Congressman Connie Mack on Cuba’s Global Intelligence Reach 1

Cuba, a Small Island with a Global Reach
 
Cuba’s ongoing relationship with terrorist groups, espionage and other acts of information warfare represent a serious national security threat to the United States and the region. The real threat in this case comes from a lack of public information, and therefore an insufficient degree of attention, focused on countering Cuba’s perilous global network.
 
The U.S. State Department’s latest Country Reports on Terrorism reported that Cuba continues to have ties to active terrorist organizations. Experts on various methods of irregular warfare have identified the Cuban regime as a trafficker of U.S. intelligence with illegal groups that utilize terrorist methods and with State Sponsors of Terrorism. The sharing of intelligence by Cuban spies has reportedly degraded U.S. counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East and elsewhere. According to the FBI, Cuban spies like Ana Montes have been “leaking classified U.S. military information.” Cuba also shares information and collaborates with countries that are established cyber warfare threats. A threat assessment published in 2000 by the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Planning Guidance, stated that, “Russia, China, India, and Cuba have acknowledged policies of preparing for information warfare.” Experts have also warned that that China “has a listening post of some importance in cooperation with Cubans” and has supported Cuba in “the development and use of sophisticated radar, early-detection, and anti-aircraft systems.”
 
According to Scott W. Carmichael, a former counterintelligence investigator for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), “the Cuban Intelligence Service has penetrated the United States government” and is sharing classified information with U.S. adversaries like China, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. The Cuban regime’s pervasive, global intelligence network, collection methods, and their willingness to share critical U.S. military and policy information to U.S. adversaries harms U.S. interests, military personnel, and the national security of the United States. This Thursday, May 17, I will be holding a hearing entitled, “Cuba’s Global Network of Terrorism, Intelligence, and Warfare” in Rayburn 2172 at 3:00pm, to shed light onto Cuba’s alarming activities and global capabilities.
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El misil clandestino Reply

Un amigo mío que reside en Cuba y que suele estar bien informado, me comunicó que era muy probable que hubieran introducido recientemente un misil de largo alcance norcoreano clandestinamente en Cuba. Aparentemente la operación fue realizada entre Iran y Cuba, pero realmente quien estaba detrás de la misma era China. Hasta aquí la comunicación desde Cuba. 
 
Hace unos años este amigo mío me informó que había oído rumores de que Bin Laden se había refugiado en una zona de Latinoamérica conocida como “las tres fronteras”, huyendo de la persecución a que era sometido en Afghanistan. Posteriormente la BBC de Londres publicó un reportaje de una supuesta visita de Bin Laden a un restaurante situado cerca de Las Cataratas del Iguazu, en Argentina, uno de los países que forman la zona de “las tres fronteras”.
 
Como que los análisis de Inteligencia se basan fundamentalmente en especulaciones, aquí va una de mi cosecha:
 
El objetivo de esta operación es comprobar si era factible introducir el misil sin que las agencias de Estados Unidos lo detectaran. De esta forma, Cuba sería una buena opción para China, de agudizarse la tensión que existe entre los dos países, para nivelar el enorme desbalance que tiene con Estados Unidos en el armamento nuclear. Si un misil atómico fuera disparado contra Estados Unidos desde China, tendríamos alrededor de 20 minutos para responder, porque ese es el tiempo aproximadamente que se demoraría en llegar. Pero si un misil es disparado desde Cuba hacia Estados Unidos, entonces tendríamos solamente 2 minutos para responder.
 
Juan Antonio  Rodriguez Menier
 
Note:  The author is a former member of Cuba’s foreign intelligence service, the General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI).