authorities must act against the Miami mafia and extreme right
Affirms Fernando González in his statement, after being
unjustly sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment, during which
he presented documented evidence of the terrorist actions of
the CANF and other hardcore right-wing groups
THE Cuban-Americans who
today, after 40 years, continue to engage in acts of terrorism
against Cuba are clearly linked to the darkest episodes in
recent U.S. history: the assassination of President Kennedy,
the Watergate scandal, the murder of Orlando Letelier and
Ronnie Moffit, and the clandestine supply of weapons to the
Nicaraguan contras, in violation of legislation passed by the
Prosecutor Guy Lewis
hugs José Basulto,
the infamous head of Miami’s
terrorist mafia, as they leave
the courtroom. Can we trust
the U.S. courts in their
treatment of Cuba?
(Photo taken from TV)
These charges are part of
the statement presented by Fernando González Llort, sentenced
in Miami to 19 years’ imprisonment at the close of this
edition, in a trial during which the accused became the
accusers, by demonstrating the long chain of terrorist
activities against Cuba committed by right-wing groups
created, trained and financed by the CIA.
declassified by the U.S. government, articles in major U.S.
newspapers and interviews broadcast on Miami radio stations,
Fernando described the genesis of hardcore extreme right
within U.S. politics.
He stressed that those
who believe that Cuban-American radio stations in Miami and
extremist Cuban-American organizations in that locality
represent the ideas of the majority of Cuban Americans in that
city are falling into precisely the same trap laid by that
small but economically powerful sector, in its attempt to
present an image of unity and of representing the sentiments
of hundreds of thousands of Cubans living there, when this is
not the case.
Fernando’s lawyer, refuted prosecution lies and theories
designed to have him sentenced to more than 29 years in
prison. The lawyer stated that in 10 years of practice in
Miami, he had never seen sanctions for state crimes receive
the maximum term established for a first offense, as has
already been the case with the other three Cuban compatriots
whose hearings preceded Fernando’s.
professional conduct had already provoked the rage of Miami
extreme-right groups, who organized demonstrations outside the
lawyer’s home, calling him a traitor.
In his statement,
Fernando commented that one of the documents declassified by
the U.S. government in 1997 and 1998 referred to a meeting
that included Richard Nixon, then vice president in the
Eisenhower administration, which approved a covert plan of
action against the Castro regime. In a memorandum of that
meeting, General Goodpaster commented that the president
stated that he couldn’t think of a better way of handling
the situation, but the problem was leaks and lack of security.
Thus everybody would have to be ready to swear that Eisenhower
knew nothing about it... and that none of those attending the
meeting should be seen to be connected in any way with that
The accused asked in his
statement: "What can we expect in 30 to 40 years, when it
is decided to declassify the documents on what is happening
He cited the cases of
Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, both of whom have an
extensive history of links to the CIA, and who masterminded
the sabotage of a Cuban commercial airliner in mid-flight on
October 6, 1976, causing the deaths of 73 innocent persons.
Orlando Bosch, Fernando
pointed out, is living freely in Miami, thanks to the parole
granted by former president George Bush, in spite of being
considered a dangerous and a notorious terrorist by
authorities in the U.S. Justice Department.
He charged that the
influence and pressure exerted by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
Republican congresswoman from Florida and protector of
terrorists, was behind the presidential parole granted to
The evidence presented by
Fernando’s defense confirms that Orlando Bosch continues
conspiring in Miami to commit acts of terrorism against Cuba.
The FBI is aware of documents concerned and nobody has
On August 22, The
Miami Herald published a full-page advertisement in which
the so-called Cuban Patriotic Front stated that it had
established as one of its principles the recognition of and
support for the use of any method to fight against Cuba.
Fernando stated that Bosch’s signature appears on the list,
and that he is acting with total impunity.
The Cuban defendant noted
that the case of Posada Carriles is even more shameful. After
escaping from a Venezuelan jail where he was being held for
his participation in the sabotage of the Cuban commercial
airliner in 1976, he surfaced in Central America under an
assumed name, on the orders of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver
North, a military aide to the National Security Council during
the Reagan administration, and involved in an illegal
activity, the Iran-Contra scandal, subsequently investigated
by a special prosecutor.
All of that is
documented, Fernando stressed in his statement, and the U.S.
security services are aware of it. They also know that it was
the Cuban American National Foundation that financed and
organized Posada Carriles’ escape from a Venezuelan prison.
He affirmed that Posada
Carriles and a further three Cuban-Americans living in Miami,
with a long history of acts of terrorism against Cuba and also
on U.S. territory, are currently being held in Panama for
their role in a conspiracy to detonate C-4 explosives in
Panama City’s university auditorium, in which Fidel Castro
would have been addressing thousands of Panamanian students.
Under the noses of U.S.
authorities, funds for Posada Carriles’ defense are being
collected publicly in Miami, and the legal defense of those
terrorists is being coordinated, while the conditions are
being created for springing them from jail, Fernando
further proof of complicity between the CIA and the
terrorists, Fernando asked, "What other option is open to
the Cuban people to defend their sovereignty and
He denounced the
prosecution’s attempt, with a total display of hypocrisy, to
employ throughout the trial the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO (passed over 20 years
ago by the U.S. Congress to combat organized crime and never
applied to any terrorist group in Miami), against defense
witnesses, so as to prevent the exposure of criminal
activities in which the Miami mafia had participated.
Fernando argued that the
acts of terrorism against Cuban tourism facilities, at a time
when the island’s economy was recovering in the ’90s were
financed and organized by CANF. Luis Posada Carriles, the
principal executor of those actions, admitted to The New
York Times his responsibility in planning them and said
that they were funded by that Miami-based organization. In the
same interview, Posada Carriles affirmed that U.S. authorities
had not made any effort to interrogate him on the terrorist
attacks against hotels in Havana.
A few days after that
interview, the anti-Cuba press in Miami took it upon itself to
erase Posada Carriles’ confessions from the community memory
and keep these serious statements from appearing in the local
press, by alleging that President Fidel Castro was ill, thus
pandering to one of that community’s obsessions.
In the final part of his
statement, after revealing other overwhelming evidence,
Fernando stated: "It is the authorities of this country
who must decide to act on a principled basis and shake off the
pernicious influence of a small but economically powerful
group of mafiosi and extreme right wingers within the Cuban
community in Miami.
"In these years of
imprisonment," he emphasized, "the dignity I have
learned from my people and their history will always be with
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
can’t trust the FBI
A group of U.S.
senators recently requested an independent investigation into
the FBI, as they believe the organization can no longer be
--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.