Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Aging Terrorist Bites Hand That Fed Him

That's what went through my mind reading this story:

I lied because I was taught by the CIA, says Posada Carriles
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 30, (acn).- The attorney Jose Pertierra denounced the confessed terrorist Luis Posada Carriles argued before the Federal Court of El Paso, that his long years of work with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had misled him, confused him and that he was suffering from memory loss.

In a motion filed Thursday at that court, where he was prosecuted for perjury, not murder, Posada Carriles had that curious defense when questioned by immigration officials shortly after illegally entering the United States in March 2005.
Pertierra notes in an article reproduced by Granma newspaper this Friday that Posada claims that during its course of employment with the CIA, he used several false identities and passports to facilitate his work underground against Cuba, Venezuela and other Latin American countries.
So many lies confuse him now, his legal team argues in the 14-page document submitted to Judge Kathleen Cardone.


His legal team sounds like the Jon Lovitz SNL pathological liar character, Tommy Flanagan. "The CIA made him lie so much he can't remember what truth is! Yeah, that's the ticket!"

Granted, this info is coming from a Cuban newspaper, so there is an undeniable state bias involved. But Posada is absolutely a terrorist and a CIA operative. Here's his wikipedia entry:

Luis Posada Carriles

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Luis Posada at Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S., 1962
Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles (born February 15, 1928) (nicknamed Bambi by some Cuban exiles)[1] is a Cuban-born Venezuelan anti-Castro terrorist.[2][3][4] A former CIA operative, Posada has been convicted in absentia of involvement in various terrorist attacks and plots in the Western hemisphere, including: involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed seventy-three people[5][6]; admitted involvement in a string of bombings in 1997 targeting fashionable Cuban hotels and nightspots;[7][8][9] involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion; involvement in the Iran-Contra affair; and, according to conspiracy theorists, involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. [10] In addition, he was jailed under accusations related to an assassination attempt on Fidel Castro in Panama in 2000, although he was later pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso in the final days of her term.[11][12]
In 2005, Posada was held by U.S. authorities in Texas on the charge of illegal presence on national territory before the charges were dismissed on May 8, 2007. On September 28, 2005 a U.S. immigration judge ruled that Posada cannot be deported, finding that he faces the threat of torture in Venezuela.[13] His release on bail on April 19, 2007 had elicited angry reactions from the Cuban and Venezuelan governments.[14] The U.S. Justice Department had urged the court to keep him in jail because he was "an admitted mastermind of terrorist plots and attacks", a flight risk and a danger to the community.[9] On September 9, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the District Court's Order dismissing the indictment and remanded the case to the District Court.[15] On April 8, 2009, the United States Attorney filed a superseding indictment in the case. Mr. Posada-Carriles' jury trial has been set for February 26, 2010. [15]

That's right, when you blow up an airplane and kill 73 people, rationalize all you want but you're still a terrorist. I wonder if his memory loss has wiped that incident out, or his coke smuggling for the Contras:

In the 1980s Posada was accused of being involved in importing large quantities of cocaine into the US in support of the Contras in Nicaragua. According to Peter Dale Scott (Cocaine Politics) Posada was second in charge of a major Contra resupply operation at Ilopango Air Force Base in El Salvador. He was recruited by Felix Rodriguez, a long-time CIA operative who was with the Bolivian forces that captured and executed Che Guevera.
I'll be keeping tabs on this character. His jury trial later this month is way overdue.

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