Venezuela: Psychological Operation and Media Siege

One of the tactical objectives of the insurrectional agenda against Venezuela, in its institutional dimension, is centered on the figure of Tarek William Saab, Ombudsman.

By Misión Verdad – Original Spanish
Imperfect Translation Via Google

Tarek is the key that the plan of local NGOs, financed almost all by the US Department of State and other external actors, seek to twist to accelerate the phase of political-institutional implosion of the Venezuelan state.

The ultimatum, zero hours and regressive timers installed in public opinion to increase the pressure against them, reveal the strategic goal of the whole plan, its own accumulation of actors and disruptive factors and the ongoing conflagration to produce a political reset And institutional framework that will allow the demolition of the entire scaffolding of the Venezuelan State, based on the 1999 Constitution.

Tarek is the physical representation of that state that they want to undermine with all possible dirty resources.

Because this war also has as a battlefield the symbolic territories, the signs that mark Chavista history and its most solid ethical references. When those who head this attack on Tarek say that the problem is “the model” and that he should help dismantle it, they are not referring to anything other than the attempt to empty the memory of the Chavista country, to distance it from the relative moments that Have marked their existence as a political force.

Three key points need to be analyzed to understand what is behind this new phase of attack against the Ombudsman.

1. Invasion of privacy: a dirty war operation

In the progression of attacks the letter read by his eldest son Yibram Saab Fornino represents one of the most sensitive resources used. Maybe the best they had in inventory. Failure to break it morally and quickly through the media and institutional channels also accelerated its early use as a dirty war weapon and affective extortion.

The use of the intimate circle of the family and of the affective ties built internally to soften and break politically a political leader is a classic operation of intelligence services, with several antecendentes that establish their operative coordinates and use in similar contexts of conflict, Where certain figures become keys to determine the fold or advance in some of its phases.

A case more than demonstrative of these resources of dirty war is the one of Juanita Castro, sister of Fidel, who according to its own words was recruited by the CIA so that it operated against the Cuban revolution. This recruitment was carried out inside the island while still forming part of the intimate circle of Fidel and Raúl Castro. It was used to cover up its activities against the revolution until it was discovered by Cuban intelligence agencies. He later left the island with the help of the CIA and issued his first statement accusing “Fidel of betraying his country with false promises” at the United Nations in 1964.

However, this is not the only case. Recently there are also statements against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad by his childhood friend, General Manaf Tlass. Immediately after his statements against the president, the armed insurrection in the Arab nation exploded.

In this sense the letter of Yibram acquires these borders of psychological operation, in a context where the demonization of the figure of Tarek has done nothing more than to climb. More if we speak of a young affiliated to the opposition agenda and assimilated by anti-government discourse. This operation does not have as its center the quality of official, but its emotional and psychological framework.

Tarek, against the tide and anxiety of the media, responded with height referring with respect and affection towards his son. Quite the opposite of what the politicians capitalized on the letter.

2. The campaign against Tarek: actors and ongoing psychological operation

The role of NGOs funded by foreign powers (Provea case) as channelers of pressure against state institutions, and specifically against Tarek, has been evident.

NGOs as resources for hybrid and non-conventional warfare have been singled out for establishing “agendas of influence” and directing “psychological claws” against national leaders: a fundamental basis for the undermining of a nation-state or for the realization of a coup Of State in its defect.

The researcher Vladimir Plav, who writes for the South Front portal, describes that for this purpose, NGOs seek to “influence public opinion, organize mass protests and coordinate anti-governmental activities,” in order to establish the psychological pressure necessary to soften Leaders.

Therefore, the opposition mobilizations convened to reach the Office of the Ombudsman to deliver “a document” do not have that goal as objective, but within the framework of this strategy of increasing psychological pressure. The Office of the Ombudsman reported that it has already received five “letters” from those who demand that they be received.

Although Plav specifies that, in the context of these psychological operations against the target country, the actors are linked to NGOs (business organizations, organized crime, multilateral organizations, etc.), with particular emphasis, emphasizing that what he calls “the Pressure from above “(located in the government) involves the following elements of infiltration and use of people linked to the intimate environment of the attacked leaders:” The leaders of the target governments are inundated with false information about the events that are unfolding, with Information from reliable and close sources including even relatives and good friends. ”

The cases reported in Cuba and Syria expose the format applied against Venezuela and its men of State, subject to the general agenda of institutional undermining and coup d’etat by insurrection.

3. Connections and links of the mother of Yibram

A report made by the portal La Tabla revealed that Yibram Saab Fornino is the son of “the lawyer Francis Josefina Fornino Benítez, daughter of a wealthy Italian-born constructor, Giovanni Fornino Arnone, born in 1933”.

Apart from the activities, properties and natural business profile of a person of this upper-class social status, there is a fact that highlights what political-legal levels have been involved and which can form the basis of pressure for Yibram to give step forward.

In 2000 Gabriel Jiménez Aray (former husband of Francis Fornino) and Ricardo Koesling represented Juan Álvaro Rosabal, a supposed agent of Cuban intelligence, who held a press conference to denounce irregular acts in the country. There are also reports that he has been involved in attempting to assault the Cuban embassy in Caracas during the failed 2002 coup that briefly removed President Hugo Chavez from power.

The report states that “Jimenez is being prosecuted by the Dominican authorities in the case of the fraudulent bankruptcy of the Banco Peravia in 2015 along with the Aragonese entrepreneur José Luis Santoro.” Currently on Jiménez rests a red alert of Interpol.

Yibram also studied at the Universidad Monteávila (led by ultraconservative factions of the Catholic Church, affiliated with the coup’s agenda) and is a student of Juan Miguel Matheus, leader and deputy for Primero Justicia. Data describing the political and ideological line that compose the behavior of Yibram and the content of his letter.

Venezuela’s ombudsman denounces opposition aims to stage institutional putsch

Venezuela’s ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, denounced on Tuesday that sectors of opposition aim to attack the Citizen Power to strike a blow to democratic institutions of the country.

“After a month of siege, harassment, dirty war against us and the Ombudsman’s Office it is revealed their purpose was not to protest with the guarantees established by the 1999 Constitution but to attack the Citizen Power to execute an institutional coup against democracy,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly (AN) –a body led by an opposition majority– agreed to set a three-day deadline for the Citizen’s Power to determine the serious misconduct of judges of Supreme Court of Justice, to remove them from office, even though it was determined at a meeting of the Republican Moral Council last April 6, they have not committed serious misconduct leading to this process.

Since the opposition took power of the AN, this Branch has focused its efforts to undermine institutions of the country. Since January 2016, the Parliament has turned its attacks on the executive branch and does not comply with rulings of the country’s highest court, a situation that led to be held in contempt.

Also, as part of the coup plot, this sector of the Venezuelan opposition has targeted the Ombudsman’s Office, since this organ chairs the Republican Moral Council, an instance necessary to request a possible removal of the top court’s judges.

Saab has been a promoter and advocate for more than 40 years of human rights and during the brief dictatorship established after the 2002 coup, when he served as deputy of parliament for the state of Anzoategui, he was arrested by those who are now promoting violence.