Government Security Farces

Honduras will host a big Security Summit in San Pedro on the 28th and 29th, funded by USAID, the World Bank, and the U.S. Embassy in Honduras. There, despite the touchy-feely rhetoric of the propaganda, the participants including ambassador Kubiske and Lobo will certainly rally for support for more strong fist policing, the same kind that has failed miserably in the region for the past decade. It with also focus on "rescuing the youth." God save us all.

This of course follows Biden's visit, a pathetic attempt to drum up support for U.S.-funded militarization of Mexico and Central America using the "drug war" as excuse in the wake of the Comayagua prison massacre outside the U.S. military base, and anticipating the Schakowsky and Mikulski letters demanding a suspension of military and police aid, and an investigation into human rights abuses, respectively. As mentioned earlier this week, State has been in damage control mode, as has the Lobo administration. And the strategy of pretending the Congressional letters stated things they didn't and/or didn't state the things they did is well-coordinated. Just after the State Department refused to stop all aid (which the letters had never demanded) the golpista newspaper La Tribuna came out with a story reassuring Hondurans that aid will continue to flow, and that the State Department cares deeply about human rights and freedom of speech in Honduras.

John Lindsay Poland has demonstrated that far too much of the so-called aid we're sending to Honduras is aimed at turning the country into the Pentagon Hub for Central America. Suspending that kind of military and militarized police aid—not "humanitarian" aid (much of it aimed at efforts like privatizing Honduran education)—is what the Schakowsky letter calls for.

Meanwhile, InSight Crime gets free advertising (March 2 podcast) from American University where we are both based. It appears to now be downplaying its major Soros funding in favor of its partnership with Fundación Ideas de la Paz—an organization "created in 1999 by a group of Colombian businessmen." InSight continues providing propaganda to support the increasing militarization of the hemisphere with stories about the drug and gang menaces—as usual, un-fact-checked and devoid of any structural and/or intelligent analysis whatsoever.

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And then this...

There's really too much to compile here, but I'll just add one thing I forgot to mention. The Wilson Center is pimping for SOUTHCOM, check it out: Countering Transnational Organized Crime and Improving Citizen Security in Central America: The View from U.S. Southern Command