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Who has what to hide about Luis Posada Carriles?
By Tom Crumpacker
Online Journal Contributing Writer
"For now we see as through a glass, darkly." St. Paul, I Corinthians 13:12
July 2, 2005—Luis Posada's immigration case is now set for a hearing before a Homeland Security judge in Texas on August 29.
On May 21, Secretary Rice indicated Posada's case might go on for many months and his extradition would be determined on its completion. With motions and appeals and paid lawyers, this might mean years. A provision in the US-Venezuela extradition treaty says the custodial state can keep the alleged criminal until its own proceedings against him arising from crimes committed there are completed.
But surely a minor "crime" such as a traffic ticket or a failure to report to Homeland Security on entry is not what was contemplated. And even if Posada could somehow convince the Homeland Security judges of the validity of his spurious residency and asylum claims (that he is a US resident although he has lived abroad for 30 years; that he is entitled to asylum here although he has murdered hundreds of innocent people), he still should be extradited now to Venezuela because his migration status has nothing to do with extradition for trial for his alleged crime: murdering 73 innocent Cubana Flight 455 passengers in 1976.