José Trías Monge was the Secretary of Justice (aka the Attorney General) of Puerto Rico. He later became a senator, then the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.
Monge was the chief architect, writer, and advocate for the document which became the “constitution” of Puerto Rico.
Monge oversaw the entire “referendum” process that authenticated this constitution, and the “commonwealth” status of Puerto Rico (aka Estado Libre Asociado, ELA).
Monge then testified before the US Congress, and before the United Nations, that Puerto Rico was now a “commonwealth” and no longer a colony.
He betrayed the Puerto Rican people with a farcical, lying “commonwealth” document, and enjoyed the benefits of this betrayal, throughout his entire life.
He was rewarded handsomely for this betrayal, with one government sinecure after another.
Attorney General…Senator…Judge…Chief Justice of the Supreme Court!
And then surprise, surprise…
In the last years of his life, Monge performed a world-class volte face and admitted that Puerto Rico is a colony!
Puerto Rico: Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World was published in 1997 by the Yale University Press.
Monge had allowed thousands of Puerto Ricans to get arrested and go to jail under Public Law 53. He helped the FBI to develop secret “carpetas” on 100,000 Puerto Ricans. He allowed Pedro Albizu Campos to be tortured for years in La Princesa, just three hundred feet away from the Governor’s Mansion.
After a lifetime of abusing other people, so that he could enjoy a privileged life…Monge’s conscience was bothering him. And so he published Trials of the Oldest Colony, and wrote that: “Puerto Rico has become, to its embarrassment and that of the United States, the oldest colony in the modern world.”
José Trías Monge’s deathbed conversion earns him a great distinction: he is the Sammy Glick of Puerto Rican politics.
He finally admitted the truth, just in time to meet St. Peter.