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The Razor's Edge
2013-11-22 12:44:47 UTC
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"We won the trial"
• Closing the ‘Five Days for the Five’ event in Washington, Hero of the
Republic René González spoke with participants via a videoconference

Dalia González Delgado

RENÉ González, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorists prosecuted in the
United States, described the trial he faced with Gerardo, Antonio, Fernando
and Ramón as "an act of vengeance."

Participating in the June 3 videoconference between Havana and Washington,
he recalled the many irregularities which occurred during the legal
proceedings.

"This is not a case in which someone made a mistake in the application of
the law," René said, "We are talking about a deliberate, methodical,
calculated effort to violate the entire justice process."

"We won the trial," he affirmed, "Every one of the appeals were won and
those who were responsible for their application have made a mockery of
their own laws, of the evidence and the facts, time and time again."

The decorated Hero of the Republic recalled that, during the trial,
journalists were paid to not only manipulate the truth but to act as
spokespersons for the prosecution.

"The use that was made of the press in our case is something never before
seen. The journalists even attempted to threaten the jury, filming their
automobile license plates. The jury made complaints that they were afraid of
the press," René reported.

At the same time he explained that U.S. journalists have been given orders
to avoid talking about the Five. "It is shameful that within a society that
talks so much about freedom of the press, orders have been given not to
mention the case, a case in which we all know generals and presidential
advisors testified, in which terrorism and U.S. national security were
discussed."

Emphasizing the contradiction, René mentioned a trial some years ago in
which a woman was accused of killing her daughter and "people took vacation
to go to court, the press was bombarding the public with the issue."

He also recalled that as an alternative to the legal process, an executive
order on the part of President Barack Obama to commute the sentences is an
available option. "All he needs is a little courage," René emphasized,
commenting that there are forces within the U.S which hope to prolong the
situation, to maintain conflict between the two countries.

"Given that this has always been a political case, I believe that it is a
political decision, if they respect the law or continue to make a mockery of
it," he emphasized.

René thanked organizers of the ‘Five Days for the Five’ for their efforts,
saying, "It is not easy to mobilize human sensitivity in a society like that
of the United States. A lot has been accomplished; we have solidarity on all
continents. Now we must direct all of this solidarity toward the United
States," he said.

WORLDWIDE DEMAND TO FREE THE FIVE

Also participating in the videoconference from Havana were Ricardo Alarcón,
member of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Political Bureau, and families of
the Cuban anti-terrorists. The conference served as an opportunity to
summarize activities which took place around the world during the five-day
event.

Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Friendship Institute, reported that
while initially activities were planned in 34 countries, the number had
increased to 55. "There has been an international mobilization that the
government in Washington can no longer ignore," she said.

Alicia Jrapko, coordinator of the U.S. committee, highlighted the
participation in Washington of Latin American parliamentarians, a European
Union deputy, writers, jurists, trade union leaders, artists and a
delegation of Cubans resident in Miami.

"Our expectations have been surpassed," she said, "For the first time,
parliamentarians visited the capitol to appeal for the freedom of the Five
and were received by members of Congress."

Ignacio Ramonet, editor of Le Monde Diplomatique, also in Washington,
thanked organizers for the opportunity to participate in the event and
described as a "scandal" the failure of U.S. mass media to cover the
activities which took place, including a demonstration in front of the White
House.

He also addressed the inclusion of Cuba on the list of countries sponsoring
terrorism, saying this shows that the U.S. developed list "has no
credibility whatsoever."

"From my point of view, the United States is isolated, just as it is in
maintaining the blockade.

"This event is a way to help U.S. citizens become aware of the injustice
which has been committed," he concluded.
Cubaverdad
2013-11-22 13:07:15 UTC
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Post by The Razor's Edge
We won the trial
http://loscincodecuba.blogspot.ca/

"The lie behind the "5"
Not "5" but 12.

The "Five Cuban Heroes" proclaimed by the Cuban regime were actually
part of a network of 12 spies that infiltrated the U.S. In addition to
the five spies who maintained their innocence but were convicted in a
jury trial (with no Cuban-American jurors), five pleaded guilty to
charges of spying in exchange for reduced sentences, one was deported,
and one fled to Cuba to escape arrest. The trials cost U.S. taxpayers
one million dollars to provide the defendants with a free legal
representation. An appeals court is reviewing the five spies' conviction.


Confirmed by the Cuban embassy in Syria:

"1998
September 12: The FBI arrests a group of "Cuban spies at 5.30 A.M. they
are members of the Wasp Net; they are named:René González, Antonio
Guerrero, Luis Medina, Rubén Campa and Manuel Viramontes. Other names
are given until reaching 10, among them two women, but according to the
statements, the main ones, are the first mentioned."
http://embacubasiria.com/loscinco982005e.html

a text that conveniently disappeared on thye new version of the site
where the Wasp network was no longer mentioned when the site was unified
with others:
http://www.cubadiplomatica.cu/siria/EN/FiveHeroes/SummaryoftheCase.aspx


Cuba originally denied they were Cuban agents.

The Cuban regime initially denied the five men were Cuban agents; it
took almost three years, after the spies' conviction, for the regime to
acknowledge that the five spies were in fact acting under its orders
and that they were "heroes."


Complicit in extra-judicial killing.

The regime is silent on the fact that the ringleader of the spies,
intelligence agent Gerardo Hernandez, was found guilty of being closely
involved in the Cuban air force's shoot-down of two civilian planes,
over international waters, that resulted in the deaths of four persons.

"The US government's espionage case also became enmeshed with an
incident that happened in February 1996, in which Cuban air force jets
shot down two of three Cessna aircraft flying toward Havana. Four
pilots, members of the anti-Castro exile group, Brothers to the Rescue,
were killed. Several of the Wasp network agents had infiltrated Brothers
to the Rescue, including Rene Gonzalez, the pilot. In addition to
charges related to information-gathering and the sending of "nonpublic"
information to a foreign power, Gerardo Hernandez was charged with
contributing to the deaths of the four pilots for passing along to Cuban
intelligence information about the group's planned fly-over. Several
other Cubans who were eventually indicted in the incident fled to Cuba
before they could be arrested."

http://www.eyespymag.com/spylistmain1.htm


Spying on military installations.

The object of the five's spying was not solely the anti-Castro community
in Miami, as the Cuban regime maintains. Among the U.S. military
installations of particular interest to the five spies was the Central
Command located in Tampa, which focuses on the Middle East and has no
operational responsibilities for Latin America.

Confirmed by one of the spies in the Avispa ring at her trial:

"In Miami, the indictment states, Marisol Gari helped keep tabs on
security at the CANF headquarters and helped manage another agent in his
bid to get a job at Southcom, which oversees American military
operations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Gari also is accused of preparing a report for her Cuban bosses
comparing the costs of U.S. mail service, Federal Express and other mail
handlers."

The Miami Herald September 14, 2001
Lawyer: Accused spy to plead guilty

http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/marisol-gari.htm

"Alleged Cuban spies George and Marisol Gari, known in their
intelligence-gathering cell as Luis and Margot, reported to at least two
of the five spies convicted in June, U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis said Saturday.

The FBI, meanwhile, said the low-profile couple arrested in Orlando on
Friday also reported at times to alleged fugitive spy Ricardo Villareal,
also known as Hector. "He is probably in Cuba,'' said Judy Orihuela,
spokeswoman for the FBI in Miami.

A federal indictment -- born out of the ongoing crackdown against La Red
Avispa, or The Wasp Network, Cuban spy organization -- accuses the
couple of trying to gain access to mail going to the Cuban American
National Foundation and attempting to infiltrate Miami-Dade County's
Southern Command."

Couple accused of reporting to two Cuban spies
An indictment says George and Marisol Gari tried to gain access to CANF
mail and Southern Command.
Herald Staff Report. Published Sunday, September 2, 2001"
http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y01/sep01/03e5.htm


"A husband and wife who lived in Miami for about eight years were
arrested in Orlando on Friday and charged with being part of a
now-dismantled Cuban spy ring -- the latest salvo against Fidel Castro's
foreign espionage apparatus on U.S. soil.

A federal indictment accuses George Gari, 41, and Marisol Gari, 42, of
being agents for the Cuban Directorate of Intelligence who assisted in
two primary goals: trying to infiltrate West Miami-Dade's Southern
Command headquarters and to penetrate the inner circles of the Cuban
American National Foundation, a prominent Cuban exile group.

The couple allegedly belonged to Cuba's La Red Avispa, or Wasp Network,
which the FBI busted in September 1998. Five high-ranking intelligence
agents from the group were convicted on federal spying-related charges
in June. Those men are awaiting sentencing."

Couple belonged to Cuba spy ring, FBI says
Husband, wife are arrested in Orlando
By Gail Epstein Nieves, Lesley Clark and Sara Olkon. ***@herald.com.
Published Saturday, September 1, 2001
http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y01/sep01/03e5.htm

"SUPERVISED SPIES

But evidence showed that Labañino supervised other spies in their
efforts to infiltrate U.S. military installations -- an offense that
U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard found worthy of the maximum punishment
as recommended under federal sentencing guidelines.

The proceedings continue today with the sentencing of spy René González.

Labañino, in a politically charged 47-minute speech, said he and his
fellow spies were defending Cuba's interests by monitoring for a
possible U.S. invasion and by countering exile-sponsored "terrorism''
against the island."

The Miami Herald
December 14, 2001
2nd Cuban agent given life term for espionage
http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y01/dec01/14e3.htm

"On 12 September 1998 the FBI arrested 10 people associated with the "La
Red Avispa," or the Red Wasp Network ring, including eight men and two
women in their various south Florida residences. They were accused of
spying on US military installations and anti-Castro exile groups in
south Florida and transmitting this information to Cuba. Among the
military installations the group attempted to infiltrate were the US
Southern Command Headquarters in Miami, MacDill Air Force Base near
Tampa, and Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Key West. The group's goals
included documenting activities, exercises, and trends at the
installations; monitoring anti-Castro groups and disrupting their plans;
and developing positions of vantage from which to warn Cuban
intelligence of impending military strikes against Cuba."
http://www.eyespymag.com/spylistmain1.htm


"HERNANDEZ, LINDA and her husband NILO HERNANDEZ, 46, were members of
the Wasp Network, a Cuban spy ring in south Florida. Linda, 43, was born
in New York but returned to Cuba where she grew up and married Nilo. In
1983 the couple returned to the United States where he later became an
American citizen. In 1992 they were "activated" as spies and ordered to
move from New York to Miami. They were arrested on 12 September 1998
along with eight other members of the ring. [See also Gerardo Hernandez
and Alejandro Alonso.] Linda was charged with attempting to collect
information for the Cuban Intelligence Service by infiltrating a
right-wing Cuban exile group called Alpha 66. Nilo counted aircraft at
nearby Homestead Air Force Base and reported using a shortwave radio.
Although the information they passed to Cuba was in the public domain,
in a plea bargain, the pair pled guilty to acting as unregistered agents
of a foreign government. Each was sentenced to seven years in prison in
US District court in Miami on 23 February 2000."
http://www.eyespymag.com/spylistmain1.htm


For lots of data see:
http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/avispa.htm"

http://loscincodecuba.blogspot.ca/p/lie-behind-5.html
The Razor's Edge
2013-11-23 12:00:15 UTC
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And if indeed they were spies which I assume by definition they were, what
were they spying on? Groups who actively promote terrorism against Cuba?

You are so negative. The old adage that people in glass houses should not
throw stones is aptly appropriate here. The EE.UU has more spies in every
country in the world than the total population of Cuba but do you post stuff
about your own country. You could well serve the world and the rest of the
EE.UU population by attacking the Obama regime and the drone killings
throughout the world, the human rights violations in nearly every country
the EE.UU illegally occupies including your own damn country.

Name me one country that has not violated the human rights of someone.

The Cuban 5 received a trial in Miami and it doesn't matter who the jury
was, they were doomed from the start and received sentences far greater than
any documented spy in history and they didn't even have access to or try to
sell their intel to a foreign power at war, hot or cold. They were spying on
terrorist groups in Miami. Come on dude tell it like it really is.
Cubaverdad
2013-11-23 19:12:50 UTC
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And if indeed they were spies which I assume by definition they were, what
were they spying on? Groups who actively promote terrorism against Cuba?
Read up: military installations, the US postal service, private
companies, mocal NGO's and individuals.
Post by The Razor's Edge
You are so negative. The old adage that people in glass houses should not
throw stones is aptly appropriate here. The EE.UU has more spies
(snip)

and when they get caught they go toi jail and the US does not claims
they are hoeroes.
It took the Castro regime three years to even acknowledge them as Cuban
agents.
Post by The Razor's Edge
The Cuban 5 received a trial in Miami
with no Cuban American on the jury
Post by The Razor's Edge
and it doesn't matter who the jury was,
Yes it does as the defense made a big thing about excluding all Cuban
Amereicans.
Post by The Razor's Edge
they were doomed from the start
they were doomed because they were caught and because others like
Marisol Gari and her husband that were part of the spy ring testified
against them.
Post by The Razor's Edge
and received sentences far greater than any documented spy in history
a lie.
The sentences are from 19 to 30 years and one is actually already out.
The higher sentence was for a man involved in an extra-judicial killing.

In comparison in Cuba: 14 years for reporting on corruption:

Posted on Wednesday, 11.14.12
Journalist for Cuba’s Granma convicted of spying
José Antonio Torres was charged after writing about mismanaged public
works project.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/14/3095676/journalist-for-cubas-granma-convicted.html

Doce años de cárcel para un coronel ruso por vender mapas secretos a EE. UU.
http://noticias.lainformacion.com/politica/espionaje-e-inteligencia/doce-anos-de-carcel-para-un-coronel-ruso-por-vender-mapas-secretos-a-ee-uu_6OnCevFopzltdH4dRvAia/
Post by The Razor's Edge
and they didn't even have access to or try to sell their intel to a
foreign power at war, hot or cold.
False.
Cuba sells the intel:
"El gobierno de Cuba es un "traficante de inteligencia" que vende
ointercambia información sensible sobre Estados Unidos a sus aliados en
el mundo, advirtió al Congreso estadounidense un ex espía, informó EFE."
Ex espía de Washington acusa al gobierno cubano de 'traficar' con
información de 'inteligencia'
http://www.cubaencuentro.com/cuba/noticias/ex-espia-de-washington-acusa-al-gobierno-cubano-de-traficar-con-informacion-de-inteligencia-63966
Post by The Razor's Edge
They were spying on terrorist groups in Miami. Come on dude tell it
like it really is.
There are no terrorist groups in Miami. Exiles have given up all
violence for years.

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