Monday, November 07, 2005

Venezuela: For Assassins, The Shoe Drops

Venezuela watchers have been on pins and needles for charges to drop in the murder of #1 Federal Prosecutor Danilo Anderson by car bomb last year as he was at work investigating those involved in the 2002 coup attempt. Well over the weekend, with Chavez away, seven prominent Venezuelans including everything from a Miami-Cuban "dissident," Venezuelan businessmen, a retired General, 2 opposition journalists and a National Guard commander of the border area) were charged in the death.

The LA Times, one of the few papers to cover the story, spent most of their article listing the supposed ways the arrests are a plot against press freedom. The opposition remains firmly entrenched in their "extortion" plot and views this as total fabrication.

Nobody seems to mind a few very important, but inconvenient facts:

1) The Venezuelan Government would surely be undertaking a very serious and stupid move if they were not sure here. That is why I believe they have the evidence they claim they do about 3 meetings between the conspirators.

2) That extralegal opposition forces were at work in the death of a skilled, courageous, young prosecutor uncovering corruption of their own making. Any attempt to tie the death to Chavez lacks anything resembling a motive. Anderson was doing important work for the MVR. He had exclusive access to all evidence collected against the coup plotters.

3) The "extortion" idea (that Anderson had been taking payment in exchange for not prosecuting famous figures) was perhaps most fiercely pushed by the suspect media heiress herself, Patricia Polea. Her father owns one of the largest, most virulent rags - El Nuevo Pais.


Blogger jsb said...

The "extortion" idea...

How do you explain all the money he had accumulated in his low paying job?

"That is why I believe they have the evidence they claim they do about 3 meetings between the conspirators." So...when Poleo is proven innocent, and I pray she is, you're going to finally realize that the Chavistas are full of lies? No, I doubt it. You're in for the long haul, so however the pro-Chavez supporters spin this, you'll be right there with the talking points.

10:02 AM  
Blogger ow said...

What money? Oh yeah, the money the opposition says was found there without presenting even a scrap of evidence.

How much time should we spend rebutting fiction? Scott you really do make yourself look not too bright when you repeat this stuff without even looking into its veracity.

4:14 PM  
Blogger jsb said...

" Scott you really do make yourself look not too bright " about your pot calling the kettle black. What a joke.

8:32 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

The slain prosecutor, Danilo Anderson, was the top Federal prosecutor in the country. Why wouldn't he have nice things? ALL branches of our government are millionaires. If that is your best evidence of a cover-up, i'd worry a bit.

You guys confuse the Venezuelan Attorney General's office with Hugo Chavez. There is independence unlike in Ashcroft's office.

But if Poleo is innocent and was not at those meetings, then I will lose some respect for the Government. Beacuse they would be stupid if nothing else.

For what is the supposed motive of Chavez killing Anderson... oh, yeah so he can crack down more. Or this stupid idea about blackmailed businessmen and pay-offs gone wrong. Except where are these businessmen who hate Chavez so much? Why don't they come forward?

John, it's not me with the talking points following a deceitful party line.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then there's the inconvenient little bit that was on the news lately, about Alvaro Uribe--hardly a Chavista--CONFIRMING the fact that the conspirators had met in Colombia, and that right-wing paramilitaries were involved in the hit on Anderson.

Ouch, that's gotta hurt if you're anti-Chavez! LOL...

10:30 PM  

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