ANSWER issues action alert: Tell Bush & Congress: NO asylum for Luis Posada Carriles

I’m not surprised that terrorism is okay when the victims are “our enemies.” It’s just that sometimes the hypocrisy is so bald. The following comes from the ANSWER Coalition:

Tell Bush & Congress: NO asylum for Luis Posada Carriles

Urgent Alert – Take Action Now! Stop the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles from gaining asylum in the United States – Support Venezuela and Cuba’s demands on Bush to extradite the murderer Luis Posada to Venezuela

Urgent Alert – Take Action Now!

Stop the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles
from gaining asylum in the United States

Support Venezuela and Cuba’s demands on Bush
to extradite the murderer Luis Posada to Venezuela.

Tell George W. Bush and Congress:
No asylum for the fascist criminal in the United States!

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has set-up an easy-to-use way to send Bush and Congress a message. Use the link below to tell them: “No safe-haven for the terrorist Posada in the U.S.”

On April 12 Luis Posada Carriles, the notorious anti-Cuba terrorist and killer, appealed for asylum in the United States through his attorneys in Miami. The planner of terrorist acts that have killed dozens of Cubans and other people, Posada was in hiding in Central America for the last seven months after being prematurely released from jail by Panama’s right-wing puppet president Mireya Moscoso at the behest of the Bush administration.

Posada was convicted in Panama after being caught in November 2000 with 33 pounds of C-4 explosives intended for assassinating Cuban President Fidel Castro. Now, the U.S. government is entertaining inviting this man, who poses such a great and vicious danger, to receive safe haven from prosecution in the United States.

Undoubtedly assisted by the U.S. government to enter the United States, Posada has been in Miami since the end of March. His three other conspirators, Pedro Remón, Gaspar Jiménez Escobedo and Guillermo Novo Sampol, were also pardoned in Panama and flew into Miami last August. They are implicated in several murders in the United States, including the 1976 Washington DC car-bombing that killed Chilean Orlando Letelier and American Ronnie Moffitt.

Posada was a CIA agent in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and possibly to the present. He was trained in explosives and sabotage at the notorious School of the Americas in the CIA’s “Operation 40” for the Bay of Pigs invasion.

What are some of his other crimes? Posada and his accomplice Orlando Bosch were the masterminds of the bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 on October 6, 1976 that killed 73 people. Posada and Bosch plotted the crime from Venezuela.

The Justice Department moved to deport Bosch from the United States in 1989. In the deportation order, U.S. Asst. Attorney General Joseph D. Whitley said: “For 30 years Bosch has been resolute and unwavering in his advocacy of terrorist violence. … His actions have been those of a terrorist, unfettered by laws or human decency, threatening and inflicting violence without regard to the identity of his victims.”

These words hold true for Posada, his partner-in-crime.

However, Bush Sr. overrode the deportation order in 1990. Bosch lives in Miami.

Posada bragged to the New York Times in an interview (July 12 & 13, 1998) that he directed the 1997 bombings of Havana hotels. A 32-year-old Italian tourist, Fabio Di Celmo, was killed at the Copacabana hotel.

These are only some of the shocking crimes carried out against the Cuban and other peoples.

While in Venezuela in the 1970s, Posada oversaw the killing of Venezuelan leftists as head of the Intelligence and Prevention Services Division (DISIP) of the national police. In the 1980s Posada commanded the supply of munitions to the Nicaraguan contras from the CIA’s Ilopango airbase in El Salvador.

Today, the presence of Posada, Bosch and other terrorists in Miami is proof that the U.S. government is fully behind the terror attacks on Cuba.

Since the 1959 Cuban revolution, more than 3,400 Cuban people have died by violent attacks perpetrated on the island by anti-Cuban paramilitary groups that operate freely in Miami.

It is time for justice for the victims of Posada’s crimes. Peace-loving people in the U.S. and all who believe in justice must make it clear that Posada is not welcome here, and we must demand that this government reject his asylum claim.

The fact that the Bush Administration and the CIA are clearing the way for Posada to take up residence in the U.S. is evidence of the extreme hypocrisy and outright lie of Bush’s so-called “war on terror.” They have engaged in a calculated and cynical manipulation of the term to claim to be fighting against “terrorism” when in truth, they are waging a political war for conquest and empire.

We urge all A.N.S.W.E.R. supporters to send a letter to Bush and Congress now to say:

  1. No asylum for Posada
  2. Honor the extradition demand of Venezuela

A.N.S.W.E.R. has set up an easy-to-use mechanism to facilitate sending a quick email to George W. Bush and the Congressional Representative in your District and Senators in your state with your demands. Several members, including William Delahunt (D-MA) and Jim McDermott (D-WA), have protested Posada’s asylum petition.

We have provided a sample letter, but you can customize your message to get your point across. Please take a moment now, by clicking here to send a message to Bush and Congress.

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