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Zé Dirceu | No Justice, No F-18


Source: Zé Dirceu

We must seek other options than military and technological dependence on the United States.

Former top aide to President Lula, José Dirceu of the Workers Party fell from grace in 2005 during the mensalão (“monthly payola of the PT”) case and currently waits to find out if  his appeal will be accepted in the case, which in the first instance found him guilty.

If convicted again– by the same court that judged him in the first instance — Dirceu may appeal to the CIDH, human rights court of the OAS. The case against him was weak from an evidentiary point of view — there was none– and based on rickety jurisprudence.

Despite this, Dirceu continues to publish a daily blog on policy and politics, demonstrating admirable resilience and reflectig the respect with which senior PT leadership regard him.

What Reuters reported on August 12 remains true today, if we can use Dirceu as a barometer:  kiss that deal for 36 F-18s  goodbye, despite your deal for the Supertucano turboprop fighter for use in Afghanistan

Dirceu writes,

This is a particularly good time for an accord between Brazil and Argentina to construct a regional defense strategy, including cyberdefense. The declaration of this joint undertaking  moves us in the direction of a South American identity in this area.

Revelations of U.S. spying on Brazil reinforce this agenda. As agreed, Argentina will send a mission to Brazil to learn about the Brazilian army’s Center for Cyberdefense (CDECiber) and create a working group in this area

I believe I read somewhere that the total budget for this unit is something ridiculously small.

“According to recent revelations, South America is a region subjected to massive espionage operations. We need to reflect on how to cooperate in order to prevent these new forms of attack and intrusion on our sovereignty,” said defense minister Celso Amorim.

Amorim, a career diplomat, preceded Patriota as Foreign Minister, which perhaps explains the aggressive stance Brazil has assumed in the Snowden affair. The president of Brazil has repeatedly said it requires explanations before scheduling the visit — a defiant stance that seems to have nonplussed John Kerry.

This first step is a positive one and could be extended by a South American accord — recalling that Brazil chairs the defense committee of UNASUL — the Union of South American National –that would add cyberdefense to the agenda.

This is Brazil’s path, and it will never return to its dependency on U.S. technology and weapons, as some sectors of the armed forces and the government recommend.

This position was weakened substantially after the discovery of illegal, generalized espionage by the NSA targeting our president, our government, our state-owned companies, our private sector and our politicians.  It was a deliberate invasion of our military, industrial, governamental and political secrets.

We need to fortify our own defense, the defense of the Atlantic and the Amazon. We need to develop our defense industrty, or technology, seeking new partners around the world — alternatives to our military and technology dependence on the United States