Remember when Incourious George, in an address to a joint session of Congress shortly after the 9-11 attacks, announced:
“And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”
I understand that Bush was engaging in a bit of overblown, scripted rhetoric, as he is wont to do, intended to cast himself as a man of principle; but today the USA government harbors two men once described by the FBI as the most dangerous terrorists in the Western Hemisphere, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posda Carriles.
Principle, it seems, is trumped by the money and inordinate political influence of the once Cuban oligarchs who still dream of the return to their positions of power and privilege. If Bush really meant what he said, both Bosch and Posada would be residing in the dog kennels which house Islamic prisoners at our national shame, the gulag at Guantanamo Bay.
You may have read recently that Posada has been indicted on seven counts of immigration violations, such as lying to immigration officials and entering the country illegally. None of the charges relate to Posada’s many acts of internatinal terrorism, some committed within the USA.
Posada, as you may recall, illegally entered Florida on a boat from Cancun in 2005 and, though his presence in Florida was publicized, for two months he was permitted by USA authorities to remain at large. Ultimately Posada conducted a press conference which removed the pretense of Bush administration deniability and left federal officials with no option but to arrest him. Perhaps Posada determined that his press conference and resultant arrest were his best protection against the type of suspicous demise met by a number of his fellow CIA sponsored UCLAs (unilaterally controlled Latino assets) who apparently knew too much.
These guys, after all, play rough, as Gilberto Abascal, an FBI source who provided informaton on Posadas illegal entry into the USA, found out this week when he discovered a bomb in his car.
Posada has admitted his role in a number of terrorist bombings in Cuba, one of which killed a youn Italian tourist. Posada and Bosch were both implicated by USA government agencies in the 1976 bombing of a Cubana airliner near Barbados which killed all aboard.
So Posada faces relatively minor charges of immigration violations, while our chest thumping president and his hapless Attorney General do nothing at all to bring justice for those killed in his terrorist attacks.
And Bosch lives freely in Florida after being pardoned in 1990 by George Bush Sr., at the urging of his son Jeb who has had close associations with, and financial support from, a number of expatriate Cuban oligarchs.