Obama Gave Cuba “License To Spy” In U.S. [Belated Posting] 2

Posted by: Javier Manjarres, HSPA Hispolitica, on July 20, 2015

The Cuban-American congressional delegation from Miami, Florida, held a press conference denouncing the opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba,  as well as calling the new Cuban embassy in the United States as a ” base” for the Cuban Intelligence Service.

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carlos Curbelo, and Mario Diaz-Balart, all Republicans, each took turns of expressing their anger and disappointment over President Obama’s apparent acceptance of the 56-years of human rights violations and acts of terrorism committed by the Castro regime.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) spoke out against Obama’s normalization of diplomatic relations with communist Cuba, saying that the president has given the regime a “license to spy” on the U.S.

Diaz-Balart stated that Obama’s “failed policy of appeasement, appeasing brutal dictators” has threaten U.S. interests, adding that the “Cuban people have not chosen the Castro brothers” as their legitimate representatives.

The Cuban embassy will represent the Cuban Intelligence Service-Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R)

Corbel didn’t mince his words either, saying that the Obama administration has legitimized Cuba, an “enemy of the United States.”

One of the most reckless foreign policy decisions that we have seen in decades in this decision by the Obama administration to legitimize and embrace a government that has been an enemy of the United States. A government that has abused and repressed its own people every single day of its existence. A government that continues sponsoring terrorism around the world, especially here in our hemisphere.-Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R)

Curbelo also stated that the existing and “robust” Cuban spy network in the U.S. now has a base in which to spy from.


Pollard Lobby Over The Top – Just Ask Alan Gross 2

By Intermountain Jewish News (IJN) Editorial Staff

Listening to the endless special pleading on behalf of Jonathan Pollard, one would think he was an innocent man, wrongly accused, wrongly convicted, wrongly imprisoned. In fact, Pollard spied against his country. If his sentence is excessive, it is clear that the reason is the US wants to make an example out of him, to send a message to Israel: Don’t look your gift horse in the mouth again.

If Pollard’s sentence is excessive, it is matched, and more than matched, by the incessant lobbying on his behalf by countless Jewish organizations, whose statements acknowledging the seriousness of Pollard’s crime are weak and even insincere in this sense: Alongside the acknowledgement of espionage is this disclaimer, “Well, it really wasn’t so bad, since Pollard was, after all, only spying for an ally.” As if it were guaranteed that the information Pollard supplied to Israel never ended up in the hands of America’s worst enemy at the time, the USSR. The pro-Pollard lobbying efforts have the effect of crying wolf. When a genuinely innocent American Jew is imprisoned, who in the upper echelons of the US government is listening hard enough to do anything on behalf of Alan Gross?

Gross is wrongly accused, wrongly convicted and wrongly imprisoned by Cuba. Gross’ crime, such as it was, was to show the local Jewish community how to use computers; and this, while Gross was under contract with the US Agency on International Development. Gross was not spying against the US or, for that matter, against Cuba. He was an innocent expert doing his job for the US, neither intending nor effecting any harm against Cuba.

Meanwhile, Gross is suffering medically, he is denied medical care, he is wasting away. He is worthy of our outrage, our protests, our demands for his freedom. He is living a nightmare, as is his family. He deserves to be released. And our voices deserve to be heard. They are, we fear, drowned out by the Pollard lobbying, which has this effect: Here come American  Jews again, seeking benefits for one of their own — one who doesn’t deserve it.

Choose your battles wisely.

Journalist for Cuba’s Granma Convicted of Spying Reply

José Antonio Torres was charged after writing about mismanaged public works project.

By Juan O. Tamayo, JTamayo@elNuevoHerald.com

A journalist with Cuba’s Granma newspaper was sentenced to 14 years in prison for spying, a charge filed soon after he reported on the government’s mishandling of a critical construction project, according to dissidents. José Antonio Torres was the correspondent for Granma, the official publication of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second largest. Arrested in February 2011 and tried around mid-June, he was sentenced more recently to 14 years in prison and the suspension of his university degree in journalism, said dissident José Daniel Ferrer Garcia.

Cuba’s government-controlled news media has made only a few brief references to the Torres case, despite his well-known reporting and the charge against him. Only about a half-dozen Cubans are known to be jailed on spying charges. Ferrer, head of the dissident Cuban Patriotic Union, said he received information on Torres from government opponents jailed in the same prisons on the outskirts of Santiago, at first Aguadores and more recently Boniato. “We know he appealed the 14-year sentence but fears a worse outcome” because the appeals court could increase it, Ferrer told El Nuevo Herald by phone from his home in Palmarito de Cauto in Santiago province. Prosecutors sought a 15-year sentence.

Torres also has not had conjugal visits with his wife in 20 months, Ferrer added, a sign that government security officials may be trying to persuade his wife to cut off their relationship. The journalist insists he is innocent and that the government will eventually realize its “mistake” in putting him in prison, Ferrer noted. Torres has rejected his many requests for details of the case so that dissidents can publicize his defense. Ferrer paraphrased him as saying that he “trusts in the revolution’s justice, and that he does not want any relations with counter-revolutionaries.”

Little is known of the spying charge, Ferrer added, although one unconfirmed version has Torres depositing a CD with confidential information in the mailbox of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana. The Spain-based blog Diario de Cuba reported earlier this year that Torres apparently had sent a letter to the mission offering to provide information about military targets and government officials in Santiago. Torres was arrested after Granma published his 5,000 word report on the scandalous mismanagement of the construction of an aqueduct for Santiago province, a marquee government project in a region long marked by water shortages. The July 2010 report used words like “errors,” never corruption, and noted in neutral terms that Vice President Ramiro Valdés, one of Cuba’s most powerful officials and the project’s supervisor, had indicated that the situation was improving. Cuban ruler Raúl Castro heaped unusually public praise on Torres for the article, writing in a postscript to the Granma article that “this is the spirit that should characterize the (Communist) Party press, transparent, critical and self-critical.”

The postscript also praised Valdés for his handling of the project, even though the two men reportedly clashed often in the 1960s and 1970s, when Castro was minister of the armed forces and Valdés was minister of the interior, in charge of domestic security. Torres may have kicked up more dust four months later when he wrote about the fiber optic cable laid from Venezuela to Siboney Beach just east of Santiago. He noted that Valdés, at the time minister of communications, was supervising that project. Several ministry officials were arrested later on corruption charges apparently linked to the cable. Valdés was promoted out of the ministry in early 2011 to an at-large job supervising the ministries of communications, construction and hydraulic resources.