World Wide Demand for the Extradition of Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela Grows

Terrorists harbored while anti-terrorists languish in U.S. jails

Keep the pressure on, avows many

The Case of Posada Carriles

6/14/2005--Across the United States and around the world, thousands of people took to the streets on June 13 to demand the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela. Posada Carriles is a known terrorist who has admitted to the New York Times and to several Miami news agencies his terrorist crimes against Cuba and other nations.

The case of Luis Posada Carriles is an exceptional example of the double standards set forth by the U.S. government which have sparked worldwide condemnation.

In March 2005 Luis Posada Carriles entered the United States illegally. The right-wing Cuban American community lauded his arrival widely yet the U.S. government stated that they did not know his whereabouts. Shortly afterwards, Luis Posada Carriles went on television in Miami to brag about his work. There was an immediate worldwide outcry to demand that Posada Carriles be detained for his crimes, including a demonstration of over a million in Havana, Cuba.

Washington was soon forced to take Posada Carriles into custody.

It is the height of utter hypocrisy for the Bush administration to harbor this terrorist in any way. It was only worldwide opposition including a letter from several members of Congress asking for justice that the Bush administration was even forced to detain Posada. How could an administration that has talked non stop of “fighting terrorism” protect and harbor the mastermind of a downing of a Cuban airplane, killing 73 people? Tourists have been killed in Cuba as a result of Posada Carriles actions. The lives of U.S. residents have also been endangered.

Posada Carriles has violated the sovereign rights of Cuba as well as El Salvador, Panama, and Venezuela. He has entered these countries and recruited mercenaries. In 2000, he was arrested and convicted in Panama for trying to kill President Fidel Castro. If this attempt had succeeded, the lives of innocent Panamanians would have been in serious danger.

Furthermore, recently declassified CIA documents confirm Posada Carriles’ terrorist actions. Clearly, Posada Carriles and his colleagues such as Orlando Bosch, Jorge Mas Canosa are dangerous criminals who should be stopped.

Does the Bush administration have no concern for these horrible and dangerous actions? Are not the sovereign rights of other nations the concern of the Bush Administration even if it is their nemesis, Cuba?

The Case of the Cuban Five

Posada Carriles admitted to the New York Times in 1998 that he was behind the downing of the 1976 plane. Nonetheless, the U.S. has allowed him to travel the world and walk the streets of Miami with impunity.

Yet five honorable persons languish in U.S. jails throughout the U.S. Their crime? They fought against terrorism.

In 1996, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez, and Ramon Labaniño were sent to Florida to monitor the actions of the Cuban right-wing community. The Cuban government provided the information they gathered to the U.S. government in 1998. Instead of working to prevent another illegal attack against Cuba the US government arrested the five Cubans.

An unjust trial was held in the last place a fair trial could have taken place: Miami, Florida.

Ample evidence exists, prestigious experts including U.S. military officials proved that the Cuban Five, as the brothers have come to be known, were in no way a threat to the U.S. or guilty of the many charges. It has been well substantiated that this was not a fair trial but a political trial that has much more to do with U.S./Cuba relations than legal justice.

For over 45 years, the U.S. government has refused to normalize relations with Cuba. It has held the longest blockade in U.S. history against this country. Despite overwhelming opposition to these policies, the U.S. government remains entrenched against Cuba. Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, Cuba policy remains a hold over from the days of the Cold War.

The case of Luis Posada Carriles exposes the incredible double standards by the U.S. government, particularly on the issue of terrorism. The Bush administration must be held accountable for this.

Posada Carriles has harmed thousands of people. The Cuban Five protected their country and the lives of people from the U.S.

The pressure must be kept on the Bush administration to extradite Luis Posada Carriles. His case demands that a new trial be held on the case of the Cuban Five so that the truth can be revealed. The Cuban Five are innocent. It is only just that the Cuban Five be sent home now.



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