Time to Designate WikiLeaks a Foreign Terrorist Organization, Or Create a New Targeting Category to Make It So

During a speech last week at a Washington, D.C. think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Director of Central Intelligence Mike Pompeo shot an excellent political broadside at WikiLeaks: It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. …

Should the UK Sever Diplomatic Relations With Ecuador?

The following post about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was submitted by a colleague and friend in Washington, DC, Ms. Maggie Petito. Ms Petito knows a bit about the antics of the Latin American left in the Andean region and beyond. Ms. Petito is the head of a small anti-corruption rule of law foundation — Foundation …

Morning Musings

Just in time for Passover, Holy Week and Easter, Nasir al-Wuhayshi and his al-Qaeda compatriots appear to have released a well-timed propaganda video. “We must eliminate the cross … the bearer of the cross is America,” al-Wuhayshi says, taunting Christians by making reference to the cross on this holy of holiest week of the Catholic and …

Morning Musings

Senate says: CIA mislead on interrogation program, or so says unnamed officials who spoke to the Washington Post about a classified document. Seems like certain Senators still want an apology and are ready to re-hash the blame Bush strategy to boot. What about that investigation of Senate staffers who allegedly removed classified documents from a …

Ecuador’s Surveillance Program

From Alek Boyd on the Ecuador link to the Snowden NSA leaks matter: “Two days ago I posted some documents about a surveillance programme set up by Ecuador’s Intelligence Agency (Secretaría Nacional de Inteligencia or SENAIN). It was fitting to post such information given news about Edward Snowden’s alleged decision to get political asylum in …

FARCleaks

Three years after Colombia’s successful raid of a terrorist camp in Ecuador, a European think tank has announced that it will release a report of the contents of a computer seized during the operation that belonged to a FARC commander, Raul Reyes. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies announcement the publication: “provides unique insights …

Around Town …

Over at the Daily Caller, there is a new poll out that gives President Obama low marks on national security matters. Could Libya have something to do with it? The Obama Administration has yet to make a compelling case as to why U.S. involvement in Libya is in the U.S. national interest. Absent finding Libya is …

Around Town …

The Australian newspaper reported earlier this week that the Australian government has blocked several shipments of controlled items including water pumps used to cool nuclear reactors.  Ominously titled “Kevin Rudd’s secret war on Iran,” the reporter who penned the article asks readers to contact them if they have had exports blocked by the government.  That …

Iranian Bank to Open Branch in Western Hemisphere

The Iranian regime continues to expand its presence in the Americas.  Yesterday, officials with Ecuador’s Central Bank announced that the Iran Export Development Bank will open a branch in Quito.  This is part of an agreement penned in December 2008 when Ecuador’s Rafael Correa visited Tehran.  “The agreement is in line with the Ecuadorian government’s …

Venezuelan Officials: Drug Kingpins

According to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republicans, “Venezuela’s cooperation on counternarcotics has deteriorated according to a report released today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).  “The report, requested by U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar in February 2008, is an effort by Lugar to ensure that funding for United States Government policies designed to interdict narcotics …

Around the Hemisphere …

Mexico has started nuclear radiation detection operations at one of its busiest seaports.  A similar program was initiated in Jamaica earlier this year. For decades a majority of the leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere worked against U.S. policy toward Cuba.  Regional leaders criticize U.S.-Cuba sanctions as “inhumane,” among other things.  How times changed.  It seems as …

Around the Hemisphere …

The Bolivarian Axis makes a move in Honduras to institutionalize leftist rule.  This is how it was done in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.  They will trample rule of law, minority rights, and slowly take control of the country.   A blogger claiming to be the son of an Honduran Senator states that during a Congressional …

Ecuador and Terrorists, Targeted Sanctions May Be Warranted

The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s latest op-ed is well worth a read by folks considering extending ATPDEA trade preferences to Ecuador.   The op-ed has struck a nerve with the Correa regime that has responded with shrill commentary, rather than facts. Bottom line:  Ecuador remains a terrorist safe haven and, unless the Correa crew changes …

Ecuador, A Democracy in Name Only

Last year Ecuador strongman Rafael Correa stated that he preferred “one thousand times” to be an ally and friend of state sponsor of terrorism Cuba and Venezuela, than to be a friend of the United States.  And Correa has by act and deed, kept his word. The only democracy existing in Ecuador,  is in name …

Iran May Inherit U.S.-Taxpayer Built Military Facility in South America

Will the U.S. military facility in Manta, Ecuador go down in history as the Iranian intelligence base that U.S. taxpayers paid for?   That seems to be the possibility.  The folks at CNS News have written an article on the matter that is well-worth a read, “Ecuador Eye Military Ties As U.S. Prepares to Withdraw …

Iran’s Growing Penetration of the Americas, Courtesy of Latin American Leftist Leaders and Interests

“The core of this effort is fueled primarily by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and Communist Cuba.  This Lernaean Hydra also breathes its ideological poison with fellow travelers in Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and political parties and business interests throughout Latin America and the Caribbean…”  The incoming Obama-Biden Administration has been making the perfunctory statement that it will …

U.S. Suspends Trade Preferences for Bolivia, While Ecuador Receives Limited Extension

In response to Bolivia’s repeated failures to cooperate in regional anti-drug efforts, the Bush Administration announced this week that it would suspend trade preferences for Bolivia.   The move will increase tariffs on Bolivian goods entering the U.S. effective October 31, 2008.  “Unfortunately, Bolivia has failed to cooperate with the United States on important efforts to …

Ecuador and Bolivia Do Not Deserve Preferential Trade Extension

A majority of Americans do not know that for approximately sixteen years many products from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, have been allowed to enter the U.S. market under lower or no tariff rates.  In exchange for the preferential trade treatment, these countries were supposed to cooperate extensively with the U.S. in various counternarcotics efforts throughout the …

Making Some Sense of Anti-American Shenanigans in South America, It is Not a Cold War Part Deux

The U.S. Ambassadors to Bolivia and Venezuela have been expelled this week from South America.  An act of political immaturity on the part of these two South American countries, we should respond, in kind, and with clarity of purpose.  In other words, we should provide exit papers for their Ambassadors in Washington, DC and begin …

Ecuador’s Path to Dictatorship Continues Unchecked, ATPDEA Extension Should be Conditioned

There is a cottage industry of anti-American activists throughout the Western Hemisphere eagerly awaiting the U.S. withdrawal next year from the anti-narcotics facility in Ecuador. It received a boost yesterday from the leftist government of Rafael Correa who is making good on a campaign promise to “kick the gringos out” from coastal facility and civilian …