Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA-trained Cuban exile implicated in a series of terrorist incidents, applied for political asylum in the United States yesterday, prompting at least one congressman to assert that granting the request would undermine the nation’s credibility in the war on terrorism.
Posada has been linked through the years with the bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner that killed 73 people; bombings in Cuban tourist hotels that killed an Italian tourist and injured 11 other people; and a 2000 plot to assassinate Castro in Panama.
Posada has bragged about blowing up that airliner, which had completely innocent people on board. Yet the loony right here in the US greets him as a hero and wants to give him amnesty. All of which makes a complete mockery of the supposed US fight against terrorism.