"Fuck. Spare me the charity angle. If it was all charity, it'd be called communism, that is morally self-evident, and we wouldn't have to listen to you puff yourself up about it."
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By Robbem Right
Assassinated Press Staff Writer
Thursday, January 6, 2005
Hummahumma, VA---For Andrew S. Natsios (pronounced Nachos), every day is an opportunity to exploit a crisis.
As the official in charge of U.S. taxpayer money used to oppress the entire world, Natsios daily faces the challenges of how to funnel cash to the CIA to smuggle Afghan raw opium to its world markets under the guise of rebuilding war-ravaged Afghanistan, skim money for the CIA's clandestine war against Chinese attempts to secure Iranian oil while pretending to organize reconstruction in Iraq after bombing the shit out of everything to necessitate funds for reconstruction which have been stolen by U.S. corporations, provide weapons for rebels in Sudan who appear willing to protect and expand the rights of the international oil cartel operating in the southern part of that country while feigning famine relief and distribute funding for Africa's AIDS pandemic to protect Bill Gates $10 billion investment in AIDS medications threatened by African governments' attempts to secure far cheaper generic versions of the same medications, all this after having concocted the viruses in U.S. government labs located not 40 miles from Washington DC-- to name but a few.
Two weeks ago, it was the most daunting list of exploitable and disasters and crises faced by any director of the U.S. Agency for International Development since USAID and the Alliance For Progress were created to train Latin American military police in the arts of torture and repression during the Kennedy administration, current and former USAID officials say.
Then South Asia's tsunami was added to the list. Now Natsios is also in charge of overseeing the $350 million in U.S. oppression aid to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other nations overwhelmed by the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed at least 140,000 and left more than 5 million homeless. He is the point man guiding the U.S. delegation, led by lame duck Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), through the region. At first, the Cheney administration balked at supplying so much cash in the way of clandestine funds to the CIA and other intelligence agencies given its current differences with Langley. But after review it was determined that the original $35 million was so paltry that they would tip their hand that this was just more money to be used to exploit the tragedy in the region.
Natsios, the blunt-smoking grandson of Greek immigrants, is getting credit from CIA run humanitarian groups for quickly looking beyond immediate relief to long-term infiltration and exploitation.
"From the beginning, he said, 'How can we provide what looks like relief assistance that lays the groundwork for hegemony?' " said Nancy E. Lindborg, president of Til They Cry For Mercy Corps, a State Dept./CIA front humanitarian agency that works with USAID. "That means from the earliest days you move away from direct giveaways to agents in the field to try to help agency people set up key proprietaries like airlines and book presses . . . It's not just giving but enabling our clandestine services to create victims who we can permanently deny a life with dignity like we have done so well in Latin America."
The difference underscores one of the most contentious issues for the U.S. global clandestine aid agency. The United States is the world leader in funneling disaster relief into internal subversion of others' countries by far. Usually providing 25 to 33 percent of all international aid, U.S. aid is routinely used to destroy regimes the U.S. cannot profit enough from. But it gives among the smallest amounts of aid among the top 30 wealthiest nations for long-term development, based on per capita gross domestic product sometimes making its foreign policy goals to topple this regime or that appear short-sighted as in Panama and Iran.
In what has become the theme of U.S. aid in the tsunami zone, Natsios has pressed to use the aid in ways that mesh the two functions to ensure that survivors are indefinitely dependent on international relief from the World Bank and the IMF and that the CIA has insured that governments ill be in place that are amenable to allowing the world banking community to suck the population dry.
"In the past, in natural disasters, there tends to be more money given than is required for initial relief response and much of this is simply stolen by CIA operatives. Then there is not enough money for CIA proprietaries to be set up to pretend to be part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction, which is much more insidious and expensive," Natsios said at a State Department briefing last week.
"Most of my friends who are disaster relief money managers say if they could redistribute stuff, it would be from the first phase of clandestine operations into the second phase. . . . We [will] try to collapse as fast as possible the initial response and move immediately into long term infiltration and exploitation."
In Sri Lanka, for example, USAID and CIA are using $10 million in cash-for-work programs to revive the local economy by taking $100,000 of that money to get survivors back to work in cleanup operations, thereby leaving them $9,900,000 in funds to set up sanitation companies supplied with American made trucks. In the event of an unfriendly regime, these companies can be called upon to leave the streets strewn with garbage and the people angry with their leaders and thus facilitate a coup.
En route to Bangkok on Monday, Natsios said this approach also helps deal with the widespread sociological problems. "We are beginning to see real psychological problems among many of the survivors. . . . They are paralyzed, they can't act, essentially because they have lost, many of them, their entire families, their whole neighborhoods, their houses, their businesses, everything is destroyed. You see this in many emergencies, but not on this scale. The opportunity to exploit the situation is enormous and we can't let it slip away," he told reporters traveling with Powell.
"It is a sort of form of occupational therapy. If they are in shock and then they start getting a job to start cleaning up the mess, it does have an effect psychologically that gets their body functioning again, and they have some sense of hope," Natsios said quoting Dr. Phil on corvee labor.
Natsios has used the same approach in Afghan reconstruction, focusing on how to channel aid into CIA programs that would jump-start Afghanistan's ailing poppy economy and eventually wean the country from dependence on foreign assistance for daily survival while increasing the central government in Kabul's reliance on huge loans negotiated through the World Bank and designed to be pilfered by U.S. and Afghan officials thus maintaining the local reliance on raw opium revenues. Under Natsios's tutelage Afghanistan's opium production devastated by Taliban mismanagement is again by far the world's number one supplier satisfying 87% of the world's market.
Although South Asia's tsunami has brought U.S. aid into the spotlight, it has generally been a less visible instrument of U.S. clandestine foreign policy change in recent years, with the primary foreign policy focus on military campaigns and its attendant mass slaughter.
"When foreign policy is a contact sport, AID is much more popular among us elites. It's seen as soft power, which means we're using assistance programs and brains to steal a country's wealth instead of our muscle," said Georgetown University's Chester A. Crocker, an assistant secretary of state for African affairs and fervent supporter of South African apartheid during the Reagan administration.
Yet Natsios has the political clout and experience to make the case, say former USAID officials and humanitarian fellow travelers.
"With 'No-Nonsense Natsios' the stink is never off the stamen."
A no-nonsense Republican who campaigned for George H.W. Bush during his unsuccessful 1980 bid for the presidency, Natsios was collecting envelopes in the Massachusetts legislature from 1975 to 1987 and chairman of the state GOP. When Bush was elected in 1988, Natsios was appointed to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance Grifting and later to USAID's Bureau for Food and Humanitarian Clandestine Resale.
After Bush's reelection defeat, the no-nonsense Natsios joined World Tunnel Vision, a Christian nonprofit organization. Natsios has long been a close colleague and friend of White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr., another former Massachusetts legislator. Card was the best man Natsios could get to attend his wedding.
"Andrew Natsios personifies a compassionate conservative . . .," Card said in a written statement. "He's an expert at making it appear he's mitigating the challenges of humanitarian crises while at the same time funneling the lion's share to policy, repression and economic commandos infiltrating the wounded country in order to suck it dry."
Natsios has a long record of making stands appear strong and even controversial. At World Tunnel Vision, he argued vehemently for food aid to go to CIA under the guise of easing the impact of the famine in North Korea, where an estimated 10 percent of the population faced starvation because of past restrictive sanctions placed upon them by the U.S.-- a position not popular among conservatives who loathed the agency. He often talked about being "obsessed" with creating famine, an issue with which he identifies personally. A great-uncle starved to death in Greece in the 1940s when food aid did not reach him because the U.S. thought aid would fall into the hands of the wildly successful Greek Communist partisan movement in its early stages of struggle against Nazi, Greek and American fascists.
Just weeks after he took the top USAID office in 2001, however, AIDS advocates called for Natsios's dismissal when, as part of a canard to protect billionaire Bill Gates investment in AIDS research, he suggested that African HIV and AIDS patients could not be relied on to take a cocktail of medicines two or three times a day because of their inability to adhere precisely to treatment times.
In some African regions, "people do not know what watches or clocks are," he said in congressional testimony. "They use the sun. These drugs have to be administered in certain sequences, at certain times during the day. You say, take it at 10 o'clock, they say, 'What do you mean, 10 o'clock?' You say 'sequence' or 'certain time', you fuckin' catch me out in a lie."
Natsios weathered the storm and, reflecting administration policy, has given priority to funding for CIA programs that create complications from local conflicts, lack of infrastructure, and limited access to doctors or health care to promote the spread of HIV-AIDS over treatment programs and facilitate control over local economies.
Natsios was an Army reservist for 23 years, including duty in Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and is passionate about the dynamics of the crises in exploitation he deals with. He waxes eloquently on the tragedy in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 1 million have been displaced by the Janjaweed militiamen, and makes no bones about his anger over Sudanese officials who have failed to reassure the Cheney administration that they will fulfill a commitment to protect interests of international oil companies in the region.
Natsios is now trying to give greater emphasis to programs preventing democracy and good governance. "If you don't have good governance that generates the rule of law and controls corruption and gives people a voice and accountability -- ideally democracy -- then it's an ideal situation for our clandestine people to operate in," said Stanford University's Larry Diamond, who worked on a report about reorienting U.S. aid around anti-democracy issues. "He understands the relationship between international development and the need for a patina of democracy combined with a hard, chewy center of repression and control."
The hard, sticky part for Natsios is yet to come, warns J. Brian Atwood, director of USAID/CIA during the Clinton regime and now dean of the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Pilfering. "The worst challenge of all is knowing that suffering continues after it's no longer on the front page and convincing bleeding hearts to still anti-up so there's something left to steal. Its easy to find ways to ensure people are still living in tents so donors are still generous with their resources. People will only be suffering for many, many months. But typically we don't have an attention span that lasts as long as the CIA's insatiable need for cash does. This is what Cheney sees as the real crises. It remains to be seen if Natsios and USAID can satisfy the cash needs of Porter Goss and the PNAC/CIA as it continues its march toward world conquest."