Posada Carriles and Al Capone: How U.S. History Repeats Itself

Camagüey: The history of North American justice repeats itself: the last century’s decade of the 30s has returned, but this time more shamefully and in full view of the world.

Yes, it’s true, because a new Al Capone has arisen: Luis Posada Carriles . But the difference is that this individual, instead of becoming the most important crime figure in a United States city, is a terrorist and assassin on an international scale.

Why [on what charges] did Al Capone go to prison? And why is it that Posada Carriles has been brought before justice?

Alphonse Gabriel Capone [1] was imprisoned during 1930-1939 for tax evasion. The federal government of the United States thought that the dozens of crimes committed by the mafioso – born in Naples, Italy on January 17, 1899 – were of little importance, a fact that demonstrates the moral double standard of the Yankee authorities in their “fight” against organized crime at that time.

[Editor’s Note: The author is mistaken in regard to the motives of federal authorities during prohibition. Unable to convince anyone to testify against Capone since the mobster would have had any informers killed, the authorities tried a new approach to putting him out of business: prosecuting him for tax evasion. It worked, and the approach created a legend of American law enforcement: Eliot Ness and the Untouchables ].

But Luis Posada Carriles, born in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos on February 15, 1928, instead of figuring on the “Most Wanted” list of the Government of the United States, is, paradoxically, the Most Protected: the Federal Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans ruled on Tuesday, April 17, against an attempt by the Public Prosecutor to keep him behind bars until his next court date in May, which is a trial for breaking U.S. migration laws – not for the crimes or acts of terrorism he committed.

Texas District Judge Kathleen Cardone ordered Posada Carriles to be freed on bail – which demonstrates the moral double standard of the Government of the United States in its fight against terrorism.

Since May 2005, Carriles has been “detained” in the United States after admitting to having entering the country illegally from Mexico.

The criminal life of Posada Carriles began in 1954, when he established relations with politicians tied to Dictator Fulgencio Bautista . A year later, he became an undercover collaborator of Bautista’s police.

The most widely-discussed criminal act of this “Al Capone” of the 20th and 21st centuries took place on October 6, 1976. He has since been identified as “the main plotter and mastermind, together with Orlando Bosch , of the bombing of a Cuban airliner in mid-flight, off the coast of Barbados, in which 73 people were killed. Both criminals were arrested in Caracas and stood trial there, together with Hernán Ricardo and Freddy Lugo, who were also material authors of the attack.” [2]

Carriles is also the mastermind behind terrorist attacks against Cuban hotels in April 1997, as reported by Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission, who officially confirmed in September 1999, “that the terrorist campaign executed 2 years earlier in Havana was planned and paid for by the Cuban American National Foundation, of the United States.” [3]

Al Capone was found guilty in 1931 of 5 of the 23 charges against him, and sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison for tax evasion – but not for murder. Posada was indicted in January 2007 on charges of having lied about the way in which he entered the country and other details, but not for being a terrorist and a known assassin.

Upon leaving prison, Al Capone went to live in Miami. Luis Posada Carriles, upon being freed on bail, went away like an innocent baby to live in Miami, that “paradise” characterized by the corruption of its politicians, public officials and mafia groups that have transformed this U.S. town into a devil’s cauldron. History repeats itself, but this time in a much more shameful way and in plain view of the entire world.


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[1] Al Capone spent most of the last years of his detention in the prison hospital and was finally set free on November 16, 1939.

[2] See the criminal file of Luis Posada Carriles on the Website of the daily Trabajadores.

[3] “Tracks of Luis Posada Carriles still traceable in Havana,” by Yailin Orta Rivera and Norge Martinez Montero, Juventud Rebelde Digital.

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