The Best Little Whore House in Santa Cruz

Wherein a US Iraq War veteran armed and drunk is arrested in Santa Cruz’s finest brothel only hours after the US ambassador Philip Goldberg secretly meets with Prefect Ruben Costas -leader of the ‘breakaway’ movement and racist (his macaco moment) who is being used to destabilise Evo Morale’s administration (which only recently got a resounding approval in the polls). Drunky McArmed-Vet is then whisked out of custody under US diplomatic immunity and a (cover) story of the Ambassador meeting Costas to talk about the Special Olympics is released, no really.

News of the Restless:- The prefect of Santa Cruz, Ruben Costas, secretly met on Monday with the US ambassador to Bolivia, Philip Goldberg. The meeting comes nine days after Costas’s radical speech, in which he insulted President Evo Morales and announced a series of measures that skirt the edges of the constitution. Although there was no official mention of what the two discussed, the meeting occurred amid the beginning of the measures with which Costas and his colleagues of the so-called “Media Luna” region sought to put pressure on the Morales government, which was ratified with two-thirds of the popular vote at the polls (67.4%).

According to a report by the Gigavision network, the encounter took place in the Prefectural Palace, a location where the press was barred from entering.

The TV report informed that the Costas-Goldberg meeting went on for at least an hour and 30 minutes, and proved the encounter had taken place with images taken before and after.

Having been caught on camera Goldberg sez-

“I went to Santa Cruz for various reasons; to deliver aid packages, I was at the inauguration of the special Olympics with the Prefect (Ruben Costas), and I also showed via tele-info the aid in this sector and the aid given in computing. I also took advantage of this visit to meet, in public, with the prefect Costas, only because this is part of my diplomatic duties.”

Inca Kola News though-

…that thing about “public meeting” is total bull, as according to all sources they had a one-on-one private, closed door meeting that went on for an hour and a half and nobody but nobody was even let into the corridor that leads to the door they were behind. Are the Special Olympics such an interesting subject of conversation?

Then-

In the wee small hours of that same Monday/Tuesday, at 3:30am to be precise, a drunken man was arrested for causing a disturbance at a Santa Cruz nightclub. He barged his way in to the late night establishment (that’s Otto’s nice way of saying ‘whorehouse’, ok?) known as ‘Curris Internacional’ and started threatening both public and staff. When the police were called in and arrested him they found that;

  • His name is Gregory Gordon Michel
  • He is a US citizen
  • He is a member of the US military
  • He was carrying a loaded .45mm handgun with three spare clips
  • He was also carrying a folding police officer’s nightstick

He was taken to the local police station when just 30 minutes later a posse of his fellow citizens arrived, claimed Gregory Michel was protected by Diplomatic Immunity and spirited him away.

[ABI report here]

So..the US destabilising a Latin American country and using a separatist right wing (proto-facist) leader to do it while also having armed military in country under diplomatic protection…the War on Democracy continues apace. Pictures and more at Inca Kola News, News of the Restless, Abiding in Bolivia & BoRev.

8 Responses to “The Best Little Whore House in Santa Cruz”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Laws against prostitution are absurd.

  2. RickB Says:

    They are- I do think a certain sector like the laws because it puts sex workers into a position where they have few rights and thus can be totally exploited by that -well let’s face it conservative publicly moralist – bloc. Not so say the industry is not problematic, it needs unions and worker protections and a wider social context of equality and financial security so that people are not forced into doing things they’d rather not.

    This arrest though was for disturbance, basically I think he was drunk and belligerent (and armed!) and apparently part of the US Bolivian diplomatic mission, hmmm.

  3. otto Says:

    News of the Restless wins the prize for photoimages. The Tweetypie on the blog is the best ever. And since when does an army officer get diplo immunity unless attached to the DEA, CIA or whatevs, 10%?

    Not very subtle these days, are they? I mean, time was when da spooks wuz spooky, not camerafodder.

  4. ralfast Says:

    He was taken to the local police station when just 30 minutes later a posse of his fellow citizens arrived, claimed Gregory Michel was protected by Diplomatic Immunity and spirited him away.

    Extraterritoriality….gotta love it! A nice way of stating who really owns the joint.

  5. RickB Says:

    Hey Otto, call me Rick! Yep the Tweety is great! Yes at the very least he is buddies with an embassy spook but most likely he is (or was before he so publicly made his presence known) part of the spooky special ops crowd. Maybe he just got news his wife left him or his dog died and he hit the bottle or as he’s an Iraq veteran his PTSD might be overriding his cloak and dagger instructions. That’s actually pretty worrying, personnel coming from Iraq and being plugged into covert ops in Latin America, human rights of the ‘other’ will not even figure in their brutalised minds.

  6. RickB Says:

    Rafael- we had a thing here where the US embassy (and some others) in London refused to pay millions in traffic and congestion charges, not quite as sensational as brothel hijinks (although I guess those rarely make our papers).

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25400033/

    Although rapes, murders and assaults have been gotten away with

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/murder-rape-assault-the-secret-crimes-of-londons-diplomats-408170.html

    And our embassies do stuff (not least condoning torture in eastern Europe).
    Having US embassies plot coups on your own soil must be pretty aggravating to say the least.

  7. ralfast Says:

    We had similar problems here, and we are supposed to be part of the US. Marines getting into fights, sailors running over little girls on the street and the like. That is why you can not allow extraterritoriality. Those that ask for it know that they are doing bad things and will do bad things. It is also the clearest sign that you are not in control of your own country, that you are just another branch of US Empire & Proxy Services Inc.

  8. Bolivia Rumble « Ten Percent Says:

    [...] by US hegemony. Morales expelled the US ambassador, this is reported without reference to the secret meeting with secessionist leaders and whorehouse gun toting arrests of covert US assets. As ever Uncle Sam can do no wrong in ‘his backyard’. Some wilder headlines are going [...]


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