by Agustín Blázquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton

On December 14, 1999, Granma, the official Castro regime newspaper published an interview with Castro. In it, referring to the Elián González’s affair Castro said that the struggle would be "a battle of national and world opinion and that the battle will not cease until that child returns." Making an obvious reference to his extensive U.S. support network, he said, "there are important sectors in the United States that want the child returned. So when we protest and denounce to the world what is happening and unleash a battle, we are unleashing a battle for those persons within the United States."

Castro’s statement exposes that there are many high-profile Americans that are members of his support network. Looking at the backgrounds and past actions of some of them in relation to the totalitarian regime in Havana, their membership is clear. For example, Rep. José Serrano (D-NY), who courted the Cuban American votes in 1992 campaigning against Castro to later become an apologist and an advocate for his regime, actively lobbied for the return of Elián González. What accounts for this change of position? Does Castro know something about Serrano and other American politicians and members of the U.S. media that accounts for their behavior supporting his tyrannical ways?

According to official U.S. sources and academic studies, the former Soviet Union-built Lourdes espionage station near Havana poses a threat to the U.S. Introduced in the House of Representatives on March 29, 2000, the Russian-American Trust and Cooperation Act of 2000 (H.R.4118) Section 2. Findings, paragraph (8) states: this facility "is being used to collect personal information about U.S. citizens in private and government sectors, and offers the means to engage in cyberwarfare against the United States." Is this facility providing Castro blackmail material on U.S. politicians, influential citizens and news media people?

If Serrano and other Americans have any doubt to whom Elián belongs, they just have to read the Cuban Communist Constitution and listen to Luis Fernández, a "diplomat" at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. who said, "He [Elián] is a possession of the Cuban government. No other entity can remove this." According to J. Michael Waller and Jamie Dettmer of the Insight Magazine, Fernández was identified as one of the attackers of the group of peaceful demonstrators outside the Cuban "diplomatic" section last April 14 in Washington DC.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the U.S. It is affiliated with the Socialist International. Fifty-four U.S. Congressmen are members of the DSA. Coincidentally (?), 34 of these "socialists" are among the most militant members of the pro-Castro lobby. To name just a few, on Capitol Hill we find in the pro-Castro gang Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-AL), Jesse Jackson (D-IL), Julian C. Dixon (D-CA), James A. McDermott (D-WA), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), etc.

All of them have been faithfully executing the orders of their tyrant-in-chief "unleashing a battle for" Elián’s return to Castro. They are the dependable, fanatical and vociferous taxpayer-paid pro-Castro crowd on Capitol Hill. Many of them have participated in press conferences and interviews promoting the tyrant’s crusade. By their actions they have condemned an innocent 6-year-old child to a life of abuse in the hands of Castro’s infamous psychiatric re-education facilities to eradicate from him the taste of freedom he experienced before being illegally kidnapped under false pretences by Clinton-Reno’s Gestapo-like troops to ultimately being sent back to Cuba.

Washington’s James McDermott, is a fanatical supporter of Castro and the infamous Venceremos Brigades which in the 60s and 70s brought thousands of American students to Cuba under the guise of cutting sugar cane. But these Americans students also received indoctrination so that in the future (we are now seeing the results) they would help the Castro regime’s campaign in the U.S. to favor his goals and serve as access to economic, political and military intelligence. These Venceremos Brigade graduates have effectively infiltrated the foundations of our society. There are unconfirmed rumors that Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 70s was a Venceremos Brigade graduate. If that is true, we have at least one of them very close to the president.

New York’s Charles Rangel’s love affair with Castro dates back to 1959, when Castro stayed at Harlem’s Hotel Theresa and Rangel sat beside him at the dinner table. Ever since he has been the useful servant and he travels to Cuba often bringing members of the U.S. Congress’ Black Caucus and TransAfrica to marvel at the socialist "paradise," that his friend, Castro - probably the biggest slave master in the history of slavery - has created in Cuba.

Apparently Rangel and company couldn’t care less about the reigning apartheid in Cuba and that their black Cuban brothers are, at 80%, overpopulating Castro’s jails and labor camps and they are hardly in important positions in that socialist utopia. I do not have any recollection of Rangel and company protesting the gross institutional violations of human rights in Cuba, including against the many black pro-democracy activists and independent journalists in Cuba. Rangel and company, in their constant meddling in Cuban affairs and actions of support for the Castro regime, in their myopic view, do not want to meet any of the black political prisoners and harassed activists inside Cuba.

Another faithful servant of slave master Castro is California’s Representative Maxine Waters who has worked actively on his behalf in detriment of the most famous innocent 6-year old in the world. Rep. Waters travels to Cuba often, apparently for guidance or orders from her socialist comrades. She recently was in Havana cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony of a Medical Convention with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).

Waters is siding with Fidel, because she apparently is repaying his favor of hiding for her a former Black Panther convicted of murder in the U.S. On September 29, 1998, Rep. Waters wrote a "Dear President Castro" letter saying, "I, and some of the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, mistakenly voted for House Concurrent Resolution 254 which called on the Government of Cuba to extradite to the United States Joanne Chesimard and all other individuals who have fled the United States from political persecution [!] and received political asylum in Cuba. Joanne Chesimard was the birth name of a political activist known to most Members of the Congressional Black Caucus as Assata Shakur."

Chesimard, AKA, Shakur, a militant member of the Black Panthers was not politically prosecuted in the U.S., rather she was a convicted killer of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster, who was murdered execution-style in a turnpike shootout in 1973. She also wounded his partner. She was not a civil rights leader but a convicted murderer and one of New Jersey's 12 most wanted fugitives widely sought by various government and law enforcement agencies. She escaped from prison in 1979 and surfaced in Cuba in the 1980s where she has been living since. In her September 1998 letter Rep. Waters encouraged Castro not to extradite her and the other criminals hiding from U.S. justice in Cuba. That speaks volumes about a member of Congress!

Also among the crowd of influential and puzzling Americans that have worked so hard to push Castro’s agenda in the U.S. we have Senator Christopher Dodd, who on May 11, 1999 was heavily criticized in an article written by Angel Pablo Polanco. As an independent journalist living in Cuba, Polanco says, "Senator Dodd is not interested in the reality of the Cuban people, he is interested only in business." He and his followers show "disloyalty to the principles of freedom."

The now jailed black human rights activist Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet expressed "consternation" for the statements made by Dodd in relation to the lifting of the U.S. embargo published on April 27, 1999 in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald. A document released by the Lawton Human Rights Foundation in Cuba, founded by Dr. Bicet, says, "The communist system is the source and cause of the Cubans’ hardship. The people suffer under the communist boot. Communism is the new slavery. The lifting of the embargo must be conditioned to the respect of the human rights, freedom of all political prisoners, a multi-party system and free elections, this is a matter of principles not business."

But, apparently, principles are lacking from Castro’s U.S. fan club. As we see, the above-mentioned and others unmentioned (including the National Council of Churches, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, the United Methodist Church, Pastors for Peace, Randall Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ramsey Clark, Jane Fonda, Greg Craig and many prominent members of the media like Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumble, Gerardo Rivera, Ted Turner, Lucia Newman, etc.) reveal by their actions their part in the infestation of Castro’s cockroaches.


Agustín Blázquez

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