Dr.Agha Inamullah Khan
12th Dec 2014
The name tag AID.
We Pakistanis were deceived with slogan, ’Sub Sy Pehly Pakistan’ (Pakistan First). Currently we are being assisted in agriculture development program, education program and communication via spreading roads under USAID’s slogan,’Americkee Awam Aur Pakistan Milker Bana Rahay Hein Roshan Pakistan (Brighter Pakistan). Yet we have still more futuristic adventures for Pakistan of Imran Khan’s PTI’s NAYA PAKISTAN (New Pakistan).
President John F. Kennedy created USAID from its predecessor agencies in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act. The Congress updates this authorization through annual funds appropriation acts, and other legislation. Although technically an independent federal agency, USAID operates subject to the foreign policy guidance of the President, Secretary, and the National Security Council.
USAID refers to NGOs as private voluntary organizations. Many argue that this definition is highly problematic as many NGOs are in fact state and corporate funded and manage projects with professional staff, hence the word voluntary has been adulterated with amount of wage that is paid to its employees, and all other funds they enjoy.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. Responding to President Obama’s pledge in his January 2013 State of the Union address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty in the next two decades,” USAID has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.
The vital role of NGOs and other” major groups” in sustainable development was recognized in chapter 27 of Agenda 21, leading to intense arrangements for a consultative relationship between the United Nations and NGOs.
Rapid development of NGOs sector occurred in western countries as a result of the process of re building of the welfare state. Same is happening in Pakistan.
It is difficult to describe USAID as an NGO given that it is under the U.S. Department of State.
The world of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and U.S. government run foreign assistance programs in which President Obama was raised has long been dominated by the CIA.
Obama’s parents, and his step-father directly benefited from U.S. government assistance programs in countries where the CIA backed dictatorial regimes, earned them with hundreds of millions of dollars of assistance.
Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, worked on micro-financing projects for USAID and Ford Foundation, both linked to the CIA, that helped prop up dictatorships in Indonesia and Pakistan. After Suharto seized power in 1965, USAID returned to Indonesia, with Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro as one of its chief employees, to help Suharto create the New Order (Orde Baru).
Suharto established the Bureau of Logistics (BULOG) that steered USAID-provided rice and other food staples to Suharto’s business cronies. Suharto also relied on a group of U.S. economists, including Obama’s mother, to re-engineer Indonesia’s socialist economy. The group was called the “Berkeley mafia” and it ensured that Indonesia was compliant with dictates of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and large Western commercial banks.
While USAID was moving in to Indonesia in 1965, USAID contractors were using CIA airline, Air America and dropping off weapons and picking up drugs in Laos.
One of the covert CIA operations that Obama continues is the use of USAID as a front for destabilizing foreign governments.
In 1988 USAID participated in a closed-door meeting with an agenda of exploitation of Africa’s oil resources, between major oil companies and the CIA, National Security Council, and three state Department officials, Stuart Eisenstat, Thomas Pikcering and Susan Rice. Susan Rice is now Obama’s ambassador to United Nations.
In 2002, USAID was caught providing U.S. funds to Venezuelan labor unions and media outlets that supported the CIA-led coup against Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, who latter suddenly died of cancer, who knows, may be self-induced cancer.
In 2009, Susan Tsvangirai, the wife of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, was killed in an automobile accident in which the Prime Minister was injured. The truck that struck their automobile was bought with USAID funds and bore a U.S. embassy license plate. USAID denied it had anything to do with the truck.
Public Works Minister Theresa Mokone, a friend of Mrs. Tsvangirai, likened the crash to the mysterious auto accident that killed popular and incorruptible Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Sokoine in 1984. Sokoine was the designated successor to President Julius Nyerere, who antagonized the CIA by his close ties with the Soviet Union and China. Sokoine created a number of enemies among the elite class when he ordered the assets of fraudsters and smugglers seized. USAID, at the time of Sokoine’s possible assassination, was heavily-involved in Tanzania.
USAID operated in Manila from the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency building at the Ramon Magsaysay Center on Roxas Boulevard in the Malate district of the city. In 2000, the offices moved to the Makati district of the city but the building that housed USAID was always known to locals as the “CIA building.” The building, owned by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, in honor of the Philippines President who died in a 1955 plane crash, was built in 1959 with a loan from the Rockefeller family. The Rockefellers also provided grants to the Magsaysay Foundation.
The CIA-linked Asia Foundation, which worked closely with the CIA-funded East-West Center at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, where Obama’s mother met her second husband, General Suharto’s colonel, Lolo Soetoro, was linked closely to USAID covert programs in Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Vietnam, Thailand, Palau, Malaysia, and other Asian-Pacific nations. In Laos and Thailand, USAID officials provided counter-insurgency military training to Laotian and Thai Special Forces.
In 1970, Dan Mitrione, a USAID official who was working for the CIA training Uruguayan special police on torture tactics, was kidnapped and killed by Tupamaro guerrillas.
During his ten-year rule, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and his intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, thought to be a CIA asset, reportedly received USAID funds to put down the Shining Path and Tupac Amaru guerrilla movements.
In 2004, USAID was charged by Philippines opposition parties of using CIA agents to “monitor” elections in the country.
The June 18, 1998, Jakarta Post reported that USAID programs in Indonesia continued to be fronts for CIA activity. Specifically, the paper said, two Indonesian NGOs, the Indonesian Environmental Forum and the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation, were charged with accepting money from USAID but should have known that the aid did not come “free of charge” and was linked to the CIA.
USAID the other day was accused by Cuban government of its involvement to destabilize a communist government there. About 12 young Latin Americans, from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru were sent to Cuba — to recruit Cubans as potential political activists, the AP reported. USAID secretly created Zun Zuneo, the so-called “Cuban Twitter,” which was named after the Cuban expression for a hummingbird’s sound. Front companies were used to hide who was behind the social media network. While the site initially started with innocuous content, such as soccer news, music and weather, the plan was for the site to eventually become a hub to instigate uprisings against the Cuban government. It never got that far. It ended in 2012 due to low funds. USAID has also denied Zun Zuneo was a covert operation. AP said the program took measures to hide the participants’ activities, including sending orders in code. For instance, “I have a headache,” actually meant the workers were being monitored by Cuban officials, and “Your sister is ill” meant to end a particular trip.
The program continued even after the December 2009 arrest of Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor who was found guilty of smuggling satellite phones and computers into Cuba. Gross, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in March 2011, denied working for U.S. intelligence. Secret U.S. involvement in Cuba goes back decades. We know of past CIA operations, Bay of Pigs Invasion, or Operation Mongoose, inflaming a Cuban revolution.
Currently, private military contractors working for the ex-Blackwater, now Xe Services have been reported to be disguised as USAID employees in Pakistan. Last year, the Pakistani press reported that USAID was bypassing the Pakistan ministries of Education and Information and providing direct educational assistance to Pakistani students. One USAID program in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan resulted in some $45 million disappearing down a virtual black hole.
In the 1980s, when Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Jr. spent time in Pakistan, USAID opened up a major office in Islamabad that distributed “non-lethal aid” to Afghan mujahidin refugees in Pakistan, particularly in Peshawar. Some of the USAID assistance was also reportedly used to buy weapons for the Afghan mujahidin but some of the weapons ended up in the hands of Pakistani Muslim radicals’ destined on ousting Pakistani General Muhammad Zia-ul Haq. Other USAID money ended up paying for expensive automobiles for leading Afghan mujahidin commanders in Pakistan. Zia-ul Haq, his top generals, U.S. ambassador Arnold Raphel, and the head of the U.S. military aid mission in Islamabad General Herbert Wassom were killed in the suspicious crash of their C-130 aircraft in August 1988. A board of inquiry concluded that poisonous gas was released inside the aircraft causing it to crash after take-off in Bahawalpur.
Obama has continued USAID’s involvement in CIA-directed programs in former Soviet states, including Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. In so doing, USAID complements the destabilization efforts of George Soros and his network of NGOs. Soros was a major financial backer of Obama’s presidential campaign.
In a 2008 Russian documentary film, “Technology of Modern Coup,” Bermet Akayeva, the daughter of ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, ousted in the 2005 Tulip Revolution, stated, “USAID is very actively financed by the Soros Foundation, by the National Democratic Institute and some kind of training is carried out constantly. However they work very actively.” Akayeva said there were rumors in Kyrgyzstan that the U.S.-backed coup plotters distributed narcotics to rioters who participated in the coup.
In the north Caucasus, NGOs supported by USAID, have been accused by Russian authorities of having links to Chechen terrorists.
During the late 1970s and 80s, USAID-funded “researchers” established links with African liberation movements, particularly the African National Congress of South Africa and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) of Zimbabwe. Actually, these programs were CIA activities using “leftist” academics to spy on the nationalist movements. The operations were concentrated in Harare, Zimbabwe and Cape Town, South Africa, and cities that had a large expatriate African student community, including London and Melbourne and Perth, Australia.
The CIA, along with USAID and the World Bank/IMF, had invested heavily in Indonesia, most importantly, to secure the nation’s oil supply for the United States and its allies.
President Obama’s entire career and family history strongly suggests that the person who now resides in the White House has a gross view of the world’s oppressed people. Years of exposure to CIA operatives operating under corporate, USAID, World Bank, micro-financing schemes, NGO, and diplomatic cover has extended the U.S. Intelligence Community’s massive control over America’s foreign and domestic policies. Frankly, it would be best for the United States if Obama does not run for another term as president. Let the secret control over the United States by groups answerable to no one finally end with the Obama administration.
Bolivian President Evo Morales tossed USAID out of his country, charging it with acting with the CIA to destabilize Bolivia and bring about a coup. To this day, USAID is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid to groups trying to undermine Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
In 2002, Eritrea expelled USAID from the country, accusing it of working with the CIA to overthrow the government and assisting Ethiopia, which had engaged in a border war with Eritrea.
What is Pakistan waiting for? When almost every Pakistani has realized the role of NGOs, United Nations and now USAID’s slogan of ‘Brighter Pakistan’, which is actually covert operation of Balkanization of Pakistan.