They don't report it much on Fox and they don't know who he is on CNN, but you'd think the presumed progressives at MSNBC, Current TV and Link TV would get on the stick. Well, maybe this will motivate them.
Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch are two of the most notorious murderers of the twentieth century, responsible as they are for more bombings than the Weather Underground and the SLA combined and multiplied by 100. It should come as no surprise that they are anti-Castro Cuban exiles, the carefree roustabouts involved in everything from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the anti-Sandinista pro-contra Nicaraguan mess, from the bombing of Cubana flight 455 in which 73 people died to the hidden horrors of Iran-Contra. Naturally, the sagging teat that is the city of Miami, Florida, loves them. The rest of the world holds them in much lower esteem.
The not guilty verdict on the perjury charge was pooped out rather than handed down in federal court in El Paso back in April of this year (2011). That verdict marks the end of the US government’s prosecution of Posada, begun four years ago when he was accused of entering the United States illegally. Now the only pending legal action remaining against him is Venezuela’s extradition request to try him on seventy-three counts of murder, as he is accused of organizing the most serious terrorist attack in Latin America. The US Justice Department expressed that it was “disappointed by the decision” of the jury in El Paso. But José Pertierra, the attorney who is representing the Venezuelan government in its efforts to extradite Posada Carriles, told La Jornada: “I suggest that the United States government not feel so disappointed and extradite him instead.”
In addition to working for the CIA, readers should know that Posada participated in the US-supported invasion of the Bay of Pigs and that he was an officer in the US Army and that in 1976 he moved to Venezuela to head the intelligence service in that country. That same year he was arrested after being accused of being the mastermind of the attack on the Cuban airliner. He conveniently escaped before facing a civil trial for what was at the time the worst terrorist act in the hemisphere. In 2001, he was arrested in Panama for planning to kill Fidel Castro with 200 pounds of dynamite and C-4 explosives in a university auditorium filled with students, but was pardoned by then–Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso in 2004, showing up a short time later in the United States, a not unusual haven for international terrorists.
Some fascinating reading exists on the National Security Archive and if you have the time you can click HERE. If you do not have time, at least consider these three section headings which themselves suggest one hell of a lot about Mr. Posada and his handlers.
- CIA, Cable, "Plan of the Cuban Representation in Exile (RECE) to Blow Up a Cuban or Soviet Vessel in Veracruz, Mexico," July 1, 1965.
- CIA, Personal Record Questionnaire on Posada, April 17, 1972. 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."
- CIA, Secret Intelligence Report, "Activities of Cuban Exile Leader Orlando Bosch During his Stay in Venezuela," October 14, 1976.
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