The Assassinated Press
Four Terrorists Join GOP Platform:
A Present For Poppy; Bush Jr.'s White House Arranges Pardons For Some Of Bush Sr.'s Favorite Terrorists:
"It must be the Old Butcher's birthday," Scott McLellan Tells Press:
Administration Denies U.S. Taxpayer Bank Role in Cuban Exiles' Pardon:
Panama Frees 4 Convicted in Plot To Kill Civilians, Bombing of Airliner
By GLENN KEESTER
The Assassinated Press Writer
Friday, August 27, 2004
Miami, FL---Bush administration officials denied any U.S. taxpayer bankrolling yesterday in the politically fortuitous pardon of four Cuban exiles by the outgoing Panamanian government. Three of the exiles -- who were convicted in connection with a plot to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro at a summit of Latin American leaders in 2000 -- were immediately flown to Jeb Bush's mansion in Miami. "We didn't bribe nobody. Nobody's Panamanian brat is going to Yale at U.S. taxpayer expense. And just because these Cuban guys blew up innocent civilians including a Cuban airliner doesn't mean we're hypocritical about terrorism. Any other inference is just poppycock and the delusional rantings of politically motivated freaks who just want to see this administration fail in its calling to subdue the world for a higher power, Halliburton," said Gov. Jebidiah Bush.
Faux President Bush, whose Cuba policies have stirred anger among Cuban Americans in Florida, will hold a campaign rally in Miami today where he will take the podium with the terrorists which should please to no end Florida's vast Cuban terrorist community. The Cuban American vote was crucial to Bush's 537-vote margin in Florida in 2000, and his political advisers have worried that poor turnout among Cuban Americans could swing the state to Democrat John F. Kerry. A recent Fox News/ABC poll estimated that 96% of the current Miami Cuban community are or were terrorists on the CIA payroll. According to FBI records, the majority of terrorist acts committed in the United States are committed by Miami Cuban organizations such as Alpha 66 and the 2506 Brigade.
"Its such a fuckin' Sambo Round the Tree for law enforcement. The foreign policy apparatus of the U.S. government operating illegally within U.S. borders trains and supports materially and financially these terrorist groups that then turn around and blow up shit and kill people in the U.S. Then the FBI is called into investigate and when we get close to catching the Miami Cuban terrorists, the Fed steps in and tells us to back off," said FBI agent Jack O'Malley. "Just last month we had to drop charges against Alpha 66 for ramming the vehicles of members of a group attempting to deliver used clothing to hurricane victims in Cuba. I mean we drop hundreds of felonies including murder against these Miami Cuban terrorists because they got buddies at the White House, in Congress and at Langley."
To drive the point home, Venezuela had sought one of the activists -- Luis Posada Carriles -- because he had escaped from a Venezuelan jail where he had faced charges of planning the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people. Posada, 74, is not a U.S. citizen, and it is not clear whether he left Panama. Posada has also claimed credit for having planned and directed six Havana hotel bombings in 1997 that killed an Italian tourist and injured 11 other people.
Posada Carriles escaped prison in Venezuela with the help of the U.S. Embassy there as well as the NSC and the CIA which, of course, were liaison at the embassy. He later turned up at Ilopango Air Force Base in El Salvador as Felix Rodriguez's, aka Tomas Castillo, right hand man running illegal arms to the contras and Colombian cocaine into Homestead Air Force base in Florida. Long time CIA operative Felix Rodriguez is a close friend of George Bush Senior who wanted to meet the operative because he helped track down Che Guevara in the Bolivian jungle. Rodriguez subsequently took part in cutting off Guevara's hands and shipping them to the States. He's also known as the guy who stole Guevara's watch. It's also rumored that he and Carriles have a kind of Achilles/Patroclus thing going and that the senior Bush likes to watch. This memorable moment in American history is immortalized deep within the viscera of the poem, Millennial Mathematics.
In Panama, speculation was rampant that the Bush administration had some shit on Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso to pardon the exiles in her waning days in office. Other's speculate it was just the customary bribery. Panama's next president, Martin Torrijos, a social democrat who will take office on Sept. 1, said he disagrees with the pardons. Cuba severed diplomatic relations with Panama in response.
U.S. officials admitted they were involved. "This was not a decision made by the government of Panama," said State Department spokesman J. Adam Ereli. "We lobbied, a euphemism for bribed, the Panamanian government to pardon everyone involved in this terrorism. Frankly, we're worn out from lying and have decided that honesty is the best policy and leave it to the American people to get behind our hypocrisy like they do anyway. If the last four years have taught us anything is that we don't have to sugarcoat are crimes with lies. The American people can take our lies straight up, and they love it. The American people seem to instinctively think that though we are not lying for them but for ourselves, we will somehow not harm them any more than we deem necessary to continue our ostentatious lifestyles as the recent poverty numbers indicated."
In Panama, Moscoso -- who has been close to the Bush administration -- also admitted that she had been influenced by the United States but wouldn't say exactly what figure was put on the influence. "No foreign government has pressured me to take the decision. It was Panama's owner, the U.S." she told reporters. "I knew that if these men stayed here, they would be extradited to Cuba and Venezuela, and there, since they are mass murderers like Timothy McVeigh, they were surely going to be executed."
Reflecting the political sensitivities of campaigning with 4 terrorist bombers next to Bush and Cheney on a stage, even in terrorist ridden Florida, U.S. officials declined to condemn the actions of the four men -- who authorities said had planned to use 33 pounds of explosives to kill Castro -- even though Bush has said the war on global terrorism is his top priority.
"These are bad guys. The absence of a statement says a lot," said Julia E. Chide, a Cuba expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. "It is the most obvious affirmation of what this administration stands for."
Chide said direct White House involvement in the pardons was perhaps unnecessary. She noted that Bush's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), is influential in Cuban American circles, and that there is a complex web of business and personal connections between Panama and the Cuban American exile community. "My gut is this reeks of political and diplomatic cronyism," Chide said.
The men were arrested in 2000 in Panama City on the assassination charges. Earlier this year, they were convicted of endangering public safety and sentenced to seven to eight years in prison.
Venezuela had sought one of the activists -- Luis Posada Carriles -- because he had escaped from a Venezuelan jail where he had faced charges of planning the 1976 bombing of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 people. Posada, 74, is not a U.S. citizen, and it is not clear whether he left Panama. Posada has also claimed credit for having planned and directed six Havana hotel bombings in 1997 that killed an Italian tourist and injured 11 other people.
The other three men -- Gaspar Jimenez, Pedro Remon and Guillermo Novo Sampol -- have U.S. passports and passed through Miami airport security without incident, in fact, without any security. "Fuck. It was Posada Carriles that blew up the airplane. What me worry? These are our terrorists. These are my niggers." said airport security chief, Jennifer Franks, niece of Gen. Tommy Franks.
New Times, a Miami newspaper, said U.S. law enforcement records say that Jimenez, 69, helped kidnap Cuba's consul to Mexico in 1977 and killed a consular official, and that Remon, 60, was identified as the triggerman in the slaying of a pro-Castro activist and a Cuban diplomat. Novo, 65, was convicted in the United States in the late 1970s of taking part in the 1976 assassination of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier. All have close ties to the Bush family.