The terrorist our nation harbors gets a dinner in his honor in Miami

Posada

The above is a photo of Jose Luis Posada Carriles, mass murderer and the biggest terrorist in the western hemisphere.  He is protected by the Bush administration from extradition to Venezuela where he is wanted for the murder of 73 people in the bombing of a Cuban Airline flight.  He received training from the CIA and the School of the Americas, and worked for the CIA for a while.  He has bragged of his many feats of terrorism against Cuba and has his bloody hands in Central America as well. 

Wikipedia has a nice entry on him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Posada_Carriles

Posada was recently honored at a dinner in Miami:

No, the man being honored by 500 fellow Cuban Americans at a sold-out gala was Luis Posada Carriles, the former CIA operative wanted in Venezuela on terrorism charges and under a deportation order for illegally entering the United States three years ago.

Posada, 80, has mostly kept a low profile since his release from a Texas prison a year ago and a federal judge’s dismissal of the only U.S. charges against him — making false statements to immigration officials.

But recent events like the Friday dinner and an exhibition and sale of his paintings last fall show that the man who spent his life trying to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro has returned to the social forefront of this city’s exile community.

“We are coming to the end of a terrible stage. The end of our struggle is near,” Posada told the crowd of supporters in evening dress, referring to Castro’s failing health.

Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, condemned the celebration of Posada as a mockery of justice and evidence of a Bush administration double standard in fighting terrorism.

“This is outrageous, particularly because he kept talking about violence,” Alvarez said of Posada. “He said that the whole thing now is ‘to sharpen our machetes’ ” for a confrontation with leftist regimes in Latin America.

The U.S. government has never given Venezuela a formal answer to its 3-year-old request for extradition of Posada, despite a treaty providing for such cooperation that has been in effect since 1922, the ambassador said.

Posada, a naturalized Venezuelan citizen, is alleged to have masterminded the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 on which all 73 on board were killed, including a youth fencing team returning from a tournament in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. He is also suspected of plotting a series of hotel bombings in Havana in the late 1990s, one of which killed an Italian tourist.

He has boasted of his many attempts to kill Castro and has allegedly been involved in, according to court documents, “some of the most infamous events of 20th century Central American politics.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-posada7-2008may07,0,1699509.story

Here is what the Bush administration really thinks about terrorism.  If it’s our terrorist, it’s ok.  If it’s a terrorist who is against our empire building, it’s not ok and we kill you and whatever 30 people happen to be around you at the moment.

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