9/21 How U.S./NGO "Humanitarian Aid" Works: HRW & "Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela"

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Venezuela Expels Human Rights Watch Director for “Meddling Illegally”
James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com
Sept. 19, 2008
Mérida, September 19, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com)-- The Venezuelan government expelled two employees of the U.S-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco and Americas Deputy Director Daniel Wilkinson, after the two presented a report that praised Venezuela's 1999 Constitution but harshly criticized the "government's willful disregard for the institutional guarantees and fundamental rights that make democratic participation possible." In a press release, the Venezuelan Foreign Relations Ministry said Vivanco and Wilkinson "have done violence to the constitution" and "assaulted the institutions" of Venezuela by "meddling illegally in the internal affairs of our country."

The ministry also said the HRW report is linked to the "unacceptable strategy of aggression" of the United States government. The ministry said the expulsion of Vivanco and Wilkinson was in the interest of "national sovereignty" and "the defense of the people against aggressions by international factors."...

HRW's report, [see excerpts below] titled "A Decade Under Chávez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela," says the two-day coup against President Hugo Chávez in April 2002 was the "most dramatic setback" to the human rights guarantees of the 1999 Constitution, but that the Chávez administration has since used the coup as a pretext to undercut those rights. Specifically, the government has engaged in "discrimination on political grounds," "open disregard for the principle of separation of powers," and has "undercut journalists' freedom of expression, workers' freedom of association, and civil society's ability to promote human rights in Venezuela," according to the report, which bases its conclusions on interviews conducted over the past two years. According to a press release from the U.S.-based Venezuelan Information Office (VIO), the HRW report portrays isolated incidents in Venezuela as though they were common occurrences, and "reads like the talking points of Venezuela's discredited opposition. The VIO further pointed out that the "most fundamental" human rights to food, education, and health care have been expanded in Venezuela, and that this has been recognized by the United Nations Development Program.

The Venezuelan representative in the Inter-American Human Rights Court, Germán Saltrón, said the accusations of political discrimination in the report are contradicted by the fact that the people who participated in the coup against Chávez in April 2002 were granted amnesty.

The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Cilia Flores, declared Thursday that "those who denounce that in Venezuela there is no freedom of expression do so excercising their freedom of expression." Flores further denounced the cases in which "foreigners in Venezuela abuse the freedom of expression by lying unabashedly."

National Assembly deputy Tulio Jiménez said the HRW report was carefully timed to influence Venezuela's upcoming regional and local elections, and to cover up the coup plot that was recently discovered. "[The report] seeks to make banal the plans to assassinate the president," said Jiménez.
The HRW report comes two months before Venezuela's regional and local elections, which both the Chávez administration and the opposition have said are crucial for defining the course of the country in the remaining five years of Chávez's presidency.
HRW has issued reports that are critical of the Chávez administration in the months leading up to crucial Venezuelan elections in the past, raising suspicion that the reports seek to sway Venezuelan voters against the president.
In June, July, and August 2004, two months prior to the referendum on Chávez's mandate in office, HRW published several reports that claimed that there is no independence of the branches of power in the Venezuelan government. In October 2007, two months prior to Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Referendum, HRW warned that if the reform is approved, the right to due process could be suspended in some situations by the president.

The most recent report and the expulsion of Vivanco and Wilkinson come during a time of relatively high tension between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments.
Last week, the Venezuelan government discovered a coup plot by retired Venezuelan military officers, and U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy was expelled. The U.S. responded by dismissing Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez and reiterating its accusations that the Venezuelan government facilitates drug trafficking and has links to terrorist groups.
www.uruknet.info?p=4736 Link: www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/3813

failed u.s. coup attempt 6 years ago...
U.S. Bankrolling Under Scrutiny for Ties to Chávez Ouster
By Christopher Marquis (NYT)
April 25, 2002
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F03EEDB143EF936A15757C0A...
ABSTRACT - United States channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to American and Venezuelan groups opposed to Pres Hugo Chavez of Venezuela in last year, including labor group whose protests led to Chavez's brief ouster this month; funds were provided by National Endowment for Democracy, nonprofit agency created and financed by Congress; endowment quadrupled its budget for Venezuela to more than $877,000 as conditions deteriorated in Venezuela and Chavez clashed with various business, labor and media groups; State Dept's human rights bureau is now examining whether one or more recipients of money may have actively plotted against Chavez; $1 million grant to endowment has been put on hold pending that review (M) In the past year, the United States channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to American and Venezuelan groups opposed to President Hugo Chávez, including the labor group whose protests led to the Venezuelan president's brief ouster this month.
The funds were provided by the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit agency created and financed by Congress. As conditions deteriorated in Venezuela and Mr. Chávez clashed with various business, labor and media groups, the endowment stepped up its assistance, quadrupling its budget for Venezuela to more than $877,000. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F0091FFA3F5A0C768EDDAD089...

Capitalist democracy behind the 'democratization' coup attempt
In a stunning revelation the New York Times reported on April 24, 2002 that the US-government funded nonprofit agency called the National Endowment for Democracy - whose board chairman is former Republican Congressman/Super Lobbyist Vin Weber, had funneled more than $877,000 into Venezuela opposition groups in the weeks and months before the recently aborted coup attempt. Specifically, the New York Times point to $154,000 given by the endowment to a Venezuelan labor union that led the opposition work stoppages and worked closely with Pedro Carmona Estanga, the businessman who led the coup.
The endowment also gave money to the US Republican and Democratic political parties for work in Venezuela (!) The International Republican Institute, apparently an arm of the US Republican party that has an office in Venezuela, received a grant of $339,998 for "political party building." On the day of the coup, this group that received money from the US government to promote democracy, hailed the takeover. The former president of the Institute has close ties to the Bush administration, and is now the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor! The Institute itself also embraced the coup.
The NED's senior endowment officer, Chris Sabatini, said it had hurriedly funneled money to Venezuelan opposition groups in the past year as "Mr Chavez and his supporters restricted press freedoms and sought to suppress growing dissent against his leftist policies'... a completely ludicrous statement given that the Venezuelan media led the campaign against Chavez...the right wing Cato Institute knows about the Orwellian name of the NED... Barbara Conry, an analyst at Cato, was quoted in the Times as saying, "You [have] the worst of both worlds...Everybody knew it [NED actions in the 1980s in Chile and Nicaragua] was directly funded by Washington. That didn't fool many people. But it wasn't really accountable."
See the grants from the NED's website. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3112.htm

U.S. IMPERIALISM BACKS UP 'SOFT POWER' 'HARD POWER' WHEN ITS ANTI-CHAVEZ 'REGIME CHANGE' COUP FAILED
Eva Golinger
Eva Golinger is a Venezuelan-American attorney and author of the best-selling books, "The Chávez Code" (2005) and "Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela" (2006) . Since 2003, Eva 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 over the past few years to destabilize Hugo Chávez's presidency. Through the FOIA, she has uncovered more than US$50 million in financing to anti-Chávez groups from the U.S. government since 2001 and in October 2004, she obtained top-secret documents from the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act, demonstrating prior knowledge and complicity in the coup. Since then, she has continued to receive more declassified documents under the FOIA and she has published two books in five languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) on the subject of US Intervention in Venezuela, with particular emphasis on use of the National Endowment for Democracy and the USAID to fund opposition activities, penetrate civil society and undermine Venezuela's democratic revolution.... http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/speakers/196.html

..... the Bush Administration has funneled millions upon millions of dollars into building up an opposition movement to the Chávez administration in Venezuela, utilizing U.S. tax payer dollars filtered through the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and has backed a failed coup d’état against President Chávez and oil industry sabotage that caused billions of dollars in damages to the nation yet failed to oust the government from power. For the year 2006, the U.S. Congress has allocated more than $9 million dollars to opposition groups in Venezuela (again, U.S. taxpayer dollars) and has launched a psychological operations campaign coordinated from the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. In a document published by the U.S. Army in October 2005 entitled “Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela,” President Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution were labeled as the “largest threat since the Soviet Union and communism"...decided Venezuela and President Chávez represent a “severe threat” to U.S. domination in the region and U.S. control over energy resources in the hemisphere.... http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/159

....National Democratic Institute, American Center for International Labor Solidarity (AFL-CIO), and USAID, among others... were either directly or indirectly funded by Congress, the administration, the CIA, and the notorious National Endowment for Democracy. Between 2001 and April 2003, the amounts distributed to opposition groups in Venezuela totaled about $4 million, more than three-quarters of which was distributed to opposition groups in the five months before the illegal coup. Between 2000 and the present, close to $30 million US taxpayer dollars have been spent to fund opposition groups, mainly by CIA sources. More than two-thirds of this amount has been spent since the coup...the US-backed anti-Chávez opposition mainly centered around private corporate leaders, Venezuela’s collaborationist trade union leadership, the corporate media, the Caracas police, and several high-level military officers who had been trained at US schools of terror such as the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia...
CIA documents, discovered through Freedom of Information Act requests by Golinger, show that it began to discuss what kind of transitional government was needed after Chávez’s ouster. The CIA regarded the opposition as disunited and in need of more support. Within days of this assessment, hundreds of thousands of dollars found their way into the pockets of anti-Chávez labor leaders, business-oriented opposition leaders and so on through the National Endowment for Democracy and other US entities. Of particular note is the role of the AFL-CIO’s international arm at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity. This organization pumped tens of thousands of dollars into Venezuela’s pro-business labor movement that had opposed Chávez’s policies.
Eva Golinger's The Chávez Code: Cracking U.S. Intervention in Venezuela, is available in English and Spanish through her website, www.venezuelafoia.info/codigo.html.

THE PROOF IS IN THE DOCUMENTS: THE CIA INVOLVED IN THE COUP AGAINST VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT CHAVEZ
by Eva Golinger
http://www.venezuelafoia.info/english.html
April 12, 2002, White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer stated: “Let me share with you the administration's thoughts about what's taking place in Venezuela. It remains a somewhat fluid situation. But yesterday's events in Venezuela resulted in a change in the government and the assumption of a transitional authority until new elections can be held. The details still are unclear. We know that the action encouraged by the Chavez government provoked this crisis. According to the best information available, the Chavez government suppressed peaceful demonstrations. Government supporters, on orders from the Chavez government, fired on unarmed, peaceful protestors, resulting in 10 killed and 100 wounded. The Venezuelan military and the police refused to fire on the peaceful demonstrators and refused to support the government's role in such human rights violations. The government also tried to prevent independent news media from reporting on these events. The results of these events are now that President Chavez has resigned the presidency. Before resigning, he dismissed the vice president and the cabinet, and a transitional civilian government has been installed. This government has promised early elections. The United States will continue to monitor events. That is what took place, and the Venezuelan people expressed their right to peaceful protest. It was a very large protest that turned out. And the protest was met with violence.”

On that same day, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Philip T. Reeker, claimed: “In recent days, we expressed our hopes that all parties in Venezuela, but especially the Chavez administration, would act with restraint and show full respect for the peaceful expression of political opinion. We are saddened at the loss of life. We wish to express our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and look forward to working with all democratic forces in Venezuela to ensure the full exercise of democratic rights. The Venezuelan military commendably refused to fire on peaceful demonstrators, and the media valiantly kept the Venezuelan public informed. Yesterday's events in Venezuela resulted in a transitional government until new elections can be held. Though details are still unclear, undemocratic actions committed or encouraged by the Chavez administration provoked yesterday's crisis in Venezuela. According to the best information available, at this time: Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans gathered peacefully to seek redress of their grievances. The Chavez Government attempted to suppress peaceful demonstrations. Chavez supporters, on orders, fired on unarmed, peaceful protestors, resulting in more than 100 wounded or killed. Venezuelan military and police refused orders to fire on peaceful demonstrators and refused to support the government's role in such human rights violations. The government prevented five independent television stations from reporting on events. The results of these provocations are: Chavez resigned the presidency. Before resigning, he dismissed the Vice President and the Cabinet. A transition civilian government has promised early elections."

DOCUMENTS FROM:
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 under the National Security Act. Its responsibilities go beyond the simple collection of information. It is also called upon to intervene in nations where diplomacy has resulted insufficient and a military action would be counterproductive or inconvenient. Its activities include, psychological warfare, financing pro-US political parties abroad, provocations, actions against unions, parties or groups opposed to US foreign policy, supporting and fomenting coup d’etats, training mercenaries and armed groups. Secret special operations increased without limits during the early 1950s. The Iran-Contra scandal (financing the contras in Nicaragua by illegally selling arms to Iran) and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) scandal, the preferred bank of the Agency but also of the Medellín drug cartel, placed the CIA in the eye of the hurricane. The CIA was later discredited by revelations made during the Clinton Administration regarding the promulgation of torture techniques to diverse police, military and intelligence organisms throughout the continent provided through manuals produced by the Agency (for example, Training Manual for the exploitation of human resources) and the atrocities committed by the CIA in Guatemala made public through hard evidence and documents (proof that the Agency utilized and protected torturers). At the end of the Cold War the CIA oriented its actions towards the collection of information, protecting U.S. interests in emerging markets and waging the war against terrorism and drug trafficking [SIC].
View CIA documents

National Endowment for Democracy (NED):
Officially created on November 6, 1982, the NED was established by statute as a non-profit organization, yet its financing is approved by Congress and included in the chapter of the Department of State budget destined for the U.S. Agency for International Development-USAID. In order to maintain the illusion that it is a private organization, the NED also receives very small donations from three associations, which are also indirectly financed by federal contracts: the Smith Richardson Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The majority historic figures linked to clandestine CIA actions have at some time been members of the Board of Directors or the Administrative Council of the NED, including Otto Reich, John Negroponte, Henry Cisneros and Elliot Abrams. The present Chairman of the NED Board of Directors is Vin Weber, founder of the ultraconservative organization Empower America, and campaign fundraiser for George W. Bush in 2000. NED’s president is Carl Gershman, ex-Trotskyist and member of Social Democrats, USA who later joined the growing club of neo-conservative and Reagan-Bush “hawks”.
View NED documents

United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) functions as an instrument of CIA penetration into civil society, by enabling the “legitimate” funding of millions of dollars to promote U.S. foreign policy abroad and influence internal politics of foreign nations while avoiding Congressional scrutiny.
View USAID documents

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA):
The Defense Intelligence Agency, created in 1961 coordinates intelligence information from various branches of the US Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force).
View DIA documents

The United States Department of Defense (DOD):
The Department of Defense directs and oversees all military intelligence and command activities. The Defense Intelligence Agency, the top US intelligence force, is under the authority of DOD. The current Secretary of Defense under the George W. Bush administration is Donald Rumsfeld, considered a “war hawk” and the primary person responsible for the failed war in Iraq. DOD activities are divided into five geographically unified commands. The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) is the unified command responsible for all U.S. military activities on the land mass of Latin America south of Mexico; the waters adjacent to Central and South America; the Caribbean Sea, with its 13 island nations, and European and U.S. territories; the Gulf of Mexico; and a portion of the Atlantic Ocean. Since 26 September 1997, the command headquarters has been located at Miami, Florida. Southern Command's area of responsibility encompasses 32 countries (19 in Central and South America and 13 in the Caribbean) and covers about 14.5 million square miles (23.2 million square kilometers). USSOUTHCOM currently maintains military bases in Texas, Arizona, Miami, Key West, Puerto Rico (special operations), Honduras, Guantánamo, Aruba/Curaçao (Forward Operating Location (FOL)), Manta, Ecuador (FOL), El Salvador (FOL) and 26 Security Assistance Organizations and Military Groups throughout the region. Venezuela falls under the responsibility of USSOUTHCOM.
View Department of Defense documents

The Department of State (DoS):
It is the US Department of Foreign Affairs and it has its own intelligence department, but as in many cases, its agents are not exactly spies, rather, analysts and specialists who deliver reports that enable the secretary of State to “ hear what must be known,” as started in its official description. This department is intertwined with the rest of the intelligence community in order to digest all the information produced, but they do not collect data on the spot, thy basically receive this information sent to the department of state by the other spy agencies.
View State Department documents

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA):
The DEA was unceremoniously removed from Venezuela after their agents were allegedly caught undertaking operations other than drug control - spying.
View DEA documents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
The FBI operates out of the Legal Attaché's office at the US Embassy in Caracas.
View FBI documents

* more Golinger at bottom of page

HRW/ under USAID/NED/ GEORGE SOROS' OSI [e.g. open societies for u.s. capital domination] UMBRELLA, CORE OF 'SOFT POWER DEMOCRATIZATION'
OBVIOUSLY U.S. GOVT. IS NEVER TARGETED BY HRW FOR ITS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. ITS IMPERIALIST MISSION IS ILLEGAL INTERFERENCE & SUBVERSION OF 'UNCOOPERATIVE', SOON TO BE DECLARED 'TERRORIST', GOVTS. U.S. CAN'T CONTROL...
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It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly. [BIG LIE...] (emphasis added)

USAID
The United States Agency for International Development (or USAID) is the United States federal government organization responsible for most non-military foreign aid. An independent federal agency, it receives overall foreign policy guidance from the United States Secretary of State and seeks to "extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country..."[3]
USAID advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade; health; democracy, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance. It provides assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Eurasia. USAID is also organized around three main pillars: Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade; Global Health; Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USAID
NED [National Endowment for Democracy'
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, is a U.S. non-profit organization that was founded in 1983, to promote democracy by providing cash grants funded primarily through an annual allocation from the U.S. Congress. Although administered as a private organization, its funding comes almost entirely from a governmental appropriation by Congress and it was created by an act of Congress. In addition to its grants program, NED also supports and houses the Journal for Democracy, the World Movement for Democracy, the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Reagan-Fascell Fellowship Program, the Network of Democracy Research Institutes, and the Center for International Media Assistance. It has been accused by both right-wing and left-wing personalities of interference in foreign regimes, and of being set up to legally continue the CIA's prohibited activities of support to selected political parties abroad [1].

* HRW website search Results 1 - 10 of about 1270 for open society institute
* open society foundation, venezuela Results 1 - 10 of about 90
* USAID, open society foundation, venezuela. Results 11 - 18 of about 29
* NED, open society foundation, venezuela Results 1 - 2 of about 6

HRW IN ITS OWN WORDS: example of how the OSI NGOs function as unofficial arms of u.s. state
from Human Rights Watch Report September 2008
A Decade Under Chávez
Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela
http://hrw.org/reports/2008/venezuela0908/venezuela0908web.pdf

Human Rights Watch
1630 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
Tel: +1 202 612 4321, Fax: +1 202 612 4333
hrwdc@hrw.org
Web Site Address: http://www.hrw.org

... Chávez was to accuse the same organization of conspiring against his government. As detailed below, the government’s relations with civil society organizations more generally deteriorated over this period (1999-2004) as political divisions deepened over his presidency and some civil society organizations engaged in openly political advocacy. New organizations dedicated to the defense of democracy and the rule of law participated in broadly based opposition coalitions which engaged not only in litigation and political advocacy in defense of democratic
rights, but also supported street protests and strike activity intended to force the president’s resignation.654 Some NGOs received funding from institutions in the United States, which the Venezuelan government accused of backing the April 2002 coup, heightening government suspicions about their ulterior motives.

The government publicly accused both institutions and individuals in civil society of supporting the coup, or of being paid by the “empire.” The attacks were directed at groups advocating peaceful and constitutional channels to change the government— in particular the 2004 recall referendum—or merely exercising their right to criticize government policies.

654
A heterogeneous umbrella group founded in January 2001 helped organize the street protests in 2002-2003. The
Democratic Coordinating Group for Civic Action (Coordinadora Democrática de Acción Cívica) called itself “a democratic and
pluralist movement aiming to channel the efforts of diverse groups and individuals in civil society, respecting the autonomy
and independence of each, in order to defend the democratic system, the rule of law, individual freedoms and institutional
stability.” María Pilar García-Guadilla, “Politicization and Polarization of Venezuelan Civil Society: Facing Democracy with Two
Faces,” XXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Dallas, Texas, March 27-29, 2003, p. 5.

... the attorney general did bring charges of criminal conspiracy against members of Súmate, a non-profit organization that played a key role in promoting voter participation in the recall referendum against Chávez in 2004.715 The conspiracy charges were based on the fact that, while engaged in its referendum-related activity, Súmate had received a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Washington-based institute funded by the United States Congress.716

Súmate and the NED insist that the funds, totaling U.S $53,400, were not used for electoral activities but rather for workshops to educate citizens regarding Venezuela’s constitutional referendum process ...

716
The National Endowment for Democracy is a bipartisan private institution funded by the United States Congress to promote
democracy across the world. Its projects in Venezuela in 2006 included programs to monitor the judiciary; to promote
democratic participation; to monitor freedom of expression violations; and to strengthen political parties “across the
ideological spectrum,” all politically sensitive areas in today’s Venezuela. National Endowment for Democracy, Latin American
and Caribbean Program Highlights, 2006. http://www.ned.org/grants/06programs/grants-lac06.html#venezuela (accessed
December 17, 2007).

717
Venezuelan Criminal Code (Código Penal de Venezuela), Official Gazette, No. 5,494, October 20, 2000,
http://www.mintra.gov.ve/legal/codigos/penaldevenezuela.html (accessed December 15, 2007), art. 132. The actions covered
in the article also include “requesting foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” “soliciting its help in
disturbing the peace of the Republic,” “inciting civil war,” or “defaming the President” in the foreign press.
718
The National Endowment for Democracy, “NED Venezuela Program FAQ,” http://www.ned.org/grants/venezuelaFacts.html
(accessed December 15, 2007).

Public Condemnation
The Chávez government has repeatedly denounced and sought to discredit the work of human rights advocates by making unfounded accusations that they are funded
by and doing the bidding of foreign governments.

In a broadcast on February 15, 2004 about alleged destabilization efforts by the United States, Chávez complained that the Center for Justice and International Law
(CEJIL), a Washington-based organization that litigates human rights cases in the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, had received a $83,000
grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to file complaints against Venezuela in the inter-American system.720 Chávez also accused several Venezuelan
organizations—including PROVEA, COFAVIC, the Justice and Peace Support Network, and some church-affiliated groups—of conspiring against his government because
they had worked with CEJIL. “They are nothing but actors in a macabre cast, in a great conspiracy against Venezuela,” Chávez declared.721

The Venezuelan government has continued to cite this Supreme Court ruling to justify efforts to bar some NGOs from participating in international forums. In April
2006 a Venezuelan ambassador at the UN wrote to the chief of the UN’s Non- Governmental Organizations Section requesting that the Venezuelan NGO Consortium for Development and Justice (Consorcio Desarrollo y Justicia), be denied consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ambassador stated that the Consortium had received funds from foreign governments “to develop political activities,” which she said was against the law in Venezuela, citing the November 2000 Supreme Court ruling to this effect.734

The Consortium had received funds administered by the United States government and Congress (from USAID and NED, respectively). In fact, according to a Consortium
representative, the USAID grant helped support training programs for young community media journalists in low-income sectors of Caracas.735 The NED funds
were provided to monitor judicial independence, to organize workshops for the defense of civil society, to present cases to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and to organize youth training programs in human rights and conflict resolution in Táchira state.736...

foreign aid for Venezuela... considered to be “one of the most commonly used tools of imposition and intervention by the big powers.”746 Congressman Saul Ortega, one of those who drafted the bill, made it clear that this demand for transparency was mainly directed at opposition organizations:
" These are the same organizations that supported the coup, that didn’t denounce the killings of April 11, 12, and 13 … are lackey organizations that don’t care about what all Venezuelans want…. Most have a façade of defending human rights, while what they do is receive money from foreign governments to destabilize the government of President Chávez.747 ...

Recommendations
The Chávez government should abandon its aggressively adversarial posture toward local human rights defenders and civil society organizations. ..even in the midst of a polarized political situation, constructive engagement is possible and can contribute to finding solutions to the country’s chronic human rights problems.

Specifically, government officials should: ...

NGO SOFT POWER BACKGROUND:
U.S. Human Rights and Democracy Strategy
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/shrd/2006/80584.htm
Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs > Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Guiding Principles on Non-Governmental Organizations
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/77771.htm

Who is behind Human Rights Watch?
Freedom House... Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Mellon Scaife, James Woolsey, Dan Quayle, Tony Lake and Jeanne Kirkpatrick.
Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are fronts of George Soros. The so-called Human Rights Watch is a pro-intervention group stocked with members of the Council on Foreign Relations and other elites.... Billionaire financier George Soros, for one.. "human rights" used to justify US intervention...
http://www.questionsquestions.net/topics/gatekeeper_recent.html

US "Strategic Non-Violence" & George Soros' global OSI: Iraq, Africa, Eastern Europe, China, Nepal, Latin America, Indonesia, Myanmar ...
'Strategic nonviolent struggle is all about political power.' And I thought, 'Boy is this guy speaking my language,' that is what armed struggle is about."
Col. Robert Helvey

Washington's New World Order "Democratization" Template
by Jonathan Mowat
http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MOW502A.html
Dr. Peter Ackerman, the author of "Strategic Nonviolent Conflict" in the "National Catholic Reporter" on April 26, 2002: "It is not true that the only way to 'take out' such regimes is through U.S. military action."...Speaking at the "Secretary's Open Forum" at the State Department on June 29, 2004, in a speech entitled, "Between Hard and Soft Power: The Rise of Civilian-Based Struggle and Democratic Change, " Ackerman elaborated on the concept involved. He proposed that youth movements, such as those used to bring down Serbia, could bring down Iran and North Korea, and could have been used to bring down Iraq... And he reported that he has been working with the top US weapons designer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, on developing new communications technologies that could be used in other youth movement insurgencies. "There is no question that these technologies are democratizing," he stressed, in reference to their potential use in bringing down China, "they enable decentralized activity. They create, if you will, a digital concept of the right of assembly."

Dr. Ackerman is the founding chairman of International Center on Nonviolent Conflicts in Washington D.C, of which former US Air Force officer Jack DuVall is President. Together with former CIA director James Woolsey, DuVall also directs the Arlington Institute of Washington D.C., which was created by former Chief of Naval Operations advisor John L. Peterson in 1989 " to help redefine the concept of national security in much larger, comprehensive terms" it reports, through introducing "social value shifts into the traditional national defense equation."...

The Democratic party's National Democratic Institute, the Republican party's International Republican Institute, the US State Department and USAID are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute [...] (emphasis added)

The NED, NGOs and the Imperial Uses of Philanthropy: Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too
By JOAN ROELOFS
http://www.counterpunch.org/
In recent years, nations have challenged the activities and very existence of non-governmental organizations. Russia, Zimbabwe, and Eritrea have enacted new measures requiring registration; “Open Society Institute” affiliates have been shut down in Eastern Europe; and Venezuela has charged the Súmate NGO leaders with treason. In Iraq and Afghanistan, staff of Western charitable NGOs (CARE and Doctors Without Borders) have been assassinated. What are these organizations, and who or what is behind them? {…]

Kremlin leaves 40 NGOs in legal limbo
Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,,1809087,00.html
Russian authorities have refused to grant legal status to 40 foreign non-governmental organisations. The groups, who have not been identified, submitted their paperwork to the justice ministry to comply with new stringent legislation that requires them to register again by October 18. Some western NGOs have said the new law will force their closure. The bill was criticised by the European Union and US….

SOROS Falls from Grace in Central Asia
nCa Commentary Central Asia Speaks:
http://www.newscentralasia.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=11...
After Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan has also voiced concerns about the activities of SOROS Foundation. This completes the quorum.
In rapid sequence, Uzbekistan kicked out SOROS, Kazakhstan issued a back-taxes notice that is likely to lead to closure of SOROS offices, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgzstan whipped SOROS for interfering in the society and President Imomali Rakhmanov of Tajikistan told his cabinet of ministers that he considered SOROS a destructive presence for the society. Why has the entire Central Asian region united against SOROS, a supposedly philanthropic organization engaged in grand and noble projects of absolutely the greatest possible value to the primitive and barbarian societies of Central Asia? […]

*Eva Golinger
http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/speakers/196.html
Eva Golinger is a Venezuelan-American attorney and author of the best-selling books, "The Chávez Code" (2005) and "Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela" (2006). Since 2003, Eva 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 over the past few years to destabilize Hugo Chávez's presidency. Through the FOIA, she has uncovered more than US$50 million in financing to anti-Chávez groups from the U.S. government since 2001 and in October 2004, she obtained top-secret documents from the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act, demonstrating prior knowledge and complicity in the coup. Since then, she has continued to receive more declassified documents under the FOIA and she has published two books in five languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) on the subject of US Intervention in Venezuela, with particular emphasis on use of the National Endowment for Democracy and the USAID to fund opposition activities, penetrate civil society and undermine Venezuela's democratic revolution.

Ms. Golinger's work has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and other major media around the world. She has also appeared on CNN, BBC, PBS, NPR, Australia's "Dateline", Swedish, French and Greek television, and is a featured analyst on several major documentaries about Venezuela, including "Venezuela Rising" (Nuestra America Productions, 2006). She currently resides in Caracas, Venezuela and writes as a columnist for several national newspapers and hosts a weekly radio program on national Venezuelan radio. She also frequently appears on one of Venezuela's most popular political programs on television, "la Hojilla".

Eva Golinger has toured France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and parts of the United States, presenting her first book, "The Chávez Code" and informing the international community about the aggressive strategies of the Bush Administration against the Venezuelan people and President Hugo Chávez. She has traveled extensively throughout Venezuela, where she lives, and other parts of Latin America, giving speeches, workshops and presentations on US Intervention in Venezuela and the different strategies the US Government has employed over the years in its continual efforts to oust President Chávez from power. Her first book, "The Chávez Code" won two National Book Awards in Venezuela in 2006 for "Bolivarian Ideology" and "Politics". She also won a National Award for Alternative and Community Media from the Ministry of Communication and Information in Venezuela in 2006 and has received several honors and decorations from different Venezuelan state and municipal governments and military institutions.

A lawyer specializing in international human rights and immigration law, Eva grew up in the United States and moved to Venezuela in the mid-1990s to discover her Venezuelan roots. She lived nearly five years in the Andean city of Mérida, Venezuela, writing, teaching and singing in a band. Golinger studied piano from the age of six and entered into the music department at Sarah Lawrence College in early 1991, majoring in vocal music. But during her university years, she switched her focus to political science and law and became particularly interested in the history of U.S. interventions in Latin America and the role of the CIA in regime change around the world. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

Publications

Books:

"Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela" (Monte Avila Editores, 2006). (Presently available in Spanish only).

"The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela", (Spanish: Monte Avila Editores, 2005); (German: Zambon Verlag, 2005); (English: Olive Branch Press, 2006); Italian: Zambon Editore, 2006); (French: Oser Dire, 2006).

"The US Intervention Machine", publicaciones Ministerio de Comunicación e Información, 2004.

"Intervenciones de Estados Unidos en América Latina y el Caribe", publicaciones Ministerio de Educación Superior, 2006.

Select Articles in English:

The CIA Was Involved in the Coup Against Venezuela's Chávez Top US Defense Officials Increase Hostility Towards Venezuela

Old School Intervention Model Used in Venezuela

Book Review: The Chávez Code, by Eva Golinger by Joel Wendland, Political Affairs.

Eva Golinger: Venezuela shows 'People can take power and do great things', Green Left Weekly, Australia.

Washington's Three Fronts of Attack on Venezuela" by Eva Golinger, Green Left Weekly.

CIA Announces New Mission in Venezuela and Cuba

• More articles available in Author's file upon request and on the Internet.

"The Chávez Code" (Olive Branch Press, 2006) will be available at all speaking engagements with the author for a cost of $20 (signed by the author).

Topics covered

* US Intervention in Venezuela • CIA penetration and actions in Venezuela
* The Bush Administration’s Role in the 2002 coup d’etat against President Chávez
* The National Endowment for Democracy and a tool of undermining democracies around the world (How US Taxpayer Dollars are used for Regime Change)
* Media Manipulation and Psychological Warfare
* How to use the Freedom of Information Act to Uncover and Denounce US Aggression and Illegal Activities
* The Venezuela Revolution and Social Transformation
* The New Venezuelan Constitution