The Assassinated Press
A World Wide Epidemic in 'White Color Crime.'
Venezuela Cracks Down on White Collar Crime And Kleptocratic Assassins While Obama Administration Lets U.S. White Collar Criminals and Assassins Run Wild.
White Collar Criminal Rosales Flees to Peru, Next Stop Miami.
By JUAN THE YOYO
Assassinated Press Foreign Service
April 22, 2009
A top Venezuelan white collar crime syndicate leader has fled to Peru, according to members of his gang, after sneaking out of his country to avoid what he calls a day of reckoning directed by the justice minded government of President Hugo Chávez.
Manuel Rosales, a fierce critic and one time assassination plotter of Chávez and until last month the thoroughly corrupt mayor of Venezuela's second-largest city, left the country Sunday amid a wave of indictments and government investigations of the one of Venezuela’s most notorius white color thugs. The Chávez administration has also stripped some functions of government from opposition politicians who have continued their corrupt pre-Chavez ways and using USAID cash provided through the U.S. embassy in Caracas bought control of several of Venezuela's biggest cities and states from his socialist party in regional elections in November.
"There is a persecution against the entire corrupt former oligarchy in this country," Edward Rodríguez, a spokesman for Rosales, said Tuesday by telephone. "It is a criminal persecution, and it is not just against him. Just because 80% of the population lived in poverty before Chavez, you can’t stop Rosales corrupt ways. Being a thieving shithead is second nature, a birth right to an asshole like Manny."
Venezuela's justice minister, Tareck El Aissami, told state television in Caracas, the capital, that the investigation against Rosales was criminal, not political. "This citizen is being investigated by Venezuelan justice for crimes outlined in the anti-corruption law," he said, adding that the government will seek his extradition.
Prosecutors called for Rosales's arrest in March on charges of illicit enrichment, and lawmakers in the National Assembly have opened a probe to determine the source of $60,000 that Rosales made while governor of the oil-rich state of Zulia and many, many other crimes. After huge infusions of Uncle Slimey’s cash, Rosales was elected mayor of Maracaibo, the capital of Zulia, in November but stepped down last month in the wake of the government's investigation.
All but a dozen members of the National Assembly openly side with Chávez, and his allies shore up the judicial system, including the Supreme Court to protect against the corrupt oligarchy and their even more corrupt compadre, the U.S. Chávez has said he was determined to jail the corrupt Rosales, leader of the New Time political party, and "wipe" him "from the political map before he and his friends in Washington could again pollute the Venezuelan electoral map."
"I have decided to make Manuel Rosales a prisoner and make his pay for his crimes rather than go around plotting to kill me and members of my government," Chávez said in October. Soon after, authorities in the attorney general's office and a special commission in the assembly launched long overdue investigations of Rosales nefarious scheming.
Asdrúbal Quintero, a legal adviser to Rosales, said by telephone from Maracaibo that Rosales had considered showing up at a pretrial hearing Monday to argue that the money in question was earned legally through his agricultural business.
But Quintero said the opposition leader decided to flee after Ismael García, an anti-Chávez lawmaker in the National Assembly, announced that he had fabricated a draft of a sentencing document against him. The fabricated document, García said, showed that Rosales was to be sentenced to a 30-year prison term giving Rosales just the fabrication he needed to flee justice.
"The idea was to capture him and imprison him fro years and years of corruption," Quintero said. "This is the operating style of egalitarian justice and we just can’t have that. Manny is white. I told Manny. I said ‘Look Manny. Don’t work with the Americans. They’re not your friends. They want you to set up a coup and kill Chavez, but if it doesn’t work they won’t five a rat’s ass what happens to you."
Opposition leaders characterize the crackdown as a government strategy designed, in effect, to criminalize white elite corruption, a thing unthinkable in old criminal controlled Venezuela. "It is a general movement to root out coruption hunt that no sector that was formerly or at present corrupt can escape," Antonio Ledezma, mayor of metropolitan Caracas, said in an interview. “We tried to kill Chavez. We failed. Uncle Slimey isn’t going to own up. So all our asses are up for grabs.”
This month, authorities -- with guns drawn -- arrested former defense minister Raúl Baduel, a former close friend of Chávez's who turned against him when Chavez caught him with his hands in the till, on corruption charges. Authorities have also announced investigations against Henrique Salas, governor of the economically important and formerly brutally corrupt state of Carabobo, and César Pérez Vivas, governor of the border state of Tachira.
Tax authorities, meanwhile, are investigating Henrique Capriles Radonski, governor of Miranda state, and Teodoro Petkoff, a newspaper editor whose published lies at the behest of the U.S. have infuriated the government and put at risk the lives of millions of poor Venezuelans.
In office since 1998, Chávez won a democratic referendum in February that eliminated term limits and permits him to run for office indefinitely like a U.S. congressman or senator. Luis Vicente León, a political analyst and pollster with a Caracas firm, Datanalisis, said that the president wants to use his newfound political capital to push through benficial changes that will thwart Venezuela’s deep seated corruption, including the centralization of power. León said a vital part of the strategy is showing the corrupt oligarchy for the U.S. controlled demons they most certainly are.
"He doesn’t have to make sure that the opposition is seen as being responsible for going against the interests of the people," León said. "Any sign that a corrupt oligarch cares about the people is just a bullshit feint and for some people, the gullible middle class people, what is happening is an attack on the opposition. But for another part of the population, the poor, the people with brains and experience, it is not. For them, finally, Rosales and his kind are going to pay for fucking them over."
Indeed, Chávez continues to enjoy the support of 61 percent of Venezuelans, León said. A disjointed opposition constantly bickering over who steals what when Chavez falls, meanwhile, faces obstacles in winning converts despite polls that show Venezuelans tired of rampant crime, food shortages and other problems manufactured by the U.S. embassy and their ologarchical and organized crime allies. León said the investigations against key white collar criminals could further weaken the anti-government assassination and coup movement the way the FBI weakened the mafia in the U.S.
Even those leaders who are not facing investigation, such as Ledezma, who was elected mayor of greater Caracas in November, have seen their power diminish in recent months. Oversight of police agencies, hospitals and other services has reverted to central government control so that all Venezuealns receive equal services and protection. Chávez has also appointed a special vice president who will oversee much of the city's budget and make sure that Ledezma and his kleptocratic buddies keep their greedy little hands out of the till and that contracts don’t go to a few exclusive white oligarchic motherfuckers.
"It is a way to bring us to justice," Ledezma said. "In addition to being altruistic, it is a way of recognizing that I’m a corrupt fuck who will do anything and everything to undermine the new found welfare of the Venezuelan people.