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lquispe at blythe.org
Mon May 6 02:16:31 MDT 1996
To our Readers:
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE LAST MESSAGE WE RECEIVED FROM THE
ZODIAC. THIS WAS DONE AFTER HE HAS READ THE
TRANSCRIPTS OF THE RECORDS WE RELEASED TO THIS LIST. THE NEW FLAG DID NOT
REPLY TO HIS LAST MESSAGE.
THE CONTENTS IN THE SECOND PART OF EYENET REG. THE "NEW FLAG FLYING"
VULGAR TAMPERING OF THE RECORD IN WHICH HE TRIED TO SET US UP WITH THE
PIGS. HE ACCUSSE US OF SOLICITING CREDIT CARD NUMBERS AND MONEY. THIS
SCHEME OF THE SENDEROLOGISTS GOES ALONG WITH TODAY'S FILTHY ALLEGATIONS OF
OLAECHEA AGAINST LUUIS OF BEING A "LUMPEN" OR "A CRIMINAL." IT IS OLAECHEA
HIMSELF (AS SHOWN IN THE RECORD) WHO HAS SEND US THE SENDEROLGISTS
SIMON STRONG AND CAMPBELL TO BOMBARD US WITH SENSITIVE QUESTIONS. LUIS HAS
BEEN CALLED TO APPEAR ON A HEARING THIS WEEK (HE WILL LIKELY WON'T)
TO OUR SUPPORTERS: KEEP UP THE STRUGGLE WE JUST BEGAN. THE BOTTON
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WE APOLOGIZE THE SUSPENSION OF OUR POSTINGS (HOPE IS ONLY FOR A FEW
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I wrote this letter this morning, worried you'd think he was talking about
me. But then I didn't send it, thinking you'd be reasonable.
Please reread what he wrote. I don't think he was talking about me, but the
American Reporter fellow. You have released our private email.
Hi L&M --
I am not going to get involved with this debate. I wrote a two-part series
in a tone suitable to the publication at hand. I tried to remove a great
deal of bullshit around the story by going directly to the sources (PCP
documents, and the people actually on the net talking about the issue) and
helping those with an interest in this subject to educate themselves in a
similarly direct fashion, thereby circumventing the mainstream press.
I did not include the animosity between yourselves and Adolfo, because that
would simply have made more complex an already extremely complex story.
Anyway, I'm mainly writing to clarify something here... I'm not positive
what AO is talking about in the below quote, I think it's about the American
Reporter article (which he then reprints):
>A curious fact is that when that article was published, the egregious and
>"self-effacing" Mr. Quispe actually wrote a mailer to the "journalist"
>offering himself as an interlocutor "to give the real information about the
>People's War in Peru". God makes them and they come together of their own
>It would be helpful for those who have access to good research facilities to
>give as an illuminating run down on the "Pinkerton people".
Just wanted to make it clear: I have never said you approached me, I
Lastly, the copy Malecki uploaded is just an excerpt. Here's the full story,
as permanently archived online.
P.S. You should have a "what's new" page on the PCP site, to help people
know where to look for the newly transcribed documents. Just a suggestion to
enhance a fine site...
eyeNET April 18 and April 25 1996
"THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST REVOLUTIONARY FORCE" -- ONLINE
Continued from Part 1
In the 1970s, the mass media presented the "most dangerous revolutionary
force in the world" as the Viet Cong. The VC. "Charlie."
This justified the nightly news featuring US infantry massacres, napalmed
children, and B52 carpet bombing, as the Land of the Free dumped more
explosives on the tiny country than it dropped during all the Second World
War. It seems surreal today to think those horrors were just "regular TV."
But it didn't matter. Nothing stopped Charlie. And, in 1975, the US tucked
tail and fled.
The official line coming out of Saigon-Washington was: These Vietnamese
Commies are some kind of inhuman super-cultists, cold-blooded killers
slaughtering thousands of innocents.
The mainstream press kept a complicitous silence about most of the horrors
perpetrated on the peasants by the milk-fed Yanqui flyboys. "Enough got
through the propaganda filter, however, to open many eyes to the ugly
reality," Edward Herman and Noam Chomaky wrote in 1979.
Just how ugly was only revealed because a huge anti-war movement kept
forcing the issue into headlines until even the most kiss-ass press couldn't
ignore it. Nixon actually feared the US was verging on a "revolutionary
The 1990s version of the Viet Cong is the Communist Party of Peru (PCP), aka
Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path).
The official line coming out of Lima-Washington is: These Peruvian Commies
are some kind of inhuman super-cultists, coldblooded killers slaughtering
thousands of innocents.
In the movie Apocalypse Now, Martin Sheen swam upstream into Cambodia to
kill Marlin Brando. With that ritual slaughter, he was also exorcising
poltergeists haunting official US history (ultimately leading to the
complete "Gumpenization" of Vietnam).
In one famous scene, Robert Duvall screams at a US soldier: "Charlie don't
surf!" Well, Sendero does. They don't have Jane Fonda, Dr. Spock and Noam
Chomsky waving their flag...
But they got the World Wide Web.
I've been writing about the subversive power of the net for years. With the
civil war in Peru, we have a practical example of global importance.
Webcrawl into the heart of Planet Earth's most effective guerrilla movement
-- which led to Peru being rated "the world's riskiest financial-capital
investment" in 1991.
There's so much bullshit surrounding Peru's civil war, you don't know what
to believe. People on both sides scream at you for asking questions. (Check
out the endless soc.culture.peru flame wars.)
On May 17 1980, the PCP officially declared war. Originating in the little
mountain state of Ayacucho, today over half Peru is under "emergency rule"
-- i.e., the government can kick in your door if it thinks you are
sympathetic to the PCP.
The PCP is mainly based in the peasantry. Defiantly Communist, it has always
given the finger to the USSR and (post-Mao) China. The PCP refuses
compromise with "legal leftists" it says aim to divert it from winning the
revolution. There are no end of accusations against the PCP from the "legal
left." For instance, the Communist Party of Canada condemns the PCP as
"murderers." The editor of its party paper, People's Voice, Kimball Kerry,
likens PCP leader Abimael Guzman (aka "Chairman Gonzalo") to Pol Pot and
Peru to Cambodia in the mid-seventies.
Senderistas don't deny they have executed people. They contend such things
happen in civil wars. How many thousands died in the US Civil War?
In 1990, Alberto Fujimori was elected Peru's president. In April 1992, he
seized dictatorial powers and dissolved Congress.
The stories about the Peruvian courts are something out of Kafka. Suspected
members or supporters of the insurgency are dragged into small cement rooms
and forced to sit facing a one-way, bullet-proof mirror. This is the court
room. Behind the mirror supposedly sit a prosecutor and judge -- the suspect
can hear them through a tinny speaker on his side of the glass.
In Sept 1992, PCP leader Dr Abimael Guzman (aka President Gonzalo) was
captured in a Lima apartment. Certain this ended the revolution, Fujimori
gathered the press, dressed Guzman in a black-and-white-striped "jailbird"
outfit and let him make a televised speech from inside a tiger cage. Guzman
instructed revolutionaries to stay the course. You can get the "Tiger Cage
speech" online. Guzman hasn't been seen since -- not even by the Red Cross.
Fujimori and masked generals held a private trial for Guzman at the Callao
Fujimori was quoted: "If the judicial system insists on trying Abimael
Guzman, it will be a risk to national security. I will not allow that
Abimael Guzman be tried in a Civil Court. Something may happen on his way to
Amnesty International sent a letter of protest against this decision.
that AI "lost credibility" by protesting. (Of course, it doesn't endear them
to Fujimori's heart that AI has documented over 5,000 cases of
"disappearances" and "extrajudicial executions" at the hands of his regime.)
Fujimori claims Guzman is not only alive and well, but Guzman now wants to
call the whole crazy revolution off. On October 1 1993, Fujimori stood
before the United Nations and said he had received a letter from Guzman
calling for "peace negotiations."
If Guzman is willing to write a letter helping Fujimori, he will surely also
make a nice series of video Hallmark cards for his new amigo -- or maybe
some news conferences. Does anyone take seriously situations where captives
suddenly have a total change of heart and say things that directly benefit
their captors? Did anyone really believe Patty Hearst?
Most PCP supporters deny this letter is authentic -- and certainly the
record of Guzman's writing suggests it's a fraud. They say it's just a
clumsy government plot to split the insurgency. London Financial Times
journalist Simon Strong noted in his book, Shining Path, that the Peruvian
state pursues a "psychological war" strategy of 1) playing down Sendero
strength, 2) "self-censorship" of the press and 3) "disinformation such as
distributing fake leaflets about the Maoists' internal divisions."
The government claims the insurgency is in ebb -- despite the fact more of
Peru is under emergency rule today than at the time of Fujimori's coup.
Until Guzman's capture, the government's official story was: the
"unbelievably evil PCP." Since, the official story has been: the
To convince tourists and international financiers to come back. But
newsbriefs stored in Holland suggest it's business as usual: raids in
October, November, December, January, February, March...
I ain't packing my bags quite yet.
FLYING THE NEW FLAG
In 1983-84, Peru's government unleashed the first large-scale
counter-insurgency campaign. Rather than being eradicated, the insurgency
was strengthened. "The reactionaries are dreaming when they try to drown the
revolution in blood," Guzman commented in 1988. "They should know they are
The US government apparently reached a similar conclusion.
A 1990 Rand Corporation report for the US government about defeating the
insurgency reads: "To succeed, the army would have to kill or incarcerate
Sendero members and sympathizers faster than they could form. Such a
campaign, whatever its ethical objections, is probably beyond the army's
ability to carry out. [And even if] the military's counter-terror campaign
were pushed to its logical conclusion and Sendero proves to be as resilient
and adaptive as suggested... it could also end in a guerilla victory."
Such a "push to its logical conclusion" was made by the US army in Vietnam.
But each government-sanctioned terrorist act drove more people into the
Communist camp. As was noted in the Pentagon Papers, "Essentially, we are
fighting Vietnam's birth rate." The US gave it a good try, though, killing a
million or two before giving up.
There's a load of actual PCP documents online. However, North Americans may
have cultural problems with them. PCP style isn't gripping to begin with,
but the use of long-ridiculed terminology like "glorious this" and "heroic
that" makes it worse. Guzman is so lauded he takes on a superhuman quality
wincingly embarrassing by North American standards.
But if you get past that the rewards are enormous. This is the straight info
you'll never find in the mainstream press.
The richest mine online is http://www.blythe.org/pcp-peru -- run by Peruvian
exiles Luis and Marcellina Quispe (lquispe at blythe.org), editors of the
bimonthly magazine, The New Flag, based in New York City. The latest issue
at the time of this writing of The New Flag is at
Quispe told eyeNET he's only put about 10 per cent of the total PCP document
base online. Quispe says he uploads material through a "loaned PC" and uses
"a school's phone to post." He refused a phone interview: "Email is the
safest way. To get me, first they would have to break the bones of my server."
El Diario Internacional (EDI) produces the highest quality journalism in
support of the PCP. Once a popular daily paper in Peru, a series of police
raids and assassinations forced editor Luis Arce Borja (cele at glo.be) to flee
the country. EDI is now based in Belgium. Borja is not very active on the
net, speaking no English (Spanish and French). His material has to be
translated -- usually through The New Flag.
Borja was interviewed by Peru's Weekly Review magazine last August. Borja
notes that when guerrillas kill peasants in firefights, those casualties are
reported as "innocent civilians." However, the reports of murder and rape by
Peruvian government troops are always reported as against "the enemy."
(Herman and Chomsky thoroughly analyze this kind of Third World reporting in
their various books.)
Fujimori and company dismiss El Diario as nothing but a bunch of Commies. In
1988, it conducted the only formal interview Guzman ever granted.
We've also stored two samples of EDI reportage that cruise through the
international networks: "Report on the Civil War Peru: Fujimori's Abyss" and
coverage of a guerrilla hit on an army column transporting PCP prisoners
(EDI, No. 27, January 1996).
For a "neutral" link on Peru, try
http://www.citi.net/home/richardg/peru1.html. For pro-government stories,
try The Peru Report or the US State Department Human Rights Report Peru
1995. You can also get biographies on the two Peruvian presidents, President
Fujimori and President Gonzalo.
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