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Article originally published in November 2011, in Global Research by Gearóid Ó Colmáin

Unknown snipers played a pivotal role throughout the  so-called  « Arab Spring Revolutions »  yet, in spite of reports of their presence in the mainstream media, surprisingly little attention has been paid to  to their purpose and role.

The Russian investigative journalist Nikolay Starikov has written a book which discusses the role of unknown snipers in the destabilization of countries targeted for regime change by the United States and its allies. The following article attempts to elucidate some historical examples of this technique with a view to providing a background within which to understand the current cover war on the people of Syria by death squads in the service of Western intelligence.[1]

Romania 1989.

In Susanne Brandstätter’s documentary ‘Checkmate: Strategy of a Revolution’ aired on Arte television station some years ago,  Western intelligence officials revealed how  death squads were used to destabilize Romania and turn its people against the head of state Nicolai Ceaucescu.

Brandstätter’s film is a must see for anyone interested in how Western intelligence agencies, human rights groups and the corporate press collude in the systematic destruction of countries whose leadership conflicts with the interests of big capital and empire.

Former secret agent with the French secret service, the DGSE(La Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure) Dominique Fonvielle, spoke candidly about the role of Western intelligence operatives in destabilizing the Romanian population.

“how do you organize a revolution? I believe the first step is to locate oppositional forces in a given country. It is sufficient to have a highly developed intelligence service in order to determine which people are credible enough to have influence at their hands to destabilize the people to the disadvantage of the ruling regime”[2]

This open and rare admission of Western sponsorship of terrorism was justified on the grounds of the “greater good” brought to Romania by free-market capitalism. It was necessary, according to the strategists of Romania’s “revolution”, for some people to die.

Today, Romania remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. A report on Euractiv reads:

“Most Romanians associate the last two decades with a continuous process of impoverishment and deteriorating living standards, according to Romania’s Life Quality Research Institute, quoted by the Financiarul daily.” [3]

The western intelligence officials interviewed in the documentary also revealed how the Western press played a central role in disinformation. For example, the victims of Western-backed snipers were photographed by presented to the world as evidence of a crazed dictator who was “killing his own people”.

To this day, there is a Museum in the back streets of Timisoara Romania which promotes the myth of the “Romanian Revolution”.  The Arte documentary was one of the rare occasions when the mainstream press revealed some of  the dark secrets of Western liberal democracy. The documentary caused a scandal when it was aired in France, with the prestigious Le Monde Diplomatique discussing the moral dilemma of the West’s support of terror in its desire to spread ‘democracy’.

Since the destruction of Libya and the ongoing cover war on Syria, Le Monde Diplomatique has stood safely on the side of political correction, condemning Bachar Al Assad for the crimes of the DGSE and the CIA. In its current edition, the front page article reads Ou est la gauche? Where is the left ? Certainly not in the pages of Le Monde Diplomatique !

Russia 1993

During Boris Yeltsin’s counter-revolution in Russia in 1993, when the Russian parliament was bombed resulting in the deaths of thousands of people, Yeltsin’s counter-revolutionaries made extensive use of snipers.  According to many eye witness reports, snipers were seen shooting civilians from the building opposite the US embassy in Moscow.  The snipers were attributed to the Soviet government by the international media.[4]

Venezuela 2002
In 2002, the CIA attempted to overthrow Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, in a military coup. On the 11th of April 2002, an opposition March towards the presidential palace was organized by the US backed Venezuelan opposition. Snipers hidden in buildings near the palace opened fire on protestors killing 18. The Venezuelan and international media claimed that Chavez was “ killing his own people” thereby justifying the military coup presented as a humanitarian intervention.  It was subsequently proved that the coup had been organized by the CIA but the identity of the snipers was never established.

Thailand April 2010
On April 12th 2010, Christian Science Monitor published a detailed report of the riots in Thailand between “red-shirt” activists and the Thai government. The article headline read: ‘Thailand’s red shirt protests darken with unknown snipers, parade of coffins’.

Like their counterparts in Tunisia, Thailand’s red shirts were calling for the resignation of the Thai prime minister. While a heavy-handed response by the Thai security forces to the protestors was indicated in the report, the government’s version of events was also reported:

“Mr. Abhisit has used solemn televised addresses to tell his story. He has blamed rogue gunmen, or “terrorists,” for the intense violence (at least 21 people died and 800 were injured) and emphasized the need for a full investigation into the killings of both soldiers and protesters. State television has broadcast repeated images of soldiers coming under fire from bullets and explosives.”

The CSM report went on to quote Thai military officials and unnamed Western diplomats:

“military observers say Thai troops stumbled into a trap set by agents provocateurs with military expertise. By pinning down soldiers after dark and sparking chaotic battles with unarmed protesters, the unknown gunmen ensured heavy casualties on both sides.

Some were caught on camera and seen by reporters, including this one. Snipers targeted military ground commanders, indicating a degree of advance planning and knowledge of Army movements, say Western diplomats briefed by Thai officials. While leaders of the demonstrations have disowned the use of firearms and say their struggle is nonviolent, it is unclear whether radicals in the movement knew of the trap.

“You can’t claim to be a peaceful political movement and have an arsenal of weapons out the back if needed. You can’t have it both ways,” says a Western diplomat in regular contact with protest leaders [5]

The CSM article also explores the possibility that the snipers could be rogue elements in the Thai military, agents provocateurs used to justify a crack down on democratic opposition. Thailand’s ruling elite is currently coming under pressure from a group called the Red Shirts.[6]

Kyrgystan June 2010

Ethnic violence broke out in the Central Asian republic of  Kirgystan  in June 2010. It was widely reported that unknown snipers opened fire on members of the Uzbek minority in Kyrgystan. Eurasia.net reports:

“In many Uzbek mahallas, inhabitants offer convincing testimony of gunmen targeting their neighborhoods from vantage points. Men barricaded into the Arygali Niyazov neighborhood, for example, testified to seeing gunmen on the upper floors of a nearby medical institute hostel with a view over the district’s narrow streets. They said that during the height of the violence these gunmen were covering attackers and looters, assaulting their area with sniper fire. Men in other Uzbek neighborhoods tell similar stories

. « Among the rumours and unconfirmed reports circulating in Kyrgyzstan after the 2010 violence were claims that water supplies to Uzbek areas were about to be  poisoned. Such rumours had also been spread against the Ceaucescu regime in Romania during the CIA- backed coup in 1989. Eurasia.net goes on to claim that:

Many people are convinced that they’ve seen foreign mercenaries acting as snipers. These alleged foreign combatants are distinguished by their appearance – inhabitants report seeing black snipers and tall, blonde, female snipers from the Baltic states. The idea that English snipers have been roaming the streets of Osh shooting at Uzbeks is also popular. There’ve been no independent corroborations of such sightings by foreign journalists or representatives of international organizations.” [7]

None of these reports have been independently investigated or corroborated. It is therefore impossible to draw any hard conclusions from these stories.

Ethnic violence against Uzbek citizens in Kyrgyzstan occurred pari pasu with a popular revolt against the US-backed regime, which many analysts have attributed to the machinations of Moscow.

The Bakiyev régime came to power in a CIA-backed people-power coup known to the world as the Tulip Revolution in 2005.

Located to the West of China and bordering Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan hosts one of America’s biggest and most important military bases in Central Asia, the Manas Air Base, which is vital for the NATO occupation of neighbouring Afghanistan.

Despite initial worries, US/Kyrgyz relations have remained good under the regime of President Roza Otunbayeva. This is not surprising as Otunbayeva had previously participated in the US-created Tulip Revolution in 2004, taking power as foreign minister.

To date no proper investigation has been conducted into the origins of the ethnic violence that spread throughout  the south of Kyryzstan in 2010, nor have the marauding gangs of unknown snipers been identified and apprehended.

Given the geostrategic and geopolitical importance of Kyrgyzstan to both the United States and Russia, and the formers track-record of using death squads to divide and weaken countries so as to maintain US domination, US involvement in the dissemination of terrorism in Kyrgyzstan cannot be ruled out. One effective way of maintaining a grip on Central Asian countries would be to exacerbate ethnic tensions.

In August 6th 2008, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that a US arms cache had been found in a house in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, which was being rented by two American citizens. The US embassy claimed the arms were being used for “anti-terrorism” exercises. However, this was not confirmed by Kyrgyz authorities. [8]

Covert US military support to terrorist groups in the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia proved to be an effective strategy in creating the conditions for “humanitarian” bombing in 1999. An effective means of  keeping the government in Bishkek firmly on America’s side would be to insist on a US and European presence in the country to help “protect” the Uzbek minority.

Military intervention similar to that in the former Yugoslavia by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe  has already been advocated by the New York Times, whose misleading article on the riots on June 24th 2010 has the headline “Kyrgyzstan asks European Security Body for Police Teams”. The article is misleading as the headline contradicts the actual report which cites a Kyrgyz official stating:

“A government spokesman said officials had discussed an outside police presence with the O.S.C.E., but said he could not confirm that a request for a deployment had been made.”

There is no evidence in the article of any request by the Kyrgyz government for military intervention. In fact, the article presents much evidence to the contrary. However, before the reader has a chance to read the explanation of the Kyrgyz government, the New York Times’ writer presents the now all too horribly familiar narrative of oppressed peoples begging the West to come and bomb or occupy their country:

“Ethnic Uzbeks in the south have clamored for international intervention. Many Uzbeks said they were attacked in their neighborhoods not only by civilian mobs, but also by the Kyrgyz military and police officers”[9]

Only towards the end of the article do we find out that the Kyrgyz authorities blamed the US-backed dictator for fomenting ethnic violence in the country, through the use of Islamic jihadists in Uzbekistan. This policy of using ethnic tension to create an environment of fear in order to prop up an extremely unpopular dictatorship, the policy of using Islamic Jihadism as a political tool to create what former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Bzrezinski called “ an arc of crisis”, ties in well with the history of US involvement in Central Asia from the creation of Al Qaida in Afghanistan in 1978 to the present day.

Again, the question persists, who were the “unknown snipers” terrorizing the Uzbek population, where did their weapons come from and who would benefit from ethnic conflict in Central Asia’s geopolitical hotspot?

Tunisia January 2011
On January 16th 2011, CNN reported that ‘’armed gangs’’ were fighting Tunisian security forces. [10] Many of the murders committed throughout the Tunisian uprising were by “unknown snipers”. There were also videos posted on the internet showing Swedish nationals detained by Tunisian security forces. The men were clearly armed with sniper rifles. Russia Today aired the dramatic pictures.[11]

In spite of articles by professor Michel Chossudovsky, William Engdahl and  others showing how the uprisings in North Africa were following the patterns of US backed people-power coups rather than genuinely popular revolutions, left wing parties and organizations continued to believe the version of events presented to them by Al Jazeera and the mainstream press. Had the left taken a left from old Lenin’s book they would have transposed his comments on the February/March revolution in Russia thus:

“The  whole course of events in the January/February Revolution clearly shows that the British, French and American embassies, with their agents and “connections”,… directly organized a plot.. in conjunction with a section of the generals and army and Tunisian garrison officers, with the express object of deposing Ben Ali”

What the left did not understand is that sometimes it is necessary for imperialism to overthrow some of its clients. A suitable successor to Ben Ali could always be found among the feudalists of the Muslim Brotherhood who now look likely to take power.

In their revolutionary sloganeering and arrogant insistence that the events in Tunisia and Egypt were “spontaneous and popular uprisings” they committed what Lenin identified as the most dangerous sins in a revolution, namely, the substitution of the abstract for the concrete. In other words, left wing groups were simply fooled by the sophistication of the Western backed “Arab Spring” events.

That is why the violence of the demonstrators and in particular the widespread use of snipers possibly linked to Western intelligence was the great unthought of the Tunisian uprising. The same techniques would be used in Libya a few weeks later, forcing the left to back track and modifiy its initial enthusiasm for the CIA’s “Arab Spring”.

When we are talking about the” left” here, we are referring to genuine left wing parties, that is to say, parties who supported the Great People’s Socialist Libyan Arab Jamahirya in their long and brave fight against Western imperialism, not the infantile petty bourgeois dupes who supported NATO’s Benghazi terrorists.  The blatant idiocy of such a stance should be crystal clear to anyone who understands global politics and class struggle.

Egypt 2011
On October 20th 2011, the Telegraph newspaper published an article entitled, “Our brother died for a better Egypt”. According to the Telegraph, Mina Daniel, an anti-government activist in Cairo, had been ‘shot from an unknown sniper, wounding him fatally in the chest”

Inexplicably, the article is no longer available on the Telegraph’s website for online perusal. But a google search for ‘Egypt, unknown sniper, Telegraph’ clearly shows the above quoted explanation for Mina Daniel’s death. So, who could these “unknown snipers’’ be?

On February 6th Al Jazeera reported that Egyptian journalist Ahmad Mahmoud was shot by snipers as he attempted to cover classes between Egyptian security forces and protestors. Referring to statements made by Mahmoud’s wife Enas Abdel-Alim, the Al Jazeera article insinuates that Mahmoud may have been killed by Egyptian security forces:

“Abdel-Alim said several eyewitnesses told her a uniformed police captain with Egypt’s notorious Central Security forces yelled at her husband to stop filming.

Before Mahmoud even had a chance to react, she said, a sniper shot him.” [12]

While the Al Jazeera article advances the theory that the snipers were agents of the Mubarak regime, their role in the uprising still remains a mystery. Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based television stations owned by the Emir Hamid Bin Khalifa Al Thani, played a key role in provoking protests in Tunisia and Egypt before launching a campaign of unmitigated pro-NATO war propaganda and lies during the destruction of Libya.

The Qatari channel been a central participant in the current covert war waged by NATO agencies and their clients against the Republic of Syria. Al Jazeera’s incessant disinformation against Libya and Syria resulted in the resignation of several prominent journalists such as Beirut station chief Ghassan Bin Jeddo[13]  and senior Al Jazeera executive Wadah Khanfar who was forced to resign after a wikileaks cable revealed he was a co-operating with the Central Intelligence Agency.[14]

Many people were killed during the US-backed colour revolution in Egypt. Although, the killings have been attributed to former US semi-client Hosni Mubarak, the involvement of Western intelligence cannot be ruled out. However, it should be pointed out that the role of unknown snipers in mass demonstrations remains complex and multi-faceted and therefore one should not jump to conclusions. For example, after the Bloody Sunday massacre(Domhnach na Fola) in Derry, Ireland 1972, where peaceful demonstrators were shot dead by the British army, British officials claimed that they had come under fire from snipers. But the 30 year long Bloody Sunday  inquiry subsequently proved this to be false.  But the question persists once more,  who were the snipers in Egypt and whose purposes did they serve?

Libya  2011
During the destabilization of Libya, a video was aired by Al Jazeera purporting to show peaceful “pro-democracy” demonstrators being fired upon by “Gaddafi’s forces”. The video was edited to convince the viewer that anti-Gaddafi demonstrators were being murdered by the security forces. However, the unedited version of the video is available on utube. It clearly shows pro-Gaddafi demonstrators with Green flags being fired upon by unknown snipers. The attribution of NATO-linked crimes to the security forces of the Libyan Jamahirya was a constant feature of the brutal media war waged against the Libyan people. [15]

Syria 2011

The people of Syria have been beset by death squads and snipers since the outbreak of violence there in March. Hundreds of Syrian soldiers and security personnel have been murdered, tortured and mutilated by Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood militants. Yet the international media corporations continue to spread the pathetic lie that the deaths are the result Bachar Al Assad’s dictatorship.

When I visited Syria in April of this year, I personally encountered merchants and citizens in Hama who told me they had seen armed terrorists roaming the streets of that once peaceful city, terrorizing the neighbourhood. I recall speaking to a fruit seller in the city of Hama who  spoke about the horror he had witnessed that day. As he described the scenes of violence to me, my attention was arrested by a newspaper headline in English from the Washington Post  shown on Syrian television: “CIA backs Syrian opposition”. The Central Intelligence Agency provides training and funding for groups who do the bidding of US imperialist interests. The history of the CIA shows that backing opposition forces means providing them with arms and finance, actions illegal under international law.

A few days later, while at a hostel in the ancient, cultured city of Aleppo, I spoke to a Syrian business man and his family. The business man ran many hotels in the city and was pro-Assad. He told me that he used to watch Al Jazeera television but now had doubts about their honesty. As we conversed, the Al Jazeera television in the background showed scenes of Syrian soldiers beating and torturing protestors. “ Now if that is true, it is simply unacceptable” he said. It is sometimes impossible to verify whether the images shown on television are true or not. Many of the crimes attributed to the Syrian army have been committed by the armed gangs, such as the dumping of mutilated bodies into the river in Hama, presented to the world as more proof of the crimes of the Assad regime.

There is a minority of innocent opponents of the Assad regime who believe everything they see and hear on Al Jazeera and the other pro-Western satellite stations. These people simply do not understand the intricacies of international politics.

But the facts on the ground show that most people in Syria support the government. Syrians have access to all internet websites and international TV channels. They can watch BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, read the New York Times online or Le Monde before tuning into their own state media. In this respect, many Syrians are more informed about international politics than the average European or American. Most Europeans and American believe their own media. Few are capable of reading the Syrian press in original Arabic or watching Syrian television. The Western powers are the masters of discourse, who own the means of communication. The Arab Spring has been the most horrifying example of the wanton abuse of this power.

Disinformation is effective in sowing the seeds of doubt among those who are seduced by Western propaganda. Syrian state media has disproved hundreds of Al Jazeera lies since the beginning of this conflict.  Yet the western media has refused to even report the Syrian government’s position lest fair coverage of the other side of this story encourage a modicum of critical thought in the public mind.

The use of mercenaries, death squads and snipers by Western intelligence agencies is well documented.  No rational government attempting to stay in power would resort to unknown snipers to intimidate its opponents. Shooting at innocent protestors would be counterproductive in the face of unmitigated pressure from Western governments determined to install a client regime in Damascus. Shooting of unarmed protestors is only acceptable in dictatorships that enjoy the unconditional support of Western governments such as Bahrain, Honduras or Colombia.

A government which is so massively supported by the population of Syria would not sabotage its own survival by setting snipers against the protests of a small minority.

The opposition to the Syrian regime is, in fact, miniscule. Tear gas, mass arrests and other non lethal methods would be perfectly sufficient for a government wishing to control unarmed demonstrators.

Snipers are used to create terror, fear and anti-regime propaganda. They are an integral feature of Western sponsored regime change.

If one were to make a serious criticism of the Syrian government over the past few months, it is that they have failed to implement effective anti-terrorism measures in the country.

The Syrian people want troops on the streets and the roofs of public buildings. In the weeks and months ahead, the Syrian armed forces will probably rely more and more on their Russian military specialists to strengthen the country’s defenses as the Western crusade begun in Libya in March spreads to the Levant.

There is no conclusive proof that the snipers murdering men, women and children in Syria are the agents of Western imperialism. But there is overwhelming proof that Western imperialism is attempting to destroy the Syrian state. As in Libya, they have never once mentioned the possibility of negotiations between the so-called opposition and the Syrian government. The West wants regime change and is determined to repeat the slaughter in Libya to achieve this geopolitical objective.

It now looks likely that the cradle of civilization and science will be overrun by semi-literate barbarians as the terminal decline of the West plays itself out in the deserts of the East.


[1] http://nstarikov.ru/en/
[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l8qjX4SzBY&feature=related
[6] http://www.activistpost.com/2010/12/thailand-stage-set-for-another-color.html
[7]  http://www.eurasianet.org/taxonomy/term/2813?page=6
[9] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/world/asia/25kyrgyz.html
[13] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4060180,00.html
[14] http://intelligencenews.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/01-828/
[15] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQtM-59jDAo&feature=player_embedded#!

CIA's Cancer Weapons

March 11-12, 2013 --Special Report. CIA Cancer Warfare. Not just Chavez but Neto and Thompson -- Victims of CIA cancer weapons?

by Wayne Madsen

The U.S. State Department, far from being an instrument of American diplomacy, is a boiling cauldron of neo-conservative impudence and arrogance unmatched since the days of the German Third Reich's Foreign Ministry. The State Department called charges from government, military, and political leaders around the world that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias fell victim to one of the many stockpiled CIA cancer weapons "absurd."


What is absurd is the State Department's selective use of recent American history. The historical record shows that the Central Intelligence Agency continued to possess and develop biological warfare weapons, including miniaturized weapons for political assassinations, long after the United States signed and ratified the 1972 Biological Warfare Convention banning the possession and research on such weaponry.

Violating the Biological Weapons Convention


Perhaps the State Department should brush up on the history of international conventions the United States has secretly broken. The following August 23, 1975 memo from CIA Deputy Director for Plans Thomas Karamessines to CIA director William Colby outlines how the CIA's Special Operation Division, a joint U.S. Army-CIA element at Fort Detrick, Maryland, was instructed to maintain a supply of toxins not included on the official Fort Detrick inventory list that was subject to President Richard Nixon's disposal order pursuant to the biological warfare convention agreement. The memo was provided to the Senate Church Committee investigating the abuses of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Concerned that Nixon's order might result in the destruction of the CIA's "germ supply," a contingency plan was developed to ship the CIA's toxins to Huntingdon Research Center at the Becton-Dickinson Company in Baltimore, a firm established in 1897 by Maxwell W. Becton and Fairleigh S. Dickinson. The company, now known as BD, specializes in injection and infusion products, including needles and syringes. One might wish to ask the State Department why the CIA, anxious to hide its supply of dangerous toxins, would select a firm that produces needles and syringes. The answer is quite simple, the CIA continued to develop toxic warfare weapons after the ratification of the treaty prohibiting their possession and use. The memo states that the "stockpile capability plus some research effort in delivery systems is funded at $75,000 per annum."


Since the 1970s, the bio-warfare capabilities of the United States, including the covert introduction of cancer-causing pathogens into targeted persons has mushroomed in cost and effectiveness. The use of nano-technology and micro-mechanical flying and crawling insects, coupled with bio-toxin payloads, is no longer in the realm of science fiction but is scientific fact.


Not only are cancer-causing biological toxins used for cancer weapons but inorganic elements are also employed. Only a few micrograms of beryllium and polonium-210 are required to cause the development of fibrotic tumors that result in lung cancer.


Among the "germs" in the CIA's bag of tricks were anthrax, tuberculosis, encephalitis, small pox, snake venom, and food poisoning, including salmonella.


Targeting Latin Aemrican leaders


In July 2006, during the MERCOSUR (Southern Cone Common Market) summit in Cordoba, Argentina, three leaders held a concurrent "People's Summit," which lambasted U.S. foreign and economic policy in Latin America. Attending the People's Summit were Cuba's Fidel Castro, Venezuela's Chavez, and Argentine President Nestor Kirchner. Shortly after returning to Havana from Cordoba, Castro fell violently ill with a mysterious gastrointestinal ailment. Castro recovered but CIA-linked media outlets in Miami's Cuban exile community began to falsely report that Castro died. In November 2006, Kirchner was diagnosed with an advanced form of colon cancer. However, Kirchner, who gave up the presidency in favor of his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in 2007, died from a sudden heart attack after it was revealed he was running to succeed her. In 2012, Cristina was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Chavez was first diagnosed with cancer that first appeared in his pelvic region in June 2011.


A July 26, 2006 Confidential cable from the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires complained about the People's Summit, decrying the fact that "Chavez and Castro dominated" and that the U.S. was trying to drive a wedge between Chavez and Castro on one hand and Kirchner and Brazil's Ignacio Lula da Silva on the other. The American scheming failed to work. Another, more sinister effort to derail Chavez, Castro, and Kirchner was needed.


Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro; the head of the Venezuelan presidential guard, General Jose Ornella; Bolivian President Evo Morales, and Russian Communist Party leader all stated that they believed Chavez was slowly assassinated with a secret cancer weapon developed by Venezuela's enemies (they are primarily the United States and Canada). Maduro said Venezuela will set up a scientific commission to investigate the cause of Chavez's death.


Chavez said that Castro once told him: “Chavez take care. These people [the Americans] have developed technology. You are very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat  . . . a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what.” Another translation had Castro stating, "Chavez be careful, they’ve developed technology, be careful with what you eat, they could stick you with a small needle." Chavez passed Castro's warning on to Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, both allies of Chavez. There have been rumors that Morales had a cancerous tumor removed from his nasal tract.


From La Paz, Morales said, "I am almost certain that this is a poisoning of Chavez."

The Bolivian leader likened the death of Chavez to the poisonings of Palestinian President Yasir Arafat and Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar.


Maduro called the Chavez's cancer a "scientific attack." In addition to all the other progressive Latin American leaders who developed cancer within a few years, Paraguay's former President Fernando Lugo (ousted in a 2012 CIA-backed coup) was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma; Brazil's former President Lula da Silva with throat cancer; and Brazil's current President Dilma Rousseff with axillar lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system. After Colombia's conservative president Juan Manuel Santos began peace talks with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), via the offices of Chavez, Santos was diagnosed with prostate cancer.







History of U.S. cancer and other bio-weapons


One does not have to go back to the early days of the CIA to discover that Latin America has, since the 1930s, been a testing ground for American cancer weapons targeting human beings.

In 1931, Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, a white racist and anti-Latin American scientist with the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations in San Juan, subjected 13 Puerto Ricans to experiments by injecting them with cancer-causing biological agents. The head of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, Pedro Albizu Campos, known as “El Maestro” to his followers, obtained a letter from Rhoads to a friend in which Rhoads wrote of Puerto Ricans:

“I can get a damn fine job here and am tempted to take it. It would be ideal except for the Porto [sic] Ricans. They are beyond doubt the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever inhabiting this sphere. It makes you sick to inhabit the same island with them. They are even lower than Italians. What the island needs is not public health work but a tidal wave or something to totally exterminate the population. It might then be livable. I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off 8 and transplanting cancer into several more. The latter has not resulted in any fatalities so far . . . The matter of consideration for the patients' welfare plays no role here - in fact all physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.”

Albizu complained to the League of Nations but it came to no avail. In 1950, Albizu was arrested in a crackdown on Puerto Rican nationalist activities on the island and Albizu was subjected to radiation burns and poisoning. There is little doubt that Rhoads, who directed the Army’s chemical and biological weapons programs at Fort Detrick, the Dugway Proving Ground and Deseret Test Center at Fort Douglas in Utah, and the Panama Canal Zone, subjected Albizu to revenge medical experimentation. Rhoads then went on to the senior staff of the Atomic Energy Commission, which also subjected American citizens to dangerous radiation tests.




The CIA's and Pentagon's cancer weapons research was largely based out of Fort Detrick, Maryland. Albizu suffered a stroke in prison in 1956. In 1964, he was pardoned but died shortly after his release from prison in 1965. Albizu was the first victim of U.S. cancer weapons and, like Chavez, he was a strong Latin American nationalist not willing to bend to the pressure of North American imperialism.


There is an unsettling footnote to the story of Albizu's death as a result of medical experiments. In 1957, a year after he suffered a stroke in prison, the CIA's favorite vendor for syringes and infusion devices, Becton-Dickinson, opened a manufacturing facility in Juncos, Puerto Rico. By the 1970s, when the CIA transferred its bio-weapon stockpile to Becton-Dickinson, the firm had established a major bio-science presence in Puerto Rico. Today, the firm partners with the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation to provide HIV/AIDS testing in developing countries.



Puerto Rican Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos was one of America's first victims of a bioweapons assassination.


Modern bio-warfare


AIDS first appeared during the Angolan civil war in the 1970s when Cuban troops fighting CIA- and South African-backed guerrillas came into contact with the disease. In the 1960, the CIA's Technical Services Department chief, Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, born Joseph Scheider, came up with a exotic weapon that was to be used to poison Congolese nationalist prime minister Patrice Lumumba. It was never used but the CIA station chief in Leopoldville, Larry Devlin, was told to somehow slip the toxin, contained in a vial, to Lumumba. The toxin was never used and Devlin said he tossed the vial into the Congo River. Gottlieb had come up with other ingenious ways to kill Fidel Castro and Iraq's dictator Abdul Karim Kassem. It was none other than the CIA's loyal agent, Saddam Hussein, who tried but failed to kill Kassem on October 7, 1959.


The Clark Amendment of 1976 banned U.S. aid to military or paramilitary forces fighting in the post-independence civil war in Angola. Never deterred by the law, the CIA began to use intermediaries, including Israel and South Africa, to support pro-U.S. guerrillas fighting the central government of Marxist president Agostinho Neto. The CIA had rejected Neto's approach to the John Kennedy administration in 1962 to support the cause of Angolan independence from Portugal. Neto was seen by Langley as too pro-Communist and decided to back the weakest and most unpopular of the Angolan independence movements.


In 1976, the CIA and Pentagon continued their bio-weapons research at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectuous Diseases at Fort Detrick and Edgewood Arsenal, also in Maryland. Other parts of the Fort Detrick complex were turned over to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which continued to conduct a liaison with the CIA and Pentagon elements at the facility. The CIA's research into cancer-causing agents centered on the Viral Cancer Program (VCP) of the NCI. One of the cancer weapon projects, funded by the NCI and Office of Naval Research, the latter a favorite research pass-through for the CIA, was called "Aerosol Properties of Potentially Oncogenic Viruses." The clear intent for the interest of the Navy and CIA was the delivery of cancer-causing weapons by aerosolized means. Most of the aerosolized cancer-causing efforts had been conducted from the 1960s to 1972 at the University of Ohio and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition to biological cancer-causing agents, research was also conducted on the production of carcinogenic chemicals.


A number of private pharmaceutical companies were also identified with the clandestine bio-war research, including Pfizer, Sandoz, Litton-Bionetics, and Hoffman-Laroche. The research also involved the secretive Department of Agriculture research center on Plum Island off the tip of Long Island.


Neto, who was targeted by the CIA in violation of congressional prohibitions, quickly developed cancer in 1979 and died in a Moscow hospital before the age of 57. Shortly thereafter, Cuban troops fighting in Angola for Neto's government began returning home suffering from HIV/AIDS. Just as with the cancers that have struck Latin American leaders, the CIA and State Department brushed off reports that the CIA created HIV/AIDS to infect Cuban troops a "Soviet disinformation" campaign.


In 1989, the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Reverend Frank Chikane, fell extremely ill while on a visit to the United States. The FBI later concluded that Chikane had been exposed to an organophosphate toxin. The CIA was aware that the origin of the substance was the South African intelligence service. Furthermore, the CIA was aware of the Suoth African operation to kill Chikane.


Primary U.S. targets: Caribbean leaders


The CIA's bio-weapons may not have been trained only on nationalistic Latin American and black African leaders but also Afro-Caribbean leaders of islands the U.S. considers to be quasi-protectorates of Washington.


The United States has always considered Barbados as its number one willing ally among the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean. With its high per capita income and advanced infrastructure, Barbados was the Ronald Reagan administration's primary local water-carrier for the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983. The pretext for the invasion was to "rescue" a number of American medical students from the St. George's University School of Medicine but in reality the invasion was to expel Cubans and other nationals of communist countries after a Marxist coup ousted the leftist Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. Bishop had long contended the medical school was a CIA front. In fact, its director, Sir Geoffrey Bourne, whose son, Peter Bourne, served in the U.S. Special Forces and was President Jimmy Carter's health policy adviser, may have served as the inspiration behind Robert Ludlum's "Bourne Identity" series of novels about CIA mind-controlled assassin Jason Bourne. After the Jonestown massacre in 1978, some of the CIA interlocutors for the Reverend Jim Jones's People's Temple operation in Guyana escaped to Grenada and were in contact with the St. George's Medical School.


During the next three decades, three Barbadian Prime Ministers who showed a tendency to question U.S. hegemony in the region all died very suddenly. The first was the backer of Reagan's invasion of Grenada, Prime Minister Tom Adams. Adams grew uneasy when the U.S. requested that the St. George's Medical School be moved to Barbados. A relative of Adam's told this reporter that Adams had been contacted by a representative of Soviet intelligence who briefed him on the role of the St. George's Medical School in carrying out inhumane CIA experiments that were follow-ons to the CIA's MKNAOMI and MKULTRA programs. MKNAOMI involved biological assassination weapons and MKULTRA was an umbrella program that involved psychologically-programmed assassins. Adams began to sent messages to the Reagan administration that he was no longer interested in hosting the St. George's Medical School in Barbados. On March 11, 1985, Adams died at the age of 53 from a sudden heart attack at his official residence. The CIA spun the story in the local press that Adams had been killed by the KGB in retaliation for his support for the U.S. invasion of Grenada.


The following year, former Prime Minister Errol Barrow, once again, became Prime Minister in a landslide election for his opposition party. Barrow was a bitter opponent of the U.S. invasion of Grenada and referred to Reagan as the "cowboy in the White House" and declared that Reagan was a programmed zombie and a very dangerous person.


On June 1, 1987, Barrow collapsed at his home and died. He was 66.


David Thompson became Prime Minister in 2008. At first, Washington believed him to be a bulwark against Chavez's growing popularity in the English-speaking Caribbean but soon, St. Vincent's leftist Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who once preached radical politics at the University of the West Indies campus in Barbados, began to convince Thompson that Chavez was beneficial to the Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM) nations. Thompson showed signs of interest in two of Chavez's major projects, the

Bolivarian Initiative for the Americas (ALBA), a counterweight to Washington's Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and PetroCaribe, which supplied inexpensive oil and gasoline to the CARICOM nations. Although Barbados, unlike St. Vincent, was not a member of ALBA, Gonsalves kept Thompson apprised of ALBA developments


According to a February 1, 2008 Confidential cable from U.S. ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mary Ourisman, she and U.S. embassy staff were concerned about Gonsalves initial meeting with Thompson concerning ALBA.  Ourisman, whose foreign policy experience consisted of hosting GOP fundraisers with her wealthy Republican husband, the owner of automobile dealerships in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, was concerned about February 2008 visits planned by Chavez and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega to Antigua, Dominica, and St. Vincent. There was a fear by the CIA stations in the Eastern Caribbean that Chavez would convince other English-speaking nations like Barbados to join ALBA in return for reduced price fuel from Venezuela. For that reason, Washington was trying to exacerbate an old maritime boundary dispute between Barbados and Venezuela.


Thompson also incurred Washington's wrath over his growing ties with China and Cuba. Ourisman's cable warned: "Thompson continues Barbados' aversion to being seen as too close a friend of the U.S. and has rebuffed appeals for closer cooperation on UN human rights issues." Barbados rejected Washington's demands that it be more forceful in the United Nations against alleged human rights violations in Iran, Cuba, and other countries.


In March 2010, Thompson began complaining of stomach pains. In October, Thompson was dead from pancreatic cancer. He was 48.


In 2011, the Caribbean press began to openly worry about cancer striking Gonsalves after Chavez was diagnosed with the disease and Thompson died from it.


Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt "Rosie" Douglas had long been a thorn in the side of the United States. A conservative-turned-radical, Douglas was an outspoken opponent of Prime Minister Eugenia Charles's support for Reagan's invasion of Grenada. Douglas also nurtured close ties with Fidel Castro, Muammar Qaddafi, and Venezuela's Chavez. After years in the opposition, Douglas became Prime Minister of Dominica in January 2000. On October 2 later that year, Douglas was found dead at 10 am in his home 30 miles from the capital Roseau of unknown causes. He had returned the previous day from a CARICOM summit in Jamaica. Douglas was 58. His successor and fellow leftist, Pierre Charles, became ill in Febriary 2003 and had to undergo angioplasty surgery. He died while returning from a Cabinet meeting from a heart attack. He was 49.


Designer bio-weapons in the hands of the neo-cons


In 1986, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for policy testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the Pentagon had the capability to develop "designer" biological weapons for specific military purposes. The official who ecstatically showed a keen interest in designer biological warfare weapons was Douglas J. Feith, who, during the George W. Bush administration was one of the neo-conservative architects of the ill-fated invasion and occupation of Iraq. Feith, the son of the former President of the Zionist Organization of America, is also known to be a cipher for Israeli intelligence.


Over the years, the CIA and Pentagon developed various methods to infect their enemies with toxins. They ranged from the simple -- syringes, toxin-tipped needles, and ingesting tainted food and drink to the more sophisticated, including transmission from clothing, especially underwear; inhalation; and even the poisoning of toothpaste, the latter one of the many MKNAOMI plans to kill Fidel Castro. Although the United States and Britain ratified the 1972 Biological Warfare Convention, both nations cooperated on bio-warfare agents long after the ratification. Detrick and Edgewood in the United States and Porton Down and Nancecuke in the United Kingdom jointly cooperated in research, development, and possession of bio-warfare agents.


Over the years, the United States also reportedly maintained covert biological weapons facilities in Lahore, Pakistan; Môle St. Nicholas, Haiti; Jakarta, Indonesia; Cairo, Egypt; Lima and Iquitos, Peru; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Bangkok, Thailand; Camp Zama, Japan; Enoggera, Australia; Warsaw, Poland; Kamina airfield, Zaire; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


In 1981, Cuba and many Caribbean islands reported outbreaks of dengue fever linked to a CIA operation to sicken the Cuban population. In May 1981, a sharp increase in cases of dengue fever, known to be transmitted by mosquitoes carried by tropical storm winds for hundreds of miles, began appearing all over the Caribbean, but particularly in Havana, Camaguey, and Cienfuegos. In August, cases in Cuba spiked to well over 330,000. But "collateral damage" of dengue infections was also visited upon Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, and Florida.


Dominica's Rosie Douglas, one of many Caribbean and Latin American leaders suspected of being assassinated by bio-weapons, courtesy of the CIA.


Cancer warfare


If, as the State Department and Obama administration officials proclaim, it is absurd to suggest the United States can infect someone with cancer cells or viruses, why did Drs. Lawrence Loeb and Kenneth Tartof of the Institute for Cancer research in Philadelphia, writing in the July 23, 1976 issue of Science magazine, call for an immediate ban on "all experiments involving co-cultivation of known oncogenic viruses with primate viruses" because, as they further wrote, "the production of malignant tumors in a variety of primate species suggests the possibility of creating viruses that are oncogenic for humans?" Some of the U.S. government's primate cancerous tumor research was conducted at Tulane University's Delta Regional Primate Research Center in cooperation with Tulane's Dr. Alton Ochsner. a top cancer researcher who also maintained links with the CIA.


When the Venezuelan government begins its investigation of how Chavez was infected with aggressive cancer, it should begin by translating the wealth of documents on U.S. cancer weaponry available from the CIA's own historical record, as well as records from dozens of research laboratories, archives, and universities across the United States. Venezuela can then begin to trace back Chavez's activities and match them with known methods used by the CIA top infect their victims. Depositions from the doctors who have attended to cancer patients Neto, Thompson, Lugo, both Kirchners, Lula, Santos, Rousseff, Morales, Castro, as well as former Croatian Socialist Prime Minister Ivica Racan, dead at 63 from kidney cancer; ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, dead at 67 from lung cancer; Jamaican singer Bob Marley, dead at 36 from skin cancer; former Finnish Prime Minister Ahti Karjalainen, dead at 67 from pancreatic cancer; Senator Frank Church (who investigated the CIA's use of cancer-causing weapons), dead at 59 from pancreatic cancer; Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton at 61 from prostate cancer; and CBS newsman and author of Charlie Wilson's War George Crile III, dead at 61 from pancreatic cancer.


Other U.S. victims?


Controversy surrounds the deaths of a number of other political leaders who stood in the way of America's imperialistic designs. They include Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (heart attack at 52), former Indonesian President Sukarno (kidney failure at 69), Danish Social Democratic Prime Ministers Hans Hedtoft and his successor Hans Christian Hansen (Hedtoft of a sudden heart attack at 51 and Hansen of cancer at 52), leftist New Zealand Prime Minister Norman Kirk ("heart problems" at age 51), Jamaican Prime Minister Donald Sangster (subarachnoid hemorrhage at 55), Cypriot President Archbishope Makarios (heart attack, age 63), Palestinian President Yasir Arafat (possibly poisoned by thallium, age 75), former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook (heart attack at 59), Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Jorgen Holst (stroke at 56) and his wife, Dr. Marianne Heiberg, director of UNRWA, UN agency for Palestinian refugees (heart attack at 58), Eritrean Foreign Minster Ali Said Abdela (heart attack at 56), Algerian President Houari Boumediene (rare

Waldenström's macroglobulinemia blood disease at 46), St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Robert Bradshaw (prostate cancer at 61) and his successor Paul Southwell of heart failure at 65, Guinean leftist President Ahmed Sekou Toure while undergoing heart surgery in Cleveland at age 62, Guyana President Forbes Burnham while undergoing routine throat surgery at age 62, Brazilian President-elect Tancredo Neves, age 75, on eve of inauguration of sudden abdominal disease -- like Chavez he could never be sworn into office and died a month later with his vice president, Jose Sarney, taking over as acting president -- this may be the CIA template for the assassination of Chavez), former Brazilian President Joao Goulart (heart attack at age 57), former Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz, drowned in bathtub at age 57), former Chilean President Frei (septicemia while undergoing routine hiatal hernia operation at age 71), Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda (heart attack, possible poisoning, at 69), Grenada Prime Minister Herbert Blaize (prostate cancer at age 71), Guyana President and former Marxist leader Cheddi Jagan while undergoing heart surgery at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, at age 78), Nigerian President Sani Abacha (heart attack reportedly caused by poisoning after drink laced with poison was provided by prostitutes imported from Dubai), Nigerian opposition leader Moshood Abiola, heart attack at 60, while meeting alone with two U.S. representatives, Thomas Pickering and Susan Rice), Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jumabek Ibraimov (stomach cancer at age 55), Somaliland President Mohammad Ibrahim Egal (while undergoing surgery at South African military hospital age 73), Nauruan President Bernard Dowiyogo (heart attack while dining in Washington, DC, died in surgery at George Washington University Hospital, age 57), Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan, heart attack, age 55, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa (stroke at age 59), Turkish President Turgut Ozal, heart attack due to poison in lemonade, 65, Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar-Adua (pericarditis at age 58), and Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, sudden heart attack at 78).


If Hugo Chavez's death uncovers the deep dark secrets of the CIA's bio-murder weaponry and past bio-assassinations, he will not have died in vain.


President Obama has proclaimed himself the final arbiter -- in effect judge, jury, prosecutor, and executioner -- for non-Americans and Americans around the world. Obama is merely publicly stating what powers recent Presidents of the United States believed they were entitled to and possessed. With such self-appointed powers comes accountability. Anytime anyone of note who has challenged American supremacy dies suddenly or suspiciously or both, the President of the United States is an instant suspect until the facts prove differently.


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