Thursday, November 15, 2007

cuz everybody knows, I'm a man with a mission

9/11 changed everything! It's a post-9/11 world! Global war on Islamowankerism!

No, not Rudy Giuliani's campaign slogans, but close: Slogans thrown around by GWBush and Right-wingers, and even some lefties, in recent years.

We're being pressed to accept a war on any form of terroristic activity, except when we aren't actually at war against terrorists. Exhibit 1: Osama Bin Laden.

Exhibit 2: Luis Posada:
In the first Congressional hearing held on the controversial case of violent Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight invited National Security Archive Senior Analyst Peter Kornbluh to testify on formerly top secret CIA and FBI intelligence reports linking Posada to the October 6, 1976 bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner. In his testimony, Kornbluh argued that the declassified records demonstrated that Posada had concrete foreknowledge of the bombing; was in possession of a surveillance report on Cuban targets that included the doomed plane; received coded messages immediately after the plane went into the ocean from the men who placed the bombs; and was quickly identified by multiple FBI and CIA sources in Venezuela as one of two masterminds of the attack that claimed the lives of all 73 passengers and crew.

Kornbluh called Posada “one of the most prolific purveyors of political violence in recent history” and said that the evidence in the plane bombing was “more than sufficient” to have detained Posada for acts of international terrorism under the Patriot Act. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to designate Posada as a terrorist and a judge dismissed immigration fraud charges against him last spring. Posada now lives freely in Miami, as does Orlando Bosch, who the CIA and FBI both identify as a co-conspirator in the plane bombing. “The United States now finds itself in the frankly inexplicable position of having not one but both men who our own intelligence agencies identified as responsible for bringing down a civilian airliner living free and unfettered lives in Florida,” Kornbluh told the Committee.

Nice to know our government, kept small and weak by the conservatives in power now (note: irony) has done so much to protect us. They can talk ATT into spying on my email, but can't actually be bothered to find actual terrorists, even when they know where they are.

Oh, and that horrible, brutish dictator of Cuba, Castro, would like to get his hands on Posada. But no, we can't have that, now, can we?

Because besides bombing innocents. Posada wants to oust Castro. And nothing else matters:
The idealized Cuban landscapes that Luis Posada Carriles paints are nothing like the world he inhabits -- a world of conspiracies to murder Fidel Castro, bomb his hotels and blow up his freighters.

The 68-year-old Posada is already known as a Bay of Pigs veteran, former CIA operative, accused bomber of a jetliner in which 73 people died and alleged mastermind of a streak of bombings in Cuba last summer.

Here are many more links to Posada's long history of terrorism. And his ties to U.S. interests.

The incompetence, it overwhelms.


Update: darkblack adds in the comments that as usual, a Bush is involved (from 2002):
The brother of President George Bush, the Florida governor, Jeb Bush, has been instrumental in securing the release from prison of militant Cuban exiles convicted of terrorist offences, according to a new book. The Bush family has also accommodated the demands of Cuban exile hardliners in exchange for electoral and financial support, the book suggests.

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