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Anti-war activists demand return of U.S. base to Cuba
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The Razor's Edge
2013-11-22 12:39:22 UTC
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Anti-war activists demand return of U.S. base to Cuba

ANTI-WAR activists from around the world meeting in Guantánamo demanded the
return to Cuba of territory occupied by the United States in this eastern
province, where a U.S. Naval Base has been illegally established for more
than 50 years.

Cuba’s demand to remove the base was a priority agenda item during the Third
Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, held November
18-20.

Silvio Platero, president of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Peoples’
Sovereignty emphasized that the demand is a question of principle, while

René González, president of Cuba’s Institute of History asserted that the
continuing presence of the Guantánamo base is absurd strategically,
militarily and politically.

According to González, the base maintained on Cuban territory against the
will of the people reflects the U.S. desire to maintain a point of
contention, which could be utilized as a pretext for aggression, despite the
fact that high-ranking U.S. military officials have said that Cuba
represents no threat to U.S. national security.

Among the important figures attending the Seminar were Brazilian María Do
Socorro Gomes, president of the World Peace Council and former U.S. Attorney
General Ramsey Clark.

Cuban authorities have rejected the presence of the military installation -
the only one of its kind the United States maintains in a country with which
it does not have diplomatic relations - and denounced U.S. intransigence as
a violation of Cuba’s sovereignty, its national integrity and international
law.

The U.S. government has installed a maximum security prison, known
world-wide as a torture center, on the site which has been occupied since
the beginning of the 20th century, based on terms imposed on Cuba’s with the
withdrawal of Spanish colonial power from the island.

The Seminar is held every other year and is attended by leaders of popular
movements, pacifists and activists from various nations and constitutes an
important forum demanding an end to imperialist domination. (PL)
Cubaverdad
2013-11-22 13:02:52 UTC
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On 11/22/2013 1:39 PM, The Razor's Edge wrote:

More crap from the Castro propaganda rag Granma

Facts about Cuba:
http://www.impela.net
The Razor's Edge
2013-11-23 12:47:11 UTC
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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/22/another-vote-on-washingtons-anti-cuba-policy-at-the-united-nations/

Granma is but one source of propaganda as you call it but how can you
justify that when 188 countries side with Cuba against American hegemonic
foreign policy and how can you justify that a tribunal has elected Cuba for
the third year in a row to the position. I just can't seem to get my head
around your negativity to a country that has done you no harm, is not at war
with anyone, is not illegally occupying other countries, is so far down the
list of countries abusing human rights, does not support or export terrorism
and is seen by the rest of the world as a country worthy of their support.
Cubaverdad
2013-11-23 18:45:52 UTC
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Post by The Razor's Edge
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/22/another-vote-on-washingtons-anti-cuba-policy-at-the-united-nations/
Granma is but one source of propaganda as you call it but how can you
justify that when 188 countries side with Cuba
(snip)

wake up: nobody cares. it is a "non-binding" resolution.
If Cuba tried to make it a binding one the vote would be very different.

and yes: Granma is a propaganda rag. even the current vice president
wants them to stop lying and hiding stuff - at least he says so.

Díaz-Canel pide acabar con el ‘secretismo’ en la prensa cubana
http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2013/11/04/1606758/diaz-canel-pide-acabar-con-el.html
The Razor's Edge
2013-11-26 12:58:19 UTC
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Come on meng!

You need to put things into perspective. I wouldn't trust or believe
anything regarding Cuba as published by The Miami Herald or any other
newspaper in Miami. They put a negative Cuban slant on everything they
publish.

As for CANF, well that organization is nothing more than a front for
terrorism directed at Cuba and over the years have recieved millions of
dollars in support for the same.

Do you think the EE.UU would hesitate to shoot down an airplane violating
American airspace after repeated warning? Brothers to the Rescue were
terrorists plain and simple and paid with their lives. Small potatoes when
you consider Afghanistan, Iraq, Lybia and a host of other countries where
war has not been declared but exists and innocent women and children are
killed or maimed every day.

In the past 200 years the EE.UU has never denied accountability for spying?
Come on don't throw stones. Just look at the NSA today, they make the Cuban
Five look like choir boys and as far as violating human rights the EE.UU is
king among countries. At this very moment they are violating your rights,
yours Cubaverdad and every other American and foreign entity.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Your dillegence would be better
served by exposing EE.UU shortcomings and downright criminal acts
perpetrated by your own government in the name of democracy and human
rights.

I respect your views because everyone has one, right or wrong but if you
don't live here and only listen to those who have a negative opinion you too
become slanted.

I am not saying that everything here in Cuba is good nor can I say that
everything is bad but I can say the good far outweighs the bad.
Cubaverdad
2013-11-26 13:26:08 UTC
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Post by The Razor's Edge
Come on meng!
You need to put things into perspective.
I have.
Post by The Razor's Edge
I wouldn't trust or believe
anything regarding Cuba as published by The Miami Herald or any other
newspaper in Miami.
Thanks for showing you are biased.
Lots of the news published there comes from sources like Reuters, AFP,
EFE, .... and is confirmed by them and other sources.
Post by The Razor's Edge
They put a negative Cuban slant on everything they
publish.
Not really.
They state facts. Not propaganda.
If not distributing propaganda mindlessly is a "negative slant" for you
it says more about you than the Miami press.
Post by The Razor's Edge
As for CANF, well that organization is nothing more than a front for
terrorism
Give some examples of recent "terrorist attacks" by the CANF.
Lets say the last 15 years.
How many Cubans dies in CANF terrorist actions of the last 15 years?
Post by The Razor's Edge
Do you think the EE.UU would hesitate to shoot down an airplane violating
American airspace after repeated warning?
The US would force the plane to land and only shoot when they have an
imminent and clear threat like the Twin Tower attacks.
Note that the planes of Brothers to the Rescue on that mission were
outside Cuban airspace. It is also disputed that any of this flight
entered Cuban airspace. They skirted it.
Both planes were shot down fleeing away from Cuba and did not pose an
imminent and serious threat. Far from. They were fleeing.
No other country would shoot them down.
Post by The Razor's Edge
(snip)
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Your dillegence would be better
served by exposing EE.UU shortcomings and downright criminal acts
perpetrated by your own government in the name of democracy and human
rights.
Again: I am no US citizen and the Cuban regime is far more repressive
and abusive than the US.
The US may be an imperfect democracy, Cuba is a totalitarian dictatorship.
Post by The Razor's Edge
I respect your views because everyone has one, right or wrong but if you
don't live here and only listen to those who have a negative opinion you too
become slanted.
I listen to lots of people that live in Cuba. I have lots of friends
there and have traveled it extensively visiting relatives of Cuban
friends here.
A good friend of mine is married to a Cuban lady and has probably
forgotten more about Cuba than you will ever know. He has friends in all
walks of life in Cuba and on both side of the divide.
You are the one with a slanted opinion posting ONLY items from Granma
and dismissing all others while avoiding the real issues like poverty
and hunger in Cuba.
In Santiago and Santa Clara people go through the garbage belts like in
the poorest of third world countries and you act as if it doesn't happen.
You claim to be a Canadian and - if so - live the easy life with a
capitalist pension in a communist state ignorant and unconcerned about
how Cuban pensioners have to survive on 150 Cuban pesos.
You deny reality.
Post by The Razor's Edge
I am not saying that everything here in Cuba is good nor can I say that
everything is bad but I can say the good far outweighs the bad.
The bad far outweighs the good.
That is why the regime doesn't allow Cubans to express themselves freely
and freely elect their system.
The Razor's Edge
2013-12-06 11:58:38 UTC
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Luis Posada Carilles


SUMMARY OF THE MAIN TERRORIST ACTIONS AGAINST CUBA (1990-2000)

From 1959 on, counter-revolutionary groups created and directed by the U.S.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out countless terrorist
activities costing Cuba valuable lives and vast amounts of resources.

Encouraged by the fall of the socialist camp at the beginning of the 90's,
these groups have intensified their violent actions against the Cuban people
and its leaders from U.S. territory and from other bases of operations in
Central America.

Listed below are some of the most infamous of these actions callously
executed against the Cuban people:

July 17, 1990: Following the intensive lobbying by Florida Republican
Congresspersons, Ileana Ross and Connie Mack, U.S. President George H. Bush
releases well-known terrorist Orlando Bosch from jail. Bosch is the man
chiefly responsible for the October 1976 blasting of a Cuban civil airplane
in mid-flight, thereby killing all 73 people on board.

October 14, 1990: Two armed terrorists sneak into Santa Cruz Del Norte as
part of an action concocted in Miami. They are following orders to carry out
violent actions. Their weapons and false documents supplied in Miami are
confiscated by Cuban authorities. They also carry literature urging people
to join what they call "The Cuban Liberation Army" headed by Higinio Diaz
Anne, who had supplied them with money and propaganda material prior to
their departure from Miami.

May 15, 1991: Jose Basulto, an ex-Bay of Pigs mercenary, well-known
terrorist and CIA agent, establishes the so-called Brothers to the Rescue.
He asks President George H. Bush for three U.S. Air Force type 0-2 planes,
the military version of the Cessna which had been used in the war against
the Salvadoran people.

Congresswoman Ileana Ross heavily lobbies until the three planes are
obtained. A photo of the planes received by this counter-revolutionary group
appears in the press for the first time in a July 19,1991 article by the
publisher of the Miami Herald, who also actually flies with Brothers to the
Rescue. The letters USAF (United States Air Force) are clearly visible on
the planes.

September 17, l991: Two counter-revolutionaries from Miami infiltrate Cuba.
Their mission is to sabotage tourist shops in order to spread terror amongst
foreign visitors. Their weapons and a radio transmitter are confiscated.

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December 29, 1991: Three terrorists from the so-called Commandos L Group in
Miami enter Cuba illegally. Their weapons and other war materiel are
confiscated.

These three had received insurgency training with 50 or 60 other men in a
training camp on 168th Street in Miami.

May 8, 1992: Cuba files a complaint with the United Nations concerning
terrorist activities expressly organized to harm its territory. At Cuba's
request, a June 23, 1989 decision of the U.S. Department of Justice is
circulated as an official Security Council document.

The decision states that Orlando Bosch is banned from entering U.S.
territory, citing substantial proof of his past and present terrorist
activities, including the 1976 blasting of a Cuban civil aviation plane in
mid-flight. Today, this individual freely walks the streets of Miami after
George H. Bush grants him a presidential pardon.

July 4, 1992: A group of terrorists sets out from the United States in order
to attack economic targets along the Havana coastline. Once they are
detected by Cuban patrol boats, they move to waters off Varadero, where the
U.S. Coast Guard rescues them after their boat suffers a mechanical failure.
The FBI releases them after it confiscates their supply of weapons, and maps
and videos they had made during their journey.

July, 1992: An operation to infiltrate a U.S.-based terrorist into Cuba,
served with the mission of sabotaging an economic target in Villa Clara
province, fails. The terrorist is carrying weapons and explosives needed for
the job and is to be assisted by Brothers to the Rescue who would keep him
informed as to the position of the U.S. Coast Guard.

September 9, 1992: The FBI arrests a Cuban-born terrorist for illegal
possession of firearms and violation of the Law of Neutrality. He is
released without charges.

October 7, 1992: An armed attack against the Melia Varadero Hotel is
perpetrated from a vessel manned by four Miami terrorists who are later
arrested, questioned by the FBI, then released.

October 19, 1992: Three Miami-based counter-revolutionaries enter Cuba
illegally, carrying weapons and military equipment that are confiscated. At
the same time, three other terrorists are arrested in the Bahamas carrying
weapons and explosives, apparently destined for Cuba. These weapons are also
seized. This particular group had left Miami on October 17.

January, 1993: Five terrorists on board a vessel armed with heavy machine
guns and other weapons are arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard as they head
toward the Cuban coastline. They are quickly released.

January 7, 1993: During a press conference in Miami, Tony Bryant, leader of
the terrorist group "Commandos L" openly announces plans to carry out more
attacks against targets in Cuba. He makes a point of naming hotels as a
prime target. He is quoted as saying, "From now on we are at war with Cuba,"
and warns foreign tourists to stay away from Cuba.

April 2, 1993: Seven miles north of Matanzas, the tanker ship Mikonos
sailing under a Cypriot flag, is fired upon from a vessel manned by
Cuban-born U.S.-based terrorists.

May 18, 1993: Another violation of Cuban airspace is incurred by a plane
registered to Brothers to the Rescue bearing the number N8447.

May 21, 1993: Nine terrorists are arrested by the U.S. Customs Service who
board a vessel as they prepare to sail for Cuba in order to launch attacks
on that country. Their weapons and explosives are seized. On August 21,
Judge Lawrence King dismisses charges against them.

May, 1993: Brothers to the Rescue plan to blow up a high-tension pylon near
San Nicolas de Bari in Havana province.

October, 1993: Brothers to the Rescue publicly encourages attempts on the
life of President Fidel Castro and continues to incite violence against
Cuba. The Brothers confirm their readiness to accept the risk that could
come with this commitment. Andres Nazario Sargen, head of terrorist group
ALPHA 66, publicly announces in the U.S. that his organization had recently
carried out five illegal operations against Cuba.

October 18, 1993: A terrorist living in the U.S. is arrested upon his
arrival in Cuba.

His orders were to carry out acts of violence on Cuban soil.

November 7, 1993: During a press conference in Miami, Humberto Perez,
spokesperson for ALPHA 66, threatens that his war against Cuba would soon be
extended to any tourist visiting the island. "We consider anyone staying in
a Cuban hotel to be an enemy," he states.

1993: A Cuban citizen visiting in the United States is recruited by a
terrorist organization to carry out sabotage in Cuba against the tourism and
agricultural sectors. He is supplied with some of the materials required for
such actions and is offered the sum of $20,000 in U.S. funds.

March 11, 1994: A terrorist group from Miami fires on the Guitart Cayo Coco
Hotel.

April 17, 1994: Planes owned by Brothers to the Rescue fly at extremely low
altitudes over Havana and drop smoke bombs. In the following months of 1994,
the same group carries out at least seven other similar violations of Cuban
airspace.

September 4, 1994: Two U.S.-based terrorists infiltrate the area around
Caibarien, Villa Clara, charged with a mission of carrying out sabotage in
that province. A number of weapons and large amounts of military equipment
are seized.

October 6, 1994: Another armed group fires automatic weapons at the Guitart
Cayo Coco Hotel from a boat that had embarked from Florida.

October 15, 1994: A group of armed terrorists coming from the United States
land on the causeway to Cayo Santa Maria near Caibarien, Villa Clara, and
murder a Cuban, Arcelio Rodriguez Garcia.

October, 1994: Brothers to the Rescue uses one of its planes to train
members of a Florida-based counter-revolutionary organization. They plan to
carry out acts of sabotage on the Cienfuegos oil refinery. In November of
the same year, they also plan to make an attempt on the life of President
Fidel Castro and other leaders of the Revolution and to continue arms and
explosives smuggling into Cuba.

November, 1994: Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and five of his accomplices
smuggle weapons into Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, during the Fourth
Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in order to make an
attempt on the life of President Fidel Castro. However, the security belt
keeps him at a distance, thus thwarting the assassination plot. Posada
Carriles later tells the New York Times, "I was standing behind some
journalists and I saw Castro's friend, Garcia Marquez, but I could only see
Castro from a long way away."

November 11, 1994: Four terrorists are arrested in Varadero, Matanzas. After
sneaking into Cuba, they are relieved of weapons and munitions.

March 2, 1995: Two terrorists from the United States sneak onto the coast of
Cuba near Puerto Padre, Las Tunas. They are carrying 51 pounds of C-4
explosives and other munitions.

April 4, 1995: A C-337 light plane violates Cuban airspace north of Havana
between Santa Fe and Guanabo beach.

May 20, 1995: The Guitart Cayo Coco Hotel is once again attacked by
terrorists manning a fast launch that had come from the United States.

July 12, l995: Three terrorists are arrested in the United States as they
are preparing to sneak into Cuba with a plan of executing an act of
provocation just off the Cuban coast. Despite confiscation of their weapons
and explosives, U.S. authorities release them.

July 13, 1995: A plot organized by Brothers to the Rescue employs eleven
vessels, six light planes, and two helicopters. They leave the U.S. and
illegally enter Cuban territorial waters and airspace. One of the light
planes blatantly flies over the heart of Havana and showers the city with
propaganda leaflets.

December 16, 1995: Two terrorists are arrested in the U.S. as they ready
themselves to sneak into Cuba through Pinar del Rio in order to carry out
subversive actions. U.S. authorities confiscate their weapons and explosives
and release them.

January 9, 1996: Two light planes depart from Opa-locka Airport in Florida
and violate Cuban airspace.

January 12, 1996: A Cuban immigrant from the U.S. is arrested while trying
to transport explosives from the city of Havana to Pinar del Rio.

January 13, 1996: Several Brothers to the Rescue planes violate Cuban
airspace over the city of Havana. Later, terrorist Basulto scoffs, "They say
I was flying over Cuban airspace, something everybody knows and which I have
never denied."

January 23, 1996: U.S. authorities intercept a vessel in Marathon Key
heading for Cuba with five armed terrorists on board. The FBI releases the
five that very same day.

February 11, 1996: After firing upon the Cuban coastline, a vessel coming
from the U.S. carrying three terrorists, is captured by the Cuban Coastguard
Patrol.

February 24, 1996: Brothers to the Rescue launch a new foray. Three light
planes violate Cuban airspace directly over the heart of Havana and two of
them are shot down. In the 20 months prior to this incident, there had been
at least 25 other violations of Cuban airspace.

June 26, 1996: During a session of the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), the Chairman of the Investigating Committee
acknowledges that at least one of the Brothers to the Rescue planes in
Opa-locka Airport, Florida, still has the insignia of the U.S. Air Force on
it. He testifies, "The F is a little pale; it looks as if it is beginning to
fade, but you can still see it."

August 21, 1996: A U.S. citizen is arrested in Cuba. He had clandestinely
brought military equipment into the country and was planning to carry out
terrorist actions on Cuban soil.

September 16, 1996: A person is arrested when he is caught sneaking into
Cuba through Punta Alegre, Ciego de Avila, on a boat carrying weapons and a
great deal of military equipment.

October 21, 1996: An SS-RR light plane, registration number N3093, owned by
the U.S. State Department, sprays a substance containing the pesticide Thrip
Palmi Karny as it flies over the Giron international corridor about 25 to 30
kilometres south of Varadero.

November 16, 1996: Miami television carries a live interview with Luis
Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch. They reaffirm their intentions of
continuing with their terrorist activities against Cuba.

April 12, 1997: An explosive device is detonated in the Melia Cohiba Hotel
in the city of Havana.

April 30, 1997: Another explosive device is discovered in the Melia Cohiba
Hotel.

July 12, 1997: Bombs explode in the Capri and Nacional Hotels.

August 11, 1997: The Miami press publish a statement from the Cuban American
National Foundation (CANF) which pledges unconditional support to the
terrorist bomb attacks against civilian and tourist targets in Cuba. The
chairman of this organization claims, "We do not think of these as terrorist
actions," and went on to say, ".any action against Cuba is legitimate."

August 22, 1997: A bomb explodes in the Sol Palmeras Hotel in Varadero.

September 4, 1997: Several bombs explode in the Triton, Chateau Miramar and
Copacabana Hotels. The explosion in the latter kills Fabio Di Celmo, a young
Italian tourist. On the same day, another bomb explodes at La Bodeguita del
Medio restaurant. (CNN story 1 / CNN story 2

September 10, 1997: The Cuban Government announces the arrest of Salvadoran
national, Raul Cruz Leon, the person responsible for placing six of the
bombs that exploded in various hotels in the Cuban capital, including the
one that killed Italian tourist, Fabio Di Celmo. Cruz Leon admits that he
had been paid $4,500 in U.S. funds for each bomb.

October 19, 1997: An explosive device is found in a tourist van.

October 27, 1997: The U.S. Coast Guard intercepts a vessel west of Puerto
Rico. They confiscate two high velocity .50 calibre rifles with their
tripods, night vision gear, military uniforms and communications equipment.
These sophisticated weapons, strictly military in nature, are designed for
long range attacks on vehicles and aircraft.

One person on the vessel admits that his mission was to assassinate
President Fidel Castro at the time that he would arrive on Margarita Island,
Venezuela, on November 7, 1997, to attend the Ibero-American Summit.

U.S. authorities discover that the vessel had been registered by a Florida
company whose chief executive officer, manager and secretary/treasurer is
Jose Antonio Llama, a director of CANF and a Bay of Pigs mercenary. One of
the rifles is registered in the name of Jose Francisco Hernandez, CANF
co-chairman. Futhermore, it is discovered that the other rifle had been
purchased by a member of Brigade 2506 in 1994.

The four crew members on the vessel are identified as: a well-known CIA
agent, the captain of a CIA boat used by Florida infiltration teams sneaking
into Cuba, the chairman of a New Jersey counter-revolutionary group, and a
member of Alpha 66.

Despite their confessions and indisputable evidence of the illegal
possession of arms, false testimony and arms smuggling, these terrorists are
acquitted by a U.S. Federal Court of Law in December, 1999, after a flawed
trial.

October 30, 1997: An explosive device is discovered hidden in a kiosk just
outside of Terminal 2 at the Jose Marti International Airport in the city of
Havana. Two men, originally from El Salvador and three others, originally
from Guatemala, would later be arrested for crimes against tourist
facilities. All of them are shown to have links with terrorist Luis Posada
Carriles.

November 16, 1997: Following a two-month investigation, a Florida newspaper
reports that the series of bomb explosions in Havana were bankrolled and
directed by Miami anti-Cuban groups. In particular, they note that Luis
Posada Carriles, a fugitive from justice for having blown up a Cuban plane
in 1976, was at the heart of the operation.

May, 1998: Two terrorists sneak into Santa Lucia, Pinar del Rio. They had
embarked from the U.S. with an enormous cache of weapons and war materiel.

June 16, 1998: After several meetings in which the Cuban Government provides
the FBI and other U.S. government agencies with information about terrorist
activities concocted in the U.S. against Cuba, an official U.S. delegation
travels to Havana, including two very highly-placed FBI officials. They are
presented with precise details, films, recordings and other irrefutable
material evidence on the activities of 40 terrorists who operate out of the
U.S. in missions of espionage against Cuba.

July 12, 1998: An article in the New York Times reports a statement made by
Cuban American, Antonio Jorge Alvarez, in which he complains that the FBI
neglected to investigate the validity of information he had previously
imparted to them concerning a proposed assassination attempt on the life of
Fidel Castro to take place during the Ibero-American Summit in Venezuela.

According to the New York Times, Alvarez had provided the FBI with
information that Posada Carriles, together with accomplices who were working
in Alvarez' factory in Guatemala, were preparing this assassination mission
as well as the bomb explosions in Havana. Alvarez says, "I risked my
business and my life and they (FBI) did nothing."

July 12 and 13, 1998: In an interview with the New York Times, Luis Posada
Carriles admits to having organized the bomb campaign against Cuban tourist
centres. He also acknowledges that the leaders of CANF had bankrolled his
operations and that its chairman, Jorge Mas Canosa, was personally in charge
of overseeing the flow of funds and logistic support to those operations. He
says, "Jorge Mas Canosa controlled everything. Whenever I needed money he
would say that he would give me $5,000 -- $10,000 - or even $l5,000 (US
funds) and he did!"

Posada also admits to having paid Raul Cruz Leon to place the bombs in
Havana hotels. Referring to the young Italian tourist killed by one of these
bombs, he blithely tells the New York Times,".He was sitting in the wrong
place at the wrong time."

In compiling these reports, the New York Times used CIA and FBI files,
testimony from more than 100 people and more than 13 hours of recorded
interviews with Posada Carriles as well as documents personally signed by
him.

July 23, 1998: The Miami press publishes an article entitled: IN THE UNITED
STATES, ANTI-CASTRO PLOTS RARELY LEAD TO JAIL. The article mentions several
cases, such as the 1990 acquittal of 6 terrorists who took guns and weapons
to Nicaragua for an attempt on the life of the Cuban President. It also
mentions the Rodolfo Frometa and Fausto Marimoms acquittals concerning
charges of planning to use Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons
in terrorist attacks.

The article also quotes statements attributed to a well-known terrorist
named Tony Bryant, who said that in 1989, the FBI intercepted him in a boat
loaded with weapons and explosives and let him go. He added to his statement
that he had been intercepted in two of his missions against Cuba, but the
FBI never did anything to him.

August 2, 1998: In an interview for the program "Opposing Points of View"
for CBS News, Posada Carriles says that he intends to launch more attacks on
Cuban facilities, either inside or outside the island.

August, 1998: Even before President Fidel Castro's announcement that the
Cuban President would be attending the Summit of Heads of State and
Government of CARIFORUM in the Dominican Republic, several Cuban-born
terrorists plot an attempt on his life to be carried out some time between
August 20 and 25. To that end, Posada Carriles arranges a meeting in the
Guatemala City Holiday Inn one month before the summit to plan on how to get
weapons and explosives into Santo Domingo.

September 12, 1998: In desperation, hoping to anticipate the timetables of
these relentless, illegal attacks on the Cuban people by Cuban-American
right-wing extremist groups, Cubans enter the U.S. on a fact-finding mission
in order to monitor the movements of these terrorist groups.

The Cuban government shares the incriminating evidence with the FBI. Three
months later, abetted by these influential, well-financed Cuban-American
extremist groups, the FBI arrests the Cubans.

The case has attracted the attention and participation of human rights
lawyers in the U.S. and other countries and is now languishing in the U.S.
court system.

November 17, 2000: A group of terrorists led by Posada Carriles is arrested
in Panama. These terrorists have entered Panama with false documents in
order to conduct yet another attempt on the life of Fidel Castro during the
10th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government. Their weapons,
explosives, a sketch of Fidel Castro's proposed route as well as an agenda
of public meetings are seized. The Cuban American National Foundation is
financing the team of lawyers defending the terrorists.

April 26, 200l: Three terrorists from the Commandos Groups, F-45 and Alpha
66, attempt to land on the north coast of Villa Clara province. They fire
shots at the Cuban Coastguard which has spotted them. Four AKM rifles, one
M-3 rifle with a silencer, three hand guns, a great deal of material such as
night vision equipment and communications equipment are confiscated by Cuban
authorities. This equipment was meant to carry out sabotage and terrorist
action on Cuban soil.

In addition to the plots listed above, Cuban authorities have learned of 16
other plots to assassinate the President of Cuba, 8 plots to assassinate
other leaders of the Revolution and 140 other terrorist plots hatched
between 1990 and 2001. All of these plots were discouraged and prevented by
the diligent work of the Cuban Security and Intelligence Services.
Cubaverdad
2013-12-15 10:38:10 UTC
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Luis Posada Carilles
Thank you for confirming that since 2000 no violent action was taken and
that no Cuban died in any attack you can blame on CANF
The Razor's Edge
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Continuation of Terrorist Plans from the US
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The statements of Francisco Chávez Abarca and the plans against Venezuela
expose the continuation of the terrorist actions against Cuba and raise new
questions on the complicity of the CIA, CANF, Posada Carriles and the
anti-Cuban members of Congress.

As news were published that Luis Posada Carriles and various extremist
organizations based in the US intend to carry on their plans of violent and
paramilitary actions against Cuba, international terrorist Francisco Antonio
Chávez Abarca was arrested in Venezuela last July 1st. He is one of the main
links of the Central American connection employed in violent actions against
Cuba by the notorious criminal, the Cuban American National Foundation
(CANF) and some of its former members that currently make up the Council for
the Liberation of Cuba (CLC).

Posada Carriles, a fugitive of the Venezuelan legal system, remains active
and devising anti-Cuban schemes inside and out of the US territory,
collecting debts and favors from politicians, officials and local or Central
American agents as if he did not remember, mind or care about the hearing to
set the date of the trial -or mock trial-he should face early next year,
under a minor migratory charge.

Cuba, that has never permitted -and never will-the use of its territory for
planning, funding or executing terrorist actions against any other state,
has watched for over five decades how its neighbor to the North, and
particularly Miami city, has provided safe haven to notorious terrorists,
from before and after the triumph of the Revolution; funds are raised and
provided, and bank accounts operated to finance their actions and those who
sponsor, plan and carry out criminal actions against our country, many of
them formerly or currently in the CIA and FBI payrolls, are allowed to use
the territory.

Is terrorism no longer fashionable?

Chávez Abarca admits that as of September 2005, there are plans to murder
the Venezuelan President.

Chávez Abarca admits that as of September 2005, there are plans to murder
the Venezuelan President.

As a “guest of honor” of the terrorist organization Alpha ’66 Annual
Congress, held on February 27-28, 2010, Posada proposed to take up the plans
of violent and paramilitary actions against Cuba.

Although the leaders of the group indicated that as part of a strategy they
should pretend to transform into a political, civilian and peaceful party,
they have ratified that terrorism is their main line of action and
instrument to destroy the Revolution. Likewise, they recommended raising
funds for purchasing new boats and equipping them with machine guns either
to land in Cuba or to attack our coasts.

Coincidentally, on March 22, a few days after that congress, the residence
of the Cuban ambassador in Guatemala was attacked with explosive bullets
shot with grenade launchers causing material damages.

In this context, Congressman Lincoln Díaz-Balart makes news again. He is the
number one cheerleader of the worst actions against our people, from the
promotion in Capitol Hill of a military aggression on Cuba and the
assassination of the Commander in Chief, to the kidnapping of the child
Elián González or the encouragement of hunger strikes as a method of
struggle of the mercenaries.

About to relinquish his legislative position, Díaz-Balart re-launched at the
end of May 2010 the terrorist organization known as La Rosa Blanca, created
by his father a few days after the revolutionary victory, and of which he
now claims to be President, with the objective of becoming the main boss of
the Miami Mafia.

La Rosa Blanca was the first counterrevolutionary organization established
in the US by henchmen of Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship who fled Cuba
running away from their abuses and crimes. As of 1959, it bonded with the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas
Trujillo to organize an uprising in the Escambray Mountains. It is
remembered for burning down schools, farmers’ houses, sugarcane fields and
textile factories wounding and maiming a number of people and causing large
economic damage.

Why is a US Congressman reactivating such an organization in the 21st
century? What for?

Díaz-Balart’s new chicanery can’t obscure his intention to receive and
channel part of the funds worth millions allocated by the US government for
subversion, a booty they all want seize, including other notorious
terrorists like Roberto Martín Pérez and his fellow descendants of torturers
under Batista’s dictatorship who also took part in the re-founding of La
Rosa Blanca.

His colleague Ileana Ros-Lethinen, who won the nickname of ‘the Ferocious
She-Wolf’ for her shameful role in the kidnapping of Elián González, is
accountable for having done more than anyone else during her 1988 political
campaign for the release of Orlando Bosch, a close friend of Enrique Ros,
the legislator’s father. Bosch and Posada Carriles were the masterminds
behind the action against a Cuban airliner that took the lives of 73 people.

In 1991, under the Administration of George Bush, senior, Congresswoman
Ileana Ros-Lethinen interceded with the President to have three US Air Force
type 0-2 planes –the military version of the Cessna used in exploration
missions-delivered to the Brothers to the Rescue group headed by José
Basulto, a Playa Giron ex-mercenary, a terrorist and CIA agent. On July 19,
1992, as the air operations started, the press for the first time published
pictures of the aircraft handed over to that counterrevolutionary group,
with the USAF (US Air Force) insignia clearly visible in a report by the
editor of the Miami Herald, who made a flight with them.

Incited by members of Congress Ileana Ros and Lincoln Díaz-Balart as well as
by other counterrevolutionary organizations in Miami, Brothers to the Rescue
staged provocations on Cuban territory to damage the favorable process of
talks initiated by the United States and Cuba after the Migratory Accords of
1994 and 1995.

Sponsored by the Miami Mafia, this counterrevolutionary group concentrated
every effort in provoking an incident and violated Cuban airspace 25 times
in 20 months, including flights over Havana City dropping various objects
and leading to the events of February 24, 1996 and the downing of the
aircraft.

Again, this provocation strained the Cuban-American relations and encouraged
the adoption of the Helms-Burton Act, whose content makes it more difficult
to find solutions in the future to the two countries feud, as it turned into
law all of the measures related to the US economic, commercial and financial
blockade.

In 2008, Ileana Ros headed another effort, this time for the presidential
pardon of terrorist Eduardo Arocena, the intellectual author of the murder
of United Nations Cuban diplomat Felix García Rodríguez in 1980 and the bomb
blasts in US public places. More recently, Ros-Lethinen has played a major
role raising funds to pay for Posada Carriles defense attorneys.

“The CANF goals are my own,” she said. This was her early commitment in 1989
with the terrorist organization that put up her candidacy and used all of
its economic and political power to ensure her a seat in the US Congress. “I
approve the possibility of someone murdering Fidel Castro,” she said to a
British BBC documentary maker in March 2006, while she sat peacefully in her
Washington office.

Various analysts have addressed the concern and expectations in the US
arising from the arrest of Chávez Abarca, particularly among members of
Congress and officials whose political careers are very closely linked to
Posada, the CIA and CANF. There are rumors that some of the most anxious
are anti-Cuban New Jersey Congressmen Bob Menéndez and Albio Sires. The
former has usually sponsored terrorists, from the days when his “adviser”
for the community was Alfredo Chumaceiro Anillo who, on July 24, 1976, tried
to blow up the Lincoln Center Theater during the performance of a troupe of
Cuban artists.

Menéndez was a close friend and son-in-law of the late CANF director Arnaldo
Monzón Plasencia, who not only made donations to his election campaigns but
also contributed $25,000 to partly pay for the terrorist actions of 1997.
His personal assistant for the planning and murder of said Cuban diplomat
was José Manuel Alvarez, a.k.a. “The Bear.” Others involved in that
assassination were the convict Arocena, ex chieftain of Omega 7, and hired
assassin Pedro Remón Rodríguez who shot our official. This crime, as many
others, is still unpunished.

Another revealing link is attorney Guillermo Hernández, one of the most
active among Menéndez’s consultants. He is now acting as an independent
council to Posada Carriles to prevent his extradition to Venezuela and to
help him face other charges that might be brought against him.

One of Congressman Albio Sires’ closest staff is Angel Manuel Alfonso
Alemán, a.k.a. “La Cota”, a member of the terrorist commando detained in
Puerto Rico in 1997 on board a CANF vessel on its way to Margarita Island,
Venezuela, with the intention of murdering Commander in Chief Fidel Castro
Ruz, with high power rifles, during the 7th Ibero-American Summit of Heads
of State. Alfonso Alemán is one of his main contacts with Posada Carriles
and the Miami Mafia.

It doesn’t come as a surprise either that the notorious Cuban American
National Foundation (CANF), which for a long time sponsored a great number
of terrorist groups bent on damaging our interests, both inside and outside
of the national territory, is now offering the public -just like the others-
an image of moderation, while it funds and supplies resources for the
provocative actions of the so-called “Ladies in White” and tries to promote
domestic discontent, which they pay for with their own money and that
allocated by US entities.

Targeting the Venezuelan elections

If terrorism was no longer fashionable, what was the purpose of Chávez
Abarca’s trip to Venezuela? What was he doing during his suspicious
movements around Central America? Who are behind his actions? What have the
US officials done to prevent them from bringing their terrorist plans to
fruition in Miami, El Salvador, Guatemala or Cuba? How effective were the
measures adopted by the previous Salvadoran government to restrain their
freedom to kill?

The detainee has already admitted the destabilizing plans he would have
carried out in that sister nation, attempting to kill leaders of the
Bolivarian process or hurt their image in light of the forthcoming elections
on September 26. Chávez Abarca has said that it was his purpose “to burn
tires, promote street disturbances, and attack a political party to blame
the other.”

He has revealed that one of the most important of Posada Carriles current
plans is to try to sink ships taking oil from Venezuela to Havana. He also
said that CANF has destined nearly $100 million to plans against Venezuela,
as it feels that the South American country is the “financial backbone” of
Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guatemala.

According to his statements, at the end of September 2005 they had plans to
murder President Hugo Chávez. To that end, Posada instructed to use a .50
Barret rifle.

Ever since that mercenary left prison on September 2007, after serving a
sentence for trafficking in stolen cars, he started working in coordination
with Posada to act violently against Cuba and other ALBA nations, including
attempts on the life of President Chávez in exchange for money.

At the time of his detention, and in order to ensure such objectives, he had
instructions from his bosses in Florida to undertake intelligence actions in
Venezuelan territory leading to the creation of the necessary logistics to
implement covert operations.

This mercenary, who has operated with Posada’s support, had taken refuge in
Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador.

During the preliminary investigation into the case, the detainee has
admitted that he was recruited as a mercenary and trained by Posada Carriles
himself, who gave him firsthand instructions and paid $2,000 for every bomb
blast in Cuba. He received the instructions during meetings in hotels and
other places in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala where he met the
terrorists of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) Arnaldo Monzón
Plasencia, Pedro Remón Rodríguez, Guillermo Novo Sampol and Gaspar Jiménez
Escobedo. “All of them clearly said that they belong to the Foundation and
that Posada is a member of CANF in Miami,” said Chávez Abarca.

With the acquiescence of CIA and friendly presidents

He added that Posada boasted of asking for CIA consent every time he was to
carry out one of his violent actions against Cuba, and that on one occasion
he had said that the man who had interrupted the conversation was a CIA
officer, his handler, who had called him on the phone. He also said that it
was easy for him to evade the very few inquiries into his actions conducted
by the FBI and the State Intelligence Office in El Salvador.

As to Posada’s personal connections in El Salvador, he said that he had
excellent relations with almost every rightwing president before the current
government. He mentioned Calderón Sol, Cristiani and Francisco Flores, with
whom he used to go fishing. He also mentioned his friend Rodrigo Avila who
was police Commissioner twice. “They all visited the Foundation people in
Miami,” he added.

Chávez Abarca related that in 1997, when the Cuban TV broadcast a program
showing Salvadoran terrorist Raúl Ernesto Cruz León exposing his connection
to Posada Carriles and CANF, the former instructed him to kill the members
of the man’s family; thus he now fears for the fate of his wife and
children.

Chávez Abarca not only recruited and trained other Central American
mercenaries previously arrested in Cuba -one Salvadoran and three
Guatemalans-but he also set up bombs at the Aché disco and in the 15th floor
of the Meliá Cohíba hotel, on April 12 and 30, 1997, respectively, and
another one at the Comodoro hotel, as an International Chess Tournament was
taking place with over 40 children. Some of these children could have been
killed as they unknowingly played with the bag where the explosive device
was camouflaged.

The bomb detected on the eve of May 1st, 1997, in the 15th floor of the
Meliá Cohíba hotel contained 1.5 kilograms of the highly-destructive
military plastic explosive C-4, capable of razing buildings, bridges and
vessels.

In that period, the terrorist ring led by Posada Carriles and the CANF
brought into the country over 30 explosive devices -18 of them in less than
a year-11 of which blew up in various tourist facilities, including the one
that caused the death of young Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo, injuries to
others and large material damage.

Still, there could have been thousands of fatalities if they had
materialized plans on usually crowded recreational and tourist centers like
the Tropicana cabaret, discothèques, hotels and monuments, all of them
frustrated by the Cuban Sate Security with the people’s collaboration.

The CANF and those that from the US government incited and permitted this
kind of actions had some obvious objectives: to build the perception that
these actions had been executed by domestic opposition groups; to trigger
panic and instability; to deal a strong blow to tourism; and, to make the
national economy succumb to chaos.

Between 1990 and the first years of the current decade, coinciding with
these violent actions, the Miami Mafia implemented more than 25 terrorist
actions in the US territory, which included bomb blasts, aggressions with
fire weapons, verbal threats and provocations against Cuban interests,
immigrants, travel agencies, personalities and organizations supportive of
Cuba, and even death threats against President William Clinton and his
Secretary of Justice Janet Reno for their decision to return the child Elián
González.

Additionally, throughout this decade we had to tackle plans to assassinate
the Commander in Chief in practically every Ibero-American Summit held in
various capitals and during his travels overseas, as proven by Posada’s and
his henchmen’s capture in fraganti in Panama, where in order to murder him
they were willing to cause a genocide killing hundreds of university
students and other participants in a function chaired by comrade Fidel.

Have such intentions left the minds of Posada Carriles and the bitter
enemies of the Revolution that still hold seats in the US Congress? Will the
current US Administration be able to curb the impetus and ambitions of the
freeloaders and re-founders of old murderous organizations in the US
territory? Will the complex US legal system ever put an end to the impunity
of Miami, already in its 51st year, and do justice in the case of our Five
Heroes who have spent more than 12 years enduring a cruel imprisonment?

Will there be an end to the reproduction of mercenaries when the threat of
the coups is a reality in the region as tangible as weapon-trafficking,
drug-trafficking and the proliferation of all sorts of gangs?

Although unjustly and inexplicably included in the list of state sponsors of
terrorism, Cuba has given plenty of evidence to the US that it fights that
scourge seriously and steadily. Despite the state terrorism that has been
Washington’s official policy through five decades, there have been valuable
bilateral exchanges of information on this issue, from the Cuban alert on a
plan to murder President Ronald Reagan in 1984 to Posada Carriles’
intentions to revisit in 1998 an action similar to the Barbados crime, this
time against airlines operating between Central America and Cuba.

At that time, June 16-17, 1998, talks were held with an FBI delegation which
visited Havana and its airport facilities, received firsthand information of
the documents available on plans, evidence, and personal information on the
terrorists; their exact addresses and connections in the US and Central
America; their modus operandi and false names used in their immigration
documents; the places where they hid the boats for their actions; explosives
and devices seized or the remains of those that exploded.

Impunity and injustice as a response

banner_razones_inglesThe US delegation took back home almost ten dossiers,
hundreds of pages of stunning and irrefutable evidence, in addition to those
discussed with them during a number of hours of exchanges with chiefs and
experts of the Ministry of the Interior. Before they left, the FBI officer
heading the mission and the chief of the US Interests Section in Cuba
promised to respond within 15 days on the results of their inquiries.

Twelve years later, the only response is the impunity of the culprits of
those repulsive actions who walk free and even march through the streets of
the United States, and the injustice of keeping in prison five young
anti-terrorist fighters who contributed to the detection of and timely alert
on such plans. Their only “crime” is having prevented the loss of more human
lives and larger material damage. The first result of those talks was the
arrest of our comrades and the sudden stampede of the perpetrators of such
crimes.

Cuba has described impunity and double-standard as unacceptable in the fight
on terrorism, and has reiterated its commitment to the struggle against such
actions. Our country condemns every terrorist action, method and practice
in every form and expression wherever they are committed, no matter by whom
or against whom, and regardless of motivation. This has just been ratified
at the UN General Assembly where we have also denounced the most abominable
State terrorism of which we have been victims for over half a century.

The current US government has inherited a gloomy and dangerous history with
a combination of intelligence services and unscrupulous officers; terrorist
organizations and notorious criminals and mercenaries; rigged trials and
investigations; corrupted detectives, prosecutors, judges, members of
Congress and former government officials.

Washington has enough information to unearth the hidden truths that the
courts need to do justice in the case of Posada Carriles and a number of
other terrorists who walk free in the US; indispensable elements to clarify
and put an end, once and for all, to their impunity and the injustice
committed with our five compatriots.

The world needs the truth to prevail. It’s in the hands of the current US
Administration, its intelligence services and legal authorities to
declassify and release all the necessary documents to expose and punish the
culprits, and to prevent new terrorist actions against Cuba, Venezuela and
other member countries of ALBA, which are still the targets of this scourge.

Such effort cannot underestimate or ignore the revelations made by detainee
Chávez Abarca concerning the plans against the forthcoming elections in
Venezuela; the involvement of Miami terrorists in the coup d’état dealt in
that fraternal nation and in Honduras as the investigations show or the new
plots against democratic governments in Central America, mentioned by the
detainee that give rise to questions on possible connections of members of
the extreme right, the CIA and the Mafia in Florida.

Punishing Posada Carriles is only as fair and necessary as releasing the
Cuban Five heroes, that is, if Washington wants to be consistent with its
alleged commitment to the anti-terrorist struggle.

Cuba has plenty of reasons to defend itself and to continue in the struggle
for justice and against terrorism. The 3,478 dead and 2099 compatriots
physically disabled by State terrorism and the continuation of the plans of
its main authors and promoters reaffirm our determination not to give in to
such threats.
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Continuation of Terrorist Plans from the US
24 septiembre 2010 Haga un comentario
No proof of any terrorist threat. Thanks for confirming that.
Note that Posada Carriles was tried an declared innocent in his first
trial in Venezuela

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