More evidence emerges on CIA terrorism
Published Jun 14, 2005 9:37 PM
Even as protests were taking place around the world
demanding the U.S. government fulfill its extradition treaty with Venezuela and
return anti-Cuba terrorist Luis Posada Carriles there for trial, a research
institute in Washington was releasing CIA documents with more chilling details
about his murderous career.
New York, June 13.
Posada Carriles has been wanted in
Venezuela since 1985, when he escaped from prison there with the help of the
CIA. He was being held at the time for having plotted the 1976 mid-air bombing
of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.
Depending on his
audience, Posada Carriles either denies or coyly affirms the bombing. He is
presently being held by federal authorities in El Paso, Texas, for having entered
the U.S. illegally in March. His lawyer says Posada Carriles had nothing to do
with the bombing of the Cuban plane and is seeking political asylum in the
Detroit, June 13.
However, recently declassified CIA documents made public by
the National Security Archives, a project of George Washington University, tell
a different story. According to an AP dispatch by Curt Anderson, published June
9 in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, this long-time CIA employee had actually said
that he and others “were going to hit a Cuban airplane.”
Philadelphia, June 13.
remarks came “following a $1,100-a-plate fund-raising dinner in Caracas for
Orlando Bosch, a leader of Cuban exiles opposed to the communist government of
President Fidel Castro. The CIA document says that during the dinner, Bosch made
the comment that his organization was ‘looking good’ after the Sept. 21, 1976,
assassination in Washington of former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier
and that 'we are going to try something else.'”
The CIA cable
continued: ”A few days following the fund-raising dinner, Posada was overheard
to say that ‘we are going to hit a Cuban airplane’ and that ‘Orlando has the
details.’ ” Of course, the U.S. government never notified Cuba of the
Early this May, the Venezuelan National Assembly passed a
resolution calling on the U.S. to fulfill its extradition treaty and send
Carriles back to Venezuela. Now the masses are getting involved with this issue,
and a delegation headed by Assembly first vice president Ricardo Gutierrez is
visiting Washington with the intention of turning over petitions with 50,000
Venezuelan signatures to U.S. authorities.
One of the CIA documents
says Bosch was in Venezuela under the protection of former president Carlos
Andres Perez. Posada Carriles himself had worked for Venezuelan intelligence.
The newly formed Venezuelan Committee for the Extradition of Luis
Posada Carriles is calling on the present progressive government of Hugo Chavez
to declassify police documents from that period. The head of the committee is
Carlos Marrero, who was tortured in the 1970s under the instructions of
Meanwhile, the court in El Paso on June 13 postponed Posada
Carriles's hearing on political asylum to Aug. 29. His lawyer filed an appeal
for a change of venue to Miami—center of the CIA-affiliated Cuban
Outside the El Paso court, and in 10 other U.S. cities,
protesters attacked the hypocrisy of the Bush administration on the “terrorism”
issue and demanded Posada Carriles's extradition to Venezuela, which is ready to
put him on trial again. The U.S. demonstrations were called by the ANSWER
Coalition and endorsed by a large number of other organizations, including the
International Action Center and Workers World Party.
also taken place throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in the
Philippines. Over a million people marched past the U.S. Interests Section in
Havana on May 1 demanding justice for the victims of the CIA and its henchmen,
like Posada Carriles.
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