The huge march in Puerto Rico against the now kicked-out governor Roselló was on Monday, July 22; on Tuesday the 23rd the US Congress announced the immediate release of some of the food stamps ‘owed’ to the island as emergency relief after the huracán. The new governor of the island, Wanda Vazquez Garced, was sworn in on August 7, and on the 8th the US Military announced in the island’s main newspaper (rag), El Nuevo Dia (but nowhere else in English), that it has named Brigadier General Jeffrey W. Jurasek in charge of the newly created Caribbean geographic command now located in Puerto Rico. Interestingly enough,
“Jurasek fue nombrado al cargo hace unos días, [“Jurasek was assigned to the job a few days ago’]
meaning that he was brought in a few days after the march and during the ongoing crisis in the island. This is no coincidence.
The first action, releasing the food stamps, was meant as a non-violent pacifier to the islanders; the second, naming this guy, is a veiled warning to the islanders that the US will not tolerate any more disruptions of their interests there by the people. Anyone who believes that the US sends any arm of its military complex to Puerto Rico, or to any other place around the globe for that matter, to ‘help the people’ is a poor delusional human being. The main value of Puerto Rico to the USA is, one, to pay the unpayable debt and, two, be a geographic point from which to train and ship soldiers specialized in psy ops around the globe.
First, that guy, Jurasek (park?), is up to his eyebrows with ‘helping experience’ in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and even in Bosnia. What kind of help was he and the US military giving ‘for free and unselfishly’ to these nations? Easy to guess.
You see, what El Nuevo Dia rag doesn’t tell you when it says that Jurasek comes from having been in charge of the “comando 352 de Asuntos Civiles” (“Civil Affairs Command”) is the whole name of said command:
United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command
(Highlight by me.) After reading what this branch specializes on, I call it ‘legal COINTELPRO‘.
I give you these excerpts on this topic:
“Used during peacetime, contingencies and declared war, these activities [psychological operations] are not forms of force, but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments. Persuading rather than compelling physically, they rely on logic, fear, desire, or other mental factors to promote specific emotions, attitudes, or behaviors. The ultimate objective of U.S. military psychological operations is to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly nations and forces to take action favorable to the U.S. and its allies.” United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command
“Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”
Psychological operations (United States)
“Within the United States Army, reserve civil affairs units are administered through United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), or USACAPOC(A), a subordinate of U.S. Army Reserve Command. USACAPOC(A) contains Psychological Operations (PO) and Civil Affairs (CA) units, consisting of Army Reserve elements.” Civil affairs
Among the areas in which Jurasek has helped around the globe, Bosnia and Honduras, e.g., is popular elections, voting. That ought to tell you a lot. Is it to help the people elect democratic governments? Nah, you silly thing.
“Civil-Military Operations (CMO). CMO are the activities performed by military forces to establish, maintain, influence, or exploit relationships between military forces and indigenous populations and institutions (IPI). CMO support US objectives for host nation(HN) and regional stability.” Civil Military Operations pdf
That’s right: US objectives, not the native‘s (“indigenous”) interests. It includes infiltrating ‘indigenous’ political and cultural groups to “exploit relationships” and “to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”
My point is this:
The US military is in charge, behind the curtain, of running the government of the Puerto Rico. Through the “Civil Affairs” branch, they will be telling the new governor what to do and how to handle the “threat” to “their interests” personified in the people’s democratic mass movement against the cut-throat fiscal impositions on the working class to pay the un-payable debt. The island is a colony, the governor has to follow the orders from the military and US Congress. And they don’t want any more marches and threats to their order. They will infiltrate the groups forming the people’s front, the women’s and the LGBT organizations to divide and conquer. That’s their psy ops, which always work for them.
ABOUT THE NEW COMMAND
This “new” command is there for two reasons: to prepare the soldiers who will be deployed in Latin America and Puerto Rico to quash violently and surreptitiously with psy ops the people’s movement, and to continue to deploy around the world. Interestingly enough, again, these two news were released recently:
And then this one:
1st Mission Support Command
FORT BUCHANAN, PR- Approximately fifty Soldiers from the 166th Regional Support Group (RSG), U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, departed from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, Jan 1, with Afghanistan as final destination.
If I were a social scientist in Puerto Rico, I would keep an eye on the statistics of suicides in the island since January 2019, and on suicides by active soldiers. These psy ops ‘trainings’ historically have tended to be tested on soldiers themselves and in the general population.
If the food stamps are not enough to calm the people (it worked in the early 1970s to diffuse the threat of possible victory of the pro independence party in the elections due to US induced poverty in the island), then any organized and pacific actions by the people will be violently repressed by the military police and the Civil Command.
I’m not too optimistic about the future there. The US has put itself, with the debt, in a dead-end situation, as discussed in my previous two posts about Puerto Rico. It can’t blame the chaos in the island to the communists, as it usually did. Clearly the problem is the colonial status of the island. Will the US move to give the statehood, which I doubt; or the independence?
Something has to give.