That's about it. It was some big campaign by the federal police which would finally clean the nation and oopsie doodle, it turned out to be bullshit. That's nothing new, we have recurring episodes of this bullshit, we call it salvationism. The differences now were the concerted effort behind it and its use as a political purge. CW was being touted as the newest savior, they don't play favorites, if it keeps fucking over PT well it's just because they're a bunch of thieves that's why.
Let me lay down what, as far as I know, are
okay I finished typing it out and oh boy, there are more hot takes than cold facts now. I CANT STOP TALKING so ask for clarifications all you please.
Lula just plain did not commit the crimes for which he was convicted, period. This is beyond any margin for doubt. I wrote about it in previous threads, in case you care to check and ctrl+f: >>621514
But I can sum it up again if you wish. Ditto for the official cause for Dilma's impeachment, which was a fabricated.
PT definitely was up to something, but it was peanuts next to what everyone outside of the left did. According to admittedly non-standard surveys of corruption, such as proportion of party members with criminal convictions, proportion of candidates whose tickets were disqualified etc. PT was, at worst, the 3rd most corrupt party while it was still the ruling party
. Out of the 3 biggest scandals by volume of stolen money, the total sum CW claims it investigates, assuming it's all true, would still be the third biggest in our history. The first one, without a question, were the succdems' privatizations, and the second one, well, the second one has some funny coincidences...
The key witness (and, in all likelihood, a key conspirator) in thet second biggest scandal, Banestado, is Alberto Youssef, a political operative of a kind which Google tells me is called a money changer in America but translates literally as dollarman. International financial wizardry, especially regarding dollars, is a fundamental part of party politics outside of America, and these operators aren't particularly fussy when it comes to political persuassion and will deal with anyone, tho simple routine work makes this or that dollarman more connected to specific parties. Anyway, this gentleman was also the key witness in an old scandal involving the previous ruling party, the succdems in PSDB and their support base, and they stole far, far more than the total sum which CW claims it investigates. And as it happens, that too was headed by Moro. And it was a complete fiasco, having ended up with barely any arrests made. It's clear now that Moro and Youssef kept in contact and arranged things for the eventual CW operation to be overwhelmingly aimed at PT. (And a funny thing is that, to the best of my knowledge, Moro didn't throw the previous scandal's investigations, it was a legitimate honest fuck-up.)
The effort involved pretty much the entire establishment, but the media was the key factor. They repeated all kinds of bullshit. Platitudes appealing to sensibility ("any party that stays too long in power degrades", "there should be some alternation of parties in power"), manipulation enabled by media formats (wording in newspapers or tone of voice of news acnhors), overreporting it so it wouldn't die down even in weeks when nothing happened, endless wink-wink-nudge-nudge insinuations that it was totally obvious PT was guilty, and sho on. One particularly odious component was the use of "third party" columnists, pundits, journos etc. who would vomit the most outrageous charges to get the rumor mill started. You know how it goes, an accusations which comes out of nowhere, gets echoed until it becomes "common knowledge", and goes nowhere in court because it never existed in the first place, I wrote a bit aboit it here: >>638009
. It was, easily, the biggest exercise in consensus-building in our history, possibly the world's. I may be wrong in this analysis, but I would honestly say they downright conditioned people to bark at PT but now they won't bark at anyone unless ordered, and the media can't order anymore because it's divided.
Naturally, the left had been denouncing CW's bias, but was, of course, smeared as fanatics, Lula cultists and whatnot. That solidified a downright revolting lie about Lula being intolerant, a strongman and whatnot, which is the opposite of truth. Once in power, he hardly even criticized his oponnents when defending himself, but tough shit. To this day, liberals bemoaning Bozo's bullshit consistently bring Lula up when doing it in order to paint them as opposite equals. This is so common it's ridiculous, and I can't tell if they're being disingenuous because this false equivallency benefits Bozo.
Amongst the political participants, the biggest culprit must be the succdems again, PSDB. Besides the elementary "who benefits?" factor, they had historically been the media's darlings since the administration of FHC, Lula's predecessor. CW, of course, stayed well away from PSDB for the most part, but I noticed when some of their top dogs started getting suspiciously lambasted in media, and figured out the top dogs were already fighting to see who would be the toppest. I correctly guessed the PSDB candidate about 2 years early by seeing which of the top dogs was harmed the least in media. I incorrectly guessed he would be elected, because the establishment fragmented too soon, I guess, and didn't unite behind him. That, plus Bozo swindled the anti-Lula title for himself despite being a nobody, got PSDB to come in a pathetic 5th place. His campaign tried to play the professional technocrat card, complete with fliers with professional visual composition, slogans created by marketeers and the like. Big mistake. The 2018 was going to be about Lula, whether the latter participated or not, and Bozo capitalized on that. On the instructions of other people, of course, but regardless. Speaking of which...
I'd say the whole conspiracy had 2, maybe 3 big hitches. As far as the establishment's desired outcome is concerned, the biggest one was that Lula's reputation somehow surviving, although not unscathed. Back in 2016, after Dilma was impeached, city elections saw PT get crushed, so I guess they may have grown a bit complacent. Then 2018 rolls around, and Lula was guaranteed to win in all polls, against all expectations of the previous years. So the establishment used an emergency measure: Moro convicted Lula despite the crime not being proven. Let me point out that this single fact, plus Moro becoming a minister of the man who won instead of Lula, would be enough for any country with any pretense of being a serious nation to, at least, annull the election results. But Brazil is not one of them. The establishment's plan backfired, but a good chunk of it didn't mind at all, and, crucially, they can't come clean with the truth simply because the entire fucking establishment is guilty
. And then we got The Intercept...