Now that eight foreign "terrorists" have been arrested in Caracas and evidence appeared on the web that the fascist wing of the Cuban exile community is plotting and scheming in Miami to end the Bolivarian project in Venezuela, why not look at Panama for a moment to see where our little isthmus fits in?
After all, we've had plenty of allegations coming from Venezuela that Panama is a center for anti-democracy planning as well, and our former narco-ambassador at the OAS, Guillermo Cochez, has been yelling and twittering his ass off against everything Chavez, Maduro and evil socialism in general, including a failed ploy to "prove" that Maduro wasn't really a Venezuelan citizen.
Ah, but in November last year, lawyer Eva Golinger - author of the best seller The Chavez Code - wrote on her blog about damning documents. A cabal of US consultants, Colombia's former paramilitary narco-president Alvaro Uribe and loyalists had supposedly drafted a document on how to overthrow the Chavistas. Wrote Golinger:
The document, titled “Strategic Venezuelan Plan”, was prepared by the Democratic Internationalism Foundation (http://fidauv.org), headed by ex Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, together with the First Colombia Think Tank (http://www.pensamientocolombia.org) and the US Consulting firm, FTI Consulting (http://www.fticonsulting.com). Dated June 13, 2013, the plan was developed during a meeting between representatives from these three organizations, leaders of the Venezuelan opposicion, including Maria Corina Machado, Julio Borges and Ramon Guillermo Avelado, expert in psychological operations J.J. Rendon and the Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for Latin America, Mark Feierstein.
The strategic plan to destabilize Venezuela has the primary goal of debilitating the government before the December 8 municipal elections, as revealed in the document: “The objectives put forth in the present plan are essentially geared towards the municipal elections set for December 8, while at the same time including the accelerated deterioration of the government, facilitating an opposition victory for this event...” Though the text states further, “...but if it could be done beforehand, that would be even better”.
The document also details the strategy to sabotage the electrical system in Venezuela, with the objective of blaming the government for a weak infrastructure and therefore projecting an image of crisis in Venezuela on an international level. As part of the plan, the authors propose, “To maintain and increase the sabotages that affect public services, particularly the electrical system, that will enable responsibility to be placed on the government for supposed inefficiencies and negligence”. For the past few months, blackouts and other electrical shortages have affected different regions throughout Venezuela, causing general discontent and reflecting negatively on the government. Just weeks ago, Venezuelan authorities detained various individuals involved in sabotaging the electrical system and at the end of September, President Maduro expelled three US diplomats from the US Embassy in Caracas for their alleged role in destabilization plans against the state.
In the section labeled “Actions”, the authors of the document detail their next steps to undermine the Venezuelan government. In addition to “Perfecting the confrontational discourse of Henrique Capriles”, the opposition candidate who lost to Maduro in April’s presidential elections, they also talk of “Generating emotion with short messages that reach the largest quantity of people and emphasize social problems, provoking social discontent. Increase problems with supply of basic consumer products”.
We asked Mrs. Golinger for a copy of the document, which she sent us immediately. We are now the first to make it available for download, here: VenPlan.pdf.
Now here is where it gets interesting where Panama is concerned: When we visited the website of FTI Consulting, we were immediately redirected to the site of the Panama branch office of that outfit. It's located on the 4th floor of the Dresdner Bank building on Calle 50.
According to the society pages of La Prensa, the Panama office was opened in August 2009.
The site only lists one person who works there, one Matias Mora Simoes:
For over 14 years he has provided a variety of investigative and intelligence services, including internal investigations, financial frauds, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, FCPA Audits, SOX implementation and the review and execution of comprehensive money laundering prevention programs.
Before joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Mora Simoes was the responsible of Holder International’s Financial Advisory Services area. He also led that practice in Kroll Inc. and ended up being the Head Office of the Buenos Aires’ office.
His boss, for whom he worked already before joining FTI, is one Frank Holder. Holder is no stranger to political plotting and smear in Latin America - he was involved in a botched attempt to discredit Brazilian president Lula da Silva with a fake report in which it was - falsely - alleged that Lula owned offshore bank accounts. In Argentina he produced a report, paid for by a banker, to smear two legislators. It was found to be completely unfounded by the courts later.
Holder and Mora are, or so it seems, the two big men at FTI Consulting where it comes to Latin America. And that same firm is one of the co-authors of the dirty campaign plan that Eva Golinger unearthed and that is these days, almost by the letter, being executed in Venezuela.
Socialism in Venezuela does not need any outside help to collapse. It would do it under its own weight too. But Chavistas will blame foreign conspiracies rather than admit to the mess they made themselves, which merely facilitates any foreign intervention.
Just like all the Arab Spring countries and colour revolutions in Eastern Europe: yes they have been deliberately engineered by the US/EU/Israel, but the fact remains that i these countries where well run and not overly corrupt foreign intelligence agencies would not stand a chance.
That must be why it hasn’t collapsed, then.
Well they’re too busy wondering how to wipe their butts: http://www.eldefinido.cl/movil/actualidad/plazapublica/1863/Por_que_Venezuela_no_tiene_papel_higienico/
Y see that you love Castro’s Cuba and Maduro’s Venzuela, then, how come don’t you go to live in one of those “paradises” ? you don’t be able there to smear your heroes. Golinger ? Are you kidding ? everybody knows her and her communist faith. Panamá is not a country for you, please go to Cuba and I will be very happy to read you on line but you won’t have enough money to pay or to have a web site or an on line account.And if you criticize them you will be thrown in jail. So, go there and stop your smearing campaing in here.
Funny how you can’t use one single rational argument, instead telling me where I should go. I’m not going anywhere, and you are not the one who decides on my travel plans.
Offcourse it is .
Well , Amaryllis seems to me you dont live in Cuba, nor in Panama, much less have the nerve to stand up to panamas oligarchs that have planted for years social inequality , thus children have became criminals by having any fair future to explore, panama a country where corrupt politicians call the day , needless to mention the infamous banking class that surpass any possible decency , they are part of a select part of so to say saviors of money launderers and protect themselves. For an example you can have one of PRD secretaries, in most bank BOD s , playing his power house game selling himself as the correct gentlemen, while hi sits in his restaurant will all politicians no matter who they belong to….disgusting individual ……thats Panama sweety….thats the real panama , dont you see your face in the mirror everyday…….