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9/11: Chavez financed Al Qaeda, details of $1M donation emerge
Militares Democraticos ^ | 12/31/02 | Editor - Militares Democraticos

Posted on 12/31/2002 5:25:32 PM PST by shanec

9/11: Chavez financed Al Qaeda, details of $1M donation emerge

Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden:
9/11 made Chavez

Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez:
Terrorism sponsor,
$1M to Al Qaeda.

Walter Marquez
His Ambassador,
Walter Marquez:

Bin Laden's link.

Juan Diaz Castillo
His pilot, May. Juan
Diaz Castillo:
the operation, then

By Johan Freitas, in Caracas, with Luis Garcia, in Miami

High-level military defectors reveal new terrorist links between Al Qaeda and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. The man who control's the largest oil reserves in the Western hemisphere gave $1 million to the world's most wanted terrorist right after the 9/11 attacks.

Hugo Chavez would not admit it publicly, but in private, he was very impressed with Osama Bin Laden's work. The Venezuelan strongman publicly rails against the United States and "neo-liberal capitalism" which, according to him, represents "hell on earth". He has never visited the White House, but has instead been to China, Libya, Iraq, and Havana, Cuba.

The doublespeak of Hugo Chavez served him particularly well in the aftermath of 9/11. When he spoke to the foreign press in the days immediately after, he assured them that he was against terrorism. But locally, in his first TV broadcast, he stated that "The United States brought the attacks upon itself, for their arrogant imperialist foreign policy."
And in private, he went further still; proclaiming admiration for the terrorist attacks.
" - With 9/11, Bin Laden showed the whole world that he was a force to be reckoned with. This impressed Hugo to no end," remembers General Pedro Pereira, the highest-ranking general in the Venezuelan airforce, who was still a Chavez loyalist in 2001.

The day after the attack, September 12, Chavez supporters publicly burned the Stars and Stripes in the main square of Caracas in an outburst of gleeful satisfaction over the attacks.
The organizer of the Plaza Bolivar protest, Lina Ron (a.k.a. "Rosa", born 9/23/59 in Anaco, Anzoátegui state), received public praise from Chavez. Unknown to the press, Lina Ninette Ron Pereira had been on the payroll of Caracas governor Hernan Gruber Odreman, ever since Chavez appointed him head of the Distrito Federal in 1999. She is still employed by Chavez, today working for Caracas borough mayor Freddy Bernal of Chavez's MVR party. There, she is in charge of a "cultural center" which mobilizes masses for pro-Chavez demonstrations and is active in breaking up opposition events.

$1M for Al Qaeda to fight against the United States
But Chavez did not stop at merely praising the attacks and having his support groups burn the American flag. He wanted to do more. He wanted to help Al Qaeda and the Taliban in their coming war against the United States.

Juan Diaz Castillo from Venezuela's Air Force, was given that job.
The private pilot of Hugo Chavez, Major Diaz Castillo has since defected and has started to talk. As the trusted insider who flew the president's Airbus, he was an eye-witness to secret meetings between Chavez and some of the top dictators in the world. He was also in charge of organizing one million dollars worth of assistance from Chavez to Al Qaeda.

" - Chavez trusted me completely. So right after 9/11, when he decided to help Al Qaeda, he turned to Jorge Oropeza and to me. Jorge was my boss in the presidential air support unit, but he is just a political appointee, so I did all the actual work."

The work, as ordered by Chavez, was to help Al Qaeda but to make it look like he was helping the Taliban, using humanitarian grounds as the excuse.

" - Initially, the plan was not to give them money. Instead, I was asked to organize a shipment of food and clothing and send it to the government of Afghanistan."
At that time, the government of Afghanistan was the Taliban. But everyone knew that the Taliban and Al Qaeda were just two sides of the same coin. The Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan had emerged as the breeding ground for terrorists and extremist groups and the largest source of opium productions and illegal flow of narcotics in the world, posing a serious threat to the peace and stability of the whole region.
" - Chavez saw in Afghanistan a mirror of what he was trying to implement in Venezuela, and wanted a more direct opening with the Al Qaeda organization," says the Major. "He had already tried to contact them once before, in Libya, but when he personally visited Tripoli, Col. Muammar Qaddafi told Chavez that there was no direct channel of communications between him and Al Qaeda."

The aid to the Al Qaeda's camps was supposed to open the channel of communications directly. It was a way of telling Osama Bin Laden that he had a friend in Hugo Chavez.

Air Force Major Diaz Castillo started planning the logistics of sending three Hercules C-130 cargo planes from Venezuela to Afghanistan. The effort would require a large investment in time and personnel, with refueling stops on the way. He came to the conclusion that to transport the cargo to the Taliban and Al Qaeda would be more expensive than the cargo itself.

Involved in the plan was Diosdado Cabello, at the time Chavez's Chief of Staff, the foreign minister and the defense minister. They had a number of meetings, among others with the director of Civil Defense. After hearing from Diaz Castillo of the difficulties with the C-130's, Diosdado Cabello then decided to instead send $1M in cash to Venezuela's ambassador for the region, Dr Walter Marquez. He would then be entrusted with bringing it to Afghanistan.
The doctor - a sinister, wheelchair-bound figure - operates out of an office located at N-114, Panchshila Park, New Delhi, in India. He received the cash in the last week of September, 2001.

When asked at the time about his involvement, Marquez confirmed that he was in charge. " - Venezuela does not have diplomatic representation in Pakistan or Afghanistan but it is within my purview."

On October 3, 2001, a representative of the Venezuelan government then contacted Kris Janowski of the UNHCR in Pakistan. The purpose: To create a cover story of humanitarian help for the Taliban, so that there would be plausible deniability in case anyone asked about the Al Qaeda money.
According to the plan, Walter Marquez would buy and transport food from New Delhi (India) or Teheran (Iran) where Venezuela has embassies.

False identities for terrorist operatives
After Walter Marquez completed his mission, the million-dollar financing bore fruit. A line of communication to Caracas opened up.

" - The handling was then taken over by Carlos Otaiza [brother of Army Captain Elieza Otaiza Castillo, former head of Chavez's DISIP secret service.] So after that, I no longer dealt with them," says Major Diaz Castillo. But from his vantage point in the presidential palace, he still saw a lot of what was going on:
" - In the last few months of 2001, and all throughout 2002, more and more Arabs started arriving. They were always given special treatment by Chavez, Otaiza and Ramon Rodriguez Chacin". Rodriguez Chacin a Chavez-government cabinet member, and headed the Interior and Justice Ministry until the press proved that he operated with multiple identities. He is currently a party boss in the Chavez political machine.

The "special treatment" afforded to visiting Arabs even extended to fugitives. As documented by General Marcos Ferreira former head of the Onidex passport and ID-card administration and now a member of the country's pro-democracy resistance movement, Chavez-minister Rodriguez Chacin ordered him to provide false ID's to named members of foreign terrorist organizations listed by the FBI.

Now, these facts are coming out, and the military resisters are in danger. Major Juan Diaz Castillo and fellow pro-democracy resister General Nestor Gonzalez Gonzalez were the victims of a trap set by Chavez DISIP (Secret Service) agents on December 21, 2002, on the freeway between Valencia and Caracas, near the town of Guacara.
Immediately following the attempt on his life, Juan Diaz Castillo went underground. Friends in the resistence movement smuggled him out of the country the night before Christmas, in the hull of a fishing boat leaving Venezuela for Curazao, in the Dutch Antilles. There, he stayed until he could arrange safe passage to the United States. Today, safely out of reach of the Chavez death squads, he can now talk freely.

" - I must warn America about Chavez. He is a danger, not just to his own people but to the whole region," says Diaz Castillo.

Hugo Chavez is growing increasingly desperate in his hold on power, in Venezuela where a month-long general strike has cut off oil exports and his source of income.
He refuses to hold free and democratic elections, and has publicly vowed to stay in power until "at least 2021". To Chavez, it matters not what his people think:
" - Referendum to remove me? That is not possible, don't waste time. I will not go in a referendum, I say that to the country and the world. It's like this: I won't go," Hugo Chavez said in November.
" - Ah, no, no, forget about fairytales."
" - Not even if we suppose that they hold that referendum and get 90% of the votes, I will not leave. Forget it. I will not leave."
This, all, from the man who personally visited Saddam Hussein in Iraq, hugged him, and called him "my brother," and then gave one million dollars to Al Qaeda right after 9/11.

More information:

Note: Juan Diaz Castillo, who is quoted in this article, just arrived in the United States. He can be contacted at

December 31, 2002

TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; alqaeda; alqaida; alqueda; binladen; castro; chavez; cuba; hugochavez; iraq; jihadnextdoor; latinamericalist; redjihad; saddamhussein; taliban; venezuela; venezuelan
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To: shanec; madfly
I always wondered why at the INA, the Iraqi news agency, Saddam or the Iraqi government congratulated Chavez all the time, and backed him.
41 posted on 12/31/2002 7:32:38 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: shanec; _Jim
Great post shanec.

Pssst..._Jim, pass this along.
42 posted on 12/31/2002 7:42:40 PM PST by Balata
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To: knighthawk
Communist Regimes and Terrorist groups and Islamic Terrorist groups have been working hand in glove for the past thirty years at least. They train at each other’s camps and share information, cash and weapons. People get stuck on the fact that one is "religious" and the other is not and can't see that they have a common goal; the destruction of the West.

When the USSR fell they all lost a major source of funding and so things became quiet for a bit. Now they are back. I hate fighting the same war more then once!

43 posted on 12/31/2002 7:48:07 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear
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To: Barnacle
Thanks and Happy New Year!


Happy New year to you also!

44 posted on 12/31/2002 7:48:58 PM PST by madfly
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45 posted on 12/31/2002 7:50:00 PM PST by madfly
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To: shanec; Sparta
I said it before and I'll say it again. Venezuela needs a Franco or a Pinochet to step up to the plate. Compare Spain and Chile (both kicking ass and taking names) to Cuba whose heroes were slaughtered at the Bay of Pigs because of that treacherous scumbag JFK. The Venezuelans can strike all they want but that S.O.B is going to have to catch a bullet with his forehead. Who's going to do it-some popularly elected official. That poor bastard will wind up in a damp cell with the jumper cables from a car battery clamped to his manhood. It's going to take a General or an Admiral to do the job.

Oh, spare me the "You must be a fascist" flames. I'm a Republican conservative and a capitalist pig to my core. I am just realistic enough to know that i's going to take a military coup to get rid of this guy. A mandate from the flag waving people isn't going to get the job done.

46 posted on 12/31/2002 7:53:33 PM PST by MattinNJ
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To: MattinNJ; shanec
Shanec posts from a site created by Venezuelian military officers who want to take out Chavez. If a coup goes down, the CIA needs their hands out of the process because they have a tendancy to screw up. Unfortunately, force will probably have to be used and a General will have to impose order until new elections are held.

BTW: I'm a libertarian Republican and an even bigger capitalist pig than most, so save the I'm a fascist flames.
47 posted on 12/31/2002 8:00:32 PM PST by Sparta
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To: madfly
48 posted on 12/31/2002 8:01:11 PM PST by SAMWolf
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To: shanec
Thanks for your post, shanec. I've not been paying attention to what's been going on lately....looks like I'd better start!
49 posted on 12/31/2002 8:01:51 PM PST by AuntB
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To: CIA; Bobibutu; MissLuluBelle
Where is the CIA? Where is our Intel community?

Interestingly enough CIA has been a registered freeper since 12-14-02.

Whoever reserved that name is just going to have to give it up. LOL!

Hey, CIA!!

50 posted on 12/31/2002 8:31:19 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: All
By the way, "FBI" is open. Someone grab it quick so we can use it to flag them. They may could use some FReeper assistance one day. ;-)
51 posted on 12/31/2002 8:33:58 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: shanec
Taking Chavez out seems like a much more important priority to me than Saddam. No one has suggested that Saddam funds al Qaeda, and Chavez is in our sphere of influence.
52 posted on 12/31/2002 8:37:50 PM PST by Deathmonger
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53 posted on 12/31/2002 8:39:46 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Deathmonger
Chavez is in our sphere of influence.

Bingo. Monroe Doctrine BTTT. The Founding Fathers never seize to amaze me with their foresight.

54 posted on 12/31/2002 8:44:42 PM PST by MattinNJ
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To: Deathmonger
No kidding. What is that called down there, the tri-country axis of al queda? There have been recent threads on that. Of course, the media has a new cloning story and an always popular missing person case they have chosen to go high profile with, when there are tragic abductions every day in this country. Any story that affects our well being as a nation, and that doesn't come from Washington, does not get passed on. Sickening.
55 posted on 12/31/2002 8:52:02 PM PST by madfly
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56 posted on 12/31/2002 8:55:20 PM PST by madfly
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57 posted on 12/31/2002 8:57:07 PM PST by madfly
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To: shanec
Hate to break it to you, but Bush and Rumsfeld don't care. Cheney doesn't care. They are either ignorant or uncaring about the Communist bloc which has formed to our south. When Brazil put a Communist, Lula, in power last year, you could barely hear a whisper from the administration.

The fact is, the Bush administration is so hellbent on Iraq that they are overlooking serious crisis points all over. Even worse they are proposing this war on Iraq is about terrorism - when in fact spots such as Venezuala and Chavez (not to mention Saudi Arabia) have a much more clear direct link to Al Qaeda.

58 posted on 12/31/2002 8:58:17 PM PST by fogarty
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To: madfly
A defector turning against their former bosses and telling tails is so common and so often filled with lies and exaggerations that I question how reliable the story really is.
59 posted on 12/31/2002 9:04:33 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: NormsRevenge
Wouldn't you give almost ANYTHING - to have input to the decision matrix that determines WHO gets their name added to the CIA "hit list"...

I would gladly serve -- with no compensation.
As list writer -- or "delivery boy"...
"Making a list, checking twice --- gonna make sure whose naughty or nice!"

Semper Fi

60 posted on 12/31/2002 9:07:53 PM PST by river rat
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