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Group protests the release of international terrorist Downtown
by Vito Monday, May. 14, 2007 at 5:58 AM

On Friday, May 11, a small group of about a dozen members gathered in front of the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Downtown Pittsburgh to join others across North America in protesting the release of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

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On Friday, May 11, a small group of about a dozen members gathered in front of the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Downtown Pittsburgh to join others across North America in protesting the release of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

Luis Posada Carriles, a right-wing terrorist and former CIA agent known as "the Osama bin Laden of Latin America" is currently walking the streets of the United States, boasting of his bloody bombing campaigns to his supporters in the Miami Mafia (the noisy group of mostly white, rich Cubans in Miami who left Cuba soon after its revolution in 1959 – because they could no longer exploit the population of the country for their own benefit – and their decedents).

Posada has a long history of terrorist acts, starting with his role in "Operation 40," an organization started by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower that carried out the bombing of La Coubre, a Belgian ship docked in Cuba, in 1960, killing 75 people and injuring more than 200.

In 1976, Posada masterminded the bombing of a Cuban airplane carrying 73 innocent people from Barbados to Cuba. Everyone on board was killed when the two time bombs he had planted blew up.

Posada, along with Orlando Bosh, another right-wing anti-Cuban terrorist, were convicted of the bombing in Venezuela. After serving a few years in prison they were acquitted by a military government with close ties to Washington, but the acquittal was later annulled. Bosch fled to Miami, and Posada, who remained in prison awaiting a retrial, escaped with the help of the CIA, who bribed prison guards with tens of thousands of dollars.

Posada was also involved in terrorist acts and plots involving a British West Indian Airways office in Barbados and the Guyanese Embassy in Trinidad.

In the 80's, Posada was involved in supplying and assisting the U.S.-backed counterrevolutionary death squads that reaped terror in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

In the 90's, Posada lead a campaign of bombings of tourist facilities in Cuba which killed an Italian tourist and seriously injured several others.

In 2000, Posada was caught with 200 pounds of explosives in Panama City, which he planned to use to blow up Cuba President Fidel Castro and the hundreds of students that came to hear him speak. He was arrested and briefly jailed in Panama before being pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso on the request of the U.S. government.

Posada reentered the U.S. with the help of elements of the Miami Mafia in 2005. He was allowed to walk the streets freely for months, even holding a press conference, before he was finally arrested – not for his terrorist acts, but rather on immigration charges! But even those charges were dropped in early May of 2007!

The government of Venezuela has asked that Posada be extradited to their country to face charges of terrorism and mass murder, but the U.S. government – the author of massive human rights violations at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo – has refused, ludicrously claiming that he may be tortured!

International law, including UN security resolution 1373 of September, 2001, says that no country should give safe haven to people involved in present or past terrorist activities.

After the 9-11 attacks in New York, George W. Bush declared that "If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist." Today the government he heads is harboring the terrorist Luis Posada.

The protest was initiated by the Free People’s Movement around the demand to detain and extradite Luis Posada to Venezuela, and drew endorsements from the Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialists, the Pittsburgh Palestinian Coalition, the Pittsburgh-Montanzas Sister City Committee, and Titus North – the Green Party’s 2006 candidate for U.S. Congress.

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