Terrorists in Miami

There’s a terrorist seeking political asylum in Miami. He has bragged about blowing up a hotel where a worker was killed. Venezuela wants to extradite him to stand trial for murder, yet our government apparently plans give him political asylum. So much for the supposed war on terror.  

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.

U.S. asylum would be a huge injustice

How did convicted terrorist Luis Posada Carriles escape the watchful eye of Homeland Security, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the CIA, and slip into Miami from hiding in Central America? Where was the Bush administration’s new intelligence apparatus?

Or isn’t it more likely that Posada was aided by these same agencies to come in from the cold? The evidence suggests that Posada received assurance from U.S. officials that once in Miami he would receive asylum.

After all, Orlando Bosch, his partner-in-crime, accomplished the same remarkable feat in 1989, when President George Bush overturned Bosch’s deportation order, giving him permanent residency in Miami.

Bosch and Posada are the prime suspects in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.

U.S. Associate Attorney General Joseph D. Whitley wrote in his 1989 deportation order of Bosch: “For 30 years Bosch has been resolute and unwavering in his advocacy of terrorist violence. He has threatened and undertaken violent terrorist acts against numerous targets, including nations friendly toward the United States and their highest officials. …

“The United States cannot tolerate the inherent inhumanity of terrorism as a way of settling disputes. … We must look on terrorism as a universal evil, even if it is directed toward those with whom we have no political sympathy.”

Bush cancelled Bosch’s deportation in 1990.

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