[act-ma] 4/10 Jail Posada! Free the Cuban Five! Picket Line (thurs)
July 26th Coalition
info at july26.org
Wed Apr 25 12:08:14 PDT 2007
Jail Posada! Free the Cuban Five!
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.
Demand the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles!
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.”
THURSDAY, MAY 10 4:30 – 6:00
GOVERNMENT CENTER T-STOP
Protests are being held all over the world tomorrow on 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.
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.
LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL EXCERPTS APRIL 20, 2007
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.
TAKE ACTION: Call Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and your Congressmen
to demand the extradition of Luis Posada and the release of the Cuban
Five. Alberto Gonzales (202) 353-1555
Michael Capuano (617) 621-6208 Stephen Lynch (617) 428-2000
Barney Frank (617) 332-3920 Edward Markey (781) 396-2900
For more information contact: info at july26.org or call (617) 522-9478
www.freethefive.org www.antiterroristas.cu www.july26.org
Initial sponsors: July 26 Coalition of Boston and International
Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five. Call or e-mail to add your
name to the endorsement list.
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