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Venezuela-Chavez Update * Schedule of Prisoner-Killings

09 December 2002

"I will not give in to blackmail nor pressures of any kind. I swear to you that I will be with the people my entire life. You brought me here and you are the only ones who can get rid of me. Nobody else is going to take me out of here."

- Venezuela President Hugo Chavez

Saturday, December 7, 2002

1) The War on Freedom Review - Who knew?
2) Berlin Declaration - "The war on terrorism does not work."
3) Venezuela-Chavez Update - What's Really Happening
4) TollBells Schedule of Prisoner-Killings

Editor's Notes:

Items 1 and 2 are posted at this URL link:,1182,

Item 3, (thanks to the Narco News), reports on what is really going on in Venezuela. The bogus TV reports are really disgusting, and in actuality, are in alliance with attacks on freedom. The oil people are going crazy these days. Meanwhile a report just came in on a study declaring that a war on Iraq could cost around $1.9 trillion dollars.* Holy Cow!.

*Study: Iraq War Could Cost $1.9 Trillion, see following URL link:

Meanwhile I am having trouble with my $30 order for really cool bumper stickers. Any help for this purchase, for mailings, sending Flyby News to prisons, web hosting costs, etc. would be much appreciated. Also, if you want a bumper sticker for your car – for the "mainstream education drive" let me know. When I can afford to, I will send this artistic, full color bumper sticker, which was designed by Liz Nicholas of (It costs me about $2-3 per bumper sticker for printing. Thank you Liz, and everyone else who has contributed and networked in support of Flyby News, especially Mik, our original web master. We still have an IOU with this wonderful patient friend. Flyby News is committed to continuing our efforts to around December 21, 2012, if possible, and then will reassess the situation. This December 21st solstice (8:14 PM EST) marks 10 years before the completion of a major Mayan calendar cycle. [See, under "Flyby Support" for a link to on this subject and for contact information, etc..]

As you must realize by now, completing our fifth year of independent news reporting, Flyby News will take chances on controversial topics, combining political, social, technological, cultural, and spiritual perceptions into the mix of news for life's survival in the 21st Century.

Bart Jordan may be the ultimate controversial topic in our reporting. There are very few places that mention his name. Yet he continues to receive about 35% of all visits to Flyby News (where we have been averaging about 100 hits per day). His story and evidences of technologically advanced ancient civilizations is well worth reviewing. We will continue to provide updates on this extraordinary individual. Harry Jordan, (not blood-related to Bart) recently contacted us through the Millennium Group. Harry Jordan will be sharing his work on the face on Mars at an International Conference in Michigan, July 4-6, 2003 . He intends to present his overlay survey drawings completed on the Mars' Cydonia region that demonstrate Bart Jordan's accuracy in mapping this area with the latest NASA Surveyor images. Bart Jordan's sources for his information was from ancient literature.

See this following URL page for a November, 2000 article on this by Harry Jordan, which includes a link to his resume:

You can learn more about Bart Jordan at this Flyby News URL:

"In mindful time past, we honored our grandparents;
in mindless time present, we threaten our grandchildren."
-- Bart Jordan

Another date that you should mark on your calendar for summer 2003 is July 12 and 13 -- for SolarFest: Energy Education Through the Arts. Their nonprofit mission is to educate people about renewable energy by engaging the community through the performing arts. In its eight-year history, SolarFest has built a reputation for promoting artistic excellence and community-building, and has raised awareness when people realize that the entire weekend festival is run on solar energy.

But on the near term agenda, especially if around Amherst, MA this Wednesday, check out this:

Wednesday, 11 December 2002, 7pm
Top of the Campus (11th floor, Campus Center) UMass, Amherst)

Civil Liberties Under Attack at UMASS!

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst has assigned a campus police officer to work under the direction and control of the FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force. FBI presence on our campus is an issue that we must take seriously. As the Bush administration continues its "War or Terrorism" with plans to invade Iraq, the FBI poses a threat to civil liberties and human rights here in the U.S.

Please join us for this OPEN FORUM, which will address the FBI's repressive history as well as the current situation.


- Milton Cantor, UMass History Dept., on McCarthyism
- John Bracey, UMass Dept. of Afro-American Studies, on Black activism
- Joyce White Deer Vincent, Native American Student Support Services
- Marty Nathan, Greensboro Justice Fund, on labor activism
- Bill Newman, ACLU, on civil rights and civil liberties today
- Ryan Coughlin, UMass Anti-War Coaltion, on current Anti-War movement
- Chair Sara Lennox, STPEC/Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Sponsored by: STPEC, Office of ALANA Affairs, the UMass Anti-War Coalition, and an ad-hoc committee of concerned faculty, staff, students, and community members

[Please note (related to this above topic) that Flyby News has updated our page on Leonard Peltier]

Item 4 in this issue gives a list of those expecting to be executed this month in the USA. Please make an effort to stop institutional and all killings. The hopeful news that a Judge granted a stay of execution in the case of Desmond Carter is not absolute. Please consider contacting Governor Easely, and any state that plays the role of God in determining someone's guilt to end their life. This precedent, as with the Bush push for war can only make things worse.

Blessed be this human rights day, and each day. Thanks for sharing such incredible times, if only we can survive with freedom, we will have one incredible story and life to share.

3) Venezuela-Chavez Update - What's Really Happening

"I will not give in to blackmail nor pressures of any kind. I swear to you that I will be with the people my entire life. You brought me here and you are the only ones who can get rid of me. Nobody else is going to take me out of here."

- Venezuela President Hugo Chavez
Saturday, December 7, 2002

From: Narco News Bulletin

Dear Colleagues,

To read the commercial news reports from Venezuela, one might almost think there is a popular "strike" that has brought an "authoritarian" regime to its knees, threatened U.S. oil supplies and that the Chavez government is not allowing the people to vote on its continuance.

None of those above statements are true in the slightest, but the simulating behavior of most English-language correspondents from Caracas is, as ever, over the top and knowingly false.

To help clear up the haze of lies and distortion with some facts, Narco News publishes the analysis by three correspondents on the scene in Venezuela, including two professors from the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism: Thierry Deronne, the Belgian journalist who works with Tele-Tambores Community TV in Venezuela; Max Arvelaiz, the French-Venezuelan communications consultant to the Chavez government, and, Paul Emile-Dupret, observer and official of the European Parliament, all eye-witnesses to events in recent days.

You can read their factual accounts at

Other late-breaking news items

- The Venezuelan Navy today regained control of the hijacked oil tanker from its mutinous captain. The last effective maneuver of the upper-class "opposition" was thus foiled and the "strike" (management imposed lockout of workers from their jobs) that began last week has now fracased on every front.

- Friday night's contemptible shooting of civilians in an opposition demonstration by gunmen, resulting in the capture of Portuguese national Joao Gouveia, has taken a shocking turn

"Congressman of the MVR party (Fifth Republic Movement) and journalist Juan Barreto reported today that Joao Gouveia, the Portuguese citizen accused of having assassinated various members of the opposition concentrated in Plaza Francia of Altamira (the wealthy section of Caracas) entered the country (Friday) at 540 p.m. coming from Lisbon. Barreto said that Gouveia confessed that he had been contracted by pro-coup General Medina Gomez to cause a massacre in Altamira, for which he was paid 35 million bolivares.

"Congressman Barreto said that as a journalist he has contacts in various agencies and information that the accused was acting as if he were paranoid, faking that he was mentally ill, but after examined by different psychiatrists who determined he was lucid, finally confessed this morning.

"Barreto reported that in a few hours the video of Gouveia's confession will be made public."


- If this is true, and such a video confession exists, as the congressman and journalist reports, the "opposition" leaders who have, without a shred of evidence, blamed Chavez and his supporters for Friday's shootings (3 dead, 28 wounded), will have to face facts that one of their own top leaders is capable of ordering his own supporters shot in order to create destability and mayhem in order to justify another coup attempt by rogue uniformed forces. General Medina Gomez, like clockwork - we remind - moments after Friday night's shootings called on military officials to overthrow the elected government by force. The Armed Forces - significantly cleaned-up after last April's two-day military coup - have remained solidly on the side of the constitution this round (as evidenced by today's smooth retaking of the hijacked oil tanker).

- This video would also raise very clear questions about who was behind the sniper attacks last April that created the first pretext to try and take power by upper-class coup. As previously reported by Narco News and others, the snipers captured last April 11th were freed on April 12th by Dictator-for-a-Day Pedro Carmona (a fact still not reported by the simulating commercial correspondents).

It is difficult for many to believe that there are interests so cynical as to order their own supporters shot to gain sympathy for their "cause," but to close observers of the Venezuelan reality this possibility is not surprising at all. Stay tuned as we hunt down the facts.

- Finally, after months of turning the other cheek, Venezuelan President Chavez today announced that middle and upper level managers of the state oil company who participated in this week's sabotage and hijacking maneuvers will be fireda decision that is reasonable by any standards, and, in fact, overdue.

- Meanwhile, today, two million Venezuelans took to the streets today to defy the "strike of the spoiled brats" and defend their electoral choices. The mood is still tense but all the momentum and factual information continues to cumulate on the side of constitutional rule and against destabilizing coup attempts.

- One of the losers of this week's skirmishes is U.S. State Department fixer Otto Reich. (We note that Secretary of State Colin Powell was, surprisingly, not accompanied by Reich in his trip last week to Colombia, an indication that Reich's extremist brinkmanship in South America is increasingly viewed as counter-productive even among moderates, like Powell, in the Bush

The events of the next few days could accomplish the "two-fer" of putting to rest delusional coup fantasies by anti-democracy forces in Venezuela and also be the final nail in the coffin of Reich's reign over U.S. Latin America policy.

It's was the Venezuelan electorate in 1998 (and five times since) that started the ball rolling for a united Latin America against outside impositions. The Venezuelans withstood and turned back April's coup attempt, and appear to have the current one well in hand. In early January, Brazil will inaugurate president Lula de la Silva and Ecuador's Lucio Gutierrez is walking through the same door in his country.

There will no doubt be cynical commercial media correspondents who continue to "cry wolf" with their hysterical predictions of the overthrow of Venezuela's democratically elected government. But their wolf-crying has diminishing effect after having been so wrong so many times.

What they don't admit, at least not in their simulated reports, is that the coups fail precisely because democracy in Venezuela is so extraordinarily healthy, compared to that of any other country in the hemisphere. It is vibrant. It is strong. It respects human rights and voter control. And it has been exemplary in its tolerance displayed toward a bratty and disruptive upper-class "opposition."

As Venezuela has lived some very trying moments in recent hours, the truth that shines through is that democracy and constitutional rule endures even the harshest most cynical provocations.

The hour has come for the commercial media - in Venezuela and among U.S. and English language correspondents who have been feeding a false picture of events there - to grow up and cease the dishonest reports that get proved wrong again and again and again, and again today.

Al Giordano
The Narco News Bulletin
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[Updated December 8, 2002]

Dear Colleagues,

The online Spanish-language magazine Rebelión has published an astute and informed analysis of the dynamics at work this week in Venezuela by Heinz Dieterich Steffan...

We have now translated it to English and posted it to Narco News...

We can also make it available in an email text to facilitate your work distributing and posting it far and wide, so that all can get a better, more accurate, understanding of what is really at play in Venezuela today. According to Dieterich, there are very solid explanations for why the Venezuelan "opposition" is behaving so erratically, irrationally and desperately this week. And there are steps that the democratically elected government in Venezuela can take to defeat the coup plotters, legally, once, and for all.
from somewhere back in a country called América,

Al Giordano
The Narco News Bulletin

4) TollBells Schedule of Prisoner-Killings

From_: "Tollbells" < >
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 1:29 AM
Subject: [tollbells] Bells Campaign: Schedule of Prisoner-Killings: 12/08/02

Bells Campaign: Schedule of Prisoner-Killings: 12/08/02

Dear Friends,

The following information is gleaned from various sources and is intended to give you as accurate a listing as can be expected. All of these execution dates are considered to be serious, although stays can be granted up until the last minute. If we learn of a stay for an execution scheduled in the coming week, we will try to alert you via this e-mail list. Any stays issued for execution dates beyond the next week or two will be reflected in the next update. New updates will be posted as significant adjustments warrant. Generally there will be at least two updates each month. Please toll your bells at 6pm local time for two minutes on the following dates. If you have elected to display the banner or another message, please do that all day. Please remember to explain your activities to the local media and to members of your faith community.

Please note: In the listings below, we have included the name of the victim(s) for whom the state is killing in our names. Please remember them and their families and friends in your prayers as well. Finally, we are still developing this list service. If you have feedback or suggestions, please send to

Since the last update the following prisoners received a stay:
Amos King - Florida
Linroy Bottoson - Florida (new date December 09)
And the following prisoners were killed:
Leonard Rojas - Texas
Ernest Basden - North Carolina

Total killed in 2002: 60
Total killed since resumption of executions in 1977: 809
See < > for a complete list.

December, 2002

09 - Florida; 6:00 PM EST
Linroy Bottoson is scheduled to be killed by the people of Florida in revenge for his murder of Catherine Alexander.

10 - Oklahoma; 10:00 PM EST
Jerry Lynn McCracken is scheduled to be killed by the people of Oklahoma in revenge for his murders of Steven Allen Smith, Tyrell Lee Boyd, Timothy Edward Sheets and Carole Ann McDaniels.

10 - North Carolina; 2:00 AM EST
Desmond Carter is scheduled to be killed by the people of North Carolina in revenge for his murder of Helen Purdy.

11 - Texas, 7:00 PM EST
James Collier is scheduled to be killed by the people of Texas in revenge for his murders of Joy Reed and Timmy Reed.

11 - Mississippi; 6:00 PM EST
Jessie Derrell Williams is scheduled to be killed by the people of Mississippi in revenge for his murders of Karon Ann Pierce

12 - Oklahoma; 10:00 PM EST
Jay Neill is scheduled to be killed by the people of Oklahoma in revenge for his murders of Kay Bruno, Jerri Bowles, Joyce Mullienix and Ralph Zeller

12 - Alabama; 1:01 AM EST Anthony Keith Johnson is scheduled to be killed by the
people of Alabama in revenge for his murder of Kenneth Cantrell.

17 - Oklahoma; 10:00 PM EST
Earnest Carter is scheduled to be killed by the people of Oklahoma in revenge for his murder of Eugene Manowski.

19 - Oklahoma; 10:00 PM EST
John Duty is scheduled to be killed by the people of Oklahoma in revenge for his murder of Curtis Wise.
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in peace,


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