That’s right. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, and it is on such a carpet Luis Posada Carriles has arrived into America on. Posada, who was released from a Panamanian prison last summer after
They had been:
Posada, whose whereabouts have been a mystery (thought to be in Honduras) for the last several months, is now suspected to be seeking asylum in America.
Who is Posada Carriles? Says the Jamaican Observer:
Says Periodico 26:
his “military record” dates back to 1963 at the time of receiving military training at Fort Benning, Georgia in order to crackdown the Cuban Revolution.
Reared and nurtured at the CIA’s laboratories to produce mercenaries, Posada was a key man in Miami-based counter-revolutionary mafia. There he placed a central role as part of the RECE terrorist group (Cuban Representation in Exile) ad later as militant of the great alliance called CORU (Coordinator for United Revolutionary Organization) aiming at undertaking terrorist actions to overturn Cuba´ s government.
The Orlando Sentinel reports this morning:
If Posada is granted asylum, it could protect him from extradition to Venezuela even though it has an extradition treaty with the United States. Posada, who is Cuban-born and a naturalized Venezuelan citizen, is wanted for escaping from a Venezuelan prison in 1985 while awaiting the outcome of a prosecutor’s appeal of his acquittal in the airline-bombing case.
The bombing occurred during Bush41’s tenure as CIA head.
The Kansas City Star reports a source that claims:
Peter Dale Scott in Coacaine Politics writes when Posada was arrested in Venezuela:
Posada’s partner in the bombing was Orlando Bosch, who served eleven years in a Venezuelan jail before intervention by then US ambassador to Venezuela, Otto Reich, led to his acquittal and freedom.
Miami developer, Santiago Alvarez Fernandez, was responsible for defending Posada in Panama, and then flying him out upon his pardon. Alvarez has now retained attorney, Eduardo Soto, to represent Posada. Alvarez has been accused by the Cuban gov’t for “preparing, bankrolling and leading an armed infiltration into Cuba on April 24, 2001 on the orders of Luis Posada Carriles and he continues to concoct anti-Cuban plots.”
The diplomatic hangnail is (Miami Herald):
And there is a different gov’t in Venezuela now than the one Reich negotiated with in 1989.
Dr. Julio Yao, a Professor of Law and International Law at the University of Panama, said the following about the Panamanian pardon which released the four terrorist from jail:
We believe that this has been an arrangement with the US and /or the Cuban right-wingers in Miami and a covert operation was implemented in order to obtain this objective.
Posada Carriles was there [Hondurs] all the time, protected by some Cuban Americans or perhaps hidden or protected in a US military base or post or site.
Panama has the legal right to bring him back because implicitly we have said, and the new President has said that this is an illegal action.
So what it all amounts to is that there is a double discourse and a double standard as far as terrorism is concerned from the point of view of the United States. They were sent to the US on a Thursday and the next day, George W Bush was there in a Miami stadium addressing himself to the Cuba American right wing in Miami. So I think this was completely concocted by the intelligence and security apparatus of the United States. This says a lot about the true objective and the meaning of the fight and struggle against terrorism.
That’s right, professor. There is a double standard. This administration applies double standards to every issue they are involved in. This government is trully following an “ends-justifies-the-means” pursuit of world affairs. The Bush family hates, I repeat hates Castro, and anybody blowing up a plane, or planting bombs to derail Castro’s government is not a terrorist. And they are not a drug-dealer if they are fighting communists.
Bush’s father granted amnesty for Posada’s partner in the bombing of the passenger plane in 1989. We will have to wait and see if the circle will be completed. Given the state of heightened hypocrisy, I would not be surprised if this man is granted asylum. Bush doesn’t care a bit for Hugo Chavez, and not honoring an extradition treaty woiuld be par for the course. This administration does not follow laws they do not like. There may not be an extradition treaty in the future.
Three diaries at dKos from the end of the summer will tell you more:
[One and two by Soj and three by Meteror Blades]: