9/11 Truther blows whistle on US military in Costa Rica
The recent U.S. military deployment to Costa Rica was the primary subject of a presentation given today by Chuck Noyes, a member of 9/11 Truth LA, which, he says, has gotten little to no media attention in the United States.
According to Noyes, the U.S. has sent 7,000 soldiers, 46 warships and 200 helicopters to the Central American country under the auspice of fighting the war on drugs.
“I’m astonished that something this big is blacked out by the media,” he said. “If you Google Costa Rica you won’t find anything.”
An Internet search on Costa Rica does reveal very little – surprisingly sparse considering the story is over a month old. The story was reported by a few, but nothing in the mainstream press.
According to Military.com, the U.S. was granted a six-month window, which ends on Dec. 31, to conduct anti-drug trafficking operations. Approved by a 31-8 vote in the country’s Legislative Assembly, some law makers expressed concern over their nation’s sovereignty by hosting the U.S. military.
Iran’s Press TV reported that Costa Rica’s opposition party called the deployment “illegal,” which has an agreement with Washington to only allow Coast Guard vessels into the country. Noyes said this recent deployment has little to do with the war on drugs and possibly more to do with intimidating Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
On April 8, China and Costa Rica signed a free trade agreement, removing tariffs from more than 90 percent of goods traded between the countries. Noyes also argues the deployment could possibly have to do with stopping or offsetting the free trade agreement.
9/11 Truth LA was founded in 2004 by Kathleen Rosenblatt. The group holds monthly meetings at the Unurban Cafe in Santa Monica. Members use 9/11 as a springboard for discussion on foreign and domestic policies.
Rosenblatt announced that the group was launching a new Web site, but would not name it at this time. Her talk focused on the need to increase their ranks.
“We are educating ourselves, but we are not getting out to other people,” she said. “We need some new blood.”
Integral to Noyes’ presentation was the effect the election of Barack Obama has had on the anti-war movement, a general concern amongst attendees. He noted the U.S. has the same foreign policy as George W. Bush, but once Obama was in office, liberals turned their support away from the anti-war movement and from people like Cindy Sheehan.
“The election of Barack Obama neutered the peace movement in the U.S.,” he said. “Cindy hasn’t changed, they have.”
In fact, in July, a rather despondent-sounding Sheehan wrote an article called “Requiem for the Antiwar Movement.” In it she took to task liberals who silenced their dissent after the 2008 election.
“Three days after Obama swore to uphold and defend the Constitution,” she wrote, “he drone-bombed a ‘target’ in Pakistan killing 3 dozen civilians – and since that day he has elevated the art of drone bombings to new heights, while the so-called antiwar movement looks on in silent complacency and while Democratic operatives disguised as antiwar groups are hoping against hope that Obama comes out strong with a new antiwar marketing campaign to assure his ‘re-election.’ Even though not one progressive issue has been propagated during his term, these war supporters are looking forward to another four years of the dance of death.”
It is a sentiment that Noyes would agree with. He says Obama has killed more people with drone attacks then George W. Bush.
“Let’s just call drones ‘V-2 rockets’ and get it over with,” he said.
During the four-hour long meeting, much discussion was spent on the need to create, what one member called, an “authentic” right and left political base in the U.S. Whether of a left- or right-wing persuasion, attendees agreed that a smaller government was in order. Their ire was focused on the authoritarian nature of both political parties, an intrusive intelligence apparatus and a destructive foreign policy.
“We will never stop these wars without breaking out of the Republican and Democratic Party paradigm,” said Noyes.