NOVEMBER IN JULY: REPUBLICANS START ELECTION FRAUD EARLY
MCCAIN BRINGS SLIGHT-OF-HAND SHOW TO CANADA, MEXICO, COLUMBIA
MAGICALLY, HOSTAGES ARE FREED WHEN JOHN SHOWS UP
"Video of the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt"
"Freed Hostage Denounces Colombian Rebels"
Columbian President Uribe Says "Coincidence"
Notice the difference in these two videos: In the first one, hostages show an immediate emotional reaction when they learn they have just been freed. In the second video, shot after several days of coaching and "debriefing" on a Texas military base, a freed hostage coldly reads a statement prepared by a political professional, denouncing the ideology of his captors. Of course, if you look closely at the first video, shot during the actual "rescue," you'll notice that it seems to be a pretty calm event, if not a staged one. No gunfire, no shaky cameras, no screaming or shouting. It looks like a hand-over, an exchange of money for hostages, a business deal. That's what Swiss radio news says it was: A put-up job. Was it staged for troubled Presidential candidate John McCain's benefit?
For no apparent reason, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain shows up in the drug and terror infested nation of Columbia, one of Bushco's last remaining right-wing friends in the world, and BINGO: U.S. corporate mercenary soldiers and one Franco-Columbian celebrity hostage are released, under bizarre circumstances.
The Columbians say they sent their brave commando's to some drama academy to learn the craft of acting well enough to fool the "narco-terroristas" into thinking they were comrades. No, really! Method acting, or classical? Broadway or Stratford-upon-Avon? "Bite the onion" or "smell the fart"? It doesn't say.
The Columbian commando's then used their "acting skills" to convince the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) guys that the commando's' Columbian government helicopter was one of the rebels', although they don't have any, presumably. Or maybe it was a rental. ¿Quién sabe? No biggie. The FARC gunmen didn't seem to care. Presumably because the Columbian government says the rebels have a "medieval communications system," so they never knew what hit them until the hostage rescue was over. Mm-hm.
In case you don't believe their story, the Columbian actor/ commando's videotaped the whole thing. Standard procedure in a dangerous commando operation: Take home-movies. The last such effort ended with the slaughter of the hostages and the commando's, so, of course, you'd want a keepsake. (DVD's will be sent to every member of the Academy, and the Golden Globes voters.)
In the video, the allegedly terrified, under-nourished, maltreated hostages are shown laughing, smiling and complaining before they ever knew they were about to be rescued and not executed. They look pretty good, too, like they'd had a month off from hostaging. And their captors seem cool with all that's going on. As if they'd seen the script. And been payed to play their roles.
That's what a Swiss source claims: The U.S. Government, which "NEVER" negotiates with terrorists, paid the FARC $20 million to let their hostages go after many years, just when candidate McCain happened to breeze into town for no apparent reason. (Unless McCain wanted to remind us that most of his staff are former, current or future lobbyists for icky people and foreign governments looking to screw American workers, like, say Uribe or his government.)
Uribe's people say, Hey, if we were going to do a deal with FARC, we would NEVER tell the U.S., cuz they don't want to know. So, since McCain obviously knew, then it must have been the U.S. that did the deal. The acting thing is what really gave it away. They prob'ly got the commandos from an ad in Variety. I bet they didn't even use SAG/ Equity professionals, those right-wing union-busting bastards!
This doesn't sound like the Republicans at all, does it? Hey, anybody wanna fly a birthday cake and a Bible to the Ayatollah? You know, just to get him in the mood to accept U.S. arms in exchange for hostages? Nah, never happen... October surprise, anyone? Wonder where McCain will be around Halloween? Trick-or-treating in Pakistan?
There are still citizen-soldiers, but they're for sale or rent. Your tax dollars, er, not at work, uh, no, not really...
[More on U.S. "private contractors" fighting the "war On Drugs."]
[Cross-posted at Democracy For California.]
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: THE SWAMP
"McCain and the Colombian hostage rescue"
NARCO NEWS BULLETIN
"Uribe’s Attack on Obama"
THE TIMES OF LONDON
"Brilliant or a sham? Questions asked over Ingrid Betancourt rescue"
"`Che' Shirts, Fake Rebels, Acting Class Helped Free Betancourt "
"Inside the brazen hostage rescue in Colombia"
"Bold Colombia Rescue Built on Rebel Group’s Disarray"
NEW ZEALAND HERALD
"Colombian hostage crisis ends bloodlessly "
"Source: US Military Special-Ops Team, and Not the Colombian Army, Carried Out Hostage Rescue in Colombia"
ALL SPIN ZONE
"Coinkydinks? McCain Travels To Colombia; Hostages Freed"
"So, That's Why McCain Went to Colombia"
"Colombia seizes 'Farc' explosives "
Another staged non-event in the phony "War On Drugs"?
"The hostage story is not the whole truth"
A view of the show from Bogota.
"US hostages are in good shape: military"
Hostages held for spin session on Texas Army base.
RADIO SUISSE ROMANDE
"Ingrid Betancourt: une libération achetée?"
Freed Hostage Ingrid Betancourt: A Bought "Liberation"?
"Libération d'Ingrid Betancourt: ce que ne dit pas la version officielle"
Liberation of Ingrid Betancourt: What the official version didn't say.
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