Sunday, October 08, 2006

Bush decides to continue harboring a terrorist

Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is to remain in a U.S. immigration detention center for now, and authorities say the criminal should continue searching for a third country that will take him in, despite an extradition application submitted by Venezuela.

The day before the 30th anniversary of the criminal attack on a Cubana airliner, representatives of the George W. Bush government insisted that Posada Carriles should be held until shelter is found for him outside the United States, but are ignoring the fact that his terrorist crimes remain unpunished.

Posada was also told that the Department of Homeland Security is considering, in consultation with the State Department, whether or not to continue his detention because "his release may have serious adverse foreign policy consequences in the United States," Zamarripa said. [This should be understood to mean that if he is released everything that Bush and Co. have been saying about their obligations to detain terrorists, and harboring them equates to being one is bull.]

The decision comes after U.S. Magistrate Norbert Garney ruled on September 11 that Posada should be released while the government finds a country to deport him to.

The National Security Archive has documents that show that the CIA (George H.W. Bush was the director at this time) had concrete advance intelligence, as early as June 1976, on plans by Cuban exile terrorist groups to bomb a Cubana airliner.

Luis Posada Carriles is a former CIA operative who was trained by the U.S. Army at Fort Benning in Georgia.

So he is "our" terrorist...which makes everything OK.

From the BBC: US accused of 'terror hypocrisy'

Venezuela has said the US will be guilty of double standards on terrorism if it does not extradite a Cuban exile wanted over the bombing of a plane.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the man, Luis Posada Carriles, was "a self-confessed terrorist".

He said the US had no choice but to send him back to Venezuela, where he escaped from jail two decades ago.

Venezuela wants the man to stand trial over the bombing of the Cuban plane in 1976 that killed 73 people.

Posada’s future lies in the court’s hands, and any intervention by the White House on behalf of his case would be considered offensive.

However, such political maneuvering is not unprecedented; in 1990 President George H. W. Bush overruled his own Department of Justice and had Orlando Bosch - a known international terrorist and Posada’s former partner-in-crime in the airline bombing- released from a Florida prison and granted asylum.

Bosch now enjoys his mysteriously granted freedom in Miami.

In today’s post-9/11 milieu, a similar move by the current administration would seriously undermine the credibility of the Bush doctrine.


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