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Case of Cuban Exile Could Test the U.S. Definition of Terrorist

Washington D.C. May 10, 2005 - Declassified CIA and FBI records posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University identify Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who is apparently in Florida seeking asylum, as a former CIA agent and as one of the "engineer[s]" of the 1976 terrorist bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 that killed 73 passengers.
The documents include a November 1976 FBI report on the bombing cited in yesterday's New York Times article "Case of Cuban Exile Could Test the U.S. Definition of Terrorist," CIA trace reports covering the Agency's recruitment of Posada in the 1960s, as well as the FBI intelligence reporting on the downing of the plane. The Archive also posted a second FBI report, dated one day after the bombing, in which a confidential source "all but admitted that Posada and [Orlando] Bosch had engineered the bombing of the airline." In addition, the posting includes several documents relating to Bosch and his suspected role in the downing of the jetliner on October 6, 1976.

Using a false passport, Posada apparently snuck into the United States in late March and remains in hiding. His lawyer announced that Posada is asking the Bush administration for asylum because of the work he had done for the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1960s. The documents posted today include CIA records confirming that Posada was an agent in the 1960s and early 1970s, and remained an informant in regular contact with CIA officials at least until June 1976.

In 1985, Posada escaped from prison in Venezuela where he had been incarcerated after the plane bombing and remains a fugitive from justice. He went directly to El Salvador, where he worked, using the alias "Ramon Medina," on the illegal contra resupply program being run by Lt. Col. Oliver North in the Reagan National Security Council. In 1998 he was interviewed by Ann Louise Bardach for the New York Times at a secret location in Aruba, and claimed responsibility for a string of hotel bombings in Havana during which eleven people were injured and one Italian businessman was killed. Most recently he was imprisoned in Panama for trying to assassinate Fidel Castro in December 2000 with 33 pounds of C-4 explosives. In September 2004, he and three co-conspirators were suddenly pardoned, and Posada went to Honduras. Venezuela is now preparing to submit an official extradition request to the United States for his return.

According to Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Archive's Cuba Documentation Project, Posada's presence in the United States "poses a direct challenge to the Bush administration's terrorism policy. The declassified record," he said, "leaves no doubt that Posada has been one of the world's most unremitting purveyors of terrorist violence." President Bush has repeatedly stated that no nation should harbor terrorists, and all nations should work to bring individuals who advocate and employ the use of terror tactics to justice. During the Presidential campaign last year Bush stated that "I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world." Although Posada has reportedly been in the Miami area for more than six weeks, the FBI has indicated it is not actively searching for him.


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THE CIA CONNECTION

Luis Posada Carriles had a long relationship with the CIA. In February 1961, he joined the CIA's Brigade 2506 to invade Cuba, although the ship to which he was assigned never landed at the Bay of Pigs. While in the U.S. military between 1963 and 1965 the CIA recruited him and trained him in demolitions; he subsequently became a trainer of other paramilitary exile forces in the mid 1960s. CIA documents posted below reveal that he was terminated as an asset in July 1967, but then reinstated four months later and apparently remained an asset until 1974. The documents also show that he remained in contact with the Agency until June 1976, only three months before the plane bombing.

Document 1: CIA, October 13, 1976, Report, "Traces on Persons Involved in 6 Oct 1976 Cubana Crash."

In the aftermath of the bombing of Cubana flight 455, the CIA ran a file check on all names associated with the terror attack. In a report to the FBI the Agency stated that it had no association with the two Venezuelans who were arrested. A section on Luis Posada Carriles was heavily redacted when the document was declassified. But the FBI retransmitted the report three days later and that version was released uncensored revealing Posada's relations with the CIA.

Document 2: FBI, October 16, 1976, Retransmission of CIA Trace Report

In this uncensored version of the CIA trace report, the Agency admits that it "had a relationship with one person whose name has been mentioned in connection with the reported bombing," Luis Posada Carriles. The CIA file check shows that Posada was "a former agent of CIA." Although it doesn't say when his employment began, it indicates he was terminated briefly in the summer of 1967 but then reinstated in the fall and continued as an asset while a high level official in the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP, until 1974. Even then, "occasional contact with him" continued until June 1976.

Document 3: CIA, June 1966, File search on Luis "Pozada"

In this file search the CIA states that Posada has "been of operational interest to this Agency since April 1965," the likely date when he first became a paid CIA agent.

Document 4: FBI, July 18, 1966, "Cuba"

An informant reports to the FBI that Posada is a CIA agent and is "receiving approximately $300.00 per month from CIA."

Document 5: CIA, April 17, 1972, Personal Record Questionnaire on Posada

This "PRQ" was compiled in 1972 at a time Posada was a high level official at the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP, in charge of demolitions. The CIA was beginning to have some concerns about him, based on reports that he had taken CIA explosives equipment to Venezuela, and that he had ties to a Miami mafia figure named Lefty Rosenthal. The PRQ spells out Posada's personal background and includes his travel to various countries between 1956 and 1971. It also confirms that one of his many aliases was "Bambi Carriles."

EARLY TERRORIST PLOTTING

During the time that Posada was on the CIA payroll in the mid-1960s, he participated in a number of plots that involved sabotage and explosives. FBI reporting recorded some of Posada's earliest activities, including his financial ties to Jorge Mas Canosa, who would later become head of the powerful anti-Castro lobby, the Cuban American National Foundation.

Document 6: FBI, July 7, 1965, "Luis Posada Carriles"

The FBI transmits information obtained from the CIA's Mexico station titled "Intention of Cuban Representation in Exile (RECE) to Blow up a Cuban or Soviet Vessel in Veracruz, Mexico." The document summarizes intelligence on a payment that Jorge Mas Canosa, then the head of RECE, has made to Luis Posada to finance a sabotage operation against ships in Mexico. Posada reportedly has "100 pounds of C-4 explosives and detonators" and limpet mines to use in the operation.

Document 7: FBI, July 13, 1965, "Cuban Representation in Exile (RECE)"

A FBI cable reports on intelligence obtained from "MM T-1" (a code reference to the CIA) on a number of RECE terrorist operations, including the bombing of the Soviet library in Mexico City. The document contains information on payments from Jorge Mas Canosa to Luis Posada for an operation to bomb ships in the port of Veracruz, as well as a description of Posada and a statement he gave to the FBI in June of 1964.

Document 8: FBI, May 17, 1965, "Roberto Alejos Arzu; Luis Sierra Lopez, Neutrality Matters, Internal Security-Guatemala"

The FBI links Posada to a major plot to overthrow the government of Guatemala. U.S. Customs agents force Posada and other co-conspirators to turn over a cache of weapons that are listed in this document. The weapons include napalm, 80 pounds of C-4 explosives, and 28 pounds of C-3 explosives.

BOMBING OF CUBANA FLIGHT 455

Document 9: FBI, October 7, 1976, Secret Intelligence Report, "Suspected Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados"

In one of the very first reports on the October 6, 1976, downing of Cubana Flight 455, the FBI Venezuelan bureau cables that a confidential source has identified Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch as responsible for the bombing. "The source all but admitted that Posada and Bosch had engineered the bombing of the airline," according to the report. The report appears to indicate that the Venezuelan secret police, DISIP, were arranging for Bosch and Posada to leave Caracas, although this section of the document has been censored.

In the report, the FBI identifies two Venezuelan suspects arrested in Barbados: Freddy Lugo and Jose Vazquez Garcia. Vazquez Garcia is an alias for Hernan Ricardo Lozano. Both Ricardo and Lugo worked for Luis Posada's private security firm in Caracas at the time of the bombing.

Document 10: FBI, November 2, 1976, Secret Intelligence Report "Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados, West Indies, October 6, 1976"

The FBI receives information from a source who has spoken with Ricardo Morales Navarrete, a Cuban exile informant working for DISIP in Caracas. Known as "Monkey" Morales, he tells the FBI source of two meetings during which plotting for the plane bombing took place: one in the Hotel Anauco Hilton in Caracas, and another in Morales room at the Hilton. Both meetings were attended by Posada Carriles. A key passage of the report quotes Morales as stating that "some people in the Venezuelan government are involved in this airplane bombing, and that if Posada Carriles talks, then Morales Navarrete and others in the Venezuelan government will 'go down the tube.' He said that if people start talking 'we'll have our own Watergate.'" Morales also states that after the plane went down, one of the men who placed the bomb aboard the jet called Orlando Bosch and reported: "A bus with 73 dogs went off a cliff and all got killed."

Document 11: FBI, November 3, 1976, Cable, "Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados, West Indies, October 6, 1976"

The FBI reports on arrest warrants issued by a Venezuelan judge for Posada, Bosch, Freddy Lugo and Ricardo Lozano.

ORLANDO BOSCH AND ANTI-CASTRO TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS

Document 12: FBI, January 24, 1977, Secret Report, "Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU) Neutrality Matters - Cuba - (Anti-Castro)"

The FBI reports on a plot to carry out terrorist attacks that will divert attention from the prosecution of Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada in Caracas. Orders for the attacks are attributed to Orlando Garcia Vazquez, a Cuban exile who was then head of the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP. (Garcia Vazquez currently lives in Miami.) The report also provides some details on CORU.

Document 13: FBI, August 16, 1978, Secret Report, "Coordinacion de Organizaciones Revolucionarias Unidas (Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations) (CORU), Neutrality Matters - Cuba - (Anti-Castro)"

This FBI report provides a comprehensive overview of CORU which the FBI describes as "an anti-Castro terrorist umbrella organization" headed by Orlando Bosch. The report records how CORU was created at a secret meeting in Santo Domingo on June 11, 1976, during which a series of bombing attacks were planned, including the bombing of a Cubana airliner. On page 6, the report relates in great detail how Orlando Bosch was met in Caracas on September 8, 1976, by Luis Posada and other anti-Castro exiles and a deal was struck as to what kind of activities he could organize on Venezuelan soil. The document also contains substantive details on behind-the-scene efforts in Caracas to obtain the early release of Bosch and Posada from prison.

IRAN-CONTRA AND POSADA (A.K.A. RAMON MEDINA)

Document 14: September 2, 1986, Contra re-supply document, [Distribution of Warehoused Contra Weapons and Equipment - in Spanish with English translation]

After bribing his way out of prison in Venezuela in September 1985, Posada went directly to El Salvador to work on the illicit contra resupply operations being run by Lt. Col. Oliver North. Posada assumed the name "Ramon Medina," and worked as a deputy to another anti-Castro Cuban exile, Felix Rodriguez, who was in charge of a small airlift of arms and supplies to the contras in Southern Nicaragua. Rodriguez used the code name, Max Gomez. This document, released during the Congressional investigation into the Iran-Contra operations, records both Posada and Rodriguez obtaining supplies for contra troops from a warehouse at Illopango airbase in San Salvador.


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Growing Yucca instead of Monsanto GMO cotton 12.May.2005 16:58

Chavez's self reliance angers Monsanto/Bush

The Bush regime refuses to extradite Posada to Venezuala for trial for the hotel bombing in Havana. Fear of Chavez, Castro, the Venezualan and Cuban people discovering the truth behind CIA coups could be a part of the Bush regime's motivation, sheltering the anti-Castro terrorist Posada in Miami where he is surrounded by Castro hating Cuban supporters..

Chavez was faced with the biotech corporation Monsanto's coercive offer to grow genetically engineered "Bt" or "Round-up-Ready" cotton in Venezuala. Chavez politely refused, stating the farmers of Venezuala would prefer to grow the indigenous agave known as Yucca, no toxic chemicals needed in spray or genespliced form..

Chavez says "No to Monsanto GMOs";

 http://www.saynotogmos.org/ud2004/umay04c.html

This refusal to accept biotech cotton insulted the biotech giant Monsanto and their corporate backers GW Bush/Rumsfeld/etc..

The continuation of demonization of Chavez appears to be leading to some sort of coup or assassination directed against Chavez by the far right paramilitary and anti-Castro Miamians..

One reason anarchy is prefered by many people is the physical weakness/vulnerability of individual leaders. If corruption and bribery doesn't get 'em, a bullet or CIA coup eventually will. Fidel is in the unique situation of having lived so long, yet there were many attempts on his life coming from Miami's right wing Cubans..

The restrictions of personal freedom in Cuba are a result of living defensively, constantly on guard for an attack from the mainland's right wing Miami hit squad. Former Cuban plantation owners never stopped feeling hatred for Castro, now living in Miami, they planted the seeds of hate in their wealthy capitalist children. It was too much for them to see their former African slaves lifted by Castro's hands to the same level as the lighter skinned Cubans. Now Miami is a haven for anti-Castro murderer Luis Posada Carriles who blew up a hotel in Cuba, killing an Italian tourist and wounding many others. The Bush family, true to their nature as war criminals, have knowledge of and are sheltering Carriles in Miami from extradition to Venezuala for trial..

If the right wing Cuban plantation owner descendents living in Miami had their way, they would reinstitute slavery on the sugar plantations of South Florida. Given that many dark skinned Haitian immigrants labor on the sugar plantations owned by anti-Castro Cuban immigrants, this is almost the case. Though some labor protections still exist, the Bush family hold on Florida is attempting to exclude organized labor..

"Florida-based Flo-Sun Inc. (owner of Okeelanta) continues to hand-cut sugar cane using Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic. Its camps, or bateys, are considered model operations compared to the government-run camps, which are sometimes described as slave-like. In 1991, the piecerate in the Dominican Republic was reported to be $1.50 a ton, and average worker productivity was reported to be two to three tons a day."

"In 1991, the Flo-Sun Inc. corporation owned by the Fanjul family reportedly farmed 240,000 acres in the Dominican Republic, and 160,000 acres in Florida, making them suppliers of 15 percent of US sugar, and giving the family a net worth of $500 million. The Wall Street Journal detailed the Fanjuls propensity to make political gifts to politicians in both the US and the Dominican Republic."

above in quotes from;

 http://migration.ucdavis.edu/rmn/more.php?id=267_0_3_0



Florida big sugar corporations and slavery;

 http://www.mariebrenner.com/articles/bigsugar/fan3.html

Coalition of Immokalee Workers;

 http://www.ciw-online.org/

Haitians in Florida are here because the instability of Haitian government caused by US/French economic sanctions/debt forces emmigration from poverty conditions. Arisitide is waiting in South Africa to return to office. Yvon Neptune is on a hunger strike in prison waiting to be charged with something. Thousands of Lavalas supporters were murdered by the wealthy elite's goon squad militia while the UN/US military snored..

Report on Haitian Identity;

 http://www.hamline.edu/cla/academics/international_studies/diaspora/haitians/paper.html

Or is the US military purpose in Haiti something different, to enforce a racist class structure that maintains the darkest skinned Haitians on the bottom living in poverty, while foreign business and mulatto elite profit and rule by force with the helping hand of the Bush regime??

The close physical proximity between Haiti and Guantanamo Cuba may cause the Bush regime some worry. Imagine a populist President like Aristide practically rubbing elbows with a greening socialist Cuba? The success of Cuba's organic gardens in Havana and elsewhere after the pesticide/herbicide absence could inspire the people of Haiti also. No more dependency on US imported GMO rice, Haitians could follow the model of Havana's huertos intensivos and grow food on small plots in the city/village. Nothing is easier done than said, yet the Haitian people could provide for themselves better without the economic interference of sanctions and embargos by US/France..

Bush regime still does not allow US citizens to travel to Cuba. Are they afraid we could learn a better alterative method to capitalist genetic engineering corporations like Monsanto for food production??

Cuba's organic revolution;

 http://www.organicconsumers.org/Organic/cubagarden.cfm

 http://www.foodfirst.org/media/display.php?id=159

Removal of the Bush regime from political office and their immediate trial for war crimes at the Hague is needed to return the population of Earth to some degree of physical safety. We cannot continue to allow the death and destruction caused by this mentally unstable regime to continue..

please support beginning the war crimes trial at the Hague of the Bush regime,

luna moth

here's some more background, you're onto Jeb Bush's terror network 13.May.2005 18:07

thanks for the posts

check out connections to these people--directly in Jeb Bush's terror network:
Five of Spades Jeb Bush
Five of Spades Jeb Bush