Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sandinista “Commander Zero” Behind Google Map Dispute Over Isla Calero, a New War Front is brewing...?

Latest Israeli propaganda: linking Iran and Venezuela to building a Nicaraguan canal.

Nicaragua latest victim of Israeli chicanery through its Costa Rican vassal state.....

[By reading the following defense of contra "freedom fighters" in Nicaragua by ultra-right-wing Congressman Jack Davis/CIA, in light with the known historical record, it becomes easy to see the new Office of Public Diplomacy/CIA front..., efforts of Ollie North and Heritage in action (SEE: Robert Parry's "Iran-Contra's 'Lost Chapter'"). By interweaving reports of known contra terrorism with false claims about the size and popularity of the militant insurgency, "news" was created and the legendary prowess of the American mercenary forces was inflated in the mind of the American people. It was always pure bullshit wrapped in a pretty package. Suggestions for creating a fake "government in exile" to legitimize the subversive illegal operations amounted to taking the terror movement mainstream, in order to authorize massive shipments of large weaponry to American proxy forces. To read the Heritage report, for all of its typos, is an exercise in dropping personal disbelief (much like going to a movie), in order to accept the new false belief that equates freedom fighters from the American Revolution with terrorists....]

13 11 2010

[The dispute is over a thin strip of land which coincidentally happens to be the shortest distance between the Pacific and Lake Nicaragua, the largest body of fresh water in all of Central America. Perhaps this is all about the US seizing the water in the region, perhaps it is something much bigger, like a new, bigger canal, to allow passage of supertankers and possibly aircraft carriers.,%20costa%20rica&sll=11.059821,-85.389862&sspn=0.776319,1.432343&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=11.329253,-85.177002&spn=3.769636,4.669189&z=7&source=embed

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If there is a secret deal in the works to build a new canal, then it might tie-in to the recent murder of Nicaragua's consul general in New York. It would be nice to know who or what motivated the folks at Google Maps to move the border line in this area? There is way more to this story than anything that we have heard so far, some big geostrategic event. Nothing else would explain the 46 US warships coming to Costa Rica, or the Columbian/Venezuelan border escalation, in conjunction with recent bidding for oil-drilling blocks in the Caribbean. To Hell with the war in Central Asia; it looks like the big war is really coming over here.

The use of Commander Zero (Eden Pastora) suggests that this particular international incident is "neo-Soviet" in nature, since Zero was Russia/Cuba's main man, the Jesuit-trained militant who launched the Sandinista movement. This could be Putin's move to change the location of the big war (formerly known as the "pipeline wars") from Russia's back yard to our own. On the other hand, with shadowy figures like Pastora, who have worked for both East and West in Central America, it may be possible to interpret his presence as the visible proof of covert wars, but it may also be impossible to tell which side he currently represents. Maybe the "reset" with Russia covers covert wars in our hemisphere as well?

"In May 1987, Eden Pastora acknowledged publicly that the CIA had supplied war material and accused Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, directly involved in the Irangate, of being behind the assassination attempt on Pencas in 1984."

American moves in the region were possibly made in anticipation of disrupting this FSB (new KGB) psywar with a CIA counter-psywar. But it may all be simply more extravagant stage-managing, before the real big event actually begins, with the US and Russia cynically manipulating public opinion to usher in their jointly managed New World Order.]

On 1 July 2010, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly authorized the U.S. military to undertake policing duties in Costa Rica

Nicaraguan Diplomat Found Dead in the Bronx

U.S. Willing To Help In Costa Rica - Nicaragua Dispute If Asked

By Adam Williams and Tim Rogers
Google responds: By no means should Google Maps be used as a reference to decide military actions between two countries.
Isla Calero Map

The Nicaragua-Costa Rica border on Google Maps and Bing Maps. Google said it plans to make changes to its map to reflect the border more accurately. Courtesy of Search Engine Land.

The Internet application Google Maps has found itself in the middle of the ongoing border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Costa Rican media sources this week expressed outrage that the Google Maps image of the northeast border region shows Isla Calero, the disputed land between the two countries at the mouth of the Río San Juan, is in Nicaraguan territory.

The Costa Rican media alleges that former guerrilla leader Edén Pastora, who is heading Nicaragua’s river-dredging operation, used the Google Maps application as a justification for his incursion into Costa Rica territory. Pastora, however, has made no claims about relying on Google Maps to determine the border.

On the contrary, Pastora said in statements to the Nicaraguan press this week that his understanding of the border is based on the original text of the 1858 Cañas-Jerez Treaty.

“The maps are not going to tell me where the borders are; the treaties are,” Pastora said.

However, the international media has already picked up on the invented Google Maps scandal, prompting the company to respond. Daniel Helft, senior manager for public policies for Google Latin America, wrote on a public Google blog that while “Google maps are of very high quality and Google works constantly to improve and update existing information, by no means should they be used as a reference to decide military actions between two countries.”

Helft added, “In this instance Google has determined that there was an inaccuracy in the shaping of the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua and is working to update the information as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos sent his own letter to Google representatives on Nov. 4, saying that the contentious map is “absolutely correct” and that Google shouldn’t make “any modifications” to the border coordinates....,-85.220947&spn=1.886505,2.334595&z=8&source=embed

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Costa Rica Journal; In the War on Want, Is There a Military Front?

Published: July 14, 1987

LIBERIA, Costa Rica— The red clay roads, newly cut into the jungle, are still being smoothed by bulldozers. Logging trucks and farmers with their herds of cattle will not be far behind.

The tropical savanna of northern Costa Rica seems to roll on forever, but from a high point you can see it end, falling abruptly to the shore of Lake Nicaragua. There it forms a volatile frontier that has often been fought over in recent years by Nicaraguan rebel units and Sandinista patrols.

In this wilderness area, the Reagan Administration and the Costa Rican Government have carried out what appears to be one of the most successful American-backed development projects in Central America.

The project, estimated to cost $20 million, appears intended to deal with security matters while offering economic and political development for a remote area that the Costa Rican Government and American officials fear is susceptible to Sandinista influence. This concern has grown as tens of thousands of Nicaraguan refugees fleeing the war in their homeland have moved into the region.

”It’s a key area for Costa Rica,” said an American official here. ”We are doing good development work where it is needed.” Used by the Sandinistas

Although American officials do not mention it, the work also appears to offer rapid military access to frontier airports and a key stretch of border if ever hostilities with Nicaragua grow or if the United States should one day decide to invade that country.

The large area affected stretches along the border with Nicaragua from the Pacific costal highway almost to the town of Los Chiles and then south into the swampy, fertile jungle and plains of Guatuso.

In the late 1970′s, it was a center for secret Sandinista guerrilla training camps and supply lines used to attack and eventually overthrow the Somoza family dictatorship in Nicaragua. In the final push across the border, Cuban supply planes landed at night near the border laden with weapons and Cuban advisers slipped into Nicaragua with Sandinista units, according to several former Sandinistas who fought here.

As American hostility and resistance within Nicaragua to the Sandinistas’ Marxist policies grew, the border once again became a military zone. Between 1982 and 1985, the rebel leader Eden Pastora Gomez dotted the frontier with guerrilla camps, backed by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Costa Rican Government finally closed the camps a year ago, and Mr. Pastora disbanded his force, but there is a lingering sense that this is a region where authority was imposed by men with guns and civil government is still a somewhat novel concept. Basic Services for the People

American-backed development work was planned in 1983 and the years since have been spent driving roads into the area and bringing basic services to its isolated and impoverished communities. The prime objective, according to American and Costa Rican officials, is to bring the zone under the control of the central Government and to enable Costa Rica’s paramilitary rural police to monitor it. The rural police have been trained and armed in recent years by the United States.

The region has several small airstrips and larger ones at Liberia, Upala and Los Chiles, as well as a once-secret landing field on the Pacific coast built for the contras with the help of American officials. The airstrip at Los Chiles was extended and paved in recent years and would appear to be easily able to take military planes.

American officials deny that any United States funds went into the construction, but local residents recall that the American Ambassador and the commander of American regional military forces landed at the airstrip on a visit three years ago.

There is also a deepwater port on the coast at Murcielago. The coast route south to Panama is in poor condition, but troops and equipment could probably be moved by land from the main regional American base in Panama up to the Nicaraguan border within 24 hours.

American Army engineers have built or improved at least 15 bridges in one of the worst parts of the coastal route to Panama, near the village of Dominical to the south. A spokesman for the American Embassy said the bridges were built in a ”civic action” project purely to aid impoverished Costa Rican communities in an area that in the past was cut off for days when the rainy season swelled the rivers.

But the bridges, like the development project on the northern border, appear to address both security concerns and political and social needs, offering military access if needed while satisfying local demands for long-needed improvements. A.I.D. Official Oversees Work

A key element in the success of the work along the border is that it is being overseen by an official from the Agency for International Development, the operating arm of American economic aid in developing countries.

Now that almost 100 miles of primary roads have been opened, according to the official, Harry Peacock, the next step is to build access roads to small villages and begin community development by helping in land distribution and tasks such as building wells and rural clinics. The villages are asked to contribute to and help plan what they need, a demand that they have eagerly accepted, Mr. Peacock said.

”I see a real change in local attitudes,” he said in an interview near the border. ”They want development – it’s a very significant signal when people become future oriented.”

Eighty percent of the land in the region is believed to be arable and Government officials now expect Costa Ricans to begin moving in and local young people to stay, instead of looking for work in the cities.

But there may be one lasting cost for what otherwise appears to be a highly beneficial development project. The border region contains some of the most extensive tracts of Central America’s rapidly dwindling virgin jungle.

The trees and wildlife almost certainly will not survive the easy access now offered to local lumber companies whose sawmills are already hard at work slicing giant trees that cannot be replaced into boards for the construction projects now springing up in the region.

Photo of a bridge under construction in the northern border area of Costa Rica. United States Army engineers have built or improved at least 15 bridges in one of the worst parts of coastal route to Panama, near the village of Dominical....

Secret Contra Resupply Airstrip In Costa Rica–a.k.a., “Point West”

[If you click on the above article link you will see a previous article on Google censorship of the secret Contra airstrip in Costa Rica, "Point West," identified in the Iran/Contra hearings by Admiral Poindexter, for one witness. An interesting point I somehow missed in the first posting is the strange white spot near the Contra airstrip, approximately the position given of the former "civil guard training center at Murcielago." Upon closer examination, the Google censors have attempted to white-out this very large building near the explosively controversial former site. This was another poor attempt to hide the site without actually "hiding" the site, like the previous addition of darkness to the formerly clear section of map.]

[This censoring of one of my Google map placements is outdone by the following site that I located in Colombia, that of the Barrancon Special Forces Training Base, near Meta. As you can see from the following series, the site was confirmed by Google map experts as the correct site, but, on zooming in, a white triangle appears and blots out the spot.]

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