[Marxism] Terrorists walk, flee to Miami

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 27 19:42:13 MDT 2004

Cuba HAS broken relations with Panama over this.
One of the Panamanian provincial governors has
resigned in protest against this. The incoming
foreign minister of the new administration of
Daniel Torrijos (son of the former Panamanian
president Omar Torrijos) has denounced the act
of Pardoning this terrorist. The foreign minister
he appointed also condemned the act, and Torrijos
has announced his administration will move to a
prompt normalization of relations with Cuba.
Protests against the pardoning of these men are
coming forward widely in Latin America, including
from the son of Orlando Letelier, a victim of the
same kind of terrorism by Cuban exile militants in
Washington, DC in 1976.

Posada is now said to be in hiding in Honduras:

The remaining three terrorists arrived in Miami and
are trumpeting their "victory" over Fidel Castro.

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Knight Ridder via Kansas City Star - August 26, 2004

Cuban exiles pardoned by Panama's president return to Miami

by Elaine De Valle
Knight Ridder Newspapers

MIAMI - (KRT) - Three Miami Cuban exiles jailed after Fidel
Castro claimed they were plotting to assassinate him came
home amid cheers and tears at Opa-locka Airport on Thursday
after they were pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya

A fourth, alleged mastermind Luis Posada Carriles - a man
Castro once called "the worst terrorist in the hemisphere"
- immediately went into hiding.

Making victory V's with both hands as he was swallowed in a
sea of hugs and handshakes, one of the three men, Guillermo
Novo, said he had a message for Castro: "Te la ganamos." We
beat you.

"We suffered for four years in prison but we won the
battle. We have one victory against Fidel," Novo said. "He
wanted us to spend 20 years in prison."

Novo, Posada, Gaspar Jimenez and Pedro Remon - all involved
in past anti-Castro violence - were arrested in Panama in
2000 on charges that they planned to kill Castro during his
visit to the Ibero-American Summit, held in Panama that
year. Though Panamanian courts ruled that there was not
enough evidence to accuse the men of attempted murder or
possession of explosives, they were convicted in April of
endangering public safety and sentenced to up to eight

Moscoso pardoned the men Wednesday, less than a week before
she is to leave office, telling The Miami Herald she did so
for `humanitarian reasons" and because she feared that her
successor would extradite the men to Cuba, where they could
face a firing squad.

"At 5 in the morning Thursday they woke us. `Get up. You're
leaving,'" Remon said. "They gave us five minutes to get

Jimenez, 69, was rushed to an area hospital with high blood
pressure after he landed at Opa-locka aboard one of two
small airplanes chartered by Santiago Alvarez, a longtime
friend of the four and Miami developer who spearheaded a
campaign to raise money for their legal defense.

Alvarez said the second plane stopped in an undisclosed
country to drop off Posada, who is not a U.S. citizen. The
one-time CIA operative has lived for years in Venezuela, El
Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

He has both admitted and denied orchestrating a dozen
terror bombings of Havana tourist spots in 1997 in which
one person, an Italian tourist, was killed. He was tried in
Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that
killed 73 but was found not guilty and escaped from jail
while awaiting retrial.

"Nobody knows where he is and nobody is going to know,"
Alvarez told The Miami Herald. He would not disclose the
cost of the airplane charters or the name of the company

"That was one of the conditions the pilots placed. Because
if the Cubans know who they are, later those planes won't
get access to fly over Cuban airspace," he said.

Alvarez said he spoke to Posada by phone early Thursday
after Posada landed at the secret location. "He is well,
happy," Alvarez said, adding that Posada has no current
interest in coming to the United States.

The other three, all U.S. citizens, are Miami-Dade
residents and returned to the homes they left behind four
years ago.

The men and their supporters have long insisted that they
went to Panama to help a Cuban army general who planned to
defect during Castro's summit visit. But soon after he
arrived, Castro announced that Posada and the others were
there to kill him. Police arrested them in a downtown

About 50 relatives and supporters - including Miami
Commissioner Angel Gonzalez and the Cuban Liberty Council's
Alberto Hernandez - waited several hours Thursday as the
men were questioned by U.S. Customs and immigration
officials at Opa-locka Airport.

Among those waiting: Peter "Pedrito" Remon, 7, who brought
two Florida Marlins caps for the occasion - one for himself
and another for his father. Peter recognized his father
immediately and pushed his way through a wall of TV
cameramen to hand him the cap with a big, gap-toothed

Novo, whose two brothers died while he was in prison, said
he would visit his sister later Thursday, call another
sister in New York and visit friends who have supported him
and his family.

"I dreamt of this day, but I did not have the confidence
that it would come," he said. "This is a triumph for the
Cuban exile. ... It was the Cuban exile community that did

Before they hurried to meet their father at a hospital,
Jimenez's two grown daughters were unable to contain their
tears as they waited. "I haven't seen him in 2-1/2 years. I
want to hug him," Sonia Jimenez-Victores said. "We are
very, very grateful to President Mireya Moscoso for doing

Praise for the Panamanian president, who lived in Miami for
11 years in the 1980s and 1990s, was plentiful.

"As a woman I salute her, and all Panamanians for having
elected her," said Miriam Novo. "They elected a woman who
knows how to defend the nationalism of her country."

The Cuban government over the weekend threatened to break
diplomatic relations with Panama if the men were pardoned -
a threat it carried out later Thursday.

The news did not make everyone happy, however. Some
question the hero's welcome for men who have been linked to
anti-Castro violence.

"It just brings up some dreadful memories for my mother,"
said Al Milian, whose father, radio commentator Emilio
Milian, lost his legs in a car bombing in which Jimenez was
indicted, although the indictment was later dropped.

Milian declined to comment further, saying his father had
forgiven his attackers and had asked his sons - on his
deathbed - to do the same.

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Cuba breaks ties with Panama
Thu August 26, 2004 07:57 PM ET

By Anthony Boadle and Elida Moreno

HAVANA/PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Cuba has severed diplomatic ties with
Panama in anger at its outgoing leader pardoning four Cuban exiles
imprisoned for plotting to kill President Fidel Castro in 2000.

Panama's conservative President Mireya Moscoso, who leaves office
next week, said she freed the Cubans for humanitarian reasons.

Three of the plotters were Cuban-born U.S. citizens and on their
release they flew directly to a small airport in Miami, where they
were met by their families.

The Cuban government called Moscoso an "accomplice and protector of
terrorism" and said in a statement that diplomatic relations with
Panama were broken off indefinitely.

Havana described the pardon as "an affront to the victims of
terrorism and their families" and said history would hold Moscoso
responsible for "new crimes these abominable assassins commit in the

The pardoned men were among six sentenced in April for their part in
a failed attempt to bomb a University of Panama auditorium where
Castro was due to speak during a summit of Iberian and Latin
American leaders.

Among those freed was prominent anti-Castro activist Luis Posada,
who escaped in the 1980s from a Venezuelan jail where he faced
charges of planning the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed
73 people. Posada is not a U.S. citizen so did not travel to Miami,
and it was unclear where he was.

Moscoso said she freed the four because they were convicted for
relatively minor crimes rather than attempted murder and denied
claims the United States had pushed her into it.

"I knew that if these men stayed here, they would be extradited to
Cuba and Venezuela and there they were surely going to kill them,"
she told a news conference on Thursday.

A Panamanian court in April sentenced the exiles to prison terms of
7 and 8 years on charges of endangering public safety and falsifying
documents. It ruled there was not enough evidence to try them on
charges of attempted murder.


The U.S. State Department denied charges in the Panamanian media
that it persuaded Panama to grant the pardon.

"This was a decision made by the government of Panama. We never
lobbied the Panamanian government to pardon anyone involved in this
case," spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters in the U.S. capital.

Washington's decades-old dispute with Cuba has been fanned by
President George W. Bush's tough new restrictions on travelling or
sending family remittances to the island.

Moscoso has enjoyed close relations with the Bush administration.

Cuba wanted the men extradited and Venezuela also sought Posada. He
was never convicted of the Cuban airliner bombing but was arrested
in Venezuela and denied bail for 9 years until he escaped prison
disguised as a priest in 1985.

The break with Panama was Cuba's latest diplomatic rift with a Latin
American neighbour. Peru and Mexico withdrew their ambassadors from
Havana in May after Castro sharply criticised the two countries'
support for a U.N. censure of Cuba's rights record. The Mexican
envoy returned to the island in July.

Panama's President-elect Martin Torrijos said he disagreed with the
pardon and pledged to work to repair any damage to relations with
Cuba once he takes office next Wednesday.
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Agencia Cubana de Noticias (AIN) - August 27, 2004

Luis Posada Carriles: A Confessed Terrorist

By Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver
AIN Special Report

Global justice is mourning. On Thursday, outgoing Panamanian President
Mireya Moscoso pardoned Luis Posada Carriles, one of the cruelest terrorists
of the Western Hemisphere.

The internationally repudiated presidential pardon came in the early morning
hours and also benefited three other Cuban-born criminals, Guillermo Novo
Sampol, Pedro Remon and Gaspar Jimenez.

Of the group, Posada Carriles has by far the longest record of terrorist
acts. A favorite of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), his full name is
Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, although his family and friends call
him Bambi.

Posada Carriles joined the counterrevolution shortly after the Cuban
government began a process of political and economic reforms in January 1959
to benefit the country’s underprivileged.

Although a member of the 2506 Brigade (organized, trained, financed and
armed by the US government to try and topple the Cuban revolution) he did
not participate in the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Posada Carriles preparation as a terrorist included training in military
tactics, espionage, sabotage, explosives handling, demolition and firearms.
He was a member of the counterrevolutionary group called “Commandos L” and
by 1963 was in the US Army and receiving training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

His list of evil deeds includes participation in plans to assassinate Cuban
officials in Chile and another to try and kill President Fidel Castro when
he visited that South American country in 1971.

The murder of two Cuban officials in Argentina in August 1976 is another
line item on his resume.

Considerable documentation exists showing how Posada recruited Venezuelans
Hernan Ricardo Lozano and Freddy Lugo to sabotage a Cubana Airlines plane.

These mercenaries placed the bombs that exploded in-flight, a few minutes
after takeoff from Barbados International Airport on October 6, 1976 and
killing all 73 people on board.

In her book, "Pusimos la bomba ¿y que?” (We put the bomb and so what)
Venezulean journalist Alicia Herrera gives a profile of Posada Carriles
recounted by his wife at the end of the 1970s, and which describes her
husband’s lack of scruples.

“When he got involved in the Barbados incident, (referring to the blowing up
of the Cubana passenger plane) I knew he would be successful because the
‘poor guy’ had dedicated so much effort, with so much passion...”

Later, with help from the Florida based Cuban American National Foundation,
Posada Carriles escaped from a maximum security prison in Venezuela on
August 18, 1985,

Since then and until he was jailed in Panama in November 2000, El Salvador
became his preferred sanctuary.

At the end of 1996 he put the final touches on a series of terrorist actions
to be carried out in Cuba, traveling between El Salvador and Guatemala with
a Salvadoran passport under the name Francisco Rodriguez Mena and acquired
in 1995.

In March, 1998, Cuban authorities detained the Guatemalans, Maria Elena
Gonzalez Meza de Fernandez, Nader Kamal Musalam Barakat, also known as
Miguel Abraham Herrera Morales, and Jazid Ivan Fernandez Mendoza, linked to
bomb explosions in Havana during 1997.

The three Guatemalans, along with the Salvadorans Ernesto Raul Cruz Leon and
Otto Rene Rodriguez Llerna, also detained in Cuba, were part of a network of
Central American mercenaries hired by Posada Carriles and financed by the
Cuban American National Foundation.

On November 15, 1997, the Miami Herald ran an extensive article resulting
from an investigative report about the bombs planted in Cuban hotels and the
connection of those events with a band of Salvadoran criminals known for
bank robberies, house break-ins and car thefts.

The Herald concluded that Luis Posada Carriles was the “brains” behind those
activities, for which he collected 15,000 dollars in Miami.

In July 1998, Posada Carriles told the New York Times that he received
200,000 from the president of the Cuban American National Foundation, Jorge
Mas Canosa, to carry out terrorist actions in Cuba.

His anti-Cuban acts came to a temporary halt when he was jailed in Panama on
November 17, 2000 after Cuban President Fidel Castro denounced plans to
assassinate him with explosives at Panama University.

Assisting Posada Carriles with the foiled plot that could have killed
several hundred people were Guillermo Novo Sampol, Pedro Remon and Gaspar
Jimenez Escobedo. Now the notorious quartet was just given pardons by
Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, who in doing so, became herself an
accomplice of these dangerous terrorists.

I heard Cuba has broken off diplomatic relations with Panama over this, and
has warned other countries in Central America not to grant them asylum.

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