Category Archives: Venezuela

Ernesto Hernández Busto, Peter Ackerman and James Glassman in the same room? Call the firemen!

Hat tip to Eva Golinger…sometimes the news just doesn’t get any better than this.  It seems that Machetera’s secret admirer, Ernesto Hernández Busto, is hitting the talking heads circuit now for who else but his other American idol, George W. Bush.

W, whose latest vanity project is something called the George W. Bush Institute (whatever happened to the good old days of disgraced presidents quietly slithering off to San Clemente?) has hired James Glassman to run the shop and put on silly dog and pony shows like the one EHB will be joining on April 19 in Dallas.  The “Conference on Cyber-Dissidents,” co-sponsored by NED beneficiary Freedom House will also feature Al Giordano’s new best friend Peter Ackerman, and a raft of other guests linked to U.S. intelligence. Continue reading


Posada Carriles’ word games fall flat in El Paso

The Judge Presiding Over the Case of the Terrorist Posada Carriles Reacts to His Legal Technicality Español

By Jose Pertierra

Translation: Laura Boué and Machetera – Tlaxcala

Kathleen Cardone, the U.S. judge who dismissed the first case against the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, accusing the Government of having engaged in “fraud, deceit and trickery” in his immigration interview and who later took up the legal case against him once again, has just opened an interesting window in the litigation.

In an order dated January 21, 2010, Cardone has revealed part of the inner workings of the case that will be heard on March 1st in El Paso, Texas, and whose documentation has until now been kept under seal and the strictest secrecy.

The judge has just published a document which openly cites a motion by Posada’s attorney to disallow Count One in the new trial, which accuses him of having made false declarations when he denied asking other people to carry out a series of bombings in Cuba.

Cardone’s document reveals that Posada does not deny having participated in a conspiracy to explode bombs in Havana in 1997, one of which killed the young Italian Fabio Di Celmo in a bar at the Hotel Copacabana.  But he does not accept guilt for the homicide either.  His defense is a legal technicality that the judge, through this order, absolutely rejects.

Count One has to do with a question that an immigration official posed to Posada in 2005: “Are the comments true that you made (to a journalist) for an article in the New York Times in which you admitted soliciting other people to carry out these explosions?”  Posada responded in the following manner: “I am saying that is not true.”  The prosecutors suggest that this answer is false and constitute perjury.  Posada alleges that the answer is literally correct, because the article in the New York Times and the tape recordings made by the journalist Ann Louise Bardach do not include the word “solicit.”  Consequently, Posada repeats, his answer is literally correct.

The motion presented by Posada’s attorneys did not convince Judge Cardone, who unequivocally declared that the question by the immigration official is not dependent on the word “solicit.”  “The sense of the questions that were asked of Posada is not dependent on the precise use of that word.”  In other words, Posada knew very well that the immigration official who interviewed him in relation to his application for residency in 2005, wanted to know if Posada denied having been involved in the 1997 conspiracy for having exploded bombs in hotels and restaurants in Havana in that year.

The person who carried out the murder of Fabio Di Celmo is a Salvadoran named Rene Cruz Leon, who admitted having placed at least six bombs in Havana, including the one that killed the Italian tourist.  Cruz Leon confessed his crimes, was tried in Cuban courts and in 1999 was sentenced to death.  Currently he is a prisoner in the Guanajay prison in Cuba.

Cruz Leon says that the person who recruited him and gave him the explosives is a Salvadoran named Francisco Chavez Abarca, one of Posada Carriles employees in El Salvador.  A 1997 Miami Herald investigation revealed that Luis Posada Carriles recruited Chavez Abarca for a terrorist campaign against Cuba and that he in turn recruited Cruz Leon, who says he was promised $2,000 for every bomb that was set off in Havana.  After Cruz Leon was arrested, Posada Carriles said, “He’s not a Cuban.  He did it for money.”

Another of the material authors of the terrorism against Cuba in 1997 is the Salvadoran Otto Rodriguez Llerena, also openly linked with Luis Posada Carriles, who operated under the name of Ignacio Medina.  He admitted that he’d been promised $1,000 for each C-4 bomb detonated.  “My mistake was in letting Posada Carriles use me,” Rodriguez Llerena told the Miami Herald journalist Jim DeFede in 2005.

Posada Carriles’ defense argument oscillates between a technicality relative to the use of the word “solicit,” and the fact that everything the terrorist did prior to that in Latin America was done in the name of his employer, the CIA.

The Federal court in El Paso is not falling for the legal technicality, and it has not allowed him to use the CIA’s name in his defense.  But “those who will make the decision about his innocence or guilt are, nevertheless, the jury,” Judge Cardone concluded in her order.

It’s worth recalling that the trial against Posada is not for murder in relation to the killing of Fabio Di Celmo.  Nor is it about the terrorist campaign against Cuba in 1997, nor about the mid-air explosion of a plane full of passengers on October, 1976, for which there is an abundance of proof of Posada’s participation as its intellectual author.  The prosecutor is charging him with having lied to U.S. government officials during the immigration process undertaken by Posada upon arriving in the United States, illegally, aboard the Santrina yacht in March of 2005.

He is strictly being judged as a liar in order to give the impression that “something is being done” against terrorism.  Meanwhile, the extradition request presented by Venezuela on June 15, 2005 remains pending.  Until now President Obama has paid it no attention, just like President George W. Bush.

Laura Boué and Machetera are members of Tlaxcala, the international network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the author and translators are cited.

Cuba quietly leading by example in Haiti

While the U.S. is figuring out where and how to insert more “compassionate warriors” per capita in Haiti than it has in Afghanistan, the better to go after Venezuelan oil when the opportunity presents itself, Cuban doctors are going about actually helping sick and injured Haitians.  This remarkable video report by CNN Radio’s Steve Kastenbaum shows how they’re doing it, while possibly endangering Kastenbaum’s career (see the Herb Matthews example).

Otto Reich and the Honduran Coup D’Etat, now in Spanish

Otto Reich and the Honduran Coup D’Etat: The Provocateur, his Protégé and the Toppling of a President is now available in Spanish, here and here.  Thank you Manuel Talens, Paloma Valverde and Atenea Acevedo, all members of the wonderful and amazing Tlaxcala translation collective.

Refried cold-war rhetoric on the Colombian menu

The translating factory has been idled this week while Machetera was chasing a very interesting story related to Otto Reich and the Honduran coup d’etat – more on that later.  But this morning, as she was checking to see where Waldo Mel Zelaya might be and whether Romeo Vasquez Velasquez had managed to kill him, as promised, she ran across this piece from Aporrea, picked up from Venezuelan TV.

First of all, not that one should judge a person by his picture (Machetera certainly never would) but doesn’t this guy just sort of ooze “little prickness?”


He is Álvaro Uribe’s foreign minister. Continue reading

Honduras coupsters’ big fat Cuban exile family

8stThe Cuban Gestapo Mafia in Honduras

By Dr. Néstor García Iturbe
Translation: Machetera

When analyzing the events that resulted in the sly thuggery which took place in Honduras, we can hardly fail to be surprised by the number of Cuban exiles who are part of what’s been called the Gestapo mafia, and appear to be involved in the terrible events in which the will of the Honduran people has been short-circuited.

According to the criteria of these people, who acted in coordination with the extreme U.S. right wing in the Pentagon and the CIA, it was necessary to impede at all costs any further movement by Zelaya’s government toward the left, since that represented a danger to the “National Security of the United States.”  The fastest and most effective remedy at that time was the coup d’etat.

The journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner and the former Undersecretary of State in the George W. Bush government, Otto Reich, were participants in the initial coordination of the armed action.  Both were in constant communication with the coup plotters, the first from Miami and the latter from Panama. Continue reading

Naked gun in Honduras

This report appears to have been culled by M.H. Lagarde, at Cambios En Cuba, from Aporrea and possibly other sources.  English translation by Machetera.

Honduran Putschists tell Telesur and VTV: “Get Out of Here, There’s Nothing Here to Report”

The employees of the de facto government in Honduras who arrested the journalists from Telesur and the Venezuelan state television network VTV on Saturday night told them not to go back to the hotel where they were staying, but to go directly to the airport since in Honduras “there’s nothing to report.”  They also argued, in a menacing tone, that these violations were the fault of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez. Continue reading