Friday, February 25, 2005

CIA-Contra dirty tricks in Nicaragua

The United States is trying to force the Nicaraguan Army to give up its supply of SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles, allegedly on the basis that they might fall into the hands of international terrorists. Of course, the real reason is that the Americans fear a return to power of the Sandinistas, and want to maintain their monopoly of violence over Central America so nobody can defend themselves (the same reason why the Americans complained about the recent announcement that Venezuela was purchasing defensive weapons from Russia, and, for that matter, why the U. S. is angry that the Russians propose to supply defensive weapons to Syria). The Nicaraguans have destroyed 1000 missiles, but have resisted the heavy American pressure and will maintain an arsenal of 20 percent of the total. As backing to the American fears, two men were recently arrested and convicted of planning to sell such a missile. And now the good part (or here; my emphasis in bold):

"One of the men convicted of selling a SAM-7 surface-to-air missile in Nicaragua, Jorge Ivan Pineda, said he was paid $1,000 by the CIA to buy the weapon and that the whole thing was planned at a meeting in the US embassy in the presence of the US ambassador Barbara Moore on Dec. 23 2004. The head of the Nicaragua Army, Gen. Javier Carrion, said he believes there could be an international campaign to discredit his institution.

According to Pineda, two former contras were also present at the meeting at the US embassy. These two men went by the names of 'Cascabel' and 'Arandu' and were the ones who obtained the weapon, which had never been in possession of the Nicaragua Army but was one of 100 SAM-7 missiles that the US government had given to the contras to fight against the Sandinista government in the 1980s. These weapons have never been recovered and apparently are still in the possession of ex-contra fighters in the northern mountains of Nicaragua.

Pineda went on to claim that Silva Clarence, the head of the anti-drug directorate in the National Police force, is really an undercover CIA agent. Those who orchestrated the whole thing, says Pineda, 'even asked 'Cascabel' and 'Arandu' to take a photo of the weapon as proof. This photo would be shown to Bolaños and Moore.'"

With Negroponte running all American intelligence, and CIA-Contra dirty tricks in Nicaragua, it feels like the 1980's have returned.