Jülich, September 2, 2014
Dear Mr. President Obama,
While preparing our activities on occasion of the upcoming 16th anniversary of the arrest of the “Cuban Five” on September 12, 1998, at the same time, we are rather worried about the civil wars at so many places on earth and the war propaganda we are confronted with by our mass medias, for instance, blaming Russia for the “invasion” of Ukraine, all this misinformation and rumors seem to have been planted by the advisors in your administration.
What is shamefull for us, our German mass medias pick them up and spread the word, while, schizophrenically, on occasion of the anniversaries of World War I and World War II broadcasting historical documentations which show the audience impressively how and why those wars could happen.
As Mahatma Ghandi already correspondingly said, “human beings are not able to learn from history.”
However, there are exceptions like the Cuban Five:
In the full awareness of their risk when infiltrating the exile Cuban terrorist groups the Cuban Five managed unarmed to prevent more than 170 planned terrorist attacks against their homeland.
Moreover, in the awareness of their innocence they bravely stood trial and didn’t agree to any deal with the prosecution for minor sentences. May be, they trusted in the jurisdiction of the “most advanced country”, the United States of America, then.
But if they did so, they must have been disappointed. And so were all of us by observing the case since their very arrest.
Because of this, we cannot help, but continue to build a jury of millions in order to absolve and rehabilitate all of them:
Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, who unjustly are remaining in your prisons yet, as well as René González and Fernando González having served their unjust sentences already.
As one of our fellow campaigners Jaqueline Roussie from France did in her letter to you on September 1, we want to remind you of the report by Peter Schey, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, having been sent to you and Attorney General Eric Holder on last July 4.
We hope very much that you will notice all our efforts when organizing events in favor of the release of all the Cuban Five, marching to the White House again, throughout the cities of your country and abroad to your Embassies and Consulates all over the world and our writing, and you will – at long last – use your prerogative right to pardon the remaining three of the Cuban Five in US prisons, just for having come into the United States for the security of their own country – unarmed – for preventing further terrorist attacks against their compatriots, under your law in “Necessity of Defence” and justified by International Law according in particular to the UN Charta, Article 51.
Similar letters are going to your Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Thank you very much for your appreciated attention in advance
Josie Michel-Brüning, Pedagogue HDip.ed. and Family therapist i.r. and Dirk Brüning, Chemical Engineer i.r.
Members of the German committee to Free the Cuban Five, one of more than 350 committees around the world.