The U.S. Government Harbors and Sponsors International Terrorism

June 11, 2015

Nearly 39 years after U.S.-backed terrorists downed Cubana airliner flight 455, killing 73 people, the U.S. State Department is still keeping documents about the crime secret and refusing extradition demands. Recently declassified documents indicate that U.S. officials are also suppressing crucial evidence about Luis Posada Carriles and other's involvement in planning the attack.

According to a June 4 article in the Miami Herald, documents in the National Security Archive contain information about the identities of individuals suspected by Cuban authorities, dates of CIA contact with the suspects, State Department analysis at the time Fidel Castro first denounced U.S. support for the terrorists, and more. Even while denying Cuban (and Venezuelan) requests for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, consecutive U.S. presidential administrations have also relied on the powers of the executive branch to withhold intelligence.

Today, in its morbid attempt to assert itself as the sole superpower and to militarize every situation, the U.S. government has openly declared itself the authority on what makes a country “qualified” to exercise its sovereign rights. Following the same policy as the Bush administration, the Obama administration is willing to pay occasional lip service to respect for the sovereignty of countries, but in fact does everything in its power to prevent the exercise of those rights in practice by peoples oppressed by U.S. imperialism.

The Obama administration is trampling international law underfoot and refusing to extradite Luis Posada Carriles because today, U.S. imperialism has declared itself the world's policeman – the judge, jury and executioner of the peoples of the whole world. In an era when the peoples in the colonial and dependent countries are compelled to wage the struggle for liberation from the imperialist yoke, the Cuban trial of an international gangster harbored by the U.S. government would represent the danger of a good example. It would represent the danger of a good example not only because a Cuban trial of Luis Posada Carriles would expose U.S. involvement in terrorist attacks on Cuba, but also because it would be a victory and inspiration in the struggle to bring into being that world so ardently desired – a world of peace, a world of friendship amongst the peoples based on recognizing the sovereign equality of every nation.