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Chavez’s Reign of Legal Terror Widens
Posted By Ray Walser On July 15, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In American Leadership | No Comments
On July 12, agents of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service raided the Caracas home of Venezuela opposition figure Alejandro Peña Esclusa [2]. According Pena’s wife, Indira de Peña [3], the intelligence operatives blatantly planted evidence including explosives about the apartment and hauled her husband off to jail on treason and terror charges.
The justification for Pena’s arrest is an alleged connection to a shadowy Salvadoran with a criminal past. The Venezuelan’s say Francisco Chavez Abarca [4] attempted to enter Venezuela on a false passport with the intent of violently disrupting the September 26 legislative elections. The Venezuelans claim Abarca is a long-time associate of anti-Castro Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles [5], who stands accused of acts of terror against the Castro regime. After incriminating Peña and other Venezuelan opposition figures, the Venezuelan government conveniently shipped Abarca off to Havana for further interrogation by Cuban intelligence and a future date with a Cuban show trial.
In addition to being active in Venezuelan politics, Peña has been a driving force behind UNO America [6], a conservative-minded action group that sought to awaken Latin America to increasing danger to freedom, prosperity and security posed by the spread of Chavez’s aggressive brand of revolutionary socialism.
On a separate front, Chavez ramped up the confrontation with senior Catholic clergy in Venezuela. He demanded a review of relations with the Vatican [7] following Cardinal Jorge Urosa’s [8] criticisms of gross Chavista mismanagement in the food industry [9] and warnings about Chavez’s authoritarian tendencies. Urosa recently stated [10] Chavez “want[s] to lead the country on the path toward Marxist Socialism, which…leads to a dictatorship.”
Chavez also claims that Dutch military aircraft [11] violated Venezuelan airspace, boasting of recently acquired Russian air capabilities [12]. Chavez’s aim is to pressure [13] the Dutch government to revoke its cooperation agreements with the U.S. that allows forward basing of U.S. anti-drug flights in the Caribbean from the island of Curacao. Before an audience of adoring left-wing philosophes [14], Chavez demanded a Caribbean free of the vestiges of colonialism with calls for independence for the Dutch Antilles, France’s Martinique, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Chavez is feeling the heat of international and domestic criticism [15] on a wide front and is reacting in predictable fashion: flailing out at the opposition, ordering arrests [16], closing media outlets [4], insulting the Catholic Church, and relying on a pyrotechnic display of nationalism to tide him through to a massive electoral victory. At home, Chavez encourages a growing climate of “legalized” terror just as abroad he pursues aradical, pro-terror policy [17].

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URL to article: http://blog.heritage.org/2010/07/15/chavez%e2%80%99s-reign-of-legal-terror-widens/
URLs in this post:
[1] Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/Hugo_Chavez090219.jpg
[2] Alejandro Peña Esclusa: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5il6w4bMCJYXZRPfANIAyw2cdwWYgD9GUEP9G0
[3] Indira de Peña: http://www.reportero24.com/2010/07/13/14748/
[4] Francisco Chavez Abarca: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/11/AR2010071103036.html?nav=emailpage
[5] Luis Posada Carriles: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6670B620100708
[6] UNO America : http://www.unoamerica.org/unoPAG/principal.php
[7] review of relations with the Vatican: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100714-712510.html
[8] Cardinal Jorge Urosa’s: http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue10299.html
[9] mismanagement in the food industry: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100628-709409.html
[10] Urosa recently stated: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100712-710964.html
[11] Dutch military aircraft: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100713-714084.html
[12] recently acquired Russian air capabilities: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100714-711949.html
[13] aim is to pressure: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/world/americas/12venez.html?_r=1
[14] adoring left-wing philosophes: http://www.abn.info.ve/node/5006
[15] domestic criticism: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/08/AR2010070802795.html
[16] ordering arrests: http://www.latimes.com/technology/sns-ap-lt-venezuela-twitter,0,6311483.story
[17] radical, pro-terror policy: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/01/State-Sponsors-of-Terrorism-Time-to-Add-Venezuela-to-the-List

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1 comment:

  1. For those who want to take a closer look into the case, I strongly recommend two things:

    1) Watch the video (with English subtitles) Mr. Peña Esclusa recorded a few hours before he was arrested by Chávez, explaining why the Venezuelan president wants to incriminate him as a terrorist. Here are the YouTube links:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQm0OO3G_jQ&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDmtMw4DhY&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQm0OO3G_jQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDmtMw4DhY

    2) Watch the video Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho recorded denouncing Chávez’s fraudulent arrest of Mr. Peña Esclusa.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jokwPgPmorI

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