Cuban Exile Luis Posada Carriles’ Trial

Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles was heard for a lengthy period for the first time at his trial Thursday, where he denied any responsibility for the bombs that hit Cuba in 1997 and claimed that he took a bus to Miami in 2005. The prosecution argued that these were lies, while the defense attorney claimed entrapment. Posada also claimed not to recall many things he had said before. He faces 11 charges of lying under oath to the two officials.

Posada was arrested in 2002 on charges of plotting to assassinate Fidel Castro during a visit to Panama but convicted of a lesser charge. He received a controversial presidential pardon in 2004. Here are excerpts with links to several related articles:

All lies, the prosecution argued, that the anti-Castro militant said under oath to U.S. immigration officials Susana Bolaños and Joellen Ardinger as they interviewed him in 2006 about his application for U.S. citizenship. U.S. immigration official Susana Bolaños was concerned when she read the application for citizenship filed by CIA-trained exile Luis Posada Carriles. [. . .] Among the red flags raised in that interview were: [. . .] when asked if he had ever advocated the overthrow of a government, Posada answered “Yes,” [and] in a question asking about criminal history, Posada noted a Panamanian conviction that put him in prison for four years.

[. . .] Defense attorney Arturo V. Hernandez, cross-examining Bolaños, challenged her in-court testimony and parts of the recording of her interview, the 283-page transcript of the recording and the translations between English and Spanish. Hernandez also pushed her to admit that she knew Posada had no right to citizenship but still put him under oath in order to gather evidence for a criminal case — the charges of perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud that he now faces. Bolaños denied she laid a trap and repeatedly insisted the two-day interview — the only one she could remember in which the applicant’s lawyer was barred from taking part — was a normal part of the immigration process. She acknowledged, however, that the recording and transcript contained errors, including a wrong date on its very first page. [. . .] Her acknowledgements did not conflict with the core of the charges against Posada: that he lied about his entry into the United States, about his involvement in the Cuba bombings and about having a Guatemalan passport. But Hernandez appeared to be trying to use them to cast overall doubt on the charges against the 82-year-old Posada, an explosives expert trained by the CIA and a suspect in a long list of violent plots against the Castro government. [. . .]

Prosecutors also allege the exile-owned yacht Santrina picked up Posada in Mexico’s Caribbean resort of Isla Mujeres and delivered him to Miami in March of 2005 — a version very different from the one he told Bolaños and Ardinger.

Posada replied that he had lied to Bardach about some things – “When it was convenient for me, I lied to her,” he said and never told her that he “orchestrated” the Cuba blasts. He claimed she “distorted” some of his comments. [. . .] Posada added that his interview with Bardach, who has written several books and articles about Cuba, was confusing because she spoke no Spanish and his English is not fluent.

“Right now there is an impression in this jury that this defendant was taken advantage of” when he testified at his asylum and naturalization hearings in 2005 and 2006, prosecutor Jerome Teresinski told U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone. Teresinski added that defense attorney Arturo V. Hernandez has portrayed Posada, 78 years old at the time of the interviews, as being overcome by the U.S. immigration officials who interviewed him under oath. “He could not function, and they ambushed.” [. . .] One section that Teresinski asked Cardone to allow him to bring into the trial involved a question on whether Posada had tried to assassinate Cuban ruler Fidel Castro during a 1994 visit to Colombia. Posada said he would not answer.

For full articles, see http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/21/2027127/prosecutor-accepts-posada-carriles.html, http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/20/2024531/luis-posada-carriles-trial-immigration.html, and http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/20/2026012/posada-denies-responsibility-for.html

4 thoughts on “Cuban Exile Luis Posada Carriles’ Trial

  1. IS THE USA BUYING TIME FOR THE WELL KNOWN TERRORIST WITH A STAGED TRIAL?

    Wednesday October 6th, was the anniversary of an attack on another Cuban airliner masterminded by American trained terrorist, Posada Carriles. Other than Sept 11, 2001, this was the deadliest terrorist airline attack in the Western hemisphere.

    Remember Bush’s November 21, 2001 words: “If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you’re a terrorist, and you will be held accountable.” What Bush didn’t say was “this doesn’t refer to ‘our terrorists.’ ”

    It is the height of hypocrisy. Just as the Bush family has been directly tied to the Bin Laden family, so, too, have they been tied to Posada Carriles. Just as the Bin Ladens were the only planes in American airspace to leave the country after 9/11, so too is Luis Posada Carriles being shuffled through the system to fall out the other side completely free and anonymous.

    Will President Obama extradite Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles, to Venezuela and risk that he will reveal the secrets of four decades of Bush’s involvement in organising a facist international, or will President Obama protect him and stand exposed before the world as another protector of an international terrorist apparatus. The U.S. government knows how many crimes it has committed, hence all the continued secrecy by the Obama administration. Everything in Washington stinks.

    The entire War on Terror is an evil and fraudulent enterprise.
    “This terrorist Posada Carriles, has become a symbol of the US methods of hemispheric domination and its double standard: on the one hand, they declare a global war on terrorism and, on the other, they use it.”

    U.S. government officials use terrorism to suit their own ends all the time, and yet, they expect us to believe that their cause to “eradicate international terrorism” is genuine? How can people be fooled by such hypocritical monsters?

    Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles makes a mockery of the United States, and all that the USA claims to stand for. It is time to end the mockery of justice, peace, and order. That mockery has existed for too long.

    EXTRADITE POSADA TO VENEZUELA TO STAND TRIAL FOR BOMBING THE CUBA AIRLINER…. AND FREE THE CUBA FIVE … NOW …!!!

    Why does this terrorist get such protection?
    http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/posada.htm

  2. Luis Clemente Faustino Posada Carriles is a living example that the mockery of justice, peace, and order can exist for too long.

    Posada was involved in bombings in 1976 (including Cubana Flight 455 where all 73 people on board the Douglas DC-8 aircraft were killed), to nine bombings of Cuban tourist spots in 1997, and his conviction in a plot to kill Castro in Panama in 2000.

    The U.S. is under a clear obligation to find this man, take him into custody and expel him to another country. After 9/11, the U.N. Security Council, at the request of the U.S. government, adopted Resolution 1373 on Sept. 28, 2001 that makes it mandatory for every government in the world to oppose any form of cooperation with all terrorists — no matter what they did or where. No protection. No refuge. Nothing.

    The Security Council established a permanent committee to follow-up on the implementation of that resolution. Imagine if someone asked the Committee about Posada Carilles? A fugitive of Venezuelan justice. An admitted terrorist. How can he be in the U.S. and nothing happens to him?

    The JFK assassination and Bush’s refusal to extradite Posada Carriles to Venezuela? Some wish that respected journalists would leave the debate whether Posada is a terrorist and concentrate on the question whether he and Orlando Bosch were involved in the JFK assassination under direction of George HW Bush.

    All three were in Dallas that day … Bosch and Posada on Dealey Plaza to be exact.

    Because THAT is the real reason he will NEVER be extradited as long as Bushes are in the big seat.

    It is time to bring Posada (and the others who conspired to assassinate the Kennedys) to justice.

  3. America took a turn for the worst after JFK was murdered. This is what happens when drug smuggling, gun running, money laundering, gambling and prostitution Mafiosi and crooked entrepreneurs in Miami are allowed to dictate USA’s destiny. Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch were in the thick of the JFKennedy plot.

    As a matter of fact, it may be a better idea to NOT extradite Posada ……. better to try him right within your own borders. In Dallas, Texas, to be precise. That is, if you still care about your Constitutional laws. Laws that command that, contrary to what the Warren Commission did, an unsolved homicide should be handled under the jurisdiction of the state where it happened. You’ve got a new sheriff there. She is female, Mexican, democrat and lesbian. These are all the things that George loves. Circumstances have never been better. Bring Posada and the JFK murder conspirators to justice.

    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
    TRY POSADA IN DALLAS!

  4. SK record Luis Posada Carries which he said that Posada choked up (emotions) and only words that came out of his mouth ” I Was There”! Posada said James Files apart of Company.(GROUP?)
    Posada said “I heard Orlando,Files ,Bush was in (Dealey plaza) in Dallas Texas.”
    The dark complexed man must of been Orlando Bosch and man next to him must of been LUIS POSADA CARRILES.Sk said You work for my dad ,you are in my dad’s address book.
    Now remenber ,Ed Kaiser took his mother to Miami Florida November 1962 ,Ed stay down in Miami florida til about February 1963.Ed said he met Navaro ,Sturgis ,Lee & Cubans Exiles etc.
    Then Sonia is pregnant her husband Ed is not home 11-22-1963 and Next day or so Ed goes to Washington D.C to record funeral of John F Kennedy 11-23(24)-1963.Now why ?
    This proves that Ed knew Miami people ,this proves Ed doc /record JFK demise for Who?

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