[News] Posada Carriles - School for Liars

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School for liars

February 1, 2010

Posada Carriles Tells the El Paso Court “I lied 
because the CIA taught me how.” – 

By José Pertierra

Translation: Machetera – Tlaxcala

In a motion presented yesterday before the 
federal court in El Paso, where he is being tried 
for perjury rather than murder, Luis Posada 
Carriles offers the curious defense that due to 
his many years of work with the CIA, his 
statements when interrogated by U.S. immigration 
officials shortly after illegally entering the 
United States in March of 2005 were “the result 
of confusion, mistake” and “faulty memory.”

Posada alleges that throughout his employment 
with the CIA, he used various false identities 
and passports to facilitate his undercover work 
against Cuba, Venezuela and other Latin American 
countries.  So many lies have led him to be 
confused now, according to the 14 page legal 
argument his legal team has presented to Judge Kathleen Cardone.

The prosecutors wish to exclude all the evidence 
regarding Posada Carriles and the CIA from this 
trial, arguing that it is irrelevant as well as 
confidential.  Washington knows that Posada has 
plenty to tell and it is trying to limit his 
testimony and the evidence to the greatest extent 
possible so as not to expose the crimes committed 
by Posada Carriles throughout his decades of work for the CIA.

There are declassified CIA cables in existence, 
for example, as well as confessions from the 
material authors of the crime, which establish 
that Posada was the intellectual author behind 
the explosion of a Cubana airlines civilian 
airplane on October 6, 1976, where 73 passengers were killed.

Venezuela presented a request for his extradition 
in June of 2005, and this remains pending, 
without the White House attending to it.  Posada 
confessed to the New York Times in 1998 that he 
had orchestrated a terrorist campaign against 
hotels and restaurants in Havana which caused the 
cold-blooded death of Fabio Di Celmo in the Hotel 
Copacabana, as well as wounding many others.

In previous documents, Posada alleged that 
everything he did in Latin America, he did “in 
Washington’s name.”  He wants the jury, which is 
to decide whether he is guilty of perjury, to 
hear all the evidence on March 1st and be made 
aware of his close relationship with the CIA.  He 
also knows that the more he threatens to reveal 
about his relations with the CIA, the more those 
who conceal the skeletons in Washington’s closet begin to tremble.

In order to convince Judge Cardone that his 
relationship with the CIA is relevant to the 
trial in which he is being accused of being a 
liar, Posada Carriles’ defense is  that it was 
the CIA who taught him how to lie.  Hmmmm.

Machetera is a member of 
<http://www.tlaxcala.es/>Tlaxcala, the 
international network of translators for 
linguistic diversity. This translation may be 
reprinted as long as the content remains 
unaltered, and the author and translator are cited.

Posada Carriles’ word games fall flat in El Paso

Posted: 01 Feb 2010 05:02 AM PST

The Judge Presiding Over the Case of the 
Terrorist Posada Carriles Reacts to His Legal 
Technicality - 

By Jose Pertierra

Translation: Laura Boué and Machetera – Tlaxcala

Kathleen Cardone, the U.S. judge who dismissed 
the first case against the terrorist Luis Posada 
Carriles, accusing the Government of having 
engaged in “fraud, deceit and trickery” in his 
immigration interview and who later took up the 
legal case against him once again, has just 
opened an interesting window in the litigation.

In an order dated January 21, 2010, Cardone has 
revealed part of the inner workings of the case 
that will be heard on March 1st in El Paso, 
Texas, and whose documentation has until now been 
kept under seal and the strictest secrecy.

The judge has just published a document which 
openly cites a motion by Posada’s attorney to 
disallow Count One in the new trial, which 
accuses him of having made false declarations 
when he denied asking other people to carry out a series of bombings in Cuba.

Cardone’s document reveals that Posada does not 
deny having participated in a conspiracy to 
explode bombs in Havana in 1997, one of which 
killed the young Italian Fabio Di Celmo in a bar 
at the Hotel Copacabana.  But he does not accept 
guilt for the homicide either.  His defense is a 
legal technicality that the judge, through this order, absolutely rejects.

Count One has to do with a question that an 
immigration official posed to Posada in 2005: 
“Are the comments true that you made (to a 
journalist) for an article in the New York Times 
in which you admitted soliciting other people to 
carry out these explosions?”  Posada responded in 
the following manner: “I am saying that is not 
true.”  The prosecutors suggest that this answer 
is false and constitute perjury.  Posada alleges 
that the answer is literally correct, because the 
article in the New York Times and the tape 
recordings made by the journalist Ann Louise 
Bardach do not include the word 
“solicit.”  Consequently, Posada repeats, his answer is literally correct.

The motion presented by Posada’s attorneys did 
not convince Judge Cardone, who unequivocally 
declared that the question by the immigration 
official is not dependent on the word 
“solicit.”  “The sense of the questions that were 
asked of Posada is not dependent on the precise 
use of that word.”  In other words, Posada knew 
very well that the immigration official who 
interviewed him in relation to his application 
for residency in 2005, wanted to know if Posada 
denied having been involved in the 1997 
conspiracy for having exploded bombs in hotels 
and restaurants in Havana in that year.

The person who carried out the murder of Fabio Di 
Celmo is a Salvadoran named Rene Cruz Leon, who 
admitted having placed at least six bombs in 
Havana, including the one that killed the Italian 
tourist.  Cruz Leon confessed his crimes, was 
tried in Cuban courts and in 1999 was sentenced 
to death.  Currently he is a prisoner in the Guanajay prison in Cuba.

Cruz Leon says that the person who recruited him 
and gave him the explosives is a Salvadoran named 
Francisco Chavez Abarca, one of Posada Carriles 
employees in El Salvador.  A 1997 Miami Herald 
investigation revealed that Luis Posada Carriles 
recruited Chavez Abarca for a terrorist campaign 
against Cuba and that he in turn recruited Cruz 
Leon, who says he was promised $2,000 for every 
bomb that was set off in Havana.  After Cruz Leon 
was arrested, Posada Carriles said, “He’s not a Cuban.  He did it for money.”

Another of the material authors of the terrorism 
against Cuba in 1997 is the Salvadoran Otto 
Rodriguez Llerena, also openly linked with Luis 
Posada Carriles, who operated under the name of 
Ignacio Medina.  He admitted that he’d been 
promised $1,000 for each C-4 bomb detonated.  “My 
mistake was in letting Posada Carriles use me,” 
Rodriguez Llerena told the Miami Herald journalist Jim DeFede in 2005.

Posada Carriles’ defense argument oscillates 
between a technicality relative to the use of the 
word “solicit,” and the fact that everything the 
terrorist did prior to that in Latin America was 
done in the name of his employer, the CIA.

The Federal court in El Paso is not falling for 
the legal technicality, and it has not allowed 
him to use the CIA’s name in his defense.  But 
“those who will make the decision about his 
innocence or guilt are, nevertheless, the jury,” 
Judge Cardone concluded in her order.

It’s worth recalling that the trial against 
Posada is not for murder in relation to the 
killing of Fabio Di Celmo.  Nor is it about the 
terrorist campaign against Cuba in 1997, nor 
about the mid-air explosion of a plane full of 
passengers on October, 1976, for which there is 
an abundance of proof of Posada’s participation 
as its intellectual author.  The prosecutor is 
charging him with having lied to U.S. government 
officials during the immigration process 
undertaken by Posada upon arriving in the United 
States, illegally, aboard the Santrina yacht in March of 2005.

He is strictly being judged as a liar in order to 
give the impression that “something is being 
done” against terrorism.  Meanwhile, the 
extradition request presented by Venezuela on 
June 15, 2005 remains pending.  Until now 
President Obama has paid it no attention, just like President George W. Bush.

Laura Boué and Machetera are members of 
<http://www.tlaxcala.es/>Tlaxcala, the 
international network of translators for 
linguistic diversity. This translation may be 
reprinted as long as the content remains 
unaltered, and the author and translators are cited.

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