"If Katherine Harris, Jeb Bush, Jim Baker, and the US Supreme Court hadn't tampered with the results,” raved Terry McAuliffe shortly after his election to Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2001, “Al Gore would be president, George Bush would be back in Austin, and John Ashcroft would be home reading Southern Partisan magazine."
No pussyfooter this Terry McAuliffe, now running for governor in Virginia. This “Lee Atwater of the Democrats” came out swinging. Republicans lie and cheat. Can’t trust ‘em.
Years earlier McAuliffe claimed that the Reagan electoral team conspired with the Iranian Mullahs to release the hostages for a 1980, “October Surprise.” And 24 years later Republican Presidential candidates were still at it, claimed McAuliffe. “Bin Laden knew what he was doing,’ McAuliffe wrote regarding the video released by the master terrorist in October 2004. “He was scaring the American electorate just before the election. He felt that reelecting Bush would be good for his recruitment in the Middle East.”
Let’s hope the man now running (with a huge lead) for Governor of Virginia can muster the same mistrust for foreign Terror-Sponsoring Communists as he does for compatriot Republicans. Let’s hope that during his 4 day sales call to Cuba in 2010 McAuliffe was as suspicious of his Stalinist hosts as he is of his diabolical domestic political opponents--because during his time in Cuba McAuliffe was certainly monitored by Castro’s KGB-trained secret police and probably videotaped during his “off” hours.
This according to retired U.S. counterintelligence officer Chris Simmons, known for decades as our nation’s top Cuba spycatcher. “The Directorate of Intelligence, Cuba’s primary foreign intelligence service, spied on Terry McAuliffe before and during a four-day trade mission to Havana,” asserts Simmons. “Cuban targeting was likely triggered by McAuliffe’s trip preparation.”
These preparations involved McAuliffe visiting the “Cuban Interest Section” (Embassy/Spy-nest) in Washington D.C., and chumming it up with its head, Jorge Bolanos. As far back as the early 70’s the CIA had already fingered Bolanos as a Cuban intelligence agent. And in September 2004 the Mexican Government (no less!) gave Bolanos a 48 hour notice to vacate their nation, which has always been ultra-cozy with Castro. Apparently Bolanos gave his activites away in a manner to shame even Inspector Jacques Clouseau.
But for Terry McAuliffe, the KGB-trained (however defectively) Bolanos apparently comes across as a swell and upright fellow—unlike those dastardly and conscienceless Republicans Ronald Reagan and George W Bush who conspire with foreign terrorists to defeat Democrats!
In 25 years as a U.S. Military Counterintelligence officer, Lieut. Col. Simmons helped end the operations of 80 enemy agents. One of these had managed the deepest penetration of the U.S. Department of Defense in U.S. history. The spy's name is Ana Montes, known as “Castro’s Queen Jewel” in the intelligence community. Two years later in 2003 Chris Simmons helped root out 14 other Cuban spies who were promptly booted from the U.S.
As mentioned, McAuliffe’s sales call on behalf of Virginia farm products to Castro’s Stalinist regime was in 2010, shortly after the former DNC chairman lost his first bid for Virginia Governor. For over half a century, however, Castro’s intelligence has devoted much of its time and resources to studying the U.S. political system, its major players—and especially—it’s up-and-comers. Cuban intelligence defectors report that promptly upon publication in 1979, David Halberstam's book, "The Powers That Be," detailing the inner workings and identities of Washington D.C’s power brokers became Castro’s favorite book.
“Given the Directorate’s intimate understanding of the American political arena,” says Simmons, “it undoubtedly awarded McAuliffe a level of attention fair beyond normal business travelers since his return to politics was virtually assured. McAuliffe and his entourage subsequently remained under Cuban Intelligence control when they stayed at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, featuring a staff rife with DI informants, the Hotel Nacional is known to be wired for video and audio surveillance of foreign guests.”
Your humble servant here heard thorough corroboration of these procedures from a first-hand source. “"My job was to bug their hotel rooms," says high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez. “With both cameras and listening devices. Most people have no idea they are being watched while they are in Cuba. But their personal activities are filmed under orders from Castro himself. And famous Americans are the priority objectives of Castro's intelligence."
"When American visitors arrived at the hotels Nacional, Melia Habana and Melia Cohiba," says Fernandez, "we already had their rooms completely bugged with sophisticated taping equipment. But not just the rooms, we'd also follow the visitors around. Sometimes we covered them 24 hours a day. They had no idea we were tailing them."
"Fidel Castro is a special connoisseur of these tapings and videos," adds Fernandez. "Especially of the really famous.” The former intelligence officer also reports that Castro’s top intelligence people would often gather for the screenings of these tapes. Here even the most taciturn and poker-faced intelligence veteransoften found it impossible to stifle their chuckles and snorts.
After his Cuba visit Terry McAuliffe himself was not above a few chuckles. “I don’t know where these cigars come from!” he chuckled while puffing away on a present from his Cuban friends on December 9, 2011. At the time the probable forthcoming governor of Virginia was meeting with Jorge Bolanos yet again—as VIP guest at a party at the Cuban Interest section in honor of Communist propagandist and short-lived KGB agent Ernest Hemingway.
Bolanos undoubtedly reciprocated the chuckles. But we have to wonder what actually provoked his amusement.