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Friday, April 27, 2007


U.S. government not only harbors terrorists, it allows them to associate with one another

The Cuban Five - five Cubans who came to the United States to monitor right-wing terrorist groups in Miami and who have now spent more than eight years in U.S. prisons for their pains - had a curious proviso as part of their sentence. Once released (or if released in the cases of the ones with life sentences), they were specifically prohibited from visiting places in Miami frequented by terrorists. At once both a curious admission that there are terrorists (that's anti-Cuban terrorism, of course, not the U.S.-government acknowledged "Muslim" terrorism) in Miami, as well as a curious acknowledgment that the Five were actually associating with (and monitoring) those terrorists and not the U.S. government (or is it an absurd implication that they actually were terrorists? Cuban government "spies" planning acts of terrorism against Cuba? I think not).

Anyway, all this is prelude to the outrageous release of a real terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, in advance of his equally outrageous immigration violation "trial" scheduled for May 11. This is a man who will be on trial for having snuck into the country. And who is he allowed to associate with in the meantime? Why, anyone he chooses, including the father of the man on whose boat Posada entered the country (and, presumably, on whose boat he could easily leave), men who are part of the notorious terrorist groups Alpha 66 and Commandos F-4, and others.

Imagine, say, the French government arresting and then trying Osama bin Laden on an immigration violation while refusing to extradite him to the U.S., and not only releasing him on bail while awaiting trial, but even allowing him to associate with known terrorists. The O'Reilly's and Hannity's of this world would probably be calling for nuking France. Really, it's hard to even imagine how big an outrage is being committed by the U.S. government.

On May 11, there will be demonstrations in El Paso and in cities across the country (and around the world) demanding the extradition of Posada to Venezuela to stand trial on 73 counts of murder, and denouncing the kid-glove handling of this terrorist by the U.S. government. I encourage readers to join me at one of those demonstrations.


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