Actor/Producer Mike Farrell, best known for his eight years on M*A*S*H, five seasons on “Providence,” and the 1998 comedy-drama “Patch Adams,” recently mailed the following letter to President Obama:
July 5, 2012
Dear President Obama,
Though I fear your staff protects you from letters such as this, I write in the hope that one of our voices leaks through. I am one of thousands of people around the world who ask that you make a humanitarian gesture that is also a meaningful step to reduce international tensions: grant Executive Clemency and cause the release of the Cuban 5, who have been wrongly held in our prisons for nearly 14 years.
Together with a number of colleagues in the arts who speak as Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, I ask for the release of these five men: Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Rene González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort.
Release them because they are sons, husbands, brothers, poets, pilots, college graduates and artists who have committed no crime against the United States.
Release them because they came to this country unarmed and never posed a threat of any kind to US National Security.
Release them because they came here only to monitor the activities of violent Cuban exiles who, operating from bases in Miami of which our government is well aware, were planning violent actions against innocent people in Cuba.
Release them because they were trying to prevent more brutal acts against their country and save innocent lives.