Yesterday…Dec. 3, 2015…the FBI arrested 10 Puerto Rico government officials and businessmen in a widespread corruption probe.
The 25-count indictment includes extortion, money laundering, wire fraud, and federal program bribery. For the past four years, the 10 arrestees are accused of using Puerto Rico – and the Puerto Rican government budget – as their personal ATM.
The arrestees include Anaudi Hernández Pérez, who is in charge of campaign finances for the Governor of Puerto Rico and for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD); a former vice president of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA); the current head of PRASA purchasing; and the administrator of the Workforce Development Administration (WDA).
In an FBI press release, the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Carlos Cases, is quoted extensively:
“Unfortunately, this is one more case of graft, greed, and corruption that over the last 20 years have contributed to the government of Puerto Rico’s fragile economic condition and [placed it] on the brink of bankruptcy,”
FBI agent Carlos Cases
The U.S. press exploits the arrests
The U.S. business press pounced on the news immediately.
As soon as the FBI issued their press release – on the very same day – Bond Buyer reported that “U.S. Senators have already voiced skepticism about the ability of Puerto Rico’s government to properly govern the island.”
Bond Buyer further wrote that “if some of Puerto Rico’s leaders were involved with the corruption, that would limit the leaders’ abilities to negotiate on financial issues.”
Then, in loud italic lettering, Bond Buyer trumpeted that “Today’s arrests may make the U.S. Congress more likely to approve a control board to run Puerto Rico’s affairs.”
With equal enthusiasm, Caribbean News howled that “the corruption case is a shame for the Puerto Rican government.”
Highly suspicious timing
The FBI arrests are no great shock to long-suffering Puerto Ricans…but the timing is highly suspicious.
They occur at exactly the moment that a five-member “Financial Control Board” is being rammed through the Puerto Rico legislature.
They also occur at exactly the moment that the government of Puerto Rico becomes insolvent, and negotiations on Puerto Rico’s $73 billion debt enter the brass knuckle phase.
It is also unusual for an FBI agent to convene a press conference, in order to discuss 20 years of Puerto Rican history and the “fragile economic condition” of an entire government.
Count the news reports
Over the next few days, it will be a good idea to simply “count the news reports.”
Count how many U.S.-based newspapers report the “corrupt political system” in Puerto Rico, versus how many papers report:
Shame on all of them
Shame on the PPD and PNP in Puerto Rico, the vulture funds in Wall Street, the politicians in both the island and mainland, who position themselves to profit from the misery of other human beings…
Shame on the U.S. business press, and their paid-for propaganda…
Shame on all of them.
They think we don’t see them, or the magnitude of what they’re doing.
They think they can bully and manipulate an entire nation, into embracing the dictatorship of a “Financial Control Board.”
Increasingly, on the global stage, the USA no longer stands for the United States of America. It stands for the United Sociopaths of America…all grabbing and devouring with no regard for consequence.
Is it any wonder, that many Puerto Ricans want no part of them?
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