|CIA’s Freedom House: A house of destruction|
|Saturday, 25 August 2012 19:36|
Describing itself as a “clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world”, Freedom House has a history of muddying the political waters of targeted nations.
Freedom House was formed in the United States in 1941 to counter isolationism and to support the Marshall Plan, and has largely been supported by US federal funding.
“Much of the increase was due to a rise between 2004 and 2005 in US government federal funding, from US$12 million to US$20 million. Federal funding fell to around US$10 million in 2007, but still represented around 80 percent of Freedom House’s budget,” read a statement on the Inter Press Service (IPS) website.
These strong links have cemented suspicions that Freedom House is indeed used by the US government to do hatchet jobs on nations deemed to be threats to America.
When Freedom House released what they said were findings of a new public opinion poll on Zimbabwe on Thursday, it was not surprising that political analysts were left wondering what the American CIA-sponsored agent was up to this time.
“Research itself is a site of struggle — sometimes between researchers or between the researcher and the researched or indeed, among the researched. It is important to bear in mind always, that research is not an innocent exercise but is invariably designed toward certain goals; certain agendas; with the researchers themselves being critical actors. There is invariably always an agenda, albeit unsaid, behind research.
“It is a question that both the positively represented and the negatively represented have to bear in mind. Either way, you have to look at a survey or research generally with a critically aware eye and mind.”
“People get fully emotionally charged and frustrated either into action or inaction as a result. Which is what strategists par excellence aim at. Political engineering at its most stupid, actually.”
“Efforts that strategists expend to try and shape world outcomes in the political arena either accelerate or decelerate a process, by refocusing direction. We are here embroiled in discussing some survey/research, occupying space which can best and profitably be used to discuss the constitution which might affect the lives of generations after us. No move is as stupid as it looks,” warned Mr Smart.
Prof Giannonea wrote that US government funding to Freedom House was “unusual, especially when one considers that the organisations involved in the assessment and monitoring of human rights, democracy and freedom in the world refuse on principle — as a guarantee of their independence and credibility — government funding.”
The Financial Times has reported that Freedom House is one of several organisations selected by the State Department to receive funding for “clandestine activities” inside Iran.
In a research study quoted by the paper, Freedom House set out its conclusions:
Past Freedom House advisers and associates have included former CIA director James Woolsey, the late UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick; conservative Rolling Stone writer P. J. O'Rourke, and the late Samuel Huntington, the Harvard professor known for his “clash of civilisations” thesis.
Endowment for Democracy, Millennium Challenge Corporation and the International Centre for Journalists.
“As far back as 2008, members of the April 6th Movement attended the inaugural summit of the Association of Youth Movements (AYM) in New York, where they networked with other movements, attended workshops on the use of new and social media and learned about technical upgrades, such as consistently alternating computer simcards, which help to evade state internet surveillance.”
And it is these American-trained young people who drove the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt.
The MDC-T officials included the late Mr Isaac Matongo, Mr Nelson Chamisa, Ms Lucia Matibenga, Ms Gertrude Mthombeni, Ms Paurina Mpariwa, Mr William Bango, Ms Thokozani Khupe and Mr Eddie Cross.
After regrouping at Zambezi Sun International Hotel in Livingstone, the MDC leaders held a marathon meeting with the Freedom House members, who were initially believed to be MDC donors.
The sources said Imende was present at the meeting in Zambia because he had been working hand-in-hand with the organisation during its stint in Kenya.