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Brazil’s Lava Jato: Recordings questioned impartiality from Sergio Moro and prosecutors in sentencing Lula da Silva

Monday, June 10th 2019 - 09:55 UTC
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The Intercept Brazil investigation media published private conversations between public agents who participated in the Lava Jato operation in Brazil and questioned the impartiality of the investigation, which led to the imprisonment of former President Lula da Silva. Read full article


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  • Enrique Massot

    Finally, the putrefaction contained in the lawfare tactics begins to be aired, revealing that, no matter whether it's using tanks, the newspapers, judges or everything at once, the old goal of keeping the power in the hands of a small elite remains well and alive in Latin America.

    The case of Brazil will become emblematic, as it was presented under the cover of a moralizing, anti-corruption campaign, when its main objective was to prevent the electors from returning Lula da Silva to the country's presidency.

    The facts being uncovered in Brazil follow the discovery in Argentina of an illegal organization comprising prosecutors, judges, journalists, intelligence agents that had the goal of intimidating, blackmailing, jailing and extorting former officials of the government of Cristina Fernandez or businesspersons. Federal judge Alejo Ramos Padilla, in charge of the case, faces all sorts of pressures from Macri government officials who are alarmed by what this trial could uncover.

    And when all is said and done, Latin America will finally be able to build a fair society.

    Jun 10th, 2019 - 04:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    ..........***“ Latin America will finally be able to build a fair society.”***

    - We will certainly try...

    Jun 10th, 2019 - 05:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    REF: “Latin America will finally be able to build a fair society”:

    True, but after all the wishful thinking + the wild hopes turn in to ashes & that too only if there is time to spare after the Soap-Operas, the Football and the cachaça is over!

    Jun 10th, 2019 - 05:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot


    Sure. I did not mean to say it will be easy. Too many lives have already been lost in the many attempts that have taken place over the years. The old dream of being really independent -- no one's backyard -- has taken too long, too much pain and too many tears.

    How many decades until the military retreated to their barracks, only to have the tactics of lawfare installed to accomplish the same old goals.

    However, when falsehood is revealed, the hope grows and a good step in the right direction has been taken.

    “La esperanza es lo último que se pierde.”

    Jun 10th, 2019 - 06:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    “US DOJ and Operation Car Wash: Facts and Questions
    In 2008, US DoJ officials falsely prosecuted US Senator Ted Stevens for receiving illegal reforms on a vacation property. Could this have been the blueprint for Lula’s arrest?
    by Brian Mier
    American corporations have immensely benefited from Operation Car Wash, .. partnership between the US DoJ, … Prosecutors Office in Curitiba, Paraná, and the Brazilian Federal Police. American corporations such as ExxonMobil and Chevron are benefiting for the Michel Temer government’s systematic dismantling and privatization, at below market rates, of Petrobras and its massive offshore oil reserves, and with MP 795, a law which will give $300 billion in tax abatement to foreign companies extracting Brazilian petroleum. Boeing is now on the verge of acquiring EMBRAER, also a target of Operation Car Wash and the world’s third largest manufacturer of jets, for the below-market rate of $3.8 billion. Operation Car Wash was also used to commit character assassination against President Dilma Rousseff,…, paving the way for the 2016 coup which put Michel Temer in office, …
    The US government was involved in at least 41 coups in Latin America during the 100 year period ending in 1994. In the case of many of them, for example the 1964 Coup in Brazil, it took decades for all of the information to come out. After careful analysis conducted over the past 3 years at Brasil Wire we already know enough, however, to show that there is a relationship between the US DoJ and Brazilian regime change through Operation Car Wash. time passes, more and more information will come out on how the US contributed to an illegitimate regime which has already thrown millions below the extreme poverty line of USD $1.90/day, caused increases in infant mortality and deaths during childbirth, and transformed Brazil into a union busting, right to work country.”

    Jun 10th, 2019 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
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    @Enrique Massot

    REF: “La esperanza es lo último que se pierde“:

    Say what you like but I made money when the economic situation in South America was not so good.

    Luckily, the ”Good Old Days” are returning S00N!:

    Jun 11th, 2019 - 12:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    Brazil’s Supreme Court said Monday it would re-examine an appeal by jailed former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in the wake of allegations that a prominent judge collaborated with prosecutors to convict the popular former leftist politician.
    Attorneys for Lula, a leftist icon who remains one of the most influential opposition figures in Brazil, have been petitioning the Supreme Court for his release and seized on the reports to argue that his sentence should be overturned.
    Brazil's national bar association, which has frequently criticised what it sees as overly aggressive prosecutions and in recent months called for the Car Wash team of prosecutors to be disbanded, on Monday said Moro and prosecutors cited in the leak should be suspended pending an investigation.
    “It’s like stopping the other team from playing. Its like they decided to play the ball alone,” said Carlos Melo, a professor of political science at the São Paulo business school Insper. “A basic principle of law is that those who accuse do not judge.”
    Other messages appeared to show that during the election campaign, prosecutors schemed against a decision by a supreme court judge to allow Brazil’s Folha de S Paulo newspaper to interview Lula in jail because it could help his Workers’ party’s electoral chances.
    “The judge’s relationship with prosecutors is scandalous,” said the Intercept Brasil’s executive editor, Leandro Demori. “This is illegal under Brazilian law.”

    Jun 11th, 2019 - 10:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
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    @Terence Hill

    REF: “This is illegal under Brazilian law”

    What is legal/illegal depends upon:
    - Interpretation of the law
    - Who you know
    - How much you are willing to pay!
    : In ANY case, those who are imprisoned; aren't exactly “suffering”. Besides, they also get paid - generously too - for remaining silent + for not admitting their guilt!

    Jun 11th, 2019 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot


    Excellent information, TH. No doubt, the US has been behind most attempts to democratize Latin American countries, in alliance with the most backward sectors of society in each of those countries. The US has also benefited from the state of submission that the local elites were only too happy to accept in exchange for some crumbs.

    Indeed: How to explain that methods strikingly similar began to be used simultaneously across the subcontinent, e.g. Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador?

    So now, what is going to be done in Brazil to undo the incalculable damages made by this nefarious character named Sergio Moro?

    Freeing Lula would be the first, logical measure. Next should come an immediate call for another presidential election, since the recent one was fatally flawed by the proscription of one candidate.

    And where are now MP white knights who until recently were proclaiming the end of progressive alternatives? They appear mysteriously hit by acute fingertip paralysis. Well...

    Jun 11th, 2019 - 04:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    @Enrique Massot

    REF: nefarious character

    His Greatest Trick may be to order his own imprisonment:

    Jun 11th, 2019 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Five opposition parties in the CoD have announced that they will henceforth obstruct the entire voting agenda in the Lower House.
    This yet another development resulting from irregularly-obtained and leaked messages disclosed by The Intercept Brasil on Sunday, 9th, regarding an alleged scheme by the former federal judge and current Justice Minister and Sérgio Moro and Lava Jato's federal prosecutors to convict former president Lula.
    “We are not going to vote on anything else; we are not going to permit the submission of a report on pension reform, we are not going to allow anything to pass in the House until concrete action is taken. This is one of the greatest scandals in the Brazilian republic,” said minority leader Jandira Feghali (PCdoB-RJ).
    The parties pointed out that they have already joined forces to talk to leaders of parties in the center block, including the liberal right, and with the Chamber president, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), in an attempt to broaden the range of the obstruction and also to take measures in connection with the case.
    This is yet another dramatic development, following the Brazilian Bar Association's recommendation on Monday of the suspension of the officials named by The Intercept.
    “It is up to us — to this Chamber, to the parliament, and not only to the left and the opposition — to engage in investigations, because it has a great impact on Brazilian democracy, on the democratic rule of law. It is not only a matter for the left, but for the parliamentary institution, and it is also a matter for the Federal Supreme Court and the Federal District Attorney's Office. These are criminal actions against Brazilian laws”, Jandira pointed out, quoting the Codes of Civil and Criminal Procedure and also the code of ethics of members of the Federal Public Prosecutor Office (MPF).

    Jun 13th, 2019 - 04:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    REF: “Justice Marco Aurelio Mello, said if Moro had worked with prosecutors in the way that the leaked messages suggest, he would have broken basic ethical standards”:

    Pot calling kettle BLACK?

    Jun 15th, 2019 - 01:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    WATCH: Glenn Greenwald Explains the Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Our Ongoing Exposés

    Jun 15th, 2019 - 04:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    @Terence Hill


    Is the Next-Impeachment already on the anvil?

    Jun 15th, 2019 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    Back in 2016, lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnlol had explained, on TV Globo, a PowerPoint presentation showing a nationwide systemic corruption scheme centered around Lula. “We don't have to prove it, it just convinces us,” he said at the time.

    Jun 16th, 2019 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    @Terence Hill

    REF: “We don't have to prove it, it just convinces us”:

    NOW, he can say that AGAIN:

    Jun 17th, 2019 - 11:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    Lava Jato: “The Narrative Must Be Protected At All Costs”
    It is simply the most important geopolitical story of recent times. Documents leaked to the Intercept have led to the exposure of ostensible anti-corruption Operation Lava Jato (Carwash) as a means to rig Brazil’s 2018 election, and worse still, which was carried out in conjunction with the United States Government.
    And this is only the beginning, Lava Jato’s role in the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and in enabling the selloff of Brazil’s resources and strategic companies to US corporations are all now being intensely scrutinised,
    Far beyond that, Operation Lava Jato has inflicted catastrophic damage on the country. Politically, economically, socially, and to its national sovereignty.
    We must ask why the available evidence, such as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Kenneth Blanco’s 2017 speech at NATO think tank the Atlantic Council, in which he boasted about the DoJ role in Lava Jato and the prosecution of Lula, was completely ignored until now.

    Jun 18th, 2019 - 10:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    @Terence Hill

    REF: Operation Lava Jato:

    When billions are at stake + within hands' reach [too many 'hands'!] to steal so easily; obviously there WILL be:
    - victimization
    - witch-hunt [no pun intended]
    - greasing of palms
    - conniving
    - fake-news
    - mud-slinging
    - lobbying
    - power-grabbing
    - everything [un]imaginable to steal a piece-of-the-action

    THAT's not to say that the involved [+ apparently Not Involved + eagerly yearning to get involved] are innocent!

    So repeatedly insisting that once a politician; Always a Crook!

    In case if you don't agree [refuse to believe]: From NYT:

    Jun 19th, 2019 - 11:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    Bad neighbor: a US hand behind the Sérgio Moro show
    Now that the Intercept has revealed that the US Department of Justice/Curitiba Public Prosecutor’s cooperative Lava Jato (Car Wash) anti-corruption investigation’s primary goal was to destroy the Brazilian Workers party and usher in ultra-neoliberalism which has, among other things, turned over 75% of the nation’s pre-salt petroleum reserves at below market rates to northern petroleum corporations and pushed 13 million Brazilians below the poverty line, it is worth taking a look at how the US integral state contributed to this unmitigated political, labor, environmental and human rights disaster.
    Sérgio Moro he was accused in a article that was shared on the Brazilian Army website, of destroying 5 hard drives worth of physical evidence of bribery handed over by Odebrecht, ... He was accused of ethical violations when it was uncovered that he was living in a luxury apartment which he owns in Curitiba while collecting a judicial rent subsidy. He was accused of legally harassing his critics, as in the case of ordering the police to raid the house of legal scholar Rafael Valim,who organized a seminar with UN Human Rights Commission lawyer Geoffrey Robertson criticizing the Lava Jato team for using Lawfare. And, most importantly, he was accused of sabotaging the economy by paralyzing Brazil’s largest construction companies in 2015 instead of treating them as too big to fail, in a move which caused an immediate 500,000 layoffs in the construction sector and, according a study cited by BBC, a 2.5% drop in the GDP. This was all publicly available information at the time that Lula was arrested, but none of it made it up into the commercial Anglo media.

    Jun 19th, 2019 - 08:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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