[A-List] CIA Agents assassinated in Afghanistan worked for "contractor" active in Venezuela, Cuba
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Mon Jan 4 05:44:23 MST 2010
CIA Agents assassinated in Afghanistan worked for "contractor" active in
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
At least eight U.S. citizens were killed on a CIA operations base in
Afghanistan this past Wednesday, December 30. A suicide bomber infiltrated
Forward Operating Base Chapman located in the eastern province of Khost,
which was a CIA center of operations and surveillance. Official sources in
Washington have confirmed that the eight dead were all civilian employees
and CIA contractors.
Fifteen days ago, five U.S. citizens working for a U.S. government
contractor, Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), were also killed in an
explosion at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) office in
Gardez. That same day, another bomb exploded outside the DAI offices in
Kabul, although no serious injuries resulted.
The December 15 incident received little attention, although it occurred
just days after the detention of a DAI employee in Cuba, accused of
subversion and distribution of illegal materials to counterrevolutionary
groups. President and CEO of DAI, Jim Boomgard, issued a declaration on
December 14 regarding the detention of a subcontractor from his company in
Cuba, confirming that, "the detained individual was an employee of a program
subcontractor, which was implementing a competitively issued subcontract to
assist Cuban civil society organizations." The statement also emphasized the
"new program" DAI is managing for the U.S. government in Cuba, the "Cuba
Democracy and Contingency Planning Program". DAI was awarded a $40 million
USD contract in 2008 to help the U.S. government "support the peaceful
activities of a broad range of nonviolent organizations through
competitively awarded grants and subcontracts" in Cuba.
On December 15, DAI published a press release mourning "project personnel
killed in Afghanistan". "DAI is deeply saddened to report the deaths of five
staff associated with our projects in Afghanistan…On December 15, five
employees of DAI's security subcontractor were killed by an explosion in the
Gardez office of the Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD)
Program, a USAID project implemented by DAI."
DAI also runs a program in Khost where the December 30 suicide bombing
occurred, although it has yet to be confirmed if the eight U.S. citizens
killed were working for the major U.S. government contractor. From the
operations base in Khost, the CIA remotely controls its selective
assassination program against alleged Al Qaeda members in Pakistan and
Afghanistan using drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) Predator planes.
A high-level USAID official confirmed two weeks ago that the CIA uses
USAID's name to issue contracts and funding to third parties in order to
provide cover for clandestine operations. The official, a veteran of the
U.S. government agency, stated that the CIA issues such contracts without
USAID's full knowledge.
Since June 2002, USAID has maintained an Office for Transition Initiatives
(OTI) in Venezuela, through which it has channeled more than $50 million USD
to groups and individuals opposed to President Hugo Chávez. The same
contractor active in Afghanistan and connected with the CIA, Development
Alternatives Inc. (DAI), was awarded a multi-million dollar budget from
USAID in Venezuela to "assist civil society and the transition to
democracy". More than two thousand documents partially declassified from
USAID regarding the agency's activities in Venezuela reveal the relationship
between DAI and sectors of the Venezuelan opposition that have actively been
involved in coup d'etats, violent demonstrations and other destabilization
attempts against President Chávez.
In Bolivia, USAID was expelled this year from two municipalities, Chapare
and El Alto, after being accused of interventionism. In September 2009,
President Evo Morales announced the termination of an official agreement
with USAID allowing its operations in Bolivia, based on substantial evidence
documenting the agency's funding of violent separtist groups seeking to
destabilize the country.
In 2005, USAID was also expelled from Eritrea and accused of being a
"neo-colonialist" agency. Ethiopia, Russia and Belarus have ordered the
expulsion of USAID and its contractors during the last five years.
Development Alternatives, Inc. is one of the largest U.S. government
contractors in the world. The company, with headquarters in Bethesda, MD,
presently has a $50 million contract with USAID for operations in
Afghanistan. In Latin America, DAI has operations and field offices in
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
This year, USAID/DAI's budget in Venezuela nears $15 million USD and its
programs are oriented towards strengthening opposition parties, candidates
and campaigns for the 2010 legislative elections. Just two weeks ago,
President Chávez also denounced the illegal presence of U.S. drone planes in
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