Cuban Terrorist Freed!! 2 Days Before Trial
I am speechless. I will let some of the early Miami Herald, BBC and AP reports do the talking.
Herald: A federal judge issued a stunning decision Tuesday when she dismissed the immigration fraud charges against Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban exile militant who was facing trial starting Friday in El Paso, Texas.
BBC: "I am free," Mr Posada exclaimed on a Miami-based radio station, according to the AFP news agency.
"Thank God, you, all of my brothers, the people in Cuba... for this victory," he said.
His lawyer, Felipe Millan, said the judge had ruled that statements by Mr Posada that were to be used against him had been obtained illegally.
"They tricked him," Mr Millan said.
Here are some very important questions that will likely never get asked in the US press:
Why did the Government of the United States allow the terrorist to enter US soil freely despite the warnings expressed by President Fidel Castro?
Why did the US Government protect him during the months that he stayed in its territory illegally?
Why, if it had all the elements to that end, did it restrict itself, last 11 January, to charge him with misdemeanor and other strictly migration-oriented issues and not with what he is really all about: murder?
Why is he released when judge Kathleen Cardone herself, in her ruling of 6 April that ordered the release of the terrorist, recognized that he is accused â€œâ€¦of being involved in or associated with some of the most infamous events of the twentieth century (â€¦) Some of these acts include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Iran-Contra scandal, the mid-air explosion of Cubana de AviaciÃ³n flight 455, the 1997 bombs planted in tourist resorts in Havana and, according to some conspiracy theoreticians, the assassination of President John F. Kennedyâ€?
Why is the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Homeland Security Department of the United States not using now the mechanisms that it has available to hold the terrorist in prison, with the unquestionable argument, already used by the US Attorney-Generalâ€™s Office on a date as recent as 19 March, that if released there is risk of flight?
Why has the Government of the United States disregarded the request for extradition submitted, with all the rigueur requirements, by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela?
How come is the most notorious terrorist on this hemisphere now released while five Cuban youths are still ruthlessly imprisoned for the sole crime of fighting terrorism?
For Cuba, there is a clear answer. The terroristâ€™s release has been concocted by the White House as compensation for Posada Carriles not to reveal what he knows, not to talk about the countless secrets he keeps on his protracted period as an agent of the US special services, when he was involved in Operation Condor, in the dirty war against Cuba, against Nicaragua and against other peoples of the world.