From UNASUR’s Meeting in Cochabamba: a Declaration (and a few other items)

(UNASUR is the Union of South American Nations)

From Censored News:  Cochabamba, Plurinational State of Bolivia

On this Thursday night Presidents of South American Nations, gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and issued a joint statement in which they affirmed their rejection of recent actions against President Evo Morales and required the governments of Portugal, France, Italy and Spain to explain the situation and asked for public apologies. The Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Argentina, Cristina Fernandez; Uruguay, José Pepe Mujica; Ecuador, Rafael Correa; Suriname, Desi Boutersi; as well as delegations from other South American nations, held an extraordinary meeting to support the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in the recent situation that took place in Europe at the time he was returning to his country.

The translation of the full text of the Cochamamba Declaration signed by all the Presidents:

‘Given the situation that the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was subjected to by the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain, we denounce before the international community and various international organizations:

— The flagrant violation of international treaties governing peaceful coexistence, solidarity and cooperation between our states, that took place is an unusual act, unfriendly and hostile, configuring an unlawful act that affects freedom of movement and displacement of a head of state and his delegation.

— The abuse and neocolonial practices that still exist on our planet in the XXI century.

— The lack of transparency about the motivations of policy decisions that prevented air traffic for the Bolivian presidential vessel and its president.

— The injury suffered by President Evo Morales, which offends not only the Bolivian people but all our nations.

— The illegal spying practices that threaten the rights of citizens and friendly coexistence among nations.

In view of these denunciations, we are convinced that the process of building the Patria Grande (Integrated Latin America) to which we are committed must be consolidated with full respect for the sovereignty and independence of our peoples, without interference from global hegemonic powers, conquering the old practices of imposing first and second class.(status on) countries.

The male and female heads of state and governments of countries of the Union of South American Nations, gathered in Cochabamba on July 4, 2013:

1- We declare that the unacceptable restriction on the freedom of President Evo Morales, making virtually him a hostage, is a rights violation of not only the Bolivian people but of all countries and peoples of Latin America and sets a dangerous precedent for existing international law.

2- We reject the actions that clearly violate norms and principles of international law, the inviolability of the heads of state.

3- We call on the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain to explain the reasons for the decision to prevent the presidential plane from the Plurinational State of Bolivia from overflying through its airspace.

4- Similarly, we urge the governments of France, Portugal, Italy and Spain present the corresponding public apologies for the serious incidents that occurred.

5- We support the complaint filed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the serious violation of human rights and specific endangerment of the life of President Evo Morales; we also support the right of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to take all actions it deems necessary to the courts and relevant agencies.

6- We agreed to form a monitoring committee, entrusting the task to our foreign ministries to perform the actions necessary to shed light on the facts.

Finally, in the spirit of the principles set forth in the treaty establishing UNASUR, we urge all the heads of state of the union to stand by (accompany) this declaration.

Similarly, we call on the United Nations and regional organizations that have not done so yet, to make a pronouncement on this unjustifiable and arbitrary event.

Cochabamba, July 4, 2013

The Guardian had reported yesterday (my bold)

Brazil was represented by Marco Aurelio Garcia, President Dilma Rousseff’s top international adviser. The presidents of Colombia, Chile and Peru, who have strong ties to the US, were not attending.  Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said earlier on Thursday he supported Morales, but asked other leaders to remain cool and avoid an escalating dispute between Latin America and the European Union.

“We’re in solidarity with Evo Morales because what they did to him is unheard-of, but let’s not let this turn into a diplomatic crisis for Latin America and the EU,” Santos tweeted on Thursday.

You can see great photo coverage of the arrivals hereKevin Gosztola is now up withUS Ambassador to Austria Reportedly Responsible for False Claim Snowden Was on Bolivian Leader’s Plane’

In other news embarrassing for Francois Hollande and his government, we now know why he wasn’t very strong in his denunciations of the NSA and GCHQ spying revelations.  Oopsie: Le Monde reports (via the Guardian) that France has been doing the same thing (or at least much the same thing).

France runs a vast electronic surveillance operation, intercepting and stocking data from citizens’ phone and internet activity, using similar methods to the US National Security Agency’s Prism programme exposed by Edward Snowden, Le Monde has reported.

An investigation by the French daily found that the DGSE, France’s external intelligence agency, had spied on the French public’s phone calls, emails and internet activity. The agency intercepted signals from computers and phones in France as well as between France and other countries, looking not so much at content but to create a map of “who is talking to whom”, the paper said.

Le Monde said data from emails, text messages, phone records, accessing of Facebook and Twitter, and internet activity going through sites such as Google, Microsoft or Yahoo! was stocked for years on vast servers on three different floors in the basement of the DGSE headquarters.

The paper described the vast spying programme as secret, “outside any serious control” and illegal.

The link shows a good graphic on the programs, but it’s all in French, of course.  France’s DSGE is the Directorate General for External Security.

This is rather old news, but I was reminded of if by a newsletter that came into my Inbox a day or three ago.  It concerns some tweaks to ‘Defense Support of Civil Law Enforcement Agencies’.  There has been coverage of it at several news outlets, I’d first seen it via (iirc) linking to the Long Island Press’s U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into Effect: Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’

After noting how the Boston Marathon events displayed how incredibly militarized police departments are now…

‘The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was introduced to the militarization of domestic law enforcement. By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries.

Click here to read the new rule

The most objectionable aspect of the regulatory change is the inclusion of vague language that permits military intervention in the event of “civil disturbances.” According to the rule:

Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances. [snip]

After quoting an anonymous DOD official yawning that this has been a long-standing document, nothin’ to see here, the LIP piece continues:


(by Anthony Freda via wendydavis

One of the more disturbing aspects of the new procedures that govern military command on the ground in the event of a civil disturbance relates to authority. Not only does it fail to define what circumstances would be so severe that the president’s authorization is “impossible,” it grants full presidential authority to “Federal military commanders.” According to the defense official, a commander is defined as follows: “Somebody who’s in the position of command, has the title commander. And most of the time they are centrally selected by a board, they’ve gone through additional schooling to exercise command authority.”

As it is written, this “commander” has the same power to authorize military force as the president in the event the president is somehow unable to access a telephone. (The rule doesn’t address the statutory chain of authority that already exists in the event a sitting president is unavailable.) In doing so, this commander must exercise judgment in determining what constitutes, “wanton destruction of property,” “adequate protection for Federal property,” “domestic violence,” or “conspiracy that hinders the execution of State or Federal law,” as these are the circumstances that might be considered an “emergency.”

 It sounds pretty creepy and  alarming to me.  The earliest notice I could find was from; they have the pdf. and explain some of the applicable historical laws, including suspensions, Congressional exceptions of the Posse Comitatus Act, and more.

Above all, I think it’s important not to let them make us more afraid; I know that’s a tall order.

23 responses to “From UNASUR’s Meeting in Cochabamba: a Declaration (and a few other items)

  1. “As it is written, this “commander” has the same power to authorize military force as the president in the event the president is somehow unable to access a telephone. ”

    The military did this on it’s own? I guess we know who runs the show then. This is really something. Seven days in May. I read that Kennedy saw seven days in May, and that he felt that it was quite accurate.


  2. i dunno, mafr. all the stories include ‘power grab by the pentagon. quite a number of civil libertarians agree (quotes in some of the articles). one of the reasons i’d been sitting on the whole thing until now was that this link in (iirc) the long island press piece went to: to me, it may have implied at least House approval. i kept searching to see if the senate had, too.

    i just felt very unsure, especially as even a piece at alternet had the same content, almost directly, as the LIP piece. i seriously didn’t want to be engaging in some sort of kooky advancing of untruth. i decided to go with the quotes by folks who try to have our backs as far as civil liberties go. bruce affran, alexa o’brien, but i think that some of the ‘conditions’ they mentioned as to ‘insurrections’, etc. bear great concern.

    how long have christine lagarde (when head of the imf), zbieg, and many others been sounding the alarms as to what comes next as wealth inequality, food and water scarcity, climate change dangers, etc. reach tipping points? a year? two years? it seems clearer and clearer that ‘they’ are trying to close the window of opportunity for citizen rebellion to work.

    i must admit that no one seems to have asked on ef beall’s thread on ‘restore the fourth’ if anyone was disappointed at the small turnout. i know i was.

  3. I see.

    Makes a lot of sense. The unrest in Egypt is said to be based on lack of basic essentials, like electricity. Probably same goes for Iraq, and I know that in Syria, part of the unrest there is due to day to day hardship, misery,
    shortages of water.

    No doubt people at the top aren’t so stupid as to be aware of this. The Pentagon has been warning about resource/water/climate change related wars and unrest for years. And planning for them.

  4. unaware. too late at night.

  5. the crazy part is what they collectively *don’t do* to correct the underlying deprivations. the same folks seem to just want to *control* the populace’s reactions instead, through increase oppression and tyranny. it always pangs my heart when shootthatarrow will say: ‘it doesn’t have to be this way’. it makes a person’s mind reel backwards to imagine ‘what might have been’: if, and if only, and if not for’…so many events, desires, sociopathies, all of that.

    yes, and that little tweak to the DOD power grab seems to be in aid of that awareness. it really amounts to a planned coup d’etat, i think.

    sleep well, my friend; i’m off to watch a bit of ‘the mayor of casterbridge’, lol.

  6. This morning’s LUV News newsletter linked to this piece by AR Kelly at Truthdig in June about the DOD power grab. He has a link to a Nafeez Ahmed piece at the Guardian in which he dug into the evolution of these provisions over time.

    Also: From Wikileaks on Twitter:

    ‘Edward #Snowden has applied to another six countries for asylum. They will not be named at this time due to attempted US interference.’

    Diana Johnstone nails the behaviors of France, Portugal, and Spain and it in ‘Servility of the Satellites’.

    She contrasts France in the 70’s:

    ‘To measure the surrender of French independence in recent decades, one can recall that in the 1970s, the government of center right President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing readily granted asylum to Black Panthers fleeing the United States. Today, the minister of the interior in a supposedly “center left” government rules out granting asylum to any citizen of the United States, on grounds that the U.S. is a “friend”, a “democracy” with an independent judicial system.’

    …and seems to get that its all in aid of the same forces that allow the hroom-hrooms from EU leaders while the EU trade talks go on: finance capital.

    mafr: how do you keep losing your avatar? don’t you pay your bills er somethin’? ;~)

  7. in the sixties canada took in thousands of people that were trying to avoid fighting in Vietnam.

    Recently one or two people came here to avoid Iraq, and were sent back to the states.

  8. boy, i knew quite a few who went to canada, mafr. i remember so many sober talks with them, sitting in the lounge in the student union in 1967 and 1968. what a step to take, my stars. and of course i kn ew a number who were killed, though not friends; i was younger than most college students then. canada turned back iraq war resistors; i am not surprised. but you’ve made me think of one of the most tragic songs ever written and performed.

    news from wikileaks twitter feed is that ecuador just offered edward snowden asylum. the solidarity is growing, and that’s a very good thing. the us is showing its true colors, and the EU nations are showing how subservient they are to the us. and that’s a good thing to shine a bright line on. glenn greenwald just tweeted this google translation of what i assume will be his next story via O globo in Rio.

  9. Oh, that wonderful song again, thank you, wendye!

    Here’s a link that’s important – I haven’t seen it picked up over at FDL though I put it this morning on Edward Teller’s Venezuelan music thread –

    Maybe I didn’t get it on properly (been known to happen!) The article has links in it to a Spanish language newspaper, also a very interesting Charlie Rose interview with Guardian publishers, so plenty of meat to it. It does make me wish that my California high school didn’t insist I take extra Latin classes instead of the Spanish I really wanted to do – that was only available to sophomores and I was coming in as a junior. I think I could have got by on two years of Latin and Spanish would really have been a huge help.

    You would think living where I do it would have seeped into my pores – not yet, sad to say. But anyway, I am sure it is being talked about down Latino way, if not on the Sunday FDL.

  10. Forgot to say, wendye, that I came on that link at nakedcapitalism. com’s links. It’s not on the front page of the Guardian, as I’d been there first. FDL has an eCAHN piece on Egypt that has quite a good to and fro in comments and some of her facts I found persuasive there, though E.F. Beall is objecting.

    I thought the consideration of ‘votes good/army coup bad’ was not an adequate measure – sort of like ‘they hate us for our freedom’ (which we don’t have.) Because over against that is massive outpouring of Egyptians – sort of the opposite of the Restore the Fourth but I would say the latter has been very much a johnny-come-lately exercise, more intellectual than actual so far.

    People are responding though, to the person in the predicament, Edward Snowden, and that ‘celebrity’ is generating awareness. So even Charlie Rose has to address that, along with the spike in popularity here of the Guardian for actually following this story and giving the NYT a run for their money.

    We don’t have the army on our side. And very sad that is, to be sure. Back in Washington’s day it was, and that’s what made him great. We were all more like Egypt then.

  11. i feel guilty now, juliania. i had brought the o globo link (hours before it was at the guardian) to both my thread over yonder, and ysd’s, and also the info that ecuador had offered edward snowden asylum. margo schulter knew it was portuguese, not spanish. i’d forgotten that’s brazil’s official language. but thd made some spot analyses of what the graphics actually represented that were very helpful, or should have been if one could grok it all. ;-)

    anyhoo, i’ve been watching some of the twitter feeds (ugh) to see what other links, info, were being advised as worth reading. mainly wikileaks and glenzilla’s, but on his he linked to the clumsy o globos google translation. but i do apologize for not bringing all the new bits here; i was crazed with chores and updating, and still answering comments on the post’s third day. turnin’ into a nutbar, i am.

    i’d read a lot of those comments on that post of yves’ on the ttip, but never saw yours, dagnabbit. if i said i’d go look again, it would be silly. i’m so backed up with online homework folks have assigned me, lol.

    yep: the song. ‘tell the people…they are safe now…’ is the line that makes me bawl as i even think it. personally it all hits home because had i been a boy, that song might have been written for me and my pop,

    anyhoo, apologies again, ww. i’ll go fetch the link over yonder in case you want to read the commentary on the nsa spying on brazilians story.

    Starts at # 76.

  12. realitychecker1

    Good on the Latins for speaking up. Posse comitatus, RIP? Can’t say it was hard to see this coming. I feel like we are now all like those dogs you see being walked with the specialized leashes that attach to the front of their faces-know what I mean? [ ] Pardon the OT, but I just had to share one of my fave comments that I’ve seen so far regarding the Trayvon case: e Holmgren> rimpy•13 hours ago−

    This is an outrage. It’s clear that GZ broke his own nose, beat his own head against the sidewalk, while TM screamed in horror, and then when GZ was done self mutilating, pulled TM on top of him and shot him in the chest. How did everyone miss that?


  13. lol; where did you see that comment? it really is hard to read some of the opinions brought as facts. when i saw a piece at common dreams or some sight with a title like: ‘we’re so sorry, rachel jeantel!’ i thought i’d lose it. my stars, a defense attorney’s not supposed to try to wring the truth from a witness? she was changing her testimony as often as i change my knickers, i swear.

    yeah, well, the unasur/alba nations better watch their backs. now that the o globo story broke, wikileaks is tweeting that dilma rousseff should also offer asylum. speaking of which, i keep forgetting to ask folks if offering ‘citizenship’ isn’t also important. ideas?

  14. Thank you for sorting that out for me, wendye – now I understand why my comment wasn’t receiving any attention, and dumb me for not remembering the newspaper would of course be in portuguese.

    Hesitantly I put forward the following, just as a great example of the kind of runaround reporters are getting these days – and in general a good commentary on secret fascistic doings in the military/press relationship.

    Sorry if it has already been discussed, I don’t always see the entire ongoing conversation, but who could, eh? It’s like one gigantic spider web these days, and even the spider probably doesn’t know what the heck is going on in the outer tangles.

  15. oh, i loved it, juliania, and hadn’t seen it. my stars, he waxed funny with the over-the-top double speak. i love turse, no holds. i definitely will chase down his most recent piece on africom. it’s probably been published at my.fdl, but so many of their pieces now feature rebecca solnit, i kinda stopped clicking in, with so much else to read…and prolly forget twenty minutes later, lol.

    i printed (or linked to) one of the africom base maps that crossed crocodiles had up when i did my post on africom, chaos and failed states, etc. now i wonder if he said where he’d gotten his info?

    several years ago, turse went through the federal budget with a fine-toothed comb, and found so many nooks and crannies in which the military had hidden large budget items that it almost *doubled* the publicly shown budget. shadow budget, shadow military, indeed.

    yikes, turse spoke of SOUTHCOM; if i ever knew of that, i’d forgotten, and here i was chanting on and on about a new nato desk for south america on accountta all this stuff with snowden and the unasur nations. ach.

    not seeing everything: boy, howdy, do i know that one. as i said, i get so tangled up just answering, reading a couple diaries, and looking for more breaking news or underlying explanations of bit’s i’ve brought, it feels like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party some days, most especially on weekends.

    i know you like snakes, and steve has seen very large bull snakes up where he works, and even a rattler this week. it rattled, but did not coil; how nice of it. coyotes last night in the hay meadow to the east, but they sounded more like yappy dogs, really. maybe young uns? small murder of crows here this week just off the front porch: they bicker and squawk at each other constantly, dunno what’s afoot. i go our and admonish them periodically; they crash into each other to get away from me, but come back within minutes, sounding more like angry magpies than…magpies. ;~)

    • realitychecker1

      Wendy, I saw that comment at ABC, followed a link to get there, not a usual destination for me lol.

  16. i’m trying wordpress’s ‘reply by email’ to see if or how it works, lol. (id did, but it didn’t show up in the recent comments list…)

    you don’t usually haunt the abracadabra site? tsk, tsk, realitychecker.

    • realitychecker1

      I would never go to ABC directly, I was following a link from someplace else about Trayvon’s background as an MMA fighter. IOW, I’m innocent!

  17. i never demanded to know if you were innocent. ;-)

    i.e.: don’t show me yours and i won’t show you mine.

  18. What if I was dying to show mine?

  19. Hear that, NSA? I’m Anonymous lol.

  20. if you were dyin’ to show me yours? hmmm. that’s a shrink question, dear anonymous. we’re talkin’ revealin’ our guilty deeds here, remember.

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