The Terrorist Bombing of Cubana Flight 455
Thirty-two years ago on this day in people’s history, a terrorist attack brought down Cubana Flight 455. On October 6th, 1976, all seventy-three people aboard the commercial jetliner were killed during an overlapping flight from Barbados to Jamaica. The victims included all 24 members of Cuba’s national fencing team as well as officials of the Cuban government. Four men were arrested in connection to the terrorist act, including a one-time CIA-operative and anti-Castro extremist Luis Posada Carriles. During the trial in Venezuela, two of the four men were convicted and implicated Posada as the mastermind. Posada, on the other hand, escaped jail before sentencing when the CIA helped bribe guards in a Venezuelan prison. He now resides in the United States facing immigration fraud charges. He won’t, however, be extradited to Venezuela.
According to President George W. Bush, states that harbor terrorists are terrorists. In Posada’s case, what does that make us?