We are a free country and we will remain free, even at the sacrifice of our lives.Jair Bolsonaro
On 21 October 2021, Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the arrest and extradition (from the United States) of journalist Allan dos Santos of Terça Livre TV. What was Allan’s crime? He knew the Court was corrupt, and he had information on felonies committed by two of the Court’s justices. Determined to survive in place, these justices have created a new set of interpretations relating to the Brazilian Constitution. Their plan has been to wage war on something they call “fake news.” They have used their newly acquired powers to silence media criticism. But especially, they want to silence Allan dos Santos.
Before Bolsonaro was elected President, Brazil was slipping into communism under the auspices of the Workers’ Party. Here was a party led by communists disguised as social democrats. Here was a party aligned with Beijing, Moscow and Havana. They also aligned themselves with narcotics traffickers and criminal gangs because that is the favored strategy of communists in South America. The communists and their fellow travelers used corruption to sew up local governments, to bribe bureaucrats, and to enrich themselves as well. As it happens, the Proletariat Revolution of the communists is actually a revolution of the lumpen proletariat; that is, a revolution of the professional criminal classes – of the ambitious psychopaths and parasites of society. Here is the true face of communism, though few are willing to see it. The Revolution has been a criminal enterprise since the days of Lenin and Stalin. It remains so today.
The propaganda side of revolutionary strategy is pretty simple. All the imperfections of society are blamed on capitalism, on the patriarchy, on the right wing, on traditional beliefs, on people who want freedom and people who want moral order. The imperfect non-communist world, filled with the usual imperfect people and situations, has never been Utopia. All the same, the capitalist world is not totalitarian like the communist world. Capitalism is a paradise when compared with the Hell we find in Cuba, or China, or Venezuela. People on the left sometimes express sympathy for the hard left, ready to believe the communist lies. People on the right, who want to trade with communist countries, do likewise. The communists are good at playing the democracy game and the capitalism game, but they are actively deceiving everyone as they build up an impregnable political position. A Venezuelan politician told me years ago, “The only road back to freedom for Venezuela is civil war, and nobody wants to talk about civil war; so people just leave the country and go to Miami instead.”
When Miami is lost, where will they go next?
Please note: The situation in Brazil is not so different than it is here in America. Brazil is merely a few steps ahead of America on the road to socialist Hell; or maybe, America is a few steps ahead of Brazil. Just as Donald Trump was elected to “drain the swamp” in 2016, Jair Bolsonaro was elected to drain Brazil’s swamp in 2018. Like Trump, Bolsonaro has been President of his country in name only. Part of the federal government was ready to obey him, of course; but the most important parts of the government would disobey him, or balk him, or undermine him. Thus, President Bolsonaro’s path has not been easy. Some have criticized his inability to clean up the bureaucracy. But how does a man, whose claim to power is an election, make a bureaucracy obey him? By what magic wand?
There was a rally in Brazil on Brazilian Army Day, last April 19. Supporters of President Bolsonaro marched to the headquarters of the Army. Perhaps the crowd was hoping the Brazilian Army would save the country from the approaching civil war. Unfortunately, the left saw this demonstration as evidence that Bolsonaro would push for a military dictatorship. For those who do not know history, in 1964 the Army intervened to prevent a civil war between left and right in Brazil. From 1964 to 1985 a military dictatorship ruled the country. It was not a solution to the country’s problem because the communists subverted Brazil culturally and intellectually, even under the military’s watchful eye. Beneath the enforced calm of an artificial and inorganic system of governance, dragon’s eggs were hatching. The revolutionary left became more sophisticated in its approach to taking power. With the return of democracy in 1985 and the so-called “end of the Cold War” from 1989-91, the left was ready to take the country over. The leading figures depicted themselves as post-communists, as democrats and lovers of freedom; but they were not.
Allan was at the April 19 march, covering it for Terça Livre TV. “I did not know where the march would end,” he told me. “We streamed this event. But nothing happened. There was no violation of law. President Bolsonaro spoke at the end of the event, saying, ‘It’s over, damn it.’ People got excited that he was going to act more decisively against the usurpations of the Supreme Court; against the Court’s decisions in favor of narcos, communists, and corrupt politicians. The Supreme Court then opened an investigation into the rally and its purposes. Before that they had been illegally investigating what they called ‘fake news,’ which they claimed was anti-democratic activism favoring a renewed right-wing dictatorship.”
The Supreme Court’s fake news investigation was a defensive reaction – a creative usurpation – to protect itself. To understand this story, we need to go back. In 2014 the Brazilian Federal Police conducted an investigation into bribery and other corruption, called “Operation Car Wash,” which revealed an extensive network of money-laundering and pay-offs. It resulted in more than 1,000 arrest warrants. According to investigative documents, many politicians were implicated. The corruption was first uncovered at a car wash. The extent of this money-laundering scheme involved somewhere between $2 and $13 billion dollars. A Brazilian magazine reported that a Justice of the Supreme Court was also involved in the scandal. The Justice involved was Dias Toffoli. Unfortunately, Justice Toffoli was not the only Justice involved in scandal. As one might suspect, corruption buttresses corruption. Today, Dias Toffoli remains on the Supreme Court; and he wants Allan dos Santos in jail.
Magazines that initially reported on the Court’s corruption were frightened into silence. Articles were removed from circulation. In the case of Allan dos Santos’s TV channel, the Court wanted to take down the whole channel. Because Allan dos Santos refused to be intimidated by the Court’s illegal orders, and kept presenting facts, the Brazilian Supreme Court arranged a police raid on Allan’s house in late May 2020, confiscating his computers, telephones and private papers, and then leaking Allan’s private communications to the press, including private conversations between Allan and his journalistic sources as well as his conversations with politicians. This, of course, is contrary to law. “They can be charged with criminal offense under criminal code for violating the privacy of a citizen,” said a Brazilian lawyer consulted for this article.
How could this happen? The Brazilian people elected Jair Bolsonaro as their president. How could the country be turned into a judicial dictatorship in which journalists are jailed by judges for discovering judicial corruption? The Brazilian lawyer told me, “As in America, Brazilian Police and prosecutors can open any investigation they can justify. They may need a judge’s permission to tap telephones and access private information on the basis of probable cause; but in Brazil there is a procedural law which allows the Supreme Court to initiate bench investigations. Furthermore, the regulations of the Brazilian Supreme Court have been reinterpreted so that an incident of obstruction of justice can involve any actions anywhere by anybody at any time. Therefore, the Brazilian Supreme Court has extended its powers to investigate anyone for anything. They are therefore emptying the Executive Branch of its power through judicial tyranny. Only the Senate of Brazil can impeach these judges, and the Senate that exists now will not investigate the Justices because the Justices could retaliate on the Senate by investigating them. Since all are corrupt, none will act against the other.”
This Mexican standoff has locked the Brazilian political system into a death spiral. But who dies first? In terms of the present crisis, Allan dos Santos is like the proverbial canary in a coal mine. When he is extradited and jailed, a direct judicial assault on President Bolsonaro will follow. After Allan left Brazil he denounced two justices of the Supreme Court, showing that these two justices were conspiring against President Bolsonaro. “They were crazy-determined to get me because they wanted to know my sources. They wanted to know how I knew what they were doing,” Allan told me. “They raided my business and found nothing; next, they decided to hire a German private company to engage in private surveillance. They wanted to see if there were any Israeli-type surveillance equipment tapping government phones in Brasilia. They thought I had to be using such equipment on them. Instead, the Germans reported that the North Koreans and Chinese were tapping the government’s phones, with a third surveillance system belonging to a corrupt lawyer. But this is interesting. Knowing foreign communist powers had penetrated the government’s phone system, they said nothing. They gave no warning, and that in itself is a crime.”
They have a proverb in Brazil: “You shoot at something but hit something else.” I asked the Brazilian lawyer I consulted for this article why he thought the Supreme Court of Brazil failed to report successful Chinese and North Korean espionage against the Brazilian government. Was it because these justices belonged to the communist side? He said, “It is hard to prove, but we think so. We have deduced that the Chinese are buying everyone they can here in Brazil.”
I wonder. How is America any different from Brazil? Today Allan’s arrest is ordered. When will this kind of thing begin to happen in America? And if it does, where will people run to? And don’t say Miami. It’s not as safe as everyone thinks.
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