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Chavez bio-weapons lab in Venezuela for Saddam and Castro
Militares Democraticos ^ | 12/19/02 | www.militaresdemocraticos.com

Posted on 12/19/2002 10:26:02 AM PST by shanec

Bio-weapons lab in Venezuela for Saddam and Castro

Remember a brief mention in the media recently about accusations that Castro had a bio-weapon lab in Cuba? Well, don't bother looking for it there anymore. It was airlifted out by a Chavez C-130 in a rush/hush mission shortly after the news story broke. It's in Venezuela now, in San Antonio Los Altos near Caracas. It is still largely crated and being watched, awaiting final destination along with Cuban technicians that came with it.

The Chavez-Castro axis is preparing a Caribbean Terror: biological weapons.

In May 2002 Fidel Castro personally went to Iran, which the U.S. labels as the world's most active supporter of terrorism. He was received by that country's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who declared that "U.S. grandeur can be broken," and that if it is, "it will be a service rendered to mankind and even the American people." Not to be outdone, Castro told the Iranians, according to the Associated Press, that the U.S. is an "imperialist king" that "will finally fall, just as your king was overthrown."

In July, Castro then sent his close confidant Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras - a congressman and the head of the Cuban-Iraqi Friendship Society - to Iraq as an envoy. This was after Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez had already been to Iraq himself, to pave the way for a Latin American Castro-Chavez pact with Saddam Hussein. As BBC reports from Iraqi TV and Iraq Radio in Baghdad, Alvarez Cambras met with Saddam Hussein to convey a "verbal message" on behalf of Castro and also with Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. The message was that Castro and Chavez wanted to work with Saddam on developing new bioweapons for use against the United States.

U.S. intelligence already have proof. Carl Ford Jr. is assistant secretary for intelligence and research at the State Department. He deals regularly with the CIA and other U.S. intelligence bodies. On June 5 2002, Ford told a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "Cuba has provided dual-use technology to rogue states. Such technology could support bioweapons programs in those states." Ford also said "We feel very confident about saying that they're working and have been working on an effort that would give them a BW--limited BW offensive capability. And that's serious enough to tell you about it."

Cuba already possesses very sophisticated recombinant technology, which Hugo Chavez discussed eagerly in personal visits with Chavez. Airforce Major Juan Diaz Castillo, the private pilot of Venezuela's Presidential Airbus, has flown Chavez to Cuba on more than a dozen such visits. Today, he is one of the resisters in permanent civil disobedience in Plaza Altamira, Caracas. Says Diaz Castillo: " - With Castro, Chavez always discussed U.S. world dominance and how it could be contained. Of the solutions discussed, the most recurring centered on biological weapons."

As a result, Cuba is today - through Venezuela - engaged in illicit biological weapons research, production, weaponization and stockpiling. They have the facilities to do medical, biotechnological research, and the facilities to build a biological weapon.

There are clear West Nile virus links between Saddam, Chavez and Castro. To the trio's delight, Saddam's remake of the West Nile Virus causes a 97% fatality rate. And now, with the Cuba-lab safely hidden with Hugo Chavez, even more is at stake.

Given the military liaisons between Cuba and Chavez, the biological warfare aspects of their mutual exchanges, their connections with Khaddafi and Saddam Hussein, and their connections to FARC, the outcome is chilling. Consider, as one Chavez insider has already done, how easily one could introduce a bioweapon to the US by contaminating cocaine.

Just thinking about these implications made Major Juan Diaz Castillo walk out and join Venezuela's opposition in calling for free and democratic elections to remove Chavez from power. " - If Chavez stays, it will not just be dangerous for Venezuela," says Major Diaz Castillo. "It will be dangerous for the whole world."


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First hint at this quick/quiet rush mission to move the Cuban bio-lab out of Cuba and onto Venezuela via Chavez C-130's was in my "Freeper Reports from Ground Zero Venezuela..." here...http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/802763/posts?

I had personally interviewed Major Castillo extensively, amongst other Venezuela officers, about this and numerous other topics when down there at the Altamira Plaza in Caracas earlier this month. These military men, IMO, are acting out of the highest integrity and concern for the fate of their country and need to be heard. These 30 Generals and other high-ranking officers know what's really going on there in Chavez's regime with most of them having left him in only the last 60 days. They also have over 18,000 other troops still within Chavez's military who are daily feeding them additional intel while awaiting their orders. See all these brave officers, risking their lives, who are together publicly and daily condemning the Chavez regime here. Click the link "Resisters" in the upper left corner for their photos and comments.

-Shane

1 posted on 12/19/2002 10:26:02 AM PST by shanec
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2 posted on 12/19/2002 10:29:19 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec; Carry_Okie; Shermy
shanec, thanks for posting this link between Chavez and Castro. Too many Americans fail to realize how dangerous Castro is to America as long as he is alive.

Mark, this if for your info. I know some Freepers thought that you might be a little overboard with comments you recently made about the introduction of a bio weapon to America via cocaine. Well, it looks like as usual you were on target before a lot of people.

Shermy, this comes as no surprise to you. Makes one wonder if the Opecker Princes and the Islamofascists like Saddam and the murdering mullahs of Iran haven't been financing Chavez for years.
3 posted on 12/19/2002 10:36:51 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: livius; cocopuff; HAL9000; Cincinatus' Wife; Tailgunner Joe; support venezuela; marron; Dog Gone
ping
4 posted on 12/19/2002 10:36:52 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec; Zviadist
Comments, if true?
5 posted on 12/19/2002 10:37:24 AM PST by Petronski
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To: shanec
Bump! Thanks for the Heads-up.

Chavez definitely has to go.

6 posted on 12/19/2002 10:41:15 AM PST by DoctorMichael
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To: backhoe; Hope from Venezuela; harpseal; Snow Bunny; archy; StriperSniper; hchutch; ppaul; ...
bump
7 posted on 12/19/2002 10:48:40 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: shanec; All
The Web of Terror

-The Fire Down South...( Latin America--)--

Castro, the Carribean, and Terrorism

Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Warfare- Survival Skills, Pt. II

The Poor-Boy Nuke-- Bioterrorism***

-All Terror, All the Time-- FR's links to NBC Warfare, Terror, and More...--

-IRAQ- some links to terror--

8 posted on 12/19/2002 10:49:05 AM PST by backhoe
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To: shanec
Looks like we'll be finding WMD where the oil is. Humm.

Richard W.

10 posted on 12/19/2002 10:58:45 AM PST by arete
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To: Grampa Dave; Cincinatus' Wife
If this is true, then Hugo Chavez is DEFINITELY an eligible receiver for the Bush Doctrine.
11 posted on 12/19/2002 10:58:45 AM PST by hchutch
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To: shanec; Zviadist
Rational consideration would focus less on the source than on the content. -- Zviadist, on another thread

Come focus on this content, Einstein.

12 posted on 12/19/2002 11:03:22 AM PST by Cincinatus
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To: Grampa Dave
"...been financing Chavez for years."

Actually, hard to say now, it's likely Chavez who is financing and/or facilitating today some of what we are going after Iraq and other terrorists for doing. And the US govt, I'm afraid, is shy about upsetting their oil imports from Ven on the eve of Iraq invasion and possible ME oil interruptions to make that connection public and say so, loud & clear!

Chavez, and his unbridled praise for, active alliances and support for/with, and openly proclaimed desire to have Venezuela become like; Cuba, Iraq, Libya, and China does not equate to a sustainable future supporter of U.S. interests or oil, not by a long-shot. But, very dangerously, just the opposite!

This is not empty rhetoric from Chavez to be ignored, but even as others have reported that he: "...has Cuban and Colombian paramilitary forces at his disposal." Where do you think they came from? And, should we be surprised to also discover that China is sufficiently comfortable with Chavez to have made more 'investments' in Venezuela than in all of the rest of South America, including Mexico, combined!

Chavez, according to the top military that have recently left him, is an active supporter of the FARC/ELN Columbian revolutionists, that US is currently fighting, and they are supported materially in exchange for lucrative drug trade that's transported via official health dept vehicles here across Venezuela with Puerto Rico as the foreign destination.

And, Chavez donated 1 million $'s to Al Queda in Afganistan shortly after 9/11. He also publicly excused his Chavista supporters burning USA flags then by saying USA brought 9/11 upon itself.

If U.S. supports Chavez by their silence, for illusion of stable oil in the short term, this administration will eventually be seen to have facilitated and allowed another, much more dangerous, Cuba in this hemisphere!

The millions of brave Venezuelans, along with his top military that have deserted him, and are now in the streets protesting Chavez's cubanization of their beloved country know it all too clearly, they've been having to live through it...

Variations of that same "NO CUBA HERE!" sentiment is on a lot of those banners being carried down there right now...

We all here in the U.S.A. better get up-to-speed on this historic fight for freedom in Venezuela that'll surely impact us here, and quick, too!

Attitude-wise, we could hope here in the USA for no better allies than the Venezuelan people. According to the just published 2002 Global Attitudes Survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington; 82% have a favorable opinion of the USA, and that is amongst the highest ratings of all the 44 countries surveyed. And, in regard to supporting the US led war on terrorism, 79% favor it while only 20% oppose it!

Clearly, no country in South America holds more promise for being a strong and effective ally and supporter of the USA, perhaps none better in this entire Hemisphere, *when* Chavez is gone and remnants of his regime are fully rooted out. Also, though, there is no current government in this hemisphere that is a more "Clear & Present Danger" to the USA with the continuation and expansion of Hugo Chavez type initiatives. Unchecked, Chavez will be able to do throughout this hemisphere what Fidel and Saddam have only dreamed/wished they could do!

-Shane

13 posted on 12/19/2002 11:05:47 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Where's Chavez on the Axis of Evil?
14 posted on 12/19/2002 11:18:58 AM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
Where's Chavez on the Axis of Evil?

Depends on how much of his oil we can grab.

Richard W.

15 posted on 12/19/2002 11:22:07 AM PST by arete
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To: DoctorMichael
Chavez is going down.
16 posted on 12/19/2002 11:25:37 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: shanec
Thanks for your great insight.

Sounds like some of the best allies we have in the world and this hemisphere are the Venezuelians.

This alone should be the end of Chavez: Chavez donated 1 million $'s to Al Queda in Afganistan shortly after 9/11. He also publicly excused his Chavista supporters burning USA flags then by saying USA brought 9/11 upon itself.

17 posted on 12/19/2002 11:28:03 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: hchutch
Chavez should be a prime principle to receive the Pre Emptive effect of the Bush Doctrine just for this:

Chavez donated 1 million $'s to Al Queda in Afganistan shortly after 9/11. He also publicly excused his Chavista supporters burning USA flags then by saying USA brought 9/11 upon itself.

Then if he and his commy friends, including Tio Fidel are involved in bio terror stuff, they should be taken out.

18 posted on 12/19/2002 11:30:52 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: shanec
I find it unlikely that Castro or Chavez would make a move to acquire WMD, although it is possible. Anything is possible. It is a rare tyrant who would go so far as to put his people and country at risk of total destruction, although examples certainly exist: Saddam, Hitler being the most outrageous. Chavez and Castro don't seem the type; just being a tyrant wouldn't in itself be sufficient.

Another thing, though, the Communists seem linked to Alqaida. So Chavez support to Alqaida seems possible. It is an attempted power grab by the have-nots. Same old story. The link between Alqaida and WMD seems speculative, and there is a lot of speculation.

20 posted on 12/19/2002 11:39:48 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: Sparta
"Where's Chavez on the Axis of Evil?"

No where to be seen apparently. He's got oil the USA needs, especially on the eve of ME hostilities.

I don't advocate US intervention there, I'd prefer to see Chavez removed unquestionably legally, under their current constitution, as the next administration there really needs that no-question legit start in the world community.

BUT, what do the Venezuelans do when their President is clearly acting UNconstitutionally, everybody knows it there cause many with him previously have come out 'spilling the beans' with documentation and proof, AND now 20 valid cases against him, any of which would have him removed from office, have been sitting stalled at the Supreme Court. The court that he has packed so obviously with his own supporters who don't follow any semblance of the 'rule of law' that many other justices have since quit in protest, just like his top military has now.

It's very telling when even his mentor abondons him. Luis Miquilena, who taught him politics when he wasn't thinking past just his first coup attempt, and who also then became his first Vice President, and Minister of Interior & Justice, and was actually Head of the Commission that wrote that new Constitution of 1999, is an elderly gentleman who lives around the corner from where I stay there in Atamira Plaza. He had first come out vigorously against him this past spring. In fact, a week ago last Saturday, he was on TV again denouncing him as having gone off the deep end in his unbridled lust for power.

That tells me Hugo Chavez either changed along the way or fooled everyone all along, either way he's not today what most folks who voted for him thought he was going to be. And, the Venezuelans overhwhelmingly have had enough of him as their unprecedented national general strike and record-breaking marches of millions show the world almost daily.

Anyways, They (USA) don't need to have people on the ground there doing anything that would be seen as intrusive, but they do need to be vocal about all that he's up to, loud & clear. I'm afraid they won't even do that.

USA rants & raves about terrorist nations the world over, but giving Chavez a pass now, IMO, will be later revealed as the greatest administration blunder ever when Chavez begins fulfilling his goals to infect all of the Southern Hemisphere with his Bolivarian revolution. (Not even mentioning the potential for terrorism right here!)

Think Fidel Castro with no embargo restrictions and with billions of dollars at his disposal and the 5th largest oil reserves and an unending desire to export the revolution and terrorism throughout the region, and that's what you've got right now with Chavez.

The world needs to know that and the USA from the Oval office on down should be leading the charge telling all. Then let the world media, OAS and UN try and still side step their need and obligation to fully expose, villify and condemn him. They won't be able to or they will be exposed as shills for the tyrants by all.

This is fixing to be Cuba all over again, but 1,000 times more dangerous to this hemisphere, if this valiant effort by the Venezuelan people to regain their country is ignored by the USA.

-Shane

21 posted on 12/19/2002 11:41:06 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Great thread, Shane. Thanks. Who would have thought a few years ago that you would find yourself a first-hand witness of these events, eh?
22 posted on 12/19/2002 11:54:30 AM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Grampa Dave; Dog Gone
Well, it looks like as usual you were on target before a lot of people.

It was too obvious to ignore. One has only to accept that these thugs really do mean to do us in and take what we've got. Once that gets though one's own thick skull, one need only search for easy means, just as they would.

Unfortunately, our society provides them a great many avenues by which to do us harm, all in service to our more ephemeral and self-destructive "needs": cheap labor, cheap thrills, cheap domestic help, a handy dependent constituency, a source of dependable administrative jobs handing out tax money, whatever.

One has to doubt that the globalist, open borders crowd really doesn't understand all that. Tragically, that leads to some rather unpleasant conclusions.

23 posted on 12/19/2002 11:57:45 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: shanec
This is fixing to be Cuba all over again, but 1,000 times more dangerous to this hemisphere, if this valiant effort by the Venezuelan people to regain their country is ignored by the USA.

Bump, bump and bump again.

24 posted on 12/19/2002 11:58:29 AM PST by livius
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To: Carry_Okie
Good points in your reply.

This is the scary part for me: One has to doubt that the globalist, open borders crowd really doesn't understand all that. Tragically, that leads to some rather unpleasant conclusions.

25 posted on 12/19/2002 12:06:40 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: nanrod
Thanks! I got really into this posting and forgot to bookmark it. I have now done that, thanks to you!
26 posted on 12/19/2002 12:08:44 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Sparta

A New Axis of Evil


27 posted on 12/19/2002 12:08:48 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Zviadist
Let's hear what you have to say about this.
28 posted on 12/19/2002 12:14:06 PM PST by fella
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To: Tailgunner Joe; *Castro Watch
thanks for the ping
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29 posted on 12/19/2002 12:17:21 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: Nita Nuprez
"Who would have thought a few years ago that you would find yourself a first-hand witness of these events, eh?"

Nita, I sit here and shake my head at the curious turn of events that led to all this, and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to shed some light on it, and frustrated to no end at the media here that sorta reports the Venezualans are 'upset' with Chavez there, but fails to illuminate why.

The people there know the Cuban road Chavez has UNconstitutionally dragged them onto, and are aghast at what's to become of their beloved country. They are Freepers on overdrive! I was very much at home there amongst them!

-Shane

30 posted on 12/19/2002 12:40:05 PM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Fidel, Saddam and Hugo --An improbable but growing friendship of three military revolutionariesSource: International Herald Tribune Published: Dec 29, 2000 Author: Tad Szulc - ***The improbable but growing friendship of three military revolutionaries - Fidel Castro of Cuba, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela - poses a challenge to U.S. interests and to President-elect George W. Bush. It is a friendship with considerable power: Venezuela and Iraq are among the top 10 oil exporters. Cuba is a beneficiary of their largesse and, in Venezuela's case, a mentor of revolution.

Meanwhile, United Nations economic sanctions against Iraq, imposed after the Persian Gulf War nearly 10 years ago, and the four-decade U.S. embargo against Cuba, following the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, are crumbling. Allies and U.S. businesses are increasingly violating or ignoring both embargoes, and there is nothing Washington seems able to do about it. Earlier this month, the UN Security Council overrode U.S. objections and released $525 million from its Iraqi oil fund for use in upgrading Mr. Saddam's oil industry.

The Castro-Hussein-Chávez connection is anti-American and anti-capitalistic, but not in an ideological way. What matters to the three is domestic power built upon a base of nationalism that they believe legitimizes their policies

In a way, this bizarre trio represents the rebirth, a half century later, of the kind of nationalist populism spawned by General Juan Perón in Argentina and Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt. Mr. Castro and Mr. Saddam gained power through armed revolutions; Mr. Chávez, a paratroopers' lieutenant colonel, was democratically elected in 1998, after serving time for trying to overthrow the government in 1992.

Mr. Chávez is the most intriguing new leader to emerge in Latin America since Mr. Castro - and he is the lynchpin between Mr. Castro and Mr. Saddam. Although Cuba had been sending doctors and health workers to Iraq for years, there had not been any major contacts between the two countries until Mr. Chávez appeared on the scene. This fall, Mr. Chávez became the first democratically elected foreign head of state to visit Iraq since the Gulf War, ostensibly to invite Mr. Saddam to a summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. But it also was an in-your face gesture toward the United States…………….***

Fidel Castro - Cuba

Hugo Chavez - Venezuela

31 posted on 12/19/2002 1:06:19 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: shanec
ping for later.
32 posted on 12/19/2002 1:18:37 PM PST by HighRoadToChina
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To: shanec
It's very interesting to see this kind of information on the Internet. Typically, in the past, such data was kept quiet, and cover stories used to explain U.S. actions.

A good example of this was Operation Urgent Fury, ostensibly a mission to rescue American medical students from the island of Grenada. In fact, the primary objective of Urgent Fury was to secure several ballistic missile silos that were being built there by both Cubans and Russians, as well as taking control of a strategic 10,000-foot-long runway.

Why keep such a thing secret? Because managing public opinion in such cases is much harder than spinning a cover story. Particularly, the disposition of the Cuban and Russian prisoners would have been much more complicated if it were done publicly. A lesson of the Cold War.

In this case, I imagine the Cuban bio-lab (if it does, indeed, exist) will soon be receiving a late-night visit from Delta Force.

33 posted on 12/19/2002 1:32:53 PM PST by Imal
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To: Sparta
"Where's Chavez on the Axis of Evil?"

Oh, didn't anyone tell you? Like MFN-granted China, Chavez is one of America's "strategic allies."

34 posted on 12/19/2002 1:43:30 PM PST by Gargantua
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To: shanec
Welcome back! Your reporting is the best there is, bar none. The alphabet news is avoiding this.

More, more, more!
35 posted on 12/19/2002 2:05:58 PM PST by MonroeDNA
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To: shanec
BTW, Nita, another thing that irks me about the media coverage here. When they show video of the protestors, they usually are showing just the rag-tag rock-throwing Pro-Chevez minority, but not identifying them as such.

The people I saw in the marches, supporting the striking oil workers, and at Altamira Plaza with the military that have left Chavez...

Venezuela

...were clean cut, flag-waving, all standing at attention when their National Anthem played, type folks. All ages; elderly couples, families with kids on bikes, lots of young single adults. You'd of been proud to have had this caliber patriot shoulder-to-shoulder at any Freeper event!

Venezuela

Brought tears to my eyes when not even 40 minutes after the Friday night (12/6) massacre there at the Altamira Plaza...

Venezuela Venezuela Venezuela
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Venezuela Venezuela Venezuela
Venezuela Venezuela Venezuela

...where over 30 were shot and three died, about a third of the 2,000 who had run and dived for cover came back out openly to resume their program. They were defiantly and loudly proclaiming that they would not be intimidated by Hugo Chavez and his cowardly hired thugs! (This was under the risk of more gunfire there, which actually did happen later on, too.) The intense sense of historical purpose in doing so was inherently understood by all still there. What it required of them at that annointed time was evident in their energy and determination and would have surely made our own founding fathers proud! The last victims had only just been removed and the blood upon the Plaza was still wet and glistening, yet these Venezuelans had a in-your-face & up-yours message to deliver to Chavez that could not wait and only makes me more eager to see them successfully deliver it!

-Shane

36 posted on 12/19/2002 2:09:27 PM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Depends what news you watch.

In Australia on the SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) that is government owned there is a program called Cutting Edge.

Couple months back it had overview of the coup attempt in Venezuela.

It talked about how the whole thing was organised by the CIA, then talked about the snipers that shot those people on the streets. Then how the TV showed one video of police firing and another video of people getting hit but the two videos where from two seperate events in two different locations.

The Cutting Edge show was just blasting the CIA for organising the coup.

We are getting different picture on world events down here I think.

37 posted on 12/19/2002 2:22:26 PM PST by bobi
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To: bobi
bobi,
Being on scene I got to see some of these guys that were caught and their ID's. Four of the attackers from the 12/6 Friday night massacre were promptly caught, two confirmed as govt employees.

Also, before the massacre, early Friday morning, at 2:50 AM I awoke to shots being fired into the Plaza from drive-by assailants. (The Altamira Plaza is 'going' 24/7 with speakers and crowds here.) Fortunately, no injuries reported and the capable security teams (of the ex-military here) pursued and captured them and they were discovered to be two card-carrying DIM (Division de Intelligencia Militar) agents. They were turned over to the local police, who are also overwhelmingly anti-Chavez, but with the aid of a Chavez appointed judge were promptly ´absolved´ and are now gone.

Then, on Saturday morning, after the massacre, two more potantial assailants were caught at about 10 AM local time, coming into the Plaza. They were armed with a five shot revolver and Taurus 9mm. I examined the ID carried by both and they were Chavez MVR Party members and one is a MVR political appointee, a Comisario, which I have been told, is like a constable in the US. He was from the state of Anzoategui, which is about 6 hours away, long ways from home he was.

Anyways, I'm convinced Chavez regime fully capable and willing and behind unleashing this sort of intimidation violence against his opposition, let's hope it doesn't get much worse.

-Shane

38 posted on 12/19/2002 2:46:20 PM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
I asked a friend of ours, who is working in Venezuela, where the oil money was going. He thought that it was being funneled to other leftists in South America, such as the one who just won election in Brazil.
39 posted on 12/19/2002 2:49:11 PM PST by Eva
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To: shanec
Once again I have to thank you for all of the awesome reporting. I am new to FR and through out this crisis I've been absolutelly lost looking for reliable information. My family is in Venezuela and the almost daily phone calls were getting expensive. Also your words about venezuelans brings tears to my eyes-you've got it right baby! Chavez picked the wrong people to mess with.
PS: What is bump?
40 posted on 12/19/2002 3:26:48 PM PST by cocopuff
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To: shanec
Interesting.

Keep on reporting.

I have to admit all the stories one gets to see on TV on any issue are all very well prepared.

I do have my own opinion and prejudice on political issues as any normal human being but I always want to get news. Can we name this Shane Eyewitnessnews Service.

41 posted on 12/19/2002 5:07:14 PM PST by bobi
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To: shanec
Hugo must go.

His playmates are our enemies.

Castro, Qadafy, Saddam, Khomeini, Jiang Zemin.

China is in Cuba:

China Reform Monitor No. 449, May 23, 2002

American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, D.C.

May 12

China has replaced Russia as Fidel Castro's main partner for electronic espionage and other activities directed against the United States in the Western hemisphere, NewsMax.Com reports in an article that first appeared in the April 2002 American Legion Magazine. Until recently, Russia paid Castro more than $200 million annually in much-needed hard currency for use of its massive electronic spy station at Lourdes. In a surprise move, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly withdrew his support and 1,500 advisers from Cuba in the wake of the September 11th attacks on Washington and New York. Now China, which had been building its own spy stations in Cuba, has supplanted the Russians as Castro's primary electronic espionage partner. Beijing has built a sophisticated new signals intelligence complex in Bejucal, Cuba, operating under the cover of Radio China.

In addition to being used for espionage, these installations are reportedly part of a robust cyber-warfare capability Castro is developing. The FCC has stated they are capable of interfering with U.S. communications and air traffic control. In one incident originating in Cuba, the report adds, U.S. officials claim that Chinese operatives sent a message to New York air traffic control replicating U.S. military fight codes and falsely identifying themselves as U.S. military transport planes - a chilling indication of things to come.

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As for why "the media" does not accurately report the tyrant Chavez opposed by valiant Venezuelans--

"The media" are suck-ups to Castro, viz. Dan Rather and Bahbah Wahwah in their nauseating obeisance.

The Great Nobel Pizza Prize Winner Jimmah Peanut got chapped lips from kissing El Chancre Grande's behind.

There is organized danger in our hemisphere. The Demrats have embraced it, and through the Boland Amendment and like actions has allowed it to fester.

The handing off of our Canal to the ChiComs is of particular note.

In the inverted worldview of the leftist propaganda machine, Castro and Chavez are good; while their opposition is demonized--viz. the Elian debacle.

Chavez has a lead deficiency which could be cured with a single well-placed shot.

Good hunting.

42 posted on 12/19/2002 7:25:31 PM PST by PhilDragoo
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To: bobi
Thank you Shane, whoever you are! (I am new to FR).

The only regular media news I have is the radio (I don't have electricity or TV). And the valley I live in is so far away from everything that just about the only radio station available is NPR!! Today they "reported" about the protesters against Chavez in V. and directly said that the people who oppose him are the wealthy, kept mentioning their meetings in plush hotels by swimming pools etc . And those who like Chavez are the noble poor who have been downtrodden by everyone else, but he builds them homes. I hate NPR.
It's great to have eyewitness news!
43 posted on 12/19/2002 7:35:43 PM PST by First Amendment
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To: Nogbad; Mitchell
fyi
44 posted on 12/19/2002 7:39:58 PM PST by keri
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Ping!
45 posted on 12/19/2002 8:52:32 PM PST by mafree
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To: shanec
Excellent reporting - thank you. Heavy duty prayers going up for the people of Venezuela and the powers that be to end this blatant evil plague on our hemisphere - starting in Venezuela and continuing on to Cuba! VIVA VENEZUELANS!
46 posted on 12/20/2002 1:58:48 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: livius; cocopuff; HAL9000; Cincinatus' Wife; Tailgunner Joe; support venezuela; marron; Dog Gone
Some have asked where 'San Antonio Los Altos' is that this Cuban Bio-Weapons Lab is now being hidden in here in Venezuela. Here is a map showing the general location on the outskirts of Caracas...

-Shane

47 posted on 12/20/2002 9:09:49 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec

People walk past a banner against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas December 6, 2002. Venezuela's opposition has its fingers on the country's jugular vein, as a strike cuts off the world's fifth-largest source of oil exports and throttles the economy in a campaign to force leftist President Chavez to go. Banner reads 'Chavez Go To Cuba.' REUTERS/Chico Sanchez
48 posted on 12/20/2002 9:30:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
As you well know, that same basic theme of "NO CUBA HERE!" is reapeated everywhere on Opposition marcher's banners, too, throughout Venezuela.

For new readers to this thread, be sure to also see the follow-up thread detailing Chavez recent desperation moves to now Quash Venezuela Strikers & Opposition

-Shane

49 posted on 12/21/2002 10:13:34 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
***"NO CUBA HERE!" is reapeated everywhere***

And that is a very good thing!

50 posted on 12/21/2002 10:33:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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