Thursday, October 12, 2006

From Joannides to Posada

Jefferson Morley brought an action against the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain records pertaining to George Joannides, a CIA officer stationed in Miami in 1963 involved in psychological warfare against Cuba, a job which involved his working with the anti-Castro Cubans associated with Lee Harvey Oswald (an issue referred to by me here and here).  Morley and Jim Lesar discuss the background to the case, and the inadequacy of the FOIA in the face of CIA stonewalling.  In fact, Morley lost (pdf of the judgment by a judge appointed by Bush on September 10, 2001).

The CIA has every reason to be nervous about this, as the issue is still in the news in the person of a prominent anti-Castro Cuban, Luis Posada (not to mention his comrade-in-arms, Orlando Bosch, also living in the United States).  The latest revelation is that the CIA knew about Luis Posada’s terrorist attack on Cuba but did nothing to either stop it or warn Cuba (this is all a bit rich as Posada was working for the CIA, making the revelation another limited hangout).  It looks like the U. S. is going to keep Posada in detention until after the upcoming elections (when he’ll be quietly released), no doubt fearing the obvious hypocrisy of allowing a self-admitted terrorist to go free in the middle of a Republican campaign that it is the only party capable of fighting the ‘war on terror’.  The Bush Administration wants to pawn him off on a third country other than the two – Cuba and Venezuela – which have a legitimate interest in prosecuting him, but to date Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama have all refused to accept him.