"Venezuela is clamping down on criticism of Hugo Chávez that circulates through the military ranks. Officers and soldiers in the Venezuelan army must now report messages considered offensive, critical or contrary to the government, according to a recent official order. The crackdown on critical comments comes as Chávez is tightening his grip on the country by targeting opponents, questioning the loyalty of former supporters, and nationalizing the economy. The military measure, which has no precedent, is generating fear in the ranks and violates Venezuelan law, experts and analysts said."
Hopefully, eventually, the president will figure out that playing nice with guys like Chavez only encourages their bad behavior.