Venezuelan Military Finds US Army Uniforms In Paramilitary Border Camp

Tachira — where the paramilitary camp was discovered — was also the region where the government found a large cache of Venezuelan currency in December.
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    A guest instructor debriefs students from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School after a field training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)

    A guest instructor debriefs Latin American students from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas) after a field training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)

    Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, dismantled a right-wing paramilitary camp near the Colombian border Tuesday, discovering U.S. army uniforms, among others.

    The FANB also discovered stolen Venezuelan military uniforms as well as combat attire belonging to the Colombian military forces.

    “We are advancing an investigation,” Tachira Governor Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora said at a press conference, according to HispanTV. “We found accounting books with a list of victims of extortion on the site.”

    Right-wing Colombian paramilitaries are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Colombians since the 1950s. Usually targeted are campesinos, Indigenous people, Afro-Colombians, human rights activists and those sympathetic to Colombia’s leftist guerrilla movements and Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.

    Tachira — where the paramilitary camp was discovered — was also the region where the FANB found in December a large cache of bolivars, the country’s currency, which was being extracted and hoarded in an effort to sabotage the economy and make huge profits.

    The FANB’s paramilitary camp discovery substantiates claims that the U.S. Army is training right-wing paramilitaries to spread terror in the region. It also reaffirms suspicions that U.S.-backed forces are using FANB uniforms for false flag attacks.

    On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. plans to work with right-wing politicians in the region to destabilize Venezuela. The socialist leader also condemned attempts by the Organization of American States to suspend the country’s membership.

    “The U.S. State Department has activated all its ambassadors in the world, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, pressing all governments to support a political, diplomatic and global intervention in Venezuela,” Maduro said during a Cabinet meeting, adding that Washington is trying to make Venezuela a “kind of colony” ruled from outside by wealthy U.S. elites, HispanTV reported.

    OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro has been calling for the suspension of Venezuela from the multinational organization over alleged “human rights violations,” asking the body to invoke the Democratic Charter against the South American country. Almagro, a longtime foe of the Bolivarian Revolution, openly works with the country’s right-wing opposition to demand regime change, hosting a press conference with known opposition leaders just this past Monday.

    © teleSUR


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    • Bob

      I wonder if the USA kept to itself if the world would be a better place…

    • Aer O’Head

      Let me guess. They bought them at an army surplus store in Idaho. Am I right???

    • James Wherry

      Gotta love MintPressNews’ deception and misdirection!

      1. That photo does not come from a camp in or near Venezuela. It’s stock photo.

      2. The uniforms shown are the old “BDU” or “Battle Dress Uniforms” we haven’t had since the 1990’s.

      3. So THAT’s where the Iranian Republican Guard training in Venezuela has been stashing their uniforms! I was wondering, when we would catch them.

      • Krishna E. Bera

        The photo caption doesnt say it is anywhere near Venezuela. It is a relevant photo because the School of the Americas was used to train many Colombian and other paramilitary leaders.
        That dailysignal article is hogwash. If there were any cyberattacks on US infrastructure, we would have heard about them by now. There have been plenty of amateur hacks of websites and thievery of credit cards etc by professionals, possible mainly due to poor industry security practices.

        Do you seriously think the Iranian Republican Guard would try to invade the US? Iran enough problems in their own region, and arent so stupid as to overextend with invasions of others as the US is. There has been a bit of meddling, like supplying forces in Lebanon, but Iran has never invaded another country.

        • Mandelsohn

          Guy is a fanatic anti-Iran/shia commentator, apparently he was involved as a soldier in the Iraqi invasion of 2003.

          • tapatio

            Wherry was never involved in ANY sort of combat role. He’s a US Army major, a shyster and does/did work for “Civil Affairs”, one of the little groups that gave the Phoenix Program to ‘Nam (give us your hearts or we’ll roast your kids in Dupont napalm).
            Wherry is also an old gay queen who bought a Filipino kid that looks like he should be in junior high. He now seems to work primarily for Zionist propaganda organs.



            “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””
            (It is reeeeally STUPID to use your own name and photo when blogging and bragging about the “illustrious” of the Jews’ state)





          • James Wherry

            Why the need to lie about me, Mr. Mandelsohn? Do you think engaging in easily disproven propaganda does anything to me? I liked the Shi’ites and the Shi’ites liked me just fine and expressed their appreciation for liberating them, when I was there in 2003. Can you cite a single thing I’ve said condemning that religion?

            I do agree that the Shi’ite leadership carried out collective punishment and revenge attacks against the Sun’ni minority, after Saddam was over-thrown. It’s one of the reasons I criticize the handling of the occupation. Our own leadership sat by while whole neighborhoods of Sun’ni’s were threatened by Muqtada al-Sadr and his Saderists and emptied out.

            In 2008-2009, the former “Sons of Iraq” who helped us win the Surge were targeted, kidnapped and held for ransom by the Shi’ite security forces. Again, we did nothing to prevent this and begged off, deferring to the elected SHI’ITE government on the grounds that we were turning over security to them.

            These and other crimes by Shi’ites led to the Sun’ni’s being willing to welcome ISIL in 2011 as “the devil himself.”

        • James Wherry

          All that it says is that the students come from WHINSEC, not that the training is a WHINSEC.

        • William The Warlord

          The photo was taken in Georgia,USA.

      • Aer O’Head

        Of COURSE it’s a stock photo, you schmuck! All you have to do is read the damn caption.

        “A guest instructor debriefs Latin American students from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas) after a field training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo)”

        Can you spell D’UH???

        • James Wherry

          The caption doesn’t fully disclose the fact that this “training exercise” is not taking place in Venezuela, now does it?

          • Aer O’Head

            You’re so eager to scribble your meandering thoughts on the Internet, you don’t give enough thought to how you’re only just perceived as a fool.

      • tapatio


      • The WHISC is currently in Fort Benning GA. It is a continuation of the School of Americas which used to be hosted in the Panama Canal Zone and was a notorious counterinsurrgency/terrorist training center hosted by the US. It taught corses in things like ambush attacks, torture, etc. The list of terrorist/mass murder/war crime graduates from SOA/WHISC really long. The top of this page lists some of the worst examples – If you go to the bottom of the page, you can click on a longer list specialized to each Latin American country.

        • James Wherry


          1. “Ambush tactics” are basic tactics taught to every Soldier in “Basic training.”

          2. Everyone receives basic instruction on how to SURVIVE torture and what to do under interrogation.

          The case against SOA/WHINSEC has always been a flimsy case that argued that because some past students committed crimes, it “must be” that they were taught there at SOA. Critics even tried to condemn SOA for the acts of one LTC in a Latin American Army who came and took a LOGISTICS class, there. It’s Far Left propaganda.

          I’ve never been to the school, but I know the JAGs who teach the Geneva Conventions and Ethical Use of Force, there, and they do not teach how to commit crimes, but what IS a crime and how to say “No” to orders to commit crimes.

          • First, the incredibly long list of war criminals graduating from SOA speaks for itself. They are war criminals not just because they ambush, kidnap, & torture, etc. but rather because they did those things against civilian populations. The most important point is that the CIA and Pentagon programs running SOA knew the kind of things that there graduates were doing as it continued for many decades. They did not try to modify this or select different types of enrollees. Terrorism against civilians was a basic part of US approach to “counterinsurgency” in Latin America (and other places like Vietnam). This is show in other CIA sponsored activity like Operation Condor assassination program.

            Second, the following link argues that many of the techniques taught are not part of regular army training:

            • James Wherry

              The even lengthier lies of graduates never accused of crimes speaks for us.

              The American DoD has gone out of its way to teach the Geneva Conventions and to oppose the use of torture. Why do you even think we’d want the headache to do otherwise?

              It’s not so much that those of you on the Left think we’re “evil.” We got that: you have to DEMONIZE us to inspire HATRED because that’s your weapon. No, it’s not that you think we’re Evil, it’s that you think we’re Stupid. That’s what surprises me.

              • I don’t think the CIA/DOD are stupid. I think the upper echelon of leaders are clever and were very conscious in their choices to support terrorism, “counterinsurgency” involving civilian deaths, etc. The do the same thing in country after country, decade after decade. At one time they claimed it was about fighting the “Domino Theory” of Communists taking over the World. But when that went out of fashion as a threat theory in Latin America, they often continued with almost the same exact programs and training, calling it a “War on Drugs” or “Narco-terrorists”. The important thing to the leadership is that the budget $$$ keeps flowing, the black money keeps flowing, and the scope of US control stays the same or grows. When Omar Torrijos, who was no leftist, had the temeity to ask the US to honor their treaty with Panama and leave the canal zone, Casey/Reagan had him assassinated for his insubordination to our empire. Operation Condor was explictly an assassination program which the US backed. We even backed the Letlier assassination in the “nice” part of Wash D.C. Evil/smeevil, that was the policy that the US people in power favored. Most of the time Dems and Reps both supported it. When a Dem Congress passed the Boland Amendments to explicitly say that the US was not going to support counterrevolution in Nicaragua, Reagan/Casey hatched a giant, treasonous plot to give arms to Iran, and secretly use the profits to defy those acts of Congress. Does Iran/Contra ring any bells? Contra death squads? Killing nuns? Running Cocaine into US cities, in parnership with Pablo Escobar, to get more money for those terrorist campaigns. All of these things are part of the same general policy mindset.

                • James Wherry

                  You’re asking me to actually believe our Soldiers are busy teaching and training Soldiers from other nation to commit murder. If so, where are the “training materials?” Where are the graduates from SOA/WHINSEC proclaiming that’s what they were taught.

                  No: we’ve made it quite clear to our Soldiers what happens, when someone participates in or covers up those sorts of actions. In every instance of detainee abuse in Iraq that I am aware of, it was fellow US Soldiers that spotted it, caught it, turned it in, investigated it and prosecuted it.

                  What the CIA does, I have no knowledge. I’ve never worked for them and I know that the allegations of water boarding were SOLELY against them and not against the U.S. Army. As to the things done under Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, there’s been 50 years of discussion about the right and wrong of it, and reforms and clean up of the CIA.

                  • The things you are writing above are naive and contradicted by large masses of evidence – both documents and eyewitness accounts. It is so wrong, that it’s hard to guess which corner of the map you want to see debunked. Yes the CIA trains murders. Yes, defense contractors are hired to murder – there is no difference nowadays between in CIA or out – most of the torturers at black sites were technically contractors; CIA trained jihadis are not “CIA”. The Pentagon even has it’s own assassination unit called JSOC. Yes the CIA arms al Qaeda and ISIS to do the things they do. If what you mean is “The regular army doesn’t send units into a village and say we are only going to kill civilians without regard to whether they are combatants” then I agree about that.

                    • James Wherry

                      Apparently it is so “wrong” that not even you have the evidence. . .

                      No, the CIA did not arm al-Quaeda or ISIL. I do agree that arms from the U.S. were stolen from the Iraqi Army by ISIL and that they’ve captured some U.S. equipment in Syria from other rebel groups. Hezbollah did, too. We didn’t arm them, either.

                      And yes: the regular Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps do not target civilians, unless you want to try and argue that ISIL or al-Quaeda are civilians.

                      • As I told you above, there is an overabundance of evidence. You wish to discuss al-Qaeda and ISIL first. Ok, check out these links, and then we can move to the next topic.


                        What is going on in Mosul right there is a current/recent example of US bombing civilians somewhat indiscriminately. They were not even let out of the city: The US infantry assault on Falluja a decade earlier was an example of extreme civilian targeting:
                        Historically, there a lots of much more extreme examples: Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Massive assaults on civilians in Vietnam…Operation Phoenix, bombing/incendiary drops, etc. The Vietnamese loss of life is estimated at between 1.5 and 3.8 million people. Some large fraction of that is civilians killed by the US on a large scale.

                      • James Wherry

                        There is no “indiscriminate bombing” in Mosul. ISIL is using human shields. Those 130 civilians killed in the bombing the other day? They were herded into the basement by ISIL and then the doors were booby-trapped so they could not escape. Is any of that surprising?

                        For some reason, the American Left seems to forget that South Vietnam didn’t want to be part of North Vietnam and that much of the killing was done by the Vietcong. The war, however, has nothing to do with allegations about SOA/WHINSEC and neither does Mosul. I’ll take a look at your articles, but globalresearch out of Canada and “infowars” is notoriously anti-American. Salon and the LA Times? Go figure.

                      • There continue to be reports of large number of civilian casualties in Mosul almost every day. As the links explained, the civilians were not given safe passage to leave. That repeats the tactics the US used in Fallujah, a city that wal ultimately a victim of ethnic cleansing.

                        Your comments about Vietnam are, frankly, pure nonsense. Vietnam was one language/people that was victimized by colonialism and then arbitarily divided, like Germany after WWII. Vietnam was trying to escape from colonial rule for most of the 20th Century. The US promised to hold unifying elections in 1956 and then reneged. All of the bad leaders of the South during the late 1950s and 1960s were US installed puppets. Diem was killed in a US backed assassination plot. The VietCong was a loyal opposition of South Vietnamese who did not wish to be ruled by US puppets. VC did not have arms or territory to kill in mass numbers the way that the US did. The North’s armys also did not have the same kind of firepower/bombing etc. as the US, though of course they inflicted most of the 58,000 US soldier casualties and similar numbers on the South Vietnamese armies. Still, most of the killing was done by the US, which was not really invited there by any stand alone group.

                        As for what it has to do with SOA – you challenged me to describe examples of the US army deliberately targeting civilians, so I gave you examples. Your statements in this thread display extreme ignorance and willful disregard for reality, history, and truth. What is the point of arguing such easily debunked nonsense? The long, long list of Latin American War Criminals from WWII to the modern day were primarily graduates of SOA/WHNSEC. And they used techniques taught there to carry out those crimes. And the school admitted that type of person because that was US policy in Latin America for many decades. Look at the history of the CIA. They have analysts to study information, but the more powerful and better funded part of the CIA has always had a mission to perform acts of terror and deny involvement. It’s been doing that worldwide throughout its history. As I mentioned above, JSOC is a DOD unit that exists primarily to carry out tactical assassination. In Afghanistan and Iraq, defense contractors were also involved in counterinsurgency where they could not easily and did not draw sharp lines between threats and civilian bystaners, so many civilians were killed.

                      • James Wherry

                        1. The Mosul fight is being conducted by the Iraqi Army. Talk to the Shi’ite government that runs it, or speak to the Shi’ites who run this website. They’ve actually been criticized for moving too slowly because the US has been pressuring them to avoid civilian casualties. Talk to the Ruskies in Syria for the real death dealers to civilians.

                        2. The Vietcong were horrible to their own people. I’m not a defender of that war, however: we should never have gone in for all the reasons we should not be here n Syria or Yemen: civil wars never benefit us and invariably cause more death and destruction than we want. I am planning a vacation to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, next year and think that’s a better use of that real estate than war.

      • Guy

        You must be the resident troll assigned to Mint Press News .I don’t see any of your posts anywhere .

        • James Wherry

          ? I post all the time on