The forts of parapolitics
(Translated by Natalia Jaramillo, a CSN Volunteer Translator)
The men that surround democratic security
Political reality of this country leaves us more astonished every day. The population is in lethargy or, maybe, worn out in relation to everything that goes on around them, so they can’t react in real time – confront - to the policies and/or the situations that are imposed in a devastating way.
It is worrying how a great percentage adapts to such unequal and unbalanced conditions in all aspects. Fortunately Colombia hasn’t suffered a “natural” disaster like Haiti, Chile and other countries. But it is living a social, humanitarian and political catastrophe that is sustained and deepened with time, that has a number of victims very similar to the disasters in other countries, if we count persons that have been disappeared, murdered, massacred and displaced.
“This weekend the elections for Senate and the House of Representatives will take place. It is important to remember the situation of Uribist politicians, who fell in the clutches of the narco-parapolitical mafia, to the disgrace of the political class and our poor democracy. Some of them, who are being investigated and prosecuted or who are already penalized, are replaced in their political fief by family members or by friends. Other politicians, who are also members of such circles, have changed the name of their political groups in order to mask their shameful alliances.
The characters Group Delinquent acts in the politics of democratic security
Juan Manuel Santos U Party · False positives · Meetings with Paramilitaries and with the Capital Bloc (Bloque Capital)
Andrés Felipe Arias, aka "Uribito" (Little Uribe) Conservative Party · Carimagua (displacement and land theft, given to the private sector) · AIS (Agro Ingreso Seguro) – “Safe Agro Income” Program (Financing projects to benefit big landowners and the elections of the failed reelection)
Fernando Londoño Ex-Minister · Defendant of the Ralito Pact signed by Jorge Noguera, ex-director of DAS (Administrative Security Department); of the “false positives”; of the massacres taken place in San José de Apartadó, in Santo Domingo and in Cajamarca; of the multinational Chiquita Brands and their support to paramilitary groups in Urabá. He was also defendant of the conspiratorial alliances with paramilitaries against other governments. · Prosecuted in the Invercolsa case
Fabio Valencia Cossio Minister · Linked to the scandals and relations with parapoliticians in Antioquia, like Ramón Isaza. · Also, he has permanent relations with politicians already prosecuted in parapolitics
Guillermo León Valencia Cossio Ex-Director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Medellín · Public Prosecutor of Antioquia, currently accused as, among other issues, Narco-paramilitary
José Obdulio Gaviria Uribe’s Advisor · Uribe’s Advisor, linked to illegal interceptions to Courts and social organizations. He has been pointed as one of the persons that received reports of the interceptions and, at the same time, ordered the criminal action
Edmundo del Castillo Uribe’s Advisor · Legal Secretary of the Presidency, linked to the illegal interceptions to Courts and social organizations. He was in charge of silencing the employees involved in these processes.
Bernardo Moreno Uribe’s Advisor · General Secretary of the Presidency linked to the illegal interceptions to Courts and social organizations. He was pointed as one of the persons that ordered this criminal action
Francisco Santos Vice President · Inspirator of “Bloque Capital” (Capital Bloc)
Sabas Pretelt Diplomatic · Bribery (public servant that accepts, for himself or for others, money or other profit or promise of remuneration, direct or indirect, for an act that he should execute while performing his duties). · Negotiating votes for Uribe’s reelection in 2006
Diego Palacios Minister · Bribery (public servant that accepts, for himself or for others, money or other profit or promise of remuneration, direct or indirect, for an act that he should execute while performing his duties). · Negotiating votes for Uribe’s reelection in 2006
Luis Camilo Osorio Diplomatic · Links with paramilitarism – without real investigation · Linked to parapolitics in Sucre · Shelved processes against members of the Military linked to crimes against humanity or to paramilitarism, like the case of Rito Alejo del Río, ideologist of paramilitarism and member of the Army
Andrés Fernández Acosta Minister of Agriculture · AIS – Agro Ingreso Seguro (Safe Agro Income program)