|June 22, 2001
You cant trust the FBI
Say U.S senators requesting
Director of organizations Miami branch receives CANF funds
BY RAISA PAGES (Granma
International staff writer)
A group of U.S. senators recently requested
an independent investigation into the FBI, as they believe the organization can no longer
be trusted. However, the report issued by that organization on the Cubans found guilty for
alleged spying in Miami, when what they were really doing was alerting Cuba about
terrorist actions, was accepted without question.
In a roundtable discussion attended by Fidel
Castro on Thursday, June 21, Cuban television commentator Eduardo Dimas stated that
Héctor Pesquera, the current head of the FBI in Miami, has links with the CANF and
receives money from that organization.
Dimas also reported that, "purely by
coincidence," that man was in Puerto Rico when the terrorists who tried to
assassinate Fidel at the Ibero-American Summit in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, were
The media barrage designed to whip up the
"Cuban spy syndrome," at a time when the terrorist Cuban American National
Foundations influence in the U.S. Congress was waning, was also analyzed by the
panel in Havana.
A 1998 Pentagon report was bitterly received
by the Miami mafia, because it did not suit their interests in presenting Cuba as a threat
to the United States. CANFs other problem was that it had recently been hit by the
death of Jorge Mas Canosa.
Jorge Mas Santos, Mas Canosas son, did
not possess the same leadership qualities as his father and the CANF had also received a
body blow in the shape of well-known terrorist Luis Posada Carriles declarations to The
New York Times, admitting the organizations responsibility for the explosion on
the Cubana Airlines plane off the coast of Barbados in 1976.
Although Posada Carriles later retracted his
confessions on a television show, times had become hard for the Miami mafia. Radio Havana
Cuba journalist Bárbara Betancourt commented that the spy show was a blessing for the
CANF, at a moment when they were trying to justify the robbery of Cuban funds from
telephone calls to Havana, currently frozen in the United States.
EL NUEVO HERALD MAKES A FUSS
September 12, 1998, saw the execution of an
FBI operation against the alleged "network of Cuban spies," they were initially
accused of obtaining information on military facilities, according to El Nuevo Herald,
the mouthpiece for the anti-Cuban mafia, a day after the arrest of the 10 alleged guilty
They tried to exaggerate and twist the case,
presenting it as a national security issue. The fallacious way the incident was treated in
El Nuevo Herald aimed to persuade its readership that the alleged Cuban spies were
planning to sabotage U.S. planes and hangars in Florida.
This Miami paper took on the job of
spreading the idea that they were a powerful network with sophisticated equipment when in
fact testimonies from neighbors of the Cuban prisoners suggested they led humble lives and
Clouded in a huge media fuss, the trial of
the 10 Cubans was set for October 2, 1998, and they were refused bail. Raúl Fernández,
head of the FBI operation that arrested them, immediately released an 18-page report
which, despite its size, was published in full by El Nuevo Herald, an
unusual move considering they would normally summarize such a document. The report
justified charges that they were gathering information against a foreign government,
explained Cuban journalist Renato Recio during the roundtable discussion.
According to reporter Eduardo Dimas, in
order to give the impression that the members of the alleged spy network were
international assassins, in November 1998 the five Cubans were charged with the deaths of
the four pilots aboard the light aircrafts belonging to the terrorist organization
Brothers to the Rescue, shot down for violating Cuban airspace.
This contrived farce against Cuba was the
perfect excuse to justify the robbery of funds from telephone calls to Cuba that have
accumulated in the United States, and use them as compensation for the families of the
dead pilots, under the authorization of Judge Laurence King.
In this assault on Cuba, three Cuban
diplomats were also accused of spying and were expelled from their mission in New York,
good news for the promoters of anti-Cuba hysteria in Miami.
The Cuban spy syndrome continues to inundate
press agencies and it has gotten to the point where they are claiming the existence of 600
Cuban agents in the United States. But this psychotic atmosphere is nothing new. The
recipe is old and the truth will win out within international public opinion.
--Accused of spying for defending their
country from the Miami mafias terrorism
THE first of a series of roundtable
broadcasts, presenting information on the case of the five Cubans held prisoner and
unjustly charged with spying in the United States, made clear the reasons justifying those
young mens behavior.
Gonzalezs father was separated from his son for 11 years
ON the telephone he would assure his father:
"Im fine, old man, no problems." On the island they would doubt him and
say: "hes having us on..."
only information of interest to us from the United States is
on the acts of terrorism against Cuba, organized and financed
and eight months before the events currently under study with
regard to the monstrous injustice committed against five Cuban
patriots, Fidel, during an October 19, 1998 interview with CNN