Tampa Tribune’s “Pro-Consulate” Argument Fatally Flawed 5

macdillBy Chris Simmons

The Tampa Tribune’s recent editorial, “Get behind consulate effort,” is an interesting read, mostly because of its total lack of understanding of US national security and Castro’s Cuba. For example, the feature claims “warnings by several former military officials that the local Cuban consulate would become a hotbed for espionage seem to us overwrought.” It then concedes that Havana undoubtedly DOES collect against MacDill Air Force Base, but proposes that a consulate would actually “make it easier to keep tabs on Cuban officials.”

It seems the Tribune is speaking out of both sides of its mouth. Just last month, it ran a story highlighting several Cuban espionage operations in the area. Now it insists adding more spies – this time based out of consulate – would make it easier to find them.

What the paper meant to say is finding spies hidden among a consulate’s diplomats is easier then finding them operating somewhere within the greater Tampa/St Pete metropolitan area. That point is true – and totally irrelevant. Operationally, the local Cuban spy networks already in play would avoid contact with any of their diplomatic facilities because of the inherent risks. These covert spies – when caught – go to jail – as did many members of Cuba’s Wasp Network, a branch of which was headquartered in Tampa. Diplomat-spies are different, as immunity precludes their arrest.

Furthermore, who will monitor these new Cuban spies? I suspect local counterintelligence entities are already busy hunting down other clandestine networks run by the Russians, Chinese, Iranians, Cubans, ISIS, etc. What will local politicians say when these unmonitored Cubans are later caught conducting economic espionage against local businesses?

Havana’s acquisition of a Hellfire missile should remind everyone that US secrets are for sale around the clock. Cuba’s intelligence services would welcome the opening of a Tampa consulate – but only as a tool augmenting a very lucrative revenue stream.

5 comments

  1. Excellent article, it seems that many do not care about having more spies from the G2 in the Tampa Bay area, all they care is the money they think they will be making out of the business with Cuba (I doubt it), no matter the security of our McDill Base. Some of us are very concerned and will continue fighting against those who will sell their soul to make a couple of dollars

  2. Pingback: Tampa Tribune offers ridiculous argument in favor of consulate in Tampa for Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship | Babalú Blog

  3. Jorge L. García Vázquez/Berlin
    Oficina de Documentación/Berlín

    Sobre la visita del ex-espía Gerardo Hernández a Berlin

    Berlín: Bridge of “cuban” spies?

    La Dirección de Inteligencia de Cuba y el Partido Comunista continúan en Alemania sus operaciones de influencia y desinformacion.

    La actual situación política y económica en Europa, incluyendo los efectos de la guerra en Siria y el restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas entre Washington y La Habana, es idónea para la realización de estas actividades.La visita del ex-espía Gerardo Hernández a Berlin y su encuentro con diputados del parlamento alemán( Partido La Izquierda),acompañado del Embajador Sr.René Mujica Cantelar, un veterano oficial de inteligencia(Mayor de la DGI /19.8 1989), cumple objetivos del espionaje cubano.Los topos se convierten en activos agentes de influencia.http://stasi-minint.blogspot.de/2013/12/tras-la-ruta-de-los-espias-rojoscoronel.html

    La Embajada de Cuba en Alemania, un activo centro de desinformación, ha trabajado en la busqueda, obtención de informaciónes y la “aplicación de medidas activas “.

    Las reacciones operativas y la repercusión nacional e internacional, especialmente la opinión publica y de diplomáticos, han sido analizadas.Las señales son positivas para que en Europa, Asia y Estados Unidos la dictadura pueda continuar ejecutando sus operaciones de influencia.

    La Comunidad Europea intenta mediante el acercamiento económico, sin la existencia de un diálogo crítico sobre Derechos Humanos y dejando fuera de juego al movimiento opositor, impulsar la transición en Cuba, una estrategia que fracasó con Rusia y que ha estabilizado al régimen de los Castros.

    http://www.cubainformacion.tv/index.php/los-cinco/66689-berlin-heroe-cubano-gerardo-hernandez-dialoga-con-la-solidaridad-alemana-y-con-miembros-del-parlamento-federal

    http://stasi-minint.blogspot.de/2016/01/sobre-la-visita-del-ex-espia-gerardo.html

  4. Our government should not authorize the building of any other Cuban consulate in American territory. If a Cuban consulate is built in Tampa, this event would open doors for the Cuban government to directly control the Cuban exile movement in Florida. The Cuban DI/DIM etc, will increase the penetration of our military bases in Florida. The Cuban agents would be able to closely coordinate their subversive activities with their handlers in Cuba and their supportive personnel in Florida.In other words their ratio of actions would be greater and the Cuban intelligence activities would be more difficult to detect due to the close cooperation between agents in Florida and their handlers in Cuba.Their capability to extract their agents(illegals) from Florida vs the DC area due to Florida proximity to Cuba would be easier,as well as the Cuban government operation against our government would be easier due to the proximity to the Island and the capability to infiltrate the Cuban exile in Florida. This event would create serious problems to our authorities because it would be harder for our authorities to screen who are the Cuban that are pro-Castro in Florida vs the ones that do not support the Castro regime.

  5. Great points by Mr. Simmons in relation to the Tampa Tribune. Mr. Simmons I value your work and encourage you to view a social media Facebook page titled, No to a Cuban consulate in Tampa Bay.
    I and several others have spoken with Commisioners of Hillsborough county and Congress woman Lleana-Ros.
    I would like to speak with you at your convenience, sooner than later. My email is RLP2010@live.com
    We can exchange contact numbers through via email as I did not find how to send you a direct messege through your site.

    Sincerely,
    Rafael Pizano
    Former 1/508th, 173rd ABN

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