Chavez: Detained 'mercenary' was a Marine

2012-08-11 12:01

Caracas - President Hugo Chavez said on Friday that a US "mercenary" arrested for entering Venezuela illegally confessed to having served in the Marines and had been to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US state department earlier said it had not been informed about the arrest of any US citizen in Venezuela but that Caracas should "uphold its obligations" and allow consular staff to meet with the detainee if he is indeed an American.

A day after saying said the man of Latino descent appeared to be a "mercenary", Chavez told reporters he had "confessed" to having served in the US Marines.

"He confessed to having been a Marine. He said he had served in the Marines, [but] he refuses to co-operate," Chavez said.

The firebrand leftist leader did not identify the man but said he had been to Iraq in 2006, Jordan in 2007 and Afghanistan various times since 2004.

He said the man was detained in the past week, without giving a specific date.

The state department said in a statement that it had seen reports of the arrest but had not been formally notified by Venezuelan authorities.

"If it has in fact detained a US citizen, we are confident Venezuela will uphold its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and grant US consular officials access to any detained US citizen without delay."

Chavez is a vocal critic of Washington. The United States and Venezuela have had troubled relations for years, and have not had ambassadors in each other's country since 2010.

The Venezuelan president, who took power in 1999, is seeking re-election in October after declaring himself free of the cancer he has battled for a year.

He has often denounced "American imperialism" and accused the United States of seeking to destabilise his government.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-11 12:15

    Hugo Chaves, South America's clown number one.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 12:26

      Like him or not, it has to be admitted that Chavez appears to have looked at the options for what to do with the oil, and to have decided that Norway is perhaps a better model than Nigeria, Saudi Arabi, Iraq?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-11 13:54

      Mgoqi you just don't make sense.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-11 19:47

      . Lets be honest Fidel, If Micky Mouse, was anti American, you would be a Micky Mouse fan. THAT is what it is ALL about; Spew anti Western CRAP !!!

  • Hermann - 2012-08-11 12:16

    Oh the paranoia of a dictator is sickening.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 12:25

      It would be a lot easier to analyse Chavez objectively if there wasn't all this Neo-Con disinformation being dumped by the western media.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-11 12:30

      We analysed him when he came to power, not so?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 12:45

      And your conclusion is......, based on what?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 17:35

      Fidel's Higher Self is trying to tell him that it would be a lot easier for him to analyze Chavez objectively if he changed his obsessive anti-West core belief that he has dumped on himself, and which is obstructing his view. Fidel is distorting the message.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-11 12:18

    There is a stark similarity between this guy and Madlema

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 12:35

    Mr Chavez is spot on to have looked at this and thinking this is the blueprint for his removal. Chavez doesn't have to invent an enemy - he has a real ones in the US, who instigated a coup against his government followed by a Bush financed referendum, which he survived. And in election after election the Venezuelans have voted for Chavez in overwhelming numbers.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 17:37

      Chavez has created his own enemy in the US to gain support among the Venezuelan electorate. It's a childish and manipulative lie that is being exposed. Fidel falls for it hook-line-and-sinker because he himself holds the same immature anti-West core belief. The two resonate.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-11 18:26

      Fidel, ""And in election after election the Venezuelans have voted for Chavez in overwhelming numbers"" But, are elections not; " a noisy circus every 4 to 5 years" !!!!!!!!! You are a first class bullsh.tter !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 18:38

      That is in reference to him being a dictator @$$ hole!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 18:48

      Chavez has all the makings of being a dictator. He is immature, enamored with himself, and Ego centric. He is holding Venezuela back.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 18:54

      The Venezuelans who have kept him in power think otherwise, and it's their opinion that matters, not what you or the US thinks.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-11 19:44

      Fidel, Fully understand why you like Chavez, you admire the same SCUM as him; mugabe, gaddafi and off course this assad MONSTER !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 20:22

      We shall see come October. Chavez hardly has 50% support at present, notwithstanding the expensive social programs he's put in place with Venezuela's oil revenues to garner support for himself.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 22:58

      Yes and I abhor the murdering scum that bomb and destroy other countries in the name of freedom and democrazy, the likes of Nato leaders, that you love some much.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-12 02:44

      But then to Fidel, Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West. Out of this comes his world view. He also amazingly believes the politburo-controled Chinese regime and ex-KGB-officer led Russian regime will bring democracy to the Middle East, democracy that they themselves don't have or understand. Imagine that.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 13:03

    It's a bit disingeneous and hypocritical for the US to exholt any Vienna or Geneva statute when it has refused to ratify them, and has not allowed access to the Guantanamo detainees, which it uniletarally defined as enemy combatants, in complete disregard to any internationally recognised principle. Venezuela should try and hang this counter-revolutionary!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 17:42

      The US somewhat lost its way under Bush and Cheney, following the trauma of 9/11. Understandable and forgivable. This does not eliminate the US's enlightened core principles that are enshrined in its constitution, a first in the history of the world.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 19:02

      Nonsense, the US didn't ratifify the Geneva statues way before 9/11!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 20:27

      The US was an original author of the Geneva Conventions post WW2. It signed and ratified the original treaty, signed the first and second protocols, and signed and ratified the third treaty.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 20:32

      Fidel's obsessive anti-US core belief at work again, distorting reality.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-08-11 13:15

    i lived in south America last year and can you explain why the whole of south america showed growth except venezuela and when they interviewed chavez he blamed it on lowering oil prices and the usa?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 13:21

      You seem to be asking a questions you immediately answer yourself, a self serving practice that enables some abstract commentary that has no relation to facts at hand. Why don't you enlighten us.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-11 14:06

      Mgoqi, he just did enlighten you but you missed it.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 14:10

      Trolling is ultimately pointless and a waste of your time.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-11 18:24

      with the BILLIONS ,Chavez had available, he could hardly have made a bigger f... up !!! Venuzuela is today the most corrupt and dangerous country in South America. But as usual, this Fidel, just wants to spew out some silly and childish anti Western BS !!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-08-11 16:52

    enlighten me then, as clearly you have been to venezuela and seen the corruption first hand by the chavez government

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 18:30

      In Chavez's defence, at least he has tried - judging by the inequalities in that society, previous Venezuelan governments didn't give a damn.. Chavez has an uphill task to lead his country to a system, where all may enjoy the dignity of work and live in peace, if he shows some imperfections during this huge task, then show me any person or system, perfect during inception. Even if a political party and their leader are elected based on socialist change it isn't possible to just change everything overnight, especially after years of degeneration under a right wing administration. Nor is it sensible to do so, as people have to culturally adjust from the 'grab all for yourself' right wing mentality to a more sharing left wing one. Then there's the the whole process of re-directing money and resources to where it is most needed, which isn't an easy task as first you have to uncover where all the capitalists have hidden their money and make them pay back taxes! It's interesting how right-wingers always start shouting about how 'useless' they think left-wing leadership is if there isn't an immediate drastic improvement to everyone's quality of life. To them it seems as if a project has failed if it doesn't bring instant change. Here's a CIA (!?) sourced table showing how Chavez has affected Venezuelan living standards in his 10 years in office. And this is from people who helped to try to kill him....

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 18:45

      There's dark and light in everything. In Chaves's case his ideas are more dark than light, and highly immature. Hence his constitutional reforms were defeated a few years ago. Essentially he is trying to weaken human rights and freedoms in Venezuela, not increase them. He is enamored with himself, sees himself as a great leader. Obviously he is allowing his Ego to be dominant. Regarding living standards, it would be hard not to have a positive effect on these with the rich oil resources Venezuela has, and the dramatic spike in oil prices that has occurred. As with Gaddafi in Libya, Venezuela could be and will be so much more.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-08-11 17:01

    unless you believe those are good enough reasons to be the only country in south america to not show growth , then perhaps you could apply for a post in the chavez government

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-08-11 19:59

    corruption is rife, caracas is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, there is alot of potential in the country but chavezs government are lining their own pockets, state controlled television, and even if he has done 10 percent good, is it not time to stand down and let someone try to take it further, but no he has become addicted to the power trip and no sees himself as the peoples saviour, sound familiar, almost like our neighbour zim

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 21:30

      Yes, he's seeking the right to stand indefinitely. It's the same right enjoyed by any British or Russian politician who, as long as they remain the leader of their party, and as long as they continue to win elections, can stay in prime ministerial office until the day they die. A fair majority of Venezuelans don't seem to mind this, why is it such an issue to outsiders, especially Americans. Might it have sothing to do with that black staff under Venezuelan ground.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 21:51

      The key phrase in Fidel's mind is: "why is it such an issue to outsiders, especially Americans". His liberation is in the very answer to that question: because human consciousness is evolving towards greater individual freedoms and responsibility, not away from it. Contrary to what Fidel believes, it is only the autocratic regimes that allow their leaders to stay in power indefinitely, constricting human freedoms and responsibility. All truer democracies do not. Having been born out of the tyranny of monarchies and other forms of dictatorships, it was decided that limited terms of office were important, even essential. This has its shortfalls, for sure, such as the too-frequent electioneering, and legislative stale-mates that can occur. But limiting terms of office are essential antidotes to corruption, the corruption that singular power can lead to in human Egos.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 21:53

      Fidel doesn't understand this yet because he is trapped in an antiquated Real Politik, dominate-or-be-dominated hegemonic paradigm. He hasn't evolved, hasn't matured his beliefs yet.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-08-11 22:17

    not once did i represent any countries politics or policies, so i cannot understand the referral to russia and the uk, we are talking about chavez and how his policys are driving his country to its knees, and as all media is controlled, how can we be be sure that he is the peoples choice when he is the only choice

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-11 22:21

      Fidel has stated on these very threads that the neo-Soviet Russian regime, led by an ex-KGB officer who slants elections in his favor, controls Russian media, and is itself undemocratic, will bring democracy to the Middle East.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-11 22:53

      @Sammy The referral to Russia and the UK isased on the fact that Venezuelan democracy is not out of the ordinary, it is what their constitution allows, and it doesn't have to be compartable to any other country, it is what they chose. He is not the only choice and that information is readily available if you were not blinded by your prejudices.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-12 02:46

      It is Fidel who blinds himself with extreme anti-West prejudices. Many have pointed this out to him.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-08-12 12:34

    their very constitution that chavez is trying to change, for his own benefit, if you want an example of a president who has given all to his country read about the history of Suriname, almost venezuelas neighbour, and unlike chavez, bouterse the president of suriname has his countrys economy buyount and is adding to the infasttucture and development of the country he bled for

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