[Marxism] Kucinich Letter to Bush Regarding Luis Posada Carriles

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sat May 21 09:48:46 MDT 2005


Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich has written this
excellent letter to Bush calling for Posada Carriles 
to be extradited to Venezuela. It's been signed so far
by twenty representatives. It's the kind of letter we
should spread everywhere. US citizens should send this
to their own members of Congress asking them to sign 
if they haven't already done so, or thanking them for
endorsing if they have. You can also read and reproduce
Kucinich's letter from the page on which it appears in
the Congressional Record for general distribution and
to be sent to elected officials everywhere. We should
be very grateful to Congressman Kucinich for taking 
this excellent initiative. Please share very widely.


Walter Lippmann, CubaNews
http://www.walterlippmann.com 
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Letter to President Bush Regarding Luis Posada Carriles

Dennis Kucinich speaking from the Floor of the House
http://www.kucinich.us/floor_speeches/intl_posada18may.php 

May 18, 2005

"Mr. Speaker, today 20 Representatives sent to President Bush the following
letter regarding the asylum application of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles
and the extradition request from Venezuela:"

Dear Mr. President: We are writing to urge you to oppose the application for
asylum by Luis Posada Carriles, and to support the request for extradition
to Venezuela, where he is a fugitive from justice.

Posada, a CIA-trained Cuban exile, is one of only two prime suspects in the
bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner, which killed all 73 people onboard on
October 6, 1976, according to FBI investigators and declassified documents.
The plane had originated in Caracas and was bound for Cuba, with a stop in
Barbados. The bomb went off as the plane was leaving Barbados.

In addition to the Cuban airline bombing, Posada is implicated in an act of
terrorism that took place on American soil, here in Washington, DC. On
September 21, 1976 former Chilean government minister Orlando Letelier and
his American associate, Ronni Moffit, were killed by a car bomb near
Sheridon Circle. The bombing was one of the worst acts of foreign terrorism
on American soil to that date.

Carter Cornick, a retired counterterrorism specialist for the FBI who worked
on the Letelier case, said in an interview that both the airline bombing and
the Letelier bombing were planned at a June 1976 meeting in Santo Domingo
attended by Posada in addition to others. Mr. Cornick said that Posada was
involved "up to his eyeballs" in planning the attacks. At the time of the
bombings, Venezuelan police found maps and other evidence in Posada's
Venezuelan home that tied him to the terrorist acts. Furthermore, a recently
declassified 1976 F.B.I. document confirms Posada's presence at two meetings
in the Anauco Hilton Hotel in Caracas where the airline bombing was planned.

Posada, a dual citizen of Venezuela and Cuba, and a former Venezuelan
intelligence agent, was jailed in Venezuela for the airline bombing, but
then escaped from prison in 1985 while awaiting trial.

After escaping prison, Posada continued to terrorize civilians, and even
boast publicly about his crimes. In a 1998 interview with the New York
Times, he claimed responsibility for organizing a series of bombings aimed
at Cuban hotels, department stores and other civilian targets during the
summer of 1997. The bombings killed an Italian tourist and injured 11 other
human beings.

Perhaps realizing he had not helped himself or his cause, Posada later
retracted his statements.

In November 2000, Posada was arrested in Panama for preparing a bomb to
explode in the University of Panama's Conference Hall, where Fidel Castro
was going to deliver a speech. Hundreds of people were expected to attend
this event, and had Cuban intelligence not uncovered the plot beforehand,
there would have been massive civilian casualties. Posada was convicted in a
Panamanian court only to be pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso
just days before she left office in August 2004.

Moscoso's successor, Martin Torrijos, criticized the pardon, aptly noting,
"For me, there are not two classes of terrorism, one that is condemned and
another that is pardoned. "

Similarly, in 1989, when the Justice Department was considering the asylum
request of Posada's fellow Miami militant, and suspected co-conspirator in
the Cubana bombing, Orlando Bosch, then-Associate U.S. Attorney General Joe
D. Whitley said, "The United States cannot tolerate the inherent inhumanity
of terrorism as a way of settling disputes. Appeasement of those who would
use force will only breed more terrorists. We must look on terrorism as a
universal evil, even if it is directed toward those with whom we have no
political sympathy."

Aside from the United States' foreign policy regarding Cuba, our stated,
official national security policy against terrorism is unequivocally clear.

On September 19, 2001, Mr. President, you eloquently reaffirmed our national
policy against terrorism: "Anybody who harbors a terrorist, encourages
terrorism, will be held accountable. I would strongly urge any nation in the
world to reject terrorism, expel terrorists. "

On August 26th, 2003 you said, "If you harbor a terrorist, if you support a
terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, you are just as guilty as the
terrorists." The National Security Strategy of the United States, released
in 2002 stated, "No cause justifies terror. The United States will make no
concessions to terrorist demands and strike no deals with them. We make no
distinction between terrorists and those who knowingly harbor or provide aid
to them."

Not only must the United States reject the asylum application of Luis Posada
Carriles, a known international terrorist, but Posada should also be
returned to Venezuela for a proper adjudication of the case against him.
Posada was a dual citizen of Venezuela and Cuba, he plotted terrorist crimes
from Venezuela, including the bombing of the civilian airline flight that
had originated in Venezuela, and he escaped from a Venezuelan prison. As a
sovereign nation, Venezuela has the right to pursue justice in this case.

Posada's lawyer Eduardo Soto has objected to his client's return to
Venezuela, arguing that he could be tortured there. To satisfy such
concerns, the United States should abide by its standard policy on these
matters, which according to William Haynes II, general counsel of the
Defense Department, "is to obtain specific assurances from the receiving
country that it will not torture the individual being transferred to that
country." If this policy is applied in the transferring of prisoners to
Syria, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan, all countries whose abusive practices have
been documented and condemned by the State Department's annual human rights
report, then the United States must surely apply this policy to Venezuela, a
nation with a Constitution that specifically prohibits torture and provides
for the prosecution of officials who instigate or tolerate torture.

Many innocent victims who happened to be Cuban died at the hands of Posada,
in a crime similar to that which killed innocent American victims on
September 11, 2001. It is not only inconceivable to imagine the possibility
of granting this terrorist asylum, but also of denying justice to all of the
victims of his crimes. Such actions would go against everything that your
Administration has claimed to stand for in the "War on Terrorism." It is our
hope that for the sake of all the families of terror casualties in the
United States and around the world that Luis Posada Carriles is not granted
asylum in the United States, and that he is rightfully extradited to
Venezuela where he will finally face justice.

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Kucinich, Raul M. Grijalva, Jose E. Serrano, Barbara Lee, Cynthia
McKinney, Maurice Hinchey, John W. Olver, Bobby L. Rush, James P. McGovern,
Edolphus Towns, Donald M. Payne, Sam Farr, Lane Evans, Bennie G. Thompson,
Carolyn B. Maloney, Ed Pastor, Tammy Baldwin, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lynn
Woolsey, Maxine Waters.





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