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Thursday, December 02, 2004

STORY OF PLANNED BUSH ASSASSINATION BOGUS

There were reports from the Colombian Minister of Defense that FARC, the guerrilla group, planned to assassinate President Bush during his three-hour stopover in Cartagena, Colombia.

It is now clear that this report was bogus. It may have been the brainstorm of the government of President Uribe to assure continued US interest in aiding Colombia in its struggle with FARC - and pumping more US dollars into the hands of Colombia's ruling elite.

We also have to wonder whether the US government was involved in this deception as a way of shoring up support for Uribe against skeptics at home who complain about his human rights record and who object to giving Uribe military aid and dollars in massive amounts. If a foreign leader can present himself as fighting terrorism, he becomes the darling of the Bush Administration - and gets lots of US -taxpayer dollars.

For the record, here is the statement from FARC rejecting any notion that the group had plans to assissinate Bush (first in an English translation, then in the Spanish original:

The FARC categorically deny the vengeful affirmations of the
intelligence services of the US who have accused us as responsible in a supposed
plan to assassinate Bush and Uribe during their brief interview in Cartagena.
There could not be anything more false or untrue than this affirmation of
delirious minds infected by arrogance.Fortunately, the world public opinion
knows very well the enormous capacity for lies, deceit, and accusations
profusely handed out by the intelligence services of the US every time they
decide to invade or intervene militarily in other countries. The unjust and
bloody invasion of the people of Iraq is incontrovertible evidence of this
abominable gringo conduct. The Colombian people are victims of the intervention
of the US government in our internal conflict. This government invests in Plan
Colombia and Plan Patriota thousands upon thousands of dollars, they send
hundreds of military assassins, and war planes and helicopters armed with
sophisticated communication systems, in their illusory desire to wipe out the
revolutionary guerrillas, humiliate and intimidate the social organizations
affected by the neoliberal politics that have resulted in hunger, poverty,
misery, and repression from the ruling government. Plan Colombia and Plan
Patriota were prepared during the government of Pastrana and carried out during
the present administration of Uribe.We swear once again that our men, women, and
political and social wings continue in the service and defense of the interests
of the poor of our country, and we will for as much time is needed to obtain
peace with social justice, with true independence and respect for our
sovereignty.

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Comunicado de las FARC Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia Ejército del Pueblo,
FARC-EP desmentimos categóricamente las calumniosas afirmaciones de los
servicios de inteligencia de los Estados Unidos de América al endilgarnos
responsabilidades en un supuesto plan para eliminar a los presidentes George
Bush y Álvaro Uribe, durante su pasada entrevista en Cartagena. Nada más falsa y
temeraria que esta afirmación propia de mentes delirantes de soberbia y
prepotencia. Afortunadamente la opinión pública mundial conoce de sobra la
enorme capacidad de mentiras, engaños y calumnias profusamente difundidas por
los servicio de inteligencia de los Estados Unidos cada que deciden invadir o
intervenir militarmente a otros países. La injusta y sangrienta invasión al
pueblo de Irak es prueba incontrovertible de esta abominable conducta del
imperio gringo.El pueblo colombiano es víctima de la intervención del gobierno
de Estados Unidos en su conflicto interno. Este gobierno invierte en los planes
Colombia y Patriota miles de millones de dólares, participan centenares de
asesores militares, aviones y helicópteros de guerra, dotados de sofisticados
sistemas de comunicaciones, en su iluso empeño de liquidar la guerrillera
revolucionaria, humillar e intimidar a las organizaciones sociales y populares
afectadas por las políticas neoliberales de hambre, pobreza, miseria y represión
del sistema gobernante. Los planes Colombia y Patriota fueron preparados durante
el Gobierno de Andrés Pastrana y desarrollados en la presente administración de
Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Ratificamos una vez más que, nuestros hombres, mujeres,
armas y banderas sociales y políticas, indefectiblemente continúan al servicio y
defensa de los intereses de los pobres de nuestra patria, por el tiempo que sea
necesario hasta conquistar la paz con justicia social, con verdadera
independencia y respeto por nuestra soberanía.
Secretariado del Estado Mayor CentralMontañas de
Colombia, noviembre 30 de 2004.

The assassination story was worthy of CBS News!


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