[Debate] Fwd: Wikileaks revealed US espionage of Indigenous Peoples in 2011
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Sat Jan 7 12:35:43 GMT 2012
Saturday, 7 January 2012
Wikileaks : US targets Indigenous Peoples in 2011
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> From: Maggie Zhou <mzhou_us at yahoo.com>
> Date: January 7 2012 10:15:11 AM GMT+05:30
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> Subject: [climate justice now!] Wikileaks revealed US espionage of
> Indigenous Peoples in 2011
> Reply-To: Maggie Zhou <mzhou_us at yahoo.com>
By Brenda Norrell
In the Censored News pick for the Best of the Best in 2011, Wikileaks
claims first prize. Wikileaks exposed the US corporate schemes,
espionage, promotion of mining and efforts globally to halt passage of
the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Wikileaks revealed extensive espionage of Indigenous Peoples,
including the Mapuche and Mohawks, and Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales, who ushered in a new
Indigenous global rights campaign.
The release of the US diplomatic cables of the US State Department
confirmed that the US feared the power of Indigenous Peoples,
specifically their claims to their traditional territories, a right
stated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Further, the Declaration states the right of free, prior and informed
consent before development proceeds and protects intellectual and
cultural property rights.
Here are the top six ways that the United States and Canada, as
revealed by Wikileaks, worked against the rights of Indigenous
Peoples, by engaging in espionage and the promotion of mining, while
violating Indigenous autonomy, self determination and dignity.
1. The United States worked behind the scenes to fight the adoption of
the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In Ecuador, the
US established a program to dissuade Ecuador from supporting the
Declaration. In Iceland, the US Embassy said Iceland's support was an
"impediment" to US/Iceland relations at the UN. In Canada, the US said
the US and Canada agreed the Declaration was headed for a "train wreck."
2. The United States targeted and tracked Indigenous Peoples,
community activists and leaders, especially in Chile, Peru and
Ecuador. A cable reveals the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, identified
Indigenous activists and tracked the involvement of Bolivian President
Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Bolivia Ambassador
Pablo Solon, prominent Mapuche and Quechua activists and community
leaders. President Chavez and President Morales were consistently
watched, and their actions analyzed. Indigenous activists opposing the
dirty Tar Sands were spied on, and other Indigenous activists in
Vancouver, prior to the Olympics.
3. The United States was part of a five country coalition to promote
mining and fight against Indigenous activists in Peru. A core group of
diplomats from U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Switzerland and South
Africa formed an alliance with mining companies to promote and protect
mining interests globally. In other illegal corporate profiteering,
Peru’s government secretly admitted that 70-90 percent of its mahogany
exports were illegally felled, according to a US embassy cable
revealed by Wikileaks. Lowe's and Home Depot sell the lumber.
4. Canada spied on Mohawks using illegal wiretaps. Before Wikileaks
hit the headlines, it exposed in 2010 that Canada used unauthorized
wiretaps on Mohawks.
Wikileaks: "During the preliminary inquiry to Shawn Brant's trial, it
came out that the Ontario Provincial Police, headed by Commissioner
Julian Fantino, had been using wiretaps on more than a dozen different
Mohawks without a judge's authorization, an action almost unheard of
recent history in Canada."
4. The United States and Canada tracked Mohawks. In one of the largest
collections of cables released so far that targeted Native people and
named names, the US Embassies in Montreal and Toronto detailed Mohawk
activities at the border and in their communities.
5. The arrogant and insulting tone of the US Embassies and disrespect
for Indigenous leaders is pervasive in US diplomatic cables. The US
Embassy in Guatemala stated that President of Guatemala, Álvaro Colom,
called Rigoberta Menchu a "fabrication" of an anthropologist and made
other accusations. Menchu responded on a local radio station that
Colom was a "liar."
6. The collection of DNA and other data, makes it clear that US
Ambassadors are spies abroad. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
states that the Intelligence Community relies on biographical
information from US diplomats. In cables to Africa and Paraguay,
Clinton asked US Embassy personnel to collect address books, e-mail
passwords, fingerprints, iris scans and DNA.
“The intelligence community relies on State reporting officers for
much of the biographical information collected worldwide," Clinton
said in a cable on April 16, 2009. Clinton said the biographical data
should be sent to the INR (Bureau of Intelligence and Research) for
dissemination to the Intelligence Community.
Meanwhile, the US was part of a five country team that supported
mining as Indigenous Peoples were dying to protect their homeland.
The arrogance of the US and its cheerleading for corporate copper
mining in Peru is obvious in two cables just released from Wikileaks.
The diplomatic cables reveal the US promoting multi-national
corporations, while targeting Indigenous activists and their supporters.
The cables reveal that a core group of diplomats formed an alliance
with mining companies to promote and protect mining interests
globally. The diplomats were from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia,
Switzerland and South Africa.
Read more at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/02/wikileaks-peru-us-ambassador-targeted.html
The US spied on the Mohawks in Canada, as revealed in these diplomatic
cables released by Wikileaks. Canadian border guards admitted that
they feared the Mohawks:
Wikileaks exposed the fact that not only were Indigenous Peoples spied
on globally by the US State Department, but those who supported them
were also spied on. Actor and activist Danny Glover was the focus of
at least five US diplomatic cables.
Posted by brendanorrell at gmail.com at 7:30 PM
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