“I DARE SAY THAT HAD THIS CRIME BEEN COMMITTED MORE RECENTLY AND IF POSADA’S FIRST NAME WAS MOHAMMED RATHER THAN LUIS, THIS EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TO GET HIM RENDERED TO GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA.” — from testimony by Peter Kornbluh, National Security Archives
Thanks to Walter Lippmann at CubaNews, we have a transcript of the testimony by Peter Kornbluh of the National Security Archives before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight. The Subcommittee hearing was entitled, “‘Diplomatic Assurances and Torture: A Case Study into Why Some are Accepted and Others Rejected.”
The Subcommittee was interested in finding out why Posada Carriles, unliked other accused terrorists who have been kidnapped and rendered to other countries to be tortured by the Bush administration, has been able thus far to escape an accounting for his alledged crimes. These include one of the most notorious terrorist attacks in the Western Hemisphere, the midair bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner in 1976 that resulted in the deaths of 73 civilians.
The testimony is detailed and very compelling and leaves no doubt that Cuban exile, Luis Posada Carriles, is one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. It is further evident that he would go to any length to damage the state of Cuba and assassinate its citizens, including President Fidel Castro. With massive financial and logistical support from the CIA, Posada Carriles had free rein to commit the most heinous terrorist acts imaginable.
The sick irony of all this is the case of the Cuban Five. Five Cuban heroes sit in US prisons serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively because they came to the US to monitor Miami-based Cuban exile terrorists in the late 1990’s in order to warn Cuba of any imminent attack. And, thugs like Posada Carriles walk freely on the streets of Miami.