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Anti-Castro icon hires Miami attorney

Miami, FL, Apr. 1 (UPI) -- A Miami attorney hired to seek political asylum for a man considered by many as an icon of the anti-Castro movement says he expects a tough battle.

Luis Posada Carriles, 77, is believed hiding in south Florida while his attorney, Eduardo Soto, negotiates with the Department of Homeland Security, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

Posada is wanted in Venezuela and Cuba as a terrorism suspect.

He is charged in Venezuela with the bombing of a Cubana Airlines plane that took 73 lives in 1976. He was jailed awaiting trial but later escaped.

Cuba wants him for a number of incidents including a series of bombings of tourism facilities in 1997, but most specifically for an assassination attempt on Cuban President Fidel Castro in 2000.

Posada was arrested in Panama for the assassination attempt during a Castro visit to Panama City, but later was pardoned by the outgoing Panamanian president.


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Interesting Don.

Luis no sabe jugar.

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An even more dubious case than Hammer's also reached Bush's desk during the first year of his presidency. In 1989, prominent Cuban-Americans in Florida began agitating for the release of Orlando Bosch, a notorious anti-Castro terrorist then serving a prison term for entering the United States illegally. American intelligence and law enforcement authorities firmly believed that Bosch was responsible for far worse actions, including the 1976 explosion that brought down a Cuban airliner, killing all 76 civilians aboard, although Venezuelan prosecutors had failed to convict him of that terrible crime. There was certainly no question that Bosch was an advocate of terror and had been involved in numerous bombings.

The Justice Department wanted to deport Bosch because, according to the FBI, he had "repeatedly expressed and demonstrated a willingness to cause indiscriminate injury and death." Freeing Bosch at a time when Washington was condemning terrorism abroad would obviously be hard to explain -- had someone asked.

But Miami's leading Republican contributors and politicians persistently lobbied Bush to free Bosch, insisting that the former pediatrician was really a noble freedom fighter. And in 1990, when Bosch was eventually released and permitted to reside in Florida under an extraordinary deal with the Bush Justice Department, much of the credit went to the alleged mass murderer's best-connected White House lobbyist -- a budding local politician named Jeb Bush. The Bush son who would be elected governor of Florida eight years later had, by 1990, already become wealthy in real estate and other deals with the same Cuban exile businessmen who wanted Bosch to be freed. Among Jeb's business partners active in the Cuban-American National Foundation, the institutional advocate for Bosch, was one Armando Codina, also a regular GOP donor and activist. (Codina, however, tells Salon that he neither supported the release of Bosch, nor ever lobbied his business partner, Bush, on the issue.) According to the administration's spokesmen, however, all those personal and financial ties were just a set of happy coincidences. Anyway, nobody in the mainstream media or on Capitol Hill got upset because the president's son had opened prison doors for an unrepentant terrorist.



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  • 3 weeks later...

Posada has a self-published autobiography "The Roads of the Warrior" (1994) in which he claims that he and Orlando Bosch were framed for the 1976 bombing of the Cuban airliner that killed 73. Posada claims the attack was carried out for the Cuban government by Cuban exile Ricardo Morales. It was Castro's own version of Operation Northwoods.

Interestingly Bosch says that the truth about the bombing is contained on a tape and document that will be made public when he dies. I wonder what else might be revealed.



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According to the Prensa Latina, the Bush regime and El Salvador plan to give Posada asylum in El Salvador. This is the first I've heard of it, though of course it would not be surprising for the U.S. media to be mum about the government protecting this guy.

BTW this report is typical of Prensa Latina, Granma etc. in that it says Posada is responsible for the 1976 airliner bombing. No "allegedly," nor is there mention of the fact that he was acquitted twice in Venezuela for that crime, and that there is evidence that he was framed by Ricardo Morales and the Castro government.

Why don't they stick to what Posada has admitted to, the bombing of hotels in Havana, killing an Italian tourist? (Or maybe I should say "allegedly admitted"?) Not bloody enough?


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