RELATIONS AND DIALOGUE WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT
by Dr. Manuel Cereijo
We must have relations with Cuba as we have with civilized, democratic countriesâ€¦. Castro has been in absolute power in Cuba for the last 50 years. The same government. The same main figures in power. No free elections. The Cuban people have been terrorized, jailed, shot, confiscated their properties. There is no freedom of any type or kind whatsoever.
We must talk with the Cuban government without preconditionsâ€¦ Castro has intervened, assisted, invaded, or provided logistic and armaments to groups, terrorists, and organizations throughout the world: Africa, South, Central and North America, and Asia. Cuba serves as a sanctuary to hundreds of criminals and terrorists, from diverse parts of the world. Cuba has provided, and still does, military training to thousands of persons who later on have returned to their respective countries to try to overthrow their legitimate governments. On 21 September 2001, the FBI arrested Ana Belen Montes, a US citizen born 28 February 1957, on a US military installation in Nurnberg, Germany. She was charged with spying for Cuban intelligence for the past fifteen years. The most important spy in the last 45 years. years..
We must respect, visit, recognize the Castros and their governmentâ€¦â€¦.. We are involved in World War III. It started on 9/11/2001. It is a different war than any previous one; asymmetric, terrorist battles, weapons of mass destruction, targeting civilians, innocent people. A war of civilization versus barbarism. However, since when was it planned?
It all started in an Island in the Caribbean, Cuba; the First Tri Continental Congress, 1966.
North American Congress on Latin America, NACLA, was formed in 1967 after the Tricontinental Congress in Havana by individuals associated with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). NACLA said it was recruiting "men and women, from a variety of organizations and movements, who not only favor revolutionary change in Latin America, but also take a revolutionary position toward their own society." SDS leaders called NACLA the "intelligence gathering arm" of the radical movement. NACLA's published Methodology Guide recommends supplementing public source information by pretext interviews and phone calls, and NACLA has also planted or developed covert sources in government agencies and private companies. Over the years, NACLA materials have been used in a number of anti-U.S., Cuban publications.
There must be a dialogue with the Castrosâ€¦â€¦â€¦. The surfacing of Manuel PiÃ±eiro as a leader of the SÃ£o Paulo Forum constituted, in and of itself, grounds for firing any U.S. intelligence or national security official who has argued that Fidel Castro and his Forum are no longer a threat to the security of the United States or its hemispheric allies.
For 40 years, "Redbeard" PiÃ±eiro served as Castro's dirty operations man for the Western Hemisphere, personally setting up and directing Cuba's assassination, kidnapping, and terror international in the region. PiÃ±eiro founded Cuba's General Intelligence Directorate (DGI), after Castro seized power in 1959, maintaining his ties with it as deputy interior minister (1961-74). In 1974, he left the Interior Ministry to take charge of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee's newly established Americas Department, a unit created to centralize Cuba's operations in Ibero-America under the personal control of Castro, to whom PiÃ±eiro reported.
Throughout, PiÃ±eiro worked on one operation: deploying a centralized terrorist international, along the lines of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's instructions to the 1966 Tricontinental Congress, that "the armed groups ... form ... coordinating committees to make more difficult the repressive task of the Yanqui imperialism and to facilitate our own cause." In 1967, the Latin American Solidarity Organization (OLAS) was formed, a sort of first-generation SÃ£o Paulo Forum.
During the early 1970s, PiÃ±eiro lived in Chile for several months, directing the estimated 14,000 "internationalists"â€”which included members of the Cuban Interior Ministry's Special Troopsâ€”deployed into Chile by Cuba to secure the Salvador Allende government. After the overthrow of Allende in September 1973, PiÃ±eiro's Americas Department helped set up the Revolutionary Coordinating Committee (JCR) in 1974 as the successor to OLAS, assigned to provide a unified command for "just and necessary revolutionary violence" on the continent. It was led by Uruguay's Tupamaros, Chile's Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR), Gorriaran Merlo's People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) of Argentina, and Bolivia's National Liberation Army.
PiÃ±eiro's most successful operation was the 1979 Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. His Americas Department provided the Sandinistas intelligence, communications, arms, and even exiled Chilean Army officers, who had earlier been incorporated into the Cuban Armed Forces. Cuba's first public narco-terrorist operationâ€”the arms-for-drugs deal with Colombia's M-19 movement, revealed with the 1981 arrest of Jaime Guillot Laraâ€”was also a PiÃ±eiro job. Cuba's ambassador at the time, Fernando Ravelo, was pulled out of Colombia after the scandal, and reassigned as PiÃ±eiro's deputy at the Americas Department.
The Cuban government respect human rights, does not allow torture, there never has been political prisoners, never has abused, oppressed, shot in paredonesâ€¦â€¦ Since 1959, however,the Cuba of the political prisoners. The Cuba of oppression, torture. The Cuba of the exiles. The Cuba of the family separations. The Cuba of the confiscations. The Cuba who supports and spread terrorism. The Cuba of the guerilla wars to subvert the people and the countries that before were friends. Over half a million political prisoners, thousands dead by firing squads, over a million and a half in exile.
The Cuba of the informers. Of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution.. The Cuba enemy of God. The Cuba of the interventions in Angola, Ethiopia, Congo, Vietnam,Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Mexico, and, yes, the United States. The Cuba that represents anasymmetric war threat to the United States. The Cuba with the capacity to produce WMDs.
The government has never confiscated private propertyâ€¦.. The Cuba where for 50 years there has not been free unions. Neither private proprietors. Neither private property. All privately owned, honestly earned by the effort of the individuals in Cuba, their work, their initiative, their entrepreneurial spirit was arbitrarily taken, robed, confiscated by the governmet-farms, cattle, sugar mills, industries, small factories, shops, restaurants, cafeterias, drug stores, services- EVERYTHING!
Nothing has happened?? Isn't it time? For Cuba, it is, to be free.