Some call him a dissident, others a veteran fighter, or an anti-Castro activist. Far less often used are the titles of agent or CIA informant.

This "curious" detail is not as formal as it seems, as it hides the true nature of this dangerous character. The press in Florida, completely shackled by the rightwing Cuban American sector, prefer to present him in the best case scenario as an "old, sick and inoffensive man" whose most serious crime is reduced in having lied to federal immigration authorities about his illegal entry into the US.

The deliberateness of this omission becomes obvious with a quick look at Posada Carriles extensive and diverse criminal record, which brings to mind a number of nouns to characterize this self-confessed criminal.

Nouns such as torturer and executioner could be used because these were his main occupation for years at the service of the DISIP in Venezuela, when under the name of Comisario Basilio he tortured countless revolutionaries.

He can also be called a drug trafficker, as he helped organize Washington?s dirty war against Nicaragua?s Sandinista government. A job that combined with arms trafficking to supply the contras in a bloody conflict that resulted in the deaths of thousands.

Nor would it be an exaggeration to call him a frustrated mercenary, when he enlisted in the invasion organized by the White House against Cuba in April 1961. However, the vessel he was on board decided to turn back after they were met with the overwhelming presence of Cubans ready to protect their homeland.

The noun blackmailer could apply to the time when Posada was unhappy with the Cuban American National Foundation after the terrorist organization denied the criminal new sums of money. In retaliation, Posada spilt the beans during an interview with New York Times journalist Louise Bardach, talking about his links to that Miami based organization carrying out terrorist bombing attacks against Cuban tourism facilities, one that resulted in the killing of an Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo.

Posada Carriles can also be called a sadist after his affirmation that after his carrying out his crimes that resulted in the deaths of innocent people he would "sleep like a baby." Or when attempting to justify the assassination of Fabio Di Celmo he boasted "The Italian tourist was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

And how to characterize someone who coldly and peacefully organized the bombing of a commercial airliner with 73 people on board in 1976 and attempted to do the same at the University of Panama where hundreds of students were participating in a Solidarity with Cuba event with the presence of President Fidel Castro.

The fact that Posada Carriles is not credited with another 800 to 1,000 dead It is thanks to the efficiency of the Cuban intelligence service which discovered the plot and offered timely, detailed information to Panamanian authorities to thwart the plan.

Now free in Miami waiting a May 11 court appearance for simply violating US immigration laws, Posada Carriles is being dressed up by the mass media in sheep clothing.

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