Venezuela asks U.S. to extradite Posada over bombing

Venezuela asked the United States on Friday to extradite a Cuban exile and former CIA collaborator for his suspected involvement in the downing of a Cuban airliner in a case that tests the U.S. commitment to combat all forms of terrorism.

Luis Posada Carriles, who has Venezuelan citizenship, has applied for asylum in the United States, according to his lawyer, but U.S. officials say they do not know the fugitive’s whereabouts.

Uh huh, I believe them, don’t you?

The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington delivered a letter requesting the Bush administration hunt down the 77-year-old, and deport him to face trial for a 1976 airliner bombing that killed 73 people. He was arrested in Venezuela more than 20 years ago but escaped from prison without being convicted.

By any measurement, Posada is a terrorist, yet the Bushies pretend they don’t know where he is and seem intent on giving him asylum in the US. However the increasing opposition to this thug may force them to do otherwise. Let’s keep the pressure on.