Cuban Five

Upcoming Appeals Hearing for the Miami Five

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For almost nine years, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Fernando González, and René González have been  imprisoned in the United States for fighting against terrorism.

On August 20th in Atlanta, two judges from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments on over 20 irregularities that occurred during this political show trial, ranging from venue prejudice, prosecutorial misconduct, governmental lowering in its burden of proof of espionage conspiracy, errors in  sentencing instructions given to the jury, and relevant discovery principles.

While U.S. imperialism fights its so-called “War on Terrorism”, it is the height of hypocrisy that these men, who committed no crime nor harmed the people of North America, only taking non-violent action to find and stop the perpetrators of terrorism against Cuba, Venezuela and other countries, find themselves in this situation to begin with.

In the United States, a country that declares itself based on the “rule of law”, there are over 800 organizations of a violent nature. Some of these groups have been trained, financed and given carte blanche by the government and its sycophants in Miami. Paramilitary groups like the F-4 Commandos and Alpha 66, among many others, have training camps in the Everglades.

Luis Posada CarrilesLuis Posada Carriles, a known terrorist and a CIA operative, is a fugitive from justice in Venezuela; and yet he sits in comfort in Miami and has been given a de facto pardon by U.S. government despite his role in the bombing of a civilian Cuban airliner flying from Caracas to Cuba, killing all 73 people on board. He is also wanted for committing acts of torture while working for the DISIP in Venezuela, and for the 1976 car bombing of former Chilean government minister Orlando Letelier and U.S. citizen Roni Moffitt in Washington, D.C. This bombing ranks as one the worst acts of foreign terrorism on U.S. soil.

Carter Cornick, a retired counter terrorism expert for the FBI, has said that Posada was involved “up to his eyeballs” in planning these attacks, and at the time of the bombing, Venezuelan police found maps and other evidence in his home. Recently released FBI/CIA documents confirm his presence at these planning meetings.

It is also ironic that the “anti-terrorist” Bush family has played a major role in these tragedies. George Bush Sr. was head of the CIA  during the D.C. bombing, and he pardoned Orlando Bosch, Posada’s cohort in these acts while he served as President. In 2002, as governor of Florida, Jeb Bush appointed Orlando  Bosch’s attorney, Raoul Cantero to the Florida Supreme Court. Cantero is the grandson of Cuban dictator Fulgenico Batista.

The Miami Five have been denied their basic human rights during their incarceration, and some have even not been able to receive visits from their wives. The bias is clear.  The U.S. ruling class tolerates terrorism if it is directed against those it considers its enemies.

We demand the extradition of the likes of Posada Carriles to stand trial in Venezuela and freedom for the Miami Five! Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela!

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