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Rogue Police Squad Hijacks Helicopter in Venezuela, Fires on Supreme Court and Ministry of Interior

By: Pedro García Otero - Jun 28, 2017, 11:33 am
Venezuelan government authorities are very nervous due to a hijacked police helicopter used to attack the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). (Twitter)

EspañolA group of officers from Venezuela’s Scientific and Criminal Investigation Corps (Cicpc), an elite group within the country’s police force, stole a government helicopter belonging to their unit on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 27. The rogue group of officers was led by Inspector Óscar Pérez.

Using his Instragram account, @oscarperezgv, Pérez announced that he was going to carry out the plan with his colleagues, stating that they were following articles 333 and 350 of the Venezuelan constitution, which call for citizens to act if the constitution has been violated, and “return peace to (Simón) Bolívar’s people.” They also demanded, Pérez added, President Nicolás Maduro’s “immediate resignation and that of his entire cabinet.”

Displaying a banner reading “Resistance 350” in reference to article 350 of the constitution, the helicopter left the La Carlota Air Base in Caracas, breaking airspace regulations and apparently claiming that the flight’s goal was to carry out an inspection of the surroundings. The crew flew over a large part of Caracas until the helicopter reached the city center, where, according to eyewitnesses, the launched an attack against the Ministry of the Interior. They then headed to the Supreme Court in the northwest of Caracas, firing several rounds from automatic weapons and, as a video shows, detonating at least three grenades near the court’s headquarters.

 

Maduro Denounces Coup Attempt

The attacks, which have been interpreted as an insurrection, took place while Maduro handed out prizes to journalists in a ceremony held in an underground venue (Salón Ayacucho) beneath the presidential palace at Miraflores. Maduro didn’t interrupt the ceremony since the Miraflores palace is under heavy military guard and completely closed to automobile traffic.

Earlier in the day, Maduro had stated during an official act in support of his constitutional assembly that “if the Bolivarian Revolution is toppled, it will use weapons to achieve what it tried to achieve with votes.” He repeated his threat in the evening when he called on US President Donald Trump to “stop all coup attempts in Venezuela.”

An anonymous member of the military stated that the situation is “delicate” and that the palace is being guarded due to security reasons. Street protests against the government have reached the palace’s immediate vicinity on Baralt Avenue, where the Supreme Court is also located.

The anonymous source told the PanAm Poast that the government is determining whether Pérez’s defection could enjoy support among the police or the army. The source said that it was not probable, but also not impossible.

For at least one week, Maduro has warned of the possibility of a coup d’état. He has even accused his former Interior Minister, Miguel Rodríguez Torres, of plotting his overthrow with the CIA. Rodríguez Torres denied such claims, stating that “former generals like myself are not involved in coups any longer.” He also denied the existence of a supposed State Department document in which he is mentioned and which was filtered to a state-owned television channel.

“I condemn this terrorist attack and demand that the opposition condemn this act of violence as well,” Maduro said. “The first available information suggests that the hijacker was the pilot of Minister Rodríguez Torres, who admitted today that he works for the CIA.” He added that “we will capture the pilot and bring him before the authorities.”

With his characteristic irresponsibility, Maduro blamed Primero Justicia, an opposition party, for Pérez’s defection and he warned that he would “unhesitatingly” call a state of emergency.

Who Is Pérez?

Pérez is one of the Cicpc’s most distinguished members, having previously taken part in a propaganda film called “Sudden Death” in which the institution promotes its role in Venezuelan affairs. According to reports, he entered the Cicpc as a pilot, not following the usual route through which officials enter the institution after studying at the University of the Scientific Police.

Tweet: Oscar Perez, helicopter pilot, directed and acted in the movie “Sudded Death”.

After carrying out the attack in the helicopter, Pérez took off toward eastern Venezuela, where he disappeared. Although the Venezuelan Air Force received orders to intercept and shoot down the Cicpc helicopter, Pérez and his crew apparently got away in safety.

 

 

 

Pedro García Otero Pedro García Otero

Pedro García is the Spanish managing editor of the PanAm Post. He is a Venezuelan journalist with over 25 years of experience in local newspapers, radio, television, and online media. Follow him @PedroGarciaO.

Lefties Hate Trump Because He Makes a Mockery of their Statist Religion

By: Guest Contributor - Jun 28, 2017, 10:37 am
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By Jeffrey Tucker Has the center-left ever been more apoplectic about a presidency? It can’t have been this nuts even during the Nixon presidency. Every day, their publications fill up with articles that are breathless to the point of hysteria about the disgrace that the Trump administration is bringing to the affairs of government. His incessant tweeting, his violations of protocol, his attacks on the press, and even the very existence of this administration has them in permanent meltdown. Here is an example. I’m leaving the over-the-top language from Charles Blow’s New York Times piece just to provide flavor: I feel as if we are being conditioned to chaos by a “president” who abhors the stillness of stability. Every day we awake to a new outrage. We now exist in a rolling trauma — exhausting and unrelenting…. This should shock the whole of America out of its numbness. This is outrageous and without precedent… The sheer brazenness of it all is stunning…. It’s all just too much. We need an independent investigator. I don’t trust anything — anything! — coming out of this White House, and I don’t trust this feckless Congress to constrain Trump. This is not about partisanship, but patriotism. We must protect this country from moral corrosion, at best, and actual destruction, at worst. If this doesn’t stink to you, your nose is broken. Yes, I know you have read something similar a thousand times in the last months. You have seen it on television stations, pretty much 24/7. Or you can turn on National Public Radio and listen to the same all day. Or consider after Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The headlines by midnight all screamed: Crisis of Democracy! But I woke up the next morning and failed to see the evidence. The banks were open. People were buying chicken biscuits at the convenience store. The kids were getting dressed for school. Everything seemed normal. It’s remarkable. This frenzy even has a name: Trump Derangement Syndrome. It is an identifying state of mind. It has particular symptoms. To be sure, I read these pieces and don’t entirely disagree with the particulars of the analysis. In none of our lifetimes have we seen anything like this. The stodgy, serious, protocol-driven attempt to bring high dignity to this office has been a main concern of government. When it came out that Bill Clinton was using his power and office for private pleasures, it rattled the establishment, not because of his sins but because his behavior elicited ridicule from the public. We had no idea of what was coming! Agree, Sort Of But there is something off about this center-left tendency. These commentators are driven to wild apoplexy by Trump, but not for the reasons I would normally cite. I don’t like his trade theories, his views on immigration, his shabby understanding of the problem with American health insurance, his ramping up of the police state, or his foreign policy. I was calling him out on all of this as early as July 2015.  They, on the other hand, seem to object to the very existence of Trump, his every utterance, his actions no matter what they are, and everything related to this new administration. Their complaints are contradictory. He is terrible because he is doing terrible things! He is terrible because he is not really doing anything! This presidency is destroying the world! This presidency is all sound and fury and nothing else! The Why It finally struck me why. For this crowd, all their hopes and dreams are bound up with particular political processes, outcomes, and institutions. The state is their favorite tool for all the good they aspire to do in this world. It must be protected, guarded, defended, celebrated. The illusion that the government is not a taker but a giver and the source of all good things must be maintained. The gloss of the democratic process must be constantly refurbished so that the essential sanctity of the public sector can be constantly cited as the highest calling. The center-left has at least one hundred years of work and resources invested in the state’s health, well being, reputation, and exalted moral status. Nothing must be allowed to threaten it or take it down a peg or two. Any failures must be deemed as temporary setbacks. The slightest sign of some success must be trumpeted constantly. The population must be subjected to unrelenting homilies on the essential holiness of the public sector. Their education told them this. Their degrees and ruling-class pedigree were hard earned. This is what has inspired them. They believe so strongly that they can make the world a better place through the managerial state that it has become their religion. It’s their very core! Above all else, the president is supposed to represent. His duty is to reflect and broadcast this sensibility.  This View Has a Name Writing in 1944, Ludwig von Mises wrote that the debate over the future of freedom is not only about beating back socialism, communism, fascism, interventionism, and so on. There is broader discussion to be had. The core problem is the ideology of statism, a word he took from the French term etatism. It identified a view that the state should always and in everything be the central power, organizing principle, and spiritual core of any society. It must be the final judge, the final arbiter, the center of our loyalties, the one indispensable institution because it alone is deserving of our highest devotion and ideal. It must be forever built, larger and larger, taking on ever more responsibility and taking ever more money and power from the rest of us. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Everything seemed to being going so well under the Obama administration, which was so earnest, so decorous, so civil. He was funny, smart, respectful of process, and sincere in his pronouncements. He ran on hope and change but governed as the person who kept hope for a new freedom and any radical change at bay. Change in the Matrix Trump has profoundly disturbed the balance. He overthrew the respective establishments of two parties, tore right into the legitimacy of the national press, humiliated every expert who predicted his demise, and is now stumbling around Washington like a bum in a jewelry store. He is not actually cutting back on the size of the state; he is doing something even more terrifying from the center-left point of view: he is ruining the mystery of the state, and thereby discrediting their holy institutions. After the election, I wrote that this might be our 1989. What I meant is that major aspects of what we always thought would be true were suddenly not true any more. New possibilities have opened up. An older establishment has been discredited if not overthrown. What comes next is another matter. Read More: Former Ecuador President Correa Calls Trump “Stupid” and Brazil President Temer a “Traitor” Read More: Trump’s Cuba Rollback Is Paving the Way for Age of “Principled Realism” in Foreign Policy Trump is not a liberator in any sense. His temperament suggests the opposite. It was he who famously said in the campaign: “The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony.” Moreover, and in many ways, the deep state has regrouped and bitten back to avoid losing power and influence in Washington. Even so, he is everything that the center-left fears most, a person who works, despite himself, to discredit the thing they love the most. He has demoralized them beyond consoling. Now we are seeing talk of impeachment. This seems to be some people’s last hope for saving the old faith. Unsustainable But the truth is that, with or without Trump’s reign of chaos, the 20th-century project of enlightened and comprehensive statism is not sustainable for the long run. The welfare programs are drying up and their plans have constantly proven unviable and unworkable. We live in a world in which the miracles of the private commercial sector are all around us, while the failures of statism are everywhere present as well. The old world of command and control just can’t last, not for the long run. Perhaps this is the role that Trump is inadvertently playing in this great drama of history. And this is precisely why his existence is driving the partisans of old-fashioned government planning to psychotropic drugs to control their anger and panic. If you doubt it, I invite you to read the opinion columns of the mainstream press, tomorrow, the next day, the next day, the next day…. Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press. This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

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