Death of Ecuadorian President; was it Assassination by A Disgruntled American Government, or Pilot Error?
Ecuadorian president Jamie Roldos Aguilera a strong opponent of big oil companies and their tactics, and a champion of human rights, was tragically killed in a plane crash while trying to reorganize the hydrocarbon sector which the U.S. saw as a threat to their interests. President Roldos and eight other passengers including Roldo’s wife, Defense Minister Marco Subia Martinez and his wife, as well as two military officers and three other passengers slammed into the side of Huairapungo Mountain in the Loja Providence.of Ecuador on May 24th, 1981. Was the fact that Roldos had entered into a pact with neighboring Columbia and Peru, and President Ronald Reagan felt that this was a tilt toward the Soviet Union the cause of his untimely demise? Or was this just a horrible accident that was caused by pilot error? There has been wide spread speculation that this crash was not caused by pilot error and cargo overloading as reported in the JIA report. After months of pressure from the victim’s families and political groups allied with the president, the parliamentary commission has found numerous contradictions and inconsistencies in the JIA report, but has not been able to reach any definitive conclusions. Zurich Police conducted their own investigation as well, and has concluded that the planes engines were shut off shortly before the accident. Surprisingly, the expert opinion that contradicted the Air Force Report was not further investigated by the Ecuadorian government.
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Per John Perkins’s book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Perkin’s states “I had no doubt that Roldos’s death had not been an accident. It had all the markings of a CIA-orchestrated assassination.” Perkins also goes on to say that the assassination had been executed so blatantly in order to send a message. That message was that the jackals were back and they wanted Panamanian president Omar Torrijos and others who might consider joining an anti-corporatocracy crusade to know it (CEHM 185).
For an example of what the major news outlets had to report about the incident, below is an excerpt as written in the New York Times on May 25th, 1981:
HEADLINE: ECUADORAN LEADER DIES IN PLANE CRASH
BYLINE: By The Associated Press
QUITO, Ecuador, May 24
President Jaime Roldos Aguilera was killed today when an Air Force plane carrying him crashed in the Andes near Ecuador’s southern border with Peru, the Presidential Palace announced. He was 40 years old. Vice President Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea, 41, was named President at an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and leaders of the House of Representatives. The Presidential Palace said there would be eight days of national mourning for the President. The statement said there were no survivors among the nine people aboard the Ecuadorean Air Force Avro turboprop plane carrying Mr. Roldos. ‘The Airplane Fell to Earth’ The dead included the President’s wife, Marta, 39; the Defense Minister, Maj. Gen. Marco Subia Martinez; the general’s wife; two military aides, and the three-member crew of the plane. ”The airplane fell to earth causing a fire,” the communique said. ”Land patrols are headed for the site of the tragedy.” Radio reports from the town of Guachanama near the crash site said tonight that the wreckage had been found but the bodies were burned beyond recognition. The reports said the plane was flying through a rainstorm and dense fog when it smashed into the mountains and exploded. Mr. Roldos’s election two years ago ended a decade of dictatorship in this South American country of eight million. In Washington, David Nall, a State Department spokesman, read a message of condolence that President Reagan sent to Mr. Hurtado. ”The American people and I have been shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of President and Mrs. Jaime Roldos Aguilera and the Minister of Defense and his wife, Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Marco Subia Martinez,” Mr. Reagan said. ”Please accept our deepest condolences and our sympathy as we join the Ecuadorean people in mourning this terrible loss.”
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Looking at this newsprint article, it shows that the major media outlets are covering up the full details of the incident. As the investigations by the Zurich police showed, there was full indication that the engines had been shut off just prior to the plane slamming into the side of the mountain, not that it was caught in a rainstorm and fell to the earth in a big ball of fire. The article also states that Reagan was very apologetic regarding the incident, what it doesn’t tell us, is that Reagan was a big reason behind why the incident occurred in the first place.
To Quote President Thomas Jefferson: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 1807. ME 11:224 .
This quote is as true today as it was in 1807. The news media have their own hidden agendas, which are only superseded by the special interests of corporate America. A famous slogan used in the written media arena sums this up well. “All the news that’s fit to print”. This leaves the question; what exactly do the news media outlets feel is fit to print? Looking at examples of what has really happened, and what the news media has printed, it is easy to see that there is a definite change of reality between the two.
“ECUADORAN LEADER DIES IN PLANE CRASH “. New York Times May 25th 1981:
Perkins, John. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. New York: Penguin Group, 2006.