As I write this I am watching live video from local news station Telemundo 51 as Luis Posada Carriles arrives and sets foot in Miami (around 5pm EST). No question that some will be celebrating tonight. Carriles just stepped off a private plane, wearing a white wrinkled suit, and led off by federal police to his newest location. Today, the weather is good, the sun is hot, and Luis Posada Carriles walks under the same sky, for now.
Carriles is scheduled to appear in court by May 11 in El Paso, Texas, on several charges of fraud. According to the US Department of Justice, Carriles "knowingly attempted to obtain naturalization as a U.S. citizen unlawfully by making false statements on his application for naturalization." In addition, "[i]f convicted, the defendant [Carriles] faces a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment for the naturalization fraud count and five years imprisonment for each of the false statement counts."
Carriles still has a long road ahead.
Over on BabaluBlog, the guys are getting ready for the "self-righteous 'outrage'" by the media. I say: Let's wait and see if there is outrage. Over on Radio Mambi's website, there's the first video of Carriles leaving for Miami. The coming days are gonna be loaded with happy callers, and several demands for his freedom.
Over on the other side of reality, the website of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five is calling for protests in El Paso, Texas on the 11th of May, and you can also help organize, and spread the word about this demonstration and call for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles.
Many have argued that Carriles is actually innocent and has been acquitted twice for his crimes. This is false. Carriles has not been tried for anything. I have already written about Carriles' false "veil of innocence." You can read my post where I cite what is Carriles' actual status for extradition to Venezuela, and also read my post about the declassified evidence that is linked there (and below).
Luis Posada Carriles has been extensively interviewed by Ann Louise Bardach and you can find her articles here: The Posada Files.
From the National Security Archive:
Luis Posada Carriles: The Declassified Record
The Posada File: Part 2
Local news stations, CBS4 and Noticias 23, have video online of Luis Posada Carriles arriving at his family's house. Noticias 23 has raw footage and the reporter (Mario Vallejo) asking Carriles: How do you feel about the Cuban Exile community fighting for your release? This question was followed up by: Are you satisfied?
For a hero's welcome, they sure make him feel guilty.