CubanaBomber Death Watch: Should I stay or should I go now?

Cue the Clash, because if Luis Posada Carriles goes there will be trouble, and if he stays it will be double.

Or is it the other way ’round?

Oh, whatever. Cue the Clash, dammit.

The United States government has appealed against a ruling to release a prominent anti-communist Cuban exile, Luis Posada Carriles.

A judge in Texas ruled that Mr Posada, now a Venezuelan national, should be freed pending an immigration hearing.

Mr Posada, 79, has been detained in the US since May 2005 after illegally entering the country.

A former CIA employee, he is wanted in Venezuela and Cuba over the downing of a Cuban airliner in 1976.

Federal prosecutors have asked that Mr Posada remain behind bars while they appeal against the ruling.

Mr Posada is accused of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner in which 73 people died. He denies any involvement.

He was also jailed in Panama over a plot to assassinate President Fidel Castro during a visit by the Cuban leader to Panama in 2000, but freed in 2004.

Both Venezuela and Cuba want to put Mr Posada on trial.

US authorities have ruled out returning him to either of these countries, but they also do not want to let him go free, calling him a security risk, and so have been seeking a third country to take him.

And of course, no other country wants him. Including the United States, it seems. After the embarrassment that is Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, it’s no longer acceptable to have CIA-connected terrorists in the US. That’s because they’ll be denounced and there’ll be no end of calls for them to be brought to justice.

I can just hear wingnut heads exploding all over Miami now. Especially over the fact that their hero is being treated like a–gasp–criminal!

Well, duh. Maybe it’s because he IS one. Ever thought of that?

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