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MIAMI (AP) -- Facing growing international pressure, federal immigration authorities Tuesday detained a Cuban militant linked to a deadly 1976 airliner bombing and other acts of anti-Fidel Castro violence who has been seeking asylum in the United States.
Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative and Venezuelan security official, was detained by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday afternoon, said Dean Boyd, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The move came shortly after Posada emerged from about two months in hiding in the Miami area.
Cuban President Fidel Castro's calls for Posada's arrest by U.S. authorities was echoed by thousands in protests in Havana on Tuesday. Castro claims Posada was brought to Miami from Mexico on a shrimp boat, but Posada says he entered the United States through Mexico and came to Miami on a bus.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
and someone wants to tell me that the Government didn't know that this guy was hiding in Miami all along
now that he is caught, send him back to Cuba or to Venezuela asap.
He came thru Mexico...terrorist came thru Mexico...isn't it time to close our borders yet Mr. President?
[edit on 5-17-2005 by worldwatcher]
The arrest also came on the day the U.S. government summoned Posada to an asylum interview in downtown Miami. But instead of appearing at the interview, Posada gave a news conference at a warehouse near Hialeah where he said he was having second thoughts about going forward with his asylum application.
Hours later, Posada's Coral Gables immigration attorney said he formally withdrew the application and that his client was thinking about leaving the country.
Posada's main South Florida benefactor, Alvarez, then suggested that Posada's departure was imminent and that he would leave just as secretly as he slipped into the country in March.
The extraordinary turn of events unfolded Tuesday, just hours after Posada finished reading a lengthy statement and answering questions during his second encounter with the media since arriving in Miami and applying for asylum -- claiming he was being persecuted by Cuban agents bent on abducting or assassinating him. His first interview was with the Herald which published it Tuesday.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
oh wait a minute, so because he tried to kill Fidel Castro, I should feel sorry for him? Isn't that a terrorist act? Trying to murder a leader of a country? we can't have double standards for terrorists now can we?
I've read enough about this man from all sides of the issue to still have him fall under the category of terrorist, whether or not I agree with the definition of a terrorist, he fits the bill and should be treated as such.
Cuba Opposed to Trial of Posada Carriles by NATO Member-States
Havana, May 11 (AIN) Cuba opposes international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles being tried in any European member-country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Cuban
President Fidel Castro.
Commenting on a recent editorial in the New York Times in which the idea of a European trial is suggested, Fidel Castro said, "We are willing to accept Posada being tried by a neutral international court," adding though that the trial has to be held with the consent of Venezuela, which has full rights on the case.
We do not believe that any NATO country can play a neutral role in setting up an international court to judge Luis Posada Carriles, said President Castro during his TV appearance Wednesday evening at Havana's Convention Center.
_ May 1965: FBI report has him associated with plot to overthrow Guatemalan government.
_ June 1965: FBI reports say Posada planned to blow up Soviet or Cuban freighter in port of Veracruz, Mexico.
April-September 1997: Hotel bombings in Havana kill one tourist. Cuba blames Posada, who first acknowledges and then denies role in the attacks.
_ November 17, 2000: Castro announces plot to assassinate him at Ibero-American summit in Panama. Panamanian officials find explosives, arrest Posada and three others, who are later convicted of endangering public security.
The first hint of trouble, Luis Posada Carriles says, came when Ricardo ``Monkey'' Morales - a fellow Cuban exile he distrusted - said he would join him to greet Orlando Bosch, another exile, at Caracas' airport on Sept. 7, 1976.
Posada, in a little-known 1994 self-published autobiography - "The Roads of the Warrior" - says Morales' move was a bad omen.
He was right.
A month later, Morales - a senior Venezuelan police officer - ordered Posada and Bosch arrested as suspects in the mid-air bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. The tragedy is central to whether Posada, now in hiding in South Florida, will win U.S. asylum.
Santiago Alvarez is a long-time friend of Posada's. He provided Local 10 with a tape of Morales telling a Venezuelan reporter that, in fact, Posada had no role at all in the plane bombing -- the opposite of what Morales told Miami-Dade police.
"Monkey Morales was one of those legendary persons who does everything wrong," Alvarez said.
On the tape, Morales names everyone else he believed was involved in the bombing, but never mentions Posada.
Recently declassified FBI and CIA documents verify that Posada, a former Venezuelan security official, worked for the CIA for years and was connected to the airliner bombing by informants.
Sinn Fein Leader Adams Visits Cuba
Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams arrived in Cuba for a visit intended to focus on remembering participants of a dramatic Irish Republican Army hunger strike 20 years ago.
But embargo advocates in the Bush administration and Congress maintain that while the U.S. has been mobilizing a global war on terrorism, Castro has been providing shelter and possibly aid to Basque separatists, Irish Republican Army members, leftist Colombian guerrillas and perhaps Iranian agents and others.
The report said Castro's government has been treating 20 members of the Basque separatist group ETA, which is seeking independence from Spain, as "privileged guests'' and providing "some degree of safe haven and support'' to the two principal guerrilla groups in Colombia.
It said Niall Connolly, one of three IRA members facing trial in Colombia on charges of teaching bomb-making to the Colombian guerrillas, lived in Cuba for five years as the group's Latin American representative before being jailed.
Although Cuba has signed a U.N. anti-terrorism convention, Castro continues "to view terrorism as a legitimate revolutionary tactic,'' the report said.
Administration officials say they believe that there are dozens of foreign terrorists in Cuba and that they receive special treatment from the government, making their lives more comfortable than those of ordinary Cubans. They suspect that these foreigners are collaborating with the Cuban government on intelligence matters.
Noting that Cuba had a network of terrorist training camps as recently as the 1980s, they say they suspect the foreigners may be receiving military and intelligence training as well.