- Created: Friday, 24 April 2009 16:07
- Written by Cat Alison
On 17 May, the United States reluctantly arrested CIA agent and terrorist Luis Posada Carriles on immigration charges. Posada entered the US illegally and lived in Miami for two months while US authorities turned a blind eye (see FRFI 185). Now the US administration is in a quandary, caught between loyalty to a man who has for decades been a faithful operative in its bloodiest operations and its self-professed ‘war on terror’. In particular, the US cannot accede to Venezuela’s request to extradite Posada to face trial for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban civilian aeroplane in which 73 passengers were killed. For, as recently declassified FBI and CIA files reveal, Posada’s testimony could expose a vile and sordid relationship with the US intelligence services that stretches back over 40 years. Whatever crimes, including torture, murder and terrorism, Posada has committed – and he has left a trail of bloody footprints the length and breadth of Latin America – he has committed in the name of US imperialism.