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Bush regime displays its astonishing virtuosity as liar and user of loopholes… by Chris Herz
VHeadline.com commentarist Chris Herz writes: Here is the complete text of the May 27 statement of the US embassy in Caracas on the Posada case:
THE U.S. HAS NOT REJECTED VENEZUELAN REQUEST FOR EXTRADITION OF LUIS POSADA CARRILES
May 27, 2005
The United States Government has not rejected a Venezuelan petition for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles. The U.S. Department of Justice turned down, on May 27, a Venezuelan request for the provisional arrest of Luis Posada Carriles, due to insufficient information. Luis Posada Carriles is still detained without bail in a U.S. jail. Venezuela can still request the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles in accordance with the extradition treaty between the United States and Venezuela. As of this date, the United States Government has not yet received an extradition request.”
US imperialism wants to play games .. specifically, it wants to play word games.
Obviously, US imperialists have opted to stall on the Venezuelan request for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles and to buffoon on the Venezuelan request for the arrest of Posada.
As for the Venezuelan request for the arrest of Posada, the imperialists say “Well, Posada isn’t arrested, he’s detained. And, I assure you, he’s still detained. But not arrested.”
These are dilatory tactics.
But this buffoonery from the US imperialists tacitly confirms that the imperialists have received a request from Venezuela for the arrest of Posada by the United States.
According to the May 27 statement from the US embassy in Caracas, the imperialists have decided to only detain Posada, not arrest him “due to insufficient information” contained in the Venezuelan request for the arrest. So … if Venezuela later provides “sufficient information,” then imperialist authorities will then say they have arrested Posada.
This buffoonery, like the revocation last week of the tourist visa of Venezuela’s Supreme Court president Omar Mora (under a terrorism statute), expresses the contempt which the imperialists feel for Venezuela.
But again, the imperialists concede that there was a Venezuelan request for an arrest … and evidently the request for the arrest was “in accordance with the extradition treaty between the United States and Venezuela” save for insufficient information.
According to news reports, the date of the Venezuelan filing for the arrest of Posada and for the extradition of him was Friday , May 13.
Here, in part, is how George Gedda of the Associated Press, on May 13, covered the May 13 filing of the arrest/extradition papers: “Venezuela asked the United States on Friday for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-Castro militant, to retry him for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban passenger plane that killed 73 people. The Bush administration said it has been unable to confirm reports that Posada has been living in hiding in South Florida after secretly entering the country in March. The Venezuelan Embassy said in a statement that Venezuela ‘requested the preventive arrest’ of Posada ‘with the purpose of extradition.’ A Justice Department spokesman said the department does not consider the Venezuelan submission to be a formal extradition request.”
On May 13 … the date of the Venezuelan request for arrest and extradition of Posada … the imperialist authorities in the Washington didn’t snivel about “insufficient information” for an arrest … the arrest, however, took place six days later on Thursday, May 19. although … of course … the arrest is now called a mere detention … never an arrest … at least, until sufficient information arrives.
On May 13, again, the same day of the filing, the imperialist authorities of the Bush regime flat-out announced that they don’t consider the May 13 filing to be a “formal extradition request.”
Since the papers filed May 13 in connection with the Venezuelan request for the arrest and extradition of Posada consist of over 700 pages of documents, many observers wondered how the imperialist authorities in D.C. could make an instant determination about the merits of the Venezuelan May 13 filing as “a formal extradition request.”
Clearly, the instant determination by the US imperialist authorities that Venezuela’s May 13 filing did not constitute “a formal extradition request” was a preemptive determination reached before the filing.
The May 27 statement from the US embassy in Caracas suggests that US imperialist officials have decided that there is some kind of make-believe deadline that applies to a request for extradition under the 1922 treaty between United States and Venezuela and the US has resorted to the use of word games and dilatory tactics until the deadline expires. “Oh, I’m so sorry Venezuela … (the imperialists will lament) … you can’t get Posada because your time has run out.”
The US imperialist authorities pretend that a vast difference exists between a mere request for extradition and “request the extradition … in accordance with the extradition treaty between the United States and Venezuela.”
Relying on this excuse, the imperialists reject the papers filed on May 13 because these papers, the imperialists say, are not “in accordance with the extradition treaty between the United States and Venezuela.”
The imperialists believe that they unilaterally and exclusively decide what is and what is not “in accordance with the extradition treaty between the United States and Venezuela.”
This is only a speculation … but one possible and falsely alleged discordance between the May 13 papers and the 1922 treaty is the name of the Venezuelan party.
Back then, the name was something like the Republic of Venezuela … but today it’s Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. So, the imperialist authorities, in mock perplexity, ask “Is this the same party that signed the treaty? I don’t know. Uh, are there two or more Venezuelas?”
If somebody wants to play word games, they can find thousands of these tricks.
The fact seems to be that once again (like the Geneva Convention) the undemocratic Bush regime displays its well-rehearsed disregard for the rule of law … an element of democracy .. whether the law is American or international or of a foreign state.
In an attempt to cover its undemocratic footprints, the Bush regime displays its astonishing virtuosity as liar and user of loopholes.