>– Ortega Demands Rush Approval of Bills that Revive First Sandinista Regime’s State of Emergency between 1982 and 1988
– Nicaragua and Costa Rica Trade Accusations of Aggression, Environmental Damage in Formal “White Papers”
– President Chinchilla Backtracks on Promise to OAS, Sends National Police Back to Disputed Border, Urges Costa Ricans to Enlist in Armed Forces Reserves
Pictured above: Ortega addresses troops during Soldado de la Patria (Motherland Soldier), an anniversary event for the Nicaraguan Army.
It is clear that Daniel Ortega has no intention of allowing his tyrannical ambitions to be challenged, even if it is at the expense of the security of the people of Nicaragua and the stability of their democracy.
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, US Congresswoman (Republican-Florida), statement made in April 2010
And, so, while the shopping mall regime naively believes Ronald Reagan made Central America safe for democracy 20 years ago, according to the Dutch media, “President Daniel Ortega has asked Nicaraguan lawmakers to pass emergency laws to give him greater power to mobilize troops, amid a surge in tensions over a border row with Costa Rica.” Knowing fully that the 1995 constitution prevents him from running for re-election next year, KGB asset Ortega is using every trick in the communist playbook to re-consolidate his dictatorship.
On Tuesday afternoon, with less than three days left before Nicaragua’s National Assembly breaks for a year-end recess, reports the Tico Times, President Daniel Ortega submitted three bills requiring urgent approval. The three bills, titled “National Defense Law,” “National Security Law,” and “Border Law” seek to expand the government’s military powers in times of “national emergency.” In addition to new defense and security measures, the bills place restrictions on property rights.
In a telephone interview, Jose Pallais, opposition legislator and president of the National Assembly’s Judicial Affairs Commission, asserted: “These bills give the impression that Ortega is preparing for war. Instead of creating the image of a civil country, these initiatives give the image of a warmongering country. This is very dangerous.” The “Border Law” bill specifically designates all land within 15 kilometers of international borders “national territory” in cases requiring “special treatment for the protection of the environment, culture and socioeconomic development.”
“This could be used to appropriate land,” predicted Pallais, who acknowledged that other countries have land-use restrictions along borders, but insisted that 15 kilometers was “disproportionately large.” He concluded that the Border Law bill “could be interpreted as an effort to establish the legal foundation needed to appropriate land around the San Juan River for whatever project the government might be secretly planning in the zone.”
Last week, Ortega admitted that his government intends to build a transoceanic canal, a prospect that led to the US invasion of Nicaragua in 1912 and a subsequent 21-year occupation that was challenged by guerrilla leader Augusto Sandino. The fact that several weeks ago, too, Costa Rican authorities arrested 86 Nicaraguans fleeing army enlistment lends some credence to the above reports.
More ominously, the provisions of the “National Defense Law” bill hearken back to the state of emergency by which the Sandinista National Liberation Front suppressed “counter-revolutionaries” and “Somozistas” between 1982 and 1988. Article 22 of the proposed bill reads:
When the president of the republic and council of ministers decree a state of emergency for reasons of conflict or public calamity and order the mobilization of forces, means and public goods, the institutions and regional and municipal governments, as well as their public employees, will become part of the utility for defense of the supreme interests and strategic national objectives, and by express orders of the president of the republic will be under the control of the National Army for the amount of time that the state of emergency lasts.
Former president Arnoldo Aleman, who cut a sordid political deal with Ortega in 1999 called “El Pacto,” commented: “It appears that Ortega is trying to reestablish the state security and mandatory military service that existed during the leftist Sandinista revolutionary government he led from 1979 to 1990.”
On a technicality, opposition lawmakers were able to postpone the vote on Ortega’s rush legislation until Monday, December 6, but the FSLN commands a slim majority in the National Assembly. Therefore, it is expected that the bills will pass both the first and second readings, which will likely take place on the same day.
Meanwhile, Nicaragua’s top general, Julio Aviles Castillo, a former Sandinista guerrilla, has painted a black portrait in which his country is the victim of an international conspiracy masterminded by the governments of Honduras, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The object of these “expansionist interests” is to seize Nicaraguan territory, especially along the San Juan River. Aviles, in the company of the Nicaraguan president, delivered his comments during the commemoration ceremony of the Soldado de la Patria (Motherland Soldier).
At this time, Aviles put in a plug for Ortega’s 76-page white paper “exposing” Costa Rica’s fabrications in the border row, Truths Hidden by Costa Rica. Among other remarks, he also condemned Honduras’ security minister, Oscar Alvarez, for alleging that Nicaragua is training and arming 3,000 guerrillas to overthrow President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and re-install Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a military-backed parliamentary coup in 2009.
Costa Rica has responded with its own counter-propaganda by releasing La verdad sobre la incursión, ocupación, uso y daños del territorio costarricense por parte de Nicaragua. At an event marking the country’s 62 years without an armed forces, President Laura Chinchilla, contrary to promises made to the Organization of American States, announced that she would be sending the national police back to the disputed border, urged Costa Ricans to join the armed forces reserves, and requested that the Public Security Ministry “accelerate” the training of border police.