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'CIA-created Frankenstein': US turns blind eye on terrorist?

A former CIA operative, who's wanted in Venezuela and Cuba for terrorist attacks throughout Latin America, has gone on trial in the U.S. But that's not why Luis Posada Carriles is in court. Instead, he's being charged with lying to immigration officers. RT's Jihan Hafiz looks at why the U.S. is turning a blind eye to an alleged terrorist.

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Terror Accusations, but Perjury Charges

By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
Published: January 9, 2011

HOUSTON — An elderly Cuban exile who once worked for the C.I.A. and has been linked to bombings in Havana and the downing of an airliner in the 1970s is scheduled to go on trial this week in a Texas courtroom — not on terrorism charges, but for perjury.

The exile, Luis Posada Carriles, who as a Central Intelligence Agency operative waged a violent campaign against Fidel Castro’s regime for decades, is accused of lying to an immigration judge about his role in the bombings at Havana tourist spots in 1997. He also faces several charges of immigration fraud and obstruction of a proceeding, stemming from lies he is accused of telling United States officials about how he entered the country in March 2005.

But the trial that is scheduled to begin on Monday in federal court in El Paso will go far beyond questions of Mr. Posada’s mendacity under oath. For the first time, American prosecutors will present evidence in open court that Mr. Posada — a man originally trained in explosives by the C.I.A. — played a major role in carrying out bombings in Cuba.

“The C.I.A. trained and unleashed a Frankenstein,” said Peter Kornbluh, an analyst with the National Security Archive who has studied Mr. Posada’s career. “It is long past time he be identified as a terrorist and be held accountable as a terrorist.”

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/10posada.html
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LUIS POSADA CARRILES
THE DECLASSIFIED RECORD
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB153/index.htm

CIA and FBI Documents Detail Career in International Terrorism; Connection to U.S.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 153

For more information contact
Peter Kornbluh - 202/994-7116

May 10, 2005


Update - May 18, 2005 - Documents featured on May 17, 2005 edition of ABC's Nightline

Washington D.C. May 18, 2005 - The National Security Archive today posted additional documents that show that the CIA had concrete advance intelligence, as early as June 1976, on plans by Cuban exile terrorist groups to bomb a Cubana airliner. The Archive also posted another document that shows that the FBI's attache in Caracas had multiple contacts with one of the Venezuelans who placed the bomb on the plane, and provided him with a visa to the U.S. five days before the bombing, despite suspicions that he was engaged in terrorist activities at the direction of Luis Posada Carriles.

Both documents were featured last night on ABC Nightline's program on Luis Posada Carriles, who was detained in Miami yesterday by Homeland Security.

In addition, the Archive posted the first report to Secretary of State Kissinger from the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research on the bombing of Cubana flight 455. The report noted that a CIA source had overheard Posada prior to the bombing in late September 1976 stating that, "We are going to hit a Cuban airliner." This information was apparently not passed to the CIA until after the plane went down.

There is no indication in the declassified files that indicates that the CIA alerted Cuban government authorities to the terrorist threat against Cubana planes. Still classified CIA records indicate that the informant might actually have been Posada himself who at that time was in periodic contact with both CIA and FBI agents in Venezuela.

    CIA, June 22, 1976, Report, "Possible Plans of Cuban Exile Extremists to Blow Up a Cubana Airliner"

    FBI, October 9, 1976, "Unknown Subjects; Suspected Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados, West Indies, October 6, 1976"

    State Department, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, October 18, 1976, Memorandum, "Castro's Allegations"

Washington D.C. May 10, 2005 - Declassified CIA and FBI records posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University identify Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who is apparently in Florida seeking asylum, as a former CIA agent and as one of the "engineer[s" of the 1976 terrorist bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 that killed 73 passengers.

The documents include a November 1976 FBI report on the bombing cited in yesterday's New York Times article "Case of Cuban Exile Could Test the U.S. Definition of Terrorist," CIA trace reports covering the Agency's recruitment of Posada in the 1960s, as well as the FBI intelligence reporting on the downing of the plane. The Archive also posted a second FBI report, dated one day after the bombing, in which a confidential source "all but admitted that Posada and [Orlando] Bosch had engineered the bombing of the airline." In addition, the posting includes several documents relating to Bosch and his suspected role in the downing of the jetliner on October 6, 1976.

Using a false passport, Posada apparently snuck into the United States in late March and remains in hiding. His lawyer announced that Posada is asking the Bush administration for asylum because of the work he had done for the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1960s. The documents posted today include CIA records confirming that Posada was an agent in the 1960s and early 1970s, and remained an informant in regular contact with CIA officials at least until June 1976.

In 1985, Posada escaped from prison in Venezuela where he had been incarcerated after the plane bombing and remains a fugitive from justice. He went directly to El Salvador, where he worked, using the alias "Ramon Medina," on the illegal contra resupply program being run by Lt. Col. Oliver North in the Reagan National Security Council. In 1998 he was interviewed by Ann Louise Bardach for the New York Times at a secret location in Aruba, and claimed responsibility for a string of hotel bombings in Havana during which eleven people were injured and one Italian businessman was killed. Most recently he was imprisoned in Panama for trying to assassinate Fidel Castro in December 2000 with 33 pounds of C-4 explosives. In September 2004, he and three co-conspirators were suddenly pardoned, and Posada went to Honduras. Venezuela is now preparing to submit an official extradition request to the United States for his return.

According to Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Archive's Cuba Documentation Project, Posada's presence in the United States "poses a direct challenge to the Bush administration's terrorism policy. The declassified record," he said, "leaves no doubt that Posada has been one of the world's most unremitting purveyors of terrorist violence." President Bush has repeatedly stated that no nation should harbor terrorists, and all nations should work to bring individuals who advocate and employ the use of terror tactics to justice. During the Presidential campaign last year Bush stated that "I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world." Although Posada has reportedly been in the Miami area for more than six weeks, the FBI has indicated it is not actively searching for him.
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THE CIA CONNECTION

Luis Posada Carriles had a long relationship with the CIA. In February 1961, he joined the CIA's Brigade 2506 to invade Cuba, although the ship to which he was assigned never landed at the Bay of Pigs. While in the U.S. military between 1963 and 1965 the CIA recruited him and trained him in demolitions; he subsequently became a trainer of other paramilitary exile forces in the mid 1960s. CIA documents posted below reveal that he was terminated as an asset in July 1967, but then reinstated four months later and apparently remained an asset until 1974. The documents also show that he remained in contact with the Agency until June 1976, only three months before the plane bombing.

    Document 1: CIA, October 13, 1976, Report, "Traces on Persons Involved in 6 Oct 1976 Cubana Crash."

    In the aftermath of the bombing of Cubana flight 455, the CIA ran a file check on all names associated with the terror attack. In a report to the FBI the Agency stated that it had no association with the two Venezuelans who were arrested. A section on Luis Posada Carriles was heavily redacted when the document was declassified. But the FBI retransmitted the report three days later and that version was released uncensored revealing Posada's relations with the CIA.

    Document 2: FBI, October 16, 1976, Retransmission of CIA Trace Report

    In this uncensored version of the CIA trace report, the Agency admits that it "had a relationship with one person whose name has been mentioned in connection with the reported bombing," Luis Posada Carriles. The CIA file check shows that Posada was "a former agent of CIA." Although it doesn't say when his employment began, it indicates he was terminated briefly in the summer of 1967 but then reinstated in the fall and continued as an asset while a high level official in the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP, until 1974. Even then, "occasional contact with him" continued until June 1976.

    Document 3: CIA, June 1966, File search on Luis "Pozada"

    In this file search the CIA states that Posada has "been of operational interest to this Agency since April 1965," the likely date when he first became a paid CIA agent.

    Document 4: FBI, July 18, 1966, "Cuba"

    An informant reports to the FBI that Posada is a CIA agent and is "receiving approximately $300.00 per month from CIA."

    Document 5: CIA, April 17, 1972, Personal Record Questionnaire on Posada

    This "PRQ" was compiled in 1972 at a time Posada was a high level official at the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP, in charge of demolitions. The CIA was beginning to have some concerns about him, based on reports that he had taken CIA explosives equipment to Venezuela, and that he had ties to a Miami mafia figure named Lefty Rosenthal. The PRQ spells out Posada's personal background and includes his travel to various countries between 1956 and 1971. It also confirms that one of his many aliases was "Bambi Carriles."

EARLY TERRORIST PLOTTING

During the time that Posada was on the CIA payroll in the mid-1960s, he participated in a number of plots that involved sabotage and explosives. FBI reporting recorded some of Posada's earliest activities, including his financial ties to Jorge Mas Canosa, who would later become head of the powerful anti-Castro lobby, the Cuban American National Foundation.

    Document 6: FBI, July 7, 1965, "Luis Posada Carriles"

    The FBI transmits information obtained from the CIA's Mexico station titled "Intention of Cuban Representation in Exile (RECE) to Blow up a Cuban or Soviet Vessel in Veracruz, Mexico." The document summarizes intelligence on a payment that Jorge Mas Canosa, then the head of RECE, has made to Luis Posada to finance a sabotage operation against ships in Mexico. Posada reportedly has "100 pounds of C-4 explosives and detonators" and limpet mines to use in the operation.

    Document 7: FBI, July 13, 1965, "Cuban Representation in Exile (RECE)"

    A FBI cable reports on intelligence obtained from "MM T-1" (a code reference to the CIA) on a number of RECE terrorist operations, including the bombing of the Soviet library in Mexico City. The document contains information on payments from Jorge Mas Canosa to Luis Posada for an operation to bomb ships in the port of Veracruz, as well as a description of Posada and a statement he gave to the FBI in June of 1964.

    Document 8: FBI, May 17, 1965, "Roberto Alejos Arzu; Luis Sierra Lopez, Neutrality Matters, Internal Security-Guatemala"

    The FBI links Posada to a major plot to overthrow the government of Guatemala. U.S. Customs agents force Posada and other co-conspirators to turn over a cache of weapons that are listed in this document. The weapons include napalm, 80 pounds of C-4 explosives, and 28 pounds of C-3 explosives.

BOMBING OF CUBANA FLIGHT 455

    Document 9: FBI, October 7, 1976, Secret Intelligence Report, "Suspected Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados"

    In one of the very first reports on the October 6, 1976, downing of Cubana Flight 455, the FBI Venezuelan bureau cables that a confidential source has identified Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch as responsible for the bombing. "The source all but admitted that Posada and Bosch had engineered the bombing of the airline," according to the report. The report appears to indicate that the Venezuelan secret police, DISIP, were arranging for Bosch and Posada to leave Caracas, although this section of the document has been censored.

    In the report, the FBI identifies two Venezuelan suspects arrested in Barbados: Freddy Lugo and Jose Vazquez Garcia. Vazquez Garcia is an alias for Hernan Ricardo Lozano. Both Ricardo and Lugo worked for Luis Posada's private security firm in Caracas at the time of the bombing.

    Document 10: FBI, November 2, 1976, Secret Intelligence Report "Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados, West Indies, October 6, 1976"

    The FBI receives information from a source who has spoken with Ricardo Morales Navarrete, a Cuban exile informant working for DISIP in Caracas. Known as "Monkey" Morales, he tells the FBI source of two meetings during which plotting for the plane bombing took place: one in the Hotel Anauco Hilton in Caracas, and another in Morales room at the Hilton. Both meetings were attended by Posada Carriles. A key passage of the report quotes Morales as stating that "some people in the Venezuelan government are involved in this airplane bombing, and that if Posada Carriles talks, then Morales Navarrete and others in the Venezuelan government will 'go down the tube.' He said that if people start talking 'we'll have our own Watergate.'" Morales also states that after the plane went down, one of the men who placed the bomb aboard the jet called Orlando Bosch and reported: "A bus with 73 dogs went off a cliff and all got killed."

    Document 11: FBI, November 3, 1976, Cable, "Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados, West Indies, October 6, 1976"

    The FBI reports on arrest warrants issued by a Venezuelan judge for Posada, Bosch, Freddy Lugo and Ricardo Lozano.

ORLANDO BOSCH AND ANTI-CASTRO TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

    Document 12: FBI, January 24, 1977, Secret Report, "Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU) Neutrality Matters - Cuba - (Anti-Castro)"

    The FBI reports on a plot to carry out terrorist attacks that will divert attention from the prosecution of Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada in Caracas. Orders for the attacks are attributed to Orlando Garcia Vazquez, a Cuban exile who was then head of the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP. (Garcia Vazquez currently lives in Miami.) The report also provides some details on CORU.

    Document 13: FBI, August 16, 1978, Secret Report, "Coordinacion de Organizaciones Revolucionarias Unidas (Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations) (CORU), Neutrality Matters - Cuba - (Anti-Castro)"

    This FBI report provides a comprehensive overview of CORU which the FBI describes as "an anti-Castro terrorist umbrella organization" headed by Orlando Bosch. The report records how CORU was created at a secret meeting in Santo Domingo on June 11, 1976, during which a series of bombing attacks were planned, including the bombing of a Cubana airliner. On page 6, the report relates in great detail how Orlando Bosch was met in Caracas on September 8, 1976, by Luis Posada and other anti-Castro exiles and a deal was struck as to what kind of activities he could organize on Venezuelan soil. The document also contains substantive details on behind-the-scene efforts in Caracas to obtain the early release of Bosch and Posada from prison.

IRAN-CONTRA AND POSADA (A.K.A. RAMON MEDINA)

    Document 14: September 2, 1986, Contra re-supply document, [Distribution of Warehoused Contra Weapons and Equipment - in Spanish with English translation]

    After bribing his way out of prison in Venezuela in September 1985, Posada went directly to El Salvador to work on the illicit contra resupply operations being run by Lt. Col. Oliver North. Posada assumed the name "Ramon Medina," and worked as a deputy to another anti-Castro Cuban exile, Felix Rodriguez, who was in charge of a small airlift of arms and supplies to the contras in Southern Nicaragua. Rodriguez used the code name, Max Gomez. This document, released during the Congressional investigation into the Iran-Contra operations, records both Posada and Rodriguez obtaining supplies for contra troops from a warehouse at Illopango airbase in San Salvador.

    Document 15: May 27, 1987, Testimony of Felix I. Rodriguez Before the Joint Hearings on the Iran-Contra Investigation [Excerpt]

    Retired Air Force Colonel Robert C. Dutton, who supervised the contra resupply operation beginning in April 1986, identified Luis Posada as the true identity of "Ramon Medina" at his appearance before the joint hearings on the Iran-contra investigation on May 27, 1987.

    Document 16: May 1987, Iran-Contra Hearings, Testimony of Robert C. Dutton, Exhibit 14, "Reorganization Plan"
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Amazing

This entire story debunks the entire war on terror, with Govt Documentation and yet so few replies.


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US harboring a terrorist !!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 01:05:37 pm »
For those of you with short attention spans, here is a 5 minute clip from Russia Today

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Re: U.S. Harboring Ex-CIA Sponsored Terrorist Wanted in Venezuela & Cuba
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011, 01:17:04 pm »
Osama bin Laden worked for the CIA (named Tim Osman).

No surprise here. Nothing new.

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Re: U.S. Harboring Ex-CIA Sponsored Terrorist Wanted in Venezuela & Cuba
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011, 01:23:02 pm »
This proves the entire "War On Terror" is just total B#llSh#t

 * The USA trains terrorists
 * The USA sponsors terrorists
 * The USA safe haven for terrorists

Its all in the Govt Documents, and its in plain language spelling it all out, no reading between the lines required.


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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011, 01:26:01 pm »
Wow this is a great post Route!!

We know they have been training these so-called terrorists for years and now they are being exposed!
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Re: U.S. Harboring Ex-CIA Sponsored Terrorist Wanted in Venezuela & Cuba
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2011, 04:19:00 pm »
Is the U.S harboring one of the worlds most infamous terrorists?
http://www.thehalsreport.com/2011/01/is-the-u-s-harboring-a-infamous-terrorist/
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Did you know Florida is home to one of the most dangerous international terrorists in the world; Luis Posada-Carriles. Posada, a former CIA agent was convicted of being involved in several terrorist attacks and plots in the Americas.

These plots include involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed seventy-three people;[1] involvement in multiple bomb attacks in 1997 which targeted Cuban hotels and nightclubs;[2] involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion; involvement in the Iran-Contra affair;[3] and, according to conspiracy theorists, involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister has referred to Posada as “the Bin Laden of the Americas.”

He was trained by the CIA between 1963-1964 and was convicted in Venezuela for masterminding the 1976 Cuban airliner bombing. However, the US government refused to extradite Posada to Venezuela and the CIA continued to employ him in the Contra wars which claimed the lives of 70,000 civilians.

The CIA once described Posada as a reliable asset to the US government, and a man of good character who would make an excellent official in a post-Castro government. Others describe him as a CIA created Frankenstein who committed murders and caused mayhem.” [4]

Cuba’s state newspaper Granma accused Carriles of being a “psychopath” and “CIA hit man” who is part of a “brotherhood of killers” paid by the U.S. government. [5]

In conclusion, even though the US government continues to fight a war on so-called terrorism, it continues to harbor one of the worlds most notorious terrorists. Does this seem a bit odd to you? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below.

Sources:
1. Selsky, Andrew O. (May 4, 2007). “Link found to bombing”. Associated Press.
2. US tiptoes between terror, Castro’s policies
3. Case 3:07-cr-00087-KC
4. A CIA made terrorist
5. And when will Miami’s terrorist nest be cleared out?
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Re: U.S. Harboring Ex-CIA Sponsored Terrorist Wanted in Venezuela & Cuba
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2011, 09:51:32 am »
Trial of Posada Carriles: US Attorney’s Office Has Evidence of Terrorism against Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 12 (acn) Officers of the Cuban Interior Ministry presented on Tuesday evening evidence —which is in the hands of the US Attorney’s Office— of terrorist actions against the island and of Luis Posada Carriles’s responsibility in these attacks.

   

By Marcos Alfonso

   

During the Round Table television program, presenter Randy Alonso said that the trial against Posada Carriles, who has to answer to 11 charges —but none of them for terrorism—, continued on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, with the second day of the jury selection.


He noted that out of the 12 juries selected, seven are women and five, men. He added that nine are descendants of Hispanics, one is an Afro-American, and two are Anglo-Saxons.


Speaking over the phone from El Paso, lawyer Jose Pertierra said that the defense and the prosecution are scheduled to speak on Wednesday. He added that the prosecutor warned the Judge that Posada Carriles’ defense will try to influence the jury with an ill-intentioned description of Cuba’s political system.


Pertierra noted that the Judge responded to this that the Court is not a forum of the Miami Herald newspaper and that any evidence could be questioned, including the one presented by Cuba.


According to news reports, two Cuban officers and a forensic scientist from the island are expected to testify in the trial at the request of the defense and the prosecution in relation to the investigation into the death of Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo, a victim of a terrorist attack on Havana’s Copacabana hotel.


During the Round Table program, Brigadier General Alberto Rabeiro explained that, on April 12, 1997, Salvadoran mercenaries —following orders by Posada Carriles— began a series of bomb attacks against tourist facilities, including hotels and restaurants, in Havana and also against Cuban interests in Mexico and Nassau, which resulted in one death and several wounded people.


More: http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0112trial-posada-carriles.htm
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2011, 09:27:11 am »

  Posada did not alone on these missions, what does that say.
  He can not give up his controllers-thats it, end of story..
  If anyone is waiting for this guy to spill his guts, don't hold your breath.

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2011, 05:30:39 am »
Luis Posada Carriles: Trial of the Terrorist Who Almost Killed Me

by Stephen Kinzer

January 11, 2011 | 11:25am


A CIA agent, who masterminded the downing of a Cuba-bound flight in 1976 that killed 73 people, goes on trial in the U.S. this week. Stephen Kinzer, who had tickets for the flight, reports.

It was a simple whim that saved my life: I had finished reporting in Barbados quicker than anticipated and so I changed my flight to Havana, getting on an earlier plane. Two days later, a terrorist blew up the Cuba-bound flight I had been booked on.

All 73 people aboard perished.

I would have been the 74th.

Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles is seen in this 1985 photo taken in an unknown location. Credit: AP Photo

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-11/luis-posada-carriles-trial-of-the-terrorist-who-almost-killed-me/


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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2011, 03:31:09 pm »





Posada, 82, a Cuban-born Venezuelan-citizen, was considered the mastermind— a CIA-trained explosives expert who would stop at nothing in his personal vendetta against Cuban president Fidel Castro [EPA]



CIA-trained 'terrorist' in US court


Accused of killing 73 in an airline bombing, Luis Posada Carriles charged with immigration violations, not terrorism.

Chris Arsenault - Last Modified: 19 Jan 2011 14:12 GMT



El Paso, Texas - Margarita Morales Fernandez couldn't be in court to see the former CIA agent who allegedly killed her father and 72 others aboard a Cuban airplane in one of the world's worst airline attacks before September 11, 2001.

Fernandez and hundreds other victims are carefully watching the trial of former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles in US federal court.

His 11 charges include perjury for lying to US immigration officials, but terror-related offences are not on the docket.

"It will be 34 years since the terrorist attack that killed my father, but I remember it like it was yesterday, "Fernandez told Al Jazeera in a phone interview from Havana, Cuba. "I don't think this trial takes us closer to justice."

Victims of terrorism

On October 6, 1976 a bomb exploded on Cubana Airlines flight 455, blowing it out of the sky and into the waters off Barbados, killing everyone on board, including Fernandez's father, the captain of Cuba's national fencing team.

Posada, 82, a Cuban-born Venezuelan-citizen, was considered the mastermind— a CIA-trained explosives expert who would stop at nothing in his personal vendetta against Cuban president Fidel Castro. Planned in Venezuela, the attack killed mostly Cuban nationals.

"The terrorist activities of Posada Carriles are part of the [current US court] indictment, but they are not what he is being prosecuted for," said José Pertierra, a Cuban-born Washington lawyer who is representing Venezuela's interest at the trial. "He is only being prosecuted for lying about them [attacks]… to an immigration judge in a naturalisation hearing."

Venezuela jailed Posada for the bombing, but the wily operative escaped from prison disguised as a priest and eventually fled to the US, stopping in other Latin American countries along the way where he continued his anti-Castro activities. Venezuela has repeatedly called for his extradition.

"For many years, the truth has been hidden," Fernandez said. "But I want people to learn that there are a lot of victims of terrorism in Cuba as well as in the US and other countries."

Fury and personal vendetta


To examine the life of Luis Posada Carriles is to re-live the worst periods of the Cold War - and beyond. Angry about Cuba's 1959 revolution, he joined CIA Brigade 2506 in February 1961 to invade the island as part of the ill-fated attack known as the Bay of Pigs, declassified documents reveal.

While Posada himself did not fight at the Bay of Pigs, CIA officials thought he was promising and he joined US army in 1963 at their behest, training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. By 1965, he was a paid CIA operative stationed in Miami.

"The CIA taught us everything," he told The New York Times in 1998. "They taught us explosives, how to kill, bomb trained us in acts of sabotage."

He stayed with the agency in Miami until 1967, and later became a "paid asset" in Venezuela from 1968 to 1976, according to declassified documents.

CIA- trained and well- connected

After the Cuban attack, and his escape from prison, Posada returned to the CIA's payroll in the 1980s, supervising arms shipments to the Contras in Nicaragua as part of what became known as the Iran-Contra affair, a murky scandal where the US government funneled money from arms sales to Iran—its official enemy- to right-wing militias in Nicaragua.

His history with the CIA and other clandestine operations means that Posada "has a lot of secrets to tell and friends in high places in Washington," Pertierra, Venezuela’s lawyer, said in an interview with Al Jazeera outside the court-house.

Cold War history and imagery loomed large during the trial. At one point, a middle-aged man wearing all black clothing, a beret, combat boots and dark glasses, who said he was a member of the Black Panther Party, the iconic 1960s black-rights militant group, walked into the court room. He left soon after, looking bored with the proceedings.

But Posada's crimes are not just a matter for historians, as Fernandez quickly points out. "Since our father died, our family has been so sad," she said.

His attacks continued long after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2000, a Panamanian court convicted him of attempting to kill Cuban president Fidel Castro with 200 pounds of dynamite. He was pardoned by the country's outgoing president four years later and set free.


CONTINUED:

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/01/2011112104142751917.html

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January 20, 2011
http://counterpunch.com/pertierra01202011.html

El Paso Diary

A Voice From the Past


By JOSÉ PERTIERRA

The first of the 18 witnesses in the case against Luis Posada Carriles that the prosecution announced that it wishes to present in the coming three weeks testified today: Gina Garrett-Jackson. She is the person who was charged with litigating Posada´s deportation case for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2005. Visibly nervous and with a tendency to respond to questions with long and tedious monologues, Ms. Garrett-Jackson remained on the platform the entire day.

She testified that she was assigned the Posada Carriles asylum case starting in May of 2005. Garrett-Jackson worked in the Miami office of the Department of Homeland Security. She testified that Posada Carriles filed for asylum on April 20, 2000, but rather than going to the appointment that had been set up for him on May 17th, he instead called a press conference to make statements to the media.

By all accounts, the press conference to which Ms. Garrett-Jackson refers was bizarre. Mr. Posada Carriles ostensibly called it to tell the world that he had been living in Miami without the US government knowing his whereabouts and that he would henceforth flee the country. Embarrassed by Posada´s antics, the Department of Homeland Security arrested him the next day, although they made sure to treat him gently and escorted him to custody in a golf cart.

Garrett-Jackson testified that Posada Carriles withdrew his application for asylum on the eve of the press conference but, the following month, presented it again.

The prosecutor who questioned Garrett-Jackson was Jerome Teresinski, the number two attorney on the U.S. government legal team in charge of the Posada case here in El Paso. Things started badly for Teresinski. He first wanted to establish that Posada Carriles had testified under oath, during prior immigration proceedings. After getting Garrett-Jackson to state that she was present at Immigration Court on June 13, 2005, regarding the Posada case, before Immigration Judge William Abbott, Teresinski asked if Posada had taken the oath before testifying: "I don't specifically recall if he was sworn in," Garrett-Jackson responded. Ufff.

Trying to recover quickly from that disaster, Teresinski asked about the other two times that Posada had been before an immigration judge—on August 29 and 30, 2005. "Yes, those days yes, I'm sure that he was sworn in, but I'm not sure about June 13th," said Garrett-Jackson.

Teresinski and surrealism

Teresinski then began to question Garrett-Jackson about the contents of the asylum application Posada had brought before an immigration judge in August of 2005. He established that on the form known as I-589, Posada answered that the question about aliases did not apply to him, that he said he'd entered the United States on March 26, 2005 by illegally crossing the Mexican border without passing through an immigration post, that the questions about whether he had a passport and which country had issued it to him did not apply to him either, that he didn't speak English, that he'd lived previously in Panama, El Salvador and Honduras but he couldn't remember where and that he never incited, aided or participated in the persecution of other people.

This last is a surreal statement coming from the likes of Posada, who was convicted in Panama for attempting in the year 2000 to detonate 200 pounds of C-4 explosive in an auditorium filled with students.

One of Posada's defense attorneys, Felipe Millán, tired of listening to Garrett-Jackson's fastidious reading and narration of transcriptions of previous immigration hearings. He objected and asked that the Teresinski play for us the recordings themselves, since they are the best evidence available.

Tortuous minutes went by while the sophisticated recording machinery of the court failed to work and the jury members, the attorneys and the judge looked at one another with perplexed expressions. Everyone had headphones on, but nobody could tell whether heard silence as well. Finally, the technicians managed to make functional that modern apparatus that apparently nobody knew how to operate properly, and we could all hear the halting voice of Luis Posada Carriles, reproduced from the recordings of the court hearings in 2005. A voice that reverberated through the walls of the huge courtroom as though echoing from a tomb.

It's difficult to understand Posada Carriles. He is tongue-tied due to an acquired speech impediment from a shooting in Guatemala. Each jury member listened to the recordings with a small digital screen in front of their seats, through which the words being heard could also be read. While listening to his voice, I watched Posada Carriles. Motionless in his seat, he was dressed today in a brown suit, with a light blue shirt and a blue tie with dark blue stripes.

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Re: U.S. Harboring Ex-CIA Sponsored Terrorist Wanted in Venezuela & Cuba
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CIA-trained 'terrorist' in US court

by Chris Arsenault



Accused of killing 73 in an airline bombing, Luis Posada Carriles charged with immigration violations, not terrorism.

January 20, 2011

El Paso, Texas - Margarita Morales Fernandez couldn't be in court to see the former CIA agent who allegedly killed her father and 72 others aboard a Cuban airplane in one of the world's worst airline attacks before September 11, 2001.

Fernandez and hundreds other victims are carefully watching the trial of former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles in US federal court.

His 11 charges include perjury for lying to US immigration officials, but terror-related offences are not on the docket.

"It will be 34 years since the terrorist attack that killed my father, but I remember it like it was yesterday, "Fernandez told Al Jazeera in a phone interview from Havana, Cuba. "I don't think this trial takes us closer to justice."

Victims of terrorism

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Re: U.S. Harboring Ex-CIA Sponsored Terrorist Wanted in Venezuela & Cuba
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Man says ex-CIA agent Posada gave him explosives for hotel bombing

By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 -- 12:48 pm

In an exclusive interview Tuesday, a Salvadoran man told The Associated Press that a former CIA operative gave him powerful explosives and cash to carry out a 1997 hotel bombing in Cuba.

Otto Rene Rodriguez said that he was given C-4 explosives and $2,000 by Luis Posada Carriles to enable the bombing at Havana's Melia Cohiba hotel on Aug. 3, 1997. He was later captured in Cuba with 3.3 pounds of C-4 that he said was given to him by Posada.

"Truthfully, looking me in the eyes he cannot say he doesn't know me," Rodriguez told the wire service. "He does know me. He used me like a tool."

Posada, 82, is on trial for lying to US immigration agents about his arrival in the United States in 2005, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.

More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/salvadoran-man-cia-agent-gave-explosives-hotel-bombing/
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