[News] CIA Agents Killed in Afghanistan Worked for Contractor Active in Venezuela, Cuba
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Tue Jan 5 10:52:52 EST 2010
CIA Agents Assassinated in Afghanistan Worked for
Contractor Active in Venezuela, Cuba
January 3rd 2010, by Eva Golinger
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 DAIs 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 USAIDs 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 USAIDs 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 agencys activities in Venezuela
reveal the relationship between DAI and sectors
of the Venezuelan opposition that have actively
been involved in coup detats, 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 agencys 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/DAIs 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 Venezuelan airspace.
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