Large scale network war against Cuba


By Norelys Morales Aguilera

On March 17, 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved a covert action program for Cuba. The clear objective was to destroy the Revolution. Among the better funded projects are found internal subversion programs implemented through organizations supposedly engaged in developmental aid.

USAID – US Agency for International development (John F. Kennedy, 1961) – is an agency of the US Federal Government and an instrument for covert operations by the North American government. Its 1990 – 2012 expenditure on actions against Cuba was $150 million.

In 2011, USAID allocated $6 million for free access to information for dissident groups, $6 million for organizing among youth, $9 million for manipulating members of rural communities concerning their “civic duties,” $20 million for Radio and TV Marti, and $21 million for freedom of information and expression for counter-revolutionaries.

The $62 million total used to gain social, political, and media influence in Cuba represented a $34 percent increase over 2010 (It included $250,000 for celebrating a possible Nobel Peace Prize granted Cuban counter-revolutionaries Oswaldo Paya and Oscar Elias Biscet.) The 2012 U.S. federal budget allocated $15 million for USAID Cuba activities.

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting has presented its new communication strategies to the U.S. Congress

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) operated by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has presented its new strategies for Cuba communications to the U. S. Congress. Its functionaries have come looking for more than a million cell phones for Cuba. They are seeking consent and funding from the U. S. Congress.

According to websites employed by Washington for subversion against the island, numerous text messages are being sent into Cuban cyberspace through a computerized system developed by mass marketing specialists in order to reach great quantities of people from different telephone numbers, both in the United States and Spain.

It’s said that among the initiatives put forth is the use of flash memories made of paper used to send out news and radio reports. But the crown jewel of the aggressive new project is a recently created social networking system called “Piramideo, which allows participants to create groups and sub-groups and send text messages by cell phone to large numbers of people simultaneously.

Under the apparently innocent slogan “Connect, announce, and enjoy yourself,” the system’s web site describes its business as “a social network that allows you to be connected with your own people. From your cell or from our web page…Piramideo helps you to share what is happening at any instant with all your friends, families, clients, employees, etc.”

But the real question is about Martí, Radio Martí, and Televisión Martí. They are all media designed for ideological war and discredited on the island. Since 1985 they have exerted a very doubtful influence in Cuban political affairs. The intention is to have them recycled now through aggressive outreach in order to continue making use of U. S. government funds derived from the North American taxpayer.

We know that the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) is an agency of the U.S. federal government that is supposed to produce radio and television programs of a political character directed at audiences in foreign countries. It was created in 1994, the year when the federal government also formed the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and charged it with monitoring all non – military radio and television transmissions.

The federally financed IBB comprises these services and their respective web sites: Voice of America, Worldnet Television and Film Services, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, in charge of Radio Marti (1985) and TV Marti (1990).

For its part, the BBG has encouraged efforts for “promoting internet freedom” and reaching Cubans through mobile telephones and social networks. The government of Barack Obama began publically in 2011 to transfer millions of dollars for internet freedom programs from the State department to the BBG.

Just as bidding was being approved on a U. S. government contract aimed at creating a system capable of sending tens of thousands of text messages to cell phone users in Cuba, a possible contractor, manifesting concern, asked whether or not this text messaging campaign was legal.

The contract, eventually awarded to the Maryland – based company Washington Software, calls for information and news to be relayed through Radio and TV Marti. But the only explanation offered by the IBB, the entity responsible for Radio and TV Marti, was the need to get around “Cuban censorship.”

“The program against censorship ultimately has to guarantee to Internet users in the beneficiary countries access to news and other programs broadcast by the U.S. government. A variety of tools are used in order to counteract Internet controls sponsored by foreign governments for the purpose of censorship.” We don’t speak here of censorship the North American government exercises over its own nationals.

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting that operates Radio and TV Marti had a $23.5 million budget for fiscal year 2013. With its new communication strategies for attacking Cuba in place, it has already initiated veritable warfare through its social networking operations.

The illegality and provocation these projects and plans represent leave no room for doubt: what is advertised by the OCB as a communication strategy is another aggression. The aim is precisely to inundate Cuban cyberspace with information and audio-visual products with decidedly subversive and interventionist political content. We can interpret this as a new large – scale anti – Cuba operation of the U.S. Congress.

With that and with other funds appropriated for attacking the island, the supposed communications strategies are projects by which the United States is doing everything possible so that Cuban virtual space becomes a true extension of U.S. geography, which is intolerable for an independent nation. And Cubans know it. That’s the bad news for those who today brandish technologies as a means to obtain what they have not been able to gain through blockade and uninterrupted ideological war over decades, among other outrages.


Translated by Tom Whitney

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One Response to “Large scale network war against Cuba”

  1. lakoladita Says:

    Reblogueó esto en la koladita.

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