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posted 2 May 2011, 11:32 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 2 May 2011, 11:38 ]


Junaid Al Jameel.

On October 6, 1976, Cubana Flight 455 was scheduled to fly from Guyana to Havana, Cuba via Trinidad, Barbados, and Kingston. Two time bombs, were planted on the aircraft at Piarco, Trinidad, by agents working for Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch. The bombs exploded in the aircraft’s rear lavatory, nine minutes after takeoff from Barbados, causing the plane to crash into the water. All 48 passengers and 25 crew aboard the plane died: 57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese, and five North Koreans. Among the dead were all 24 members of the 1975 national Cuban Fencing team that had just won all the gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Championship; many were teenagers.

Documents released by the USA National Security Archive on May 3, 2007 reveal the links the mastermind, American trained terrorist, Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, had to the 1976 Cubana airline bombing and other terrorist attacks and plots. These attacks included bombing a British West Indian Airways office in Barbados and the Guyanese Embassy in Trinidad.

Remember Bush’s November 21, 2001 words: “If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you’re a terrorist, and you will be held accountable.” What Bush didn’t say was “this doesn’t refer to ‘our terrorists.’”

It is the height of hypocrisy to talk about fighting terrorism while harbouring men who are wanted for or helping to destroy passenger airplanes. Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, was harboured from his 1976 Cubana airline bombing to his recent terrorist attacks and plots.

Just as the Bin Ladens were the only planes in American airspace to leave the country after 9/11, so too is Luis Posada Carriles being shuffled through the system to fall out the other side completely free and anonymous.

“The terrorists Posada Carriles, and Osama bin Laden have become symbols of the US methods of hemispheric domination and its double standard: on the one hand, they declare a global war on terrorism and, on the other, they use it.”

The U.S. is obliged to expel Posada to another country. After 9/11, the U.N. Security Council, at the request of the U.S. government, adopted Resolution 1373 on Sept. 28, 2001 that makes it mandatory for every government in the world to oppose any form of cooperation with all terrorists — no matter what they did or where. No protection. No refuge. Nothing. The Security Council established a permanent committee to implement that resolution, yet USA is harbouring an admitted terrorist !! The treaties require the United States to extradite Posada to Venezuela for trial or try him in U.S. courts for offenses committed abroad.

The US Department of Justice elected instead to charge Posada with perjury for lying about how he entered the United States in 2005. Washington has since refused to answer Venezuela's request to extradite him to the place where he plotted the airliner bombing. The excuse accepted by the El Paso judge, for not considering Venezuela, was that Venezuela might torture him; ironic in light of the American Presidents authorizing torture for terrorist suspects in Guantanamo.

Will President Obama extradite Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, to Venezuela and risk that he will reveal the secrets of four decades of Bush’s involvement in organising a facist international, or will President Obama protect him and stand exposed before the world as another protector of an international terrorist apparatus. Is Obama’s level of inhumanity as low as the Bushes? How low can Obama go? The U.S. government knows how many crimes it has committed, hence all the continued secrecy by the Obama administration. Everything in Washington stinks.

Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles makes a mockery of the United States, and all that the USA claims to stand for. It is time to end the mockery of justice, peace, and order that has existed for too long.

Instead of extraditing T&T citizens to USA, why is the GOTT not lobbying to