Posada to remain in federal detention for now

Campaign News | Tuesday, 24 January 2006

Terrorist unlikely to walk free, says Miami Herald

Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was still in federal custody in Texas on Tuesday as officials continued to review his case to decide whether to let him stay in the United States under supervision or find another country that will take him.

Posada's attorney, Eduardo Soto, sent a 50-page packet to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday in an effort to support the release of his client. Today is the deadline for submitting any evidence to support release.

But release seemed unlikely, according to a report in the Miami Herald

"ICE is moving forward to carry out Mr. Posada's removal from the United States," the agency said in a statement to the paper.

"An immigration judge granted Mr. Posada deferral of removal to Cuba and Venezuela based on the Convention Against Torture. However, that doesn't impede ICE from removing Mr. Posada to a third country. As is required by regulation, ICE is in the process of conducting a routine custody review."

ICE is expected to make a decision by March, within 180 days - as required by law - from the date a federal judge ruled that Posada could not be deported to either Cuba or Venezuela, where he is wanted for terrorist crimes.

On Sept. 27, immigration Judge William Abbott ruled that Posada could face torture in those two countries. The judge left open the possibility that Posada could be sent to another country.

Detained in South Florida on May 17 last year, Posada gained Venezuelan citizenship in the early 1970s when he was a top officer in the Venezuelan state police, DISIP. Venezuela is asking that he be extradited for trial on charges of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people.

Posada's case has put Washington in the uncomfortable position of being accused of harboring an accused terrorist even as it wages a global war on terrorism.

Meanwhile, in Havana today, Cuban leader Fidel Castro lead a protest march on the US Interest Section, continuing to press for Posada to be deported and tried for alleged crimes.


Cuba posts terrorism encyclopedia on the web

Havana 20 Jan: Cuba has posted an Encyclopedia of Terrorism (in Spanish and English) on the Internet www.terrorfile.online.com, assembled by Cuban and Latin American journalists, researchers, intellectuals and state-run institutions.

The site has an incredible volume of data and is useful nature both as information and as a means of denouncements, as it compiles information supplied by victims, witnesses and researchers from numerous countries.

It lists the organizations linked to trans-border and anti-Cuba covert and overt terrorism, such as Operation Condor and Plan Colombia, plus photos, videos and more than 800 published articles.

The compilation includes the names of the journalists murdered in the continent, victims of repression, and a rogues? gallery of photos of torturers and terrorists.

The site also has links with 56 countries, downloads free, without copyright restrictions, in order to help promote the struggle against terrorism.

Posting this encyclopedia on the World Wide Web fulfills an agreement with the World Forum of Struggle against Terrorism, held last June in Havana. The available addresses are:

www.terrorfile.online.org, www.terrorfile.online.com and www.terrorfile.online.net.

Alpidio Alonso, president of the Hermanos Saiz cultural association, said the document depicts US actions against Cuba and every affected country, actions which also harm US people.

It is almost impossible not to link the US with every action of this nature perpetrated in Latin America, even when assisted by pawns like Luis Posada Carriles.

Iroel Sanchez, president of the Cuban Book Institute, said Cuba demands justice not just for itself, but for every victim and affected peoples long before the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

Relatives of victims like Betina Palenzuela Corcho, daughter of Adriana Corcho, the Cuban diplomat killed by a bomb in Portugal, said we should use every opportunity to condemn, adding that everything should be done to prevent such crimes.

Betina, then a 12 year old, worked on this project as a specialist of the graphic design team.

Margarita Morales, daughter of Luis Afredo Morales (killed in the 1976 blast of a Cuba plane off Barbados) said it is important to learn of anti-Cuba terrorism and its use against other peoples.

We cry for our victims, just as for those killed in the 9/11 attacks on New York, so its is important that sites such as this show the truth.

Margarita said the site will help prove who are using such methods to strike at the peoples, on the eve of Posada Carriles"s release.

Brazilian Marina Guimaraes, a victim of repression under Plan Condor, said her interrogator and torturer has US citizenship.

They still track us down, willing to know where we are and what we are doing. I am a protagonist of this story and I am luckily alive.


The latest Kennedy conspiracy theory: Made in Hamburg by way of the CIA

ONE of the collateral objectives of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was that of liquidating the Cuban Revolution. But this aim was not achieved and that is the underlying reason that 45 years afterwards, the conspiracy continues.

The latest machination has rebounded from Germany: "Hamburg, Jan 3 (DPA).-A TV documentary from the German public TV ARD has charged the Cuban Secret Service with the assassination of the U.S. president, John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.

Wilfried Huismann, the documentary’s director, is the current instrument to affirm, according to the German agency: "It was Castro’s revenge for the CIA attempt to assassinate him with a poisoned pen."

It is not an accusation to be underestimated. The shocking assassination had such an impact on the world that even today, when it is evoked, somebody will remember where they were at the time.

For my part, on November 22, 1963, I was in the picturesque La Percherie restaurant in the port of Algiers, anticipating the house’s excellent snails with Helen Klein, the U.S. press chief of President Ahmed Ben Bella. We suddenly received the terrible news.

"President Kennedy has been assassinated!" Now they are going to blame Cuba," I immediately said to her.

"Don’t exaggerate," she answered.

We quickly went to the Prensa Latina agency on 26, Rue Claude Debussy, where I was working as a correspondent, for more information. There I learned how the radio stations were repeating that the Cuban government was responsible for the assassination. Surprised, Helen asked me how I had guessed it.

"I’m not a fortune teller," I explained, "But for the United States Cuba is the cause of all evil. A little bit of it because of hysteria and another little but because they are looking for a pretext to try and crush us."

However, a few hours later, the accusation vanished into the air with the same speed that it had entered. At that point everything was shrouded in mystery.

Fifteen years later, in Washington, the same charge was floating in the air for the umpteenth time. The Special Committee investigating the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert and Martin Luther King, was handling many theories on the assassination of the president of the United States. Once again the attempt to raise suspicions as to the Cuban government’s involvement was being floated in the media.

A Washington journalist with close links to the FBI, revealed to me in confidence that the version originally came from the CIA, which distributed a note stating that Oswald had committed the murder on behalf of the Cuban government. He added that the FBI forced the media to withdraw the accusation.

When I asked the veteran journalist why the FBI had taken the trouble to de-authorize the CIA, he explained that they considered the initiative an irresponsibility that could have unleashed incalculable consequences, such as a third world war.

The first significant investigation into the assassination was undertaken by the Warren Commission, which considered that theory and discounted it by stating that there was no such conspiracy.

However, starting in 1967, the Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson column once again raised identical accusations. The media lifted the tone by pointing to Cuba every time new evidence involving the establishment arose that Oswald did not act alone. It should be noted that during his career Anderson had at least been very close to the CIA. There was so much evidence that Congress decided to create its own Special Committee, headed by African-American Congressman Louis F. Stokes, to investigate the assassinations of John F. and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. After more than one year of arduous investigations the Stokes Committee arrived at interesting conclusions.

Among its findings Appendix C, Paragraph 2 states that on the basis of the available evidence the Cuban government was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.

After enquiries in the United States and in Cuba as to the motives for the assassination, President Kennedy’s intention to normalize relations with Cuba emerged, in addition to other no less significant reasons within internal politics.


The Special Committee reached the conclusion that Carlo Marcello, the capo of New Orleans and part of Texas; Santo Trafficante of Florida; and James Hoffa, president of the truck drivers’ trade union, had the motives, means and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy.

Trafficante was a vital target in the Kennedy administration’s battle against organized crime. His name was among the 10 principal subjects to investigate and combat.

When Robert Kennedy found out about the CIA’s immoral collusion with the Mafia, he prohibited the officials involved from having recourse to such associations without informing him. But they continued doing so under the direction of Richard Helms.

The Committee report stated that Trafficante’s position in organized crime and drug trafficking and his role as the principal mafia link with criminal figures within the exile Cuban community, all furnished him with the capacity of organizing a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy, as he did previously in the case of Fidel Castro.

The Committee established that there was a possible connection between Trafficante and Jack Ruby, particularly in Havana in 1959, when Ruby was in fact acting as a courier in the interests of the Cosa Nostra for transferring funds from the Cuban capital to Miami. Cuba supplied the evidence of that.

However, the Committee was unable to find any direct evidence as to Trafficante’s or Marcello’s involvement in the assassination of the president. New Orleans, the imperial capital of the latter, had turned into a significant scenario of the terrorist conspiracies. Characters of the ilk of Orlando Bosch, Luis Posada Carriles, the Guillermo brothers and Ignacio Novo Sampoll, Eladio del Valle, Jorge Mas Canosa, Hermino Díaz and others used to go there.

The Special Committee also confirmed the theory that these terrorists of Cuban origin conspired as individuals for the commission of the crime. The same men who plotted to assassinate Fidel Castro did so to assassinate Kennedy. Shortly before being killed, John Roselli told columnist Jack Anderson that Cubans in Trafficante’s gang had taken part in the assassination.

The report concedes that the anti-Castroites were frustrated, embittered and angry and that their resentments were focused on Kennedy who, just before his death, had directed William Atwood to discuss the possibility of normalizing relations with Cuban representatives. The Cuban delegate to those talks was Carlos Lechuga, at that time UN ambassador. McGeorge Bundy, Kennedy’s security adviser, stated that the president wanted a report on the progress of the talks for when he returned from Dallas. Even after the death of his brother, Robert Kennedy also tried to suppress the anti-Cuba measures, but the new president, Lyndon Johnson, prevented it.

The Stokes Committee confirmed that Oswald’s contacts in the United States were counterrevolutionaries of Cuban origin and opted to openly look into these aspects, which had not been investigated by the CIA, closely involved with the Cuban-Americans. It decided to rigorously examine the groups that, apart from the motivation, had the capacity and the resources to be mixed up in the assassination.

There were many terrorist organizations in the period between the triumph of the Cuban Revolution and the assassination of Kennedy. But it was determined that there could have been a connection between Oswald and two of them: Alpha 66 and the Cuban Revolutionary Junta (JURE).

The Stokes Committee heard the testimony of Marita Lorenz, a beautiful spy recruited by Frank Sturgis, who recounted a meeting that she attended in Miami at the house of Orlando Bosch in which Pedro Luis Díaz Lanz and Oswald planned a visit to Dallas. She added that on November 15 she traveled to that city in a two-car caravan with Bosch, Sturgis, Díaz Lanz, Oswald, Gerry Hemmings and the Novo Sampoll brothers. There were various guns in the hotel rooms in which they stayed and they had a visit from Jack Ruby, subsequently Oswald’s executioner. More recently Lorenz stated that there Howard Hunt (Eduardo to the Cubans) handed money over to Sturgis on November 21 for an operation in an unstated locale and returned to Miami two or three hours after the assassination.


Antonio Veciano, the founder of Alpha 66, told the Committee that in the context of his activities against the Cuban government, he met on many occasions with a CIA official who gave his name as Bishop. And that in August 1963, in Dallas, Texas, the latter made contact with him in an office building, accompanied by a person whom he identified after the death of Kennedy as Lee Harvey Oswald.

Later Veciana confided to writer Gaeton Fonzi that Bishop’s real name was David Atlee Phillips who worked for the CIA in Havana under the cover of a businessman living in Apartment 502, 106, Humboldt Street.

From 1960, Atlee Phillips-Bishop was the Miami chief of propaganda for the ‘61 invasion of Cuba, together with Howard H. Hunt, the principal organizer of Watergate. In 1954, both of them succeeded in bringing down the Arbenz government in Guatemala. Cuban Security confirmed the identity of this CIA official, who organized the Cuban-American terrorist groups who, as late as 2003 were pressuring the Bush government to secure the release of Posada Carriles and his accomplices.

One of the members of the JURE group, Silvia Odio, testified in 1964 before the Warren Commission that a man whom she identified via the media as the Oswald who killed Kennedy, visited her apartment in Dallas in September 1963 with two other men of Latino appearance. She added that the two Spanish speakers told her that they were members of JURE.

One of them gave his name as Leopoldo and had a Cuban accent. The other, Angelo, seemed to be Mexican. The third introduced himself as León Oswald and was, for her, Lee Harvey Oswald. Cuban Security identified the other two as the Novo brothers, responsible for a long list of assassinations and other acts of terrorism.

Silvia gave the same testimony to the FBI and added that two days later, Leopoldo called her again and told that, according to León, they should have killed Kennedy after the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. Two months later Kennedy was assassinated.

The conclusions of the report were that Silvia’s statement is still credible and all the more so given that she insistently maintained the same arguments 15 years later.

That same day Nicholas Katzenbach, former justice secretary under the Johnson administration gave evidence and made allusion to internal fights and poor relations between the FBI and the CIA during the period of the investigation.


The following day, September 22, Richard Helms, the former CIA director, provoked indignation among certain congress members and shock among the majority by appearing for seven hours before the Select Committee to respond to inquiries into the effectiveness of the CIA investigation after the assassination and if he had supplied the relevant information he possessed to others. At the time of Kennedy’s assassination Helms was head of the CIA clandestine service and President Johnson appointed him deputy director of the CIA one year later. And director in 1966.

Congressman Christopher J. Dodd asked whether the Warren Commission was informed of the attempts on the life of Fidel Castro and revealed his anger at the contacts between organized crime and the agency.

Helms replied that he had only informed the Warren Commission on the matters he was asked to.

At the insistence of congress members, he stated that activities against the Cuban Revolution included attempts to sabotage electricity plants and sugar refineries, burn cane fields and multiple types of terrorist actions. He added that this was a political action that could not solely be blamed on the agency, as the president, the Pentagon, the Justice Department, the Defense Department, State Department and the National Security Council were fully aware of the plans and had approved them.

A tall man with graying receding hair and cultivated manners, with his well-cut dark suit, Helms confronted his interrogators with great aplomb and traces of good humor. His distinguished aspect did not make it easy to envisage the man who gave orders to assassinate from his office desk. Coldly, with asepsis, he spoke of criminal attempts in complicity with mafia killers.


Another of the documents on which he was interrogated referred to the CIA’s first contacts with Oswald; even though he informed the Warren Commission that there were none, they dated back to 1960. One of the CIA memos presented stated that Allan Dulles, despite being a member of the Commission, lectured his subordinates on how to conceal the CIA’s relations with Oswald.

Helms responded to these questions evasively.

Three days previously, Thomas J. Kelly and James J. Rowley, inspector and chief, respectively, of the Secret Service responsible for the president’s protection, shocked the whole of America by stating that despite the CIA and the FBI possessing information on Oswald, the Secret Service was not informed of it.

"Otherwise we would have known what we were doing on the day of the death of President Kennedy," stated Kelley and Rowley to the members of the Select Committee.

These and other findings made the Committee reach the conclusion that there was a lack of cooperation and coordination among the distinct government agencies; that the secret service was deficient in protecting the president and in analyzing the information that it possessed. Moreover, it lacked the personnel for his adequate protection.

In Paragraph 5 it is affirmed that neither the Secret Service (of the presidency), nor the FBI nor the CIA were involved. But it criticized them for not having adequately analyzed, investigated, utilized or inter-exchanged information that they possessed on the threats surrounding Kennedy’s visit to Dallas.

The report recommended that the Justice Department should continue the investigation, because they had found evidence of a conspiracy in which elements of the Italian-American mafia had participated and Cuban-American Mafiosi groups. It was not stated that these had historically been handled by the CIA, but it was insinuated. It confirmed that it was not possible to reach definitive conclusions as the CIA had refused to decode certain information. At the same time the CIA was criticized for not having rigorously investigated these groups of Cuban origin resident in Miami.

The decision to ask the Justice Department to investigate further also took into account the fact that the filmed and acoustic evidence analyzed demonstrated the possibility of a second individual on the floor from which Oswald supposedly fired and that there was probably more than one sniper.

The report also emphasized that neither did the FBI investigate the possibility of a conspiracy after the assassination and that the CIA was deficient, both before and after the killing.

Moreover, the Dallas police, like the entire population of Texas subjected at that time to an anti-Kennedy barrage of propaganda, likewise demonstrated themselves to be incapable of protecting him. The anti-Kennedy atmosphere there reached such an extreme that in the morning of that fateful November 22, 1963 pamphlets were distributed against the president.

The most aggressive was published in a Dallas daily as a full-page paid advertisement and bore a photo of Kennedy and the following provocative text: "Sought for treason: This man is sought for acts of treason against the United States.

Even after the assassination there was serious neglect over the transfer of Oswald. The photograph of his two guards looking the other way while Ruby approaches with impunity to shoot the accused is an eloquent one. Thus the most appropriate person in terms of revealing the motives and complexities of the case was silenced. Nevertheless, the officers on duty that day were not dismissed but subsequently promoted.

It wasn’t only Veciano who mentioned CIA intentions to implicate the Cuban government into the case. It was suspicious for all the world that for a long time before the attempt the CIA had tried to identify Oswald with the island and even put pressure on a Mexican employee at the Cuban Consulate in Mexico to corroborate that version.

The accusations against Cuba remained alive until the Stokes Committee ruled them out in 1978 after making investigations in Mexico and Havana, where they met with President Fidel Castro. Mr. Azcue, the Cuban consul in Mexico who refused Oswald a visa a few weeks before the assassination, in spite of his agitated insistence, testified before the sessions.

This session made us wonder exactly what President Kennedy wanted to say when he confided to his collaborator Clark Gifford shortly after the Bay of Pigs invasion: Something very bad is going on within the CIA and I want to know what it is. I want to shred the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter them to the four winds.

In its final report the Stokes Committee noted that the CIA refused to declassify certain important documents. When Frank Carlucci, deputy director of the CIA in 1978 and President Reagan’s national security advisor in 1987, was interrogated in one of the hearings, he stated that they came from highly sensitive sources and had to be protected.

One of the most important and worrying pieces of evidence found by the Stokes Committee was the tape recording found in the Dallas police station in which four shots can be heard and not three as the Warren Commission established. This finding was strengthened by the statement of the wife of Governor Connally that a second shot was fired at him and not the one that wounded the president in the throat.


General Fabian Escalante, one of those investigating the case on the Cuban side, has stated that based on information from the State Security files, certain testimonies and an analysis of the facts and antecedents, Havana has reached conclusions as to the identity of the guilty parties that are similar to those of other investigators: the CIA, the Mafia and Cuban counterrevolutionaries planned and executed the assassination. He added that having studied the descriptions of witnesses to the crime, especially those expounded by former Judge Garrison, it is presumed that the sharpshooters of Cuban origin Eladio del Valle and Hermino Díaz were those ordered to fire, subsequently escaping in a Nash Rambler truck. And that the attempt was organized by two groups, one under the control of Jack Ruby and the other by Frank Sturgis, later chief of the Watergate plumbers.

The mafia participants, Escalante continued, were Santos Trafficante, Sam Giancana, John Roselli and, to a lesser degree, Carlos Marcelo and Jimmy Hoffa.

Among the CIA plotters he also mentioned David Atlee Phillips and Richard Helms, supervisor of anti-Cuban operations; General Cabell, former deputy chief of the CIA; Gerry Hemmings and other high-ranking officials.

The scandal, picked up by the press worldwide, led to the committee instructing the CIA executive to declassify the majority of the documents, which succeeded in hushing the protests. But doing so would have been to incriminate itself.

Unable to continue its investigations, on fulfilling the Congress mandate in December 1978, the Committee made the noteworthy suggestion that the Justice Department should continue the investigative line to resolve the mystery.

It is for that reason that Carter could not be allowed to win a second mandate. That had to be prevented by provocations such as the assault on the embassies that resulted in the Mariel exodus from Cuba. For that reason, 27 years after the investigation and 42 years after the assassination, the administrations of Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush Jr., which should have picked up the glove, have not lifted a finger to assume that task.

The most important documentation on the Dallas shooting has been retained as secret in a vault in the archives of the CIA, the FBI and the Pentagon, and Hill not be classified until 2013.

In the years after the assassination more than 22 people involved in the case have died in more or less mysterious form, among them the main protagonists: Oswald and Ruby.

The list has been growing since 1963. At that rate, it is unlikely that anyone will be alive to testify. And what is worse, none of those guilty will be alive. Today the shady secret is transparent to everyone apart from those to whom it should be. Because the principal protagonists have acquired a terrible ascendancy over the U.S. government. German Wildried Husimann is no more than another pawn in this chess game. For that reason he is maliciously ignoring these sources. That conspiracy in Hamburg seeks to distract media attention from Luis Posada Carriles in order to release him. Because if Carriles should fulfill his threat to spill everything that he knows, Nixon’s Watergate will appear like a scratch on the surface of the perversity that is being concealed.


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