VENEZUELA: Eva Golinger on “The War Machine: Or How to Manipulate Reality”

Posted on May 18, 2008

The War Machine: Or How to Manipulate Reality
By Eva Golinger

Interpol’s Creativity

Since 2002, the Pentagon has been seeking evidence that intimately relates
President Chávez and his government with the FARC. Top secret documents from
the Department of Defense (that we have desclassifed under FOIA) evidence
that the Pentagon has been unable to find proof of a clandestine, subversive
relationship between the Venezuelan government and the FARC. The sources
used in some Pentagon documents that attempt to show such a relationship are
completely unreliable, since they are mass media outlets from Venezuela and
Colombia, such as Globovisión, Caracol, El Universal and El Nacional – all
of whom are aligned with the opposition to Chávez.

When the Colombian government bombed the FARC camp in Ecuador on March 1,
killing two dozen people in an illegal incursion onto Ecuatorian territory
that was condemned by the Organization of American States (OEA) and only
supported by the United States (suprise!), it was all they could do to
produce evidence they had been seeking for six years. Just hours after the
illegal invasion and massacre (during which 5 innocent Mexican visiting
students were killed), the head of Colombia’s National Police, General
Naranjo, was announcing they had “found” a “laptop” that belonged to Raul
Reyes, the FARC commander killed in the bombing, and that the computer
contained information that showed a link between President Chávez and
several members of his government, and the handover (or offering) of weapons
and money to the FARC. (Now we would have to ask how the Colombian police
found that key information so quickly amongst the more than 39,000 word
files and several million documents contained on the computers that the
INTERPOL report says it would take 1,000 years to read). All of sudden,
evidence was found that not even the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency
or the world’s top spies could encounter during years of secret missions,
agent recruiting and handling and psychological operations; that Chávez was
going to sell uranium to the FARC to make dirty bombs; that Chávez promised
somewhere between $250-$300 million to the FARC; that he gave them weapons;
and that together they sought to overthrow Uribe’s government and install a
FARC marxist state.

That mysterious machine contained anything the Empire could ever have
dreamed up to bury the Venezuelan government and declare it over and done

But, there was a big problem: since the machine had been in the hands of the
Colombian government – confessed adversary of its Venezuelan neighbor – and
the “Documents” that evidenced the relationship with President Chávez were
actually just texts written in Word, without signature or seal, there was
little faith in their credibility. How easy it is to just write a document
in Word on some computer and say it was written by someone else!  Word
documents don’t have original signature. If they had found – say – a diary
or a journal written by the hand of Raul Reyes, then the situation would be
quite different, but a bunch of texts in Word? Emails? In today’s world,
electronic information is unreliable. Computers can been manipulated from a
remote source. Any decent hacker or computer techie can enter into a system
and alter whatever, without leaving fingerprints.

So, Colombia did the intelligent thing. They said – lets let an uninvolved
third party evaluate the computers to determine whether they have been
manipulated or not by us. And that’s when Interpol came along.

The Secretary General of the International Police (INTERPOL), Ronald Kenneth
Noble, is an ex US Government employee, and he was First Undersecretary of
the Department of Treasury in charge of the Secret Service, the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms, the Center for Federal Law Enforcement
Training, the Network of Financial Crimes Control and the Office of Foreign
Assets Control (which, by the way, is the entity in charge of enforcing the
blockade against Cuba and the prohibition of US citizens to travel there).
Noble has been Secretary General of INTERPOL for 8 years (two terms), and it
was he who was in charge of supervising the authentication of the “evidence”
obtained by the Colombian government in the FARC camp.

INTERPOL was charged with a pretty limited and subjective mision, that was
to “Examine the user files on the eight seized FARC computers and to
determine whether any of the user files had been newly created, modified or
deleted on or after 1 March 2008.” INTERPOL did not occupy itself with
verifying the origen, accuracy or source of those files or computers, which
means that reasonable doubt still remains regarding the true authorship of
that data. INTERPOL took for granted that the machines and the evidence
pertained to Raul Reyes and the FARC, which in legal terms prejudices the
entire investigation because it shows that from the beginning, INTERPOL had
already taken the side of the Colombian government.

INTERPOL’s report
[available at
.asp] states specifically that the scope of their forensic examination was
limited to a) determining the actual data contained in the eight seized FARC
computer exhibits, b) verifying whether the user files had been modified in
any way on or after 1 March 2008, and c) determining whether Colombian law
enforcement authorities had handled and examined the eight seized FARC
computer exhibits in conformity with internationally recognized principles
for handling electronic evidence by law enforcement.” [Interpol Report, page

Subsequently, INTERPOL’s report confirms that the “verification of the eight
seized FARC computer exhibits by INTERPOL does not imply the validation of
the accuracy of the user files, the validation of any country’s
interpretation of the user files or the validation of the source of the user
files.” [Interpol Report, page 9].

So, INTERPOL only examined and verified whether the data contained on the
computers had been created, modified or deleted after March 1 when it was
publicly in the hands of the Colombian government. And although in their own
report, INTERPOL concludes that access to the machines between March 1 and
March 3 by the Grupo Investigativo de Delitos Informáticos of the Colombian
Judicial Police (DIJIN) “did not conform to internationally recognized
principles for handling electronic evidence by law enforcement” [Page 31],
Secretary General Noble justifies that violation and the modifications made
by the DIJIN as part of the difficulties encountered by those law
enforcement who “are first on the scene”.

INTERPOL says its role was “exclusively technical” yet Secretary General
Noble began his press conference on May 15 with a very partialized political
discourse in favor of the Colombian government and condemning the FARC as
drugtraffickers and terrorists. When asked by a journalist from TELESUR
whether he could confirm the source of the evidence, Noble blurted our “I
can say with certainty that the computers came from a FARC terrorist camp…”
The journalist asked if they belonged to any person in particular, and Noble
responded “yes, the now dead Reyes…”

If we return to page 9 of the INTERPOL report we can clearly read the
statement: “the verification of the eight seized FARC computer exhibits by
INTERPOL does not imply the validation of the accuracy of the user files,
the validation of any country’s interpretation of the user files or the
validation of the source of the user files.”

So, how did Mr. Noble know the computers belonged to Raul Reyes if INTERPOL
did not analyze their origen?

In the end, INTERPOL can saw that technically those computers were not
modified or altered after March 1, but that tells us nothing concrete that
could serve as legal evidence in a court of law. We don’t know the source of
those machines. We don’t know who created the documents, text and data on
those computers. There is no way whatsoever to authenticate the information
contained on the thousands of Word documents and emails on those computers.
They could be stories, wishes, dreams, prayers or fantasies. What they are
not is actual hard core proof of a crime.

And as no surprise, the US government has expressed its “concern” over the
INTERPOL report and the “ties between the Venezuelan government and the
FARC.” (The US government is always “concerned” when it comes to Venezuela.
First, Ambassador Donna Hrinak expressed her “concern” over President
Chávez’s statements criticizing the US bombing in Afghanistan in October
2001, and months later came the coup d’etat against Chávez. Then it was
Ambassador Charles Shapiro who expressed his “concern” about the political
crises and the divisions in the country and soon after we had the economic
sabotage of the oil industry in December 2002. Later we had Ambassador
William Brownfield saying he was “concerned” about the increase in drug
transit and the threat to freedom of expression, and we had street violence,
an increase in funding to the opposition, and the White House certified
Venezuela as a nation “not cooperating” with counterdrug measures and the
war on terror. And now what?) First, the spokesperson for the Department of
State, Sean McCormack stated on May 16 that “this is a motive of concern for
us. It’s a concern for the people of Colombia and the government of
Colombia…Right now our intelligence community is analyzing the INTERPOL
report…You don’t have to look far beyond the many news reports that we have
seen recently based on the information found in those laptops and other
information…” (Right, when the news media says something in sync with
Washington’s foreign policy, it’s pointed to as a valid source, but when
they criticize Bush’s policies on Irak or discover inconsistencies with the
administration, then they say the media are biased and unrealiable).

The next day, the normally low profile (for now) US Ambassador in Venezuela,
Patrick Duddy, appeared on Globovisión declaring that “elements of concern”
exist in the documents found on Raul Reyes’ laptop and that “we respect what
Interpol has presented and we remind you that there is already a ton of
material that has come out in the press and there are elements of conern,
but also there is a lot of information and the agencies that have access to
it will analyze it.” Of course his statement is identical to that of the
Department of State, and that’s no coincidence – that’s because the
embassies all receive a “Western Hemisphere Press Guidance” sheet telling
them exactly what to say!

So, the next step will be when the CIA, the Pentagon and other official
Washington representatives “cerify” the information on the computers and
launch all kinds of additional accusations towards Venezuela – now with
“proof”, even if invented. Wasn’t the power point presentation that Colin
Powell so assuredly presented before the UN Security Council regarding the
weapons of mass destruction in Irak considered “proof”? So, now we have
laptops with non-authenticatible documents that will be used as “evidence”
to place Venezuela on the state sponsors of terror list or worse, justify
some kind of military incursion onto Venezuela territory to safeguard the
world from terrorists.

The Fourth Fleet of the Navy has already been activated, something not seen
since World War II, and will be patrolling and coordinating military
activity in the Latin American region. Last month, SOUTHCOM launched
Operation Enduring Freedom – Caribbean and Central America – which deployed
an elite batallon of National Guard and navy ships into the region to
prepare strategies to detect and defend against terrorist threats in the

In the end, INTERPOL achieved what Washington hasn’t been able to do for
years: invent the way to “validate” some kind of bogus evidence against
Venezuela that will jusfity US aggressions and possibly the next military