[Marxism] CIA Operation "Pliers"???

Jon Flanders jonathan.flanders at verizon.net
Wed Nov 28 19:28:16 MST 2007

Stan Goff is asking people to circulate this story. Any comments as to
its veracity?

Jon Flanders


CIA Operation "Pliers" Uncovered in Venezuela
Psyop aims to destabilize Venezuela and overthrow President Chavez

by Eva Golinger

Global Research, November 28, 2007

Last night CNN en Español aired the above image, which captions at the
bottom "Who Killed him?" by "accident". The image of President Chavez
with the caption about killing him below, which some could say
subliminally incites to assassination, was a "production error"
mistakenly made in the CNN en Español newsroom. The news anchor had been
narrarating a story about the situation between Colombia and Venezuela
and then switched to a story about an unsolved homicide but - oops -
someone forgot to change the screen image and President Chavez was left
with the killing statement below. Today they apologized and admitted it
was a rather "unfortunate" and "regrettable" mistake. Yes, it was.

On a scarier note, an internal CIA memorandum has been obtained by
Venezuelan counterintelligence from the US Embassy in Caracas that
reveals a very sinister - almost fantastical, were it not true - plan to
destabilize Venezuela during the coming days. The plan, titled
"OPERATION PLIERS" was authored by CIA Officer Michael Middleton Steere
and was addressed to CIA Director General Michael Hayden in Washington.
Steere is stationed at the US Embassy in Caracas under the guise of a
Regional Affairs Officer. The internal memorandum, dated November 20,
2007, references the "Advances of the Final Stage of Operation Pliers",
and confirms that the operation is coordinated by the team of Human
Intelligence (HUMINT) in Venezuela. The memo summarizes the different
scenarios that the CIA has been working on in Venezuela for the upcoming
referendum vote on December 2nd. The Electoral Scenario, as it's
phrased, confirms that the voting tendencies will not change
substantially before Sunday, December 2nd, and that the SI (YES) vote in
favor of the constitutional reform has an advantage of about 10-13
points over the NO vote. The CIA estimates abstention around 60% and
states in the memo that this voting tendency is irreversible before the

Officer Steere emphasizes the importance and success of the public
relations and propaganda campaign that the CIA has been funding with
more than $8 million during the past month - funds that the CIA confirms
are transfered through the USAID contracted company, Development
Alternatives, Inc., which set up operations in June 2002 to run the
USAID Office for Transition Initiatives that funds and advises
opposition NGOs and political parties in Venezuela. The CIA memo
specifically refers to these propaganda initiatives as "psychological
operations" (PSYOPS), that include contracting polling companies to
create fraudulent polls that show the NO vote with an advantage over the
SI vote, which is false. The CIA also confirms in the memo that it is
working with international press agencies to distort the data and
information about the referendum, and that it coordinates in Venezuela
with a team of journalists and media organized and directed by the
President of Globovision, Alberto Federico Ravell.

CIA Officer Michael Steere recommends to General Michael Hayden two
different strategies to work simultaneously: Impede the referendum and
refuse to recognize the results once the SI vote wins. Though these
strategies appear contradictory, Steere claims that they must be
implemented together precisely to encourage activities that aim toward
impeding the referendum and at the same time prepare the conditions for
a rejection of the results.

How is this to be done?

In the memo, the CIA proposes the following tactics and actions:

    * Take the streets and protest with violent, disruptive actions
across the nation
    * Generate a climate of ungovernability
    * Provoke a general uprising in a substantial part of the population
    * Engage in a "plan to implode" the voting centers on election day
by encouraging opposition voters to "VOTE and REMAIN" in their centers
to agitate others
    * Start to release data during the early hours of the afternoon on
Sunday that favor the NO vote (in clear violation of election
    * Coordinate these activities with Ravell & Globovision and
international press agencies
    * Coordinate with ex-militar officers and coupsters Pena Esclusa and
Guyon Cellis - this will be done by the Military Attache for Defense and
Army at the US Embassy in Caracas, Office of Defense, Attack and
Operations (DAO)

To encourage rejection of the results, the CIA proposes:

    * Creating an acceptance in the public opinion that the NO vote will
win for sure
    * Using polling companies contracted by the CIA
    * Criticize and discredit the National Elections Council
    * Generate a sensation of fraud
    * Use a team of experts from the universities that will talk about
how the data from the Electoral Registry has been manipulated and will
build distrust in the voting system

The CIA memo also talks about:

    * Isolating Chavez in the international community
    * Trying to achieve unity amongst the opposition
    * Seek an aliance between those abstentionists and those who will
vote "NO"
    * Sustain firmly the propaganda against Chavez
    * Execute military actions to support the opposition mobilizations
and propagandistic occupations
    * Finalize the operative preparations on the US military bases in
Curacao and Colombia to provide support to actions in Venezuela
    * Control a part of the country during the next 72-120 hours
    * Encourage a military rebellion inside the National Guard forces
and other components

Those involved in these actions as detailed in the CIA memo are:

    * The CIA Office in Venezuela - Office of Regional Affairs, and
Officer Michael Steere
    * US Embassy in Venezuela, Ambassador Patrick Duddy
    * Office of Defense, Attack and Operations (DAO) at the US Embassy
in Caracas and Military Attache Richard Nazario 

Venezuelan Political Parties:

    * Comando Nacional de la Resistencia
    * Accion Democratica
    * Primero Justicia
    * Bandera Roja


    * Alberto Federico Ravell & Globovision
    * Interamerican Press Society (IAPA) or SIP in Spanish
    * International Press Agencies


    * Pena Esclusa
    * Guyon Cellis
    * Dean of the Simon Bolivar University, Rudolph Benjamin Podolski
    * Dean of the Andres Bello Catholic University, Ugalde
    * Students: Yon Goicochea, Juan Mejias, Ronel Gaglio, Gabriel Gallo,
Ricardo Sanchez

Operation Tenaza has the objective of encouraging an armed insurrection
in Venezuela against the government of President Chavez that will
justify an intervention of US forces, stationed on the military bases
nearby in Curacao and Colombia. The Operation mentions two countries in
code: as Blue and Green. These refer to Curacao and Colombia, where the
US has operative, active and equipped bases that have been reinforced
over the past year and a half in anticipation of a conflict with

The document confirms that psychological operations are the CIA's best
and most effective weapon to date against Venezuela, and it will
continue its efforts to influence international public opinion regarding
President Chavez and the situation in the country.

Operation Tenaza is a very alarming plan that aims to destabilize
Venezuela and overthrow (again) its legitimate and democratic (and very
popularly support) president. The plan will fail, primarily because it
has been discovered, but it must be denounced around the world as an
unacceptable violation of Venezuela's sovereignty.

The original document in English will be available in the public sphere
soon for viewing and authenticating purposes. And it also contains more
information than has been revealed here.

For the full text in Spanish, see: Operación Tenaza: Informe
confidencial de la CIA devela plan de saboteo al referéndum del 2 de

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