Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

What Henry Kissenger and the FBI knew about Cubana Flight 455 Bombing

Updated October 8, 2013

“We’ve had an explosion and we’re descending immediately. We have fire on board!”

 

Above: Kornbluh on Luis Posada Carriles: Paid CIA Terror Bomber

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“Most of our readers from the United States of America probably have no idea of the roll that their government played in the bombing of a Cubana airliner full of innocent people. After all these years, many of the declassified documents from American government archives proves the US involvement.”

UPDATED: October 8, 2013

Barbados and Cuba have paid homage to the victims of the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Airlines jet off the coast of Barbados that killed all 73 people on board, lamenting the fact that the masterminds of the attack were never convicted.
Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados, Lisette Perez Perez, told the wreath laying ceremony on Sunday that what happened to the Cubana passenger plane on October 6, 1976 was not an isolated incident.

She said that the masterminds behind of the attack, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles were never convicted for this criminal act.

“Bosch passed away peacefully in Miami, where he lived in complete freedom (and) impunity, after being granted presidential pardon by (President) George Bush, which was negotiated by the Cuban far-right wing. A similar treatment was given to the other perpetrator of this abominable crime. Carriles was neither charged nor prosecuted in the United States,” she said.

The Cuban diplomat thanked Barbados for its support saying “there is a history of injustice in the waters of Paradise Beach in Barbados.

“The cold–blooded murder of the people on board that passenger plane was a crime against them, their families, and their countries. It was also a crime against Barbados and its people,” she added.

MORE: Jamaica Observer article Cuba, Barbados pay homage to 1976 bombing victims

Why didn’t the representative from the United States attend the 2013 Cubana memorial service in Barbados? Will the US attend in 2014?

Most of our readers from the United States of America probably have no idea of the roll that their government played in the bombing of a Cubana airliner full of innocent people. After all these years, many of the declassified documents from American government archives prove the US involvement.

Each of our good American readers owe it to themselves, to their country and to the world to investigate the Cubana bombing to the best of their ability. You can’t change what your government has done, and you probably can’t change the USA’s stonewalling of the truth – but you can know for yourself what the truth is…

3334 35 36 37 years after the terror bombing of a Cuban airliner, the United States continues to protect the guilty

(Also see Rickey Singh’s October 5, 2010 article Revisiting the Cuban tragedy)

On October 6, 1976, anti-Castro terrorists murdered seventy-three people on Cubana Flight 455 off Barbados.

Declassified letters and reports (like below from FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley to Henry Kissenger) show that the United States Government knew of the plot beforehand and not only that: they knew exactly who was involved almost four months before the bombing.

For over three decades the US government has protected the terrorists. This outrage continues under the Obama Administration and undermines whatever moral authority the United States retains in the persecution of its war in Iraq – a “part-time hobby” war with no end in sight. Continue reading

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CBC Employee writes about Richard Cox

Richard Cox was a tough man who, over the past forty years in Journalism, caused many admirers and detractors to come to light both here and overseas.

As a young Journalist he was sharp, fearless and brazen and one remembers well when challenged by one of his “bosses” to desist from “drinking on the job” his retort (“Why should you tell me stop drinking … does anybody tell you stop bulling?”) landed him a suspension from work.

For 22 of the last 40 years he ingratiated himself into a metro pole country, acquiring many of the trappings associated with first world living; however, on return to his native land he seemed to have found difficulty maintaining a balance between a lifestyle and work style more akin to living in a metropolis with that of a third world developing nation which calls for leadership by example rather than by decree.

He was never afraid to function in any capacity and this was may be brooked on his oft used expression: “This is not rocket science … this is easy … if I can do it you can do it too.” On closer examination, though, he often opted out of the challenge of performing in such capacities for any given length of time and so measurement of his capabilities may be skewed if one uses the criteria of “consistently good performances” but an accurate performance appraised would always speak well of his capability based on singular achievements derived from one time performances.

Against this background, Mr. Cox held two very personal and interesting opinions -  (1) He thought that he needed few friends in life and in fact he held the belief that if one really needed a friend he should get a dog and (2) he also held firm to advice given to him by his doctor in Canada that one should stay away from stressful situations in life.

He was very well read and in the absence of any children of his own he was wont to pass on much of this knowledge to those with whom he came into relatively close contact or those willing to engage him in argument; and he love an argument.

Of late, however, he was often accused of “unfair intellectual tactics” of introducing false facts coupled with “personal exploits” which could not be challenged before retreating to what he considered to be his “lair” at work to prepare for the next mental battle.

Richard Cox enjoyed being seen as a mentor for young people but equally enjoyed having it recognized that he also possessed the power to “pull the rug from under your feet” and I think it’s safe to say this demonstration of power and authority encouraged those who wanted to get ahead quickly “to carry to him tales which should have stayed at school.”

The late dreamer should be considered as “a work in progress on which time has elapsed on a malfunctioning clock.”

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