Cuba condemns the shameless decision to release
terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and singles out the US Government as
the only one responsible for this ruthless and infamous act seeking to
buy the silence of the terrorist on his crimes at the service of the
CIA, particularly when Bush Sr. was its Director-General.
With this decision, the US Government has ignored
the clamor that has arisen all around the world, even within the
United States, against the impunity and the political manipulation
entailed by this action.
This decision is an outrage to the Cuban people and
to the nations that lost 73 of its sons and daughters in the heinous
1976 attack that blew up a civilian Cubana de Aviación aircraft
off the coast of Barbados.
This decision is an outrage to the people of the
United States and an emphatic denial to the alleged "war on terror"
declared by the Government of President George W. Bush.
For the Government of the United States it would
have sufficed to certify the terrorist nature of Luis Posada Carriles
in order to prevent his release, and in conformity with Section 412 of
the Patriot Act of the United States, it could have acknowledged that
"his release will threaten the national security of the United States
or the safety of the community or any person."
The Government of the United States would have also
been able to enforce those regulations allowing the Immigration and
Naturalization Service to retain a non-admissible alien in US
territory that is subject to deportation. For that, it would have
sufficed if the US authorities had concluded that Posada Carriles is a
risk to the community or that releasing him would entail risk of
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 "…of being involved in or
associated with some of the most infamous events of the twentieth
century (…) Some of these acts include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the
Iran-Contra scandal, the mid-air explosion of Cubana de Aviación
flight 455, the 1997 bombs planted in tourist resorts in Havana
and, according to some conspiracy theoreticians, the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy"?
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-General’s
Office on a date as recent as 19 March, that if released there is risk
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
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 terrorist’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
Full responsibility for the release of the
terrorist and for the consequences stemming from it would be directly
attributed to the US Government and, particularly, to the President of
Even now, after his release, the US Government has
all the information and the legal mechanisms to apprehend him again.
It just takes the political will to wage a serious fight on terror and
recall that, according to President Bush, "…if you provide haven for a
terrorist, if you support a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, you
will be as guilty as the terrorists."
Havana, April 2007