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Luis Posada (finally) detained in Miami

Posted May 17, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press

Facing growing international pressure, federal immigration authorities Tuesday detained a Cuban militant linked to a deadly 1976 airliner bombing and other acts of anti-Fidel Castro violence who has been seeking asylum in the United States.

Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative and Venezuelan security official, was detained by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday afternoon, said Dean Boyd, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Cuban President Fidel Castro’s calls for Posada’s arrest by U.S. authorities was echoed by thousands in protests in Havana on Tuesday. Castro claims Posada was brought to Miami from Mexico on a shrimp boat, but Posada says he entered the United States through Mexico and came to Miami on a bus.

Earlier Tuesday, Posada told reporters he was willing to leave the United States and his asylum request and go to another country, but he was detained before he could leave, said Santiago Alvarez, his friend and benefactor. Posada had planned to go to a Central American country, Alvarez said. He would not say which country.

“There’s no reason for them to detain him, but that’s the part of the process in this country,” Alvarez said.

Posada, 77, is wanted by Venezuela for escaping from prison in 1985 while awaiting a prosecutor’s appeal of his second acquittal in the Cubana Airlines bombing, which killed 73 people when it crashed near Barbados. Recently declassified CIA and FBI documents quoted informants as linking Posada with planning meetings for those bombings.

Venezuela recently approved a formal extradition request and Castro has made numerous televised speeches calling Posada a terrorist and accusing the United States of a double standard in the war on terror. The United States and Venezuela have an extradition treaty.

“The majority of Americans would never be in favor of harboring a terrorist,” said Wayne Smith, a former U.S. envoy to Cuba who now heads the Cuba program at the Washington-based Center for International Policy.

If the United States were to grant asylum, Smith added, “we will be seen as hypocrites and as being against terrorism only when is suits our purposes.”

Posada and three others were pardoned last August by Panama’s then-president for their role in an alleged assassination plot in 2000 against Castro during a conference in Panama. Posada’s whereabouts had been unknown until he surfaced in Miami in March after entering the United States through Mexico.

Posada was also connected to a series of 1997 bombings of tourists sites in Cuba, one of which killed an Italian tourist. Posada refused to confirm or deny involvement in those attacks, telling The Miami Herald in an interview published Tuesday, “Let’s leave it to history.”

“I feel that I’ve committed many errors, more than most people,” he said. “But I’ve always believed in rebellion, in the armed struggle. I believe more and more every day that we will triumph against Castro. Victory will be ours.”

Member Comments

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On May 17, 2005, publisher wrote:

Castro might even be able to take credit for this one. Too much political pressure to let Posada fly under the radar.

While we’re at it, maybe OFAC should take a look at the financial records of Santiago Alvarez to see if he has played any financial role in Posada’ appearance in the US?

And the line “Let’ leave it to history”? WOW. Can you imagine bin Laden saying that when we catch him? I’m sure the families of Posada’ dead victims are not comfortable “leaving it to history”.

Let’ hope the light of truth shines upon all the underworld characters that surround Posada.

So, President Bush… you are either with us (against terrorism) or against us (for terrorism). Which will it be?

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On May 17, 2005, publisher wrote:

Send Posada to Guantanamo. Wouldn’t that be a real turn of events.

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On May 17, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

“Let’ leave it to history”

“History will absolve me”

Fascinating how ALIKE both sides are. On the island, Fidel goes on and on about the sacrifices that are called for to support the glorious revolution. On the other side of the Florida straits, exile leaders call for sacrifices as well: less visits to family, less remittances. After all, “freedom isn’t free.”  But it sure is getting expensive lately, lol! grin

Anyway, I suspect that when this went national (front page on the NY Times last week), Homeland Security couldn’t stall anymore. I suspect Alvarez was hoping the story would die out and they could go ahead with applying for asylum but instead, the issue gradually picked up steam and all sides who were hoping to just wait and see what happens ended up running out of time.

I hope Posada gets stuck in some crappy third-world country. He will have to stay very well hidden, otherwise someone will eventually rat him out to a Venezuelan or Cuban intelligence agent. I don’t think he’ll ever have a good night’ sleep outside the U.S. . .  wink

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On May 18, 2005, congadude wrote:

“I don’t even know that he is in the United States,” state department official Roger Noriega said.

Cuban claims about Mr Posada Carriles “may be a completely manufactured issue”, he added.

Mr Posada Carriles once boasted of being responsible for a series of bomb attacks on Havana tourist spots in the 1990s.

Doesn’t the US realise when the rest of the world sees their lies and deception (for the sake of global domination under the guise of ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ [url=http://www.newamericancentury.org/]http://www.newamericancentury.org/[/url] and of course wealth) which become more apparent each day…..where are the weapons of mass destruction in IraQ…..

Bullies and liers always get found out. And by the way, how’ the 7 trillion in debt going george…

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On May 18, 2005, lenny wrote:

congadude, U ARE JUST A JOKE , WORLD DOMINATION, WHAT ARE U TALKING ABOUT 7 TRILLION IN DEBT, U MUST BE HIGH, OR JUST ANOTHER COMMUNIST PIG. CARRILES MAYBE HARSH, BUT ANYTHING ANTI CASTRO & PRO FREEDOM IS ALWAYS WELCOME. & ABOUT THE DEBT, SO THE us BUDGET ISNT BALANCED, WE ARE THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, MST ENVIED & ADVANCED IN ALL PHASES OF INDUSTRY, SO REALLY WHO ARE KIDDING. BTW MAYBE NEXT TIME SOME REAL CUBANS WOULD BE ABLE TO GO TO THE AUDIO SLAVE CONCERT , NOT JUST VENEZUELANS & SOUTH AMERICANS , CUBA IS A FARSE , A JOKE , BY ITSELF WITH NO A/C IN HOUSES , OLD CARS, CRAP HOUSES, IN THE NAME OF THE REVOLUTION??? WHEN DOES THE REVOLUTION INCLUDE A/C , COMFORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH, RIGHT TO WORK ANYWHERE IN THE WOLRD. RIGHT TO OBTAIN WEALTH, WHEN DOES IT GET THERE???

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On May 18, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

STOP FLAMING PEOPLE AND STOP SHOUTING IT’ VERY RUDE grin

KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE ATTITUDE IN MIAMI WHERE IT BELONGS

Hasta la desgracia, siempre!
Bloqueo o muerte, les jodemos!  wink

P.S.  You don’t get around much do you? Certain countries in Europe and Asia have technology that we can only dream about here. And Canada is ranked #1 in quality of life despite the cold weather, heh, heh grin

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On May 18, 2005, lenny wrote:

hehehe u must be kidding, oh BTw who ranks quality of life?? hehehehe. u communist are so sad, the US is everyone largest market, everyone comes HERE no where else to study & obtain what ever they dream, something u over there cant even do (DREAM). europe ??/ technology?? what r u talkig about , economy isnt even growing & there is no inovation there, & maybe u should go back to the book that says that canada has the #1 quality of life & check if MICROSOFT, INTEL, GOOGLE, YAHOO, DOW JONES, EBAY, STARBUCKS, UNTED HEALTH GROUP, APPLE & EVERYOTHER GREAT WORLD COMPANY CAME FROM ANY OTHER PLACE BUT THE usa. I KNOW ITS FRUSTRATING REALLY THINKING WHAT U THINK ABOUTUS, BUT I UNDERSTAND ITS BECAUSE UR NOT HERE, ITS OK THE REVOLUTION WILL ONE DAYT SAVE U, GOD KNOWS U CANT DO ANYTHING YOURSELF.  LIVE FROM MIAMI HAPPY & SUCCESSFULL, & LOADED EVERYDAY

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On May 18, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

So if you’re so happy and successful and loaded with money in Miami, why do you care so much about what’ going on in Cuba?

By the way, I live in NYC and I’m at least as happy, successful, and rich as you! I am also not a “commie” and I don’t go around the world with my blinders on and label everything I see black and white. And I don’t like to see my friends who live in Cuba, who already have it tough enough, get squeezed even more, because of some folks with axes to grind who have never seen anything outside of south Florida. . . grin

P.S.  All those companies you mentioned, they all have offices around the world. Because they know their future success is in expanding foreign markets. You really sound like you need to get out more. And as for education, thanks to Bush’ dimwitted policies you are way off-base yet again. There is a brain drain going on right now because of the visa and immigration hassles ever since 9/11. My advice to you is get a life!