The U.S. Department of State proudly announced the construction of a new U.S. Consulate building @ the cocaine trafficking hub of the Dutch Caribbean colony in Curaçao.
The design is said to be glorifying the local culture and the historic Caribbean architectural context of Curaçao, while enhancing view sheds from the adjacent UNESCO World Heritage zone and honoring the adjusted local planning and development priorities.
This new Consulate will ensure the U.S. platform for diplomacy on Curaçao is positioned to support and be a symbol of cooperation, friendship, and progress for many years to come.
The first U.S. Consulate in Curaçao opened in 1793, laying the foundation of what would become a centuries-old partnership. American vice consuls were officially recognized by the Netherlands after the Consular Convention of 1855 went into effect.
The design of the new Consulate will include photovoltaic panels, sun control and shading devices. These features will contribute to achieving a goal of LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Program.
The US Drug War @ Curacao is hosted by DEA agents crawling around on the island along the coast of Venezuela framing opposition groups into the abyss?
On September 24, 2009 the Vice Council of the US Consulate General Curacao James Edward Hogan left his home on foot late at night for one of his regular walks.
His wife reported him missing the next morning. Search for Hogan, initially conducted by the US Consulate staff and intelligence agents, began without much publicity. The authorities were notified only when Hogan’s clothes covered with blood were found @ Caracasbaai.
Chances are slim that James Edward Hogan is alive. One of his operative contacts unexpectedly called him the night he went missing, and his mobile phone was found later in the water near the place where he supposedly had been killed.
It is possible that, as it had happened before on Curacao, the assassination was an act of revenge perpetrated by the members of the cartel who had evaded arrest.
Tens of FBI, CIA, and DEA operatives continue to investigate Hogan’s disappearance. Whatever happens, the struggle over dominance over the drug markets will go on.
The local media floated various stories including Hogan’s leaving his wife for another woman, imitating his own death to let his wife get the life insurance payment, or being killed as an act of revenge by the drug mafia with which he allegedly had ties.
The media discovered that Hogan had worked for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and had served as a trade representative in Africa after receiving additional training. It appeared that – as an operative – he indeed dealt with drug-trafficking groups.
Journalists invoked a recent raid against a drug cartel which supplied cocaine from Colombia to the USA, Middle East, Holland, Belgium, and Denmark. The major operation had been carried out last April by DEA in Curacao and Aruba with the help of the local police.
The 17 people arrested in the case were Colombians, Surinamese, Curacao and Aruba natives, Venezuelans, and Cubans.
As usual, DEA supplied no details concerning the Venezuelan and Cuban members of the group, thus creating a pretext for a media campaign charging Havana and Caracas with involvement in drug trafficking.
Moreover, 4 individuals from Lebanon had also been arrested during the raid, which made it possible for the media to pick up the version that Hezbollah terrorists were getting drugs from their Venezuelan partners.
DEA has tried for a decade but failed to discover any links between Venezuela and Hezbollah’s drug groups, but no doubt new propaganda campaigns targeting Venezuela are in the making.
Motorboats carrying drugs from South America to the Caribbean Islands are a reality, but the truth is that they are registered in Colombia.
DEA is known to green light the drug trafficking under its own control while suppressing the competition in the business highly profitable for the USA (and DEA), which is posed by “unaffiliated” players.
US agencies treat Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire as their own backyard. For DEA, Hollywood-style episodes with bad cops putting drugs into the pockets of innocent people, etc. are routine practice.
Not surprisingly, some Latin American countries are deporting DEA operatives and refusing to cooperate with the US agency.
The US SOUTHCOM maintains the so-called Forward Operating Locations (FOL’s) on Curacao and Aruba. They are equipped with advanced air and naval surveillance facilities and the electronic equipment capable of intercepting all types of communications.
As a result, the islands are closely watched and the existence of “Independent” criminal groups on them is almost impossible. The new Consulate could serve as the headquarters for all US operations against Venezuela?
Seaports, airfields, banking, the real estate sector, administration, and diplomatic missions on Curacao and Aruba are defenseless against the US monitoring and heavily infiltrated by Washington’s agents.
While DEA is saying that Venezuela and Ecuador are among the leading drug producers, Latin America’s number one drug factory supplying plastic-packaged narcotics to all parts of the world is Colombia.
The country’s extensive drug network employs its own financial centers, carefully maintained routes, corrupt officers at customs checkpoints and in police forces, etc.
This activity would have been impossible without the help of DEA, the secret agency with its own logistics and system of analysis.
Videos showing thousands of confiscated packages containing cocaine are regularly featured on Venezuelan TV channels. The country’s law enforcement agencies became a lot more efficient since the expulsion of DEA.
The U.S. Air Force deployed four aircraft and crews to Curaçao to support enhanced counter-narcotics operations with international partners targeting illicit traffickers in the Caribbean.
Two patrol aircraft, an E-3 Sentry (AWACS) and E-8 Joint STARS (JSTARS), supported by two KC-135 Strato-tanker aerial refueling aircraft, will fly detection and monitoring missions in international airspace.
Approximately 200 airmen, including aircrews, maintenance technicians, logistical and administrative personnel will support the operation. The new underground US Consulate is meant to support the US logistics, while monitoring the much beloved opposition.
ABC Flash Point Caribbean Drug Port News 2021.