Luis Posada Carilles Acquitted
April 10, 2011 2:55 PM   Subscribe

It appears that he has never been charged by the U.S. for either the terrorist attack on the Cubana airliner or the tourists in Havana. Ergo, no double jeopardy issues for the real crimes.

Also, it appears his crimes fall well below the level of crimes against humanity, meaning Spanish style universal jurisdiction cannot be applied here, unlike say U.S. citizens who've participated in torture at Guantánamo Bay.

As I understand it, if the U.S. will not charge him, then pursuing criminal charges falls solely to any countries whose citizens were harmed and posses extradition treaties with the U.S. Italy could presumably indict him for manslaughter and/or some terrorism charge, for example.
posted by jeffburdges at 3:33 PM on April 10, 2011

Remember, terrorism is only terrorism when it's perpetrated against us or our buddies.

Why is that so hard to learn, entire-rest-of-the-world?
posted by anarch at 3:43 PM on April 10, 2011 [5 favorites]

According to precedent, Italy should bomb the United States until we release him into their custody.
posted by notion at 3:45 PM on April 10, 2011 [2 favorites]

Good grief. I had never heard of this filthy slime-bag, but am unsurprised to discover that the CIA created and equipped an outright terrorist, and then "severed ties" with him in order to provide that all-important plausible denial. Makes the whole "war on terror" charade all the more enraging.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 3:50 PM on April 10, 2011

Libya gets there terrorists back...geesh
posted by clavdivs at 5:16 PM on April 10, 2011

Congressman Peter King should hold hearings into this!

Wait what? Luis Posada Carilles isn't Muslim?

And what? Oh, right that makes him a freedom fighter, like the IRA bombers freedom fighters Peter King supported?
posted by orthogonality at 10:02 PM on April 10, 2011

Think of all of the messes we've gotten ourselves into by thinking that the enemy of our enemy must therefore be our friend. I am ashamed to say that I can remember cheering on the Iraqis in their war against the Iranians after the 1979 hostage crisis. Sometimes the urge to see your enemies harmed leads you to make unwise choices. Like associating with this guy.
posted by Daddy-O at 10:51 PM on April 10, 2011

I'm glad someone posted about this; I've been thinking about doing so for weeks.
posted by The Emperor of Ice Cream at 11:06 PM on April 10, 2011

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