[act-ma] 5/10 Picket to Jail Posada, free the Cuban 5

July 26th Coalition info at july26.org
Tue May 8 09:28:05 PDT 2007

Jail Posada! Free the Cuban Five!
Demand the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles!

Comparing the treatment of mass murderer Luis Posada to that of the
Cuban Five is a telling lesson in the hypocrisy of Bush's war on terror.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 4:30 – 6:00

Protests are being held all over the world on May 11th, the opening
day of Luis Posada Carriles' trial. Posada is an ex-CIA terrorist and
the mastermind behind the 1976 bombing of a Cuban commercial airliner
killing all 73 people on board. Bail for this murderer and the
attempt to try him solely for immigration crimes, is proof of the
hypocrisy of the Bush administration. It confirms the double
standards in its supposed crusade against terrorism.

BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL EXCERPT April 21, 2007: "Venezuela is the
most logical place for Posada to face trial. Failing that, the United
States should comply with a 1971 international convention, under
which any nation that refuses to extradite a suspect in an airliner
attack is obligated to try that person itself. Either in the United
States or Venezuela, Posada should be subject to a fair and
comprehensive hearing on the murder charges, not the trivialities of
an immigration offense."

Free the CUBAN FIVE!
The media has been silent on the case of the Cuban Five. These heroic
Cubans infiltrated criminal exile groups in Florida to prevent future
terrorist actions that had already killed more than 3,000 innocent
Cubans. They have been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998 on the
charge of "conspiracy" to commit espionage. Their Miami trial was
plagued with irregularities. In August of 2005, a three judge panel
of the Atlanta Circuit Court, calling the trial a "perfect storm" of
judicial prejudice, reversed the convictions concluding that the Five
did not receive a fair trial in Miami. Rather than ordering a new
trial outside of Miami, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales called upon
the full Circuit to review the decision. Perhaps succumbing to
pressure from Washington, the 11th Circuit Court in August, 2006
rejected the earlier decision and sent the matter back to the panel
where further appeals are now pending. It is time these innocent men
were released.

A terrorist walks
Luis Posada Carriles has boasted of bombing Havana hotels, yet
American justice lets him go free.

WITH A MISGUIDED decision upholding bail for Cuban-born terrorist
Luis Posada Carriles, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New
Orleans has done more than free a frail old man facing unremarkable
immigration charges. It has exposed Washington to legitimate charges
of hypocrisy in the war on terror.

By allowing Posada to go free before his May 11 trial, the court has
released a known flight risk who previously escaped from a Venezuelan
prison, a man who has boasted of helping set off deadly bombs in
Havana hotels 10 years ago and the alleged mastermind of a 1976
bombing of a Cuban airplane that killed 73 people. Posada's employees
confessed to the attack, and declassified FBI and CIA documents have
shown that he attended planning sessions.

… Posada, a 79-year-old Bay of Pigs veteran who served time in Panama
for plotting to kill Fidel Castro, has never been charged with crimes
of terrorism in U.S. courts. Instead, Immigrations and Customs
Enforcement nabbed him for lying to immigration authorities after he
sneaked in the country in March 2005 and held a news conference
announcing his triumphant return. Both Customs and the Justice
Department lobbied to keep Posada behind bars, but U.S. law
enforcement has never shown a strong interest in trying him for more
serious crimes. In turn, Posada's lawyer has preemptively warned that
if charged, his client would likely reveal extensive collaboration
with the CIA.

The United States keeps 385 suspected terrorists imprisoned in
Guantanamo Bay, many in isolation and all without U.S. norms of due
process. Yet Posada, a confessed terrorist, is sent home with an
ankle bracelet. …The U.S. government has done many odd things in 46
years of a largely failed Cuba policy, but letting a notorious
terrorist walk stands among the most perverse yet.

For more information: write info at july26.org or call (617) 522-9478
Read: www.freethefive.org www.antiterroristas.cu

Sponsors: July 26 Coalition of Boston and International Committee
for the Freedom of the Cuban Five. Endorsed by: National Lawyers
Guild, Massachusetts Chapter; Howard Zinn; Boston City Councilors
Felix Arroyo and Chuck Turner; Melida Arredondo, El Pueblo Unido Para
la Paz; Noam Chomsky; Michael Avery, Professor Suffolk Law School,
past president National Lawyers Guild; International Action Center;
Professor James Rowan; The Women's Fightback Network; Bolivarian
Circle of Boston; Meizhu Lui, Community Activist, Boston ANSWER


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