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BTL:Former Intelligence Officer Accuses White House & Pentagon of Providing...
19 May 2002
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"Former Intelligence Officer Accuses White House and Pentagon of Providing Direct Support for Failed Venezuelan Coup Attempt". Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wayne Madsen, who now serves as the Washington correspondent for Intelligence Online based in Paris.
Former Intelligence Officer Accuses White House and Pentagon of Providing Direct Support for Failed Venezuelan Coup Attempt.

Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris

After a coalition of conservative businessmen, labor groups and sectors of the armed forces failed to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, speculation has grown that the Bush administration may have played an important role in the failed April 11th coup attempt. Since Chavez was restored to power published reports have revealed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were funneled to the coup plotters by the congressionally funded National Endowment for Democracy in the months before their grab for power.

Allegations have also been made that the Pentagon provided intelligence to key members of the Venezuelan military involved in the overthrow attempt. Former National Security Agency officer Wayne Madsen charges that under the cover of training exercises in the Caribbean during the coup, the U.S. Navy monitored and jammed communications in Caracas with particular focus on the Cuban, Libyan, Iranian and Iraqi diplomatic missions. He also says that the military's Psychological Warfare Operations or "PSYOPs" unit produced television and radio announcements broadcast as part of the coup operation.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Wayne Madsen, who now serves as the Washington correspondent for Intelligence Online based in Paris. Here, he summarizes the logistical support which he maintains was provided by the Bush administration to the coup plotters(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found at

Read Wayne Madsen's articles about the Venezuela coup online at

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Don't Forget the Mossad....
19 May 2002
Several nights ago I met an affluent young Venezuelan
woman living in HUD housing down the block here in
Boston. Outside the building was a security guard I'd
never noticed before. And an Israeli locksmith was
delivering the Venezuelan woman a special key.

The situation was quite obvious to me. Anyway, in a
polite conversation with the young Venezuelan, I asked
her what she thought of Hugo Chavez.

"Oh, he's a communist dictator," she said. "That's
why I'm here."

"Why do you call him a 'communist dictator'?" I asked.

"Because he takes people's land," she replied.

"Whose land does he take?," I asked.

"Like the land by the river," she replied.

"Well, who made that land?", I asked.

She shrugged her shoulders.

"Wasn't the land made by nature - by God - not by any

"Well... I suppose...."

"So if Hugo Chavez - elected by the majority of
Venezuelans in genuine elections - is trying to
provide equal rights for everyone, does that make him
a 'communist dictator'?"

The young Venezuelan - who had earlier said she
doesn't know for whom her parents work (ie: CIA or
Mossad assets) - had no answer.

So, I explained to her about the Third Way - neither
"communist" nor "capitalist", but sensible:

Colin Powell: If you don't tell the truth about Otto
Reich and the Mossad, you're fired.



Venezuela: a coup countered

Employers, a corrupt trade union, the Church, the
middle classes and the media, with the help of
dissident generals, all calling themselves 'civil
society', mounted a coup last month against the
elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. Senior
officials of the Bush administration welcomed the
potential removal of a leader whose independence has
been anathema to Washington. But ordinary people and
loyal soldiers turned out to resist the coup. They
prevailed. So Chávez stays in power for now.
by our special correspondent MAURICE LEMOINE

The television cameras focused on the presenter, in
his improvised studio on the slopes of El Avila. In
the background was Caracas, at the foot of the
mountain. The presenter made the audience laugh by
reminding them he once persuaded Fidel Castro to sing
on air — "but he can hardly hold a note!" He
passionately described Guatemala, and libertador Simón
Bolivar. He crooned, questioned his guests, among them
a few ministers. He blew a kiss at the end of a
conversation with an ordinary viewer. He had a
television presenter's easy manner, but he wasn't a TV
professional, but Hugo Chávez, president of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela....
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