Sunday, July 15, 2007

Bin Laden of Latin America Set Free in U.S.

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed immigration charges against Luis Posada Carriles, a man often described as the Bin Laden of Latin America.

Although Luis Posada Carriles has committed dozens of violent acts of terrorism over four decades, the U.S. has never charged him for these crimes. As the charges for his illegal entry in the country have been dropped, he is now free to roam in the country.

Posada is a former CIA operative and United States Army officer. The government of Venezuela wants his extradition to face outstanding charges in the 1976 airline bombing in which 73 people died. On Oct. 6, 1976, Cubana Airlines Flight 455 crashed off the coast of Barbados as a result of a bombing by plastic explosives hidden in a toothpaste tube.

Posada and Orlando Bosh are known to have masterminded the bombing. The two men who planted the explosive were members of a terrorist organization Posada and Bosh had created. Read full story

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