Congress: Cuba to Share Critical U.S. Intel With Iranian Spies 4

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, is welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Iran’s foreign minister begun a Latin American tour in Cuba, declaring Iran and Cuba united by their histories of resisting what he called U.S. atrocities. Zarif also plans to visit Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, is welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Iran’s foreign minister begun a Latin American tour in Cuba, declaring Iran and Cuba united by their histories of resisting what he called U.S. atrocities. Zarif also plans to visit Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Intel sharing with Cuba endangers America, lawmakers warn

BY: Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon 

Obama administration efforts to bolster the sharing of critical intelligence data with Cuba is likely to benefit Iran, which has been quietly bolstering its foothold in the country with the communist government’s approval, according to conversations with members of Congress and other sources familiar with the matter.

A little noticed Obama administration directive on Cuba, released Oct. 14, instructed the U.S. director of national intelligence to assist and cooperate with Cuba’s intelligence services.

The directive has raised red flags on Capitol Hill, where some lawmakers are concerned that Cuba will pass along critical U.S. intelligence to the Iranians, who have made moves in recent years to extend their influence in the communist country and other Latin American countries hostile to the United States.

Iran’s interest in Cuba was on fully display earlier this year when Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, went on a goodwill tour throughout Latin America that included stops in Cuba and Venezuela, among others.

The goal of this visit, sources told the Washington Free Beacon, was to solidify Iran’s growing terrorist network in the region and ensure the Islamic Republic maintains its presence along America’s doorstep.

“The Castro regime has shown no inclination to end its anti-American activities, including espionage,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) told the Free Beacon. “The Castro regime in August and September 2016 deepened ties with Iran through high level visits, and there are reports that Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has established a base in Cuba.”

“The director of national intelligence, General James R. Clapper, testified in February 2016 that the Castro dictatorship remained an espionage threat at the level of Iran, behind only China and Russia,” Diaz-Balart added. “Under these circumstances, President Obama’s directive to encourage intelligence sharing with the Castro regime is reckless, dangerous, and contrary to U.S. national security interests.”

Iran has been interested in Latin America for years, but now has the resources to pursue a footprint in the region as a result of the cash windfall provided by last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Hezbollah, the terror organization funded and directed by Iran, has had assets in the region for some time.

Feature continues here:  Cuba’s Dangerous Liaisons

 

 

 

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in Havana, Cuba / AP

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4 comments

  1. It´s obvious the tight knitted power dome of the Iranian government and the tight knitted power dome of the Cuban government have–both–great SIMILAR concerns for which to get together and discuss, in private, beyond topics about their subversive international intelligence. Both of these countries´ power structures–at the top–are held together by the REPRESSION enforced against their respective civil populations who are disenfranchised with the manner in which both countries operate dictatorially and with tyrannical force upon their civil populations. This is fact, regardless of what the liberal media may state from time to time with their fantasmic interpretations of what are–in reality–highly repressive regimes that hijacked their countries´government structure to steal and control the dome of power of their nations.

    Iran and Cuba have more to worry about the youthful generations in their own countries than any worry about the United States. Although, once in a while those countries complicate their own existence for meddling in nuclear and terrorist activities, which force the United States to step into their picture and scope of operation. Notwithstanding, modern communication technology and education has brought the world together in such a way that now makes it very easy for people to have the necessary information to enable the sprouting of rebellions seeking freedom against bully governments. The question–though–is, what happens after a period of rebellion seeking freedom occurs or materializes in a country? Take a look at the “Arab Spring”. How does an opportunity for a new government organize itself? It is very likely such rebellion caused disruptions and social disconnect from a past tyrannical status quo, may soon thereafter boomerang into a worst tyrannical regime or a slew of other rebellious factions, and wherein, if the necessary socioeconomic and social cultural needs which brought such rebellion, in the first place, are not thereafter served (or do not thereafter materialize), will soon evolve into fractionalized areas of chaos.

    For instance, in Iran, the number of youth aged 15-29 today is approximately 25 million, in a country of about 70 million. That means over one-third of Iran’s entire population is between the ages of 15 and 29! Such phenomenon has been referred to as “youth bulge”. In Iran, sometimes this group of youth has been called “The Generation of the Revolution”, hence, they were born between 1979 and 1994, following the Islamic Revolution.

    Whenever one generation is bigger than the generation before, the younger generation often experiences high unemployment, because the country may have not been able to create enough jobs to keep up with population growth. With few job options, many of these youth have continued their education beyond college into advanced degrees, thus making this generation one of the highest educated “youth bulges” in the world. But even after graduating with advanced degrees, there are still few jobs available for these youth. In other countries, high unemployment has led to frustration among youth, which in turn has led to social and political unrest. Experts have begun to think this could happen in Iran too.

    Recent events in Iran illustrate that Iran’s youth are indeed beginning to get restless. In December 2006, shortly before elections, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was giving a speech at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran. Students were shouting “Death to the dictator” and carrying signs calling him a “fascist president.” They chanted “Forget the Holocaust, do something for us!” The students were so disruptive that the speech had to be cut short.

    The protests followed a series of cutbacks at the university that included forced retirements and demotions for more than 100 liberal professors and suppression of student political activities. Students also complained of crumbling infrastructure and dorm rooms. They had enjoyed far more relaxed rules under the previous president, Khatemi, and they want these freedoms back. The question was, will those sorts of youth protests stay minor, or will they grow into a movement to push for significant change and reform in contemporary Iran?

    A HISTORY OF STUDENT MOVEMENTS

    In Iran, there is a history of students and young adults forming strong movements. In 1979, youth made up a critical faction of the movement to bring down the Shah, Iran’s existing ruler. Their activism benefited the religious clerics, who ultimately seized power. Students were the ones who took over the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held US citizens hostage, a move that was only afterwards embraced by Khomeini and others active in the Revolution. Khomeini recognized the power of universities to serve a similar function as mosques in organizing community support for the Revolution.

    In spite of the students’ support, however, after the Revolution, Iran’s universities were closed for three years so that new curriculum written for an Islamic Republic could be put in place and safeguards created to prevent student protest in the future. All publications, course materials, associations, and activities became subject to monitoring and censorship. Campus Revolutionary Guard units recruited students to promote hard line views, rally around conservative leaders, and counter any reformist protests. Strict Islamic cultural mores were enforced among student populations – classes are segregated by gender, women must wear cover their hair and most of their skin, wearing either a chador or hajib.

    ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL THE YOUTH POPULATION

    As the Generation of the Revolution has aged into young adulthood, the Islamic Republic has maintained its policies designed to prevent any anti-regime activism on college campuses and in society at large. Some members of this generation are among the regime’s most stalwart supporters, embracing a militant view of Islam that is anti-Western.

    Others chafe under the restrictive society, and are beginning to test government bans on political activism and strict cultural mores. They watch Western television programs from illegal satellite dishes and hope to migrate to Western countries in search of jobs and opportunities. Young women in Iran still wear the veil, but experiment with shorter veils, decorated chadors or other accessories. Despite their widespread discontent and experimentation with the rules, most youth seem to be making their way in the system without challenging it head on.

    In 2003, an increase in the price of university tuition produced pockets of protest that quickly turned violent when the regime unleashed counter-demonstrations. Protestors appealed to the United Nations for assistance, but the regime immediately quashed the protests. For the next three years, there were few protests, and experts were worried that youth had become apathetic. But that seemed to change since December 2006. Although many student leaders have gone into hiding, Iranians turned out in large numbers for local elections to support opposition candidates to those put forward by Ahmadinejad’s regime. In June 2009, another presidential election was held, with President Ahmadinejad running for office against several opponents, including popular former President Mohammad Khatami.

    Because the number of youth in Iran is now so large and so many of them are highly educated, this Iranian “boomer” generation represents a potential changing of the guard. This could be especially true as the leaders of the Islamic Revolution begin to age out of power. The future of Iran is literally in the hands of today’s youth generation. That youth generation doesn´t want the old bully pulpits and radical Iranian policies. The youth want more Western style life.

    In the recent elections, the 88-member Assembly of Experts, which is constitutionally charged with picking Iran’s next supreme leader once the 76-year-old Khamenei dies, two prominent “hardliners” lost their seats, leaving a more moderate majority. If the moderates have their way, the next supreme leader will favor the expansion of democratic freedoms and greater openness toward the West. But, I believe an erroneous foreign policy coming from a U.S. President like Obama, on the other hand, serves to confuse the awaiting Iranian youth generation who may temporarily become unmotivated by the perception of a closeness of ties between Iran and the United States (representation of wanted Western Civilization) as the same perception of ties that now exist among the citizens of Cuba about the United States. In effect, the Cuban government has created such a false perception of closeness as a way of calming the Cuban dome of power´s own “youth bulge” problem in Cuba too.

    Essentially, I believe the United States is the largest and best producer of the Western civilization lifestyle where individuality of expression and commonality of social interaction is welcomed by all across the globe. Human nature is the same, yet, social cultural factors vary and influence. Who in this world doesn´t like goods and money and a socially expansionary lifestyle? This is the biggest tour de force of the United States. Youth in Cuba and in Iran are tired of the old outdated dogmas from Fidel Castro and Raul Castro wearing their tin medals and in Iran the Ayatollahs telling them how they should lead their lives. Why do you think Fidel Castro changed his “nuevito verde olivo” garbs to Western Civilization branded sport overalls. Fidel Castro wanted to change visually what he has not changed structurally in Cuba, yet, is about to happen in Cuba soon. Jimmy Carter won the election against Gerry Ford. Prior to that, Henry Kissinger had convinced President Ford to invade Cuba as reflected in a letter by Henry Kissinger to Gerald Ford who had bought into the idea of Fidel Castro meddling into the affairs in Africa with his Angola invasion, when Henry Kissinger calls Fidel Castro (in the same letter to Ford).a “Peap Squeak”.

    The aforementioned, in contrast and in context now with Iran visiting Cuba and their activities of sharing intelligence is limited to the very frail stupidities those in their respective Iranian and Cuban governments live-off about, however, which will have little, if no consequence upon those countries regarding their respective duties to serve well their Iranian and Cuban citizens and their respective societies.

    I do not like to make predictions, but it seems to me, it won´t be further along when Cuba will experience a radical change in their status quo of government and the present artificially imposed pseudo-socialist way of life–yet, never digested by Cuba, in spite of a betrayed Cuban Revolution of 1959–Iran will also experience domestic rebellions in the future.

  2. Iran has an interest in Cuba because of Cuba geographical location with the US. Cuba is 90 miles from Florida. Iran can easily use the base of Lourdes and at the same time Castro can use Iran nuclear knowledge and experience to joint efforts in rebuilding the Jaragua Cuban Nuclear plant in Cienfuegos. The Castro regime has increasingly co-operating with the enemies of the US. If Raul Castro initiates a nuclear program with Iran in Cuba is going to be a threat to our nation. Castro may create another crisis.

  3. Castro can provide the Iranians very worthy lessons and in-country training in the subject matter of intelligence operations, not limited to needed international cooperation to sustain an appropriate flexible network to successfully keep the flow of intelligence gathering and up-to-date counterintelligence scenarios, which many times come in handy to changing such network coordination and activity, as needed, to sustain networks intact as one free-flowing conduit.

    Intelligence is an activity where the Iranians are at a substandard status, if held to the high-level intelligence capability standard of some countries on the planet such as Cuba, Russia and Israel and of course the U.S. In retrospect, why should anybody be surprised about the Iranians´ recent visit to Cuba. This is not the first time the Iranians and the Cubans “get together”. Fidel Castro, during his tour of Iran, Syria and Libya back in 2001—over fifteen years ago—said: “Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees. The U.S. regime is very weak, and we are witnessing this weakness from close up”. Also, while speaking at Tehran University in Iran on May 10, 2001 Fidel Castro vowed that; “the imperialist king will finally fall”. Now, factor the fact; during the trial of several Cuban spies in Miami, one of the accused Alejandro Alonso revealed—on December 30, 2000—he was instructed from Havana to locate areas in South Florida, as he stated: “where we can move persons as well as things, including arms and explosives.” Additionally, factor the first
    Tri-Continental Congress back in the mid-1960´s, when Cuba played host to many Islamic countries that later appeared as significant terrorism sponsors later trained by Cuba.

    Finally, President Obama´s incomplete agenda with regards to Cuba and coupled together—in terms of its timing—with the most recent fiasco revelations regarding the Iranian ransom payments in cash delivered by private jet, not only set the wrong signals regarding how messy U.S. foreign policy has been and how dysfunctional its corresponding initiatives are. It´s been implemented as if it were kids play, far too long. I suspect some of these things are about to change, quite dramatically, not limited to the fact the Cuba regime is about to experience a bit of what I have always referred to as American luck. For whatever is worth, Cuba´s power brokering on a worldwide basis—which was founded upon the image Cuba gained, on a worldwide and post the Cuban missile crisis, as an act II, to the failed Bay of Pigs—has begun to lose its luster. Such Cuba imagery credentials would not have been, if it were not for Bobby Kennedy´s interference after President Dwight Eisenhower´s debriefing to both Bobby and his brother Jack Kennedy, about the then planned and CIA backed Invasion as popularly called: Playa Giron. Had the U.S. not betrayed the best laid President Dwight Eisenhower plans—who was a consummate military strategist delivering a victory in World War II to the Allies—Cuba as we know it today would not exist.

    Fidel Castro knows how to mark very well the timing of worldwide events to position Cuba´s image—an economically and revolutionary failed nation, by his own admission—propped-up and relevant, in the face of what the Cuban government has labeled all along to be its foe; The “Yanqi Imperialists” . To me, personally, the U.S. foreign policy for over five decades has been one big joke after the other.

    I´m not impressed with the Iranians. I´m not impressed with the Cubans. I´m impressed about how a country—as the United States—that was pivotal to the victories in World War I, World War II, The Korean War, the rebuilding of Europe, the rebuilding of Japan, the ending of the old Soviet Union, etc., is unable and demonstrably has been functionally incapable to deal with international conflicts outside of war scenarios, due to its deplorable foreign policy and intelligence initiative, operations and fiascos, not limited to allowing a Cuban spy to tell (recommend) the White House what the U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba should be, as in the Ana Belén Montes case, a Puerto Rican woman “in charge” of formulating the United States foreign policy toward Cuba. The Iranians are one more rogue terrorist country in line playing the role of “tough guy”, with the most powerful nation on earth. And not only because of the United States evident military power, but because of its technological and infrastructural powerful conditions. We haven´t had a President with balls and intelligence for quite some time. We are quite overdue for one. Perhaps, it is time. The whole thing is ridiculous and therein—precisely—lies Fidel Castro´s “graces” as perceived by some, and for others Fidel Castro´s “disgraces”. Cuba deserves better.

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