- Venezuelan oil pipeline suspiciously sabotaged shortly
before election boycotted by U.S.-backed opposition. In what clearly
has the marks of a U.S. neocon destabilization campaign, a pipeline to
Venezuela's Amuay-Cardon oil refinery was blown up by terrorists on December
3, on the eve of Sunday elections that returned President Hugo Chavez's
Fifth Republic Movement to the National Assembly with well over a two-thirds
majority, a majority that will enable the constitution to be changed to
allow Chavez to run for a third term in 2012. Chavez will run for re-election
to a second six year term next year.
- Working with local right-wing groups, the Bush administration
supported a right-wing boycott of the legislative elections. Vice
President Jose Vicente Rangel and Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez. In October,
another pipeline was sabotaged in Zulia state.
- Venezuelan oil infrastructure: latest target of the neocons?
Venezuela suspects terrorism in pre-election sabotage
- WMR reported on Nov. 9 that Vatang Agrunov (aka
Bhatang Agranouve, Dahtang Mik Agarunov, and Bathan Agranouve), an Israeli
national, was arrested in nearby Trinidad for suspicion that he was involved
in July 11, August 10, September 10, and November 3 bombings in Port of
Spain. The bombings injured 28 people. Agrunov was also caught with possessing
a stolen Trinidad and Tobago immigration visa extension stamp.
- Israelis are not required to have a visa to enter Trinidad
but they are required to have one to enter Venezuela. An extended Trinidad
visa would, however, permit easy entry into Venezuela from Trinidad, especially
on small boats that ferry people between the seven- mile Gulf of Paria
strait that separates the two nations.
- WMR speculated at the time of his arrest for possible
involvement in bombings in Trinidad that Agrunov may have been involved
in a "false flag" plot to engage in anti-Chavez sabotage in Venezuela.
- Prior to the April 2002 abortive U.S.-backed coup against
Chavez, US Special Operations personnel on loan to the CIA attempted to
foment disruption of the state-owned PDVSA oil infrastructure.
- The Trinidad police believed Agrunov was going to falsify
his passport to remain in the country illegally. The Israeli embassy in
Caracas intervened in the Agrunov arrest as did, suspiciously, the FBI.
Caribbean law enforcement agencies possess intelligence that Agrunov is
a suspected terrorist. Agrunov was deported from Trinidad to Israel on
November 15 after the Israeli Consulate in Port of Spain paid his $TT 2,500