Saturday, May 21, 2005
Posada: Profile of Terrorism with Possible Link to the JFK Murder
The first report is dated June 22, 1976 on "Possible Plans of Cuban Exile Extremists to Blow Up a Cubana Airliner." The second warning on the terrorist plan was given to US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger by the State Department´s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The report noted that a CIA source had overheard Posada in late September, stating that "We´re going to hit a Cuban airliner."
According to the National Security Archive, a non-government US organization in Georgetown University in Washington, there is no indication that the CIA alerted Cuban government authorities to the terrorist threat against Cubana planes.
Still classified CIA records indicate that the informant might have been Posada himself who at the time was in periodic contact with both the CIA and FBI agents in Venezuela. Another source "all but admitted that Posada and (Orlando) Bosch had reengineered the bombing of the airliner." The posting includes several documents relating to Bosch and his suspected role in the downing of the jetliner.
An article published by The New York Times on May 10, refers to the declassified documents and traces the Agency´s recruitment of Posada to the 1960s and was in regular contact with the CIA at least until June 1976.
One of the declassified documents says the CIA states that Posada "has been of operational interest to this Agency since April 1965".
Before that date, Posada had already done a lot for Uncle Sam, since the CIA trained him for the abortive 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of his native Cuba, although the ship he was supposed to take never touched Cuban territory because events quickly turned the balance in favour of the island´s forces, victorious in less than 72 hours.
Two years later, researcher Wim Dankbaar of Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org) shows through a series of links to more evidence that places Posada and other terrorists of Cuban origin in Dallas, exactly at the time of John F. Kennedy´s killing. There is also photographic evidence of another familiar face in Daley Plaza, that of George H.W. Bush, scarcely-known businessman who many assure began his commitment to the CIA long before he was appointed director of the Agency in 1976.
Posada appears in a document of April, 1972 as a high level official at the Venezuelan intelligence service, DISIP, in charge of demolitions. Some of the plastic explosives used then may have assisted him in carrying out the bombing of the Cuban plane.
In 1985, Posada escaped from prison in Venezuela where he had been incarcerated after the plane bombing and remains a fugitive from justice. He went directly to El Salvador, where he worked, using the alias "Ramon Medina" on the illegal Nicaraguan contra resupply program run by Oliver North in the Reagan National Security Council.
In 1998, Posada was interviewed by Ann Louise Bardach of The New York Times in some secret location of Aruba, where he claimed responsibility for a string of hotel bombings in Havana hotels that caused the death of a young Italian tourist, Fabio di Celmo.
After that, he was arrested and condemned in Panama when he and other three accomplices tried to assassinate Fidel Castro in December, 2000 when they planned to blow the university´s main hall with 33 pounds of C-4 explosives where the Cuban president was supposed to speak.
In September, 2004 two days before the end of president Mireya Moscoso´s mandate, she indulted them, in coordination with high US officials and representatives of terrorist groups based in Miami. Posada went then to Honduras.
Peter Kornbluh, director of the Archive´s Cuba Documentation Project, says that Posada´s presence in the United States "poses a direct challenge to the Bush administration´s terrorism policy.
The declassified documents, he said, "leaves no doubt that Posada has been one of the world´s most unremitting purveyors of terrorist violence."