A very interesting article by Cuba watcher Juan Tamayo, “connecting the dots” between the Ministry of the Interior, Havana’s intelligence services, its use of “front companies” to conceal operations, prison labor, and internationally known furniture maker IKEA.
Babalu blog exposes repressive actions of Jorge Galvez Botolengo, a member of the dreaded Directorate of Counterintelligence (DCI) within the Ministry of the Interior. It was formerly known as the Directorate General of Counterintelligence (DGCI), which is the title used on Galvez Botolengo‘s “lost” credentials.
The “State Security” forces described by Babalu Blog include the Directorate of Counterintelligence (DCI), the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), and the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs). The DCI, the most repressive of Havana’s five intelligence services, is the lead organization tasked with ensuring domestic stability. The police openly collaborate with the DCI, as do the CDRs, which are de facto neighbor snitch programs. By some estimates, up to 10% of the Cuban population serve as CDR informants. [For more information, see http://www.cubaverdad.net/cdr.htm]