Wednesday, June 04, 2008

I wonder how the international Chavez clique is going to spin this one.
“Under the new intelligence law, which took effect last week, Venezuela’s two main intelligence services, the DISIP secret police and the DIM military intelligence agency, will be replaced with new agencies, the General Intelligence Office and General Counterintelligence Office, under the control of Mr. Chávez.

The new law requires people in the country to comply with requests to assist the agencies, secret police or community activist groups loyal to Mr. Chávez
. Refusal can result in prison terms of two to four years for most people and four to six years for government employees.”

(HT Harry’s Place)


Anonymous said...

Very similar to our National Security Letters.

Daniel Stark said...

Here is my guess how they'll try to spin it:

"Chavez just wants to make sure the Socialist revolution stays on track without imperialist interference. The only people he will be tracking anyways is the rich private corporate elite in the country. You're just a shill for multinational corporations!"

I don't know though, I haven't read in awhile (which is basically a left leaning site that has in the past spoke favorably for Chavez).

Roland Dodds said...

”Very similar to our National Security Letters.”

When you say ours, I assume you mean the United States. And no, it doesn’t sound much like our national security letters. And last time I checked, we don’t have to comply with activist groups loyal to Bush.

Roland Dodds said...

I also added you to the blogroll Daniel. Cheers.

TNC said...

The first they (Chavistas outside of Venezuela) will do is ignore it, not talk about it, pretend it doesn't exist. When people critical of Chavez start bringing attention to these issues, then the Chavistas will make the sort of excuses that Daniel provides. It's a predictable pattern if you examine how supporters of Castro operate, or Stalin for that matter.

I think the primary concern with the National Security Letters (for the ACLU and others) is they allow the Intelligence Community to collect information without the use of FISA warrants or other judicial oversight. I think Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have been filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation but I do not know what sort of material the FOIA requests have uncovered.

That our government allows individuals and organizations to make these requests for classified information --and responds--is yet another example of how much different things are in the U.S. (and other democracies) compared to authoritarian states like Venezuela.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Caudillo is going strong. Unfortunately.