The Huffington Post’s Cuba-based writer, Margarita Alarcon, informs us that treating Cuba “this small island” as “a threat to U.S. integrity so much that the Department of State puts it on its list of terrorist nations is considered tantamount to political dementia.” In fact, Margarita Alarcon’s views closely parallel those of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s former Latin American head, Ana Belen Montes.
In a report issued in 1998 titled: “National Intelligence Estimate on Cuba" and largely authored by Ms. Montes, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that "Castro poses no significant threat to the U.S. or any of its hemispheric neighbors. No evidence exists that that Cuba is trying to foment any instability in the Western Hemisphere."
The Clinton administration based its Cuba policy on this eminently authoritative report. After all, its primary author had access to all U.S. intelligence on Cuba and led briefings on Capitol Hill, at the State Department and the Pentagon regarding Cuban policy. "On Cuba," one government official said. "Montes was who you went to."
Four years after issuing that report, its primary author was in U.S. federal prison having been convicted of Espionage, (the same charges against the Rosenbergs) and having narrowly dodged their death sentence only with a plea bargain. Turned out that Montes, (a frequent visitor to Cuba on “academic exchanges”) had been working for Castro since the 80’s.
The Huffington Post’s Cuba-based writer, Margarita Alarcon (a vociferous promoter of U.S.-Cuba educational exchanges, by the way) also informs us that five Cubans arrested by the FBI in 1995 “never put the United States national security at risk. “In fact, “They were fighting terrorism against Cuba and those that support any kind of normalcy with Cuba, “she explains.
A U.S. jury begged to differ and convicted the Huffington Post writer’s countrymen on 26 charges including “manslaughter" and "conspiracy to commit murder." According to the FBI's affidavit, the men summarily declared innocent by the Huffington Post were Castro agents engaged in, among other acts:
• Intelligence gathering against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead Florida.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.