Tuesday, October 10, 2006


I Didn't Used to Be This Cynical

Documents: CIA warned of plane bomb plot

An anti-Castro militant now in a Texas jail warned the CIA months before the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that fellow exiles were planning such an attack, according to a newly released U.S. government document. The document shows that Luis Posada Carriles — who had worked for the CIA but was cut off by the agency earlier that year — was secretly telling the CIA that his fellow far-right Cuban exiles opposed to Fidel Castro's communist government were plotting to bring down a commercial jet. [...] In 1973, Posada was investigated by the CIA for allegedly smuggling cocaine, but was cleared after he convinced interrogators he was "guilty of only having the wrong kind of friends," a declassified document says. The same document says the CIA "formally terminated" its relationship with him on Feb. 13, 1976. Yet Posada still contacted the agency. [...] Allegations that he masterminded mass murder did not keep U.S. covert operatives from hiring Posada again. Within months, he was delivering weapons to Nicaraguan Contra rebels in an illegal Reagan administration operation. Posada also acknowledged, and then denied, a role in Havana hotel bombings in 1997 that killed a tourist.
Posada has been accused of perpetrating the bombing. The Bush regime has been resisting Venezuela's demand that he be extradited for trial. There's also suspicion in certain quarters of close ties between Posada and the Bushes. And now the Bush government declassifies this document that purports to show Posada tried to prevent the bombing by warning the CIA. Considering the Busheviks' reluctance to prosecute Posada, this "exculpatory evidence" is mighty convenient. Should we believe it?

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