But the Venezuelan conspiracy was foiled when Chavez decided to modify the regional military command structure and the retired military would-be coupsters found they did NOT have the critical support or strength of force necessary to enact a successful coup.
- Otaiza says that Chavez' strategic thinking, and internal changes to the military hierarchy have achieved a complete transformation of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and there is no doubt that the President has a firm grasp of its top brass.
The new structure immediately upset a series of "business ventures" in which serving soldiers had been engaged, and there was a growing sense of unease in some (corrupt) groups with the result that the retired military officers found they did not have the necessary strength or forcefulness necessary for a coup, although it was realized that they could be seen as a provocation and encouragement to some officers to join the lost cause ... "they would serve as a channel (for rebellion) and had a number of trained personnel to stir up strong anti-government media campaigns."
Otaiza -- who was in charge of the presidential protection team until he was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident -- stressed that some sectors of the Venezuelan media have criminal intent in their reporting of events. He singled out the opposition-controlled 24/7 TV news channel, Globovision as being very much involved in criminal undertakings to overthrow the elected government.
Meanwhile, Otaiza says the ex-Minister of Defense General Raul Isias Baduel and several other former Ministers had deliberately delayed the implementation of Chavez' changes within the Armed Forces because their allegiances lay elsewhere ... that the United States military has had too much influence over Venezuela's strategic defense and military planning since World War 2 and that since he (Chavez) came to power, that influence has been in steady decline.
Chavez' last Thursday announcement that a number of high-ranking suspects had been detained shows that the foiled assassination/coup d'etat is part of an update onslaught against Venezuela and its neighbors in Latin America to violate each nation's sovereign rights and to subjugate Latin America to Washington's dictate. The President has also warned Bolivia's Evo Morales and Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that the situation today is different from that which existing when the CIA-coup against Salvador Allende was staged and Augusto Pinochet was installed as a puppet of both Washington and London.
President Chavez now urges opposition sectors in Venezuela "to refrain from embarking on such a venture," since they will be resolutely rejected with "a heavy revolutionary blow."
- Already on the eve of Venezuela's 9/11, VTV 'La Hojilla' TV-host Mario Silva had released a video recording of two generals and a vice admiral talking about plans to assassinate Chavez, including the downing of the presidential plane or the bombing the Miraflores Presidential Palace.
Communications & Information (Minci) Minister Andres Izarra says that he has intelligence reports that show the involvement of private media executives --including directors of Globovision and the El Nacional daily -- in the subversive plan. Izarra described media blackout as "surprising" but added that he had already experienced similarities with the days prior to April 11, 2002, coup d'etat when he had been a news director at Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) and decided to resign rather than be forced to censor the news of President Chavez' return to power. Meanwhile, the mainly opposition, privately-owned media had maintained a discomforted silence over the VTV coup/assassination revelations with the result that Chavez ordered a simultaneous television and radio rebroadcast of the video on all terrestrial channels for the whole nation to see and hear.
TV journalist Mario Silva says he had additional information about the alleged involvement of former Defense Minister, retired General Raul Isaias Baduel, and a prominent shipping executive in the plans. He says "we will present all these testimonies to the National Assembly and the Attorney General's Office as soon as possible because the Venezuelan people must be made aware that these people are talking about bombing Caracas and using planes to attack the Miraflores Palace."
"That is whey we are calling on all of the people to immediately mobilize to prevent such criminal plans from going unpunished, or ending up as a simple police complaint that's filed away in a convenient drawer to be forgotten."
Roy S. Carson
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