Dan Burnett: an unregistered Chavez’s agent ensconced in Columbia University

London 27.09.05 | Often I have argued that internet is the true revolution. Thanks to the increasing interconnections of advanced societies one can effectively investigate loads of things. My interest, as readers of this site may have come to realize, is to uncover the duplicitous and sometimes outright illegal nature of those who, from afar, pontificate about the benefits of the criminal experiment that Hugo Chavez is forcing on Venezuela. Not one of these armchair revolutionaries would put up for one second with the things they argue Venezuelans must withstand. Richard Gott -a traitor to his own country, Eva Golinger -just as much, Ignacio Ramonet, Greg Wilpert, Justin Delacour, Mark Weisbrot, Jesse Jackson, Danny Glover, Deborah James, Dawn Gable, Bill Fletcher… all these people share the characteristic of being non-Venezuelan sycophants of a thuggish and gullible ignorant, just because every so often he utters his anti-imperialist nonsense. The prospects of profiting from the Chavez ‘revolution’ are just too good to let pass.

The newcomer in the gang of brown-nosers is one Dan Burnett (a.k.a. Daniel Burnett). This chap works at Columbia University’s Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health in the Center for Community Health and Education. He has a managerial role there as assistant director [1], although a search for “dan burnett” in the directory of Columbia University [2] returns the following details:

Name: Daniel Burnett
Title: Administrator-Family Medicine
Dept: Family Crisis Intervention Ctr, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare Medical Centers
Mail: Center for Community Hlth & Ed ACNC 180
Phone: +1 212-304-5243
UNI: db341
E-mail: burnett@nyp.org

This Burnett character hides behind a pseudonym known as OW and has his own blog (http://oilwars.blogspot.com), where he feverishly spins the Venezuelan truth and disseminates propaganda, although its reach, as its readership, is very limited. For that reason some of his articles have been reprinted by none other than chavista anglophone spin HQ, otherwise known as Venezuelanalysis.com. What concerns me in this instance is that this individual seems not to be registered with the Foreign Agents Registration Unit -just like la Golinger, perhaps the VIO fillings of this semester will prove differently. However his connections to Venezuelan diplomatic personnel ought not to be taken lightly. On Tuesday, June 28, 2005 in a post entitled “Posada Update XI” [3, I have saved a copy ‘OW’, no need to delete…] Burnett posted on his blog this two pictures:

The above begs for the question: how come an employee of Columbia University (a family medicine administrator) -in whose job description, one should think, does not figure the spreading of propaganda in favour of a neo communist thug, has got such a close relationship with Venezuelan diplomats either in DC or New York or Chicago, that the latter think worthwhile to share and pass confidential information and pictures regarding matters of State? These two photos never made it to the MSM, how come Burnett not only got them but wrote a post on the topic with the pictures before anyone else?

But it does not stop there. Seeking to dupe readers into the belief that his ‘fact based blog’ is somewhat more trustworthy than others Burnett has alleged that he is Venezuelan. Furthermore his appalling command of the Spanish language in comment sections of other pro-Chavez blogs took away the fig leaf and when confronted with respect to his fake identity he wrote [4]:

and Boyd (aka T1, aka P2) I should make a proposition. If you figure out who I am I’ll buy you a plane ticket to Caracas. Shit from London thats expensive.

Well let us see whether cocky Burnett makes his promise good for I could certainly use a plane ticket to Caracas!! Although being a chavista I doubt he will keep up his word. Oh almost forgot, how do I know that OW is Daniel Burnett? I just wrote him a message entitled “Who do you think you are kidding?” and the thick bastard took the bait [5].

The exchange if readers would care to read is enclosed. Please note that all quoted messages from Burnett have been sent from the same Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center’s server (tw112fdale.cpmc.columbia.edu). How’s that for misuse of resources?

Subject: Who do you think you are kidding?
From: A. Boyd
Date: 27.09.05, 12:38
To: petrowars@yahoo.com

“Es cierto que VTV no debería ser un canal de promoción del gobierno, porque aunque les duela, esa no era la función de VTV.”

y porque no existian los jose mora’s del mundo cuando Marta Colomina estaba en VTV?

Y cuando ella estaba botado de televen…

ya que no pueden hablar de la economia o politica enfocan en chismes


By ow, at 7:48 PM

“Mal argumento ese de la Colomina. ¿Por qué la botaron de Televen? No fue por presión gubernamental?”

Mire este, botan sus propria talibanes y echan la culpa al gobierno!!!! Seguramente nos va a decir que los officiales golpistas tenian que irse de Plaza Francia por culpa del gobierno tambien. Increible.

Los oppositores que cerraron a Catia TV y que defenden los mentiras que sale dia tras dia de sus “medios” no teine nada a decirnos.

By ow, at 11:20 PM

If the above were not enough evidence of your non-Venezuelan origin, why you keep lying about it? What’s the aim, to counteract the local bloggers pretending you’re also local?

Subject: Re: Who do you think you are kidding?
From: petrowars@yahoo.com
Date: 27.09.05, 14:21
To: A. Boyd

And where have I claimed to be Venezuelan ( except maybe once when I was having a hysterical discussion with someone named just noticing over the originan of some pictures I posted)? Ever think of a non-Venezuelan living in Venezuela? There aren’t any of those are there? 😆
When you surf with the ananymouse it does hide your IP. But when you post comments your true IP comes through. Interesting glitch in that system and thats how I know its you.

Subject: Re: Who do you think you are kidding?
From: A. Boyd
Date: 27.09.05, 14:40
To: petrowars@yahoo.com

Burnett, as I commented on Luigi’s blog the other day, unlike you, I do not need to hide my identity. Everyone knows who I am, where to find me and what do I stand for.

Subject: Re: Who do you think you are kidding?
From: petrowars@yahoo.com
Date: 27.09.05, 14:47
To: A. Boyd

I don’t know, Carlos Herrera sure seemed to have you shitting in your pants a little while back.
And, uh, why don’t you e-mail this burnett person and ask him if he is running Oil Wars.
Its apparent why others stopped wasting time with you a while ago.

Subject: Re: Who do you think you are kidding?
From: A. Boyd
Date: 27.09.05, 15:09
To: petrowars@yahoo.com

Burnett, Carlos Herrera doesn’t even exist, it’s just a fake identity of Roy Carson pretty much as this OW is of you. Chavistas tend to ‘stop wasting time with’ me because I have a knack for uncovering their farcical double standards and, more importantly, their source of income. Now will you come clean on it or will I have to investigate you too?

Subject: Re: Who do you think you are kidding?
From: petrowars@yahoo.com
Date: 27.09.05, 14:47
To: A. Boyd

“Carlos Herrera doesn’t even exist” never met the guy. But given your cluelessness about me I’m not inclined to take your word for it. Investigate away. Anyways, no more time to waste with this nonsense. I have posts to write.

End of exchange

Now Burnett, you have got my address, haven’t you? I would like to visit relatives in Venezuela in the first week of December, so please make necessary arrangements for it. Would you care to tell me who will pay for my ticket; will it be you, Columbia University or Venezuela’s Embassies in the USA? One can only hope that Columbia University will deal with this fascist -if in doubt just visit the comments in his blog, the same way as NY’s Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District has been dealing with tax fraudster Eva Golinger.


8 thoughts on “Dan Burnett: an unregistered Chavez’s agent ensconced in Columbia University”

  1. Coño chamo, tu si pierdes tiempo en huevonadas.El blog y Vcrisis estan bien, bastante bien como fuente de información alternativa, no tengo empacho en darte ese mérito, pero chamo, si me tomo unas birras contigo creo que me vendria en vomito. Tocqueville era un gran pensador (ni de vaina pienses que te pongo a su nivel), pero no dejaba de ser un facha de mierda, aunque tenga más de un libro suyo.Gente como tu es la que hace que a la gente que se opone a Chavez desde una postura más constructiva y democrática se les tache de fachas y golpistas. Todavia me acuerdo de tu entrevista en BBC tratando de explicar que no fue un golpe. Gracias por regalarme esa carcajada. Supongo que es parte del efecto de la polarización tan fuerte que hay. La gente se vuelve esquizofrénica. Tan culpa de Chavez como de Carmona, Perez Recao, Ravel, Granier, Ekcout y el Radonski. A todos los meto en el mismo saco y los tiro al Guaire. Yo te digo una cosa, prefiero que me digan rojo que facha, aunque ninguno me agrade.Dejate de jueguitos de policia inútiles, que resultas ser más patético que ellos.Sin animo de ofender, pero es que me tienes asombrado. No es lo mismo llamar al diablo que verlo llegar…

  2. Se me olvidaba…Desde el punto de vista informativo, el núcleo aqui es cómo un don nadie, un John Doe, tiene acceso a un documento de estas características. Tienes que centrarte en eso, y ganarías credibilidad. Allí tienes todo el post. Lo demás sobra y te daña. Si te lee tanta gente, tienes que entender que te leen desde todas partes, no sólo un antichavista fanático en su casa de La Lagunita. Haces más daño que el bien que quieres hacer. Es un consejo, pero creo que sería mucho pedir…Espero que entiendas mi postura.

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