Today the famous whistleblower website “WikiLeaks” released a new batch of documents, this time of US Embassy procurement requests from around the world. It’s called the “U.S. Embassy Shopping List”; and of course we immediately took a look at it to see what we could find.
The list is conveniently arranged so you can select any embassy’s “shopping list” by clicking on the country name – and that’s what we did. It was easy for us to select a country: the USA has a long history of involvement in brutalities against the workers and peasants in Guatemala; the CIA’s death squads are run right from the Embassies all over the world; and even once-believed-to-be-relatively-“harmless” organizations like the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – which also runs its operations from US Embassies – have been exposed as having been involved in purchasing weapons for use by Guatemala’s murderous death squads and police forces. So we figured there was a high likelihood that we’d come across something interesting among the easily-searchable 437 items listed for the US Embassy in Guatemala. We weren’t disappointed.
Almost immediately we came across this item:
[NOTE: The documents we link to here are hosted on our own website; the links will *not* take you to the WikiLeaks site or any U.S. Govt website – IWPCHI]
Interesting. Why? Because we know that there have been quite a few working-class and peasant activists and politicians who have been murdered in Guatemala… by assassins on motorcycles. We looked it up just to make sure we were right about that and immediately found an article written in 2014 stating that “Armed motorcycle gangs have assassinated more than 1,100 victims in Guatemala since 2011”.
This all took place *after* the infamous “peace agreement” brokered by the US Government between Guatemala’s brutal ruling capitalist class and its death squad government and former rebels. The rebels foolishly agreed to disarm – and conclude the agreement so they could end the armed struggle and begin “peaceful” participation in local and national elections. Of course the settlement created a “truth and reconciliation commission” that would look into the hundreds of thousands of death squad murders committed by the US-backed death squad government of Guatemala since the 1970s – guaranteeing no prosecution of the death-squad leaders or their members who had murdered thousands of workers – if they would merely tell all they knew about the murders. This “peace agreement” was in fact a disgusting betrayal of the workers and peasants whose families were made to suffer horribly at the hands of these hired killers of US imperialism! And of course as with all such phony deals between the workers and their irreconcilable and mortal enemies, the capitalists, no sooner was the ink dry on the “peace agreement” than the death squad assassinations began once again, in earnest against the workers and peasants and their leaders – by gangs of motorcycle-riding professional assassins!
Of course just because the US Embassy is seeking bids on “motorcycle safety equipment” does not mean that it “must have been” for the use of these assassination teams. Maybe the Embassy has a few couriers who use motorcycles or something. Perhaps some of the Marine guards like to drive motorcycles. This document does not give any details of the number of sets of “protective equipment” or what the equipment is, so we looked to see if there might be any accompanying documentation to go along with this cover letter. And of course there was.
WikiLeaks has made it possible for those using this “US Embassy Shopping List” search engine to search for documents by purchasing order number. In this case it’s called a “Request for Quotation Number” and in this specific case it is number “SGT50017Q0085”. We copied the number from the .pdf and pasted it into the search window and voila! We got the 9-page list of the items wanted… 36 COMPLETE SETS!
This is what brought us to ask if the US Embassy is up to its old tricks of supplying equipment to death squads in Guatemala. What the hell would they need to supply 36 motorcyclists with this kind of equipment for? Let’s look at the gloves: the Embassy has a very specific type of glove it wants – “similar or equal to Brand: HWI DLD100 for Motorcyclists.” We looked up these gloves and found them on the HWI website: they are special tight-fitting tactical gloves – with a trigger-finger design apparently specifically for use with a firearm!
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