The Issues Surrounding the Indictment of Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila

Many are probably wondering why I have not jumped on the bandwagon of the Puerto Rico Governors story which everyone is writing about and which has inundated the Hispanic media especially in Puerto Rico. The answer is quite simple. I prefer to take “watch and see” approach especially since I am familiar with the way the U.S. deals with Latin America. While it is possible that there may be some truth to the charges I also have to consider other points and bear in mind when government agencies of the U.S. do something it usually has ulterior and multi-faceted motives and their planning is usually years in the making.

A number of colleagues have already jumped on the story and have expressed their views. A number of political analysts have begun delving into and examining other reasons why the government would pick this time to do this and I think that we should think about this as well.
Obviously the first thing is that it is an election years and bear in mind that the governor is one of the super delegates and a democrat. Both Obama and Hillary were scheduled to meet with Anibal Acevedo Vila in the near future. This incident will most surely cause some problems within the Puerto Rican communities in the states. There is also the simple matter of revenge  voiced by former PNP governor Romero Barcelo who claims to be the finger man or Rat as is known in police terminology. Click here for that story.  This is the same governor who was involved in the Cerro Maravilla incident here in Puerto Rico when he was governor.

Another interesting detail is the governor has suggested that the inquiry was retribution for criticizing the FBI’s shooting of Machetero Filiberto Ojeda Rios and that acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez is doing the bidding of his opponents. The indictment comes as the island’s political parties prepare to face off in the island’s tight gubernatorial elections.  There are quite a number of people who are beginning to agree with the view that this is an object lesson by the U.S. to show the Puerto Rican people who is boss in this colony! That one requires a bit more digging but it is quite plausible given U.S. past history both here on the island, Latin America in general and elsewhere in the world. Bear in mind that the U.S. has traditionally backed rightwing ( Republican ) interest which also means Big Business in their dealing with Latin America.  You can check it out here:   A Timeline of CIA Atrocities. Check out the Latin American countries listed in the timeline. Below are just some of the tactics used in the surveillance operation conducted on American antiwar groups and activists like Abbie Hoffman, whose objectives were to:

1. Gather information on their immorality.
2. Show them as scurrilous and depraved.
3. Call attention to their habits and living conditions.
4. Explore every possible embarrassment.
5. Investigate personal conflicts or animosities between them.
6. Send articles to newspapers showing their depravity.
7. Use narcotics and free sex for entrapment.
8. Have members arrested on marijuana charges.
9. Exploit the hostilities between various persons.
10. Use cartoons and photographs to ridicule them.
11. Use disinformation to confuse and disrupt.
12. Get records of their bank accounts.
13. Obtain specimens of handwriting.
14. Provoke target groups into rivalries that resulted in deaths.

So as you can see things tend to get a bit complicated and you never really know if you are looking at the smoke or the fire! There are a lot of issues being played out here, and I don’t think that the indictment of the governor is the real prize, not by a long shot.  My instincts tell me there is a lot more involved here than meets the eye.
For now I will keep an eye on the ongoing situation and monitor various sources. Some of the locals might be interested in reading Elver Dugo’s editorial which is in Spanish by clicking here.
My advice, Don’t jump to conclusions. DIG, DIG AND DO MORE DIGGING!
El Bohemio 

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One Response to “The Issues Surrounding the Indictment of Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila”

  1. owen reyes Says:

    Article shows littlle first hand knowldege of life in Puerto Rico or a leaning toward anti-anerican, Puerto Rioc is no more like other latin american countries tha England and Spain or France are alike.

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