Colonel Alfonso Plazas Vega
Senior Fellow in Political and Human Rights Leadership
Colonel Alfonso Plazas-Vega is widely recognized as one of the leading figures in the fight against the Marxist guerilla network that dominates illegal drug trade in the Western Hemisphere and oppresses many tens of millions of people, not merely through the scourge of urban crime and systematic corruption of public officials, but also by funding Marxist guerilla movements and terrorism in numerous countries of North, South and Central America.
Col. Plazas’ career began in the Colombian Army, where he was given responsibilities in combat against the heavily armed Marxist FARC narco-mafia guerillas seeking control of his country. Later he was assigned vital duties in national security administration. A historian and a coveted speaker and author, he is perhaps best known to human rights leaders, to the Colombian people and to the Castro-Chavez communist alliance with the Marxist drug networks for the role he played in the 1985 conflict at the Palace of Justice in Bogotá Colombia. Members of the terrorist group M-19 invaded the Palace of Justice taking over 300 people hostage, including 24 Supreme Court Justices of Colombia. The operation to retake the building was assigned to Colonel Plazas, then commander of an armored cavalry battalion.
- Commander of the 7th Cavalry Group “Guias del Casanare”, in Yopal, Colombia, 1982
- Commander of the School of Cavalry in Bogota, Colombia, 1985-1986
- Adjutant General of the Colombian Armed Forces Command, 1987
- II Brigade Chief of Staff at Barranquilla, Colombia, 1988
- Director of the Department of Military Strategy at the Colombian Army School of War, Bogota 1991