The information about the decision by a US federal judge to dismiss all the migratory charges against Posada, setting him free and suspending the trial scheduled for next May 11, was announced to the Cuban people during the prime-time TV show The Round Table Tuesday evening.

Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, who now walk freely on US territory, were the masterminds of the 1976 bombing in mid air of a Cubana airliner that killed 73 people on board.

In a 38-page ruling, Judge Kathleen Cardone described as so grossly shocking and so outrageous the tactics used by the US administration to try Posada Carriles on seven counts of immigration fraud, though she did not criticize Washington for not having processed the defendant for his huge terrorist background.

Cardone said that the core of the case was not terrorism, as it was suggested, and she called the defendant a "hot potato" in political terms.

During the TV show, analysts denounced the passive behaviour adopted by the US prosecution as part of maneuvers aimed at guaranteeing impunity for Posada Carriles, who carried out terrorist actions ordered and allowed by successive US administrations for more than 40 years.

Rogelio Polanco, director of Juventud Rebelde Newspaper said the decision stems from the White House determination to not accuse Posada of terrorism. He recalled different terrorist actions undertaken by Posada Carriles against Cuba and other countries of this hemisphere, which included bomb attempts against Havana hotels in 1997, torture and murder of Venezuelan political activists in the 1970’s.

Eduardo Dimas, TV commentator said that the decision reveals the double standard of the US administration’s anti-terror policy. It is a decision aimed at preventing the terrorist from speaking about what he knows of the Bush clan, said the Cuban journalist and he asked: Who was the CIA chief when former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier was the victim of a life attempt, or when the Cubana airliner was bombed off the coasts of Barbados?, and who ordered the release of Orlando Bosch? The answer is George H. Bush, who was US president from 1998 to 1992 and father of George W. Bush.

Cuban President Fidel Castro denounced, in March 2005, the impunity and protection offered to Luis Posada Carriles, who had travelled on board the Santrina boat and had entered US territory, said Reinaldo Taladrid, also Cuban TV journalist. Posada Carriles was arrested in May of that year, but since that moment many maneuvers have been undertaken in order to prevent him from facing justice and to keep many issues in secret, explained the journalist.

Although there is a pending extradition request by Venezuela, presented since 2005, and there is the chance that a New Jersey court could accuse Posada for his connections to bomb attempts against Cuban tourist facilities in 1997, the journalist considered that the release of Posada marks the end of the legal process and the beginning of the political stage of the case.

Taladrid referred to statements by several US congress people like William Delahunt, Jim McDermott and Jose Serrano on taking the case to the US Congress due to the danger it represents for the United States and the World. He cited a letter sent by Congressman Delahunt to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez asking why Posada was not labelled a terrorist, and affirming that his release puts at stake the US commitment to fight terrorism while increases concern about a US double standard in dealing with terrorists.

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