Greg Palast’s “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez”

by Scott Creighton

In 2002 after a CIA and Bush White House backed coup, they loaded the democratically elected Hugo Chavez on a helicopter and flew him out over the ocean while the head of the local Chamber of Commerce was sworn in as the new “president’ amid the polite but enthusiastic applause of many Venezuelan businessmen. It was all over an increase in the royalties the big oil companies were going to have to pay the people of Venezuela for taking the oil that belonged to them. Prior to the hydrocarbon law of 2001, they had only been paying back a mere 1%. That was increased to 16.5% cutting Big Oil’s share from 85% to 70. They planned to overthrow him and kill him for a mere 15%… that was the price of the demolition of democracy in 2002. The Big Oil linked “president” from the Chamber of Commerce lasted a day and during that time he disbanded the National Assembly and the Supreme Court (yes folks, there are such things in the “communist dictatorship” of Venezuela). Chavez had seen this coming though and while a march of a million Venezuelans approached and surrounded the presidential palace where the businessmen were plotting their Shah-like dictatorship (perhaps Pinochet is a better reference?), the people and a band of loyal commandos breached the security of the palace and basically told the future dictator and one-day “president” “Bring back Hugo or die. It’s that simple”. Without their buddies in the CIA or drones close at hand, the coup leaders agreed and put in a call to the helicopter with the legitimate president on it, and then they were arrested.

In 2005 Pat Robertson said the following regarding the events:

“Hugo Chavez thinks we’re trying to assassinate him. I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.” “This is a dangerous enemy to our South controlling a huge pool of oil.” “We don’t need another $200 billion war….It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.” Holy-man Pat Robertson

The following is a documentary made about that incident by Greg Palast some time ago. It is still relevant today. An interesting part of the history of the social revolution in Venezuela that you won’t see on the MSM or their fake “alternative” sites like Prison Planet.


8 Responses

  1. Bricks and milk, baby!

  2. Reblogged this on THE CONTENTED SELF.

  3. Today I learned, thanks for that.

  4. […] Scott Creighton – Greg Palast’s “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez” […]

  5. I’m somewhat wary of Palast as he believes in the ‘official’ 911 narrative…Oh yeah and he often works for the BBC which as we all know is the propaganda branch of the UK Gov.

    In my opinion this is a better and more insightful documentary. If you can’t see how great Chavez was, that he loved his people and that his people loved him after watching this then you should watch it again until you see it…

    Great blog Scott, thanks for all your efforts.

    • thank you for the video. I think I put it up once before a while ago, but it certainly deserves another look. And for those who haven’t seen it, you should watch it.

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