Chicago Tribune Laud’s Alberto Coll as “Chicago’s Cuba Expert” 4

Chicago Tribune writer, Melissa Harris

Chicago Tribune writer, Melissa Harris

By Chris Simmons

Disingenuous Chicago Tribune feature:  Chicago’s Cuba expert on the next steps for tourism, business

Fact-checking clearly isn’t a requirement at the Tribune, who’ve clearly forgotten that former Naval War College professor Alberto Coll was indicted following a counterespionage investigation. In 2005, Coll accepted a plea agreement in which he left Federal service, was striped of his security clearance, fined $5000, placed on probation, and banned from practicing law for a year. Coll’s lawyer, Francis Flanagan, indirectly acknowledged to the Associated Press his client was a (former) Naval Criminal Investigative Service source. Coll was regularly debriefed after his military-authorized visits to Cuba.

His indictment remains sealed.

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Entrevista exclusiva con Chris Simmons, ex coronel de la DIA. Su percepción manipulada de Cuba 1

Percy Francisco Alvarado Godoy

Hace poco escribí un artículo titulado “Chris Simmons, de caza ‘espías’ a fabricante de historietas”, el que fue ampliamente difundido en las redes y él mismo colocó en su blog “Cuba confidencial”. Dicho artículo puede verse en mi blog, así como, por ejemplo, en (http://www.cubainformacion.tv/index.php/contrarrevolucion/45453-chris-simmons-de-caza-espias-a-fabricante-de-historietas

Ciertamente, él coloca casi todos mis trabajos en su blog y mantiene un directo seguimiento a lo que publico. Es también uno de mis seguidores en Twitter.

EN EL CITADO ARTÍCULO COMENTO SOBRE ÉL:

“Hasta ahora he considerado al teniente coronel retirado del servicio de contrainteligencia de la reserva del Ejército de Estados Unidos, Chris Simmons, como un profesional sumamente eficiente en las tareas de contraespionaje, aunque haya centrado totalmente su actividad, de manera obsesiva, contra un supuesto accionar de la inteligencia cubana en Estados Unidos.

Para él, la descarada actividad del Mossad en su patria ha sido ignorada o, al menos, no ha dedicado un minuto de su tiempo a ello. ¿Será porque su gobierno considera a Israel un aliado poco peligroso y le perdona que robe sus secretos más sensibles? ¿Es por eso que muchos de sus agentes apenas reciben penas mínimas y son expulsados simplemente del país, salvo contadas excepciones?

No le quito sus méritos, pues en la batalla de nuestros combatientes anónimos por proteger a Cuba de la agresiones maquinadas por grupos terroristas desde La Florida, la cual tiene una razón legítima de ser, Simmons ha logrado algunos resultados relevantes, aunque se ha dedicado a sobredimensionar su papel en estos eventos. En el campo profesional uno respeta al contrincante justo, eficiente y se cuida de él, no sin cierta admiración por la calidad de su desempeño. Pero hay cosas y cosas, como existen espías y “espías”, así como verdades y bulos fabricados. Siempre me ha resultado interesante conocer cómo un dedicado especialista en contraespionaje, capacitado para elaborar perfiles, determinar motivos de los agentes capturados, así como estar dotado de una alta capacidad de análisis, nunca se refirió, con honesta sinceridad, a varias cuestiones fundamentales.

● Los altosvalores humanos, la entrega, el elevado espíritu de sacrificio de nuestros agentes.

● El profundo sentimiento de solidaridad que hemos profesado hacia el pueblo norteamericano, quien cada vez se va sumando en una fuerza arrolladora a la campaña por la liberación de nuestros Cinco Héroes. ¿No ha podido dilucidar, tanto él como su presidente, que hemos luchado por defender a nuestros padres, esposas e hijos, amigos, en fin, todo nuestro pueblo, del peligro del sabotaje criminal, del atentado urdido en la sombras? ¿Desconoce él, o simplemente ignora, que los grupos terroristas anticubanos de La Florida han promovido 35 asesinatos en suelo norteamericano y han realizado centenares de atentados con bomba, deambulando con total impunidad? Nosotros, soldados anónimos de nuestro pueblo, hemos cuidado, con igual desinterés y entrega, tanto al cubano como al norteamericano. Siempre Cuba ha enviado a tiempo cualquier información al gobierno norteamericano que comprometa su seguridad. Ello lo conoce Simmons con certeza.

Leer más aquí:  http://percy-francisco.blogspot.com/2012/10/entrevista-exclusiva-con-chris-simmons.html

McCarthyism and Castroism: A Case Study 1

By Miguel Fernandez

Soon after Professor Carlos Alvarez (Florida International University- FIU) and his wife, Elsa Prieto, were arrested on espionage charges, the Castroite parliamentary speaker Ricardo Alarcon branded this FBI operation as a move to create a sort of “McCarthyist atmosphere” in order to have an influence on the Cuban Five’s case.  The last Antonio Maceo Brigade militant, Andres Gomez, pealed the bell in Areito Digital.  He stated that the alleged guilt of Alvarez and Prieto was the base for “a dangerous McCarthyist campaign” against those who advocate the normalization of Cuba-U.S. relations.  Alvarez’s lawyer, Steven Chaykin, argued that the reputation of his client and his wife was being destroyed by “the McCarthy-like hysteria” stirred up by the prosecutor.  “This kind of hysteria also grows in the Hispanic media from Miami,” remarked the Castroite agitprop cadre Max Lesnik. Nevertheless, Alvarez and Prieto ended up pleading guilty. Since the first Alvarez’s debriefing by the FBI on June 23 and 24, 2005, the case did not anything to do with the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, but with the still alive Fidel Castro.

Every time Castroite espionage becomes an issue in the U.S. academic world, McCarthyism is the quick response.  The doctoral candidate Arturo Lopez-Levy gave a sort of updated operational definition:  McCarthyism is “the use of anonymous reports, which mix defamation with half-truths, for condemning and persecuting those who dissent from the undemocratic right.” Thus, the report with full names and truths, without any intention beyond the clarification of the issue, seems to be no McCarthyist at all.

See the entire article here:  McCarthyism and Castroism

This Date in History: Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Sentenced 1

          June 7, 2005:  A US Court sentenced Naval War College (NWC) professor Alberto Coll to one-year probation and fined him $5000 for lying about a visit to Cuba.  Coll’s lawyer claimed the admission was discovered during a debriefing by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  Under State Department rules, visits to Cuba are allowed for specific reasons – to include visiting family members, as Coll had claimed.  In reality, Coll visited his mistress.  Under the plea agreement, the government also revoked Coll’s security clearance and sealed his confession.  The Havana-born Coll maintained that the relationship with his mistress started after the death of his 18-year old daughter in June 2003.  Following the tragic car accident, he reached out to his childhood friend in January 2004 as “a shoulder to cry on.”  Curiously, Coll’s late daughter was far along with plans to attend Havana University; an amazing event given the sensitivity of Coll’s position.

          Prior to his felony conviction, Dr. Coll served as Chair of the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  He had earlier served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict from 1990-1993.

          Coll came under scrutiny after he was identified in a “Counterintelligence anomaly” by the Defense Intelligence Agency.  The specific details of this anomaly remain classified.   Coll had previously been regularly debriefed by NCIS at the conclusion of each of his numerous Cuba trips.

Today in History: Cuban Influence Operation 1

May 14, 2007:  The weekly magazine, The Nation, featured an article on Cuba titled “The Changing of the Guard.”  Among the six co-authors were Intelligence Officer Ramon Sanchez-Parodi and former Cuban agent, Alberto Coll.  Sanchez-Parodi used the opportunity to favorably portray Raul Castro’s institutional support and his efforts to enhance the performance of these institutions.   Lesser issues addressed included the “Cuban 5” and alleged opportunities for bilateral cooperation.

Prior to his felony conviction, Dr. Coll served as Chair of the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  He had earlier served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict from 1990-1993.

Coll‘s previous work as a cooperating Navy intelligence source made the government’s espionage case problematic.  The two sides subsequently negotiated a plea agreement in  which the government revoked Coll’s security clearance, sentenced him to one-year probation, fined him 5000 dollars, and sealed his confession.  Prior to her death in a tragic car accident in 2003, Coll‘s daughter was far along with plans to attend the University of Havana; an amazing event given the sensitivity of Coll’s position.