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Cuban Five: 14 Years of Injustice

October 5, 2012 ·

For a Miami jury, the fact that Cuban agents were in Miami was sufficient for them to hand down a guilty verdict.

Five  Cubans fighting terrorism in South Florida have served 14 years of prison, more  than enough time for the U.S. public to learn from its media about the horrific  injustice done by the U.S. government to these Cuban men. But the media has barely touched the grotesque frame-up of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero,  Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez, the Cuban Five as they are called.

These  Cuban intelligence agents volunteered in the 1990s to infiltrate violent groups of Miami-based Cuban exiles who had orchestrated bombings in Cuba of tourist  spots – hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars, and even the Havana airport where  vacationers from Canada and Europe arrive. By scaring foreigners with violence  they hoped to intimidate tourists from visiting Cuba, and thus hurt the  island’s economy.

Cuban  intelligence chiefs sent agents into South Florida because the FBI had done  nothing to stop the bombing plots or indeed discourage the exile plotters from  continuing their terrorist war against Cuba. The agents’ job was to discover  the plots, and alert Havana so the local police could thwart the violence.

Havana then recycled the agents’ information to the FBI. On some occasions, thanks to  these men’s information, the Bureau did intercept caches of explosives and  weapons destined to do harm inside Cuba. But the Bureau did not bother the  terrorists. Instead in September 1998, FBI agents busted the Cuban agents, and  the Justice Department charged them with conspiracy to commit espionage and one  of them with murder. The last charge referred to a prosecution-concocted story  that Gerardo Hernandez, the controller of the web of agents, had advised Havana  of the date and time of Brothers to the Rescue’s planned flight time on  February 24, 1996, and that he might possibly drop weapons into Cuba. Cuban  aviation authorities warned the three small planes not to enter Cuban air  space, but the pilots ignored the warning, and Cuban MIGs shot down two of the  planes, killing both pilots and co-pilots. The craft carrying the Brothers’  leader, Jose Basulto, returned unscathed to Miami.

Read the rest of the story of the Cuban Five at Progreso Weekly