Since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential elections against current president Donald Trump, the Hillary camp, liberal media and CIA has launched a propaganda campaign against Russia for meddling in American presidential elections. The media runs stories on this issue regularly. The CIA is convinced that Russian interference in 2016 elections helped Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton.
As soon as Senator Bernie Sanders announced to enter into presidential campaign for 2020 bid, the liberal media and Clinton camp once again come up with the allegation of Russian interfering. This time Bernie Sander is Russian boy who wants to spoil the elections.
It seems that America the greatest military, political and economic power on the planet is the victim of Russian sabotage. But facts tells us different story. The CIA ran campaigns of regime change and election meddling in many countries. CIA is the most experienced and lethal organisation in the world to organise military coups, toppling governments and to bring a regime change. No other organisation can match the experience and knowledge of such dirty tactics.
The CIA has a long history of attempting to influence presidential and general elections in other countries. The CIA made 81 attempts to influence the elections in different countries to bring its own men into power between 1946 and 2000.
No other country on the face of the planet earth made more interventions directly or indirectly to steal the elections and to undermine the democratically elected leaderships. The same liberal American media which foul cry on the alleged Russian meddling in US elections but helped in the past to overthrow the elected governments and influenced the outcome of several elections through propaganda campaigns.
These facts were revealed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University. In his study and findings, Dov mainly focused on election interferences made by US. He did not study attempted military coups and regime change following the election of a left wing government. Such military coups were initiated by CIA in Iran, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Chile.
CIA collaborated with General Suharto to topple the radical nationalist government of Sukarno in Indonesia in which half million innocent civilian population were killed. US supported many military regimes in Africa, Asia and Latin America to oust the left leaning and nationalist leaders. Millions of people were slaughtered.
America interfere in the elections of Russia in 1996, Nicaragua in 1990, Haiti in 1986, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Israel and many other countries to get elected its own favourite candidates or the defeat the anti-American, left wing, socialist and nationalist leaders in different countries.
Dov Levin find out that two thirds of acts were carried out secretly and different tactics, plans and strategies were applied, including funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation or propaganda, training locals of only one side in various campaigning or get-out-the-vote techniques, helping one side design their campaign materials, making public pronouncements or threats in favor of or against a candidate, and providing or withdrawing foreign aid.
Dove Levin gave some examples to prove his point. It all started from Italy. The US administration made its first interference in Italy .The US influenced the 1948 general elections to defeat the communist party candidate and to help elect the Christian Democrats. US influenced almost every general election in the cold war period to keep the communists away from getting power.
We threw everything, including the kitchen sink” at helping the Christian Democrats beat the Communists in Italy, said Levin, including covertly delivering “bags of money” to cover campaign expenses, sending experts to help run the campaign, subsidizing “pork” projects like land reclamation, and threatening publicly to end U.S. aid to Italy if the Communists were elected.
Levin said that U.S. intervention probably played an important role in preventing a Communist Party victory, not just in 1948, but in seven subsequent Italian elections.
Throughout the Cold War, U.S. involvement in foreign elections was mainly motivated by the goal of containing communism, said Thomas Carothers, a foreign policy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The U.S. didn’t want to see left-wing governments elected, and so it did engage fairly often in trying to influence elections in other countries,” Carothers said.
In the 1990 Nicaragua elections, the CIA leaked damaging information on alleged corruption by the Marxist Sandinistas to German newspapers, according to Levin. The opposition used those reports against the Sandinista candidate, Daniel Ortega. He lost to opposition candidate Violeta Chamorro.
In Czechoslovakia that same year, the U.S. provided training and campaign funding to Vaclav Havel’s party and its Slovak affiliate as they planned for the country’s first democratic election after its transition away from communism. “The thinking was that we wanted to make sure communism was dead and buried,” said Levin. Even after that, the U.S. continued trying to influence elections in its favor.
In Haiti after the 1986 overthrow of dictator and U.S. ally Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the CIA sought to support different candidates and undermine Jean-Bertrande Aristide, a Roman Catholic priest and proponent of liberation theology.
The U.S. also attempted to influence the Russian elections. In 1996, with the presidency of Boris Yeltsin and the Russian economy flailing, President Clinton endorsed a $10.2-billion loan from the IMF linked to privatisation, trade liberalisation and other measures that would move Russia toward a capitalist economy.
Yeltsin used the loan to bolster his popular support, telling voters that only he had the reformist credentials to secure such loans. He used the money, in part, for social spending before the election, including payment of back wages and pensions.
In the Middle East, the U.S. has aimed to bolster candidates who could further the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
In 1996, seeking to fulfill the legacy of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the peace accords the U.S. brokered, Clinton openly supported Shimon Peres, convening a peace summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik to boost his popular support and inviting him to a meeting at the White House a month before the election.
We were persuaded that if Likud candidate Benjamin Netanyahu were elected, the peace process would be closed for the season,” said Aaron David Miller, who worked at the State Department at the time.
In 1999, in a more subtle effort to sway the election, top Clinton strategists, including James Carville were sent to advise Labor candidate Ehud Barak in the election against Netanyahu.
In Yugoslavia, the U.S. and NATO had long sought to cut off Serbian nationalist and Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic from the international system through economic sanctions and military action.
In 2000, the U.S. spent millions of dollars in aid for political parties, campaign costs and independent media. Funding and broadcast equipment provided to the media arms of the opposition were a decisive factor in electing opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica as Yugoslav president, according to Levin.
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20 July, 2019