They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Venezuela: US continues to shelter alleged terrorist

presnalatina:Venezuela Insists US Extradite Terrorist Posada

Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Ministry denounced Tuesday that the US Department of Homeland Security has allowed the case of Luis Posada Carriles, for whom Venezuela has solicited extradition as an escaped murderer, to turn into a migration issue.

The Ministry published a release by the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, concerning the terrorist's El Paso court appearance before Judge William Abbott, who was disposed to allow Posada Carriles to remain in the US under protection of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).

The document held that Posada Carriles is a fugitive from Venezuelan justice, wanted for the first degree murder of 73 people by the explosion of a Cuban aircraft on October 6, 1976.

Venezuela formally solicited his extradition from the US Department of State on June 15, 2005, which instead of extraditing him, has turned the case into an immigration issue.

The Ministry release explained that giving CAT benefits to Posada Carriles is cynically distorting an international agreement to protect innocents from torture and using it as an instrument to give refuge to a terrorist. Noting that he asked for CAT because, as a convicted criminal he is ineligible for normal US asylum benefits.

It added that Venezuela had petitioned the 1971 Montreal Convention on International Civil Aviation and to the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings of December 1997.

"Venezuela asks again that the US government respect the law and extradite Posada Carriles to be tried in Caracas for murder, in the first degree, of 73 people," the release concluded. Link