The Guardian 25 April, 2007

Bush Government frees terrorist

Release of murderer condemned.
Presidents of Venezuela & Nicaragua demand extradition of Posada Carriles

Nothing was done to prevent the monster’s release. An attempt has been made to give a legal cover-up to the terrible decision that the White House made beforehand to release Luis Posada Carriles.


According to footage broadcast on Cuban television’s Roundtable news program on the evening of Thursday, April 19, Posada Carriles arrived by plane in the city of Miami shortly before 5pm.

"All of Venezuela is lifting their voices, outraged by the protection that the imperialist U.S. government continues to give to the father of all terrorists of all times on the American continent", stated Hugo Chávez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in a statement also broadcast on the Roundtable.

Chávez said that the Bush government’s "mask is falling off" with this shameful case, which reveals its double standards in its so-called war on terrorism, and "we demand the extradition of that terrorist and murderer to Venezuela", he said.

At the same time, it was announced that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, along with condemning Posada’s release, also called for his extradition to that country. "The judicial power of the United States is being corrupted in order to facilitate the release of a terrorist", Ortega said.

It was also reported that Democratic Republican Dennis Kucinich sent a letter to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, urging the judicial authorities to begin the process of extraditing Posada to Venezuela. If Posada is released from prison, US "moral credibility" in the world will be compromised, because it would be "inconsistent" with the US war on terrorism, he says in the letter.

And in the United States, the ANSWER coalition against war and racism condemned the release of the international terrorist and called for demonstrations throughout the world on May 11.

The condemnation of Posada Carriles’ release was issued in a press release that was also signed by the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five.

Statement from the revolutionary government of Cuba

Cuba condemns the shameful decision to release terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and points to the United States government as the only one responsible for this cruel and despicable action, which seeks to buy the terrorist’s silence regarding his crimes in the service of the CIA, particularly during the time when Bush Sr was that agency’s general director.

With this decision, the US government has ignored the clamour that has arisen throughout the world, including in the United States, against the impunity and political manipulation involved in this action.

This decision is an insult to the people of Cuba and other nations who lost 73 of their sons and daughters in the abominable 1976 attack that brought down a Cubana de Aviación civilian airliner off the coast of Barbados.

This decision is an insult to the people of the United States themselves, and a categorical refutation of the so-called "war on terrorism" declared by the government of President George W Bush.

The US government had only to certify Luis Posada Carriles as a terrorist to prevent his release and, in line with Section 412 of the US Patriot Act, to acknowledge that his release would "threaten the national security of the United States or the safety of the community or any person."

The US government could also have implemented the regulations enabling Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain a foreigner who is not admissible to US territory and subject to deportation.

For that, it would have sufficed for US authorities to have determined that Posada Carriles is a threat to the community, or that releasing him would involve a flight risk on his part.

Why did the US government allow the terrorist to enter US territory with impunity, despite the warnings sounded by President Fidel Castro?

Why did the US government protect him during the months he remained illegally in its territory?

Why, having all the elements to do otherwise, did it limit itself this past January 11 to charging him with lesser crimes, essentially immigration-related, and not with what he actually is: a murderer?

Why is he being released, when Judge Kathleen Cardone herself, in her April 6 ruling ordering the release of the terrorist, admitted that he was accused of "...having been involved in, or associated with, some of the most infamous events" of the 20th century? Some of the events include "the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Iran-Contra affair, the 1976 bombing of Cubana Flight 455, the tourist bombings of 1997 in Havana, and even — according to some conspiracy theorists — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy."

Why is the US Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency not using the mechanisms it has at its disposal for maintaining the terrorist in prison, with the irrefutable argument, already used by the US Attorney General’s office on a date as recent as this past March 19, that if he were released, there is a risk that he could flee?

Why has the US government ignored the extradition application submitted, in line with all relevant requirements, by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela?

How is it possible that today, the most notorious terrorist who has ever existed in this hemisphere is being released while five Cuban men remain in cruel imprisonment for the sole crime of fighting terrorism?

For Cuba, the answer is clear. The terrorist’s release has been organised by the White House as compensation so that Posada Carriles will not divulge what he knows, so that he won’t talk about the countless secrets he holds in relation to his long career as an agent of the US special services, in which he acted as part of Operation Condor, and in the dirty war against Cuba, Nicaragua and other nations in the world.

The full responsibility for the terrorist’s release and the consequences deriving from it, fall directly on the United States government, and most particularly on the president of that country.

Even now, after his release, the U.S. government has all the information and legal mechanisms to re-arrest him. All that is lacking is the political will to seriously combat terrorism, and to recall that, according to President Bush, "if you harbour a terrorist, if you support a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, you will be as guilty as the terrorists."

Granma

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