A United States judge has ruled against handing over terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela where he faces criminal charges for his leading involvement in multiple counts of terrorist acts, including masterminding the 1976 jetliner bombing that killed 73 people.
Judge William L. Abbott cynically cited conventions against extradition to a country if a person is likely to face torture. I say cynically because nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Chavez has been heavily criticized by many poor and working class Venezuelans because of his soft treatment of the opposition who engaged in a U.S. backed coup in 2002, as well as other actions intended to bring down his government. On the other hand, it is the United States that has been caught engaging in the American-style torturing of Iraqis.
The statement from the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela by Ambassador Bernado Alvarez correctly points out that "Luis Posada Carriles is the Osama Bin Laden of Latin America."
This case helps to underline that just as the "War on Drugs" has little to do with the actual combating of drugs, and all to do with the harassment and racist assault on blacks and other minorities in the U.S., similarly the terrorist "War on Terror" is a pretext and a rationale for endless war against the oppressed peoples of the world, part of the logic of U.S. imperialism. It should also be noted that far from fighting terrorism, the United States is the biggest state terrorist and sponser of terrorism in the world.
There exist ample evidence that Posada, a former CIA operative, engineered the 1976 bombing, including U.S. intelligence declassified records . One particularly damning CIA document from early 1976 even shows that the United States was aware of the plans to bomb the jetliner before it happened.