U.S. Justice Department Targets Venezuela's State-owned Oil Company

January 26, 2016

After several years of illegal CIA spying on Venezuela's state-owned industries, the U.S. Justice Department acquired enough information about the hierarchy of the state-owned oil company PDVSA to begin going after its most valuable administrators. Most recently, the Justice Department began "leaking" rumors about Rafael Ramírez, the Venezuelan ambassador to the U.N. with the aim of damaging his reputation. Rafael Ramírez is a former CEO of PDVSA and has become a target because he played an important role in the company's take over of Venezuelan oil fields from foreign ownership.

In its imperialist arrogance the Obama administration is boasting about its "investigation" into the state affairs of the Venezuelan people and is threatening potential "legal action" against Ramirez and others for crimes allegedly committed overseas.

Because in the first place, the U.S. was trampling on international law by illegally gathering "intelligence" in Venezuela, any of the politically motivated "information" the Justice Department claims to have is rubbish. Furthermore, the Venezuelan state has a right under international law to expect that U.S. officials refrain from interference and that they allow the Venezuelan legal process to go on without external infringement. If the U.S. Justice Department had any legitimate information about a crime in Venezuela they would have been duty-bound to respond by immediately turning the information over to Venezuelan authorities.

This is not the first time in recent years that the U.S. government had derogated the sovereignty of Venezuela. Already the CIA had been exposed for organizing a coup and for relying on the National Endowment for Democracy to disrupt the electoral process.

U.S. imperialism is resorting to the methods of political deception because it has long since lost the battle for public opinion. The Venezuelan people have not only repeatedly proved their resolve to carry through their Bolivarian revolution, but have also demonstrated their ability to serve as an inspiration for the peoples throughout Latin America and the world.

No matter the excuse, the danger of further U.S. escalation of hostilities should not be underestimated. The peoples have already witnessed how, with the full support of both parties the U.S. government refused to fulfill its duty to respect the sovereignty of Afghanistan before launching full scale war against the country in 2001. Similarly, the U.S. used the pretext of "weapons of mass destruction" to launch war against Iraq, just as it used the slogan of "stopping the violence" as a pretext for invading Haiti, and it used the pretext of the "war on drugs" for its "police actions" in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

U.S. threat and pressure against Venezuela is one link in a chain of U.S. aggression and intervention across the world. Already, U.S. imperialism is waging a continuous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as "low-intensity" "dirty" wars in Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Columbia and the Philippines. U.S. imperialism is increasing tensions in Asia and in particular threatening North Korea. This war program is intensifying the contradictions of the world imperialist system and shows that new and even greater dangers are facing humanity.