Commissioner Bob Paulson
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCMP National Headquarters
73 Leikin Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2
Starting in 1966 there has been a string of terrorist attacks committed in Canada against Canadian companies that are or were doing business with Cuba. We have added a list of these incidents as an addendum to this letter.
In spite of the fact that terrorists have left the proverbial trail of breadcrumbs to themselves, the RCMP has never arrested anyone on these matters. We as the Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee see this no differently than the Betty Osborne murder case, when 16 years after her death, it took only one dedicated and good RCMP officer to see the obvious and arrest the criminals in her horrific and senseless murder.
Now sir, you are the 10th Commissioner since these terrorist attacks began, so our question to you is, are you like all the Mounties who turned a blind eye to the Betty Osborne Case, or are you the one who will do the right thing and go after the terrorists who perpetrated the several attacks against Canadian companies and/or citizens, some of which occurred on Canadian soil.
We are appealing to you to consider the prime suspects in these attacks, Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch. Luis Posada participated in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. Fidel Castro traded 1113 POWs for $53m in medicine and food. Luis Posada was one of these POWs. On Posada’s return to Miami he formed Alpha 66, a U.S.-based militant organization, originating in Puerto Rico.
In 2000, Posada was arrested in Panama with 2,000 lbs of C4 explosive that was to be used in an assassination attempt on Fidel Castro, although he was later pardoned by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso in the final days of her term.
In 1968 Orlando Bosch was arrested in Florida for an attack on a Polish freighter with a 57 mm recoilless rifle and was sent to prison for a ten year term. He served four years before being released on parole in 1972, and fled the country, leaving for Venezuela on 12 April 1974 where he was arrested and jailed for two weeks after admitting to bombing two buildings in Caracas.
On October 6, 1976 Bosch and Posada masterminded the bombing of Cubana Flight 455, which was destroyed after takeoff. All seventy-three people on board were killed, including many young members of a Cuban fencing team. Posada was convicted in absentia in Panama for the bombing of the airline, among other terrorist attacks.
We are now at the beginning of a new year, 2014. Orlando Bosch has already been dead for a couple of years, so the days in which “The RCMP always get there man” are out the window. However, Posada is a free man in Miami and still poses a threat to Canadians. We already know that the decision by the previous 10 commissioners to turn a blind eye has resulted in the death of 75 innocent people on the Air Cubana flight. The number of lives that will be saved by doing the right thing is undetermined.
Why would you not ask for Luis Posada’s extradition? The DEA certainly is not shy when it comes to extraditing Canadian citizens. We should not be shy when it comes to terrorists based in Miami attacking Canada and killing Canadians. There is no doubt that the RCMP’s image is more than a little tarnished these days. Showing Canada that the RCMP will not allow terrorists free reign in Canada would restore some of the luster from years gone by.
Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee
List of terrorist incidents committed against Canadian companies:
1966 A bazooka attack took place against the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa; bombs exploded at
the Cuban trade delegation in Ottawa;
1967 An explosive device was detonated at the Cuba Pavilion at Expo in Montreal. The attack
is attributed to Cuban Nationalist Action. A bomb exploded at the warehouses of Fraser
Brothers, a Canadian firm trading with Cuba; Cuban trade offices were bombed in
1968 The Canada Tourism office on Fifth Avenue in New York City and offices of a Canadian
airline in Miami were attacked;
1969 A bomb is placed in the doorway of the Cuban consulate in Montreal, it fails to go off.
1971 A small bomb goes off at the offices of the Cuban trade delegation in Montreal;
1972 Cuban official Sergio Pérez Castillo is killed by an explosion at the Cuban consulate in
1974 A bomb exploded in the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa;
1976 An explosive device was lobbed at the Cuban Consulate in Montreal;
1980 A large explosion significantly damages the Cuban consulate in Montreal;
1997 On September 4, 1997, a Montreal resident, Fabio di Celmo, was one fatality in a deadly
campaign of anti-Cuba sabotage that targeted Cuban tourist facilities. Di Celmo was
killed by a bomb which exploded in the Hotel Copacabana in Havana. According to trial
testimony, well-known anti-Cuba terrorist and former paid CIA operative, Luis Posada
Carriles, was the mastermind.