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  • Shadowing Orlando Bosch | Cubadebate (English)
    for the Southern District of Florida of various felony offenses arising out the assault on the Polish vessel Bosch was sentenced to ten years imprisonment paroled in 1972 and left the United States in 1974 thereby violating the terms of his parole Subsequently Bosch while outside the United States founded and led Coordinacion de Organizaciones Revolucionarias Unidas CORU a terrorist organization which has claimed responsibility for numerous bombings in Miami New York Venezuela Panama Mexico Argentina and elsewhere Bombing of Cuban Civilian Airliner In October 1976 Bosch was arrested in Venezuela in connection with the October 6 1976 in flight bombing of a civilian Cuban airliner which resulted in the deaths of 73 men women and children including the island s entire fencing team Though detained in Venezuela for eleven years on charges arising from this incident he was finally acquitted At his trial evidence was presented that the two men convicted of homicide in connection with the bombing were in contact with Bosch both before and after the bombing This was the world s first terrorist action involving the bombing of a civilian airliner Bosch was recruited trained and supported by the CIA Released from Venezuelan prison under suspicious circumstances in 1987 Bosch returned to Miami in 1988 without benefit of a visa and was almost immediately arrested for his earlier parole violation The Immigration and Naturalization Service began proceedings to deport him As the associate attorney general put it in 1989 For 30 years Bosch has been resolute and unwavering in his advocacy of terrorist violence This was not an idle statement The Justice Department had information linking Bosch to more than 30 acts of sabotage and violence in the United States Puerto Rico Panama and Venezuela As the associate attorney general pointed out The security of this nation is affected by its ability to urge credibly other nations to refuse aid and shelter to terrorists We could not shelter Dr Bosch and maintain that credibility The logic was unassailable but unfortunately the case was not decided on the base of logic Miami congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen and the usual crowd of hard line Cuban exiles rowed in behind Bosch They lobbied unrelentingly for his release Among those in the forefront of the lobbying effort was the present President s brother Governor Jeb Bush then managing Ileana Ros Lehtinen s election campaign Miami Hard liners Achieve Bosch Release In the face of all this pressure coming even from his own son the first President Bush decided it was politically convenient to free the terrorist Bosch was released Most controversially at the request of Jeb Mr Bush Sr not only intervened to release the convicted Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch from prison but then granted him US residency Bosch s release often referred to in the US media as a pardon was the result of pressure brought by hard line Cubans in Miami with Jeb Bush serving as their point man Bosch now lives in Miami and remains unrepentant about

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  • Bush measures are anti-family; un-American and anti-Cuban. | Cubadebate (English)
    into that category Now as to whether they will vote Republican or Democrat I don t know but I would imagine that if they are impacted by these regulations there is only one way to vote BD Are the right wing anti Cuban groups expressing any opinion about these measures SW I think that in the majority of cases those people don t have any relatives in Cuba so it doesn t affect them personally They also have this strange way of thinking that anybody who stayed behind in Cuba and never left is irrelevant and should be discarded which is a very peculiar way of thinking because after all we are all Cubans and have to make the decisions we have to make with our lives So we are all part of the Cuban nation But even they realizing that the American people cannot relate to these measures that the American press has rejected the measures in its totality then in their speech they are saying we understand that this is detrimental to families blah blah blah but we have a higher purpose that is to bring down the Cuban government therefore the means justify the end Of course the end is not what they think it going to be It s not going to do anything to the government but it is going to hurt the people very much SW Can you describe some of the activities that you have organized in Miami As part of the Commission we put together a press conference denouncing these measures a week after they came out On May 20th we held a press conference in Miami and within 48 hours 400 people had gathered in a hotel in Miami We thought that was pretty important It had never happened so quickly before or with such incredible support from the community A week last Saturday we put together what has been called the major demonstration in Miami against the measures That took place in front of US Congress member Lincoln Diaz Balart s office By conservative estimates between 500 and 600 people marched up and down 87th Avenue basically repudiating these regulations and requesting they be overturned Basically they were doing what Americans can do protest civilly and demand their rights It made the local and national press We thought it was quite effective Last Saturday another group put together a demonstration in front of US Congress member Illeana Ros Lehtinen s office But we have other things in the works We have an event in August and we have an event in September which will be quite a big event denouncing these regulations We plan to bring a national key note speaker I am not at liberty to say who it is right now but I m pretty sure that it will be quite an important event in Miami BD Is there any form of threat or counter protest from the right wing groups there SW Last Saturday there were about

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  • “Cuban-Americans couldn’t believe it was going to happen…People are losing their fear of speaking out” | Cubadebate (English)
    the number of students going because usually the type of trips are for shorter periods BD There is something very unreal about these measures being put into effect Did you really think it would come to this and how are your customers reacting AG When it was announced on May 12th or 13th that these regulations regarding the family the 3 years and so on were possible because of a recommendation put to Washington by the so called Commission for a Free Cuba Cuban Americans were in denial They could not believe it was going to happen We were explaining to them at our offices what was expected according to the announcements that were made I would say that 95 of the people didn t believe that this was going to happen When the regulations were announced on the 16th of June reality hit and many people began to realize what was really happening We have had a very interesting reaction here in Miami where a polarisation of the Cuban community has become very real between people who support these new measures and people that are against it It s very interesting how the opinion is divided 50 50 up to this point BD You mention that it 50 50 Are these people actually making their opinions known or are you just surmising AG There have been some unofficial polls For example one of the TV stations here Telemundo on local Channel 51 in Miami did an Internet poll Obviously this is not a scientific poll but the numbers were precisely that There have been many other polls done by different organisations that show that close to 50 of the people support the possibility to travel and this is something that is increasing People are feeling the need to express their opinions Concretely I can tell you that an organization has been formed called the Commission for Cuban American Family Rights which is composed of many people from different sectors and has organised different activities There have been other activities that have been organised by other groups and individuals Some are spontaneous demonstrations For example we had a spontaneous demonstration at the airport here in Miami where people were demanding the possibility of travelling to Cuba There were some marches here in Miami and car caravans But specifically let me tell you that on the 20th of May the commission I mentioned before announced a press conference inviting people to participate That was on a Thursday at noon With two days prior notice that this activity was going to take place I was really surprised that there were more than 400 people attending that press conference So that shows you the level of reaction and we are talking about the 20th of May I am sure that if other organized demonstrations are called now after the 30th we are probably talking about thousands of people BD Do you feel that the Bush administrations somehow got it wrong in thinking that

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  • Saul Landau: “These Five Guys are Victims and Are Truly Deserving of Public Support”. | Cubadebate (English)
    a warehouse in Miami by the anti terrorist branch of the FBI on May 20th 2002 was seated two rows behind President Bush on the platform when the President was giving his speech in Miami The man known as Sixto Reynaldo Aquit Manrique or El Chino Aquit was sitting there with a big grin on his face There he is convicted of an act of terrorism caught in flagrangte excuse the pun and nevertheless sitting on the platform with the president I called a former FBI agent I know and asked if it was possible that the secret service wouldn t have known about the man s conviction The FBI agent said no that s not possible The FBI very carefully vets everyone that gets close to the president so they knew he was convicted of terrorism Aquit also fired at a ship of the coast of Cuba so this wasn t his first act It became clear that the White House had authorized this terrorist to sit literally within spitting distance of the president of the United States So much for the war on terrorism BD You say in your article Among a small sector of Miami anti Castro fixation overwhelms other events and stands out as a glaring exception to Bush s war on terrorism How do you rate Bush s war on terrorism SL I would rate it the way the war on drugs the war on poverty the war on crime the war on cancer all these wars are wars that can t be won and wars that are not really intended to be won They are wars that are essentially to confuse people and to allow bureaucracies to grow and keep the issue without solution ever present in front of the public You can t wage a war against terrorism Terrorism is a tactic nor can you wage war against poverty poverty is a condition nor can you wage a war against drugs Drugs are things people ingest Wars are waged against hostile nations so when you do this kind of a thing you immediately confuse the issue The war on terrorism if you really wanted to fight against the people who are attempting to use these violent and brutal means to get their way with other countries or societies then you will have to have an international police action You would have to recruit all of the police agencies and courts of the world into this effort But Bush turned his back on that In fact I remember the government of Cuba offered their help in the war against terrorism and bush didn t even give them an answer He has done this with other governments and instead he said You are going to do what we say or we are going to kick your butt This isn t the way you go after the terrorists You can t bomb massively the caves in Afghanistan and hope to make any headway against terrorists All

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  • Report From Panama | Cubadebate (English)
    there is José Gonzalez Rodriguez Do you have an idea of who Jose Gonzalez Rodriguez is BD No no Tell me JGA Well let me tell you that this guy lives in the US a Cuban American who was arrested in 1971 with arms and explosives and who finally was never condemned for anything as is usual in the United States in these types of cases of terrorism against Cuba He was a leader still is of Alpha 66 They re probably still the most infamous terrorist group from Miami It is really strange to be at the trial of six terrorists well five terrorists and their Panamanian chauffeur and to see the room half full of Cuban American terrorists from Miami who came here as a delegation among them people who have lived all their lives taking part in terrorist activities It is really more than a little strange All the defendants in this trial have extensive criminal records going back at least to the US run Bay of Pigs including Posada Carriles a former CIA operative who was acquitted in a bombing trial in Venezuela but remained imprisoned until he escaped in 1985 He has acknowledged organizing several Cuban hotel bombings that killed an Italian tourist and injured 11 other people in 1997 Pedro Remon who is 57 was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in 1986 in the March 1980 attempted murder of Cuba s former delegate to the United Nations and to an attempted bombing of the Cuban United Nations mission in December 1979 BD The trial was expected to last for a week Why did it finish up after three days JGA The trial was very short in the end because it is not a trial before a jury The decision will be taken by one judge alone and that decision is mostly based on the reports made by the state attorney whose investigation comprises 44 books of reports containing 12000 pages that were placed right in front of the judge here in the courtroom Until now the defense has presented almost no arguments to counteract the prosecution arguments in any way Attorney Arquimides Saenz who is a young attorney with a brilliant reputation has been very confident and well prepared for this case When he finally gave his final address it was very impressive to see how organized he was the way he knew his case I just don t see Rogelio Cruz the defense lawyer can in any way break this wall of evidence that Arquimides Saenz has presented BD So the prosecution put the case on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday the and now it starts with the defense Is that the way it is now JGA On the first and second day the procedure here is that if one side or the other want to ask any of the persons who testified for the state attorney to be present in court they can ask them to be appear for questioning to

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  • The Cuban Five: “Not a word of Top Secret in Four Years of Wire Taps” | Cubadebate (English)
    information on what they had obtained what they thought they had obtained or what Cuba was interested in what messages Cuba gave them what directions Cuba gave them and any other information relevant to the case to really get the full picture of the case at the stage we were at He then explained that this issue is not just limited to a question of guilt or innocence but also comes back to that issue whether anything they were doing was really likely to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States Even though the attorneys for the defendants didn t have the burden of disproving guilt it would be really difficult for them to disprove that without having all of the relevant material available Judges Error to Deny Change of Venue At that point Mr Klugh was well over his time and Mr Weinglass began his argument The argument Mr Weinglass made was to go to the source of their complaint with regard to venue which is that at trial Judge Joan Lenard had made an error in denying a motion for change of venue There are several levels of argument one is that she made an error at that time the other is that she made an error at later times in the course the trial that she erred in denying a motion for a new trial and then a change of venue arguments He went first to the heart of it which is that she had gone about the matter from the beginning from a stand point that was too stringent that was very very difficult for a defendant to meet even in the face of obvious community hostility He engaged in a legal discussion of the distinctions between the standards of review for district court actions in the pre trial context or in the standards of appeals and the standards of review that might be applicable after an appeal process had been concluded when somebody is seeking habeas corpus Direct appeal is a chance to closely look at what the judge did not simply look for horrendous and grievous errors just look for errors look for things that are just not right and he also asserted that a test could be met but she had applied a test that would not applicable to a district court but would be applicable to a reviewing court at a very much later stage in the process He explained that the government had later admitted community prejudice in Miami when the voirdire interview of prospective jurors had demonstrated not only prejudice and fixed opinions but also fear by prospective jurors of reaching an opinion not consistent with prevailing community attitudes He analyzed the multiplicity of the problem both in terms of prejudice and in terms of error He was given additional time to go over that argument and he explained what the position of the defense was how the defense had tried to be reasonable They renewed the motion for change of venue many times particularly during trial when prejudicial events took place and given the way the case was tried At that point they concluded the initial argument and the case was turned over to the federal prosecutor to argue Caroline Heck Millar The Case for the Prosecution Before she began her argument the presiding judge directed Caroline Heck Miller for continuity purposes to go direct to the venue issue because that had just been addressed the sufficiency of evidence in count 3 and then whatever else she wanted to talk about Although she ran out of time the presiding judge gave her a great deal of additional time He even said to her that he felt he had given her more time than the defense giving her every opportunity but she didn t address any other issue She didn t have argument with any other issue They were the only two she managed to address With respect to venue her principle point was that because the defense had gone ahead and selected a jury they had not taken advantage of all peremptory strikes open to them In other words they had accepted a jury and had even expressed their satisfaction with it But the defense said that some of these people may well be better than others She said that because the defense took that position they had waived their argument with regard to change of venue She tried to cite two instances on the record where she claimed the defense was happy with the jury The argument then turned to what some of the judges considered very important the government had taken the exact opposite position in the Ramirez civil litigation case and she was asked to explain that litigation her position and why the government had changed its position She argued that that had more to do with the attorney for the plaintiff in that case who was talking to the press a lot and trying to make prejudice in the press She also tried to distinguish that case as having more to do with the Elián González matter than the present case saying that the Elián González matter was more divisive than this case Some of the judges didn t appear to agree with that distinction indicating that the prejudice of Elián seems to carry over across a broad spectrum and in fact the Elian events were much closer to this trial than they were to this much later civil litigation that Miami could not be a fair venue Approximately ten minutes into her argument she began a review of the sufficiency of evidence in Count 3 There were a number of questions by the court indicating that a higher standard of proof that had yet been met would be required to attribute to an agent of the Cuban government a belief and an intent that his country in taking sovereign actions exceeds the limits of its sovereignty intentionally She spent

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  • Fascism: A Thing of the Past? | Cubadebate (English)
    passed by Congress in such a hurry that almost none of the people who voted for it even had time to read it But it was approved very quickly and made a mockery of the first ten amendments of the Constitution It took away all sorts of civil liberties and until mid 2003 there has not been as far as I know a test case in the courts to challenge the constitutionality of this law Now there is a challenge but it will take many months to make its way through the courts The Bush regime not only imposed the Patriot Act but an even more repressive Patriot II has been written It was clear from the first one that it had been written long before the 9 11 terrorist attacks because it is a 131 page document that went to Congress within days It could never have been written in such a short period of time after the attacks but was prepared beforehand The terrorist attacks were not only horrible in themselves and what they caused in terms of damage and human suffering to the victims but they opened the door to the introduction of a fast track toward fascism in the United States itself because of its infringements on civil rights In this I include the super patriotism and the treatment that dissenters have received since the attacks This has been abominable It has been a disgrace to the United States when you read about teachers in grammar and secondary schools or university professors who have tried to show the reasons behind those attacks and why people may hate the United States because of its Middle Eastern policy especially regarding Israel and the Palestinians These people have tried to explain that policy as the possible root of these attacks and they have been treated as traitors They lose their jobs This has happened more than once since then It s not paranoia on the part of progressive people in the U S to feel threatened and intimidated as they now do The cause for fear is really there and the government has such expanded powers now they can practically do anything to you if they can just label you as a supporter of terrorism I don t think that they even have to prove it They don t even have to prove that you are an enemy combatant You are just labeled that and you have no legal appeal Then you lose all your rights your citizenship can even be taken away and you can be deported from your own country under Patriot II This is what it has come to in the United States So you have the element of super patriotism and the repression of dissenters You have an expansionist militaristic foreign policy in the doctrine of preemptive wars and the never ending war on terrorism in any corner of the world And you have an enormous financial military industrial sector allied with the regime and making handsome profits One also has the effect on the Bill of Rights which before guaranteed Americans the integrity of their person before the government That too has taken a big blow Racism is also a part of this process through selective repression of people with Arab names and appearance Racism is perhaps the worst scourge that the US has ever suffered in its history and now it s getting worse It has been manifested in different ways all through the life of the country even before the US independence Racism was always there and certainly with this Bush junta there is a racial superiority coupled with extreme nationalism that is also one of those concepts that fall into the definition and the practice of fascism The arrests and secret captivity of hundreds of people in the U S after 9 11 together with the criminal inhuman treatment of the Taliban and other prisoners at the Guantanamo base in Cuba reflect the unrestrained state power of a fascist regime BD I m sure the ordinary person in the United State does not view their government as fascist and if they did do you think they would accept a fascist government PA No I don t think many people in the United States see the US government as fascist I think that a huge majority don t even know what the word fascist means They may think of Fascist Pig meaning a put down of a police officer attacking a crowd or something like that but in actual fact a meaning of the word fascism or where the word comes from is not part of the historical memory of many Americans There is a problem of political education but what is most important is not really to understand that this is a fascist regime but to understand what a fascist regime is that is what the erosion of civil liberties means to the individuals and what it means to the opinion of the United States in other countries when a president lies to the people in order to justify a war and hundreds of Americans are killed and wounded in a war that was fought on false pretences and approval for the war was obtained from Congress based on lies Nobody can deny that now Although we are now in July of 2003 the question is not going to go away The Democratic Party has been pretty timid in picking up on this but are finally doing so focusing on the various elements of the false pretences such as the supposed purchase of uranium in Africa by Iraq which was a complete falsehood They are picking up all these various elements I hope they are going to hold Bush s feet to the fire in the coming elections But they too are subject to being labeled as traitors and anti patriotic because in a country like the United States there is a tremendous amount of nationalism a tremendous amount of love

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  • Cubadebate, Against Terrorism in the Media - Part 164
    public s awareness Reflections by Fidel Politics And Sports Aug 4th 2007 By Fidel Castro Ruz I am writing this quickly and a little late I should do this because of the strong emphasis I have placed in the analysis of this matter Reflections by Fidel Hard And Obvious Realities Aug 3rd 2007 By Fidel Castro Ruz Because of its importance I am prioritizing this subject among others Reflections by Fidel The Eternal Flame Jul 31st 2007 By Fidel Castro Ruz This is a political reflection To be more precise it is another proclamation Exactly one year ago today on July 31 2006 I issued the first proclamation But the year gone by is worth 10 for I have had the opportunity to live a unique experience which has afforded me information and knowledge on vital questions facing humanity knowledge I have conveyed to the people of Cuba with the utmost honesty Reflections by Fidel The Fifth Reflection On The Pan American Games In Spite Of Everything Jul 30th 2007 By Fidel Castro Ruz Do you think that you merely enjoy the Pan American Games Think again and you will realize that no matter your age you run jump put the shots throw javelins discuses and hammers soar above hurdles and tracks relay batons spike balls score a basket row execute ippons turn your rival over follow strategies splash water over yourself after running for two hours and even stop taking in the oxygen that your lungs are demanding What a wonderful show the athletes put on for us Page 164 of 168 First 162 163 164 165 166 Last Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate opens its new Web page in English 20 Mandela is dead Why hide the truth about Apartheid 11 El Paso Diary The

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