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Wed Jun 11, 2014, 08:23 PM

Colombian paramilitary financier says Uribe extradited him to keep quiet about regime’s paramilitary

Source: Colombia Reports

Colombian paramilitary financier says Uribe extradited him to keep quiet about regime’s paramilitary ties
Jun 11, 2014 posted by Nicolas Bedoya


[font size=1]Juan Carlos el "Tuso" Sierra (Photo: Semana) [/font]

A former Colombian drug trafficker and paramilitary financier declared that former Colombia President Alvaro Uribe extradited him to the US to shut him up about disclosing information about high-ranking officials with paramilitary ties, according to an interview with W Radio.

In an exclusive interview with Colombia’s W Radio, Juan Carlos Sierra, alias “El Tuso,” said that he was double-crossed by Uribe and was extradited by his administration in order to silence him from speaking-out about the regime’s alleged paramilitary ties.


“I was extradited to not tell the truth,” said Sierra, and since then his case has been politicized.

In the interview, Sierra declared that several companies, businessmen, politicians, and military officials were intimately involved and supportive of the paramilitaries.

Sierra was clearly apprehensive and refused to name specific companies and businessmen because of “limits to what he could say,” but he did mention, ”We met many people from the Armed Forces of which we were in contact and received help in exchange for money.”



Read more: http://colombiareports.co/paramilitary-financier-says-uribe-extradited-keep-quiet/




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Peace Patriot Jun 2014 #1
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Thu Jun 12, 2014, 12:53 PM

1. Of all the smelly things in U.S./Colombia relations--

--things that smell like rotting dead things, but you can't quite see the thing itself (like having a dead rat behind the refrigerator)--all those extraditions of Colombian criminals, from Colombia to the U.S. federal prison system, arranged by Bush Junta appointee Ambassador William Brownfield and Bush Junta 'made man' in Colombia Alvaro Uribe, stink among the worst.

Tell me again why Colombian convicts are in U.S. prisons! Why they are there (or were there) AT ALL. Why they were wafted out of Colombia in midnight operations against the opposition of Colombian prosecutors. Why their records were buried out of reach by the U.S. federal court. Why SOME OF THEM are now OUT OF PRISON and getting work visas in the U.S.

Dead things, rotting behind the refrigerator.

"The former paramilitary financier was released in April 2013 from a prison in Virginia and has been granted a work visa by US immigration...". --from the OP (my emphasis)


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Though El Tuso refuses to re-name names in this interview, the article lists the names that he has previously mentioned, and they make quite a Rogue's Gallery of CLOSE ALLIES OF THE PENTAGON AND THE CIA in Colombia during the Bush Junta.

Dead things, rotting behind the refrigerator.

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 06:32 PM

2. Interesting post. I also wonder why Colombians are extradited to serve time in

US prisons, against the wishes of Colombian prosecutors. Why don't US authorities want them to be imprisoned in Colombia? And after all, why are they being freed from US prisons to get work visas in the US?

I think Colombian convicts should be imprisoned in Colombia and that those imprisoned in the US, once they serve their sentences, should be sent back to Colombia. Ordinarily I'm in favor of making immigration into the US easier, but not for criminals.

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 12:03 PM

3. Well, I think it's more than just weird U.S. 'police state' policy.

It IS weird. And it also shows what happens to countries that are invaded by the U.S. "war on drugs"--they LOSE their sovereignty.

But, more than this, we had a situation with Bush/Uribe whereby the U.S. colluded on a coverup of Uribe's crimes (and, if the truth were known, Bush Junta crimes) in Colombia. Thus, prisoners who had intimate knowledge of Uribe's close ties to rightwing death squads and drug trafficking, for instance, could be--and were--'extradited' out of Colombia, and away from nosey and outraged Colombian prosecutors, and placed in the power of U.S. federal prison authorities, and U.S. federal courts (both of which played along) and, ultimately in the power of the President or whoever the Hell was (and still is) running our government.

I don't think that most of our people have any idea of the level of corruption of U.S. policy in Latin America, especially in U.S. client states, Colombia and Honduras. Also, our people don't know that this mafia don, Uribe, who ran Colombia during the Bush Junta, is included in the general amnesty that Obama agreed to, for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and other Bush Junta thieves and war criminals.

When Obama announced that "we need to look forward not backward" on Bush Junta crimes, i.e., that there are some people who are too powerful to prosecute (they teach that at Harvard Law School), I waited to see if Uribe would be included in this glittery company of the immune. I wasn't sure he would be because he is SO DIRTY--over a hundred of his closest cronies, including family members, already in jail or under investigation for death squad activity, drug trafficking, election fraud and other crimes, and Uribe himself with a history of ties to rightwing death squads that goes back to the beginning of his career. I thought he might be considered too much of an embarrassment and thus a hindrance to U.S./corporate aims in Latin America. But no, he was soon TEACHING AT HARVARD! --with a cushy academic sinecure also at Georgetown (where George Tenet is an alum). Gawd. They aren't just protecting him--they're HONORING him! Further, the U.S. State Department intervened in a U.S.-filed lawsuit against Drummond Coal for its death squads in Colombia, to insure that Uribe would not be required to testify. AND somebody in State had the bright idea of appointing Uribe to a prestigious international legal commission (the one investigating Israel's firing on a peace boat--Uribe no doubt did U.S. bidding in that forum, in a tit for tat).

This is a big deal--the Obama administration covering up the crimes of the Bush Junta, including the crimes of their 'made man' in Colombia. And I think it reveals that it is not only Colombians and Hondurans who have lost their sovereignty to the U.S./corporate international police state. Our Constitution is in shreds. Our elections are now a corporate 'TRADE SECRET." The international legal order--the Geneva Conventions, etc.--that was so hard-won in WW II, is in shreds. The bad guys are in charge and no one--not the President of the U.S., nor the legal authorities in Colombia, nor anybody else--has the power to move against them.

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