Most likely he was either poisoned or infected with cancer causing substances. Four cancer surgeries in 18 months raise suspicions.
Chavez knew he was marked for death. He said so numerous times. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez believes Washington and Israel conspired to kill him.
He called it similar to how Israel murdered Yasser Arafat. Radioactive polonium poisoning killed him. Forensic evidence proved it.
On March 12, acting President Nicolas Marudo said a state commission will investigate his death. "(I)mportant scientists from different countries" will be involved.
Maduro believes forensic evidence will show Chavez was "injected by imperialist forces."
He "was poisoned by dark forces in order to hit at the Venezuelan people and Latin America," he stressed.
More information on his cancer will be explained later. It "didn't correspond with any of the normal behaviors of the illness."
"He received (lots) of death threats. Maybe they didn't manage to it through a direct attempt" on his life.
"Everything seems to indicate that they managed to affect his health using the most advanced techniques."
For decades, America experimented with cancer causing substances. Expert technologies exist. Assassination by bullet, bomb, slit throat, or plane crash reflects policy. Why not incurable diseases?
William Blum's done some of the best research on America's successful and failed political assassinations. On March 12, he headlined "I Personally Believe That Hugo Chavez Was Murdered By The United States."
He thinks CIA operatives may have been involved. Post-WW II, they targeted over 50 foreign leaders for removal. Some died. Others lived.
Fidel Castro survived hundreds of assassination attempts. He knows better than anyone how Washington operates.
Chavez replaced him as its number one enemy. He spoke truth to power. He did so more forthrightly and eloquently than anyone.
He touched important nerves. He denounced US imperialism. He did so at home and abroad. He said what everyone needs to know. Washington menaces humanity. He said it loud and clear.
It's "well known," said Blum, "that during the Cold War, the CIA worked diligently to develop substances that could kill without leaving a trace."
"I would like to see the Venezuelan government pursue every avenue of investigation in having an autopsy performed."
Expert forensic pathologists will be involved. Maduro has that in mind. Chavez's death wasn't accidental. It reflects foul play. Hopefully clear evidence will prove it.
America had opportunity and motive. It does so globally. CIA rogues know how to kill. They've had decades of experience.
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said the Agency "pioneered" cancer-causing agent experiments. Focus was on infecting victims multiple ways. They include "injection, inhalation, (and) skin contact through contaminated clothing, especially underwear."
Chavez's aggressive cancer raises red flags. Possibly he was targeted through "contaminated food, drink, and even toothpaste."
Extensive documentation of CIA use of cancer-causing agents exists. They're used against figures Washington wants eliminated. At issue for Venezuela, says Madsen, is determining how Chavez was infected and by whom.
Bush administration officials pursued a secret biowarfare agenda. It rescinded and subverted the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
It renounced the 1989 US Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act. It prohibits developing, producing, and stockpiling bacteriological/biological/toxic weapons. It worked covertly on developing illegal bioweapons.
At least since the 1940s, America pursued active biological weapons development. It's been largely secret and unreported. Experiments have been conducted on human subjects.
Toxic chemical, biological and other substances are used. Germ warfare is official US policy. Bacteria's been covertly released in US cities. Pneumonia and other diseases followed.
Bush spent billions on bioweapons development. Obama continues what he began. Multiple federal agencies are involved. CIA operates covertly. Its agenda includes "scientific assassinations."
Chemical, biological and radiation experiments involve human subjects. Secrecy persists.
Francis Boyle's "Biowarfare and Terrorism" discusses America's lawless biological weapons development, production and buildup. It's potential endangers humanity.
It's part of America's war on terror. It reflects an extremist agenda. It's about unchallenged power. It includes biological, chemical, nuclear and other toxins. They kill selectively or en masse.
Obama prioritizes killing. He does it daily in multiple theaters. He targets independent leaders for removal. Smart money says he killed Chavez. Believe it! Hopefully forensic evidence will prove it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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