If Hugo Chavez has decreed that his government may "eavesdrop on suspects' phone calls and e-mails without court permission," that's not a good thing. Of course, we have to wait to better hear Chavez's side of the story. It never pays to go with the first reports that come out, especially about Venezuela. There is just way too much spinning done by the U.S. propaganda machine.
Right now, people are being quoted as saying they are afraid that Chavez is asking them to spy on their neighbors. However, whenever I read an article about Chavez that doesn't quote common people on both sides and that doesn't lay out details, I am instantly and highly suspicious. I don't just buy into articles that do quote people on various sides or do seem to be detailed. Those can just be more cleverly crafted propaganda pieces for the less gullible.
One really has to read the arguments given by all sides and from those sides directly. One cannot depend upon the Empire's mainstream news to give the opposition's side of the story.
The linked piece is from the Associated Press. I always find them to be written in a way to lean far away from even giving Chavez the benefit of the doubt. Their pieces are being filtered through the CIA is the feeling I get when reading them.
Source: Venezuelan intelligence law prompts fears of Cuba-style spy system
The Associated Press
Published: June 3, 2008
CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuelans may be forced to spy on their neighbors or risk prison terms under President Hugo Chavez's new intelligence decree, raising fears of a Cuba-style system that could be used to stifle dissent.