(Este post en español aquí)
Today the New York Times has an article today noting that while Hugo Chavez keeps denying that his Government is helping the Colombian FARC guerrillas, Venezuelan officials keep helping the terrorist group by arranging weapons deals and allowing them identity cards and to move freely around the country. The evidence for this, according to the New York Times, was computer material that points to collaborations between the Chavez administration and the FARC guerrillas as recent as a few weeks ago.
It turns out that during a recent raid, the Colombian military captured emails among the current FARC leadership and in them Ivan Marquez says that the acquisition of a variety of weapons for the guerrilla group was being “facilitated” by none other than General Henry Rangel Silva who until last month was the Head of police intelligence and known FARC supporter, Minister and spy extraordinaire Ramon Rodriguez Chacin.
What is clear from this is that Mr. Rangel Silva does a lot of the dirty work for President Chavez. The US Government has already accused the General of aiding drug trafficking. Additionally, Mr. Rangel Silva was the man that coordinated the attempt to cover up the infamous Maletagate case. In testimony in the Miami Court, Carlos Kauffman stated that the whole cover up of the 800,000 dollars in cash that Guido Antonini brought in the PDVSA plane to Buenos Aires began at a meeting in Rangel Silva’s office. This was later ratified by Moises Maionica another one of the men accused in the Maletagate case.
Given that Maletagate was a PDVSA operation, bringing n Rangel Silva shows what a key man he has become for Chavez, that he comes in to clean up the mess PDVSA left behind, except that the FBI was waiting for them when they came to Miami to convince Antonini to help in the cover up.
But the scary thing is that two or three weeks ago Chavez removed Rangel Silva and moved him to the Presidency of CANTV, a move that some have interpreted as Chavez trying take some of the heat off by moving the dirty General to a cushy position. But I have to agree with Quico, that this is a very ominous move at a time that the most basic elements of our freedom are being attacked frontally by the Chavez administration.
First of all, I don’t think Chavez cares much about whether Gen. Rangel Silva is or not considered to be a key man in drug trafficking in Venezuela. Chavez allows the drug trafficking to go on and knows about it, or did you really think nobody can go south of Amazonas State for security reasons?
But when Chavez moves one of his top spooks and henchmen into the Presidency of the phone company, this is no coincidence, this is in preparation to begin an intense campaign of both spying and limiting our basic rights. There can be no other interpretation to this. And it is downright scary…
Chavez’ super spook is now in charge of shutting us up!