Η κρατική αεροπορική εταιρεία της Κολομβίας, η οποία μετέφερε τα ναρκωτικά της Κολομβίας στην Συρία και το Ιράν μέσω της Βενεζουέλας, είναι η Conviasa.
Η Conviasa είχε ένα εβδομαδιαίο δρομολόγιο Βενεζουέλα-Συρία-Ιράν, μέσω του οποίου ο Ούγκο Τσάβεζ έστελνε κόκα της Κολομβίας στην Συρία και το Ιράν, και στην επιστροφή ο Άσαντ και ο Αχμαντινεντάντ έστελναν όπλα και μετρητά στον Τσάβεζ. Ο Τσάβεζ και ο Αχμαντινετζάντ αποκαλούσαν χαιδευτικά την πτήση “aeroterro”. Οι λιγοστοί επιβάτες της εβδομαδιαίας πτήσης ήταν αξιωματικοί των μυστικών υπηρεσιών των τριών χωρών και τρομοκράτες.
Όπως καταλαβαίνετε μέσω της Κύπρου και της Κρήτης την κόκα του Ούγκο Τσάβεζ περνούσαν στην Ελλάδα η Χεζμπολάχ και το PKK, σε συνεργασία με την 17 Νοέμβρη, ή όπως θέλετε να ονομάστε τα αντίστοιχα δίκτυα στην Ελλάδα.
Προφανώς από την ίδια διαδρομή περνάει και η ηρωίνη του Αφγανιστάν. Εννοώ από τις καλλιέργειες του Αφγανιστάν που ελέγχονται από τους Σιίτες και όχι από τους Ταλιμπάν.
Ο Ούγκο μας έφτιαχνε αδέλφια....
Ο Ούγκο μας έφτιαχνε αδέλφια....
“Sanctioning Venezuela’s ‘aero-terror’”, Ιούνιος 2011
U.S. authorities established that on previous trips to Iran, Kadir met with Iranian official Mohsen Rabbani, who is wanted in Argentina for his role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in . Buenos Aires
Tomorrow the House Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a joint subcommittee hearing on "
’s Sanctionable Activity." The hearing follows the Obama administration’s recent announcement of sanctions against Venezuela Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and a military armaments entity for illicit dealings with . Iran
Congress has been at the forefront in pressing the administration to further unravel the dangerous Venezuela-Iran relationship to identify and sanction activities found to be aiding
Iran’s international sanctions-busting campaign and that threaten security interests. There is no shortage of opportunities. It is, as they say, a target-rich environment. U.S.
In fact, the next target should be the Venezuelan airline Conviasa, which is operating secretive weekly flights between
Venezuela, Iran, and . We do not know for certain who or what is aboard these flights because passengers are not subject to immigration and customs controls and cargo manifests are not made public. Syria
Published reports, however, indicate the flights are ferrying terrorists and weapons between the Western Hemisphere and the
Middle East, meaning that that these flights should be targeted immediately using Treasury Department anti-terrorism authorities.
For example, it was widely reported that Abdul Kadir, a Guyanese national who is serving a life sentence for his role in the 2007 terrorist plot to explode fuel tanks and pipelines at
John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, was arrested in Trinidad as he was attempting to board a flight to . From there, he was to planning to continue on to Venezuela on the Conviasa flight. Iran
Rabbani has also been identified by Brazilian intelligence as someone who continues to covertly travel to
Brazil and other countries in the region seeking converts to Iran’s radical version of Islam for training in . They say he enters the continent aboard the Conviasa flight, which they have dubbed "Aero-Terror." Iran
Citing Western intelligence reports, La Stampa of
reports that the bulk of the passengers are made up of intelligence officials and military officers of the three countries. It also said the flights are designed to move military and military-related matériel between Italy Venezuela, Iran, and that are banned under international sanctions, such as components for missile systems. Syria
U.S. officials have already expressed their concerns publicly about the flights, so now is the time to act.
Under Executive Order 13324, either the State or Treasury Departments can designate Conviasa as an entity providing material support for terrorism through its services to suspect individuals and entities and thereby bar it from engaging in U.S.-dollar-denominated transactions.
Since most international transactions are done in U.S. dollars, such a measure would effectively cripple "Aero-Terror" operations, as most foreign banks would simply prohibit business with Conviasa rather than imperil their broader access to the
financial system. U.S.
Iran is pursuing a head-long campaign to ward off international sanctions and preposition assets in the event of its cold war with the West turning hot — and its pliant ally in Hugo Chavez is all-too-willing to be an accomplice in that effort. The
has the means to deter this growing menace before it’s too late. All that’s needed is the will to act. U.S.
remains the world's largest producer of raw coca, which is refined into
cocaine. In the past, most of the narcotics were smuggled northwards to the
Caribbean, for onward passage to Europe or Colombia . But today the cocaine is
more likely to go over the eastern frontier into America . Venezuela 's
transformation into a drug-runners' haven has several causes. Mr Chavez, who
calls President George W Bush the "devil", has officially ended all
cooperation with Venezuela 's
anti-narcotics campaign. America
half of 's
cocaine'”, 2008 Britain
President Hugo Chavez's
become the key trafficking route for most of the cocaine sold on 's
streets, anti-drugs officials believe. Britain
Last year, about 250 tons of cocaine are thought to have passed through
to a five-fold increase on 2004. Much of this ended up in Venezuela . Britain
Anti-drugs officials estimate that more than 50 per cent of all the cocaine consumed in
Britain has been trafficked through - under
the "revolutionary" regime of Mr Chavez. The figure could be as high
as two thirds. Venezuela
Senior commanders in
security forces are thought to be profiting from the trade and actively helping
the smugglers, notably by allowing them to use military airfields. Venezuela
magnet for drug trafficking right now. It's a huge problem," said a senior
member of another Latin American government. " Venezuela is a Bermuda Triangle for
A crucial change in the global pattern of narcotics smuggling is now underway.
Here, drugs bound for Europe are loaded onto long-range aircraft and flown across the Atlantic to
West Africa. Small countries with
little ability to police their airspace or coastlines, notably Guinea-Bissau, Senegal
are key transit points. The flights are unloaded at these locations and the
drugs shipped onwards to Sierra Leone Europe.
Under Mr Chavez,
has become the crucial link in this chain. Drug-runners are relatively safe
from arrest inside his domain. Venezuela
In 1998 - the last year before Mr Chavez came to office -
security forces made 11,581 drug-related arrests. By 2005, this had plummeted
to only 1,082. Venezuela
The performance has been better this year, with 1,979 arrests recorded between January and March. But the totals are still well below the numbers achieved before Mr Chavez won power.
Perhaps more seriously, however, he has also stopped cooperating with
right-wing government he denounces as an American "puppet". Colombia
"There has been a turnaround in our policy since 2000," said Rocio San Miguel, the head of Citizen Control, a Venezuelan organisation monitoring the country's armed forces.
"Since that time, there has been no bilateral cooperation between the two governments over the border. Traditionally, borders in
have been grey, lawless areas. One of the most active borders in all of Latin
America is the frontier between Colombia
It's impossible to oversee this border if there's no cooperation between the
two countries." Venezuela
Moreover, Mr Chavez has a longstanding relationship with Marxist rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). These guerrillas fund their insurgency by smuggling drugs - and they have a presence on Venezuelan territory which is, at the very least, tolerated.
Behind all this, however, lurks corruption in Mr Chavez's security forces. Documented cases suggest that members of the army, police and National Guard are actively helping the traffickers.
Last June, four smugglers were arrested at the main airport on
Island while loading 2.2 tons of
cocaine onto an aircraft bound for . They did not expect
to be caught because five police officers from the CICPC, an elite
investigative unit, were part of their gang and had escorted them into the
airport. Sierra Leone
In 2006, a DC-9 aircraft carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine was seized after landing in
plane had departed from Mexico Simon Bolivar Airport
in Venezuela's capital, . Officials
believe that such a huge quantity of drugs could only have been loaded onto the
DC-9 with the collusion of the airport's security authorities. Caracas
Much of the cocaine smuggled out of
is flown over the border in light aircraft. Anti-drugs officials, who track
these illicit flights, say they have landed at military airfields inside Colombia . Venezuela
Here, the cocaine has been transferred onto long range planes, generally Gulfstreams, Boeing 727s or DC-9s, for the onward journey to
US authorities have
monitored numerous shipments of cocaine from the Venezuelan coast to .
Trinidad and Tobago 's
latest "Narcotics Control Strategy Report" says they are "often
facilitated and protected by members of the Venezuelan military". America
The Latin American official said he had "no doubt" that senior figures in
security forces were helping the smugglers. He pointed to the presence on
Venezuelan territory of notorious drugs barons. Venezuela
Wilber Varela, the leading figure in
Norte del Valle cartel, lived in until he was murdered in
January, possibly by a rival trafficker. After the demise of the Venezuela Medellin and
cartels, the Norte del Valle network is a leading force behind the drugs trade. Cali
Other senior figures in this network may still be at large in
Because of Mr Chavez's poisonous relations with Venezuela - and the absence of
security cooperation - they believe they are safe from arrest and extradition. Colombia
No evidence suggests that Mr Chavez is personally linked to the drugs trade - nor that he has profited from smuggling. But anti-drugs officials believe that Mr Chavez must be aware of collusion between traffickers and
security forces. Venezuela
For his part, Mr Chavez has denounced the drugs trade as "evil" and pledged to act. Earlier this month, he urged FARC to end its insurgency. But there has been no crackdown on corruption inside
's security forces. Venezuela