Archive for June 9th, 2005

The “kidneys” of Jorge Rodriguez

June 9, 2005

To have “rińones” (kidneys) in Venezuela means to have audacity,
gall. I was going to write about the CNE and what they handed over to the
political parties in terms of voter data, but Petkoff in today’s Simon
Bocanegra couldn’t have said it better.

The “kidneys” of Jorge Rodriguez

The CNE decided to hand over to political parties the
electoral registry. It was an act of exquisite cynicism. What the parties
received was a list of 14 million people, without any other data accompanying the
names. Nothing. Not an address, nor location and number of voting booth, nor members
of that voting table. In other words, what was handed out is useless. It not
only violates the Suffrage law (art. 95), that taxatively establishes what the
electoral registry is and the data that should compose it, but at the CNE they
must think we Venezuelans have never voted.

We have been voting here for half a century and always,
always, the electoral register had the essential data of the voters, the
diffusion of which, moreover, does not damage neither the honor nor the reputation
of anyone. But the most shameful part was the argument used to justify such an
arbitrary act.

There is, according to the CNE, a decision by the Supreme
Court that orders protecting the data of citizens that it can not be handed
over to anyone without the authorization of those affected. Thus, the same CNE
that was itself dauntless in the face of the Tascon list and that even has not
been able to demonstrate that it did not come out of its womb, now is the jealous
guardian of the privacy of the voters. The kidneys of Jorge Rodriguez are such that
they should be preserved at a museum.

(In)Justice in the immoral Bolivarian revolution

June 9, 2005


Chavez’
Bolivarian revolution has always managed to disguise the lack of ethics and
scruples of their leaders by always twisting or hiding the reality of what they do. They
manipulate justice by following procedures, bending the rules, pressuring the
judges and handpicking prosecutors. If the case is against their own, it gets
shelved. If an opposition figure bothers them, they find something to charge them
with. After that, you delay the trial, that way you can always call accuse these people of being corrupt,
coup plotters or whatever, because in the Bolivarian Justice system you are
guilty until proven innocent. Unless you are part of the process…

For
months, the Governor of Guarico state, a Chavez supporter from the Patria Para
Todos party has been accused of using his political police to kill, torture and abuse innocent civilians. We
are not talking corruption here. We are talking outright murder, torture under
the impassive eyes of Governor Manuitt, who directly managed and led the
political police of Guarico state, which is accused of committing the
atrocities. The case became such a political hot potato that nobody wanted to
touch it. But the case was so outrageous, so monstrous, that it was pro-Chávez
Deputies who brought it to the National Assembly and called for an investigation.

A few
times it looked like the case would get nowhere. Some asked for the Governor’s
resignation. There was even an announcement that there could be a meeting
between the Governor and Chavez to look for a “solution” to the problem. But the
the committee of the National Assembly that was considering the case refused to
budge. Under the leadership of pro-Chavez Deputies it continued investigating
the charges. Two days ago, the final report concluded that Governor Manuitt was
at least politically responsible for the human rights abuses and should be tried.
The next step? A vote by the full National Assembly on the report by the
committee.

But it was
not to be. Using the same obscene and immoral style that has characterized
Justice in the Bolivarian revolution, the President of the National Assembly
Nicolas Maduro, created another committee to review the report because
according to him “there was hate and
animosity
” on the part of some members of the committee. That from a man
who only speaks with hate and animosity anytime he refers to somebody even
remotely connected to the opposition. Similarly his wife (or whatever), Deputy Cilia Flores said
the results of the report were “contaminated” and its results were not
impartial. I guess she is impartial, simply parroting all the time whatever her hubby says.

Well,
first of all, there is no such procedure in the laws and bylaws of the Assembly, the report has
to be considered by the full Assembly, and nothing else has validity. Second,
the report was approved by a vote of 14 to 1, with three members of the 18
member committee not being present. The lone dissenting voice was a member of
Manuitt’s political party. The other fourteen, were both MVR and opposition
members, all of which voted in favor of the report. Imagine what grotesque
evidence there was in the information gathered by the committee that there
could be agreement, for once, between the two political sides which are always disagreeing with each other.

But
Nicolas Maduro, the MVR President of the Assembly has acted in the same
autocratic style that Chávez and his cohorts have been acting like in the last six
years. If they don’t like the outcome, they interfere with it and change it, even
if it violates the law.

But if
this was not disgusting enough, they do not even have the decency to hide why
they object the report. It is not because they disagree with it or they have
evidence which favors Manuitt. No, it is because this is “bad” for the
revolution or this damages a “true” revolutionary or is bad for the image of the “process”. Chavista after Chavista came
out today saying such incredibly unscrupulous things like:

Deputy
Ismael Garcia
(Podemos): “This is a very negative precedent… political
passions should not affect a consummate revolutionary like Manuitt”

Jose
Albornoz
(PPT); “This is an attack against the revolutionary process”

Meanwhile
the Governor himself said
he “accepted with respect” the decision by the “National Assembly” as if
Maduro’s abuse of power could even come close to representing that body.

With this
case, justice in the revolution has reached a new low. Even when powers
controlled by the revolution reach a decision against one of their own, the
case is interfered with and short circuited by those at the highest levels of
power.

Meanwhile,
you wonder what the surviving victims of the abuses and the relatives of those
killed are feeling or thinking. They largely come from the lowest strata of the
Venezuelan population. The same ones that thought that the “process” would
bring more justice and prosperity to their lives. “El pueblo”, that we hear so
much about, but who continues to be the victim of those that claim to love them
so much. But the truth is that only the “process”, the “revolution” and its
leaders really matter. The rest, be it justice, morality or pueblo, is largely
irrelevant.

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