Honduran Coup Regime Mocks UN Security Council with Embassy Attacks

By Al Giordano

After today’s emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in New York, US Ambassador Susan Rice emerged to read a warning to the Honduras coup regime:

"We condemn acts of intimidation against the Brazilian embassy and call upon the de facto government of Honduras to cease harassing the Brazilian embassy.”

The wording is unequivocal. After investigating the claims (and the de facto regime’s denials) of constant technological and chemical attacks on the diplomatic seat in Tegucigalpa, and illegal impediment of ingress and egress to and from the embassy, where legitimate President Manuel Zelaya and at least 85 aides, supporters and some members of the news media are sheltered, the UN Security Council has concluded that said harassment i s real and it is ongoing.

If the coup regime believed that its use of chemical and sonic devices would render its attacks less visible, it has already lost that gamble.

Article 31 of The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 is titled “Inviolability of the consular premises,” and states:

“Consular premises shall be inviolable to the extent provided in this article… The authorities of the receiving State shall not enter that part of the consular premises which is used exclusively for the purpose of the work of the consular post except with the consent of the head of the consular post or of his designee or of the head of the diplomatic mission of the sending State… the receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the consular premises against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the consular post or impairment of its dignity… The consular premises, their furnishings, the property of the consular post and its means of transport shall be immune from any form of requisition for purposes of national defence or public utility.”

Article 33 states: “The consular archives and documents shall be inviolable at all times and wherever they may be.”

Article 34, titled “Freedom of movement,” states: “the receiving State shall ensure freedom of movement and travel in its territory to all members of the consular post."

Article 35, titled “Freedom of communication,” states:

“The receiving State shall permit and protect freedom of communication on the part of the consular post for all official purposes. In communicating with the Government, the diplomatic missions and other consular posts, wherever situated, of the sending State, the consular post may employ all appropriate means, including diplomatic or consular couriers, diplomatic or consular bags and messages in code or cipher… The official correspondence of the consular post shall be inviolable. Official correspondence means all correspondence relating to the consular post and its functions… The consular bag shall be neither opened nor detained.”

In light of those international laws, the device you see in the photograph up top, deployed by Honduran coup regime security forces at the gates of the Brazilian Embassy, offers a smoking gun of proof that the regime is violating the Vienna Convention.

Narco News and its team of technical engineers and counter-surveillance consultants has identified the apparatus as the LRAD-X Remote Long Range Acoustic Device, manufactured by the American Technologies Corporation.

The instrument is an offensive weapon, used on US Navy warships and by other nations, which can emit sounds that, “Through the use of powerful voice commands and deterrent tones, large safety zones can be created while determining the intent and influencing the behavior of an intruder.”

The LRAD-X machine can shoot sounds of up to 151 decibels. According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders sounds less loud than those it produces can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): “Sources of noise that can cause NIHL include motorcycles, firecrackers, and small firearms, all emitting sounds from 120 to 150 decibels. Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the time period before NIHL can occur.”

The front of the device looks like this:

And this is the back of the device:

In other words, the LRAD-X is the source of the high-pitched and pain-inducing sounds that have been fired both at those inside the Brazilian Embassy and turned around when anti-coup demonstrators have tried to come close to it. As such, it interferes with the Vienna protected inviolability of the Embassy and its free communications.

Under international law, this violation already serves as sufficient justification for intervention by UN Peacekeeping Forces of the multinational kind that the country of Brazil has led in Haiti.

But that’s not all: Narco News has received the following photos of a C-guard LP Cellular telephone jamming device designed for low power indoor use.  The black out range can be set to cover an area of 5 to 80 meters. The device was found inside the premises of the Brazilian embassy yesterday. Here it is, front:

And back:

(On Monday a large multitude of people, including journalists, including some from pro-coup news agencies, were able to enter the Brazilian Embassy to welcome or interview President Zelaya. It is possible that the cell phone jamming device was placed inside the premises then.)

Sold by Netline under the product category of "Counter Terror Electronic Warfare," the device, the company boasts, "C-Guard LP cellphone jammers block all required cellular network standards simultaneously: GSM, CDMA, TDMA, UMTS (3G), Nextel, 2.4 GHz and more."

The deployment of a cell phone jamming device is in direct violation of the Vienna Convention articles above protecting the inviolability of embassy and consular communications. What’s more, sources inside the embassy that are in constant direct contact with Narco News testify that prior to locating and removing the device, cell phones of the President, his aides and others in the building were impeded by much interference.

Additionally, around noon today, President Zelaya called a press conference inside the embassy, during which a medical doctor testified that two of the people staying inside the embassy displayed symptoms of bleeding from the nose or the stomach, and that a larger number of them displayed symptoms of nausea, throat and sinus irritation and related problems that can be caused by neuro-toxic gases used in chemical warfare that are also prohibited by international treaties.

Zelaya said, calmly and deliberatively, that upon awaking at 7:30 a.m., he had felt an unfamiliar irritation, “first in the mouth, next in the throat, and later a small pain in the stomach. I drank water and milk. And I came out to find others feeling sick. Since then we’ve been trying to figure out where it is coming from.”

Understanding the dramatic nature of this kind of warfare and its capacity to generate panic, fear and anger, Zelaya urged members of the anti-coup civil resistance, “Please, do not attack the police. Maintain yourselves at a respectable distance. Don’t come near enough to be beaten. Protest your grievances peacefully.”

Displaying the cell phone jamming device, President Zelaya said, “This apparatus is installed to interfere and practically act against all telephones inside the Embassy. We practically have a sonic intervention that could also be affecting the health and nerves of people inside."

“They have also aimed frequencies of high intensity against the Embassy. This is also to affect our psychological state. Other machines are installed in the neighboring houses, where the owners have been kicked out and the military has occupied them.”

Hortensia “Pichu” Zelaya, also inside the embassy, sent out this photograph, below, taken earlier today of a device, partly covered by a green plastic bag, that security forces erected from one of the neighboring properties in clear view and air stream of the Brazilian embassy. “As soon as we discovered it,” she wrote, “they immediately took it down.”

Father Andrés Tamayo, also inside the embassy, told reporters at the press conference that he witnessed that device first hand. It is not yet known what exactly it is, or why it was accompanied by a plastic bag, or whether some kind of substance or chemical agent or gas was inside the bag and aimed at the Brazilian embassy.

These evidences and the eye-witness testimonies, including that of the doctor and the priest, demonstrate convincingly that while the Honduran coup regime issues emphatic denials of such attacks on the sovereign embassy of Brazil, it is clearly engaging in them nonetheless. The UN Security Council should not need any high tech apparatus of its own to be able to see and hear what is really going on at ground level, and respond accordingly to the coup regime's mockery of it.

Update 5:08 p.m. Tegucigalpa (7:08 p.m. ET): The coup regime held a "cadena nacional" (mandatory broadcast on all radio, TV and cable channels) this afternoon to deny having engaged in any chemical warfare and to say it would allow the international Red Cross and Dr. Andres Pavon, a human rights leader, into the embassy to check the health of those inside. A group of doctors, including Pavon, just emerged from the examinations and reported the following:

That the symptoms were definitely caused by some kind of "contaminant." Upon review of the photos of the unidentified device in the final photograph above, Pavon concludes that it is a humidifier and that the plastic bag contained some kind of liquid to put where water usually goes, and that it was the likely cause of the contamination of the embassy. It was not concluded whether the contaminant weapon was chemical or biological.

The doctors also confirmed, for Radio Globo, that UN officials had entered the Embassy with them to participate in the investigation.

The coup regime has just called a military curfew for most of the country's population from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight.

5:32 p.m.: We've just confirmed independently from a source inside the building that UN officials have entered the Brazilian embassy.

 

Comments

Exact same sonic device being used in Pittsburgh

At the G-20 conference. Guess this week was the international rollout!

 

http://nihilix.blogspot.com/2009/09/robocops-vocals-super-pain-ray.html

War Crimes

What these "Golpistas" are doing is a total shame and mockery of democracy itself. They must be stopped immediately and hauled off to face charges of crimes against humanity by an international tribunal.

Could you clarify reports?

1. There have been reports in Tiempo and other media that several gas grenades were thrown from a helicopter and that a water truck also pumped a liquid over the embassy wall.

2.  There is a report on Telesur that Professor Mauricio Castellanos today found residues of ammonia, perhaps from pepper spray, and hydrogen cyanide, the highly lethal gas used in the gas chamber.  The symptoms described by victims (which unfortunately vary from report to report) do not sound like just CS or CN gas (or, for that matter, like hydrogen cyanide). One might guess a nerve agent or a vomiting agent like Adamsite. 

3.  There was a gas attack on Radio Globo some weeks ago. Were any forensic results obtained? Are the symptoms similar to those of the attack on the embassy?

4. There was a report on radio that two nights ago, the police invaded houses near the embassy, and that a girl of eight years of age choked to death on tear gas.

Unfortunately, we are getting nothing specific from the regular media. The UN talks vaguely of "harassment." The US media pretends it's a joke, all in Zelaya's head. TeleSur and the Brazilian media have generalities, not specifics.

I realize that it's hard to gather facts in the middle of a nascent civil war, but these details are critical in forming a clear picture of what is happening.

 

@ Charles

I'll take your questions in order:

1. No such things happened today, but sound similar to what happened on Tuesday.

2. I've seen those same reports identifying the chemical. Am waiting on additional information from doctors that are right now in the Embassy investigating further.

3. I don't know any forensic info of the Radio Globo acid invasion.

4. I can't confirm that a girl died, but, yes, the military has forcibly entered all neighboring homes of the Embassy, expelled the families that live there, and converted them into bases of operations and surveillance.

Chemical attacks on an embassy?

That ups the ante so high that the U.N. cannot afford to ignore it. The inviolability of embassies is a central tenet of international relations. They can wring their hands over what is done to crowds of demonstrators, but this changes everything. Big mistake by the junta.

Can you imagine the call between Presidents Lula and Obama?

Golpistas use natl broadcast for desperate lies abt their crime

This afternoon the coup regime felt it necessary to abuse, once again, the government emergency broadcast system (where all the radio and TV are forced to carry the government's broadcast) to insist that the symptoms being suffered by people in the Brazilian embassy are the result of a routine cleaning operation with regular cleaning chemicals, and that the sound was just that of loud machinery.

Uh huh.

This has exceeded amazing

Clearly, the golpistas "got away with it today" but did they think they would not get caught? Or are they so short-sighted or self-centered that they figured just a day of this was "cool"?

I don't know about how others have responded but, for me, this caused me to go from "publicizing" to downright recruiting others to take action.

Bag: deniability

My guess is the bag was there solely to disguise what sort of device it's covering.  If the design and/or markings were completely visible, the machine's purpose would have been too quickly understood by those in the embassy, and it would have been too easily documented.

In true third-world

In true third-world dictatorship style, it looks like they're using a Toyota for this mobile-harassment rig...

How Much More Will Be Tolerated?

Seriously, how much more of this is the world community going to tolerate? Brazil's embassy has obviously come under some sort of chemical attack, this could be considered bio warfare correct?

Asia Times had a great piece yesterday by Pepe Escobar on what the geopolitical implications of the coup are:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/KI25Aa01.html

Wait -- you mean a gov't both possess & uses WMD?

Do we need to make sure and stop the threat of Honduran coup plotters turning their chemical gas weapons into a mushroom cloud of poison gas deployment?

Thanks, Al-- here are some links

Father Tamayo says that soldiers injected gases from a helicopter and water sprayer (Tiempo, today). But other reports (TeleSur, no direct link) suggest it may have entered through a dispersing device on a nearby house.

<a href="http://www.abc.es/20090924/internacional-iberoamerica/policia-confirma-muerte-personas-200909240211.html">Eight year old boy suffocates</a> (ABC.es, dated today, sourced to Nuevo Diario; I can't confirm the Nuevo Diario piece)

The attack on Channel 36 (not Radio Globo) was a chemical weapon (not acid) thrown from a motorcycle at 4:20AM into the car park. It sickened people throughout the building. 

 

It's tough to keep up with the terrible things these people do. 

Miami Herald

Al, another coincidence!

I have been having a back-and-forth exchange with Frances Robles of the Miami Herald, after reading her article which was designed to make President Manuel Zelaya appear to be a raving lunatic:

They're torturing me, Honduras' Manuel Zelaya claims
Honduras' fallen leader told The Miami Herald he is being subjected to mind-altering gas and radiation -- and that `Israeli mercenaries' are planning to assassinate him.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/5min/story/1248828.html

The article has seemed to be a lot of cherry-picking journalism. El Pais presented the actual quotes from President Zelaya, which already make him seem a lot more reasonable:

Mercenarios israelíes, ultrasonidos y suicidios fingidos

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internacional/Mercenarios/israelies/ultra...

Regardless, as I explained to Frances Robles, the claims made by President Zelaya are not far-fetched, although they are presented that way in the article.

First, it is clear that toxic gases have been used against the Brazilian Embassy. That goes without question. Anyone who has been subjected to long periods of exposure to CN/CS gas in a closed space will testify to the mind-altering effects of it -- as will any doctor.

Second, while Frances Robles was attempted to make the use of "sonic weapons" seem unreasonable and looney, every major media outlet was broadcasting a live demonstration of the weapon in use at the G20 demonstration in Pittsburgh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebQMzggpHI0

An unfortunate coincidence for the Miami Herald that the "sci-fi device" they were trying to discredit President Zelaya with was simultaneously being used against crowds in the United States. I also reminded her that sound weapons (although much cruder) were used against Manuel Noriega during the invasion of Panama by the United States.

In addition, Honduras-based La Tribuna (which, as we've discussed, has had semi-balanced coverage of the coup) also confirmed the use of this weapon in this article:

http://www.latribuna.hn/web2.0/?p=44108

And, they also report on the connection to Israel:

"Es la última arma secreta en dotación desde hace tiempo por el ejército de Israel, usada públicamente sólo ahora después de muchos años de experimentación."

However, Frances Robles leads off her story in the first paragraph with the most startling assertion: "[H]e claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and 'Israeli mercenaries' are torturing him with high-frequency radiation."

While Frances Robles had the time to write me back numerous times, provide me with a link to the New York Times and several other newspapers which were reporting on President Zelaya's claims, somehow the Miami Herald reporter could not supply me with the actual quote from President Zelaya in which he claims that "Israeli mercenaries are torturing him with high-frequency radiation."

Frances Robles has had the time to send me four e-mails and yet has still not been able to supply me with the actual quote from President Zelaya regarding the radiation weapon claims. In fact, once I began sending independent confirmations of the use of toxic gas and sonic weapons, the tone turned a little hostile: "I am not going to comb through my notes to find quotes for you."

Of course, President Zelaya's claims would seem less strange if Miami Herald readers knew that Billy Joya of Battalion 3-16 was publicly involved in the Micheletti regime -- a reknowned torturer who certainly is up on all the latest toys of psychos who abuse the bodies of human beings for a living.

Now, maybe I am mis-reading Frances Robles. According to her, President Hugo Chavez spoke directly about her Miami Herald article in his New York press conference and said, specifically about her article: "I send the Miami Herald reporter a big kiss for finally telling the truth." (Anyone who can confirm that President Chavez said this about the Miami Herald article, please let me know via e-mail.)

I am very open to the idea that my gut feeling about all this is wrong. However, it feels to me like President Zelaya's initial claims regarding gases, sonic weapons, communications disruptions and Israeli groups seemed bizarre and the Miami Herald attempted to discredit the president. I also feel that they might have gone too far by also crediting him with saying that "radiation weapons" are being used (although, this COULD refer to the sonic weapons). To be clear, I have NO CONFIRMATION that President Zelaya did not speak to Frances Robles about "high-frequency radiation weapons." All I can say is that I have asked for the specific quote from her 4 separate times and have yet to receive the specific quote.

The next article written for the Miami Herald by Frances Robles was called "Time running out for Honduras' Manuel Zelaya, experts say" -- of course, any number of experts could be found to say any number of things which is an even more direct form of cherry-picking.

I would like to mention that Frances Robles also wrote the article which interviewed the top Honduran Army attorney who first admitted that the law was broken by the golpistas. Also, she has written on the censorship imposed by the coup regime.

However, during this time of immediate crisis, when things really matter, I find it interesting to see these two articles come out of the Miami Herald.

And, I have to say that I am happy that the quotes provided by Frances Robles on behalf of President Zelaya about the use of sophisticated weaponry to invade the sovereignty of the Brazilian Embassy are being proven accurate. So, while I have seen the article in question being re-posted on many right-wing blogs as "evidence" that President Zelaya is paranoid, anti-Semitic, etc, many of these folks will need to eat their own words as more and more independent confirmations of President Zelaya's claims come out. Thanks to NarcoNews for supplying this in-depth report about them.

Finally, note that I have nothing in particular against Frances Robles and am merely seeking the truth here. Al, I would be interested if you know Frances Robles and what you think of her work at the Miami Herald, if you have the time to give me your opinion either here or via e-mail (attached to this comment).

 

@ Ryan

Ryan - Can you send me each of the emails Robles sent you?

I've been working on a story about her story as well. Yesterday I interviewed President Zelaya directly about it. The reason she can't (or won't) give you the exact quote is because she spliced various quotes together and left out words he added to them such as "rumored" (rumorado) and "alleged" (supuesto, which he used multiple times in his interview with her). She cut and pasted it to make him look nuts and also anti-semitic, which isn't the case, as many of his Honduran Jewish supporters testify.

nice work

I knew something was not right with that Robles piece. Her (mostly Cuba) writing is hit and miss - far from the worst on Latin America. But it is pretty clear that a (devastating) mistake was made in that article and commend you for going after the truth. I hope and trust that it was not on purpose. But she had to have known she was putting some very serious allegations into Zelaya's mouth. That proof of attacks against the Embassy has already come to light is a strong vindication that requires a follow-up piece in the Herald - in addition to an official correction.

That device on the pole.

Something isn't adding up. On Tiempo, Tomayo said he observed chemicals discharged by a helicopter and tanker-truck.  (traslated link: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=h... )

Also on Teimpo, Marco Rosa said that a hose was found that was the means of introducing the gas: (Translated link: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=h... )

Now the story is that the toxic liquid was suspended in that flimsy bag, which would likely hold 10 Gal (80 lbs), completely unsupported? Notice, the bag is constrained by the strapping which holds the device to the pole. How it could have possibly been full when the device was mounted - or filled thereafter? It seems unlikely to be a humidifier or that the bag is for anything but protecting the device from the elements. Maybe it's a jammer or survelience device or something - but the humidifier explanation just doesn't make sense.

device unter the bag

The device hidden under the bag shows a box with a lid at the left side, black hinge is visible, and in front of that all is what looks like an antenna (like antennas used for mobile phone installations). It is something that is mounted on top of the lid. (left in the picture). The bag seems just a cover to get it out of sight. It would be interesting to know what kind of cables were attached. A transmitter usually needs a lot of power, receivers don't. My speculation is that it is a receiver, to listen into wireless communications. (IMSI-catcher??)

Diplomatic Vehicle Searched by Police

People,

I think you'd like to see these pictures.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9102156@N03/sets/72157622455911580/

Israeli munitions

FYI,

Inside Costa Rica is reporting this specific information about the Israeli munitions claim:

http://insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2009/september/27/ca02.htm

Tech devices

Did anyone think to see who makes the cell phone devices and other intimidation devices used world wide? The abrevaition of the country Israel is Il.

Remember Ecuador, the person who organized the "rescue" from Columbia was an Israeli general.

Sure glad the IMF picthed in to help the generals but they really don't need it U.S. business and politicians keep them fat and happy.

Has there been any word on

Has there been any word on the lab results from the sampling?  I would have thought the results would have been announced by now.  Were they gassed with a neurotoxin?

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