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>NATO PREPARING NEW MILITARY STRIKE IN BALKANSYugoslavia. On August 13 through 15, CIA Director George Tenet
>By Gregory Elich
>Quietly, NATO is laying plans for a new military strike against
visited Bulgaria. In a series of extraordinary meetings, Tenet met
with Bulgarian President Petur Stoyanov, as well as the Prime
Minister, Interior Minister and Defense Minister. Officially, the
purpose of Tenet's visit was to discuss the problem of organized
crime and narcotics. However, Tenet spent a combined total of only
20 minutes at the headquarters of the National Security Service and
the National Service for Combating Organized Crime.
Unnamed diplomatic sources revealed that the proposed oil transit
pipeline from the Caspian Sea was also topic of discussion.
The driving motivation for Tenet's visit, though, was to
discuss Yugoslavia. According to an unnamed diplomatic source,
Montenegrin secession from Yugoslavia topped the agenda. Following
the meeting between Tenet and Major General Dimo Gyaurov, Director
of the National Intelligence Service, a public statement was issued
which stressed their "commonality of interests." Reports in the
Bulgarian press revealed that various options were discussed with
Bulgaria's president and prime minister. Tenet's preferred option is
the removal of the Yugoslav government, either as a result of that
country's election on September 24, or by a NATO military assault
that would install a puppet government. Another scenario
would follow the secession of Montenegro from Yugoslavia. If open
warfare breaks out over Montenegro's secession, then the United
States plans to wage a full-scale war against Yugoslavia, as it did
in spring 1999. Sofia's Monitor reported that the "CIA coup machine"
is forming. "A strike against Belgrade is imminent," it adds, and
"Bulgaria will serve as a base." (1)
The Italian army recently signed a lease contract to conduct
training exercises beginning in October at the Koren training
ground, near Kaskovo in southeast Bulgaria. The French army signed a
similar agreement, in which French soldiers and tanks will train at
the Novo Selo grounds in central Bulgaria from October 11 to
December 12. Talks are also underway for the U.S. military to lease
the Shabla training grounds in northeastern Bulgaria. Scheduled to
take place following the election in Yugoslavia, the training
exercises could serve as a launching pad for NATO's planned military
strike. It was recently announced that the British aircraft carrier
HMS Invincible is to be redeployed to the Adriatic over the next few
months in support of a potential conflict over Montenegro (2)
Military force is only one component of the West's destabilization
campaign against Yugoslavia. In November 1998, President Clinton
launched a plan for the overthrow of the government of Yugoslavia.
The initial emphasis of the plan centered on supporting secessionist
forces in Montenegro and the right-wing opposition in Serbia. (3)
Several months later, during the bombing of Yugoslavia, Clinton
signed a secret paper instructing the CIA to topple the Yugoslav
government. The plan called for the CIA to secretly fund opposition
groups and the recruitment of moles in the Yugoslav government and
military. (4) On July 8, 1999, U.S. and British officials revealed
that commando teams were training snatch operations to seize alleged
war criminals and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. As
an encouragement to mercenaries, the U.S. State Department also
announced a $5 million bounty for President Milosevic. (5)
Several Yugoslav government officials and prominent individuals,
including Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic, have been gunned down.
Most of these crimes remain unsolved, as the assassins managed to
escape. Police apprehended one assassin, Milivoje Gutovic, after he
shot Vojvodina Executive Council President Bosko Perosevic at an
agricultural fair in Novi Sad. During interrogations, Gutovic
admitted to police that he worked for the right-wing Serbian Renewal
Goran Zugic, security advisor to secessionist Montenegrin President
Milo Djukanovic, was murdered late on May 31, 2000. The assassin
escaped, allowing Western leaders to blame President Milosevic.
Coming just one week before crucial local elections in Montenegro,
forces opposing President Milosevic stood to gain from the murder,
as the effect would tend to sway undecided voters in favor of
secessionist parties. A few days after the assassination, Yugoslav
Minister of Information Goran Matic held a press conference, at
which he accused the CIA of complicity in the murder. Matic played a
taped recording of two telephone conversations between head of
the US mission in Dubrovnik Sean Burns, US State Department official
James Swaggert, Gabriel Escobar of the US economic group in
Montenegro and Paul Davies of the US Agency for International
Development. Excerpts of the conversations, recorded 20 minutes
after the assassination and again three hours later, included
comments such as, "It was professional," and "Mission accomplished."
The first publicly known Western plan to assassinate President
Milosevic was drafted in 1992. Richard Tomlinson, a former British
MI6 employee, later disclosed the plan. His task as an MI6 agent was
to carry out undercover operations in Eastern Europe posing as a
businessman or journalist. Tomlinson frequently met with MI6 officer
Nick Fishwick. During one their meetings, Fishwick showed Tomlinson
a document entitled, "The Need to Assassinate President Milosevic of
Serbia." Three methods were proposed for the assassination of
Milosevic. The first method, Tomlinson recalled, "was to train and
equip a Serbian paramilitary opposition group," which would have the
advantage of deniability but an unpredictable chance of success. The
second method would employ a specially trained British SAS squad to
murder President Milosevic "either with a bomb or sniper ambush."
Fishwick considered this more reliable, but it lacked deniability.
The third method would be to kill Milosevic "in a staged car crash."
(8) Seven years later, on October 3, 1999, the third method was
employed against the leader of the Serbian Renewal Movement, Vuk
Draskovic, when a truck filled with sand plowed into his car,
killing everyone inside except for Draskovic. The temperamental
Draskovic had been a major factor in the chronic fragmentation of
the right-wing opposition, frustrating Washington's efforts to forge
a unified opposition. (9)
During NATO's war against Yugoslavia, a missile struck
President Milosevic's home on April 22, 1999. He and his wife were
staying elsewhere that evening. Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon was
quick to announce that "we are not targeting President Milosevic."
It is impossible, though, to view a missile striking Milosevic's
bedroom at 3:10 AM as anything but an assassination attempt. (10)
In November 1999, members of an assassination squad, code-named
"Spider," were arrested in Yugoslavia. According to Minister Goran
Matic, "French intelligence was behind" the Spider group, whose aim
was the assassination of President Milosevic. Planned scenarios
included a sniper attack, planting an explosive device alongside a
route they expected Milosevic to travel, planting an explosive in
his car, and organizing 10 trained commandos to storm the
presidential residence. The leader of the group, Jugoslav Petrusic,
had dual Yugoslav and French citizenship. Matic claimed that
Petrusic worked for French intelligence for ten years.
During interrogations, Petrusic said that he had killed 50 men on
orders by French intelligence. Matic announced that one of the
members of Spider was a "specialist for killings with a truck full
of sand" - the same method used against Draskovic the previous
Following the Bosnian war, Petrusic organized the transport of 180
Bosnian Serb mercenaries to fight for Mobutu Sese Seku in Zaire, an
affair that was managed by French intelligence. According to a
Bosnian Serb businessman, Petrusic "did not hide the fact that he
was working for the French intelligence service. I have personally
seen a photo of him next to Mitterand as his bodyguard." In younger
days, Petrusic was a member of the French Foreign Legion. During
NATO's war against Yugoslavia, the Spider group infiltrated the
Yugoslav Army, supplying information to the French and guiding NATO
warplanes to their targets.
Yugoslav secret service sources revealed that the Spider group
trained at NATO bases in Bosnia where "buildings resembling those
where Milosevic lives were constructed." Money from the French
intelligence service for Spider was brought to the border between
Hungary and Yugoslavia by a man named Serge Lazarevic. (11)
One month later, the members of a second hit team, calling itself
the Serbian Liberation Army, was arrested. Their aim was to
assassinate President Milosevic and restore the monarchy. (12)
At the end of July 2000, a squad of four Dutch commandos was
apprehended while attempting to cross into Serbia from Montenegro.
During the investigation, they admitted that they intended to kill
or kidnap President Milosevic. The four said that they were informed
that $30 million had been offered for "Milosevic's head," and that
they intended to "claim a reward." One of the men said that the
group planned to abduct Milosevic or former Bosnian Serb President
Radovan Karadzic and "surrender them to The Hague." The group
planned to put them atop a car "in a ski box and transport them.out
of the country." If the abduction failed, one of the men "had
the idea to kill the president, to decapitate his head, to put it in
the box and to send it home" to the Netherlands.
One of the arrested men, Gotfrides de Ri, belonged to the openly
racist neo-nazi Center Party. During the wars in Croatia and Bosnia,
the Center Party sent Dutch mercenaries to fight in right-wing
Croatian paramilitary units. At the time of their arrest, the four
were found with several knives, including one with a swastika, and
wires with hooks for strangulation. All four admitted that they had
trained under the British SAS. At a news conference on August 1,
Goran Matic accused the U.S of being the prime sponsor of
assassinations and attempted assassinations. "It is obvious that
they are recruiting various terrorist groups because they
are frustrated with the fact that their military, political and
economic goals in southeastern Europe have not been realized. [They
are] trying to send them into the country so that they can change
our political and social environment." (13) Jonathan Eyal, an
advisor to the British government, commented recently, "I can't say
when it will happen, but I can guarantee that Milosevic will end up
dead, and he will be followed by a more pro-Western government."
Flagrant Western interference is distorting the political process
in Yugoslavia. U.S. and Western European funds are channelled to
right-wing opposition parties and media through such organizations
as the National Endowment for Democracy and George Soros' Open
Society Institute. The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is yet
another of the myriad semi-private organizations that have attached
themselves like leeches on Eastern Europe. The NDI opened an office
in Belgrade in 1997, hoping to capitalize on opposition attempts to
bring down the government through street demonstrations. By 1999,
the NDI had already trained over 900 right-wing party leaders and
activists on "message development, public outreach and election
strategy." NDI also claimed to have provided "organizational
training and coalition-building expertise" to the opposition. (15)
The New Serbia Forum, funded by the British Foreign Office, brings
Serbian professionals and academics to Hungary on a regular basis
for discussions with British and Central European "experts." The aim
of the meetings is to "design a blueprint for post-Milosevic
society." The Forum develops reports intended to serve as "an action
plan" for a future pro-Western government. Subjects under discussion
have included privatization and economic stabilization. The Forum
calls for the "reintegration of Yugoslavia into the European
family," a phrase that translates into the dismantling of
the socialist economy and inviting Western corporations to swarm in.
Western aims were clearly spelled out in the Stability Pact
for Southeastern Europe of June 10, 1999. This document called for
"creating vibrant market economies" in the Balkans, and "markets
open to greatly expanded foreign trade and private sector
investment." One year later, the White House issued a fact sheet
detailing the "major achievements" of the Pact. Among the
achievements listed, the European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporations are
said to be "mobilizing private investment." By 2002, "new private
investment in the region" is expected to reach nearly $2 billion.
The Pact's Business Advisory Council "is visiting all of the
countries of Southeast Europe" to "offer advice" on investment
issues. Another initiative is Hungarian involvement with opposition-
led local governments and opposition media in Serbia.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), on July 26,
2000, inaugurated an investment fund to be managed by Soros Private
Funds Management. The Southeast Europe Equity Fund, "will invest in
companies in the region in a range of sectors." Its purpose,
according to the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, is "to provide capital
for new business development, expansion and privatization." In March
2000, Montenegro signed an agreement permitting the operation of
OPIC on its territory. Billionaire George Soros spelled out what all
this means. U.S. involvement in the region, he said, "creates
investment opportunities," and "I am happy to put my money
where they are putting theirs." In other words, there is money to be
made. George Munoz, President and CEO of OPIC was also blunt. "The
Southeast Europe Equity Fund," he announced, "is an ideal vehicle to
connect American institutional capital with European entrepreneurs
eager to help Americans tap their growing markets. OPIC is pleased
that Soros Private Funds Management has chosen to send a strong,
positive signal that Southeast Europe is open for business."
The final text of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe suggested
that a Yugoslavia that would "respect" the Pact's "principles and
objectives" would be "welcome" to become a full member. "In order to
draw the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia closer to this goal," the
document declared, Montenegro would be an "early beneficiary."
Western leaders hope that a future pro-Western Yugoslavia would, as
has the rest of Eastern Europe, be
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- Us CIA Director's Visit," BTA (Sofia), August 15, 2000 "CIA Did
Not Tell Us the Most Important Thing," Trud (Sofia), August 16, 2000
"Bulgaria - Press Review," BTA (Sofia), August 14, 2000 "Bulgaria -
Press Review," BTA (Sofia), August 16, 2000
2) Mila Avramova, "Italians Lease Training Ground for 400,000 Leva,"
Trud (Sofia), August 9, 2000 Michael Evans, "Balkans Watch for
'Invincible'," The Times (London), August 26, 2000.
3) Paul Beaver, "Clinton Tells CIA to Oust Milosevic," The
Observer, November 29, 2000. Fran Visnar, "Clinton and the CIA Have
Created a Scenario to Overthrow Milosevic," Vijesnik (Zagreb),
November 30, 2000.
4) Douglas Waller, "Tearing Down Milosevic," Time Magazine, July 12,
1999. 5) Michael Moran, "A Threat to 'Snatch' Milosevic," MSNBC,
July 8, 1999.
6) "Yugoslav Police Say Killer of Local Leader Worked for
Opposition," Agence France-Presse,
May 15, 2000. "Arrested Assassin Gutovic Member of Otpor and
SPO," Tanjug (Belgrade), May 15, 2000.
7) "Yugoslav Official Accuses CIA of Being Behind Montenegro
Murder," Agence France-Presse, June 6, 2000. Aleksandar Vasovic,
"Serb Aide Says CIA Behind Slaying," Associated Press, June 6, 2000
"Yugoslav Information Minister Accuses CIA of Complicity in Zugic
Murder," Borba (Belgrade), June 6, 2000
8) Statement by Richard Tomlinson, addressed to John Wadham,
September 11, 1998.
9) "Serb Consensus: Draskovic Crash Was No Accident," Seattle Times
News Services, October 13, 1999.
10) "NATO: Milosevic Not Target," BBC News, April 22, 1999. 11)
"Serbs Allege Milosevic Assassination Plot," Reuters, November
25, 1999. "France Plots to Murder Milosevic," Agence France-Presse,
November 26, 1999. "SFOR Units Involved in a Plot to Kill
Milosevic," Agence France-Presse, December 1, 1999. Gordana Igric,
"Alleged 'Assassins' Were No Stranger to France," IWPR Balkan Crisis
Report (London), November 26, 1999. Milenko Vasovic, "Belgrade's
French Connection," IWPR Balkan Crisis Report (London), November 26,
12) "Lt. Testifies at Milosevic Trial," Associated Press, April 26,
13) Aleksandar Vasovic, "4 Accused of Milosevic Death Plot,"
Associated Press, July 31, 2000. "Dutchmen Arrested, Accused of
Plotting Against Milosevic," Agence France-Presse, July 31, 2000.
Email correspondence from Herman de Tollenaere, quoting from NRC-
Business Paper of August 1, 2000. "Arrested Dutchmen Admitted Plans
to Kill, Kidnap Milosevic," BETA (Belgrade), August 17, 2000. "Dutch
Espionage Terrorist Gang Arrested in Yugoslavia - Minister," Tanjug
(Belgrade), July 31, 2000. "Yugoslav Information Minister Says U.S.
Behind Dutch 'Mercenaries'," BBC Monitoring Service, August 1,
14) "West Sees Noose Tightening Around Milosevic," Reuters, June 9,
15) "NDI Activities in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia-
Montenegro)," NDI Worldwide Activities, www.ndi.org
16) "Britain Trains New Elite for Post-Milosevic Era," The
Independent, May 3, 2000. The New Serbia Forum web
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From: "mart" <mart@...>
To: "Power to the People" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <bojanp@...>,
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Subject: Fw: CIA in Bulgaria Lectures to "Otpor" Activists!
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000
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From: Mrs. Jela Jovanovic, Secretary General <nerajov@...>
To: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL <101662.1314@...>
Date: September 2, 2000 11:12 AM
>>-----Original Message-----since today">>>>Monitor, August 28, 2000.
>>From: Blagovesta Doncheva <vjara@...>
>>To: nerajov@... <nerajov@...>
>>Date: Saturday, September 02, 2000 10:53 AM
>>Subject: CIA in Bulgaria Lectures to "Otpor" Activists!
>>>"Monitor", August 28
>>>The Balkans Are Latin America for CIA
>>>------->>>>Arguments: CIA lectures Serbs from "Otpor in Sofia
>"I hate to be the first one!" That remark of Bruce Willis mightbe>>>repeated by "Monitor" re all the subjects, connected with the
USA>presence>>>in the Balkans and Bulgaria.>
>We have published several times the truth of the US invasion, and wehave noticed that usually the things develop after the same scheme.
>First stage: firm denial on the part of the powerful ones.>>>>Secondstage: painful admission.>>>>It was just so when the Yankee demanded
bases in Bulgaria. While one of>>the>>>ruling "elite" was denying it,
other had already been admitting it. At the>>>end everything had
proved to be just as "Monitor" had announced it.> >>>>>The same had
been repeated also with the CIA center in Sofia, about which>>>we
wrote even as early as the last year.>
>It was the same in connection with the meetings of theYugoslavian>>>opposition activists with Ambassador Miles and USA
spies that took place>>>last year too in "Sheraton" Hotel, Sofia.
"There is no such thing" -Miles>>>lied first, but then he had to
admit that he had shared a meal with them.>Now our warning, announced
while Tenet was still in Sofia, has proved to>>be>>>true too. All the
pretentious analyses about CIA Boss visit are reduced to> a brutal
order to the Bulgarian rulers of today - namely, to keep selling our
country sovereignty, providing another country spy organizations with
a terrain from which to work against a neighbouring country.>
>According to a BBC information a ten-day special course starts inSofia since today (August 28). In that course USA spies will lecture
to Serb>>>activists from "Otpor".
> What exactly will Uncle Sams spies lecture to the Serbs? Maybe howto>>>organize a procession with beating on empty pans? A CIA trade
mark,>>>accompanying the coups, and used in Brasil in 1961, in Chili
in 1973, and>>in>>>Bulgaria in 1990. Or, maybe, the Serbs will be
taught how to destroy and>>set fire to a Parliament building? It was
tried on in Sofia in 1997.>
>There are many ways to destabilize a Balkan country but onprinciple,>the>>>specialists from beyond the ocean do not rack their
brains uselessly and>do not rely on imagination. They follow strictly
the standard ranger method.>
>It seems that for the USA Latin America has moved to the Balkans.And the Bulgarian ruling men and women are no more than the puppets
of colonels, which Washington used with gusto during the colonization
of the territory >to the south of the Panama Channel.>
>The sad thing in that squalid story is that both our rulers and weknow>>>well what the future has in store for the puppets and the go-
betweens in>>>that dirty game..
>Translated by Blagovesta Doncheva>>>>September 2 2000Sofia> " JC