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Can Havana trust Washington again?

October 26, 2013

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Progreso Weekly • 25 October, 2013

U.S. government officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States are in possession of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, who is now in Russia.
Revelations give additional credibility to Cuba’s complaint that Havana, in good faith, gave Washington information about right-wing terrorist groups in South Florida only to see its own intelligence-gathering operatives arrested and tried.

The revelation, made by The Washington Post on Friday 25, gives additional credibility to Cuba’s complaint that Havana, in good faith, gave Washington information about right-wing terrorist groups in South Florida only to see its own intelligence-gathering operatives arrested and tried.

According to The Post, “the notifications come as the Obama administration is scrambling to placate allies after allegations that the NSA has spied on foreign leaders” and key functionaries in countries such as Germany, France, Pakistan, Spain, Mexico and Brazil.

“Trust in the United States may be compromised,” The Post points out, in what might be considered a major understatement.

During the trial of the 10 Cuban agents rounded up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was learned that the Cuban intelligence agency had provided a trove of documents to the FBI showing links between Cuban-American terrorists and several bombings in Cuba in the late 1990s.

Instead of taking action against the Miami-based terrorists, who included the notorious Luis Posada Carriles, the FBI in 1998 arrested the men and women who had collected the incriminating evidence. After a seven-month trial, five of them were sentenced in December 2001 to long prison terms. They became known as “The Cuban Five.”

One of them, René González, served most of his sentence and was allowed to return to Cuba after renouncing his U.S. citizenship. The four others – Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, and Fernando González – remain in prison.

Though the full extent of the contacts between the Cuban and U.S. intelligence services in the case of The Cuban Five was not made public, it is unlikely that they will be resumed, in the light of the recent disclosures about the NSA’s unbridled interception of communications worldwide.

If so, it would be a pity. Some cooperation between Cuban and U.S. agencies has proved to be beneficial in the areas of rescuing disabled vessels and spotting and halting smugglers of persons and drugs.

The fundamental issue is one of trust, one official in Washington told The Post. “We depend to a very great extent on intelligence-sharing relationships with foreign partners, mostly governments – or, in some cases, organizations within governments […] If they tell us something, we will keep it secret. We expect the same of them. [If that trust is undermined,] these countries, at a minimum, will be thinking twice if they’re going to share something with us or not.”

The Washington Post story can be accessed at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/officials-alert-foreign-services-that-snowden-has-documents-on-their-cooperation-with-us/2013/10/24/930ea85c-3b3e-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html

‘America has no functioning democracy’ – Jimmy Carter on NSA

July 18, 2013

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Former US President Jimmy Carter lambasted US intelligence methods as undemocratic and described Edward Snowden’s NSA leak as “beneficial” for the country.

Carter lashed out at the US political system when the issue of the previously top-secret NSA surveillance program was touched upon at the Atlantic Bridge meeting on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia.

“America has no functioning democracy at this moment,” Carter said, according to Der Spiegel.

He also believes the spying-scandal is undermining democracy around the world, as people become increasingly suspicious of US internet platforms, such as Google and Facebook. While such mediums have normally been associated with freedom of speech and have recently become a major driving force behind emerging democratic movements, fallout from the NSA spying scandal has dented their credibility.

It’s not the first time Carter has criticized US intelligence policies. In a previous interview with
CNN, he said the NSA leaks signified that “the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far.” He added that although Snowden violated US law, he may have ultimately done good for the country.

“I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial.”

Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. After leaving office, he founded the Carter Center, an NGO advocating human rights. The ex-president’s human rights credentials won him Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Carter has frequently criticized his successors in the White House. Last year, he condemned the Obama administration for the use of drone attacks in his article “A Cruel and Unusual Record” (http://rt.com/usa/carter-article-us-drones-677/) published in the New York Times.

from http://rt.com/usa/carter-comment-nsa-snowden-261/

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Senator and buddy of CIA terrorist threatens “any” country granting asylum to Snowden

July 9, 2013

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JEAN-GUY ALLARD – (sigue en español )

Known for his long friendship with Luis Posada Carriles – the torturer, terrorist, assassin and CIA terrorist- Robert “Bob” Menendez, the current head of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, threatened “serious political and economic implications for “countries that would grant asylum and protection to Edward Snowden – the CIA contractor who revealed the crimes of the agency.

Menendez is the member of the Senate who met on May 17, 2011 with Luis Posada Carriles, in a restaurant in West New York, to congratulate the old murderer for his pardon by a Texas court, an operation led by none other than Roger Noriega , the former senior State Department official. The senator is famous for his links with the mafia, both Cuban and Italian, and is a faithful ally of Miami Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the president also of the “defense fund” for Posada.

“It is clear that any acceptance of Snowden by any country, any of these three or another, is going to pit them directly against the United States. They need to know that,” Menendez said, referring to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia.

“It is very clear that any of these countries which that agree to offer political asylum are taking a stand against the United States. It is a very clear statement. I’m not surprised by the countries that are offering asylum,” said the person who was involved for months in a sex scandal with underage Dominican prostitutes. The Senator was also in the headlines for his role in advocating the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, the ophthalmologist Salomon Melgin, of Dominican origin who lives in Florida.

In April 2006, the Senator appeared in Geneva to attack Cuba before the Human Rights Commission with his personal assistant José Manuel Alvarez, a CIA hitman. He also traveled with Alfredo Chumaceiro, implicated in the murder – ordered by dictator Augusto Pinochet – of the former Chilean minister Orlando Letelier in Washington which occurred in the diplomat’s neighborhood.

Menendez was mayor of Union City, New Jersey, a resident of New York, since 1986, and gave the city a reputation as a paradise for gambling, racketeering, extortion, fraud and prostitution.

As for Luis Posada Carriles, he is sought by Venezuela for his complicity in the midair destruction of a Cuban airliner which killed 73 people. Posada was head of a death squad of the old DISIP Venezuelan secret police, which for years disappeared, tortured and murdered dozens of young Venezuelan revolutionaries. He participated in several assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban Revolution.
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Senador socio de terrorista CIA amenaza a “cualquier” país que otorga asilo a Snowden

JEAN-GUY ALLARD –

Conocido por su larga amistad con Luis Posada Carriles, – el torturador, sicario y terrorista de la CIA – Roberto “Bob” Menéndez, el actual titular del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado norteamericano, amenazó de “serias implicaciones políticas y económicas” a los países que otorgarían asilo y protección a Edward Snowden – contratista CIA que reveló crímenes de esta agencia.
Menéndez es este miembro del Senado quién se reunió el 17 de mayo de 2011 con Luis Posada Carriles, en un restaurante de West New York, para felicitar el viejo asesino para su indulto por un tribunal tejano, una operación dirigida por nada menos que Roger Noriega, el ex alto funcionario del Departamento de Estado. El senador famoso por sus lazos con la mafia, tanto italiana que cubanoamericana, es un aliado fiel de la Representante por Miami Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la también Presidente del “Fondo de defensa” de Posada.
“Es evidente que cualquier aceptación de Snowden de algún país, cualquiera de estos tres u otro, va a ponerlos directamente en contra de Estados Unidos. Necesitan saber eso”, dijo Menéndez, en referencia a Venezuela, Nicaragua y Bolivia.
“Es muy claro que cualquiera de estos países que aceptan ofrecerle asilo político están dando un paso en contra de Estados Unidos. Es una declaración muy clara. No estoy sorprendido por los países que le están ofreciendo asilo”, aseveró el personaje involucrado desde meses en un escándalo sexual con prostitutas dominicanas menores de edad. El Senador estuvo también en los titulares por su papel al abogar por los intereses empresariales de un acaudalado donador y amigo, el oftalmólogo residente en Florida y de origen dominicano Salomón Melgen.
En abril 2006, el Senador se apareció en Ginebra para atacar a Cuba ante la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos con su ayudante personal José Manuel Alvarez, sicario CIA. También viajó con Alfredo Chumaceiro, implicado en el asesinato – ordenado por el dictador Augusto Pinochet – del ex ministro chileno Orlando Letelier, ocurrido en Washington en pleno barrio diplomático.
Menéndez fue alcalde de Union City, vecina de Nueva York, a partir de 1986, e hizo que la ciudad tenga fama de paraíso del juego, del racketeering, de la extorsión, del fraude y de la prostitución.
En cuanto a Luis Posada Carriles, es reclamado por Venezuela, por su complicidad en la destrucción en pleno vuelo de un avión civil cubano que provocó la muerte de 73 muertos. Posada fue jefe de un escuadrón de la muerte de la antigua DISIP, la policía secreta venezolana, que desapareció, torturó y asesinó durante años decenas de jóvenes revolucionarios venezolanos. Participó a varios intentos de asesinato del líder de la Revolución cubana, Fidel Castro.

http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs3857.html
Google translation. Revised by Walter Lippmann.

25 truths about the Evo Morales/Edward Snowden-case

July 4, 2013

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Salim Lamrani
Opera Mundi

The case of Edward Snowden was the source of a serious diplomatic incident between Bolivia and several European countries. Following an order from Washington, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal forbade the Evo Morales presidential plane to overfly their territory.

1. After an official visit to Russia to attend a summit of gas-producing countries, President Evo Morales took his plane to return to Bolivia.

2.. United States, thinking that Edward Snowden, former CIA and NSA author of the revelations about espionage operations in his country was in the presidential plane, ordered four European countries, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, to forbid Evo Morales to fly over its airspace.

3. Paris immediately fulfilled the order from Washington and canceled the authorization to fly over its territory which had been granted to Bolivia on July 27, 2013, while the presidential plane was located just a few kilometers from the French border.

4. So, Paris endangered the life of Bolivian President, which had to make an emergency landing in Austria, for lack of fuel.

5. Since 1945, no nation in the world has prevented a presidential aircraft overfly its territory.

6. Paris, as well as unleashing a crisis of extreme gravity, violated international law and diplomatic immunity which any Head of State enjoys absolutely.

7. The socialist government of François Hollande seriously compromised the prestige of the nation. France appears in the eyes of the world as a servile and docile country which does not hesitate a moment to obey Washington's orders, against their own interests.

8. By taking such a decision, Hollande decried France’s voice on the international scene.

9. Paris also becomes an object of laughter in the world. The revelations made by Edward Snowden led to the discovery that the U.S. spied on several European Union countries, including France. Following these revelations, François Hollande firm public asked Washington to stop such hostile acts. However, in the details, the Elysée Palace faithfully followed the orders of the White House.

10. After discovering that it was false information and that Snowden was not in the plane, Paris decided to overturn the ban.

11. Italy, Spain and Portugal also followed the orders of Washington and banned Evo Morales’ flights over its territory, before changing its mind after learning that the information was not true and allowed the Bolivian president to follow his path.

12. Earlier, Spain, to review the presidential plane, demanded in violation of all international laws. “This is blackmail, we are not going to allow for a question of dignity. We will wait as long as necessary “, said the Bolivian Presidency. “I’m not a criminal,” said Evo Morales.

13. Bolivia reported an attack on its sovereignty and immunity against its president. “This is an instruction from the U.S. government,” according to La Paz.

14. Latin America unanimously condemned the attitude of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

15. The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) urgently convened an extraordinary meeting after this international scandal and expressed “outrage” by the voice of its Secretary General Ali Rodriguez.

16. Venezuela and Ecuador condemned “the offense” and “attack” against President Evo Morales.

17. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela condemned “aggression rude, brutal, and uncivilized inadequate”.

18. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa expressed his indignation: “Our America can not tolerate much abuse!”

19. Nicaragua denounced a “criminal and barbaric action.”

20. Havana criticized “unacceptable act, unfounded and arbitrary offends all of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

21. Argentina President Cristina Fernandez expressed her dismay: “Definitely they’re all crazy. A Head of State and his plane have total immunity. There can not be this degree of impunity. ”

22. Through the voice of its Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the Organization of American States (OAS) condemned the decision of the European countries: “There are no circumstances to commit such actions to the detriment of the president of Bolivia. The countries concerned must give an explanation of the reasons why they made this decision, particularly because it endangered the life of the president of a member country of the OAS. ”

23. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) denounced “blatant discrimination and threat to the diplomatic immunity of a head of state”.

24. Instead of granting political asylum to the person who allowed it to discover it was the victim of hostile espionage, Europe, particularly France, did not hesitate to create a diplomatic crisis with the aim to handing Edward Snowden over to the U.S.

25. This case illustrates that if the European Union is an economic powerhouse, is a political and diplomatic dwarf unable to take an independent stance toward the United States.

Google translation. Revised by Walter Lippmann.


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