- HAVANA (ACN) -- US Army Colonel James Steele, who was involved in the
Iran-Contras scandal along with international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles
at his command, is now an advisor to death squads in Iraq.
- The presence of the US army officer in
Iraq has just been revealed by US Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, Granma
- Luis Posada Carriles, currently under
arrest in the US charged with illegal entry into that country, was the
first to report to Colonel Steele about the downing of a DC-3 aircraft
in Nicaragua and the arrest of Eugene Hassenfus, the incident that led
to the Iran-Contras scandal.
- In a letter addressed to the US State
Department, Kucinich notes that Colonel Steele, a current advisor to the
US ambassador in Iraq, implemented a plan in El Salvador under which tens
of thousands Salvadorans "disappeared" or were murdered, including
Archbishop Oscar Romero and four American nuns.
- Colonel Steele has been assigned to the
new counter-insurgence unit known as the Special Police Commando, which
operates under the Iraqi Interior Ministry, said Kucinich.
- A 1996 investigation by US journalist
Robert Parry, who formerly worked as a reporter for Associated Press, Newsweek
and PBS TV, revealed that Posada reported to two FBI officers on his participation
in the huge drug trafficking and weapon smuggling operation at the orders
of Colonel Steele, a close ally of Colonel Oliver North and his bosses
in the White House.
- In his book titled "Caminos del
Guerrero" (Paths of the Guerilla), terrorist Posada Carriles boasts
of his close links to Steele and wrote that in El Salvador, he, Felix Rodriguez
Mendigutiand and Colonel Luis Orlando Rodriguez jointly cooperated with
Colonel Steel outside their formal bounds of service."
- In its article, the Granma newspaper
points out that it is no surprise that -having such powerful allies- Posada
now enjoys the protection and privileges that he is being given in El Paso,
- At the same time that Posada is being
held in that city, five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters remain in prison
for having risked their lives by infiltrating Florida-based Cuban-American
terrorist groups which served as faithful accomplices of the US' dirty
wars against Latin America.