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Mark E. Smith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 10:15 AM
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Bush Silent As Top Terrorist Seeks US Asylum
"If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist," were the words used by President George W. Bush in justifying the invasion of Afghanistan three-and-a-half years ago and launching the campaign of worldwide militarism known as the global war on terror.

But the Bush administration is itself harboring a notorious terrorist, wanted for the mid-flight bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner as well as other deadly attacks on civilian targets and attempted assassinations.

The terrorist in question is Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA-trained Cuban exile who slipped quietly across the US-Mexican border last month and is now formerly applying for political asylum in the United States.

Yet the Bush Administration, in the face of demands from the govts of both Cuba and Venezuela for Posada Carriles's extradition to face charges of international terrorism and murder, has remained totally silent. It has made no move to take the terrorist into custody and is, in every sense of the word, harboring him. Apparently he has spent the past two weeks negotiating his status with US immigration officials and the Department of Homeland Security.

Posada Carriles is still considered a fugitive from justice in Venezuela, where he escaped from prison after being sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for having organized the 1976 terrorist bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner flying from Bermuda to Venezuela. All 73 people on board were killed. Stating that Venezuela was stepping up its demands for extradition, Vice President Jose Vincente Rangel told the press, "I hope Mr. Bush will take note of its own anti-terrorism policies and hand over Posada Carriles."

http://www.gnn.tv/headlines/2230/Bush_silent_as_top_ter...

This one has Florida and the needs of one of Jebbie's big political constituencies written all over it.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 10:25 AM
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1. That might offend their "base"
Can't be appearing to honor International law or anything like that
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-05 05:22 AM
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15. Yes, indeed. For Republicans,there are only exceptions to the laws
which were written for the rest of us. If this guy furthers their purpose, if he has even been called the equivalent of the Jackal, there's no problem, since he has only killed people somehow connected to socialists or merely "leftists," even though the connection is almost impossible to grasp, as in the cases of the young school children from Guyana he murdered on the Cubana airliner, it's going to thrill Republicans. (Love embryos, hate conscious people with different political views.)

Terrorist enters U.S.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group

Friday, April 15, 2005


Washington -- AN ACCUSED mass-murdering terrorist has sneaked into the United States illegally and is skulking around at large. He is suspected of blowing up a civilian airliner in flight, directing a string of hotel bombings and plotting to kill a head of state. He's already escaped from prison once. You'd expect the Bush administration to ramp up to Threat Level Red, set the whole Homeland Security Department's hair on fire, rush Dick Cheney back to his lonely bunker, scour the countryside until the bad guy is found and then advise the warden at Guantanamo to expect a new guest.

But no, it turns out that this is the drill only when the suspect's name is Mohammed. When his name is Luis Posada, and he's Cuban, and his alleged terrorist career was aimed at toppling or killing Fidel Castro, the procedure is different. You do nothing but wait patiently for him to surface and apply for political asylum. Oh, and you try to gauge the impact on presidential brother Jeb Bush and the rest of the Republican Party in Florida.

Posada goes by the unlikely nickname of "Bambi." His lawyer held a news conference Wednesday in Miami to confirm the rumors that Posada had sneaked across the Mexico-Texas border and was applying for asylum.
(snip/...)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronic...
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 10:28 AM
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3. * is us-centric, he couldn't care less for any other country. He has just
PROVEN THAT.

Had he applied his gambit equally, the US might be held in higher regard.

Whoops.
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Senior citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 10:55 AM
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4. Once Carriles gets asylum,

Dictator Bush will probably make him head of Homeland Security or the Anti-Terrorism Czar. It would be in keeping with all his other appointments.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 11:05 AM
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5. Yeah, really. What would be the difference?
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SouthernDem2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 11:36 AM
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6. Lol. love your source: World Socialist Website. Didn't this all start
last week? Give the story time before jumping to conclusions.

This reminds me of everyone chiming up about Enron and how the Republicans were going to protect the executives. Alot of people made alot of noise and looked foolish in the long run.
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Senior citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 11:49 AM
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7. I'm so out of touch, I must have missed it!

Have Ken Lay and the other Enron perps already been tried, convicted, and sent to jail? Could someone give me a link?
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SouthernDem2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 05:12 PM
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9. You must have... Links:
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Mark E. Smith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 12:16 PM
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8. Sure. Why not?
Discrediting a story by citing the source is a tried and true tactic. Think of all the freepers who make similar jibes about articles that appear in the NY Times or on CBS News?

Believe me, I'm about as centrist a Democrat as you can find anywhere. But some stories are too hot for the mainstream press (or certain blogs for that matter), and can only be found on the fringes.

And if the Arabic press picks up on this, will you get on board then?
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SouthernDem2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 05:13 PM
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10. The thing is...
the story has not had time to develop. It is to early to scream foul play.
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Mark E. Smith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 05:24 PM
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11. Huh?
This is DU, dude. We're allowed to speculate.
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kliljedahl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 09:29 PM
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12. How about this link from Friday?
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SouthernDem2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 10:23 PM
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13. You misunderstand. No one is debating the guy's issues. We are discussing
Bush's lack on involvement. I put forth that its only been about a week and to early to tell what the US is going to do.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-05 08:16 AM
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17. Well, if he follow's Poppy's example, he'll pardon him
See below.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-05 03:29 AM
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14. Thanks for posting the article.
Edited on Mon Apr-18-05 04:00 AM by Judi Lynn
Those of us who have been following the story of these men who have been in prison in Panama, while Miami Cuban "exile" talk radio stations collected money for their defence, while the evidence was tampered with, throwing the charges into a less severe category, and ultimately the President of Panama pardoned them, and called the Cuban "exile" leaders in Miami telling them they were getting out, all five days prior to her leaving office, are more than concerned about what George Bush is going to do about this, considering his long, long association with Cuban "exile" extremists, as well as his brother Jeb and his father, going all the way back to BEFORE the Bay of Pigs.

This is only one part of a large, filthy, ongoing story, and there's every reason in the world some of us want to know exactly what Bush is going to try to do about this man. We are all more than aware that his dad gave an administrative pardon to the OTHER terrorist who colluded with Posada Carriles in engineering the bombing of the Cubana airliner and killing all 73 people, including many teenagers on board.

This is a photo of Mireya Moscoso, the recently retired President of Panama, sitting between Condoleeza Rice, and Laura Bush. Her sister lives in Miami, and is a fixture among the right-wing reactionaries who have all piled into South Florida.



Thanks, Mark E. Smith. Hope the press will keep this story out where people can learn just what the heck is happening, rather than having the story slip away from us, and Bush pardoning the bastard behind our backs, just as did his own dear dad with Orlando Bosch.



One filthy old murderer
Luis Posada Carriles...

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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-05 08:11 AM
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16. Poppy Bush's pardon of the other guy was my first thought also
Maybe they'll wait it out until Bush leaves and gives him an executive pardon just like Bosch.

As always, the hypocrisy of the pukes is almost too much to grasp.
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