Castro DGIs (Directorio General de Intelligencia, trained and funded for decades by the Soviet KGB and East German STASI) recently stuck their fingers in their mouth and issued a sharp whistle of summons.
Celebrity ears from New York to Hollywood immediately jerked up. Soon Castro's propaganda ministry was mobbed by eager American actors, rockers and folkies, their eyes wide, their tongues out and their tails wagging frantically. Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Benicio del Toro, Oliver Stone, Martin Sheen, Edward Asner, Pete Seeger, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Danny Glover were the A-listers among these cheeky rebels and human-rights activists submitting to commands and pats on the head from Stalinist apparatchiks.
“The celebrities have all added their name to a petition to president Obama to free the five Cubans unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.,” writes Castro’s propaganda ministry. Marching in perfect lockstep and chanting in perfect chorus, those listed above also accuse U.S. jailers of visiting horrific torture upon “The Cuban Five.”
The charges and convictions against “The Cuban Five” (by an independent judiciary in a free country, the U.S.) might actually be studied by these celebrities. The “news” networks that have earned Havana bureaus might actually mention these charges and convictions. And pigs might fly.
“Judicial evidence in an archaic bourgeois detail,” proclaimed the Castro’s regime’s chief hangman, Che Guevara. “We execute from Revolutionary conviction..And we will
Enter Townhall. Below please find some important items “overlooked” by the above celebrities and by “news” bureaus beholden to Castro.
On September 14, 1998, the FBI uncovered a Castro spy ring in Miami and arrested ten of them. Four others managed to scoot back to Cuba. These became known as the “Wasp Network,” or “The Cuban Five” in Castroite parlance. According to the FBI’s affidavit, the 26 charges against the convicted Castro-spies championed by the above celebrities included:
•Gathering intelligence against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead, Fla.
•Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command’s top officers, along with those of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica.
•Infiltrating the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command.
•Sending letter bombs to Cuban-Americans.
•Spying on McDill Air Force Base, the U.S. armed forces’ worldwide headquarters for fighting “low-intensity” conflicts.
•Locating entry points into Florida for smuggling explosives.
Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon’s poster-boys also infiltrated the Cuban-exile group Brothers to the Rescue, who flew unarmed planes to rescue Cuban rafters in the Florida straits, also known as “the cemetery without crosses.” The estimates of the number of Cubans dying horribly in the “cemetery without crosses” run from 50-85,000. Brothers to The Rescue risked their lives almost daily, flying over the straits, alerting and guiding the Coast Guard to any balseros, and saving thousands of these desperate people from joining that terrible tally. (Prior to the Glorious Revolution, by the way, Cuba took in more immigrants per-capita than the U.S., including the Ellis Island years.)
By February of 1996, Brothers to The Rescue had flown 1,800 of these humanitarian missions and helped rescue 4,200 men, women and children. That month Danny Glover’s and Ed Asner’s current cause célèbre’ passed to Castro the flight plan for one of the Brothers’ humanitarian flights over the Cemetery Without Crosses.
With this info in hand, Stalinist Cuba’s Top Guns, jumped into their MIGs, took off and valiantly blasted apart (in international air space) the lumbering and utterly defenseless Cessnas. Four members of the humanitarian flights were thus murdered in cold blood.
Three of these men were U.S. citizens, the other a legal U.S. resident. Among the murdered was Armando Alejandre Jr., who came to the U.S. at age ten in 1960. His first order of business upon reaching the age of 18 was fulfilling his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. His next was joining the United States Marine Corps and volunteering for service in Vietnam. He returned with several decorations. As a member of Brothers to the Rescue, Alejandre often dropped flowers over the sea, in memory of the thousands they’d been unable to rescue in time. A man with a weapon or with both hands free to fight has always palsied Castro with fright. The notion of Fidel Castro facing a U.S. Marine in combat mode is simply laughable, in a pathetic sort of way. So Castro waited for Armando Alejandre Jr and his Brothers to be carrying flowers and made his move, murdering them in cold blood. MIGs against Cessnas, cannon and rockets against flowers.
This is a Castro specialty. In high school Fidel got into an argument over a debt (he was always a deadbeat) with a schoolmate named Ramon Mestre, who pounded him like a gong. Fidel cried uncle and slunk away whimpering that he’d go fetch the money he owed Ramon.
Instead he came back with a cocked pistol, hoping to surprise and murder the unarmed Mestre, who’d already gone home. There’s your gen-you-wine Fidel in all his macho splendor. He does have a long memory however. Six months after he grabbed power, Castro had his goons grab Senor Mestre, who then suffered 20 years in Castro’s dungeons and torture chambers.
Regarding prison-related tortures, here’s Ariel Sigler Amaya, a Cuban journalist recently released from Castro’s dungeons. Please note what Mr Sigler looked like upon his arrest in 2003. This arrest, by the way, was for attempting to write things about Fidel Castro in Cuba similar to what Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Ed Asner, etc. said about George Bush in the U.S.