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A tireless activist who has traveled the world sounding alarms about increasing security threats to U.S. cities from the “Mullah-Caudillo Axis” that links Venezuela with Iran and militant Islamists was jailed for his efforts, and now is the target of a campaign encouraging members of Congress to demand his release, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Alejandro Pena-Esclusa has been a lone voice in Venezuela warning about efforts by President Hugo Chavez to work with Iran to arm the country with strategic weapons that threaten not only Latin America but the United States.
Chavez also is known to be involved significantly with the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, a Marxist narco-guerrilla drug network that not only is trying to push drugs into the U.S. but is working closely with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups to peddle massive amounts of drugs into Africa to raise funds for their terrorist activities.
Pena-Esclusa tirelessly has gone to countries in North and South America as well as Europe to present what he says is evidence of crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Chavez regime. And during his travels, Pena-Esclusa has sounded the alarm of the threat to the U.S. from the “Mullah-Caudillo Axis,” which involves Chavez’ collaboration with Iran and militant Islamist groups.
He has warned that Chavez is using his vast petroleum reserves to finance the purchase of arms beyond what Venezuela needs for legitimate national defense and is acting as a location for countries such as Iran to potentially develop bases for staging missiles aimed at the U.S.
Chavez also has offered Russia bases for its strategic bombers, submarines and warships.
“If this madness is not soon stopped,” Pena-Esclusa in 2009 wrote, “there will be another missile crisis, but this time involving the whole hemisphere.
U.S. security experts confirm Pena-Esclusa’s warning.
“Tehran plans to base long-range Shahab-3 missiles in Venezuela that are capable of reaching the United States,” according to retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, an internationally known expert on national security and foreign affairs who also is an analyst for Moody Broadcasting.
“The basing agreement gives Chavez permission to use the missiles in case of an ’emergency’ for ‘national needs,'” Maginnis said. “The Shahab-3 can carry three types of warheads – conventional, biological and chemical.”
But now, Chavez has jailed his former presidential opponent on charges of being a terrorist.
It was several months back when Chavez’ political police, the SEBIN, or National Bolivarian Intelligence Service, burst into Pena-Esclusa’s family home, crudely planted “explosives” in his daughter’s dresser drawer and arrested the internationally respected pro-democracy and human rights leader.
John Haskins, a Senior Fellow for the Public Understanding of Law, Propaganda and Cultural Revolution, told WND in an e-mail that the Inter-American Institute is working with local and state officials to petition their U.S. congressmen and senators to get the U.S. government to demand the release of Pena-Esclusa from jail.
“Alejandro is among the most effective and respected anti-Marxist, anti-terrorist leaders in the Western Hemisphere,” Haskins wrote.
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