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Back in 2002, think tanks discussed the Islamic threats bubbling in South America.
After September 11th, the U.S.-led “war on terror” moved swiftly into Afghanistan. Once the heavy combat had diminished, speculation turned to what the next target would be. The Philippines, the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Yemen, Somalia, and Indonesia were all discussed as possibilities. Except for a few disparate stories, the tri-border region of South America received little attention as a locus of terrorist activity despite a recent history of Islamist terrorist activity. But this region, which already has a history of mass casualty Islamic terrorism, is also an area of concern. (http://www.nti.org/e_research/e3_16a.html)Oh, the Philippines (Abu Sayyaf), check. Georgia, check. Yemen, check. Somalia, check. Indonesia, check.
Last but not least...the Tri-Border Area....
Board of directors for that think tank include Ted Turner, Sam Nunn, Pete Dominici, Richard Lugar, etc. See think tanks: where experts go to reverse engineer plans for world domination.
At think tanks, experts figure out how to get from point A to point B. First they decide on point B, and then they reverse engineer how to arrive there from point A. When insiders do this, they call it "brainstorming" or "war games" or "simulations." When outsiders do this, they call it "terrorism."This explains how a list put forth in 2002 seems so very incredibly prescient in 2010. You see, that list was not a prediction, that was a plan. That list of countries was point B: places where terrorists (will definitely) cause trouble, (just as soon as we get our people around to it).
The Tri-Border Area is on the point B list. That's why we might pay attention to this area of South America -- a very strong contender for an upcoming hot spot. Probably guaranteed.
Recent news from Paraguay includes the Chinese ambassador delivering trucks and buses to the Bolivian Army, reportedly to strengthen border controls and to prevent smuggling and not to provoke Paraguay.
Also, three journalists were recently threatened with kidnapping, allegedly by the Paraguayan People's Army, a leftist group allegedly linked to FARC. The letter used newspaper clippings to threaten two reporters and Senate leader Miguel Carrizosa, and to demand the release of six EPP prisoners. Here's the letter.Bolivia will also soon have a satellite built and partly financed by China. Allegedly the low orbit satellite will help track drug cartels and smuggling.
Super-wily EPP terrorists don't leave any clues for handwriting analysts. Ha!
And, just this past weekend, Paraguay suspends rights in crackdown on rebels.
Paraguay has passed a bill imposing a temporary suspension of constitutional rights in parts of the country in a crackdown on violence, it is reported.
The 30-day suspension in parts of the north gives the armed forces greater powers to combat a left-wing group. The Paraguayan People's Army (PPA) is responsible for killing four people, sources in the country's congress said. The emergency will allow troops and police to detain suspects and ban public meetings for 30 days. President Fernando Lugo asked for the measures three days ago after a police officer and three farm workers were killed in an attack on Wednesday.
Investigators in the country claim the rebels belong to the PPA, a small group with suspected links to left-wing rebels in Colombia. "These fugitives of the Paraguayan People's Party should be captured, because everyone has the right to live in peace," Mr Lugo said as he defended his request for a state of suspension, AFP news agency reported on Saturday.So this is like the Patriot Act for Paraguay. Temporary, sure. Let's suppose something goes wrong in the meantime and they maybe have to extend that or make it permanent... ? But really, nothing to worry about because this guy Lugo is a great guy. He loves the people he would never do anything like that. Wait till you see...
[First of all, he's a real ladies' man. AND a Roman Catholic bishop.
kiss kiss hug hug
The 39-year-old added that Lugo gets full marks between the sheets, and claims six other women will soon step forward to claim he also sired their children. "I can guarantee that Lugo is a phenomenon in everything, not only in politics," she said. (NY Daily News, Forget Monica Lewinsky... 4/23/09)
One of his lovers was a teenager, which technically makes him a pedophile.
"Viviana at her Confirmation, the age when she was sexually abused by Bishop Lugo."
Bishop Lugo's Harem
If the many alleged paternities of Lugo are proved true, we would be facing the case of a Catholic Bishop who – at a time when he was fully exercising his orders and episcopal functions – simultaneously had sexual affairs with three to seventeen different women. Even in this post-Vatican II era where we have witnessed all types of moral corruption, Lugo sets a remarkable record of depravity.
Here I believe we have a good X-ray vision of the kind of man presented by important sectors of the Church and the media as “the Bishop of the poor” and a sincere combatant against corruption.]
So, anyway. For everyone NOT paying attention, the official narrative goes that he's a big lefty liberation theology priest who loves the poor, fights for the people, (ok so he loves the ladies too), blah blah blah. It all seemed so promising at first. He enjoyed the strong support of the Paraguayan people.
He got elected in April 2008.
At the beginning of November he fired all his military leaders without explanation.
ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo fired his military chiefs Wednesday, a day after denying he had worries about a coup amid calls for his impeachment. In a statement given to journalists at the presidential palace, Lugo named new commanders for the army, air force and navy without explaining his reasons. The new chiefs will assume their posts Thursday, said the statement signed by the president....
Since winning the presidency last year and ending 61 years of domination by the conservative Colorado Party, Lugo has been trying to push reforms that aim to benefit Paraguay's numerous poor. He has criticized an elite class that "sits comfortably in air-conditioned offices," while the poor "survive on just one meal a day if they are lucky . . . without safe drinking water, surrounded by misery." Lugo's rivals have been searching for ways to force him out of office before his term ends in August 2013. Last week, a majority of lawmakers threatened to mount an impeachment trial over comments he allegedly made in a poor neighborhood that some interpreted as a call for class warfare. Lugo denied saying that.
That article is dated 11/4/09.
The US immediately announced a big donation of equipment to form an elite counter-terrorism unit for the Paraguayan Army.
On 4 November 2009, the United States announced they would donate US$1.39 million in equipment towards the formation of an elite unit of highly trained troops in the Paraguayan army. Backed by US funding (sources put the total amount of the expedition at US$3 million) and training from SOUTHCOM, the troops are trained in counterterrorism strategies and are to be equipped with the latest gear and technology. Yet in spite of their training as counter-terrorism experts, how and why they are used will be up to the discretion of Paraguayan authorities, according to Liliana Ayalde, the US ambassador to Paraguay.
Aha so it's all good. The US helps to fight terrorism. The US respects the sovereignty of Paraguay. The EPP is becoming a household name, though the movement has obscure origins. Hmmmm.
...The US has a vested interest in keeping Paraguay terrorism-free. The loosely regulated tri-border area, particularly Ciudad del Este, is listed as a rising area of activity for terrorist activity such as training and money laundering, and US authorities have been monitoring the region for signs of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist cells. Thus, any aid that is used to combat terrorist forces in Paraguay may be money well spent, and Paraguay’s recent history battling what are considered homegrown terrorist organizations such as the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) is likely seen favorably by Washington.
The future of the EPP will depend on how President Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop, chooses to act. Will the president allow for a military offensive, including search-and-destroy missions, against the EPP, should its activities continue? Or will Lugo’s religious background affect his decisions?Oh HAHAHAHA! I'm sure he doesn't mean to be so coy. Of COURSE Lugo's religious background will affect his decisions. No doubt he's a Sabbatean, just pretending to be a Catholic, but obviously not taking Catholicism all that seriously, which means that absolutely nothing will hold him back from search and destroy missions to get the wily EPP terrorists, with their shady backgrounds. He's already on the case requesting special powers from the Paraguayan congress! Check!
Perhaps, also, maybe, Lugo works for the CIA? Could that be the explanation for all this juicy cooperation?
Fernando Lugo and George W. Bush
Fernando Lugo, CIA covert operation PERFECT, August 30, 2009
1. Ties to the CIA, NGOs, and known operatives
All the scaffolding of the CIA and its extensions and derivatives such as USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy and the media addicted to empire, was played by Bishop Fernando Lugo on 20 April. In Paraguay, noticed that NGOs received heavy donations from the arrival in the country by Ambassador James Cason, a known destabilizing sponsored by Otto Reich. The aim of the covert operation was to meet the alternation in power, placing the bishop Fernando Lugo as president of Paraguay.
James Cason, Ambassador, Paraguay Singing Sensation. ("James Cason, the U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, has achieved rock star status in that country. Literally.")
Public Diplomacy and Covert Propaganda: The Declassified Record of Ambassador Otto Juan Reich
2. Ties to youth and charitable groups, "civil society"
Among the many organizations benefiting from these dollars distributed by the administration of George W. Bush who supported the campaign of the bishop, stood Management and Local Youth House, which financed with funds from USAID and IAF Tekojoja movements and LDCs, as in Nicaragua, the NED and other agencies of the CIA led alternative choice Violeta Chamorro in 1989. NGOs and voluntary-what we now know as civil society, are known as an extension of the neoliberal policies of the U.S. worldwide.
3. Promoting democracy through NGOs, using them to control the media, promoting nepotism
The CIA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID or USAID) have a central role in the scheme of promoting political ideas and facts favorable to the empire, and they added a new agency, created in 1983, named The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). In Paraguay, the NED has a total control over the press media, which returns a list indicating which political referents can promote. ...U.S. Ambassador James Cason, like a Pied Piper dedicated to singing Paraguayan folklore, was determined to align all NGOs and foundations that receive U.S. dollars cleric behind the president, nephew of the CIA Epifanio Méndez (turned in by Agee) and that perpetuate the family tradition today.
[About Epifanio Mendez Fleitas "His life unfolded in the worlds of politics, music and intellectual activity. Thus, he held various positions in government (he was police chief between 1949 and 1952 and chairman of the Central Bank of Paraguay from 1952 to 1955 ). It was clear and undisguised criticism against the first signs of what became the long and bloody dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner ( 1954 - 1989 ) which earned him jail, torture and a lengthy exile in Uruguay , the Argentina and United States of America."]
[About Philip Agee: "In 1968 Philip Agee was finally disgusted with his dirty work as a CIA officer in Ecuador, Uruguay, and Mexico. He submitted a letter of resignation and immediately slipped into Cuba, then went to France and Britain. As he wrote his memoirs while scraping by on handouts, he frequently wondered if some of the people who were helping him could be trusted. The answer was "no" -- a typewriter that one friend loaned him was discovered to contain a homing transmitter. Finally his book "Inside the Company" was published in 1975, launching his career as history's most celebrated anti-CIA activist. The CIA kept harassing Agee, even though he retains his U.S. citizenship and has never been charged with a crime. He was expelled from Britain, France, and Holland, and his U.S. passport was revoked in 1979. Today he lives in Germany, is still trying to get his passport back, and does speaking tours on U.S. college campuses."]
4. Ties to Freedom House and our best friends
The charge of distributing the dollars for "change" was Dr. Carl Gershman, president of the NED. The Freedom House functioned as a funnel through which passed granting the NED funds, and most of them ended up in the pockets of outstanding communicators. Radio Nanduti through Freedom House, received large sums of money from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Leonard Sussman, CIA and the Executive Director of Freedom House, a visit to Paraguay in late 1987, led by Humberto Rubin, establishing contacts with various organizations to receive funds after the NED. The aim was to "grow" the idea of change.
Fernando Lugo and Hillary Clinton
Since then, these organizations promoted the scaffolding structure that now controls everything in Paraguay can be said, paradoxically, under the guise of defending freedom of expression.This article sums it all up, the way many powerful forces came together to bring Lugo to power.
To have the backing of a warlord who ruled the country for decades, the assistance of the U.S. State Department and a group of companies in over 130 countries worldwide, and over one hundred powerful companies including hotels, travel agencies, fisheries, food factories, weapons industries, farms, resorts, restaurants, printing and publishing, is the dream of any Latin American politician....Not surprisingly, the favored of the Catholic fraternity, Ambassador James Cason and the press have sealed a pact with far-right supporters of late dictator. Earlier, during the transition, is characterized by profit from the gifts of the largest drug trafficker in U.S. history, General Andres Rodriguez, famous for his partnership with heroin dealer Auguste Ricord. Then agreed to a figurehead dictator's son, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, and finally with the stem of one of his top ministers, Luis Angel Gonzalez Macchi. . .
All the scaffolding of the CIA and its extensions and derivatives such as USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy, NGOs and the press that subsidize addicted to the empire, was made available to the Bishop Fernando Lugo by James Cason, destabilizing star of W. Bush.
It's not for nothing. A set up like this does not happen by accident. It will not be wasted.
Iran's growing influence in Latin America, 4/24/10
Hezbollah, Hamas activity in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, 4/23/10