The Huffington Post reported yesterday, March 13, 2013, that Venezuela’s acting president, Nicolas Maduro, stated the country would open a scientific investigation to see whether late leader Hugo Chavez was poisoned “by dark forces that wanted him out of the way”, this according to Reuters (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/chavez-poisoned_n_2866555.html).

“We are almost certain [that there was foul play] based on the data we have,” Maduro said in an interview with the Telesur network, according to CNN (ibid).

Maduro talked about “scientific laboratories [that were] testing how to cause cancer” in the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s and asked whether that technology might have progressed since then, CNN added.

This isn’t the first time Maduro has claimed Chavez’s death was orchestrated. On March 5, hours before the president’s death was announced, Maduro said there was “no doubt” that Chavez’s illness was caused by an “attack” by foreign enemies.

A spokesman from the U.S. State Department vigorously denied the accusation, calling it “absurd,” according to the Washington Post.

However Chavez himself made similar claims on more than one occasion.

In 2011, he accused the U.S. of covertly poisoning Latin American leaders with cancer, and in 2005 he announced that if the U.S. succeeded in assassinating him, “the name of the person responsible is George Bush.”

Although the claims may seem conspiratorial and absurd to some, a CIA report declassified in 2007 revealed that the U.S. had plotted to assassinate another socialist leader it considered a threat: that would be Fidel Castro out of Cuba.

The plot, which was to use poison pills, according to a Washington Post report on the documents, was abandoned after the Bay of Pigs invasion (ibid).

The U.S. is also reported to have given implicit and tacit support for a coup d’etat that removed Chavez from power for two days in April 2002, even though the Bush administration denied having prior knowledge of the plot, according to The New York Times.

Stephen Lendman, a reporter who lives in Chicago and who also has a radio show on Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network, made the same claim at Dailycensored.com  (http://www.dailycensored.com/obama-killed-chavez/).  According to Lendman:

“Chavez knew he was marked for death. He said so numerous times. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez believes Washington and Israel conspired to kill him” (ibid).

Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia made similar claims. On March 10th, after the Venezuelan president’s death, Morales remarked that he was “almost certain” that “the empire” (the United States) had poisoned his political ally (http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2013/03/10/bolivian-president-evo-morales-almost-certain-hugo-chavez-was-poisoned/comment-page-1/).

Alleged attempt to infiltrate Venezuela and kill the Vice President, now president Maduro alleged back in January 2013

On January 23, 2013,   Reuters News Service reported that Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro had told Reuters that unidentified groups had entered the country with the aim of assassinating him and the head of the National Assembly as President Hugo Chavez recovered from cancer in Cuba.  Maduro stated at a Chavista rally held in Venezuela at the time that:

“For several weeks we’ve been following groups that have infiltrated the country with the aim of making attempts on the life of (Assembly head) Diosdado Cabello and my own. They will not manage it against either of us. “It is the condescending language of an oligarchy that will never understand who we are, who Chavez is, who the people are” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/23/us-venezuela-chavez-idUSBRE90M1EM20130123).

The morbid but powerful religious broadcaster Pat Robertson calls for Chavez’s assassination

As early as August of 2005, Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and former presidential candidate in the US suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming “a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.

According to Robertson’s statements which can be seen on video:

“We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,” Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network’s The 700 Club.

“We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. “It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop ((Related video: Robertson speaks).

Robertson is just one in a long line of reactionary voices to call for such an assassination attempt on the life of Hugo Chavez.  It looks like the macabre Robertson got his wish.

Not the first time attempts made on Chavez’s life

The Washington Post, part of Operation Mockingbird back in the 1950’s and 60’s, and whose owner and editor, Phil Graham, was mysteriously found dead after speaking out loud about the CIA operation, (http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis_louise_01_03_03_mockingbird.html),  reported back on September 30, 2006 that:

“President Hugo Chavez, who has repeatedly spoken of various plots on his life, said Saturday a sniper with a long-range gun and a motorcycle to escape on had planned to shoot him as he exited a helicopter on a recent trip to western Venezuela.

The incident allegedly occurred when Chavez visited the western oil-producing region of Zulia in June to inaugurate a refurbished fertilizer plant. Chavez appeared to link the plot to his main rival in upcoming presidential elections, Gov. Manuel Rosales of Zulia state, claiming that he is in constant danger from opponents seeking to get rid of him” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR2006093001317.html).

The Washington Post is currently owned by Donald Graham the dead editor’s son and mother company of the decrepit Kaplan University.

Columbian Paramilitary hired to kill Chavez back in 2009

This is not the first time such allegations have been made regarding attempt to assassinate Venezuelan’s ex-leader, Hugo Chavez.

On September 26, 2009, an Al Jazeera Exclusive report aired a video obtained from inside Colombia of the interview conducted by police investigators of incarcerated Colombian paramilitary assassin Geovanny Velasquéz Zambrano. During the interview, obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera, the Colombian paramilitary confirmed that a “wealthy Venezuelan politician” named Manuel Rosales, offered him $25 million to assassinate President Chávez by any means. The conversation with Rosales took place at a secret meeting in 1999 with several Colombian paramilitary leaders. Rosales said that he personally would be in charge of the plan to assassinate President Chávez, though the money would come from several sources.

The Colombian paramilitary forces involved in the assassination attempt first went for training in Catamumbo, on the border with Venezuela. But in 2004, approximately 100 Colombian paramilitary forces were detained in a farm outside of Caracas belonging to an opposition leader, Robert Alonso, who has often called for the violent overthrow of the Chávez administration. The Colombians were detained and accused of a plot to assassinate the President. They were found with military uniforms, weapons and sufficient ammunition to cause serious damage in the country. Robert Alonso, a Cuban-Venezuelan and brother of the famous actress Maria Conchita Alonso, fled in exile to Miami, where he has remained ever since, continuing to plot violently against President Chávez (http://www.trinicenter.com/venezuela/260909.html).  You can view the confessions of the hit man on the exclusive YouTube published by Al Jazeera

On the video the Colombian paramilitary confirmed that at the time there were around 2500 Colombian paramilitary forces inside Venezuela with the objective of assassinating President Chávez and destabilizing the country.

Chavez himself wondered out loud before his death if US banksters and their government gave him and other Latin American leaders cancer

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror and who has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets wrote a piece on Chavez’s death on March 6, 2013 following the Venezuelan’s president’s death entitled Chavez: Another CIA assassination victim.

In this report Barrett pointed at the address made by Chavez on Venezuelan radio, a little over a year ago, where the ailing president remarked ruefully:

“I don’t know but… it is very odd that we have seen Lugo affected by cancer, Dilma when she was a candidate, me, going into an election year, not long ago Lula and now Cristina… It is very hard to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some leaders in Latin America. It’s at the very least strange, very strange” (ibid).

Chavez was referring to Cristina Kirchner, president of Argentina, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, all who have had bouts of cancer recently (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/argentina/8979863/Argentinas-Cristina-Kirchner-diagnosed-with-cancer.html).  All of them popularly elected and all considered enemies of the US Empire.

Some history of CIA assassinations gives credence to the alleged charges – calling in the ‘asteroids’

Barrett reported that Fidel Castro’s bodyguard, Fabian Escalante, estimates that the CIA attempted to kill the Cuban president an astonishing 638 times. The CIA’s methods included exploding cigars, biological warfare agents painted on Castro’s diving suit, deadly pills, toxic bacteria in coffee, an exploding speaker’s podium, snipers, poison-wielding female friends, and explosive underwater sea shells (http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/06/292131/was-hugo-chavez-murdered-by-the-cia/).

Barrett also sites John Perkins, in his bestselling book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, where he supplies more evidence that the bankers that own the US government routinely murder heads of state, using private assassins as well as CIA killers.

Perkins, during his career as an “economic hit man,” gained first-hand knowledge about how the big international bankers maintain their empire in Latin America and elsewhere. Perkins’ job was to visit leaders of foreign countries and convince them to accept loans that could never be paid back. The bankers want to force these nations into debt slavery (ibid).

According to Perkins when the country goes bankrupt, the bankers seize the nation’s natural resources and establish complete control over its government and economy.

Barrett sited how Perkins would meet with a targeted nation’s leader and say: “I have a fist-full of hundred dollar bills in one hand, and a bullet in the other.  Which do you want?” If the leader accepted the loans, thereby enslaving his country, he got the payoff.  If he angrily chased Perkins out of his office, the bankers would call in the “asteroids” to assassinate the uncooperative head of state.

Barrett sites Perkin’s own career reference to the ‘asteroids ‘stating that:

The “asteroids” are the world’s most expensive and accomplished professional killers. They work on contract – sometimes to the CIA, sometimes to the bankers, and sometimes to wealthy private individuals. And though their specialty is causing plane crashes, they are capable of killing people, including heads of state, in any number of ways (ibid).

This of course leads one back to the Al Jazeera exclusive video and the Columbian death squads.

Perkins stunning allegations were made after much guilt over his role in the killing of General Torrijos of Panama and President Jaime Roldos of Ecuador.  Both were killed by CIA-linked “asteroids” in engineered plane crashes and both were good friends of John Perkins.

Induced cancer, some history and unexplained deaths

Jack Ruby (née Jack Rubenstein), a mobster who was himself a professional killer, and whose last hit was the live television murder of JFK-assassination of alleged patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Department, is another example of ‘asteroid’ linked killings owed to cancer.  Ruby begged to be taken to Washington to tell the real story of the JFK murder, but instead died in prison, of a sudden and mysterious cancer, before he could reveal what he knew.

Edward Haslam’s  book  “Dr. Mary’s Monkey” proves what JFK assassination prosecutor Jim Garrison had earlier alleged: that pederast and CIA agent David Ferrie, allegedly one of President Kennedy’s killers, had experimented extensively with cancer-causing viruses for the CIA in his huge home laboratory. The purpose was to give Fidel Castro and other Latin American leaders cancer. Not so ironically, Ferrie himself was killed by the CIA shortly before he was scheduled to testify in court about his role in the JFK assassination.  On January 2006 Haslam gave an exclusive interview you can see at http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/haslam1.htm where he talks about his book and the Kennedy assassination.

The point is that the CIA has been known to conduct such killings for years.

Jamahirya News Agency reported that Alexander Litvinenko and Yasser Arafat were victims of polonium 210 poisoning (http://jamahiriyanewsagency.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/cias-contiuous-attempts-at-assassination-of-anti-imperialist-leaders-including-hugo-chavez/).
“If you eat a piece of polonium-210 the size of a grain of salt, it’ll probably be enough to kill the average adult. That said, the highly unstable element is notorious for leaving an unmistakable calling card: ridiculously high levels of radiation in the bodies of its victims.”

Methods used to assassinate political targets range from using bacteria, chemicals and viruses and assassinations by induced heart attack and cancer.

In a video interview with Gene “Chip” Tatum, former CIA Black Ops Assassin, posted at the Jamahirya News Agency site, the former Black Ops Assassin is very explicit:

 

“In 1975, during the Church Committee hearings, the existence of a secret assassination weapon came to light. The CIA had developed a poison that caused the victim to have an immediate heart attack.

If cancer in animals can be caused by injecting them with cancer viruses and bacteria, it would certainly be possible to do the same with human beings! In 1931, Cornelius Rhoads, a pathologist from the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, purposely infects human test subjects in Puerto Rico with cancer cells; 13 of them died.

After nearly 80 years of research and development there is now a way to simulate a real heart attack and to give a healthy person cancer. Both have been used as a means of assassination. Only a very skilled pathologist, who knew exactly what to look for at an autopsy, could distinguish an assassination induced heart attack or cancer from the real thing” (ibid).

The US Empire run by banksters and imperialists have routinely tried to kill, and succeeded in some cases, countless Latin American leaders who refuse to be their puppets or pawns, as Perkins and others note. And as Barrett sited in his report:

“…they have mounted thousands of assassination attempts against Latin American leaders, including more than 600 against Castro alone.  We know that they have been experimenting with cancer viruses, and killing people with cancer, since the 1960s” (http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/06/292131/was-hugo-chavez-murdered-by-the-cia/).

There is serious reason to believe that Hugo Chavez was murdered by the ‘asteroids’ and their counterparts.

The food tasters

Author Shana Abe wrote about the medieval food tasters whose job it was to taste the food of kings before they ate due to fear of poisoning.  Attempting to kill world leaders by poisoning and induced disease has long historical roots.

During medieval times there was no DNA testing, no fingerprinting, no telephone taps, no blood analysis, and no ballistic evidence.

Various poisons were readily available to just about everyone in medieval times because poisonous vegetation grew everywhere.  Abe notes that:

”highly toxic plants like mistletoe, hemlock, henbane, mandrake and nightshade were almost as common as weeds. Beautiful flowering plants you probably and rightfully, would not think to eat, like foxglove or columbine or monk’s-hood, could kill. Toadstools abounded right next to their edible kin. Even ordinary herbs that generally do no harm, such rosemary or flax seeds, could be deadly in excess.

So, getting poison wasn’t difficult. The tricky part was administering it. The killer would have to have access to something the intended victim would touch, wear, drink or eat. Administering poison through food seemed to be the most common method. After all, a medieval stronghold was usually a bustling, crowded place, and the kitchens would be filled with all kinds of people doing all kinds of jobs, from kneading bread to roasting meat to chopping vegetables. In a truly large household, one new face might easily go unnoticed” (http://www.newandusedbooks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=features2&feature_elementID=42).

The job of the medieval food-tasters was to simply eat a bite or sip something of everything that was meant to pass through their lord’s lips.

The point is that throughout history poisons have been used to kill heads of state.  It is nothing new.  What has advanced is the means to such ends.

Just recently on February 12 of this year, 2013, a 95 year old woman was interviewed by Britain’s the Sunday Times.  There she recounted how she and others were food tasters for Adolph Hitler, at the “Wolf’s Lair” in northeastern Germany.  She described how she and others sampled every bite destined for the German dictator, then were watched for an hour to make sure they didn’t die from poisoning. Only then was the Führer served (http://www.newsmaxworld.com/TheWire/hitler-food-taster-tell-all/2013/02/12/id/490030#ixzz2NXo5erUc).

Summary

From calls for Hugo Chavez’s death from reactionary Pat Robertson to remarks by Evo Morales that the leader of Venezuela was assassinated, history gives us every reason to believe that the death of Chavez by cancer was the work of the CIA or their hired hit-men, the ‘asteroids’.  History is pockmarked by the death of leaders by poison or disease by assassins’ hands.

US imperialism and the US Empire have everything to lose by allowing popular leaders to take control of their own countries and their resources.  The only question that really remains is which popular leftist leader in the region once known as “America’s backyard” will be the next target of the “white glove” of the assassin’s hand?  Certainly Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia is a likely  candidate as is recently elected, president Rafael Correa of Ecuador, who himself escaped multiple attempts on his life  (http://www.dailycensored.com/elections-in-ecuador-assange-accuser-worked-with-us-funded-cia-tied-anti-castro-group/) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6TDqEIdUgs).

As long as the financial capitalists and the CIA remain a hidden rogue force hell bent on domination through death, we can expect more attempts on the lives of Latin American leaders.