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The CIA Government in Peru

By P.J. Peralta

February 6, 2001

The Flight of Fujimori-Montesinos has left an embarrassing debris.

Money laundering accounts for billions of dollars, thousands of compromising documents and 700 video films of about two thousand politicians, journalists, judges, congressmen, military and police officers caught in the act of receiving bribes and giving their allegiance to the reign of corruption of the Fujimori-Montesinos regime - which dominated Peru during a decade with the promotion and assistance of the CIA - constitute an embarrassing legacy. Nobody knows what to do with them.

The Weisman Congressional Commission, after three months of investigations, has given its preliminary report (Feb.6, 2001), sounded too cautious and failed to divulge more of what is already known in Peru. In the final conclusion, Weisman explained that the materials were so profuse that much more time was needed to investigate them all.

The daily El Comercio proposed the same day that Peru ask the United Nations help to set up a "Truth Commission" in order to investigate all the human rights violations committed during the reign of terror and corruption of Fujimori-Montesinos. A general consensus seems to creep on in order to restrict the investigations and avoid divulging the whole truth, for there are, simply, too many people involved, among them, most of the leaders of the power elite of Peru.

Hundreds of people have been tortured, assassinated and disappeared, including several members of the press; the media were censured, restricted and forced to cooperate in the support of the government. But establishing a UN Truth Commission, in that type of environment, seems to be another artifice in order to disperse the evil fumes left by the sudden flight of President Alberto Fujimori and his security adviser Vladimiro Montesinos.

The realm of corruption and blackmail that Fujimori-Montesinos managed to establish in Peru is a case common to other Latin American regimes.

The sudden flight of Montesinos has allowed perusing into how this type of government works. The banking accounts already frozen of Montesinos approach one billion dollars, but congressmen in Peru have expressed that the accounts of Montesinos may be ten times more, that is near ten billion dollars. If that would be the case, the question is obvious:
How in hell could Montesinos accumulate such amounts of money in a poor country like Peru, with a per capita income of about $1,400 US dollars a year?

The answer is drugs.

Montesinos was an agent for the CIA and he was in charge of directing the "official" exports of drugs from Peru. Years ago, he was formally accused by a drug capo, "Vaticano", of collecting bribes in order to allow the traffic. Later, the private cartels were beheaded and Montesinos took full control of the "intelligent" cartel.

The CIA used the Peruvian connection in order to exchange drugs for firearms from Colombia. El Comercio of Feb. 6, 2001, reports that a plot for selling arms from Jordan to the FARC in Colombia, which was eventually unveiled in 1999, was a CIA plot to arm the guerrillas and propitiate this way the signing of the "Colombia Plan".

The plot would appear preposterous, if Peruvian Army officers had not confirmed that "at least 10,000 Kalashnikov rifles" were provided to the FARC this way. Furthermore, this was not in any way a particular instance. For years, denunciations have been made of the traffic of arms and dynamite from Ecuador to the guerrillas in Colombia in exchange of drugs, which Ecuadorian authorities have duly protected.

It is obvious to think that this traffic has also been protected by the US agencies.

Peruvian Congressman Robinson Rivadeneira confirmed his accusation to El Comercio, According to this representative of "Peru Posible", the party led by Alejandro Toledo, the CIA intention was to increase the firepower capacity of the guerrillas "in order to obtain the approval for the Plan Colombia". At the same time, the President of the Peruvian Congress, Carlos Ferroso, stated that the CIA knows where Montesinos is hiding, but the Agency will not give up its man. These are, however, the first instances in which political leaders of Peru openly dared to pronounce the sacred word - the CIA. Formerly, to say CIA was taken just as saying a profanity.

What has been revealed so far only confirms what informed people in Latin America already knew: that the CIA and the DEA are conducting covert actions that include the creation of a monopoly of drug trade; that for achieving this purpose they have gone to great lengths in order to establish totally adept regimes on the basis of corruption and blackmail; that these regimes put government officials, politicians, judges, military and police men, journalists, just about everybody that can be influential and useful, on the take. If these policies of the CIA have other secret agendas with regard to Latin America, we can only guess, but what is already happening is terrible enough.

All this is done with the outmost efficiency, employing the up-to-date surveillance technology. Credit should be given to the CIA as the most incredible and powerful intelligence organization, which tentacles reach out to a hundred and fifty countries. Its complexity is appalling. Its achievements totally defeated the once powerful Soviet Union, which is now a bankrupt state driven by thousands of mafias. Its ability to organize corruption has been shown almost by accident in the case of Peru. In his abrupt escape, Montesinos left behind all his treasures.

We can only conclude that similar actions are being conducted in Colombia, Ecuador, Brasil, Venezuela and any other country where duty calls. Nevertheless, failures occur, as the one in Peru, which could be adduced as being caused by the excessive greed and stupidity of Montesinos. Another failure is Chile, where after 27 years, details are being revealed about the "desaparecidos"; hundreds, maybe thousands of people were savagely killed -eyes gouged out with knives, maxillary bones broken, shot in the genitals and then finally killed and thrown from planes into the sea. The now famous "Calvacade of Death" happened after General Augusto Pinochet was placed in power in Chile with the help of 400 CIA agents and about $5 million US dollars. The embarrassing situation that now emerges seems to be another small mistake of the CIA: to give total power to a lunatic. Maybe in another twenty years, we will learn more details about how the CIA conducts the present government in Latin America.

P.J. Peralta
Feb. 6, 2001

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