Dear U.S. Government, Please Stop Using Health Workers As Covers

This time it’s not polio vaccination, but AIDS/HIV (boldface mine):

An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail.

Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The travelers worked undercover, often posing as tourists, and traveled around the island scouting for people they could turn into political activists.

In one case, the workers formed an HIV-prevention workshop that memos called “the perfect excuse” for the program’s political goals — a gambit that could undermine America’s efforts to improve health globally.

If we keep doing this, we’re going to continue to get people killed: the healthcare workers (which is already happening in Pakistan) and the people who need these interventions.

By the way, this wasn’t the CIA, but Clinton’s State Department that thought of this wonderful plan.

Fucking morons.

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