Posada Carriles and the Kennedy assassination
Published Jun 7, 2005 9:54 PM
The case of Luis Posada Carriles, a known terrorist whom
U.S. authorities have refused to extradite to Venezuela, reaches deep into the
shadowy world of CIA covert action, especially against the Cuban Revolution.
There is also mounting evidence that Posada Carriles was connected
to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and was in Dallas's Dealey
Plaza the day the fatal shots were fired.
Posada Carriles spent
nine years in prison in Venezuela for having masterminded the mid-air bombing of
a Cuban civilian airliner in 1976, killing all 73 people aboard. The CIA is
known to have bribed Venezuelan prison guards to arrange his escape in 1985.
That is the year that George H.W. Bush became head of the CIA. One guard, now
retired, recently described these CIA efforts on Venezuelan
Posada Carriles was also arrested and convicted in
Panama in 2000 for entering the country with the intent of killing Cuban
President Fidel Castro, who was attending an Ibero-American summit meeting
there. But President Mireya Moscoso, in one of her last acts in office, pardoned
Posada Carriles and three other convicted terrorists after they had spent just
one year in jail.
Moscoso is part of the old political
establishment that was returned to power in Panama after the U.S., under the
same George H.W. Bush, by then the president, invaded the country in 1989. She
spent many years in Miami, where she was close to leaders of the Cuban exile
community who have worked with the CIA ever since the Cuban Revolution.
Moscoso's popularity in office plummeted to the lowest of any
Panamanian president, and she now faces corruption charges. She gave all 72
Panamanian legislators expensive Cartier watches and jewelry right before a vote
on the government's proposed budget. Her secretary admitted to having a freezer
stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash. However, this friend of the Miami
exile gang says Fidel Castro is behind the corruption charges. (Dictionary of
Even Congress saw a
The nexus of Cuban counter-revolutionary exiles, the CIA
and organized crime figures in the Kennedy assassination has long been known.
Even though the official U.S. government position remains that Lee Harvey Oswald
was the lone assassin, the majority of people here and around the world don't
buy it. And the one investigation of the assassination by Congress--by the House
Select Committee on Assassinations--found in its final report that "President
John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a
Despite all the evidence showing the involvement of
right-wingers, however, especially those who held Kennedy responsible for the
failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the corporate media continue to deride
"conspiracy theorists." They cite the Warren Commission as their authority--a
commission that included former CIA Director Allen Dulles, the architect of the
1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
Many scholars have investigated the role
of Operation 40 in the Kennedy assassination. Operation 40 was a special group
inside the CIA set up with the authorization of the National Security Council
right before the Bay of Pigs. Historian Arthur Schlesinger referred to it in a
June 1961 memo to Richard Goodwin: "The ostensible purpose of Operation 40 was
to administer liberated territories in Cuba. But the CIA agent in charge, a man
known as Felix, trained the members of the group in methods of third degree
interrogation, torture and general terrorism."
That man in charge
was Felix Rodriguez, who in 1967 led the CIA squad that captured and then
murdered Che Guevara in Bolivia. He took Che's Rolex watch and proudly displayed
it to reporters afterwards. His Miami home is decorated with photos of himself
and George H.W. Bush together.
Cuban view of Posada
Gen. Fabian Escalante, the former head of Cuban
counter-intelligence, is author of "The Secret War: CIA Covert Operations
Against Cuba, 1959-62," and "The Plot," both published by Ocean Press. In May of
this year, he told interviewer Jean-Guy Allard about Posada Carriles's role in
Operation 40 and the Kennedy assassination.
"Who in 1963 had the
resources to assassinate Kennedy? Who had the means and who had the motives to
kill the U.S. president?” asked Escalante. "CIA agents from Operation 40
who were rabidly anti-Kennedy. And among them were Orlando Bosch, Luis Posada
Carriles, Antonio Veciana and Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia."
testimony of Chauncey Holt, a self-confessed CIA operative and mob associate,
backs this up. In a videotaped interview made shortly before he died, Holt
identified Posada Carriles as one of the Cuban exiles who was in Dealey Plaza at
the time of the Kennedy assassination.
In his interview with
Allard, Escalante detailed the many CIA operations in Latin America that
involved Cubans from this same group, originally trained by the CIA for the Bay
of Pigs invasion. These included the coup against President Salvador Allende's
government in Chile and the subsequent murder in Washington of former Chilean
ambassador Orlando Letelier, as well as the Contra war against the Sandinistas
Bush, Goss and Operation 40
Escalante's view, it was the members of Operation 40 who had the training and
the sharpshooting ability necessary to carry out the assassination of Kennedy.
The Cuban counter-intelligence chief identified the North Americans in the group
as David Morales, David Phillips, E. Howard Hunt, William Harvey, Frank Sturgis,
Gerry Hemming, John Rosselli, "who was second head of the Chicago mafia at that
time in '62," and Porter Goss. Goss is now head of the CIA, nominated by George
W. Bush, son of the former CIA head.
Secrets,” authors Warren Hinkle and William Turner named Rafael 'Chi Chi'
Quintero, Luis Posada Carriles, Felix Rodriguez and Frank Sturgis as members of
Operation 40, under the overall control of E. Howard Hunt. Hunt and Sturgis
later spent time in prison for the Watergate burglary and are believed to have
been in Dallas the day Kennedy was assassinated.
The same cast of
characters appears, again and again, committing acts of mayhem, murder and
sabotage to keep Latin American countries under the control of U.S. corporate
interests. And the same high-up political figures in the United States--with the
Bush family at the top of the list--are their sponsors and
Today, the whole world is watching as the U.S.
government, which has used the cry of "terrorism" to launch two bloody wars and
to imprison, torture and murder untold numbers of Arab and Muslim people, tries
to figure out what to do with Posada Carriles. He's a proven terrorist who has
twice been sprung from jail and harbored by the invisible government of this
country, the so-called "intelligence community." He is more than an
embarrassment for the Bush administration.
One thing is for sure:
they will never let him be questioned about his activities in an open forum
where he could implicate key members of the U.S. ruling class and their
Griswold was executive director of
the Citizens' Committee of Inquiry, which carried out an independent
investigation of the Kennedy assassination in the 1960s.
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