CARACAS, Nov 19, 2004 (Venezuelanalysis.com/Alia2)
State prosecutor Danilo Anderson was the victim of a car-bomb assassination last night, causing consternation among Venezuelans who enjoyed several weeks of relative calm after President Hugo Chavez won a recall referendum.
Anderson was in charge of prosecuting several opponents of President Hugo Chavez accused of participating in the April 11th, 2002 coup d'etat.
Anderson's SUV was blown up as he was on his way home after attending a univsersity graduate course in the Caracas neighborhood of Los Chaguaramos.
According to the scientific police (CICPC), two explosions ripped through Anderson's vehicle approximately five minutes after starting his car. Consumed by flames, Anderson's yellow Toyota Autana continued forward after the explosions, eventually crashing into a store.
Caracas firefighters were the first to the scene, responding to calls by local witnesses to the explosion. They were joined shortly thereafter by members of Venezuela's military intelligence police (DISIP), the scientific police (CICPC), the National Guard, Metropolitan Police, Caracas Police, and Military Police. By 12am this morning, high governmental officials including Vice-President José Vicente Rangel, Ministers of Information, Justice and the Interior, and Energy and Mines and the Attorney General had arrived at the scene of the explosion.
Government spokesmen refrained from making any official declarations on the identity of the victim until forensics experts had positively identified the body as state prosecutor Danilo Anderson's late Friday morning. Shortly after arriving at the scene of the crime in the early hours of Friday morning, Minister of Justice and the Interior Jesse Chacon stated "there is no doubt that what took place was an assassination... Whoever did it prepared it with premeditation, and sufficient time." "Anderson had bodyguards assigned to him," continued Chacon, "but whenever he attended his class he dismissed them. It was a routine he had, and we assume that his murder was planned on this routine."
A visibly disturbed Attorney General of the Republic Isaías Rodríguez declared at the site that "we will find the guilty parties if we have to dig up the Earth, look under every stone. And the guilty parties will be found."
A state prosecutor in the eye of the storm
The 38-year-old Danilo Anderson's official post is as State Prosecutor with national jurisdiction. During the April 2002 attempted coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Anderson was instrumental in getting the state television channel back on the air, at which point the state channel made the first public announcement declaring that Chavez supporters had retaken power.
As a result, Anderson was personally designated by the Attorney General to act as state prosecutor. Anderson had recently gotten headlines for his controversial investigations into the violence that occurred during the April 2002 coup.
Three cases in particular had given the State Prosecutor a high profile. He was in charge of accusations made against members of the Metropolitan police, accused firing against civilians on April 11th, 2002 on the Puente Llaguno (one block from the presidential palace in Caracas). These killings were initially pinned on Chavista supporters by Venezuela's private mainstream media, and they were used by dissident military officers as justification for the coup.
Anderson's office was also pursuing the indictment of Henrique Capriles Radonsky, mayor of the wealthy Caracas municipality of Baruta for allowing attacks on the Cuban embassy and thus violating its sovereignty, on April 12th, 2002. Most recently, Anderson had subpoenaed approximately 400 people who had signed the dictatorial decree by which Chamber of Commerce (FEDECAMARAS) president Pedro Carmona abolished the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the National Assembly, fired the Ombudsman, the Attorney General, as self-declared interim President during the April coup.
Anderson's dynamic image of a capable state prosecutor whose public statements were notoriously precise and professional, won him systematic attacks from the opposition and the private media to the extreme of personal offense and slander.
The return of terror
Although car bombings are rare in Venezuela, Anderson's murder is not the first time that explosives have been used in Venezuela in recent years. Political violence has lurked in the shadows in a Venezuelan context of fierce political battles over the controversial rule of President Chavez. The consistent failure of the opposition to force Chavez' resignation despite an attempted coup, four failed general strikes, and 9 electoral contests have convinced some sectors of the opposition of the need for violence.
In 2003 the Colombian and Spanish embassies were bombed by a violent faction of the opposition to Chavez, and later that year a telecommunications building was also bombed. This third bombing led government investigators to issue arrest warrants for several former Venezuelan military officers, including Gen. Gonzalez Gonzalez, and Gen. Felipe Rodriguez. Gen. Rodriguez gave an interview with Miami Herald correspondent Phil Gunson earlier this year from Miami, where the General declared he was going underground to lead a clandestine guerilla war against President Chavez.
Most recently, 130 Colombian paramilitaries were discovered and arrested on the Caracas property of Cuban exile and Venezuelan citizen Robert Alonso. While political violence has had a sporadic presence in Venezuela over the past two years this is the first time that one individual has been the specific target of this type of action.
Despite the official refusal to speculate as to the identities and possible motivations of the perpetrators responsible for Anderson's death, government spokespeople have not hesitated in clearly identifying it as a reprehensible terrorist act.
Amid a situation in which the country had seemed to recover tranquility after the referendum and the regional elections, this act of extreme violence once again raises the specter of a possible dirty war in Venezuela.
Quinto Dia columnist Sebastiana Barraez recalls that slain state prosecutor, Danilo Anderson phoned her after an interview to say she was the first interview in which a reporter put down exactly what he said. "I called him by phone around midday on they day they killed him ... it was brief and to the point."
Anderson told us that he would charge all those that signed the Carmona Act on April 12, 2002 ... "there are several wanted for embezzlement."
Anderson never liked politics, Barraez comments, and to call him the "state prosecutor of the Revolution" is incorrect because it gives the impression that he was partialized against the opposition.
During the interview, Danilo insisted that he was above all a professional ... "it's true that I have key cases against the opposition but I succeeded in sentencing the ultra-Chavist Manuel Arias ... I used a legal recourse because I believed that the Llaguno Bridge Shooters must respond for use of firearms and public intimidation ... I denied Freddy Bernal's complaint against the garbage company."
Danilo wasn't liked by fellow state prosecutors ... only 6 attended his funeral.
For Danilo, justice was for everyone and he never understood why the security forces had not arrested military officers, such as General Gonzalez Gonzalez and Felipe Rodriguez.
VHeadline.com editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: In a thoroughly unprofessional report from Bloomberg's Peter Wilson in Caracas, the financial news service's subscribers around the world have been misinformed in a story claiming that Venezuela has jailed two brothers suspected of being involved in the November 18 assassination of prosecutor Danilo Anderson.
Wilson twists a prosecutor's office press statement to claim that the government of President Hugo Chavez Frias had "requested" that the 34th Control Court should jail Roland and Otoniel Guevara, currently being investigated for premeditated murder in Anderson's death.
A clue to Wilson's journalistic failures probably comes in the fact that he cites (translated!) an El Nacional report, continuing that "the brothers are being held at the political police's headquarters in Caracas and may also face terrorism charges."
The truth of the matter is that the Guevara brothers were arrested in a wholly legitimate police operation last Friday and appeared in court Monday to answer charges lodged by properly authorized prosecutors.
Quite naturally, the Guevaras' lawyer, Pedro Miguel Castillo, has said that both his clients are innocent but added that they had been tortured and the accusations against them "are the work of a monstrous mind (left unsaid who!)".
Castillo told Globovision (of course!) that he was "indignant with how justice works here'' in Venezuela, yet proper procedures have been observed 24/7 with his clients facing charges properly filed to a responsible court which must decide guilt or innocence.
Bloomberg's Peter Wilson displays his bias and sidesteps the niceties of contemporary justice by claiming that the Guevara brother have been jailed at the request of the government when, in reality, they have been remanded in custody on an application by the prosecuting attorney and at the legitimate decision of the presiding court judge, pending further investigations and an eventual court trial -- wholly normal procedure in criminal cases even north of the Rio Grande.
Venezuelan police arrested three men in connection with the Nov. 18 assassination of the public prosecutor who was investigating a 2002 coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez, El Nacional reported, citing security officials.
One suspect was arrested late yesterday on the tourist island of Margarita, the newspaper said, citing Carlos Quilelli Nunez, who heads the island's intelligence police. The suspect's name wasn't released. Brothers Roland and Otoniel Guevara were also arrested yesterday in the central industrial state of Carabobo, the newspaper said, citing Interior and Justice Minister Jesse Chacon. The article contained no comment from the brothers or anyone representing them.
Chacon also said that police are investigating a separate yet related incident in which lawyer Antonio Lopez, killed in a shootout with police on Nov. 23, and whether he had ties to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the newspaper said.
Venezuelan Information Minister Andres Izarra last week accused the U.S. of harboring Cuban and Venezuelan exile groups with links with the killing to public prosecutor Danilo Anderson, 38. U.S. State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez in Washington called the allegation "false and baseless."
(EL Nacional 11-27)
THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER editor Bob Chapman writes: The dominance of the Bush administration in Latin America is most certainly on the decline... the region is no longer America's backyard and governments are no longer available on demand. November 28, 2004
Over the past several years, China has turned to South America, Australia, North Africa and the Middle East to solve its commodity needs.
They are buying huge quantities of iron ore, bauxite, tin, oil, copper, soybeans, timber, zinc and manganese from Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela and Chile. They have just signed US$30 billion in contracts.
The US, preoccupied with its invasions and occupations, has attached little importance to China's rising profile in the region.
Latin America is drifting away from US influence, and China's involvement is expediting that process. China has dollars and they are more than willing to spend them in the best places, where they do the most good.
Of course, their attempt to have Venezuela's President Mr. Chavez removed from office and their attempts to assassinate him ... no matter what his politics ... has made George and the neo-cons very unpopular.
On top of that, we see the US-backed opposition blowing up a state prosecutor, who was investigating Venezuelans who were being funded by the CIA.
That is not diplomacy ... it is barbarism.
Chinese investment is sorely needed throughout the region. Brazil has repeatedly floated the idea of a strategic alliance with Beijing. That would put Brazil in a position to demand more trade concessions from the US.
• (Brazilian) President Luiz Ignacio Lula de Silva has been hinting at negotiating a free trade agreement with China ... the Chinese inroads in the region already are large.
Times are changing in Latin America and we see no change of attitude coming from George and the neo-cons. We will have to wait for a new administration in four years to reverse the trend and effect change. In the meantime, China has the field virtually to itself.
The US State Department is upset that the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) ... which receives its funding from the Congress of the United States ... is the subject of a legal case via direct grantee Sumate. NED president Carl Gershman went to Venezuela to try to meet with President Chavez to influence the case, but was surprised when the executive branch refused to meet with him.
This was an attempt to interfere with due process of law and another arrogant move by the perpetrators to ask Venezuela to cover their tracks after they attempted to overthrow Mr. Chavez' government.
George W. Bush has to be insane to believe he can send an emissary to interfere with the judicial process after he has attempted to overthrow a duly-elected government and financed the attempted assassination of Venezuela's President.
Mr. Greshman's presence was the first time he visited a foreign nation to defend NED's interest. It is also the first nation that has challenged NED's attempts at foreign revolution.
Other Sumate defenders are US Representatives Christopher Cox and Gregory Meeks (NED board members, and Senator John McCain, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who chair the NED, core grantee organizations -- The International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.
• There is no question that NED is an instrument that finances and leads coup d'etat when "democracy" does not fit their model.
Since Greshman's visit had been a failure, operatives were then set to spread terror in Caracas. This is the same group of elitists who have spread terror and the message of terror in the US and throughout the world. These elitists who run the US government are seldom challenged in such a manner, so you can expect an escalation of their terror tactics. They want to control Venezuelan oil and will do anything toward that end. Iraq is a good example of just how far they will go to control sources of oil.
President Bush's visit to Santiago, Chile to attend the Asia Pacific summit was greeted by riots and protests, 100 people were arrested. Thousands swarmed through the city with banners declaring, "Fascist Bush is a terrorist." Protestors say 70,000 marched against Bush the terrorist.
We wonder if Brazil will be the next victim of regime change by George and the neo-cons. Brazil is developing a nuclear program putting it on a collision course with the US. Brazil has refused to permit UN inspectors' unfettered access to the Resende uranium enrichment plant ... about 100 miles from Rio. The country says the plant is involved in the enrichment of uranium to a low percentage needed for nuclear power stations, which generate electricity and not to the 95% required in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Brazil says they are protecting their technology in keeping the UN out. For over 15 years, there has been debate over Brazil's intentions.
• The orchestration of pro-National Endowment for Democracy has begun ... the brainwashing and the psywar program are now underway internationally in order to cover the evil deeds of the Bush administration.
US Congressman Tom Lantos, (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House International Relations Committee, has introduced House Resolution 867 expressing support for NED and protesting the "unjust prosecution" of Sumate for using US tax dollars to rig an election to unseat President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
NED is an elitist, CIA, black operations-front employed in numerous facets of overthrowing governments. The result of their recent attempt of regime change was a referendum re-certifying Mr. Chavez' presidency as he won 59% of the vote.
NED is known for bringing what they call democracy and justice to South Africa. A government that is Marxist and is in the process of confiscating private property in the name of black empowerment. There efforts are ripping the country apart.
NED is a change agent ... it is embedded in a country under a humanitarian cover and then proceeds to bring about change in behalf of world elitists who ultimately desire world government.
The CIA planned and executed the riots and coup two years ago in Venezuela, and they, in all likelihood, arranged the execution of prosecutor Danilo Anderson ... so no one would investigate the operations of NED, which has been used to try to overthrow a democratically elected President.
Lantos' rant is disinformation at its best ... calculated to confuse the issue and throw blame on the Chavez government in order to continue their attempt at regime change. Lantos' and his government accomplices are lying, as usual. They have just assassinated an innocent public servant doing his job for his country and arrogantly defend their NED spy operation, what arrogance.
That unfortunately has become the hallmark of US diplomacy in recent years.
If they are not with you, murder them.
Murders by forces working with the US government will not stop the investigations and the truth will be told. The truth is something the elitists do not want exposed. Venezuela will show it has a strong democratic government as it pursues these evil people and brings them to justice.
In Venezuela the number of people unemployed has dropped from 2.16 million to 1.8 million persons. The informal sector is estimated to be 31.5% of the economically active population and unemployment currently stands at 15%. Formal sector employment is up 47.3% from the same period last year. 84% of these in formal sector jobs belong to the private sector compared to 16% in the public sector. On 11/2/04, the monthly unemployment figures had dropped from 16.7% to 14.5% between 9/03 and 9/04.
A long time friend of Danilo Anderson, who was assassinated two weeks ago ... Carlos Herrera, claims Anderson was under pressure by the government and on 11/27/04 planned to summon Venezuelan bankers Aristides Maza and Ignacio Salvatierra for signing the Pedro Carmona Decree on 4/12/02. Anderson said he was going to prohibit their leaving the country and that some lawyers at the bank threatened his life...
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