USAID making ever-higher investments in subversion (Periodico26)
- From: Dan Christensen <dchris@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 07:52:08 -0700 (PDT)
Cuba: USAID making ever-higher investments in subversion
BY Jean-Guy Allard
The U.S. offensive against progressive Latin America is now being
intensified in terms of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for
the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). In Cuba, Washington’s pro-
annexationist investment has increased and intensified via new
That is confirmed by the Venezuelan-American researcher Eva Golinger,
who analyzes in an interview how the current U.S. administration is
still making "investments in destabilizing the Cuban Revolution" via
USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
"USAID is investing in the destabilization of the Cuban Revolution via
two formats," explains the specialist, who has spent the last 10 years
studying and unmasking U.S. mechanisms of interference and subversion
in Latin America.
"Its main funding comes from the Economic Support Fund, a financial
division of the State Department that finances USAID projects," she
states. "This fund has contributed $65.33 million to the so-called
transition to democracy in Cuba over the last two years. An additional
$20 million is scheduled for 2010."
In USAID terminology, $10 million of the funds delivered in 2008 and
2009 were channeled into the "human rights" area; $7 million went into
promoting "political competition," and close to $49 million went to
"At the end of 2007, USAID also opened an Office of Transition
Initiatives (OTI) in the Cuban context, in order to work with youth
and ‘independent initiatives from the media,’" Golinger notes.
"To this end it has contributed additional funding of $8.383 million
since 2008. These OTI’s are USAID divisions set up to make a rapid
response to political crises, to ‘solve’ them in line with U.S.
The OTI’s handle cash funds "in very large quantities without having
to go through many reviews or accounting checks in the U.S. Congress."
An OTI was set up in Venezuela in August 2002 to promote and
consolidate forces opposed to the Bolivarian Revolution. Since then,
the OTI has funded and helped to create more than 450 NGOs and
political groups with finances in excess of $60 million.
This money basically serves to fuel conflicts and covertly promote
USAID, ON THE FRONTLINE OF IRREGULAR WARFARE
The USAID, an agency set up in 1962 as the financial wing of the State
Department for attending to "humanitarian" affairs, has been
transformed in the 21st century into one of the central actors in
counterinsurgency operations under the new doctrine of Washington’s
"This doctrine was signed in early 2009 by the recently inaugurated
president of the United States, Barack Obama, as part of his new
policy of ‘smart power,’ intelligent power, which employs the use of
military power in conjunction with diplomacy, culture, communications,
and economic and political power."
There are two central points of difference between irregular warfare
and traditional warfare: the objective and tactics, notes the
"Traditional warfare sees as its objective the defeat of the
adversary’s armed forces, and its principal tactic is the use of
military power in its most traditional form, combat and bombardments.
The objective of irregular warfare is control over the civilian
population and the neutralization of the state, and its principal
tactic is counterinsurgency, which is the use of indirect and
asymmetric techniques like subversion, infiltration, psychological
operations, cultural penetration and military deception."
In this 21st century, USAID has developed divisions within the agency
that function, alongside the Pentagon, as offices for Conflict
Management, Transition and Reconstruction, Democracy and
Governability, and Transition Initiatives, which are directing their
work toward counterinsurgency efforts.
"In this way, USAID has become the principal financial actor of
destabilization and penetration in the civil society in countries of
strategic importance for U.S. interests."
In the case of Latin America, the figures for USAID financial
investment in political groups and in "promoting democracy" are
THE NED AND ITS CHAIN OF MERCENARY NGO’S
On the other hand, the NED, a CIA front agency — it was founded to do
the work that the CIA did in the 1960s and 70s but with a more
legitimate image — has contributed $1.435 million to promoting
destabilization in Cuba this year, Golinger states, listing the groups
benefiting from that U.S. fund:
- Afro-Cuban Alliance (ACA): $82,080.
- Asociación Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana (Cuban Cultura
Encounter Association): $225,000.
- Center for a Free Cuba, Frank Calzón: $54,222.
- Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE): $157,526.
- Committee for Free Trade Unionism (CFTU): $150,000.
- El Directorio Democrático de Cuba (The Democratic Directory of
- CubaNet News: $42,000.
- Disidente Universal de Puerto Rico (Universal Dissident of Puerto
- International Group for Corporate Social Responsibility in Cuba:
- People in Need (PIN): $129,451.
- People in Peril Association (PIPA): $43,320.
The majority of this assortment of organizations, groups and mini-
groups has been linked to CIA activities in the past.
Despite promises, administration change or not, Washington is still
squandering hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars every year on
this dirty war on Latin America.
"An imperial offensive against Latin America is underway, which is
currently being intensified against the ALBA countries," Golinger
"One of the manifestations of this aggression is this
counterinsurgency call as a tactic to penetrate and infiltrate
communities and promote destabilization," stresses the author of books
such as the Código Chávez (The Chávez Code) and La Teleraña Imperial
(The Imperial Spider’s Web), a repertoire of Washington’s intelligence
activities on the continent and in the world.
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