Senators Optimistic Cuba Will Soon Free Alan Gross 3

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Senators Jeff Flake and Tom Udall met with Alan Gross, an American contractor who has been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009. They express confidence that Gross will soon be released.

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  1. THIS IS WHAT I PUBLISHED LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS AGO. AMERICAN POLITICIANS, PARTICULARLY THE STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES WHERE ALAN GROSS IS A CONSTITUENT SHOULD HEED THIS HISTORIC PRECEDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, SPECIALLY, WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICANS INMPRISONED OVERSEAS. GET IT DONE NOW..

    The subject of prisoner swap as a matter of precedent and as prior agreed-to by the U.S. is nothing new. It is a part of U.S. History prior to the Cold War, during the Cold War, post Cold War and as recent as the year 2010 and 2014 as follows:

    1.) For instance, Moscow and Washington conducted the biggest prisoner Exchange, post the Cold War, in 2010. Ten alleged Russian spies arrested in the US were traded for four convicted Russian spies. Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and the U.S. agreed on the swap deal “on the grounds of humanitarian character and principles of constructive partnership” and in the “context of improvement of Russian-American relations,”. This is textually what the Russian Foreign Ministry said at that time. The action was meant to give the relations between the two states “new dynamics which fit in with top level agreements between Moscow and Washington on the strategic partnership,” the ministry said in its statement.

    2.) In May 2014, five Taliban fighters were released in a prisoner swap with the sole remaining American military hostage; Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    Additionally, during the Cold War spy prisoner swaps were quite common practice as follows:

    1.) The most significant case: a Soviet spy, KGB colonel Rudolf Abel known as William Fischer. On February 10, 1962 was exchanged for American pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over the USSR on May 1, 1960, sentenced to 10 years in prison. The exchange took place on the Glienicke Bridge connecting Potsdam, East Germany, to West Berlin.

    2.) In December 1962 the U.S. swaped tractors and $50 million in exchange for the aprehended soldiers of the brigade 2506 of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Ramon Conte Hernández, 56, who was with the 2506 Brigade was freed at the request of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. He was the last imprisoned member of a United States-sponsored forcé–the 2506 Brigade that launched the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in April 1961.

    2.) Two years later, in 1964 the same bridge served as scene of another swap: Soviet Konon Molody traded for British spy Greville Wynne. Molody, known in the West as Gordon Arnold Lonsdale, an illegal resident spy during the Cold War and mastermind of a Portland Spy Ring operated in UK from late 1950s to 1961.

    3.) Relations between the United States and Cuba appeared to be improving with an agreement of December 1984 that provided for the return of 2,700 “Cuban criminals” and “mental patients” who entered the United States on the Mariel boatlift swaped in exchange for 20,000 Cubans granted to come to the United States.

    4.) In February 1986, a famous Soviet dissident Anatoly Shcharansky (now Natan Sharansky) imprisoned for treason and espionage was swapped for Communist spies arrested in 1984: Karl Koecher and Hana Koecher.

    Those are just a few examples out of a number of prisoner swap deals that have been conducted by the U.S. as recent and which establish long term precedent dating back to the Cold War and even prior to that time back to the Civil War in the U.S..

    It is history revisited as far as the U.S. is concerned with regards to proceeding to do this latest prisoner swap. This time it is a three-to-one prisoner swap ratio Cuba and U.S., respectively. Particularly now that the U.S. is in a mode to normalize Diplomatic relations with Cuba. If such is the case a prisoner swap could set the basis to sitting down to start talks to normalize Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. As an after thought, the mayority of Cuban Americans in the U.S. today are in favor of normalizing relations to achieve the end of the U.S. failed trade embargo against Cuba.

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