Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What do We Really Know About Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga?

When I heard President Barack Obama announce the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be a justice of the US Supreme Court, I felt what Latino and Black and women and white men of good conscience feel all over America today: ecstatic. From all that we know about her, she will make an excellent justice of the US Supreme Court.

However, as I reflect upon all that we learned about Sonia Sotomayor, including the name of her mother and stepfather, her ex-husband and her mentors, it only makes me wonder more about another public figure about whom we know virtually nothing that is both good and true: Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ).

First, what do MAMZ's middle initials stand for? Does anyone know? If MAMZ knows, why doesn't he tell us? What, exactly, is he so carefully hiding?

Alright. He has partially corrected his "Who is Markos Moulitsas" FAQ at DailyKos to include the assertion that one of his middle names, his second middle name, is "Alberto", but then why has he omitted the other middle name, the one with which he signed his name when he was a college student?

Why does MAMZ's Dkosopedia biography omit the fact that he spent as much as two years training with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency between 2001 and the end of 2003, at the same time that he was stating DailyKos. Doesn't the omission of this information leave a two year hole in his resume, in terms of how he was actually spending the bulk of his time during that period? Isn't that a significant omission from a page called "Who Is Kos?"

Isn't it virtually a lie for him to claim that he spent this period starting DailyKos and working on the Howard Dean campaign when he was, as he has confessed, physically engaged in intensive training for a "secret agent" role at the offices of the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington during this period. Why not tell the truth about it?

Why has he stopped using the middle initial "C" in his official biography, and is his official biography truthful when it omits one of his middle names?
Is his middle name a "national security secret"?

Secondly, why has MAMZ insisted so vehemently that:
(Following the Spanish language custom for surnames, his most important surname is "Moulitsas", instead of "Zúniga".) Wikipedia
Is it because the middle name "Alberto" and the last name Zúñiga connect Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga directly to Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga, the man listed in Salvadoran Government documents as manager of the Zúñiga "family business", the Jaltepeque Suites Hotel, and its parent company, Club Joya del Pacífico?

Was Markos C. Alberto Zúniga named after his (uncle ?), Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga, who is a member of the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) in El Salvador? The US Central Intelligence Agency has classified ANEP as a right-wing "presure group". Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga also sits on the board of the Latin American Federation of Associations of Hotels and Restaurants. Why does Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga's international salt business need an office in Odessa, Texas, where President George W. Bush was born, and where so many oil field businesses are located? Or is that office a front for some activity and persons about whom true progressives would and should be concerned?

Doesn't all of this information conclusively disprove Markos C. Alberto Zúñiga's assertion that he comes from an poor and uninfluential family? I certainly believe that it does, but I would be interested to hear Moulitsas Zúñiga explain these connections himself. Why all the lies?

For example, is all of this why Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga has never told anyone the names of any of the members of his family, and why he has removed his wedding album from the Internet (see screenshots). And why did Moulitsas Zúñiga first post his wedding album on the Internet and then remove it from public access? What is he trying so desperately to hide?

Compare MAMZ to Sonia Sotomayor, whose mother and stepfather were present at her introduction as President Obama's nominee for the US Supreme Court. Why is Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor able to be so open while Markos C. A. Moulitsas has to be so secretive?

With over two thousand hits for the search "Truth About Kos" at Google, why doesn't Markos C. Alberto Zúñiga answer these questions that the public is asking?

Moulitsas Zúñiga has asserted in the past that he had an uncle who was education minister of El Salvador, but many people have tried to confirm this and been unable to do so. The problem is that Moulitsas Zúñiga has NEVER, EVER told anyone what his uncle's name is. And even with as many as fifty hits a day at this blog trying to discover "the truth about Kos", after two years Moulitsas Zúñiga still hasn't told anyone the name of the uncle whom he claims was minister of education in El Salvador.

This is hardly a personal question to pose, since the minister of education of a country is a very public figure and MAMZ himself is a very public figure. This is an appeal to MAMZ to identify the uncle whom he says was minister of education in El Salvador. Even if the uncle was a right-wing member of the Salvadoran elite who participated in a Government that killed thousands of people during the Salvadoran civil war, I think it's something that we need to know in order to understand Moulitsas Zúñiga in context. And if the uncle simply does not exist then Moulitsas Zúñiga is a liar who tells very big lies.

I urge Moulitsas Zúñiga to do precisely what Sonia Sotomayor did upon her nomination to the US Supreme Court: tell us about your family and why you are proud of them or why you feel you need to keep everything about them as a tightly held secret. Because when member of the public read the details of "The Indictment of Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga by Justice and History", it becomes apparent that the Moulitsas Zúñiga family engages in large national and international businesses, and has received millions of dollars from sources outside El Salvador, including the US Government.

Come clean, Markos C. Alberto Zúñiga! At least tell us how you are related to Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga, who owns Baja Salt Group and is a member of the right-wing political pressure group ANEP.

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