Terrorism against Cuba

Terrorism against Cuba

By Carmelo Ruiz Marrero

President Bush speaks of eradicating terrorism, of blowing up any country that harbors terrorists, because for him terrorism is something foreign, something that comes from outside. But official speeches on terrorism omit all mention of Miami, the city from which tentacles of terror extend towards Cuba and the rest of Latin America.

"As the President of the United States expressed to the United Nations, it is necessary for all countries to unite in the fight against terrorists, but not against some terrorists, but against all terrorists. As long as the actions of some are condemned these criminals and others are sheltered, allowed to act with impunity against the security and sovereignty of other countries and considered "freedom fighters", this scourge can never be eradicated, and there will always be peoples who need to send some of his children to fulfill risky missions, either in Afghanistan or in South Florida. "
- Gerardo Hernández Nordelo

When hearing the word "terrorism" or "terrorist", many citizens in the United States and Puerto Rico visualize a bearded Arab with a turban dressed in rags, or the Macheteros and the FALN. Or they think of the extensive list of villains on duty: Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega, Milosevic. Qaddafi, the ETA, the PLO, and so on. In short, anyone who disagrees with US policy runs the risk of falling on the terrorist list, no matter what it is or not.

President Bush speaks of eradicating terrorism, of blowing up any country that harbors terrorists, because for him terrorism is something foreign, something that comes from outside. But official speeches on terrorism omit all mention of Miami, the city from which tentacles of terror extend towards Cuba and the rest of Latin America.

The terrorist campaign begins

The violence of Cuban exiles against their own country, planned and carried out mainly from bases in Florida, began immediately after the triumph of the revolution.
Since before the invasion of Playa Girón, terrorist acts were already committed against Cuba. The gangsters John Rosselli, Sam Giancana and Santos "Don Santo" Trafficante Jr., whose properties had been expropriated by the revolution, participated in this "secret" war of the CIA. The operation, which had the direct collaboration of then Vice President Richard Nixon, consisted of infiltrations by armed commandos to commit assassinations and sabotage. It was called Operation 40.

No act of violence was too vile. As early as March 4, 1960, CIA agents blew up the French ship La Coubre in the port of Havana, thus killing 101 people, including six French sailors.
In Operation 40 there was a subgroup called ZR-RIFLE, which had the mission of assassinating Fidel Castro and Che
Guevara. This unit was commanded by E. Howard Hunt, who would later be convicted in the Watergate scandal, and had among its members Luis Posada Carriles, Rafael Quintero and Félix Rodríguez. These three individuals would reappear in the coming decades in a wide variety of criminal activities in conjunction with the CIA, Latin American dictators, and European fascism.

From the Girón fiasco to the October Missiles

Operation 40 reached its climax with the failed invasion of Playa Girón in April 1961. But the CIA and the extremist elements of the exile continued with their terrorist operations. Eventually the government decided to acquire nuclear weapons, supplied by the Soviet Union, to deter a second invasion attempt.

After the Missile Crisis in October 1962, the Soviets withdrew their nuclear rockets in exchange for President Kennedy's assurance that he would not invade Cuba and that terrorist attacks from Cuban exiles would cease. But the CIA and its allies rebelled against the presidential authority and decided to continue their attacks.

Kennedy responded to the situation by ordering the FBI, a longtime rival of the CIA, to raid and close training camps in Florida and Louisiana. Numerous scholars of the mysterious assassination of President Kennedy maintain that his refusal to invade Cuba and allow the territory of the United States to be used as a base of operations for terrorists from Cuban exile, motivated elements of the CIA and the Cuban right to kill the president. in Dallas on that fateful November 22, 1963.

International terrorism

But Kennedy's death did not result in the invasion of Cuba that the Miami terrorists longed for. In 1968 Orlando Bosch fired a bazooka at a Polish ship anchored in Miami. Several city politicians later declared an Orlando Bosch Day, in honor of their action. In 1975, the Cuban exile Luciano Nieves was assassinated for daring to promote peace with Cuba, and the following year the radio commentator Emilio Milan, who denounced and condemned the violence of the exile, lost both legs when a bomb exploded in his car. In 1976 Orlando Bosch formed the CORU coalition to consolidate and organize actions against Cuba. In its first months, CORU unleashed an offensive of international terrorism unparalleled in the already bloody history of counterrevolutionary violence.

In September of that year, a team of Cuban exiles led by the Chilean-American Michael Townley traveled to Washington DC, where they planted a bomb in the car of the Chilean patriot Orlando Letelier and his co-workers Ronni and Michael Moffitt. Letelier and Ronni Moffit were killed in the explosion. It was the second political assassination in the history of the city. The first was that of President Lincoln.

Letelier, a diplomat by vocation, held various high positions in the Socialist Democratic Government of Salvador Allende between 1970 and 1973, including ambassador to the United States and minister of defense. When Allende was overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by the fascist General Augusto Pinochet, Letelier became an international ambassador for the fight against his dictatorship.

A few miles from the murder site, on the other side of the Potomac River, was the CIA headquarters. Its director then was George H. W. Bush. Mr. Bush had promised his full cooperation with the investigation into the crime, but what he did was release disinformation, which was dutifully relayed by the press. Bush and his sons would reappear in future years, aiding the Miami terrorists in various ways.

Ultimately, it was the federal prosecutor and the FBI, without any help from the CIA, who elucidated that Letelier's murder was the work of Cuban exiles working in collaboration with Chilean General Manuel Contreras. The crime was part of Operation Condor, a joint program of the military dictatorships of the southern cone of South America to exterminate dissent anywhere in the world.

A couple of weeks after Letelier's murder, Bosch targeted a Cubana de Aviación plane taking off from Barbados with another bomb attack. All 73 occupants perished. The aforementioned Posada Carriles was imprisoned in Venezuela for participating in this act.

CORU's criminal activities were financed by the World Finance Corporation, a company owned by the corrupt Guillermo Hernández Cartaya, involved in money laundering from drug trafficking.
About Posada Carriles Fernando González Llort says, "Escaped in a Venezuelan jail where he was for his participation in the blowing up of a Cuban commercial plane in which 73 innocent civilians died, he appears in Central America under a false name under the orders of the Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, an official involved in the so-called Iran Contra. "

"Today, Luis Posada Carriles and three other Cuban-Americans residing in Miami, all with a long history of participation in terrorist actions against Cuba and also in United States territory, are detained in Panama for participating in a conspiracy that was intended to blow up. with explosive C-4 the University Paraninfo of the capital of that country in which Fidel Castro would be reunited with thousands of Panamanian students. "

Exile and the Bush dynasty

The extremists in exile achieved a great victory with the election of Jeb Bush, son of George H. W., to the governor of Florida. Jeb came to governor with a long history of association with the most criminal and extremist elements in exile, including drug trafficker Leonel Martínez and con artist Armando Codina. He had been an employee of Camilo Padreda, who in turn was a partner of the aforementioned Hernández Cartaya at Jefferson Savings & Loan. Padreda was also an intelligence agent for the Batista regime.

In 1982 a federal jury charged Padreda and Hernández Cartaya with stealing over $ 500,000 from Jefferson.
Hernández Cartaya also faced charges of money laundering and drug and arms trafficking, but the CIA intervened and the case never went to trial. Six years later, Padreda admitted his guilt in an extortion and bribery scheme in association with the mayor of Hialeah.
Jeb won applause from the terrorists in exile for his successful campaign for the release of Bosch, then imprisoned for his murderous acts. The management was not very difficult, since his father was the vice president of the country.

In the words of González Llort, "Orlando Bosch lives freely in this community thanks to the parole granted by former President George Bush despite being considered a danger and a notorious terrorist by the very authorities of the Justice Department of this country." Let's remember that Jeb is governor of the state where the electoral fraud that his brother George W. put in the White House in the eventful elections of 2000 occurred. The role played by the mobs of Cuban exiles that threatened and intimidated the vote counters and officials Democrats remains to be clarified.

According to the investigative magazine Mother Jones, Jeb Bush also exerted undue pressure to help businessman Miguel Recarey, who was scamming Medicare out of millions of dollars. Recarey, who is now a fugitive, had among his employees none other than José Basulto, founder of Hermanos al Rescate.

Brothers, to the rescue of what?

In July 1992 the Brothers to the Rescue participated in a frustrated attempted terrorist attack against a target in the province of Villa Clara. As CLARIDAD reported in August of last year, the required weapons and explosives were available for this plan, as well as the collaboration of Hermanos, who informed the terrorists about the location of the North American coast guards, to facilitate their movement into waters. Cuban.

The list of acts of violence and terror perpetrated by Cuban exile terrorists based in Miami is so long and the connections of the Cuban extreme right to organized crime, US intelligence and Washington's spheres of power are so extensive and complicated that they would not fit throughout this issue. It is such a long and forceful story that it leaves no room for doubt. And then they ask why the Cuban government sent five of its men to keep an eye on these criminal elements!

"Cuba has the right to defend itself from terrorist acts that are being prepared in Florida with total impunity despite having been historically denounced by the Cuban authorities," declared Gerardo Hernández Nordelo. "It is the same right that the United States has to try to neutralize the plans of the terrorist organization Osama Bin Laden, which has caused so much damage to this country (USA) and threatens to continue doing so. I am sure that the children of this country who comply that mission are considered patriots. "

Those words were said BEFORE September 11, 2001.
* Clarity
October 4, 2002

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