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The Cuban 5 Versus Our Treatment of Luis Posada Carriles

In the Bush 'Alice in Wonderland World' of terrorism vs anti-terrorism, you normally need a program to distinguish who are the real terrorists from those trying to prevent terrorism. The only safe rule of thumb is whoever works for the Agency, whatever their methods, they are considered 'heroes', while those on the other side, are considered as aiding and abetting terrorism and are meted out 'American justice' accordingly.

Nothing is more illuminating of the Bushies and how they play this game, than juxtapositioning their coddling of convicted terrorist Luis Posada vs. the treatment of the unarmed Cuban Five, who were caught, trying to prevent terrorist attacks on their homeland in Cuba, from being launched in Florida. A hat tip to Steven Clemons' site, WashingtonNote

First, a must see, is this youtube of Leonard Weinglass, attorney for the Cuban Five. You may remember Leonard from his slimmer days as junior-counsel to William Kunstler when they defended the Chicago Eight, in 1968-9. (6:57 by Leonard Weinglass) on Luis Posada Carilles.

A former CIA agent, Carilles ordered the bombing of the Cubana passenger airline, which took place on October 6, 1976 when George Bush, senior was director of the CIA, (not in 1973 as Weinglass mispoke).

Carilles' co-defendant, in the Cubana airline bombing, Orlando Bosch, who the DOJ described no less as 'America's leading terrorist', was forbidden to stay in the US until Jeb Bush became his personal attorney and took over his case, (before he was governor), and then Dubya overruled the DOJ and allowed Bosch to stay.

Contrast this 'laissez-faire', perhaps even enabing attitude towards 'the ultimate act of terrorism', with the 'zero tolerance' displayed to the five Cubans caught trying to monitor anti-Castro 'terrorist' groups, based in southern Florida From their official site the NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE,
Comité Nacional por la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos:

The Cuban Five's mission was to stop terrorism.

For more than 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations based in Miami have engaged in countless terrorist activities against Cuba, and against anyone who advocates a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. More than 3,000 Cubans have died as a result of these terrorists' attacks.

Terrorist Miami groups like Comandos F4 and Brothers to the Rescue operate with complete impunity from within the United States to attack Cuba--with the knowledge and support of the FBI and CIA.

Therefore, Cuba made the careful and necessary decision to send the Five Cubans to Miami to monitor the terrorists. The Cuban Five infiltrated the terrorist organizations in Miami to inform Cuba of imminent attacks.

The aim of such a clandestine operation by the Cuban Five--at great personal risk--was to prevent criminal acts, and thus protect the lives of Cubans and other people.

But instead of arresting the terrorists, the FBI arrested the Cuban Five ANTI-terrorists on September 12, 1998. The Five were illegally held in solidarity confinement for 17 months in Miami jail.

In a blow to justice, the Cuban Five were convicted June 8, 2001 and sentenced to four life terms and 75 years in December, 2001

Their case is now being appealed.


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