[News] Posada Carriles Release - Cuba's Statement
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Sat Apr 21 07:13:03 EDT 2007
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,
during the time when Bush Sr. was that agency?s general director.
With this decision, the U.S. government has ignored the clamor 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 Aviaci?n civilian airliner off the coast of
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 U.S. government had only to certify Luis Posada Carriles as a
terrorist to prevent his release and, in line with Section 412 of the U.S.
Patriot Act, to acknowledge that his release would "threaten the national
security of the United States or the safety of the community or any
The U.S. government could also have implemented the regulations
enabling Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain a foreigner who is
not admissible to U.S. territory and subject to deportation.
For that, it would have sufficed for U.S. 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 U.S. government allow the terrorist to enter U.S. territory
with impunity, despite the warnings sounded by President Fidel Castro?
Why did the U.S. 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.
Why is the U.S. 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,
by the U.S. 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 U.S. government ignored the extradition application submitted,
in line with all relevant requirements, by the Bolivarian Republic of
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 organized
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 U.S. 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
to seriously combat terrorism, and to recall that, according to President
Bush, "if you harbor a terrorist, if you support a terrorist, if you feed
a terrorist, you will be as guilty as the terrorists."
Havana, April 19, 2007
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