Oh boy, that Wikileaks data-dump that came out today is yielding some nuggets. Here’s some truly disgusting (and very in-character) dirt on the US State Dept. and its activities in Latin America…
The digital page of the Spanish newspaper El País revealed that US diplomats tried to get various countries in Latin America to isolate Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, according to secret documents released by Wikileaks.El País tells of the “efforts” of US diplomats “to court Latin American countries to isolate Hugo Chávez of Venezuela,” without publishing the pertinent document distributed by Wikileaks.Wikileaks distributed secret information from the US State Department to the Spanish newspaper, as well as the British Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde of France, and Der Spiegel of Germany.According to the documents, the US secretary of state requested information on the “state of mental health” of Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández. The pertinent document was not published by El País. The paper indicated that on Monday it will offer details over this revelation and “the suspicions the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, awakened in Washington.”The Wikileaks information shows “unsuspected details” which the United States obtained “regarding the personalities of some distinguished leaders” of foreign countries and “the role they played in the most intimate human facets of political relations.”“This was particularly evident in Latin America, where they have made known the judgments of US diplomats and many of their spokespeople over the character, affiliations and sins of the most controversial figures,” according to El País.Translation mine.I’m not a bit surprised that they tried to isolate Chavecito. Anyone who follows this blog or any other non-mainstream source will be yawning at that; it was hardly a secret, and the outcome was a foregone conclusion. Boy, was THAT an epic fail or what? But the bit about Cristina Fernández shows just what low blows they’re willing to resort to. Inquiring about the state of her mental health. I’m presuming this was in conjunction with the recent death of her husband, Néstor Kirchner, although they might have also probed into it sooner, like whenever Cristina said something anti-imperialistic that didn’t sit well with Her Royal Clintoness or Auntie Condi. Either way, it sounds to me like the usual CIA shenanigan of looking for a weak spot to exploit. I don’t think they found shit; Cristina Fernández strikes me as an extraordinarily strong woman. And from all that I’ve seen, her marriage to Néstor was solid. They’d have had no luck with her. Unless, maybe, they tried to pull what they did with poor Frank Olson.Meanwhile, what Hugo Llorens did in Honduras proves him to be a putschist fucking dick. The NYT has the cables in which he admits that it was a coup, that Manuel Zelaya was illegally removed from power, and that the reasons given for doing so were spurious. Nothing that you or I could not have known sooner; the only thing new is that now we have documentation showing that Llorens was in it up to his eyeballs, covering for the putschists and essentially doing nothing while Hondurans died and continue to die, and while their real president remains in exile and his life remains in danger. Just in case the Old Grey Bandit gets all shy, though, here’s Otto with the same data. Llorens is still dead wrong on key details–Zelaya was NOT looking to extend his term, and what he was doing with his “fourth ballot” referendum was perfectly legal. Meanwhile, Honduras continues to live with a fake, illegitimately “elected” president, and no new constitution, and consequently, no democracy.And the fun has just begun.
In honor of the Big Wiki Leak Day, I decided to dig up some old, paranoid faves of mine…Kennedy Gordy, a.k.a. Rockwell, was clearly ahead of his time. (And yes, that IS Michael Jackson singing on the chorus. Ghostly!)So were the Kinks:Reds under the bed, little yellow men in yer head? In light of what just happened this past week in Korea, it’s déjà vu all over again.
Crappy Thanksgiving, all my friends in the US! Hope you didn’t get trampled yesterday, or land up in the emergency room after all that feasting. Why some of you put marshmallows on your yams, I’ll never understand. Those things are sweet enough as it is. But it could be a lot worse, I’ll grant you; perhaps you ate one of these?Y’okay. If you’re feeling reasonably well rested now and not overstuffed, here are this week’s turkeys. Er, wieners. I mean winners. Let’s have a little fun working off all those surplus calories you packed in. Put on your boogie shoes and dance along as we kick them one by one to the curb:1. Sarah Fucking Palin. Pissing on the memory of JFK, eh? And this in the week of the anniversary of his death. There really is no depth of dumbth to which the Screech will not sink. But when someone elevates a fictional movie about a pregnant little idiot over the man who uttered this ringing defence of religious freedoms in a secular state, it’s just as well that she will NEVER be president. PS: Teh Stoopid! It BURNS!!! PPS: Bwahahahaaha.2. Bristol Fucking Palin. You knew this was coming, right? Well, as I tweeted back to Christine O’Fucking Donnell (whose sublime idiocy graces the bottom of the linky), Bristol is not a star, and she’s not being attacked. She’s a little idiot who neglected to use birth control, got pregnant, became an unwed mother, and now, unbelievably, preaches abstinence. What kind of stardom is that? Her dancing just plain sucks, and she should have been booted out long ago. And would have, if not for idiots like Christine and all the other Palinbots, who clearly don’t really believe in that meritocracy that they keep touting, along with Bristol’s recycled virginity, as if it were some kind of holy grail. 3. Kevin Fucking DuJan. Finally, we know whose legwork it really was that carried Wanker #2 unfairly this far. But wait, the you haven’t heard the funniest part yet. This wanker thinks a Bristol victory will “expose Democratic hypocrisy on voter fraud and ask why the media is so obsessed with the voting on a reality show but doesn’t care about Leftist tampering with actual elections.” Um, asshole…it’s the RIGHT that’s obsessed with the voting on a stupid glorified game show; they’re the ones who watch that shit. As for us out here on the left, we’ve only been screaming about voter fraud since 2000, when FUX Snooze and Florida colluded to throw the state’s election to fucking Dubya. Remember that? Of course you don’t…too busy freeping a stupid game show for the stupid daughter of your stupid masturbatory fantasy gal. Stupid.4. Robbie Fucking Wills. I don’t suppose it occurred to him to take a closer look at any of the failed candidates he sent letters of congratulation to. Shit, it’s only Arkansas, where overt racists are dime a dozen and stupid speakers of the state legislature likewise!5. Tony Fucking Clement. We need more Canadian sex stories? Like we need a hole in the head. Which can be easily accomplished by hitting the mindbleach, because Tony Fucking Clement and sex should not be juxtaposed in ANY brain. 6. John Fucking Fiala. How better to get off on sexual abuse charges than by destroying the evidence? Well, now that the Vatican is no longer in the business of sweeping that shit under the rug, one can hardly blame a pervert for trying.7. Rush Fucking Limbaugh. Finally, someone in the media stands up and calls him on his bullshit. Too bad it’s only MotorTrend. Still, you’ve gotta start somewhere–let’s hope others smell Pigman blood in the water and start a proper feeding frenzy.8. Pete Fucking Arnold. Yep, the not-so-libertarian flibber is back this week. Figures that his “Birth or Not” site was just a hoax, designed to “stimulate debate”. About what? Whether he’s a controlling douchebag? That much is already a foregone conclusion. When your anti-choice stupidity costs your pregnant wife her job, maybe the real point of debate should be whether or not it’s too late for her to seek a divorce.9. Mario Fucking Valdivia. Remember that video I posted earlier this week, of a woman on the New York subway calling out a pervert who rubbed up against her with his cock out? Well, the Hollaback Girls of the Internets helped the cops to catch the creep. And this is the creep they caught. Book ‘im, Danno.10. Edward Fucking Pasteck. And while we’re on the subject of creeps with their cocks out, how about creeps with their hands out…and all over whatever part of a woman’s body they can reach? This fool apparently thinks that’s legal and acceptable–and ACCEPTED–in France. Guess what: It isn’t. It’s not even legal. There is a phrase for sexual harassment in French, and it is le harcèlement sexuel. Would that phrase exist if there were no reason for it? French women can, and DO, feel molested by guys who don’t bother with such niceties of street etiquette as, you know, KEEPING YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF. As one of Jezebel’s commenters on Pasteck’s ridiculous article says, “Try visiting Paris as a woman and then see what cute flirting stories you come back with.”11. Michael Fucking Ignatieff. So, Iggy the Boyar doesn’t mind getting groped by airport security. Well, isn’t that male privilege lovely? If he were a woman who’d been assaulted, he might have cause to see it very differently. But since he’s a powerful male, meh–no biggie for Iggy.12. Michael Fucking Coren. If you don’t like equal rights for gays here in Canada, fuck back off to England. And take Mark Fucking Steyn with you.13. Thomas Fuck
Who is this Gustavo Lemos Larrea? And what does he have to do with the “police uprising” that wasn’t? Let Jean-Guy Allard tell you…
Gustavo Lemos, the Ecuadorian who burst into the consulate of Ecuador in Miami during the coup events of September 30, along with a handful of partisans of putschist Lucio Gutiérrez and Cuban-American extremists, has been denounced in his country as a torturer and suspected of having covered up the murders of two teenagers.Lemos is known in Quito as the chief of the torturers during the reign of Social Christian president León Febres Cordero (1984-1988). Now based in Miami, with the complicity of the State Department, Lemos was found to be participating, a week before the coup, on September 23, in conspiratory activities co-ordinated by Carlos Alberto Montaner in Miami. Montaner is a CIA agent and fugitive from Cuban justice.Among the “stars” of that “forum”, there was the former colonel, Lucio Gutiérrez, ex-president of Ecuador, deposed by the people. With his habitual cynicism, Gutiérrez disparaged his homeland, saying “all is totalitarianism and total corruption.”Gutérrez announced from Miami the end of the political model pursued by President Rafael Correa. Later, from Brasilia, he called for an assassination.An immigrant with “cover” in Washington and Langley, Lemos frequently gave interviews to Radio Mambí, the mafia station in Miami, to defame President Correa. He presented himself as a spokesman for small opposition groups such as the “Francisco Morazán” Honduran Association and the Ecuadorian Society of the Exterior, both associated with fascists of the Cuban community in Miami who are known for their use of terrorism.Lemos is also known for his ties to the ex-chief of military intelligence, Mario Pazmiño, who was expelled from the army due to his CIA ties.In recent months, Lemos has been denounced publicly in Ecuador by the Commission for Truth, in conjunction with several cases of torture, illegal arrest, assassination or disappearances which occurred during the reign of León Febres Cordero.The commission pressed for a court case against Gustavo Lemos Larrea, along with the government minister Luis Robles Plaza (now deceased), based on evidence that they used torture as a police investigation method.One of the most repugnant instances of repression in which Lemos is involved is, without doubt, the case of the brothers Restrepo. On January 8, 1988, the police illegally detained Carlos Santiago and Pedro Andrés Restrepo Arismendy, two brothers aged 17 and 14 years, respectively.According to a key witness, ex-agent Hugo España, the boys were taken to the Criminal Investigations Service of Pichincha, and tortured for several days by investigators of the National Police. One of them died during a torture session. On January 11, the interrogators killed the second brother, a decision made by Lemos in the office of the minister, Robles Plaza, according to the father of the victims, Pedro Restrepo. The bodies of the two young brothers were dismembered and thrown in Lake Yambo, in the province of Tunguragua.Lemos is an ardent partisan of colonel Lucio Gutiérrez, the most visible head of the conspiracy and assassination attempt of September 30.According the the TC Televisión (of Quito) program, In Search of the Truth, close collaborators and partners of the ousted president, Gutiérrez, and of Carlos Vera, ex-TV host and opposition activist, are involved as protagonists of the “police uprising” of September 30.Among other key players in the failed coup attempt is acting colonel (in passive service) Galo Monteverde, who led the demonstrations called by Vera. Monteverde participated along with Gutiérrez in the coup d’état against then-president Jamil Mahuad, in January 2000.Fidel Araujo, militant of the Patriotic Society (SP); Pablo Guerrero, ex-attorney for Lucio Gutiérrez; and Max Marin, of the SP, met in the police station. Meanwhile, the brother of the putschist colonel supported the operation in the Parliament, giving instructions to the Legislative Guard, with the complicity of politicians such as Lourdes Tibán, assembly member of the Pachakutik party; Luis Villacís, of the Popular Democratic Movement, and fascists of the movement “Madera de Guerrero”.Translation mine.I’ve already blogged about Pachakutik and its allies in the indigenous group CONAIE, and their strange denial of what was quite obviously a coup. By now, it’s also obvious that Sucio Lucio Gutiérrez is a key villain, and probably in control of CONAIE and Pachakutik both. Get a load of what else I found while looking for photos (which I have yet to find) of the shadowy Gustavo Lemos…An old State Dept. report on Ecuador, in which CONAIE figures prominently among putschists trying to install Sucio as president in the wake of a coup against Jamil Mahuad:
On January 19, approximately 6,000 persons including members of the Confederation of Ecuador’s Indian Nationalities (CONAIE), students, and leftwing political protesters marched in Quito. On January 21, thousands of protesters, including members of CONAIE, students, teachers, and union members, occupied and took control of the congressional building in Quito. The police and military guarding the building did not oppose the occupation with force, and over 100 soldiers joined the protesters. CONAIE leader Antonio Vargas announced on television from the floor of Congress that he would head the People’s Parliament. He also said that retired army Colonel Lucio Gutierrez would join him in a new “ruling junta” as the executive, and that former Supreme Court President Carlos Solorzano would take over the role of Supreme Court President. The protesters called for President Mahuad to resign. (There also were protests in Guayaquil, where a group of students, unionists, and neighborhood associations seized the provincial government building.)President of Congress Juan Jose Pons described the small military group that joined the protests as “seditious” and called for support for the democratically elected Government. Mahuad then spoke on television and refused to resign. On the afternoon of January 21, the armed forces service chiefs and joint staff chief General Carlos Mendoza called for the President to resign. Mahuad resisted the call to resign but later fled the palace. The junta (also called the “triumvirate”) originally was composed of Vargas, Solorzano, and Colonel Gutierrez. Later during the night of January 21, at the palace, General Mendoza briefly joined the junta, replacing Colonel Gutierrez. On January 22, President Mahuad appeared again on television and accepted Vice President Gustavo Noboa as president; on the same day, Congress ruled that Mahuad had deserted his post. With Noboa’s assumption of office, order was restored.And what a coinkydink! CONAIE were front and centre in trying to deny the putschist coup–again, spearheaded by Sucio–this time against a much more popular president, namely Rafael Correa. Whose popularity has only increased since then.Meanwhile, it looks like Gustavo Lemos is in legal trouble. According to the EFE news agency, Lemos is under investigation, by Correa’s gove