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Posada Carriles: Chronology of a murderer

2011.02.07 - 12:18:22 / / Pedro A. Fanego Sea

Luis Posada Carriles
February 15 1928: Luis Posada Carriles was born in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba
1954: He moved to Havana and befriended politicians involved with dictator Fulgencio Batista
1955: Secret informer of Batista’s police forces. 
1957: First contacts with the FBI
1959: Involved with counterrevolutionary groups that perpetrated sabotages in the Island. 
1960: Sought asylum in the Argentinean embassy, alleging political persecution. 
February 25 1961: Traveled to Miami with a safe-conduct.  One week later, following CIA orders, he joined the counterrevolutionary organizations that were training for the Bay of Pigs invasion
March-April 1961:  Trained the infiltration and sabotage teams that were preparing to invade Cuban territory at the Bay of Pigs.  He did not participate in the invasion, because his ship did not arrive before the defeat of the mercenary force. 
1961-1962: Joined the terrorist organization Cuban Nationalist Movement (CNM), based in the United States. 
1964-1965: Involved in actions against the Cuban Revolution in the United States, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. 
May 1965: The FBI informed that Posada Carriles was part of a conspiracy to overthrow the Guatemalan government. 
June 1965: A declassified CIA memorandum placed him next to Jorge Mas Canosa in Veracruz, Mexico, in an attempt to bomb a Soviet ship. 
October 1967: The CIA transfers Posada Carriles to Venezuela, where he joined the Division of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP). Under the alias of “Marshall Basilio”, he participated in the repression of progressive Venezuelan and Latin American groups. 
1967-1976: Under CIA orders, simultaneously served the secret services of Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile and Argentina. 
1971:  Organized an assassination attempt against Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, on the occasion of Cuban leader’s trip to Chile, Peru and Ecuador. 
January 21 1974:  Accessory to planting explosives in the Cuban embassies to Argentina, Peru and Mexico. 
July 1974:  Sent bomb-letters and books containing bombs to several Cuban consulates in Latin America. 
November 7 1974:  Planted bombs in the Institute of Brazilian Studies and the Bolivian Embassy to Ecuador. 
June 1975:  Founded the Company of Commercial and Industrial Research CA in Caracas, Venezuela, which he used as a front for his terrorist activities in the region. 
1976: Together with Orlando Bosch, he founded the anti-Cuban terrorist organization Committee of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU). 
April 22 1976: Involved in the bombing of Cuban Embassy in Portugal, where two Cuban diplomatic officials lost their lives. 
July 1 1976:  A bomb in the Costa Rica-Cuba Cultural Center, in Costa Rica. 
July 9 1976:  A bomb in the baggage of a CUBANA flight out of Jamaica. 
July 10 1976: A bomb in the Office of CUBANA Airlines in Barbados. 
July 11 1976:  A bomb in the offices of Air Panama in Colombia. 
October 4 1976: The CORU (Committee of United Revolutionary Organizations) claimed to have planted a bomb in a television channel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the Cuban movie “La Nueva Escuela” was being broadcast. 
October 6 1976: Identified as mastermind, with Orlando Bosch, of the bombing of a Cuban airliner in mid-flight, off the coasts of Barbados, where 73 people perished.  Both criminals were arrested in Caracas and were prosecuted together with Hernan Ricardo and Freddy Lugo, physical perpetrators of the attack. 
1976-1985: Incarcerated in a Venezuelan jail, awaiting the verdict of a protracted judicial process. 
August 18 1985:  Walked out of prison during a change of guard. After 15 days in Caracas, he was moved to Aruba in a shrimp boat.  From there he traveled to Costa Rica in a private jet, and later on to El Salvador. All of his operations were funded by the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF) and indirectly by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 
At Ilopango air base he joined the group that organized the supplies for the Nicaraguan counterrevolution. 
Participated in a network to traffic weapons, controlled from Washington by Oliver North, inland security adviser of US President Ronald Reagan. 
October 1986: After the Iran-Contras scandal was exposed; he joined a group of Venezuelans that were advising the Salvadoran police in counter-guerrilla and interrogation techniques. 
1988: Moved to Guatemala, where he served as security advisor of Guatemala Telephone Company (GUATEL). 
1992: The CANF created a “military wing", in charge of preparing and executing terrorist actions against Cuba and its main leaders. Guillermo and Ignacio Novo Sampoll and Luis Posada Carriles actively participated in these activities. 
1993: The CANF terrorist group adopted the name of Cuban National Front. 
1994: In Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, Posada Carriles organized a failed assassination attempt against the Cuban President, when he was touring the historical center of the city with Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1994-1997: Recruited Central American mercenaries to perpetrate terrorist attacks against diverse Cuban targets, particularly tourist resorts. 
July 12-13 1998: In an interview with the “New York Times”, he admitted having masterminded the bombing of Cuban tourist facilities and affirmed that they were financed by the CANF. 
November 5 2000: Entered Panama with a Salvadoran passport under the name of Franco Rodriguez Mena, one of his aliases. He meant to organize an attack with explosives to the National University Auditorium, where Fidel was programmed to speak. 
November 17 2000: Fidel Castro denounced the conspiracy to assassinate him in the Ibero-American Summit, held in Panama. Panamanian officers found the explosives and arrested Posada Carriles, Gaspar Jimenez Escobedo, Pedro Remon and Guillermo Novo Sampoll
April 20 2004: The defendants of this case were sentenced to 4 to 8 years of imprisonment 
August 26 2004: The former President of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, pardoned the four terrorists. They were released from “El Renacer” penitentiary at dawn. Under extreme precautions, they were driven to Albrook airfield, where a small aircraft flew them to the airport of Tocumen. There, they boarded a private jet bound for Honduras, where Posada Carriles got off, while the others continued to Miami, United States. 
March 2005:  Entered the United States and his lawyers applied for asylum. 
April 11 2005: In the first of a series of special appearances, the Cuban President denounced US Government’s complicity with terrorism. He denounced the attempts to offer Posada Carriles refuge in that country. 10 days ago, that international terrorist was reportedly in Miami and arrangements were being made to grant him asylum. 
April 17 2005: Fidel warned that Posada Carriles could disappear in United States.  The Cuban President stressed: “Don't kill him now; don't poison him. Don’t say he died of a heart or a brain stroke. We are willing to send doctors to look after his health, so that he tells all he knows and stands trial.” 
May 1 2005: In his speech before 1 300 000 Cubans, gathered at the “Jose Marti Revolution Square”, Fidel produced new evidences of Posada Carriles’ presence in Miami and the evident White House’s reluctance to react to so many evidences. 
May 4 2005: Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Ali Rodriguez, asked the United States to honor international agreements and extradite Luis Posada Carriles to be prosecuted in Caracas. 
May 10: An editorial of the New York Times affirmed that US Government should arrest and extradite terrorist Luis Posada Carriles in the name of credibility, consistency and justice. 
May 11: The Cuban President quoted a report of the Federal Buro of Investigations (FBI). It admitted that terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch were involved in the assassination of former Chilean Chancellor Orlando Letelier and his secretary in 1976. 
May 12:  Fidel accused US Government to withhold information. According to a document read by the Cuban leader, the FBI and the CIA knew the identity of the masterminds and perpetrators of the bombing of a Cuban airplane off the coasts of Barbados one day after the crime. 
May 13: Venezuela officially requested the United States for the extradition of Posada Carriles. In a press conference in Washington, relatives of terrorism victims, USA academicians, lawyers and leaders of social and religious organizations demanded their Government to arrest and extradite Posada Carriles to Venezuela. 
May 15 2005:  The New Herald published an article titled “The war that Posada Carriles could not win over Fidel Castro.” It assured that the terrorist was defeated. 
May 17 2005: More than 1 200 000 Havana citizens rallied in a March of the Combatant People across US Interest Section, to demand the end of terrorism and justice to be made.  Shortly before the parade, Fidel said “This is a rally in favor of life and peace, of our people and the brotherly people of the United States.” Posada Carriles was arrested by federal agents and taken to a detention center in South Florida, where people with migratory problems are confined. The Department of Inland Security said it would review the detainee's situation and in 48 hours it would inform the following step of the process. The criminal had offered a press conference a few hours before, in which he confirmed his request of political asylum to the Bush Administration. Soon after, Eduardo Soto, the terrorist's lawyer, informed that he had decided to withdraw the application for political asylum and abandon US territory. 
May 18: Fidel called on world progressive forces to demand that United States delivers Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela so that he stands trial there. 
January 2006: Victims of tortures and relatives of people murdered by Luis Posada Carriles in Venezuela produced documents that prove the terrorist's guilt in a long list of crimes. 
February 2006: About 8 000 Havana citizens, on behalf of the whole Island, participated in a vigil in homage to the victims of terrorism that lasted 24 hours across US Interest Section
March 2006:  According to US migratory authorities, terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, confessed mastermind of the bombing of a Cuban civil airliner in 1976, where 73 people died, would remain “detained” in the United States “for the time being.”
March 22 2006: US Immigration Office sent a letter to Posada Carriles that read: 'You are a threat to the National Security” and added:  “You will not be released from detention by US Immigration and Custom Service (ICE), because, as stated hereinafter, you remain a threat to the community and a risk for commercial flights.”
Sources: AIN, Juventud Rebelde, Prensa Latina, AP and Cubadebate

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