Cash and Cyberware on the US Offensive
The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has requested proposals on how to foster change in a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Cuba. The US claims the best of intentions, saying it wants to strengthen independent civil society groups in those countries.
“It’s not about democracy at all,” argued independent US researcher and historian Jeff Freisen. “One thing I’ve learned is that US foreign policy has to do with power, and power alone…. I think that if you have this idea that there is something positive coming with these democratic regime changes, that’s just not true.”
Among other things, the State Department is financing the creation of stealth wireless networks that would enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya, according to participants in the projects.