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CIA cannot grant asylum to Thai activists, US Embassy says conspiracy theories are false

Some claim pro-democracy leaders have applied for political asylum in the United States and the CIA is helping them out, but the US Embassy in Bangkok says it’s not true and the claim isn’t even in line with the process for asylum in America.

Bangkok Post spoke with a US Embassy representative on the phone who says the claims about the CIA accepting bids for political asylum are completely false. First, people need to be in America to apply, not across the world in Thailand.

“To apply for asylum, an asylum seeker must be physically present in the United States. Asylum cases are processed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, not other US agencies.”

Other rumours and conspiracy theories have been spreading, claiming the United States is meddling with Thai politics and influencing the pro-democracy movement. Some royalist protesters even gathered outside the US Embassy in Bangkok, calling for an end to a so-called “hybrid war” and demanding the American government to stop “inferring with Thai affairs.” Some claim America is funding the pro-democracy protests.

The US Embassy in Bangkok says this isn’t true. They released a statement refuting disinformation back in September after a photo taken years ago of the prior US Ambassador to Thailand and an activist leader was shared online with claims that the US is backing the pro-democracy movement.

The United States government is not funding or otherwise providing support to any of the protests in Thailand.

The United States does not support any individual or political party; we support the democratic process and the rule of law.

As friends of Thailand, we encourage all sides to continue to act with respect and restraint and engage in constructive dialogue on how to move the country forward.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | US Embassy

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  1. If they are not aiding the protesters for democracy they should be.
    It is the duty of democratic nations to help the citizens of countries that have been taken over by dictators, to repel these tyrants.
    As they did in Iraq.

    1. “As they did in Iraq.”

      … and look what that led to …

      I’m not defending SH in any way, but as a result they went from a secular country with a very effective zero tolerance policy towards terrorism to one where terrorism is an everyday occurence, exported world-wide. Hardly a good move.

      How are your efforts to help those where you are get rid of their dictator, who’s been in power for the last three decades, going?

  2. The Ukrainians, Libyans, Syrians and so many others are so happy with the democratic protests that were supposed to bring them a better world.

    These manipulated young people will be the good soldiers in the next war against China.

    @Toby Andrews “is the duty of democratic nations to help the citizens of countries that have been taken over by dictators, to repel these tyrants.
    As they did in Iraq.”

    Is this a joke?

    Iraq lived in peace under Saddam, without all these problems with the Islamists, you want the same chaos in Thailand?

    Thailand is not a dictatorship, you should rather take care of your friends in Saudi Arabia.

    Today, all independent countries that resist the empire are considered dictatorships.

  3. Lived in peace! what about the war with Iran?
    What about the citizens Saddam gassed?
    Well, another example. Afghanistan taken over by the Taliban.
    One of the most brutal dictatorship ever.
    Then the West arrived . . .

      1. It’s all comparative, and depends on your perspective.

        From the perspective of many Afghans, they’re better than the alternative which was / is Western-funded warlords abusing their power and their children.

    1. “Then the West arrived . . .”

      Exactly, and look at the inevitable result.

      FWIW, the Taliban were only able to rise to power in Afghanistan as the Mujahideen, who had been supported by the West in order to get rid of the Russians who had occupied the country, had degenerated into warring factions and war-lords fighting for local control and abusing their power.

      As a result, the Taliban were initially widely supported and seen as an improvement on the war-lords, who had been empowered by the West, and in some areas they still are seen as an improvement.

      Had the West done what it had promised to do and helped Afghanistan out with a few million $’s worth of schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure everyone would have been happy and OBM would never have been allowed in, and the West would have had an ally and influence in the area. Instead they dumped the Mujahideen as soon as the Russians left, broke their promises of aid, and then spent several $trillion (with a ‘T’) turning Afghanistan and Iraq into their worst nightmare.

    2. The crimes committed by Saddam Hussein, a dictator who was installed by the West, are only a drop in the ocean compared to the massacres and years of chaos unleashed by the US.

      Who had asked him to wage war against Iran?

      The West has provoked global shit by asking Saudi Arabia to spread Wahhabi Islam in the Muslim world in order to get free soldiers in Afghanistan.

      There is a good article on the role of Wahhabism in international terrorism by the NYT, but we can’t put a link here.

      But the Saudi Prince Bin Salam confirmed in the Washington post that the US has asked them to build mosques and Islamic school in the Muslim world in order to have soldiers in Afghanistan.

      All terrorists of Al Qaeda, IS, Boko Haram have been turned into Islamists in these schools.

      And during the last US elections, Trump had accused H Clinton and Obama of creating the Islamic state.

      A French general also said so in a report to the French Senate.

      Wahhabi terrorists have after Afghanistan been used in the countries of the former USSR to fight pro-Russian, Chechnya, Iraq, Libya, Syria and so many other countries to overthrow governments.

      They are sometimes called rebels, freedom fighters or terrorists, but they have the same ideology that they fight for or officially against the West.

      It is also these same Wahhabi trained by Saudi Arabia and supported by the West that triggered the problems in Myanmar with the Rohingyas and in China with the Uighurs.

      Always for the interests of…

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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

11 Comments

  1. If they are not aiding the protesters for democracy they should be.
    It is the duty of democratic nations to help the citizens of countries that have been taken over by dictators, to repel these tyrants.
    As they did in Iraq.

    1. “As they did in Iraq.”

      … and look what that led to …

      I’m not defending SH in any way, but as a result they went from a secular country with a very effective zero tolerance policy towards terrorism to one where terrorism is an everyday occurence, exported world-wide. Hardly a good move.

      How are your efforts to help those where you are get rid of their dictator, who’s been in power for the last three decades, going?

  2. The Ukrainians, Libyans, Syrians and so many others are so happy with the democratic protests that were supposed to bring them a better world.

    These manipulated young people will be the good soldiers in the next war against China.

    @Toby Andrews “is the duty of democratic nations to help the citizens of countries that have been taken over by dictators, to repel these tyrants.
    As they did in Iraq.”

    Is this a joke?

    Iraq lived in peace under Saddam, without all these problems with the Islamists, you want the same chaos in Thailand?

    Thailand is not a dictatorship, you should rather take care of your friends in Saudi Arabia.

    Today, all independent countries that resist the empire are considered dictatorships.

  3. Lived in peace! what about the war with Iran?
    What about the citizens Saddam gassed?
    Well, another example. Afghanistan taken over by the Taliban.
    One of the most brutal dictatorship ever.
    Then the West arrived . . .

      1. It’s all comparative, and depends on your perspective.

        From the perspective of many Afghans, they’re better than the alternative which was / is Western-funded warlords abusing their power and their children.

    1. “Then the West arrived . . .”

      Exactly, and look at the inevitable result.

      FWIW, the Taliban were only able to rise to power in Afghanistan as the Mujahideen, who had been supported by the West in order to get rid of the Russians who had occupied the country, had degenerated into warring factions and war-lords fighting for local control and abusing their power.

      As a result, the Taliban were initially widely supported and seen as an improvement on the war-lords, who had been empowered by the West, and in some areas they still are seen as an improvement.

      Had the West done what it had promised to do and helped Afghanistan out with a few million $’s worth of schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure everyone would have been happy and OBM would never have been allowed in, and the West would have had an ally and influence in the area. Instead they dumped the Mujahideen as soon as the Russians left, broke their promises of aid, and then spent several $trillion (with a ‘T’) turning Afghanistan and Iraq into their worst nightmare.

    2. The crimes committed by Saddam Hussein, a dictator who was installed by the West, are only a drop in the ocean compared to the massacres and years of chaos unleashed by the US.

      Who had asked him to wage war against Iran?

      The West has provoked global shit by asking Saudi Arabia to spread Wahhabi Islam in the Muslim world in order to get free soldiers in Afghanistan.

      There is a good article on the role of Wahhabism in international terrorism by the NYT, but we can’t put a link here.

      But the Saudi Prince Bin Salam confirmed in the Washington post that the US has asked them to build mosques and Islamic school in the Muslim world in order to have soldiers in Afghanistan.

      All terrorists of Al Qaeda, IS, Boko Haram have been turned into Islamists in these schools.

      And during the last US elections, Trump had accused H Clinton and Obama of creating the Islamic state.

      A French general also said so in a report to the French Senate.

      Wahhabi terrorists have after Afghanistan been used in the countries of the former USSR to fight pro-Russian, Chechnya, Iraq, Libya, Syria and so many other countries to overthrow governments.

      They are sometimes called rebels, freedom fighters or terrorists, but they have the same ideology that they fight for or officially against the West.

      It is also these same Wahhabi trained by Saudi Arabia and supported by the West that triggered the problems in Myanmar with the Rohingyas and in China with the Uighurs.

      Always for the interests of…

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