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#515238 - 06/18/16 06:02 AM Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent
Marty Offline
After more than thirty years of gathering intelligence, dating back to the 70s, a retired special branch officer, who prefers to remain unnamed, decided to break his silence in an interview with Amandala.

He reached the climax of his intelligence-gathering career during joint operations with the British, Americans and Guatemalans.

He indicated that during the time of his intelligence-gathering, Guatemala was engaged in a brutal civil war that was waged from around 1960 to 1996, between the Guatemalan government and various leftist guerrilla groups. By 1979, as the civil war in Guatemala was intensifying, Guatemalan support groups had made their way to Belize, from which they provided food, medicine and possibly arms to the rebellious guerrillas, the retired agent said.

He told our newspaper that these guerilla support groups were located in places like the Valley of Peace, Armenia, Blackman Eddy and Maskall; while the community of Billy White served as the nucleus for their operations.

“Whenever they take their supplies, they go to the border by the Bullet Tree area and they would dig holes and they would hide food and medications in these places and then they would leave [them] there and then the guerrillas would come in and retrieve [them],” he shared.

According to the retired intelligence officer, his theory is that the guerillas believed that Belize was sympathetic to their communist philosophy, because it was during a time when Belize was trying to secure its independence. Belize, it had been said, had been friendly with several communist nations and peoples.

By 1983, these guerilla support groups had been discovered by the independent Belizean government (whose defense portfolio was managed by the British), after a Belizean was caught in Chetumal by the intelligence personnel of Mexico with a message enclosed in a toothpaste tube.

The message was an overview of the support group’s activity in Belize. It was believed that the letter was to be relayed to the Cuban Embassy in Mexico, the retired agent revealed.

All of the players in those support groups were interviewed, photographed and monitored by the Special Branch, as the Belize Government refused to deport them.

According to the retired intelligence agent, he felt the urge to speak, “…when I read the Amandala two weeks ago and I saw the British had already released their archives concerning the British and Belizean intelligence that were conducted in Belize.”

That articled, featured in the May 31, 2016 Amandala, was republished from Vice, a Canadian news source. It was titled, “How the British Army Cooperated with the Murderous Guatemalan Regime.”

“What I read there is what I did,” the retired agent said.

He went on to reveal that, “Around 1979, we started cross-border meetings with Guatemalan military, the commander in Melchor and the commandante of Kaibiles in La Polvora, 8 miles away from Melchor.”

Those meetings, he said, were characterized by excesses of Guatemalan Gallo beers, game meat and marimba music. During the night, the Guatemalan soldiers would chauffer them into the seductive Flores night life.

He reflected on incidents connected to the British-led Belize-Guatemala operations, of which regular Belizeans were oblivious.

“On one occasion, the Guatemalan Army/Kaibiles in plain clothes, came into Billy White to kidnap a guerrilla leader undercover. This was happening and the public didn’t know, and then to add to that, in 1979 or 1980, the driver of the socialist minister Assad Shoman, Alvin August, was driving his vehicle in Mr. Shoman’s yard in Santa Elena when he was killed.”
“We heard it was either a message that was being sent or maybe Assad was the target. Mr. Assad was close [to some other communists] and it was Assad that used to bring Mejia Godoy [a Nicaraguan singer said to have been close to the revolutionary Sandinistas] every year to Cayo for September celebrations,” he added.

When asked if he had any regrets, the agent told us: “No. I enjoyed it. Sad to say but I find it intriguing, you know, when you are young, like the James Bond type of thing. That’s how our intelligence officers feel, you know. At the time, you feel you’re doing something good; you don’t see the bigger picture. You don’t see the consequences; for example the thousands of peasants that were massacred in Guatemala.”

“Looking at it now, that is why some people refuse to work in intelligence. There are some officers that don’t want to work there because of the secrecy and the things you have to do. In time it bothers your conscience,” the ex-agent confessed.


#515247 - 06/18/16 08:03 AM Re: Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent [Re: Marty]
Judyann H. Offline
This report clarifies some old memories....When I worked in Radio in California from 79-89 I often did the morning news. That included picking up the AP reports from the ticker and reading them as printed....Sadly much of it was blacked out.....However it seemed like daily we were reporting on British Honduras and the Guerillas.....If I was forced to speculate between the blacked out areas of the ticker reports, I would certainly agree there was a pocket of Guatemalan Guerilla sympathizers that most Belizeans were not aware of.... Rhetorically; Who would have ever thought this Country to be so beautiful with so many beautiful people?.....The reality of reading the old news reports and then living in the environment years later is surreal.
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#515320 - 06/19/16 02:50 PM Re: Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
Anyone interested in this kind of actiity should read the book "New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man."
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#515483 - 06/25/16 05:18 AM Re: Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent pt. 2

Pedro Barrera, a Guatemalan guerrilla informant, was murdered on Belizean soil almost three days after being jointly handed over to Guatemala by the Belizean and British authorities.

According to an ex-Belizean intelligence officer, “Pedro Barrera wanted support — that we grant him refugee status in Belize to protect him and stay here, so he started to cooperate with us and he promised that he was going to show us a guerrilla camp south of Arenal.”

The retired bilingual intelligence agent recalled serving as the translator for communications between a British patrol and Barrera, as he led them in a search for guerrilla camps inside the jungles of Belize.

He further recalled that they were deposited about 15 miles south of Arenal and after hiking almost seven hours in search of guerrilla camps they slept in the jungle.

By their third day in the jungle, the British had discontinued their operation in Arenal with the belief that Barrera was lying to them. The retired agent told Amandala that Barrera began to cry as they were leaving Arenal.

“The mistake we made, I think, we flew in a Gazelle, the British Gazelle; we flew south of Arenal to do our reconnaissance flight, but it’s obvious the man took us to the spot, showed us the guerrilla camp, but you think they would stay there?” conceded the retired agent.

According to the agent, the governor at the time decided that we must hand over Barrera back to Guatemala because he was an informant.

However, after failing to expose the guerrilla camps, Barrera continued to press for refugee status and thereafter offered to share everything he knew about the Guatemalan army with the Belizean and British authorities.

While he spoke of slaughter committed against the Guatemalan indigenous people by the Guatemala army, the British officers recorded everything he said.

According to the agent, when it was time to hand over Barrera to the Guatemalans in Melchor, the British played the recorded tape. The agent recalled that upon hearing Barrera’s accusations the faces of the Guatemalan officers contorted with anger.

The Guatemalan informant was handed over to Guatemalan officials across the Melchor border on a Friday, and by Sunday Belizean police in Arenal received reports that a man was shot to death in the middle of the village, recounted the agent.

“The people say that a group of Guatemalan kaibiles took the man to Arenal and released him to come across and he was followed by two plain clothes… we suspect they are kaibiles too in plain clothes and right in the middle of the village they shot him dead, run across and join the group and gone back,” he said.

“We sent a man to his death,” said the retired Belizean agent, as he recalled the words of a Kaibiles soldier who told him, “We are experts in cancelling birth certificates.”

The confessions of this retired Belizean intelligence officer call into question what role the British has played in Belize-Guatemala relations, and also is an indictment of individuals in authority in Belize who never spoke of Pedro Barrera and can be seen as guilty of endorsing Guatemala’s violence upon its own people.


#515492 - 06/25/16 05:56 AM Re: Confessions of a Belizean intelligence agent [Re: Marty]
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