Apr 29/06 - On getting an 'F' on Counterterrorism: dangerous liaisons galore
PMBComment: a little bit of “tell me who your drinking buddies are, and I can deduce the crime”…PMB
United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Country Reports on Terrorism 2005
Venezuelan cooperation in the international campaign against terrorism remained negligible. President Hugo Chavez persisted in public criticism of
Chavez' ideological sympathy for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) limited Venezuelan cooperation with Colombia in combating terrorism. FARC and ELN units often crossed into Venezuelan territory for rest and re-supply, with little concern that they would be pursued by Venezuelan forces. Splinter groups of the FARC and another designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), operated in various parts of
It is unclear whether and to what extent the Government of Venezuela provided material support to Colombian terrorists, and at what level. An ex-ELN guerrilla told the press in
February that a "non-aggression" pact existed between the ELN and Venezuelan authorities, adding that the Venezuelan National Guard allowed the terrorist group to kidnap ranchers.
Weapons and ammunition -- some from official Venezuelan stocks and facilities – regularly turned up in the hands of Colombian terrorist organizations. The government did not systematically police the 1,400-mile Venezuelan-Colombian border to prevent the movement of groups of armed men or interdict arms flows to narcoterrorists.
Radical political elements detonated a series of small bombs, particularly in
Venezuelan citizenship, identity, and travel documents remained easy to obtain, making