U.S. Refuses to Classify Alleged Bomber as Terrorist
The young Luis Posada Carriles being brought to jail in Venezuela after the plane bombing in 1976. He would later mysteriously excape jail (most believe the CIA and Venezuelan intelligence service - DISIP - sprung him).
National Public Radio
Morning Edition, October 6, 2006 · Thirty years ago Friday, a Cuban airliner blew up in mid-air, killing all 73 people aboard. U.S. officials later concluded that a violently anti-Castro Cuban exile named Luis Posada Carriles helped plan the bombing. But Thursday the Justice Department refused to classify Posada, who is in jail for immigration violations, as a terrorist.
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So we had a (in)decision yesterday:
The same US Department of Justice that refuses to classify Luis Posada Carriles officially as a a "terrorist," decided to keep Posada in jail - for now. The lawyer's objections to his release was based on the fact that Carriles is "an unrepentant criminal and admitted mastermind of terrorist plots and attacks on tourist sites."
So "admitted masterminds" of plane bombings are not terrorists. Very interesting side-step the Administration is performing. They certainly don't want a trial, as that would expose the CIA's knowledge and perhaps complicity of the events. But we also can't set him free, as that may seem a tad hypocritical to those paying attention (and trust me, all Foriegn Ministers were). So the solultion is eloquent - hold him in immigration charges until we find a submissive enough country. So far, we've had no takers for obvious reasons.