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US is a refuge for criminals, Evo Morales says

Press TV – September 8, 2012

Bolivian President Evo Morales has said the United States has become a “refuge for criminals” in response to Washington’s refusal to extradite a former Bolivian president wanted in connection with the deaths of 63 people.

“Yesterday (Thursday), a document arrived from the United States, rejecting the extradition of people who have done a lot of damage to Bolivia,” Morales said in a speech in La Paz on Friday, Reuters reported.

Bolivia’s Supreme Court is seeking the extradition of former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada so he can be tried for complicity in the deaths of 63 people during an army crackdown on anti-government protesters in October 2003.

The 82-year-old was twice elected president of Bolivia. He resigned during the violence of 2003, and fled to the US, along with several of his ministers, 13 months into his second term as president.

Bolivia has been demanding the extradition of Sanchez de Lozada and his ministers since 2003.

Morales said the US tried to justify its rejection of Bolivia’s extradition request by saying that a civilian leader should not be tried for crimes committed by the military.

Morales, who became the first indigenous leader of Bolivia in nearly 500 years in January 2006, called the US a “paradise of impunity” and a “refuge for criminals.”

He has said that Latin American countries are in rebellion against the US after years of domination by their northern neighbor.

“It’s yet another display of the US government’s double moral standard,” said Rogelio Mayta, a lawyer who represents victims of the 2003 bloodshed.

Bolivia’s opposition leaders also demanded that Sanchez de Lozada be extradited and denounced the US ruling.

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  1. Evo Morales would be so much more believable if he equally criticized his fellow South American country of Ecuador for not giving up Julian Paul Assange who’s subject to a European Arrest Warrant…

    I guess that to the likes of Evo Morales unless the extradition request comes from a 3rd world country its OK to ignore/deny the request… Of course, under those circumstances considering your own extradition request the equivalent of a moral order is quite hypocritical…


    Comment by Bambi | September 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Look at what the white house and state department are arguing here. That politicians are above the law, and those who follow their unlawful orders are alone to blame. Obama immune for assassinations and war crimes, but soldiers and agents are expendable, just as Henry Kissinger remarked to General Al Haig:

    In Haig’s presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy. Kissinger often took up a post outside the doorway to Haig’s office and dressed him down in front of the secretaries for alleged acts of incompetence with which Haig was not even remotely involved. Once when the Air Force was authorized to resume bombing of North Vietnam, the planes did not fly on certain days because of bad weather. Kissinger assailed Haig. He complained bitterly that the generals had been screamin for the limits to be taken off but that now their pilots were afraid to go up in a little fog. The country needed generals who could win battles, Kissinger said, not good briefers like Haig…..’

    President Evo Morales is correct of course in “hitting the nail on the head” and see concentrations of expatriates who were used as counter-revolutionaries and fled to the US into the arms of their bosom buddies in the CIA, USAID, NED, and Pentagon’s SOF bands of murderous mercenaries, as is the case with al-Qaeda and the Mossad.

    While I am at, here is another impressive report on Evo Morales: ‘……. Bolivia’s Morales, addressing the full conference, cited families already being deprived of water because of warming and drought, and islanders facing the loss of homes from seas rising from global warming.

    If governments move away from strong, mandatory emissions reductions, “then we will be responsible for `ecocide,’ which is equivalent to genocide because this would be an affront to mankind as a whole,” he said.

    The Bolivians, leading a group of dissident, left-leaning Latin American governments here, have complained about closed consultations limited to a select number of delegations. Morales echoed that complaint in his passionate, 20-minute speech, raising questions anew about whether his Bolivarian coalition will block consensus on items before the assembly……’


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | September 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Unfortunately Morales undermines his credibility by citing “facing” (a faith based pretext) as a rationale for energy policies which would gravely harm the world’s poorest.

      The widely touted claims of twelve years ago that we would see 100,000,000 climate refugees by 2010 never came to pass. In fact the areas that were supposed to become arid and uninhabitable are now seeing the desert edges receding.


      Comment by aletho | September 9, 2012 | Reply

      • Dire predictions are always hard to take, and I for one, rejoice when the fail to materialize; irrespective of my prior pronouncements.

        I truly hope and would pray, but that would be blasphemously ironical as a non-believer in divinity or such intervention. Not to mix politics with religion, but the dangers arraying on some many fronts simultaneously. Their is drought and lower crop yields.

        Radiation from Fukushima is contaminating air, land, and water continuously; and with Mount Fuji about to explode from tectonically driven forces miles below the surface, we downrange from the consequences, which I surmise would include the plunging spent fuel pool in unit 4, setting off adjacent cooling ponds producing an overwhelming dosage of radiation; that can be multiplied if other nuclear power plants suffer the same fate as Fukushima spreading around the world, where other power plants and volcanoes can or will ignite on ‘The Ring of Fire’ perhaps sealing our fate this year.

        I will not take wiggle-room for shelter, I have brought N95 face-mask and live on the bank of a creek, so water is assured. Survival will be the daily challenge, and no place to escape to. But, I am warning people of the dangers, not the messengers who were over worried and put-forth their worse case scenario. If that is what is takes to give an issue the hearing it deserves, then “shouting fire in a crowded theater” is still better than letting them die in their sleep!


        Comment by Bill Mitchell | September 9, 2012 | Reply

        • If a global warming scenario were to reappear, it would logically result in far higher crop yields worldwide because plants do much better in warmer climates, especially given that higher temperatures cause greater evaporation from the oceans resulting in a more active fresh water cycle. More moisture coupled with higher temperatures = greater agricultural yields.


          Comment by aletho | September 9, 2012 | Reply

          • That is what I want to hear, and hope that is what happens. But in that rain, as in the ocean from which it derived, will be radiation from Fukushima and perhaps other locations, as seismic activities shakes the world inexorably. We know of the

            We can remember Mt St Helena, and know of Mt. Vesuvius and Krakatoa. The major differences between then and now, as we learned on March 11, 2012; nuclear power plants change the dynamic decidedly against survival in the near and geological time frames.


            Comment by Bill Mitchell | September 9, 2012 | Reply

            • The “man made global warming” paradigm serves as the rationale behind the development of a new generation of nuclear power facilities. This is one of the primary agendas behind the fraud. That makes it urgent to expose and undermine the propaganda.


              Comment by aletho | September 9, 2012 | Reply

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