Free Ricardo Palmera, negotiator for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Tue Jul 13 01:26:54 BST 2010
Senior FARC figure coaxed to attend peace talks then arrested by US
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NCFRP's Tom Burke interviewed by RT on the Palmera case
FREE RICARDO PALMERA!
We demand the U.S. government free Colombian revolutionary Ricardo
Palmera, a political leader and negotiator for the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Professor Palmera has done nothing
wrong. To the contrary, he consistently defends the sovereignty of
his country, Colombia's independence, and the rights of the Colombian people.
Ricardo Palmera's extradition, imprisonment, and trials are part of
the U.S. Pentagon's counter-insurgency war. Palmera is the latest
victim of the Bush Administration's so-called "War on Terror"; an
unending war that respects no national boundaries and leads to
repression and death around the world.
U.S. WAR IN COLOMBIA - PLAN COLOMBIA
Imposing "Plan Colombia", the U.S. government is intervening directly
in Colombia's civil war -- arming, training, and commanding the
Colombian Military and backing the corrupt government of a small
wealthy elite. The Pentagon's Southern Command gives orders to
Colombia's generals. President Bush has doubled U.S. military
advisors to 800 and contract mercenaries to 600. The U.S.
government's dirty war in Colombia costs over $5 billion in
taxpayers' money. It goes to the Colombian Military and its death
squads who torture and kill trade unionists, students, and peasants.
The paramilitary death squads are part and parcel of the Colombian
state, serving the interests of U.S. corporations like Occidental
Oil, Chiquita Banana, Drummond Coal, and Coca-Cola. Plan Colombia is
a plan for poverty, misery and death. It rains down terror upon
The imprisonment of Ricardo Palmera is a direct result of U.S.
intervention in Colombia's civil war. The FARC formed in 1964 after
Colombia's elites and their U.S. allies violently attacked an
independent peasants' movement. Ricardo Palmera joined the FARC in
1989 after seeing most of his friends and comrades of the Patriotic
Union political party murdered or exiled. The Colombian Military and
their death squads murdered more than 4000 candidates, members, and
elected officials of the Patriotic Union. Today, the FARC is a rebel
army of 28,000 fighting for national liberation. It consists mainly
of peasants and one-third of its fighters are women. However, FARC
members come from all walks of life, including leaders like Professor
Palmera. The FARC fight for social justice, seeking democratic social
and economic change, organizing the poor to overthrow the rich and
become the rulers of society. The FARC opposes the U.S. Empire --
where U.S. corporations steal the oil, coal, minerals, gems, and
agricultural products that belong to the Colombian people. The FARC
appeals to the American people to demand peace, not war, from Bush
and other leaders.
U.S. DESPERATION LEADS TO EXTRADITION
Bush and the U.S. government are desperate. They know the forces of
revolution grow as "Plan Colombia" fails. To try to salvage their
dirty war in Colombia, the U.S. State Department rides roughshod over
Colombian sovereignty. U.S. courtrooms are being used to intervene in
It is absurd that the U.S. Government has extradited Mr. Palmera on
the basis of hostage taking and providing material support to
terrorists. The specifics of the charge concern U.S. contracted
mercenaries who were shot down in their plane over FARC territory
while providing "real time" information on the FARC to the Colombian
Military. A firefight ensued in which one U.S. contractor and a
Colombian sergeant were killed, while three U.S. mercenaries were
captured. The U.S. Justice Department is trying to claim that this
small battle in Colombia's civil war amounts to hostage taking, and
that the long-running guerrilla war is now a "terrorist" action! This
makes a mockery of international law, as Bush attempts to impose U.S.
sovereignty in Colombia.
Professor Palmera's trials are outrageous. At times, it is not just
Ricardo Palmera on trial, but the FARC in its entirety. In the first
trial Judge Hogan initially bought advertising space in Colombian
newspapers and magazines, demanding the FARC appear in his Washington
D.C. courtroom! They are attempting to criminalize the struggle of
the Colombian people, but end up looking arrogant and foolish in
front of the whole world.
Ricardo Palmera is held in solitary confinement -- no family, no
friends, no reporters, not even his own Colombian lawyer can visit.
However, by speaking the truth in court, FARC leader Palmera has
consistently beaten the Bush administration. Palmera won a victory
when the first trial ended in a hung jury. American jurors could not
find Palmera guilty on the three "terrorism" charges and the two
"kidnapping" charges. It was supposed to be a "slam-dunk" for the
U.S. prosecutors, but turned into a big loss on their home turf.
Next the U.S. government re-tried Palmera on the same exact charges.
However before the 2nd trial could even begin, Judge Hogan was caught
cheating with U.S. prosecutor Ken Kohl and had to step down, to
recuse himself. Hogan's replacement, Judge Lamberth refused to allow
Palmera any witnesses. The U.S. prosecutor had dozens of witnesses --
paid informants, lying convicted drug runners, and corrupt Colombian
government officials. At the end of the 2nd trial, the jury could not
find Palmera guilty of "terrorism" charges or the actual kidnapping
charge related to three U.S. military contractors captured and held
by the FARC. Unfortunately, based upon the FARC capturing its enemies
in combat, the jury convicted Palmera of "belonging to a conspiracy
to kidnap". Judge Lamberth added every year of time the U.S.
Prosecutor asked for, producing a 60-year sentence while emphasizing
his "judicial independence and impartiality". At his sentencing
Ricardo Palmera gave a moving and heroic speech, defending himself
and his principles, the FARC and its leadership, and the revolution
of the Colombian people. Ricardo Palmera's speech will one day appear
in history books across Latin America.
The third and fourth trials of Ricardo Palmera involved "drug"
charges, claiming Professor Palmera is part of a vast conspiracy to
import cocaine to the U.S. This claim is like the "weapons of mass
destruction" in Iraq. It is the big lie with no evidence. The FARC
are simply not involved in the production or trafficking of drugs.
This time, seven American jurors declared Ricardo Palmera "not
guilty". Another hung jury, another mistrial, but the U.S. Prosecutor
put Ricardo Palmera on trial again. For the same charges! Another
million-dollar trial with no evidence, only paid informants and
corrupt government officials. In this fourth trial, Palmera won
another hung jury and the U.S. State Department finally gave up and
requested that the charges be dropped.
FREE RICARDO PALMERA!
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alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
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