Posada Carriles being transferred by Venezuelan authorities after his arrest for the bombing of a Cuban plane over Barbados. Photo: Archive

Luis Posada Carriles, who died on May 23 in Miami, has a long history of terrorism, bombings and ties with drug-traffickers across practically all of the Americas:

February 15, 1928
Luis Faustino Posada Carriles is born in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba.

After moving to Havana, he becomes involved with individuals close to Dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Posada joins Cuban counterrevolutionary groups which organize and carry out acts of sabotage on the island.

February 1961
Posada Carriles secures safe passage to Miami after seeking refuge at the Argentine Embassy, citing political persecution. Following the orders from the CIA he joins counter revolutionary organizations preparing for the Playa Girón invasion, but does not participate in the event and defeat of the 2506 Brigade.

March 1963
Posada enrolls in the Fort Benning military training school in Georgia, together with other ex-mercenaries, many of whom had been recently released in Cuba. There, he is trained in torture techniques, interrogation, sabotage, and bombings.

November 22, 1963
Posada and other Cuban mercenaries are present in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, when President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Research continues on links between Cuban CIA agents and the President’s assassination.

July 1964
According to CIA records, Posada served as the head the Junta Revolucionaria en el Exilio (JURE) paramilitary camp, in Florida.

January 13, 1965
Posada Carriles is found in the Dominican Republic working as a crew member on the Venus, a ship belonging to the CIA’s maritime fleet and used for infiltration and terrorist operations against Cuba. From 1961 through 1970 over a dozen pirate attacks were launched against targets along the island’s coasts.
Eight people died and 26 were injured, including three girls aged, eight, 13 and 15, during the treacherous operations.

June 1965
A declassified memorandum by the CIA places Carriles with Jorge Más Canosa in Veracruz, Mexico, where they attempt to blow-up a Soviet vessel.

October 1967
The CIA posts Posada Carriles to Venezuela, where he joins the National Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services (Disip). Under the alias of Commissioner Basilio, he participates in the repression of progressive groups in Venezuela and across Latin America. Later he would be sent by the CIA to advise governments in Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile and Argentina on repression techniques.

November-December 1971
Posada Carriles plans an assassination attempt on Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro while the Cuban leader visits Chile, Peru, and Ecuador.

July 1974
He sends letter bombs and packages to several Cuban consulates in Latin America.

Early 1976
At the request of the CIA, Posada and Orlando Bosch set up the terrorist group known as the Committee of United Counterrevolutionary Organizations (CORU).

April 22, 1976
Posada Carriles is involved in setting off of a bomb at the Cuban Embassy in Portugal, killing two of the island’s diplomats.

July 1, 1976
Posada plants a bomb at the Costa Rica-Cuba Cultural Center, in Costa Rica.

July 9, 1976
Bombs planted in suitcases on a Cubana de Aviación plane in Jamaica.

July 10, 1976
Bomb planted at Cubana de Aviación’s regional office in Barbados.

July 11, 1976
Posada Carriles plants a bomb at Air Panama offices in Colombia.

September 21, 1976
Carriles helps plan the assassination of former Foreign Minister of Chile Orlando Letelier in downtown Washington DC.

October 4, 1976
CORU takes responsibility for the bombing of a TV station in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after it screened the Cuban film La Nueva Escuela.

October 6, 1976
Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch are identified as the intellectual authors of the bombing of a Cubana de Aviación plane over Barbados, killing 73 people. Hernán Ricardo and Freddy Lugo, who planted the bomb, are arrested and imprisoned in Venezuela until 1985.

August 18, 1985
Posada escapes from jail while awaiting the verdict of the jury; making his way through Central America before seeking refuge in Miami. His escape is financed by the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and indirectly by the CIA.

October, 1986
After fleeing the United States following his involvement in the Iran–Contra affair, Posada Carriles teams up with a group of Venezuelans responsible for training the Salvadoran police force in counter-guerilla and interrogation techniques.

September 1988
In a U.S. Senate hearing, Democrat legislator for Indiana, Tom Harkin questions then Vice President George H. W. Bush about Posada Carriles and why the U.S. government failed to take action regarding this “known international terrorist.”

The CANF creates a “security commission” or “military wing” responsible for planning and carrying out acts of terrorism against Cuba and its main leaders.
Luis Posada Carriles is an active participant in the schemes. A few armed command units infiltrate the island and attack tourist facilities in Varadero and the keys of the northern coast of Villa Clara from the sea, returning to the United States with total impunity and despite frequent condemnations and reports sent by Cuban diplomatic officials.

June 14, 1994
In Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, Posada Carriles plans a failed assassination attempt against the Cuban President while touring the city’s historic center with Nobel Prize for Literature winner Gabriel García Márquez.

Thirty-two year old Italian tourist Fabio was killed in a terrorist attack in Cuba. Photo: Tiempo 21

September 4, 1997
A bomb ordered by Posada to be placed at the hotel Copacabana kills Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo. Since 1994 Carriles had been recruiting mercenaries from Central America to plant bombs at Cuban tourist locations and installations.

July 12-13, 1998
In an interview with The New York Times, Carriles claims responsibility for bombing Cuban tourist facilities and admits that they were financed by the CANF. “It’s a shame that someone died, that Italian was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he stated, adding that he was unremorseful: “I sleep like a baby.”

November 5, 2000
Assassination attempt on Comandante Fidel Castro at the University of Panama in 2000, during the 10th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government. Posada and his accomplices are captured based on evidence presented by the Cuban delegation.
Posada was given a laughable sentence – between four and eight years -., while the bitterness following so many failed terrorist attacks is turned against the Cuban Five in Miami, who were unjustly imprisoned for trying to stop Posada and the CANF.

August 28, 2004
Posada is pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, just before her term in office ends, after receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the anti-Cuban community in Miami.

Posada was protected by the alt-right in Miami. Photo: Archive

March 14, 2005
Posada illegally enters the United States seeking asylum. He spends several months in jail but eventually pays a fine and is released. The U.S, government fails to comply with its international commitments and refuses to deport him to Venezuela, where he is a fugitive from justice.

January 10, 2011
Posada’s trail for migration fraud begins in El Paso, Texas. His most heinous crimes however, are not addressed.

April 8, 2011
After a 13-week trial and despite all the evidence presented by the prosecution, amazingly it took the jury under three hours to find the terrorist innocent of all charges. Following his acquittal and despite his advanced age, Carriles continues to participate in subversive activities in Miami

A child with dengue after the disease was introduced into the country. Photo: Archive

May 23, 2018
Posada Carriles dies a free man in the city of Miami. Thanks to the support of the U.S. government, the Bin Laden of the Americas, the biggest terrorist in the Western Hemisphere, died without paying his debts to justice or reparations to a single one of his victims.


If we look at from the perspective of what Washington is trying to achieve with its hostile economic policy against Cuba, which has always been to destroy the Revolution by subjugating the population through “starvation and desperation,” the blockade constitutes one of the biggest and longest acts of terrorism against Cuba.

After the military, political, and diplomatic defeat of the United States at Playa Girón, President John F. Kennedy approved the so called Operation Mongoose. Launched in November 1961 and officially terminated in January 1963, over 500 acts of sabotage and terrorism were carried out against Cuba in the first 10 months of operations. In 1962, 70 people died as a result of these actions.

Biological warfare by the U.S. government and its intelligence services against Cuba has had a direct impact on the population, animals and crops, causing irreparable human damages and costing the national economy millions.
Swine flu; lumpy skin disease; brucellosis in cattle; sugar cane and coffee leaf rust; tobacco blue mold disease; Newcastle disease; avian flu; hemorrhagic conjunctivitis; and dysentery were all introduced to Cuba.
The most damaging and fatal operation was the introduction of hemorrhagic dengue, killing 158 people, including 101 children.

There are over 600 documented cases of assassination plots or attempts against the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro over the last 50 years, as well as others targeting various Cuban leaders. The majority of such schemes have included the involvement of the CIA. •