanish that I did of the relevant parts relating to Palanquero on the web page of the Center to Alert and Defend the People “Centro de Alerta para la Defensa de los pueblos”, a new space we are creating to garantee that strategic information is available to those under constant threat from imperialist aggression.



Eva Golingeris a Venezuelan-American attorney from New York, living in Caracas, Venezuela since 2005 and author of the best-selling books, “The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela (http://www.amazon.com/Chavez-Code-Cracking-Intervention-Venezuela/dp/1566566479/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-0951670-7632747?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189459976&sr=8-1)” (2006 Olive Branch Press) and “Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela (http://www.amazon.com/Bush-Versus-Ch%C3%83%C2%A1vez-Washington%C3%82%C2%92s-Venezuela/dp/158367165X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)” (2007, Monthly Review Press). Since 2003, Eva, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and CUNY Law School in New York, has been investigating, analyzing and writing about US intervention in Venezuela using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain information about the US Government’s efforts to destabilize progressive movements in Latin America.

Mark Stapleton
11-13-2009, 01:24 AM
I think armed conflict is inevitable, Ed. In fact, from the US standpoint it seems more logical and cost effective for them to pull out of Afghanistan altogether and focus on the rich bounty on offer in Venezuela. It's much closer to home and in contrast to Afghanistan, in Colombia they have a reliable and compliant government in place. Just speculating of course.

Of course, the immorality of it all won't phase the war planners.

Magda Hassan
11-13-2009, 02:36 AM
Written by Cyril Mychalejko Thursday, 12 November 2009
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/images/stories/Oct09/engel1_photo.jpg

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Latin America may soon become the next front (http://upsidedownworld.org/content/view/1687/60/) in Washington's so-called "War on Terror."

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) , Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, held a hearing (http://www.internationalrelations.house.gov/hearing_notice.asp?id=1127) on Oct. 27 to investigate his (http://engel.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=24&sectiontree=6,24&itemid=1916) "serious concerns about expanded Iranian influence in the region.” Engel believes Iran's diplomatic and commercial relations with a number of Latin American countries is a threat to the region's, and more importantly the U.S.´s security and stability.

Testimony heard at the hearing repeatedly singled out Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and to a lesser extent Brazil.

Despite Iran not having any military presence in the region, Norman A. Bailey, former head of intelligence for Cuba and Venezuela (http://upsidedownworld.org/content/view/535/68/) under the Bush Administration, told (http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091029/FOREIGN/710289832/1002/NEWS) members of Congress that, “It is becoming increasingly clear that one of the principal motivations of all this activity [by Iran] is to be able to retaliate against the United States if it is attacked.”

http://upsidedownworld.org/main/images/stories/Oct09/chavez_ahmadinejada.jpgEric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of Americas, said (http://www.as-coa.org/article.php?id=1960) he believes that Iran may be looking for uranium, possibly in Venezuela. But Time Magazine (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1929256,00.html) reported in an Oct. 8 article that "experts say it's hardly certain Venezuela even has much, if any, uranium to provide Iran or anyone else." Farnsworth also claimed Iran's improved diplomatic relations with countries in Latin America is a boon for its intelligence capabilities.

Dina Siegel Vann, another "expert" who testified (http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=5556177&ct=7612459) at the hearing, cited a U.S. State Department Terrorism report published in April that stated the Tri Border Area (http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3197) of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil is a hub for Hezbollah and Hamas sympathizers-something that has been widely disputed. Vann, Director of the Latino and Latin American Institute at the American Jewish Committee noted that the report also cited Bolivia as a possible site for terrorist activity.

"Concerted and decisive action is needed to closely monitor the activity of Iran and the groups it subsidizes, to correctly assess their potential for mischief, and to establish mechanisms to prevent potentially dangerous scenarios," said Vann.

Coincidentally, these attempts to designate parts of Latin America as potential threats and conduits of terror attacks are in countries that have democratically elected left and center-left governments. And all of this comes as Washington's controversial military base deal (http://upsidedownworld.org/content/view/2104/61/) with Colombia awaits approval.

Garry Leech, editor of Colombia Journal, noted (http://upsidedownworld.org/content/view/2198/68/) on Nov. 6 that "nowhere in the agreement does it actually state that U.S. military operations launched from the Colombian bases are to be restricted to Colombia," contrary to claims made by both the Obama and Uribe administrations. Furthermore, the text of the agreement (http://justf.org/content/supplemental-agreement-cooperation-and-technical-assistance-defense-and-security-between-gov) states that Colombia's Palenquero Air Base “provides an opportunity for conducting full spectrum operations (http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/11/09/us-preparing-for-war-in-latin-america) throughout South America.”

The deal also gives diplomatic immunity to US military personnel and private defense contractors.

Cyril Mychalejko is an editor at www.UpsideDownWorld.org (http://t_blank/), an online magazine covering politics and activism in Latin America. He also serves on the board of the Canary Institute (http://canaryinstitute.org//t_blank).
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/2208/1/

Ed Jewett
11-13-2009, 04:47 AM
diplomatic immunity to US military personnel and private defense contractors


... which presumably shields them even further against awareness, allegations or trials related to war crimes and opens up the whole bloody ugly fully-spectral spectrum of bad behaviors, evil bullying, exceptionally-arrogant criminal/violent/dehumanizing rape and rapine, theft, fraud and verdant golf courses behind gated communities protected by thugs in armor-plated thongs.

'Murkans in merkins.

Appearing soon on a continent near you.

David Guyatt
11-13-2009, 09:41 AM
From Ed's post above:


SPIONAGE AND WARFARE

The document additionally confirms that the US military presence in Palanquero, Colombia, will improve the capacity of espionage and intelligence operations, and will allow the US armed forces to increase their warfare capabilities in the region. “Development of this CSL wil further the strategic partnership forged between the US and Colombia and is in the interest of both nations…A presence will also increase our capability to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), improve global reach, support logistics requirements, improve partnerships, improve theater security cooperation and expand expeditionary warfare capability.”

(my bolding).

Says it all doesn't it.

I wonder if they will go ahead and democratize Brazil and made it another land of the free as he above piece suggests? Perhaps though, they'll need to extract their assets from the "tobacco" region of this nation first though?

One consequence of this will certainly be a substantial increase in the Colombian narcotics business as the US turns yet another "blind eye" to its retained crooks fund raising for covert operations -- to use the limited hang-out explanation -- of the dramatic increase in drug trafficking in US theatres of war.

On the other hand, more simple and cynical types like me simply see the global narcotics industry as a very handy cash cow to be perpetually milked by the Pentagon, assorted intelligence agencies and the White House to sustain their innate greed.