Wednesday, May 18, 2005

One Man’s Terrorist…

From the Miami Herald:

Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, accused of terrorism, briefly came out of hiding Tuesday before he was arrested by federal immigration authorities and whisked away in a Homeland Security helicopter.

Posada, who has been linked to the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner and to a 1997 series of bombings at tourist hotels in Havana, was arrested in Miami-Dade on the same day Cuban President Fidel Castro mounted a massive march in Havana to accuse U.S. leaders of hypocrisy for sheltering the accused bomber.

And his arrest came just hours after Posada, who has been hiding in the Miami area since he entered the United States illegally in late March, held an invitation-only news conference under tight security at a warehouse near Hialeah.

There, he said he didn’t want to make trouble for the United States and declared that he was willing to withdraw an application for asylum and leave the country voluntarily.

“I lived 30 years clandestinely and if my place is to live again in the underground, I’ll do it,” said Posada, dapper in a cream-colored suit, dark blue tie and light blue shirt.

The arrest created a new quandary for the Bush administration, as exile activists accused officials of caving in to Castro.

“It is sad that the American government has granted Fidel Castro, the No. 1 terrorist in the world, his wishes that Mr. Posada Carriles be arrested,” said exile leader Osvaldo Soto, whose son is Posada’s lawyer.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.