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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Who said this, about what?

"The perpetrators of these crimes have been able to live in freedom for so long. And some say why go after old men in their last years? Because, in fact, they should not have the opportunity to live out their lives without being held responsible for these horrendous acts. These murders are 30 or 40 years old. Obviously they're difficult to investigate and to prosecute because evidence has been lost or destroyed, witnesses and defendants have died, and memories have dimmed. We must act quickly to bring the long-overdue justice to these victims and their families."
No, it was not someone talking about bringing long-overdue justice to the families of the 73 victims of the 1976 bombing of Cubana Flight 455 by mercenaries hired by Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch. It was Republican Dan Lungren, speaking in Congress yesterday (pdf) on behalf of a resolution commemorating the 1964 murder of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner.

The killers of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner have, as far as we know, either faded into the woodwork or died. They're certainly not murdering civil rights workers or bombing black churches any more. In contrast, Posada in particular remains an active terrorist and even more deserving of Congressional attention than the racist murderers, not to mention the fact that he has 73 outstanding warrants against him for first-degree murder in Venezuela. Just last month he was inciting violence at a party in his honor in Miami, and in this century, less than ten years ago, despite his age he was personally involved (and actually convicted) of a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro during a trip to Panama.

As of yet, however, no Congressional resolutions calling for the prosecution or extradition of Posada. Of course, this is a country where the leading "liberal" candidate for President, Barack Obama, just met with a man who was an integral part of another assassination attempt against Fidel, this one in 1998.

There actually was a resolution introduced in Congress calling for the prosecution of Posada. Like the resolution on impeachment, it was referred to the Judiciary Committee...where it sits.

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