Sunday, December 14, 2014

USAID Exposed in Cuba

USAID Exposed in Cuba

- What it Tells Us About USAmerican Subversion Worldwide
By Tony

Cartalucci -    December 13, 2014

Revealed in an Associated Press (AP) investigation, the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) had for two
years attempted to create and exploit a social network within Cuba
for the purpose of sparking unrest and overthrowing the Cuban
government. The program was an abject failure, primarily because the
Cuban government took the necessary measures to investigate,
interrogate, and otherwise disrupt what was foreign-backed sedition.

AP would reveal in its report titled, "US

The program is laid out in documents involving Creative
Associates International, a Washington, D.C., contractor paid
millions of dollars to undermine Cuba's communist government. The
thousands of pages include contracts, emails, preserved chats,
budgets, expense reports, power points, photographs and
The work included the creation of a "Cuban Twitter"
social network and the dispatch of inexperienced Latin American
youth to recruit activists, operations that were the focus of
previous AP stories.

Far from the first time USAID and other US organizations claiming to
be aiding in development but in fact engaged in political
subversion, the Cuban program itself was based on another US-backed
program used to topple the government of Serbia in 2000, AP would

The USAID operation involved money covertly funnelled into Cuba
through front companies and offshore banks. USAID, despite the
evidence, has wholly denied the operation, as has other US
organizations caught in blatant political subversion.

Regarding USAID's denial, AP would report:
"Any assertions that our work is secret or covert are
simply false," USAID said in a statement Wednesday. Its programs
were aimed at strengthening civil society "often in places where
civic engagement is suppressed and where people are harassed,
arrested, subjected to physical harm or worse."

If by "civil society," USAID means networks of political subversion
operating in the interests of Wall Street and Washington, then that
is precisely what USAID was doing in Cuba, and does elsewhere around
the world. However, USAID's insistence that none of its work was
"secret or covert" is simply a lie.

AP, in another report titled, "5
things to know about USAID's Cuban hip-hop plan
," would reveal
that USAID covered up its Cuban program under the guise of "health
and civic programs."  The same report would claim that USAID funding
was hidden from the Cubans themselves involved in the program,
adding an extra layer of duplicity and deceit.

What USAID's Cuban Subversion Tells Us About US Subversion

1. The United States is engaged in political subversion around the
world, disguised as "democracy promotion" and even development aid
for "health and civic programs."

2.  It carries out subversion covertly through front companies,
proxies, and third-party contractors, then blatantly denies all
allegations no matter what evidence is produced by targeted
countries, or even Western journalists investigating otherwise
undeniable evidence.

3. The US uses social networks, youth groups of musicians, students,
and social media groups based on Facebook and Twitter to create the
illusion of growing opposition where none exists or exists but
constitutes an obscure minority.

4. While the opposition movement engineered by USAID appeared
oblivious to US involvement until the end, revealing

documents published by AP illustrate just how utterly
engineered the movement was, with psychological profiles of
prominent members examined and with strategies, agendas, and
objectives all determined from the top down by USAID and its
contractors. Meeting minutes reveal overt attempts to manipulate
individuals USAID sought to bring into their engineered opposition
movement with meeting titles and talking points including, "What
would motivate them to do what we ask?"

5. Despite lofty claims of "promoting democracy," US programs are
manipulative, insidious, dishonest, exploitative, and deceitful -
not only to those drawn into the program, but also both the general
population subjected to it in the targeted country and the global
audience lied to about the true genesis of such movements when they
finally do gain traction.

Revisiting Recent Political Unrest in Light of Cuba

What other nations have suffered recent political unrest? Which of
these nations featured opposition movements heavily involved with
USAID and other US organizations including the National Endowment
for Democracy (NED)? Knowing what we now know regarding Cuba and
considering attempts by USAID to first cover up their program of
concerted political subversion, then denying it, what parallels can
we draw elsewhere?

Hong Kong, China: The so-called "Occupy Central" movement or
"Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong, China featured multiple groups
openly funded by USAID and NED. Other groups, including student
organizations meshed into these US-backed fronts so seamlessly and
possessed such organizational abilities and clout across the Western
media it is difficult to believe USAID was not also covertly
involved with them. Joshua Wong's "Scholarism" for example was
accused by Beijing of being a US creation. The Wall Street Journal
in its article, "Pro-Beijing

would state:
Evidence for Mr. Wong’s close ties to the U.S. that the
paper cited included what the report described as frequent
meetings with U.S. consulate personnel in Hong Kong and covert
donations from Americans to Mr. Wong. As evidence, the paper cited
photographs leaked by “netizens.” The story also said Mr. Wong’s
family visited Macau in 2011 at the invitation of the American
Chamber of Commerce, where they stayed at the “U.S.-owned”
Venetian Macao, which is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. 

Other "Occupy Central" leaders including Martin

Lee and Anson Chan literally were in Washington D.C. earlier
this year lobbying for US support in front of the very organizations
funding the political activity of other co-leaders including Benny
Tai and even Hong Kong University which was implicated in

"dirty money" used to qualify an ad hoc referendum carried out
by "Occupy Central" ahead of the recent protests.

NED would deny any involvement in the protests with empty
attempts at denial echoing those of USAID in regards to Cuba.

Thailand: Supporters of ousted

mass murderer and dictator, Thaksin Shinawatra and
Shinawatra himself have benefited from years of US backing,
including extensive lobbying efforts in Washington and USAID/NED
funding for so-called "activists" who attempt to pose as impartial
"academics" or "rights advocates," but

clearly and consistently back Shinawatra and his political

It was revealed that Chiang Mai University "academic" Pinkaew
Laungaramsri and her "Book Re:public" was funded by both USAID and
convicted financial criminal George Soros' Open Society

Sawatree Suksri, of the so-called "Nitirat Group" or "Enlightened
Jurists" of Thammasat University, is likewise deeply involved in
programs run by US NED. She took part in a US State Department
"exchange program," contributed to a NED Freedom House report used
annually in coordination with subversion efforts to stack global
public opinion against targeted nations, and even hosted Thaksin
Shinawatra's corporate lobbyist, Robert Amsterdam, in the front
row of one of Nitirat's public forums.

Perhaps most troubling of all is her ties to Thailand's

Prachatai website - funded millions of baht a year by NED,
USAID, and Open Society. Prachatai, like those involved in the
Cuban scandal, after first denying being funded at all, now denies
their work and their extensive US funding is used for anything but
"civic" programs. While they were forced to publish their
extensive US funding in 2011, they have not updated it since, nor
have they ever published the funding in Thai for their Thai
readers. They are ceaseless proponents of Thaksin Shinawatra and
his political machine, including his so-called "red shirt" street
movement and the various disingenuous, US-funded academics
described above.

Syria/Iran: In one particular 2009 US policy paper titled, "Which
Path to Persia?" by the Brookings Institution regarding the
overthrow of Iran, it is stated specifically that:
One method that would have some possibility of
success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts
in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even
semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked
act of Iranian aggression.

Here, US policymakers are openly conspiring to covertly provoke a
nation through political subversion. The resulting "act of
aggression" would be portrayed as "unprovoked,"and used to place
increasing pressure on the targeted country.

The policy paper also openly talks about the particulars
of fomenting political unrest. Under a section called literally,
"Finding the Right Proxies" it states:
One of the hardest tasks in fomenting a
revolution, or even just unrest, is finding the right
local partners.

After openly admitting the goal of "fomenting a revolution" or
"unrest," it then details what support to provide these proxies:
 ...students and other groups need covert
backing for their demonstrations.  They need fax machines.
They need internet access, funds to duplicate materials, and
funds to keep vigilantes from beating them up.  Beyond this,
U.S.-backed media  outlets  could  highlight  regime
 shortcomings and make otherwise obscure critics more
prominent. The United States already supports
Persian-language satellite television (Voice of America
Persian) and radio (Radio Farda) that bring unfiltered news
to Iranians (in recent years, these have taken the lion’s
share of overt U.S. funding for promoting democracy
in Iran). U.S. economic pressure (and perhaps military
pressure as well) can discredit the regime, making the
population hungry for a rival leadership.  

The report also  mentions the use of armed groups supporting
US-engineered sedition:
 Some who favour fomenting regime change
in Iran argue that it is utopian to hold out hope for a
velvet revolution; instead, they contend that the United
States should  turn  to  Iranian  opposition  groups  that
already exist, that already have demonstrated a desire to
fight the regime, and who appear willing  to  accept  U.S.
 assistance.  The  hope  behind this course of action is
that these various opposition  groups  could  transform
 themselves  into more  potent  movements  that  might  be
 able  to overturn the regime.  

In this 2009 document, we see verbatim the same methodologies
exposed by AP in use in Cuba. We also see additional steps
including the use of armed groups to carry out subversion and
regime change. Such violence was employed in the above mentioned
Southeast Asian nation of Thailand in 2009 and 2010, also
admittedly in Iran, and most obviously in neighboring Syria where
a now 4 year war has been waged by US-backed terrorists and
has devastated the country.

Ukraine: These elements of political subversion were also all to
be seen in Ukraine - a nation in which America and NATO's
incessant meddling is a matter of long-standing public record. The
Guardian would admit in its 2004 article, “US

campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev,” that (emphasis added):
...while the gains of the orange-bedecked "chestnut
revolution" are Ukraine's, the campaign is an American creation,
a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western
branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four
years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and
topple unsavoury regimes. 
Funded and organised by the US government, deploying
US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American
parties and US non-government organisations, the campaign was
first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan
Milosevic at the ballot box. 
Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a
key role. And by last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi,
he repeated the trick in Georgia, coaching Mikhail Saakashvili
in how to bring down Eduard Shevardnadze. 
Ten months after the success in Belgrade, the US
ambassador in Minsk, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar
operations in central America, notably in Nicaragua, organised a
near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus hardman,
Alexander Lukashenko. 
That one failed. "There will be no Kostunica in
Belarus," the Belarus president declared, referring to the
victory in Belgrade. 
But experience gained in Serbia, Georgia and Belarus
has been invaluable in plotting to beat the regime of Leonid
Kuchma in Kiev. 
The operation - engineering democracy through the
ballot box and civil disobedience - is now so slick that the
methods have matured into a template for winning other people's

Not only has Ukraine suffered because of  this admitted US-backed
political destabilization over the years, but as revealed by the
Guardian and other sources, all of Eastern Europe has fallen prey
to this brand of foreign-backed subversion, manipulation, and
regime change.

Putting an End to US Subversion 

America's global wrecking ball of subversion, torture dungeons,
death squads, proxy wars, and outright military aggression is
today's most pressing threat to global stability, peace, and
progress. Wall Street and Washington's pursuit of global hegemony
has left millions dead and entire nations in ruins.

Stopping this enterprise requires a concerted effort by nations,
states and provinces, local communities, and individuals
themselves to begin boycotting and permanently replacing with
viable alternatives the corporate-financial monopolies driving
this destructive hegemon.

To combat political subversion specifically, Cuba and China have
set a series of good examples. For Cuba, ignoring the West's
"human rights" racket, constructed specifically to serve as cover
for and to protect their agents of subversion from prosecution,
has allowed them to search for and seize incriminating evidence
used to expose USAID and their proxies thus turning Cuban public
opinion against them. China likewise has done a masterful job
exposing the foreign ties and illegitimacy of the "Occupy Central"
movement, their true backers and their true agenda.

For most of these movements, they represent an obscure minority
the US has attempted to artificially magnify both within their
respective countries and upon the global stage. It is important
for nations to address legitimate grievances and to reserve
searches and seizures for agents of subversion only. Social
upheaval and perceived injustices simply give the US and its
networks of subversion a greater foothold to seize upon. 



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