letter of may to Obama.
Monday May 6, 2013 - 21:18
Last new: The court has finally granted a motion to allow René González to serve the remaining portion of his three-year parole in Cuba, after which he will of course be able to remain in Cuba, outside the jurisdiction of the court.
Now the letter:
Mr President Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20500
It has been more than fourteen years now that your country has held prisoner the five Cubans Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino, and René González. You know very well, Mr President, that these five patriots are perfectly innocent, and that the clever trick used to sentence them consisted of imputing charges of the “attempted conspiracy” type, needing no proof. As the proverb says, “Give a dog a bad name and hang him.”
This month, let’s talk about their charges of “attempted conspiracy of spying”. Prominent persons of the different intelligence-gathering domains in the United States, such as Colonel George Bucker, Admiral Eugene Carroll, Generals Edward Atkeson and Charles Wilhelm have declared that the five Cubans had no access, under any circumstances whatsoever, to any kind of information of strategic nature. Not the slightest document relating to a State secret was ever in their possession! Nevertheless, these five men were convicted to extremely heavy prison sentences for attempted espionage.
Real spies who, themselves, were caught with important documents were, on the other hand, sentenced to relatively light sentences, and even released on bail. Here are three examples, among others, that took place under the presidency of your predecessor.
To start with, the stupefying case of Leandro Aragoncillo, ex-Marine, arrested on October 5th 2005 in New Jersey. He had in his possession the trifling sum of 733 secret documents coming from the White House, the Pentagon and the Defense Department. He was spying while working for Al Gore, and then for Dick Cheney. He was sentenced to ten years of prison.
One of the most spectacular cases was that of agent Donald W. Keiser of the Central Intelligence Agency who, on December 12th 2005, admitted to Judge T.S. Elliot of Washington, that he had stolen 28 documents classed top secret, 1,976 documents classed secret and 1,655 documents classed confidential. These documents had been handed over to Isabelle Cheng, an agent of the Taiwan Intelligence Corps.
Keiser was released after having paid a $500,000 bail and required to wear an electronic bracelet. He was sentenced on January 22nd 2007 to one year and one day and a fine of $25,000, without ever having been accused neither of espionage nor of attempted espionage! He had already been caught red-handed in 2000 for the theft of a portable computer belonging to the Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, which didn’t keep him from being named to the Federal Department of Foreign Services.
To finish, here is the example of Agent Lawrence A. Franklin, a spy. Collaborating with Donald Rumsfeld, he spied for years for Israel. He handed over to Israeli agents Steve Rosen, Keith Weissman and Naor Gilon, an impressive number of pieces of intelligence from the Pentagon, concerning Iran. The first two agents worked under cover for the American Israel Political Committee, the most important Israeli political lobby in Washington. The third was a political advisor for the Tel Aviv Embassy in Washington. Lawrence A. Franklin was sentenced to one year of prison in 2006 before being released on bail.
So you see, Mr President, the five Cubans who themselves were not spies, were angelic beside these big names in espionage. Their mission was to infiltrate the Miami Mafia gangs, which is not at all the same thing. The Cuban Five handed over, in June 1998, to the F.B.I., a considerable number of documents, thereby avoiding quite a number of terrorist attacks.
While waiting for their liberation that will come sooner or later because justice will win in the end, these five men are still deprived of their freedom.
Ramón Labañino and Gerardo Hernández have suffered the pain of losing their mothers during their detention. René González who was released on probation in the United States since 2011, whereas he has completely served his sentence, cannot go back to Cuba before 2014. In 2012, he lost his brother Roberto. He has just lost his father, without having been able to be at his side to ease his last days.
Since having been arrested in September of 1998, the hope for Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González and their wives, to have children, dwindles every day.
Your country continues to refuse entrée visas for the United States to the wives of Gerardo Hernández and René González, an inhuman situation for these two couples. On top of these injustices, especially for Gerardo Hernández, who is still in a maximum security prison, he is often harassed. For example, last April 7th, the actor Danny Glover went to California to visit him. Unfortunately, he had to go back without having seen him, the visit having been refused – even though Danny Glover is among those authorized to visit Gerardo Hernández.
As you can see, Mr President, your administration is engaged in a veritable relentlessness against these five patriots. We are really hoping for you to come back to the values worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to you. You have the possibility to put an end to these injustices towards the Cuban Five; do something quickly!
Please receive, Mr President, the expression of my most sincere humanitarian sentiments.
Translated by William Peterson
Copies sent to: Mrs. Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathryn Ruemmler, Janet Napolitano, to Mr.. Joe Biden, John F. Kerry, Denis MacDonough, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Pete Rouse, Rick Scott, and to Charles Rivkin, United States Ambassador in France.
Why Andy Shallal Should Be Mayor of D.C.
Thursday 12 - 09:24by David Swanson
Kerry’s Coup from Mediator to Antagonist
Wednesday 11 - 12:13by Nicola Nasser
Australia spies on itself and the world for UK, Israeli and US state terrorism
Wednesday 11 - 03:26by Dr Gideon Polya
Statement of the South African Communist Party on Nelson Mandela
Monday 9 - 11:48by South African Communist Party
THE REAL LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA
Sunday 8 - 21:07by JOHN CHUCKMAN
FBI’s search for ‘Mo,’ suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance
Sunday 8 - 18:55by Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima
FBI can secretly turn on laptop cameras without the indicator light
Sunday 8 - 18:46
ELDER ABUSE BLOG HACKED!
Sunday 8 - 06:21by Monica Post
Mandela: "Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians"
Sunday 8 - 02:46by Dr Gideon Polya
David Swanson in Portland, Oregon
Saturday 7 - 17:29by David Swanson at Laughing Horse Books
The Problem of Human Egos
Friday 6 - 15:14by Richard John Stapleton
THE TRUE WAR ON CHRISTMAS
Thursday 5 - 01:17by David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Insurgency Responsible for Civilian Plight of Syrians
Wednesday 4 - 10:52by Nicola Nasser
Huge child abuse by pro-war, pro-Zionist, Australian Coalition Governments
Tuesday 3 - 15:10by Dr Gideon Polya
why we don’t really need more taxes
Tuesday 3 - 13:40by ART
letter of december to the President Obama
Monday 2 - 13:47by kakine
10 More Years in Afghanistan
Saturday 30 - 22:27by David Swanson
Obama’s ‘Big Prize’ to Earn Nobel Peace Prize
Wednesday 27 - 10:12by Nicola Nasser
TRUTH IN THE REAL WORLD—THE JFK ASSASSINATION
Wednesday 20 - 21:21by Richard John Stapleton
Syria, Egypt Reveal Erdogan’s ‘Hidden Agenda’
Wednesday 20 - 10:37by Nicola Nasser
DISHONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
Tuesday 19 - 12:56by David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Demonstrate against Drones
Tuesday 19 - 09:07by London
THE CBS WHITEWASH OF THE JFK ASSASSINATION
Sunday 17 - 21:34by Richard John Stapleton
TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS: WHAT TORONTO’S ROB FORD FIASCO IS ABOUT AND WHAT WE CAN L
Sunday 17 - 21:32by JOHN CHUCKMAN
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT—NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN
Friday 15 - 16:25by Richard John Stapleton
All Drone Politics Is Local
Friday 15 - 09:35by David Swanson
International Anti-War Conference: speakers and sessions announced
Thursday 14 - 09:02by Stop the War Coalition
Sorry, Venezuela haters: this economy is not the Greece of Latin America
Thursday 14 - 08:59by Mark Weisbrot
A VAST WASTELAND OF EFFORT SPENT: AMERICA’S RAMPAGE THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST
Wednesday 13 - 19:27by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Committees of Correspondence: To Defend Freedom and Secure Good Government
Wednesday 13 - 16:36by William John Cox
Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable
Wednesday 13 - 09:32by Nicola Nasser
Michelle Bachelet Favored to Win in Chilean Presidential Election
Tuesday 12 - 23:41by Brian McAfee
Paying the Toll On the Economic Highway
Friday 8 - 16:45by William John Cox
120 reasons Australians should dump pro-war, pro-Zionist, US lackey Coalition
Friday 8 - 10:21by Dr Gideon Polya
Slavery Isn’t a Thing of the Past
Thursday 7 - 11:01by Nicholas D. Kristof
Drones from the Other Side
Thursday 7 - 10:33by David Swanson
6.6 Million Children Under the Age of Five Died Last Year Mostly from Easily Tr
Thursday 7 - 01:53by Brian McAfee
HOW AMERICA LEARNED TO PLAY GOD
Wednesday 6 - 19:14by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Saudis Fight a Lost Battle against Change
Wednesday 6 - 08:22by Nicola Nasser
letter of november to the President Obama
Saturday 2 - 17:01by kakine