From the U.S. Dept. of justice: “The purpose of Foreign Agents Registration Act is to insure that the U.S. Government and the people of the United States are informed of the source of information and the identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and laws. The Act also requires that informational materials be labeled with a conspicuous statement that the information is disseminated by the agents on behalf of the foreign principal.”
The Huffington Post (who frequently denounces Tea partiers and Republicans as “terrorists!”) employs an intelligence agent from Cuba (an official Terrorist-Sponsor) named Margarita Alarcon to consistently bash U.S. policy towards Cuba. Ms Alarcon is the daughter of one of the Castro regime’s highest officials, and works for an agency controlled by Cuba’s KGB –founded Intelligence service, as fully documented here.
Alarcon’s propagandizing can, in fact, be done legally. But not as done by the Huffington Post, who (while frequently bashing Tea Partiers and Republicans as “Terrorists!”) gives no clue as to Alarcon’s genuine credentials as an agent of the regime who plotted to incinerate and entomb thousands of American holiday shoppers in Macy’s, Gimballs and Bloomingdale’s on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Back in the late 70’s when First Brother Billy Carter consistently proselytized in favor of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime he went ahead and registered as an Agent of a Foreign Government. Margarita lives in Havana and her father was denied a U.S. visa in 2000. So she can’t register. But her propaganda outlet/partner certainly could.
You’d like to think Margarita Alarcon’s propaganda is so utterly brainless and blatant that few would swallow it. Here’s what she wrote this week:
“Travel restrictions in order to leave Cuba were implemented on the onset of the Cuban revolution to prevent criminals of the Batista regime from escaping trial. Unfortunately no one remembered to eliminate this restriction as time elapsed and it became part of the status quo.”
Yes, and the Berlin Wall was erected to prevent Nazi war criminals from escaping. And the Iron Curtain was erected to prevent criminals from escaping, etc. Do HuffPo editors actually believe this? Or—given the brainpower and educational levels of their readers—do these editors expect such things to be believed?
Either answer says oodles about the Huffington Post.
Given the success of Castro’s recruitment of U.S. agents of influence, the line between his propaganda apparatchiks and the blathering from the Democratic/MSM complex has always been blurred to the point of invisibility. To illustrate this blurring let’s play a fun game I've titled, “Castro Spy or Democratic Official? Who Said It?”
Some background: On July 16, 2010, a State Dept. official named Kendall Myers was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole for his 30-year service as a spy on behalf of Fidel Castro. During the course of Myers' arrest, the FBI uncovered his diary, which was laden with Castrophilic passages used against him in court. This diary features in our fun game. OK, let’s start the quiz! Who said it:
"Fidel has lifted the Cuban people out of the degrading and oppressive conditions which characterized pre-revolutionary Cuba. He has helped the Cubans to save their own souls. Cubans don't need to try very hard to make the point that we have been the exploiters." If you answered: "Castro spy Kendall Myers' from his diaries," you win!
"I believe that there is no country in the world… including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime…"
If you answered: "Democratic President of the United States John F. Kennedy speaking to French Journalist Jean Daniel in Nov. 1963," you win again!
"Batista was only one of the long list of murderous figures that we thrust upon them in the name of stability and freedom."
"Castro Spy Kendall Myers?” Yes. Very good!
"I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States."
"Democratic President John F. Kennedy?” Indeed. You win!
"Everything one hears about Fidel suggests that he is a brilliant and charismatic leader."
"Castro Spy, Kendall Myers?” Got it!
"Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, a man I regard as a friend."
"Wasn’t that Democratic Presidential candidate, George McGovern?" Indeed! You win!
"Castro first and foremost is and always has been a committed egalitarian. He despises any system in which one class or group of people lives much better than another. He wanted a system that provided the basic needs to all—enough to eat, health care, adequate housing and education."
If you answered: "the Jimmy Carter -appointed head of Havana's Cuban Interest section, Wayne Smith” for the above quote--you are correct!
"Have the Cubans given up their personal freedom to get material security? Nothing I have seen yet suggests that, I can see nothing of value that has been lost by the revolution. The revolution has released enormous potential and liberated the Cuban spirit."
Yes, that’s from convicted Castro spy, Kendall Myers. So you win again!
"Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education. The Cuban embargo is the stupidest law ever passed in the U.S."
"Former U.S. Democratic president James Earl Carter?" Righto! You did great!
(For the sake of this article, please overlook that all of the above talking points issued by Castro to his propagandists have been demolished by meticulous documentation. The point here is to show who's parroting these howlers.)
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.