One of the most vile institutions imposed on Cuba’s people by the Castro regime is the neighborhood snitch program known officially as “El Comite para la Defensa de la Revolucion” (The Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, or CDR, which happens to be its initials in both English and Spanish).
The way the CDR works is that every neighborhood has someone who is a part of this organ of repression. Their job is to report anything deemed as suspicious to the communist authorities. In effect, it is designed to turn neighbor against neighbor and reduce trust in your fellow citizens.
Now it seems that the Castro brothers’ favorite hand-puppet, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is set to imitate his mentors:
CARACAS, Venezuela: President Hugo ChÃ¡vez has used his decree powers to carry out a major overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies, provoking a fierce backlash here from human rights groups and legal scholars who say the measures will force citizens to inform on one another to avoid prison terms.
Under the new intelligence law, which took effect last week, Venezuela’s two main intelligence services, the DISIP secret police and the DIM military intelligence agency, will be replaced with new agencies, the General Intelligence Office and General Counterintelligence Office, under the control of ChÃ¡vez.
The new law requires people in the country to comply with requests to assist the agencies, secret police or community activist groups loyal to ChÃ¡vez. Refusal can result in prison terms of two to four years for most people and four to six years for government employees.
“We are before a set of measures that are a threat to all of us,” said Blanca Rosa MÃ¡rmol de LeÃ³n, a justice on Venezuela’s top court, in a rare public judicial dissent. “I have an obligation to say this, as a citizen and a judge. This is a step toward the creation of a society of informers.”
Yep, just like the Castros did in Cuba.