Friday, March 07, 2008

Capture of Victor Bout related to raid on FARC in Ecuador

It doesn't surprise me that the recent attack by Colombian forces 1.8 KM into Ecuador which killed the second ranking man in the FARC was based at least in part on Intelligence supplied by the U.S. The American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a long-standing relationship with the Colombian government and a clear reason to want the FARC taken down, since it is a revolutionary movement that is financed by a combination of drug profits (based on drugs smuggled through Colombia, up Central America and Mexico, and into the U.S.) and kidnappings.

Nor am I surprised that Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand Thursday. Bout is reputed to have sold and smuggled arms in a lot of hot spots around the world, sometimes on contract to U.S. government agencies. His reputed connections to U.S. agencies has apparently been a major reason why he has avoided capture as long as he has. His capture in Thailand was apparently based on a U.S. warrant through the DEA.

It is the connection between the capture of Bout and the raid into Ecuador that killed FARC deputy commander Luis Edgar Devia Silva (known as "Paul Reyes") that surprises me. This connection is suggested by the involvement of the DEA in Bout's capture as well as the claims that the warrant is for selling arms to the FARC.

The cross-order raid into Ecuador to kill Reyes has upset both the President of Ecuador and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, but It appears that both Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa were allowing the FARC to operate from sanctuary behind the Ecuadoran border
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe leveled allegations of his own, saying he would bring charges of state-sponsored terrorism against leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the International Criminal Court, citing evidence from the dead rebel's laptop computer that Chavez gave $300 million and other resources to the FARC.
The truth of Uribe's charges has yet to be confirmed. It is known that Chavez wants the FARC to be considered a legitimate political movement within Colombia rather than merely as a terrorist organization. Uribe's allegations fit that context, but that doesn't make them true.

If the allegations of Chavez's support to FARC prove out, then his movement of troops to the border of Colombia to be little more than bombast to cover the fact that he has been caught attempting to destabilize Colombia. The arrest of Victor Bout in Bangkok under a DEA warrant suggests that there is a lot we don't know, and that we need to know.

So, we wait for the next shoe to drop. It shouldn't be too long.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Friend,

I invite you to take a look in photo album of page :

About a int`l smuggling weapons connection for Iran about you never heart till now. And the sclavagist procedures used by Justice of Romania regarding human rights, for hiding the true, take a look on the left column of page wich contains a real story with a lot of original documents.
I am glad to know my letter interest you. I am living in Bucharest Romania and I am not able to travel abroad. I have no job and no money. I am looking to help in a abuse case in Justice. In Romania we haven`t any Amnisty national section, in connection with worldwide groups. Nobody cares about abuses in Romania, this is the reason they can go on for longtime. I graduated Romanian AF Academy ( 1984 ), like pilot on fighter jet MIG-21. I graduated War College too in 1992. For me all start up in may 6-th 1998 when I was arrested at my job, in my office of asistant commander of Bucharest-Otopeni Int`l Airport, like an dangerous criminal. I successful passed the exam for a job in Bucharest Otopeni Int`l Airport in September 1996, like traffic controller on the ground ( marshaler). Step by step I received by exam the international licence of Ro.C.A.Authority the qualification of traffic controller-begginer, traffic controller and traffic controller-instructor. In October 1997 I was promoted by concurs in the job of assistant commander. This denomination means a coordinator for safety air traffic before the take of and after landing, taxiing and parking of aircraft. This job means no decision regarding airport, the board of directors including : airport`s director general, deputy director, technical director, development director, financial director and operational director ( who subordinate all 4 asistant commanders, each working in separate shift- 12/24 hours). I do this job since November 1997 till May 6-th 1998. When they put and keep me in jail for 100 days without any proves against me. Acording Romanian legislation an absence of duty more than 60 days it means you are loosing the job forever. Authorities make up an fake cigarette`s smuggling, the case had an huge echo Romanian media call it : scandal "TIGARETA 2". In fact, no cigarettes on board of airplane IL-76 landed at Bucharest Otopeni. Overnight standing at military apron was necesary for Romanian secret services to load the romanian anti aircraft missilles for underembargo destination ( Teheran-OIII code IATA ). It was not the first time. When the Court permit me to prove ( more than 1 year of beginning the trial ), I put the doccuments on the table. You can read a 1999 year issue of ZIUA Romanian newspaper :


Two days ago, the Panel of Judges of the Supreme Court adjourned the cause “Cigarette 2”.The real motif is represented by the doccuments rised at the end,which represent ,mostly,military secrets not to be published.
“Ziua” journal found out that these doccuments have been sent by the Defence Comission which examined ex-commander from Otopeni Airport ,Valentin Vasilescu,with a direct address at the dossier from the Supreme Court. Comission members asked to the Panel to take in charge these doccuments, because they can change the juridical interpretation of the Panel in the given case. Asked what those doccuments containing,V.Vasilescu decleared us that it is about seven weapons undercovered in cigarette transports and,some part cigarettes in change of weapons, which were accomplished on the channel Iran, Burundi-Eritreea and other countries from Africa,on the same manner like “Cigarette2”.Only here was about others smugglers and intermediaries never questioned by authorities. So,the scenario of the seven transports under “special”conditions was identically, only the characters were changed.
From our sources,there are some high rank persons implicated not only in the “Cigarette2”,but also in other transports. Weapons undercovered of cigarettes were exported ,as military technique, apparently on the Viktor Bout & Shimon Naor ( an US col. Oliver North ex-colaborator in Iran contra operation ) channel, because he had the monopoly at that time on such secret transactions.
It is interesting that these doccuments were not arrived immediately in the dossier. They laied at the leadership of the Supreme Court and it was found their trace only on Monday session,after V.Vasilescu made “waves”in other offices. Based on these doccuments,the Court may solicit the enlargement of the juridical research.
So,the “Cigarette2” will have a total changed final.

As I say, nobody cares about the thrue clear put in light by my doccuments. Justice can`t denie it, there was original doccuments, wich was “get lost” by the authorities to save one`s hide when they start up the investigations.
Mr. Tocu Vasile received the appointment to build up the preliminary report in “Tigareta 2” ( delivered at May 4-th 1998 ) like the highest rank investigative specialist in charge.As I mention, I was arrested at May 6-th 1998. The same person ( Tocu Vasile ), the chief Inspector of Civil Aviation together with Mr. Frincu Aleodor Marian ( the Transport`s secretary of state for Civil Aviation send to Bucharest-Otopeni Airport director the order, disposal of July 19-th 1998 ( when I was in jail ) to erase of airport`s evidence 11 documents wich certified 11 special flights of 1996 year, operated by the same procedure like the incriminated flight of April 16-th 1998 of Tigareta 2 case. I enclosed one of them. The airport deputy commander shift at September 29th 1996 was Tocu Vasile ( promoted in 1997 like chief Inspector of Aviation ). Route : Podgorita ( Muntenegro )-Bucharest Otopeni landing. After than airplane ( IL-76 type ) take off full for destination : Teheran. Remarks : Parked for loading at Otopeni Air Force Base`s apron ( parcat la U.M. 01962 ). No passengers. Procedure is valuable only in case of dangerous goods cargo (arms ). Air company = MIRAVIA.
The commercial deal between Romania and Iran involved delivery the equipments of 2 regiments of A.A. missiles, estimative cost ~ 8-9 million USD. Each regiment composed by 3 launching battery ( L.B.) and 1 technical battery (T.B.). Each L.B. composed by 4 mobile launching ramps ( L.R.)on trucks and 1 mobile radar tracking system ( M.R.T.S.) cm, dm frecvency antennas included.
At least 80-90 missiles, 24 L.R.; 6 M.R.T.S.; 2 complexe T.B. with few mobile components ( missile`s fuell is high toxic and corrosive, a reason to transport and storage separate; ansambly it only before the launching ). For deploy by air the 2 regiments of missile was planned at least 20 flights of wide body aircraft ( IL-76 or B-707 type ) of Viktor Bout`s companies and 6 flights using medium cargo aircraft ( AN-12 ). In 1996 was only 11 flights. In my page ( ) can see in adition the flight of February 21-st 1998 of Uzbekistan Airways ( UZB-3509/3510 ) operated by AN-12 registred UK-11639. The agreement of landing and overflight for this flight was eliberated by Ro Department of Defence-MApN ( Acord de survol nr. 00096/02.98 ). This document mention : the purpose of flight is to transport components of missiles wich property of Army Arsenal ( transporta componente de racheta din Arsenalul Armatei ). For high priority of this flight Romanian Air Force according the military schedule for Air Traffic Controller`s papers ( 8683 specify for special flights-cargo ). The destination of flight is wrong. Nobody find out this type of Romanian AA missiles in Uzbekistan Army or Azerbaidjan Army.The second flight was at March 1-st 1998. Boeing 707 ex-Santa Lucia`s Oliver North Airways company first registered as J6-SLF, now re-registered in Liberia EL-JNS operated by Sky Air together with Air Atlantic Cargo property of US-Iranian Farhad Azima, aviation magnate and gun-runner, business partnership in Heavy Lift company with arms dealer Victor Bout. He is member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Azerbajan Chamber of Commerce also ( ). This guy had since May 1987 till 2003 an office at Ostend Airport-Belgium, where its aircraft was also periodically stored for maintenance purposes. He donated 1 million USD for presidential campaign of Bill Clinton ( 2000 year ) The same like the flight of September 29th 1996, the Air company of March 1-st 1998 was MIRAVIA ( flight MRV-601/2 ). And the military schedule for Air Traffic Controller`s papers was 8663, code OACI of airport of arrival = OIII Teheran-Mehrabad, Iran ( ).
The third was the incriminated IL-76`s flight of Tigareta 2 ( April 16-th, 1998 ) SFB-1652/3. Mention again the military schedule for Air Traffic Controller`s papers : 8964, 8929. The rules for air traffic flow management integration for Civil/military co-ordination are described in Manual Concerning Safety Measures Relating to Military Activities Potentially Hazardous to Civil Aircraft Operations (Doc 9554). And Annex 7 — Aircraft Nationality and Registration Marks/ Chicago Conventiion.
As you see on my page the criteria is simple : 1001-1999= Romanian companies for commercial passenger or cargo flight ( for ex. TAROM-ROT ). 2001-3999= foreign companies for commercial passenger or cargo flight ( for ex. Greek Olympic Airways OAL ). 4001-4999 = Romanian Air Force flights on Civilian air routes ( for ex. ROAF ). 7001-7999 = special transport-passenger, VIP priority flights ( head of State ). 8001-8999 = special transport-cargo, arms on board of foreign civilian registred aircraft. Flight Plan ( F.P.) is a document completed only by commander of aircraft. When he loaded a cargo on the departure airport mention it in F.P. field : type of flight. Code OACI for cargo at board , commercial purpose of flight is N. ( see the document on my page ). The Romanian authorities and the Justice established the IL-76 take of empty for a ferry flight on April 17-th, 1998. But for an empty aircraft the commander no pay taxes on route if only marked at Bucharest, on F.P. code G ( from general aviation ). Acording Convention on International Civil Aviation of Chicago Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft ( Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes; Part II — International General Aviation — Aeroplanes ).
In addition, you shold clarified the guest stars of this special operation reading :

Best regards,

Valentin Vasilescu