Friday, May 16, 2008

Do computers lie?

Do computers lie? Or just the intelligence services? These are the questions swirling around the recent charges against Venezuela from Colombian armed forces that invaded Ecuador and took computers from Colombian guerrillas after bombing their base. The Colombians claim the computer files show Venezuela helped the FARC rebels, deemed terrorists by the U.S.

But in an e-mail from Venezuela Information Office, Venezuela points out "INTERPOL's report DOES NOT back up the Colombian government's attacks on Venezuela.

"INTERPOL's stated intention 'was not to evaluate the accuracy or the source of the exhibits' content.' Therefore, the investigation 'did not include the analysis of the content of documents, folders or other material on the eight seized FARC computer exhibits.'"

Venezuela and other left oriented governments in Latin America have faced intervention from the Bush administration. The latest aggression comes at a time when Colombia's president Alvaro Uribe has been tied to far right paramilitaries charged with killing thousands of trade unionists, community activists and others. U.S. corporations like Chiquita and Drummond have also been linked to these armed groups.

These charges against Venezuela also come at a time when the Bush administration is pushing for the Colombia-U.S. Free Trade Deal, a type of trade deal that favors corporations over the people of South, Central America and Caribbean, and the workers and people of North America, and is opposed by many, including the majority of Venezuelan people.

Just too convenient, even for conspiracy skeptics.

Read the Interpol report:

Read Venezuela's Fact sheet:

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2 comments: said...

Interpol agents are always agents from the local secret police. In Colombia Interpol is exclusively manned therefore by agents of DAS. In other words, Colombian secret police are talking to themselves when they put on their Interpol hats. DAS agents carry ID for both DAS and Interpol. The same is true in Peru where SIN agents carry ID as Interpol agents (those hired by Interpol always come from local secret police.) For Colombia to say that Interpol proves their point is to say that they have confirmed their own point with their own people.
Jason W. Smith, Ph.D.

Anonymous said...

Reconnaissance in Force

Jason W. Smith, Ph.D.

Normally reliable sources in Latin America tell me that what has been unfolding since I wrote the column “The Plot Unfolds” are the details of the (1) trouble-making strategy combined with a rather typical Gringo (2) Recon in Force. They have given me the following guidelines and I am passing them on to you and hopefully, DGIM ( (General Direction of Military Intelligence of Venezuela).

(1) Infiltration of agents into FARC ranks to (a) kill specific targets and (b) win over (convert) other specific targets. This is a typical Gringo SEAL Team tactic I am told. They think it’s funny or cute to operate in this way and this is consistent with their childish view of the world and human relationships. Consider the kind of recruits we are dealing with here. This is done by making contact with a FARC person’s soft spots (relatives and friends who can be used as conduits or against whom threats can be made.) Then using the relative or friend’s established access, the agent is infiltrated.
(2) Now there isn’t much we can do to help the Colombians but in Venezuela the government should consider closing all those “Roach Motels” the Gringo Embassy set up called Coffee Corners or some such thing. –And every other Gringo Embassy outlet of a similar nature. I realize that leaving them open has allowed early detection of the traitors who would frequent such places but given the stepped assault of the USA on Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, etc., the time may have come to shut these down and the right wing student operations.
(3) In military operations reconnaissance of enemy front lines is sometimes done by units strong enough to punch against those lines fairly hard (as opposed to just determining the location of troops and firing points.) If by chance the recon force should punch a hole in the line a back-up force is ready to push through all the way. We believe that is what is going on here with various recon probes against Venezuela in the air, on the ground, and from the sea, underway with reserves to be used against Venezuela gathered on San Andres Island. But, gathering at different points not to far away is the key thing. Countering this attempt to use recon-in-force to exploit openings that may come about as a result of small unit actions such as those currently underway against FARC of all sizes and types. Sharp destructive blows against such Recon forces either in operation or afterwards are often effective in discouraging the use of these tactics.