Luis Posada Carriles Update

For those of you who haven’™t been paying attention, the Bush administration’™s favorite terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, is in the middle of an immigration hearing this week. He’™s claiming asylum, on the basis if he’™s returned to his place of birth (Cuba) or his nationalized home (Venezuela) for trial on his involvement in the [...]

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For those of you who haven’™t been paying attention, the Bush administration’™s favorite terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, is in the middle of an immigration hearing this week. He’™s claiming asylum, on the basis if he’™s returned to his place of birth (Cuba) or his nationalized home (Venezuela) for trial on his involvement in the bombing of a Cuban airliner, he’™ll be subject to torture.

First, it’™s kind of humorous that the Bush administration would be concerned about anyone being subjected to torture. Second, if it was another country dealing with a naturalized U.S. citizen in similar circumstances, the State Department would be screaming bloody murder to have the person extradited and returned for trial. A couple of years back, the State Department had conniptions with the French government regarding a single person (Ira Einhorn) involved in a single murder being extradited to the U.S. for trial. We’™re not even talking about a person with documented terrorist bonafides such as Posada Carriles.

What’™s interesting is that there are signals that the U.S. is willing to cooperate and send Posada Carriles to Venezuela if his petition is denied. That alone is a bit of a change of heart over the past few months.

It’™ll come down to pressure from the old-guard Cuban ex-pat community in Florida. How much of a stink can they raise through backchannels (read: Jeb) to have a terrorist sprung, and given asylum in the U.S.?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Terrorism

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