WASHINGTON POST'S SUE ANNE PRESSLEY DECIDES TO HELP CASTRO
By Larry Daley
IT TOOK ONLY 14 DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK.... Editors
OTHER CASTRO FRIENDS WILL BEGIN TO POP UP.
Now reports are coming out of Cuba that Castro is scared stiff, after all
he is on the US State Department terrorist list, and the US is on the war
path. Many Cubans in Cuba think that the dictator is so desperate that he
wishes to go out in a burst of bloody "glory." Thus a lot of people on the
Island are even more scared than Castro.
One thing is as certain as snow in a Wisconsin winter, any time Castro is
in difficulties, there are always some in the press who will rush to his
aid. We see this now in the example below as Sue Anne Pressely of
the Washington Time, decides it is the right time to blacken the name of
Cuban-Americans (see full text below):.
First Sue Anne Pressley generalizes from one unique case a good number of
decades ago, the Bosch matter. Then in almost complete absence of
supporting material she continues with her theme that such circumstances
are common. However, even when addressing the Bosch matter, this reporter
is forced by reality to use the words, "without being convicted," but she
neglects to mention that there were a number of Venezuelan trials which
were not able to convict. And thus, because of pressure from the Cuban
government --which had caused a great deal of bloodshed in Venezuela-- and
despite repeatedly being found innocent, Bosch was held for many years in
Then our courageous reporter continues cite "according decoded spy
messages introduced by defense attorneys" while neglecting to mention that
these same attorneys were not able to prevent the conviction of these
Castro spies. These defense lawyers failed, even when in an extraordinary
use of judicial privilege, the judge in this case excluded all
Cuban-Americans from the jury.
In other words the Castro spies were found guilty despite the fact that
the judge in the case excluded in an "ethnic screening" a large portion of
local population from the jury pool. Of course Sue Anne Pressley failed to
mention this also, as she did neglect to report that in this trial the
defense theme was the similar to her thesis in this article we are
'that Castro needed to have spies in the US, not to spy on the US because
he means the US no harm but merely to protect himself from these terrible
This spy defense was shot out of the water in that trial when it turned
out that Castro not only was trying to keep tabs on Cuban Americans and
blacken their reputations, but he was also ordering spying on US bases in
Of course this too was forgotten by Ms Pressley as was the fact that, as
so recently shown, Castro had a spy at the highest levels of the Defense
Intelligence Agency, and that this spy was in charge of US intelligence
evaluations of the danger of Castro to the US.
Guess what! The Castro spy Ana Belen Montes, is the one who came up with
US official reports that Castro was not a danger to the US.
Then in order to justify her theme, Ms Pressley comes up with these
"lesser-known exile groups who denounce what they view as the use of
terrorism in U.S. policy against Cuba." Now it is quite common knowledge
that these "lesser-known exile groups" are the same small pro-Castro
groups who's very existence in Miami proves that tolerance exists there
even for these followers of that bloody dictator.
What is most surprising of all is not that Ms Pressley wrote this piece,
for this kind of pro-Castro propaganda is far too common among a certain
section of the US media.
What is surprising that the editors of the Washington Post did not hold
this report to the most minimal standards of journalistic integrity.
Among Miami's Cuban Americans, Terrorism Is a Familiar Story
Tactics Used by -- and Against -- Castro Still Stir Debate
in Exile Community
By Sue Anne Pressley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 25, 2001; Page A10
MIAMI -- Some among them have received training from the CIA to fight a
communist foe. The most extreme among them have been accused of committing
atrocities for what they believe is a righteous cause. Exiled, they yearn
for a homeland that remains beyond their reach.
In the aftermath of the most brutal terrorist attack ever committed on U.S.
soil, one American community says it is in a unique position to debate what
constitutes terrorism: the Cuban Americans of South Florida.
Here in greater Miami, one of the most spy-ridden cities in America and
the site of numerous bombings during the past 40 years, many Cuban
Americans see themselves as victims of terrorism at the hands of Cuban
dictator Fidel Castro. In their eyes, whatever has been done in
retaliation is in many cases justified -- and U.S.-government approved.
Although some of the passion involved in exile politics here has moderated
in recent years, the city's character is still somewhat shaped by the
bitterness and conspiracies related to Cuba.
"This is Casablanca, American style. It's a free-trade zone of intrigue,"
said Miami-Dade Democratic Party official Arthur Buonamia, 48, at a
Saturday conference sponsored by a coalition of lesser-known exile
groups who denounce what they view as the use of terrorism in U.S.
policy against Cuba.
Certainly, the great majority of Miami-Dade's 650,000 Cuban-Americans avoid
the fray. The community is as sickened as others by the events of Sept. 11,
and its patriotism was on display Sunday night at a vigil in Little Havana.
Thousands gathered to form a human cross in the main intersection, their
flashlights and candles and American flags creating a reverent scene. Many
in the crowd said the attacks on New York and Washington had summoned painful
memories of their own suffering after Castro's takeover of Cuba, of loved
ones who were killed and a way of life that was lost.
"We are the victims of a terrorist state. Terrorism here in Miami has been
minimal compared to what Castro has been doing all over the world," said the
Rev. Francisco Santana, 60, a priest at Our Lady of Charity Shrine and an
organizer of the prayer service.
But Miami also has been the home of, and in some quarters backed, such
anti-Castro militants as Orlando Bosch, a pediatrician who was held in a
Venezuelan jail for more than a decade on charges that he masterminded the
1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed all 73 people aboard. Released
in 1988 without being convicted, Bosch, now 74, resides in Miami.
Most recently, his name surfaced in April at the federal trial of five
Cubans accused of spying against the U.S. government. According to
decoded spy messages introduced by defense attorneys, Bosch allegedly
told a Cuban agent he had sent explosives to Cuba prior to a spate
of eight bombings at Havana hotels in 1997-98.
Santana, however, says he believes the exile community at large has "come a
long way" in recent years, evolving toward a realization that change in Cuba
may best come about from within, and not from Miami.
"Back in the '60s, some Cubans were trained like bin Laden, trained by the
CIA to fight during the Cold War against what was perceived as the evil
empire," he said. "In that context, some groups here in Miami advocated
these violent ways to renounce Cuba. But as time has gone by, there has been a
change in the mentality. Now I would say a great majority is in favor of a
But participants at Saturday's conference -- including Cuban American
free-speech and civil liberties advocates, who often don't get much media
attention -- said too many in their community still advocated violent
tactics. Indeed, one panel discussion was titled "The use of terrorism and
sabotage in Washington's policy of aggression against Cuba and its effects
in Cuba and in Miami."
To an audience of about 100 people, panel members reeled off a long list of
"terrorist acts" executed in or exported from Miami, including the 1973
bombing of the headquarters of a Miami magazine; a 1966 bombing incident in
which a Miami radio commentator lost his legs; and most recently, the Havana
hotel explosions that killed one.
"We say that terrorism is not good for some and bad for others," said Max
Lesnik, leader of the Alianza Martiana, one of the sponsoring groups. "The
fight against terrorism should start in Miami, here at home. They don't have
to go to Afghanistan to find terrorists."
2001 The Washington Post Company