Friday, April 06, 2007

The good terrorist 

Ever since September 11th, 2001 the United States has been waging an implacable war against terrorism. It has invaded countries, set up tropical gulags, wire tapped its own citizens without judicial oversight, and "rendered" suspected terrorists to countries where they could be tortured. All to make sure not even one lousy terrorist falls through the cracks and does harm to innocent people.

Well, not quite. See it turns out not all terrorists are terrorists - some are "militants" and presumabely can be allowed to breath in the air of Miami in freedom:

Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles must be released on bond and allowed to live with his family under house arrest in Miami while awaiting trial for allegedly lying to immigration authorities about how he sneaked into the country 2005, a federal judge ordered Friday.

Posada was not immediately released because the federal government quickly filed a motion asking the judge to stay her order pending a review of the ''adequacy'' of her conditions to free Posada -- and to decide whether to appeal the decision. It was also possible Posada could be taken into custody by immigration officials as soon as he posts bond.

Now, who is Luis Posada? You sure won't learn anything about him from that article, which makes it sound like he is nothing more than an "illegal alien". And a rather old one at that:

In point of fact, Luis Posada is a terrorist suspected of involvement in the blowing up of a Cuban jetliner after it took off from Caracas killing in excess of 70 innocent civilians. At the time he worked with the Venezuelan secret police - which just goes to show what kind of outrageous crap the Venezuelan government was up to when the people who are today the opposition ran it.

For the past several years the Venezuelan government has been trying to bring this individual to justice. When it learned that he was probably in the United States it insisted that the U.S. government arrest him. The U.S. government denied he was in the United States until he embarrased them by popping doing a TV interview in Miami.

Venezuela then insisted that he be arrested and extradited to Venezuela. The U.S. further delayed by insisting that Venezuela needed to make a formal extradition request - which Venezuela did:

After Venezuela jumped through that hoop the U.S. refused to extradite him based on him not being able to get a fair trial in Venezuela. As if that ever stopped the U.S. from doing whatever they wanted to people THEY consider terrorists. They ultimately arrested him for nothing more than violation of immigration laws and it now looks like he'll even walk away from that as I'm sure he has plenty of friends in Miami who will pony up the money.

The moral of the story: if you are going to go around blowing up civilians just make sure they are civilians that the U.S. government doesn't like. Do that and everything will be just fine.

Just as we've seen in the past week that the Venezuelan opposition doesn't really give a hoot about the rule of law we can clearly see that the U.S. government doesn't much care about terrorism. It isn't about how many innocent people you kill - its about whose side you are on.


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