In a column in El Proceso on November 11, Jenaro Villamil gives voice to doubts about the official explanations of the crash tht killed Juan Camilo Mouriño and others. Villamil points out that President Calderón himself spoke of Muriño as if he had been a victim of an attempt and as if he were a fallen hero. Villamil also says that Calderón's ambiguous statements about envies and calumnies and meanness only added fuel to the fire.
The other well-known victim among the fourteen who died was Santiago Vasconcelo, "the most important operrator in the fight against narcotráfico en the eight years of the PAN regime." According to Villamil, there had been death threats against him, and a price five million dollars on his head.
It seems to Villamil that there are therefore problems still to be resolved. For instance, why had there not been a review of the plane before take-off? Why did no one take into account the risks of having the second most important man in government and the most important person in the fight against drugs on the same plane?
Villamil also sees the mixed messages about the crash as signs of deep divisions in the heart of Calderón's governing team, "los caderonistas," as well as unresolved disputes with the previous "Foxistas" and with what he calls militant PANism. He fears that the ambiguities surrounding the crash abound and that a policy of unclear communication could turn out to be one of the biggest mistakes of the current government.
Villamil concudes, "This doesn't have to do with the "national sport of guessing" or with Mexican "suspiciousness....It has to do with finding real contradictions and in a very worrisome national context, which leads one to think about an attempt close to a coup d'etat.
"If this is wrong, let the government speak clearly. If there are national security reasons for not revealing details of a possible sabotage, let the government also tell the citizens. But if they want us to accept that we should weight 11 months to know what the messages of the black box are, or that turbulence close to as strong as a tsunami was the cause of the accident, then the government's credibility will stay less than zero."
Updated today, November 16
It finally dawned on me that the talk of the fact that the Learjet-45 and the Mexicana 757 were less than five miles apart had to do with the implication that the Mexicana flight's wake caused the turbulence that caused the crash.
In La Crónica de Hoy, Luciano Pascoe Rippey further discusses the issue of government secretiveness vs. government openness. It's in Spanish. If someone is really anxious to see it in English, let me know. It is a good column, but mostly supports Villamil's arguments about transparency.