FOREIGN PRESS FOUNDATIONOPUS DEI, THE CIA, AND THE FBIFri Jan 26, 2007 16:28
FPF: OPUS DEI IS VATICAN'S VICE
Franklin's Focus 1/25/07
OPUS DEI, THE CIA, AND THE FBI
What do all three of these groups have in common? Well, they have a great deal in common, but I'm interested in one commonality only - their clandestine presence and their subversive activities in Venezuela. Since you already know a great deal about the FBI and CIA plus their kinds of activities in foreign countries, I will merely say a few things about the Opus Dei.
Latin for 'the work of God', it is a lay organization of rightwing Catholics dedicated to resisting anything liberal. It was founded in 1928 by wealthy Spaniards who felt the dictatorship of Franco and his fascist Falange were far too namby pamby and liberal. I say this to impress upon you some idea of just how far to the right Opus Dei is.
The Church has always loved this group and probably opened its vast coffers to its fascistic members to finance all sorts of nasty activities. Assassinations, kidnappings, disappearing people, coups, rigging elections, briberies, torture, and so on have been attributed to this group. You'd think that these kinds of activities would merit condemnation by at least one of the various asshole Popes, but in 1950 the Papacy actually recognized Opus Dei as a legitimate and worthy group that was doing the work of God.
Their clandestine presence in any Latin country daring to challenge the Church or establish a democracy has been all but a given. Of course, they have continually rubbed noses with the CIA, a group they have long had collegial relations with. They also get along quite well with the FBI. Suspicions abound that these groups not only get along well socially, they work very well together at undermining nascent democracies.
CHAVEZ HATERS ARE FINDING IT TO BE QUITE PROFITABLE TO HATE HUGO
Is is not surprising that the three groups are flitting about in Venezuela trying to arrange for the demise of Chavez, the financing of Venezuelan fascist groups, and putting members of the military on their payrolls. Chavez haters are finding it to be quite profitable to hate Hugo, and even those who do not hate him probably find the lure of so much lucre irresistible.
When the Castro brothers and Che Guevara triumphed in Cuba, they did so only after evicting Fulgencio Batista and his court of corrupt plutocrats, the oligarchic landowners, an American military that was hastily sent to Cuba to save Batista, the entrenched Mafia with its vast gambling empire, the Church, and the Opus Dei. Only then could the revolutionaries set about establishing a liberated socialist Cuba.
Since then, Castro has had to continuously chuck people in prison who sneak into Cuba under the command of Operation Mongoose to commit terrorist acts and assassinations. This CIA op has reportedly backed 5,000 attempts on the life of Castro. Only the extreme loyalty of the revolutionary cadre and troops have preserved the life of Castro all these years.
From day one, the odds against the rebels were enormous, but they managed to survive and create a totally new society in Cuba with a great system of education, healthcare, natural agriculture, and so on. On the provincial and town levels, they have created a system so democratic it puts America to shame when it comes to a comparison with our unresponsive, corrupt state and city governments. As for venality and corruption at the national level, Cuba also puts the US to shame. The highest level of ministers drive around in old junkers and live in humble homes.
Yes, it is a dictatorship at the national level, but Cuba would never have survived any other way. Faulting them for not creating a national level democracy would be like faulting an army for not being democratic. To survive, the national government had to operate much like an army. If the US had not immediately made Cuba an enemy, it is highly probably some form of democracy would have evolved at the national level, albeit different from the yankee model.
Now let's focus on Venezuela and Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution. He too is struggling to function with countless agents of the Opus Dei, the CIA, and the FBI milling about trying desperately to torpedo his revolution. Of course, they all want to kill him. Along with these nasty folks are members of his own military who were likely trained at the infamous School of Americas, otherwise known as the School of Torture. Thousands of graduates have been placed all over Latin America and have served US interests quite well. Chavez will eventually have to purge these potential assassins, any one of which knows he could become a millionaire living in Palm Beach with a single bullet.
IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS, CHAVEZ IS TRYING TO EFFECT A REVOLUTION.
Among other goals, he wants to return the ownership of Venezuela's natural resources to the people of Venezuela. To do this, he has to overcome resistance by the landed aristocracy, the Church, the military, Opus Dei, the CIA, and the FBI. If that were not enough, he cannot legally nationalize the oil industry; so he has asked the national legislature for a three-month power to nationalize any and all natural resources of Venezuela currently in possession of greedy foreigners who allot an unreasonably small cut of the profits to the people of Venezuela.
Because he has sought two other special powers for a mere three months in order to make some radical changes in Venezuela pursuant to the Bolivarian Revolution. the media in the US are going ape over the fact that he is now supposedly moving to extinguish Venezuelan democracy. The fact is he is one of the few democratic leaders in the Third World who absolutely does not need to make himself or herself into a dictator. He has been elected multiple times by large margins that are only going to grow larger with each election.
WILL VENEZUELA BUILD A DEMOCRACY MODELED AFTER THAT OF THE US? GOOD GOD, LET'S HOPE NOT.
The American 'democracy' is in its death throes. Just as Benjamin Franklin predicted it would, corruption is going to eventually kill the American Republic. Latin countries do not want to model their governments after the American model. They don't like what they see.
Countless Latin leaders and political activists like what they have seen in Cuba and Venezuela better than what they have seen in the US where 47 million Americans have no health insurance, and Bill Gates's personal wealth exceeds that of the total wealth of over 50% of Americans, and America has gone wild expending its young people and its treasure on insane wars. From the outside, it just doesn't look that good. In fact, it no longer looks all that good from the inside either.
Whatever kind of governments evolve in Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Venezuela, they are not going to look like our national government. Thank God for that. Shame on all those Americans who want all other nations to build states modeled after the USA.
Just because the peoples of those nations are not Americans does not make them stupid, a belief held by many Americans, often appropriately referred to as 'ugly Americans'.
[American] 'patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.'
[Sorry about that. I just couldn't resist.]
George Bernard Shaw
Conyers Has Rebelled Against Pelosi and the DLC
The following article will almost certainly make your day. I just sent
an email to Conyers heaping effusive praise on this man, who may be
risking his political career, or perhaps even his life, to do the right thing.
His address is: John.Conyers@mail.house.gov
Please send him a quick note of thanks and ask your friends to do the
I also plan on buying his book as a further gesture.
Warmest regards, Richard
Thursday, January 25, 2007
CHAIRMAN CONYERS PUTS BUSH ABUSE OF POWER `ON THE TABLE'
Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have taken impeachment "off the table," but House Judiciary Chair John Conyers (D-MI) is about to put it back on the menu.
Conyers may have been blocked by a timid Pelosi from initiating impeachment hearings immediately into President Bush's crimes against the Constitution, but he's taken the first step anyway, with the anouncement of plans to hold hearings into what is surely the President's gravest abuse of power.
The congressman, a veteran of the Nixon impeachment hearings who recently published a book on Bush's crimes, today announced plans to have his Judiciary Committee hold hearings on Bush's rampant use of so-called "signing statements." These are the documents the president has claimed give him the power, as a commander-in-chief, to ignore laws duly passed by the Congress.
Bush has used this bogus claim to ignore all or parts of some 1200 laws passed by Congress. He has done it willfully, and he has done it deceptively, often adding the signing statement saying he will be ignoring a law after having first hosted a friendly photo-op signing session at which he offer no indication that he had any problem with a measure.
The first Judiciary Committee hearing is set for January 31.
Hopefully this will be followed by more Judiciary hearings into the president's other high crimes and misdemeanors.
Readers should encourage Conyers in his efforts, and urge him to follow through, by sending messages of support to:
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