The Atlanta-Havana Connection: Mischief and Criminality
por Oswaldo F. Hernandez
Some things in life come to you slowly, and in the case of what I am going to explain in this document, it is truly nothing that I am proud of, for I should have understood what was taking place a long time ago. I first resided in Georgia in 1971, when I moved with my family from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Griffin, Georgia, about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Working in that city for a regional planning body (McIntosh Trail Regional Planning Commission) , as a planning technician, I decided that more than wanting to be an aerospace engineer, I wanted to become a planner. Four years later, after going around by moving to Madrid, and then to Miami, I finally obtained my BS degree in Planning at Florida International University. I returned to Georgia in 1978, going to work at that time for Dekalb County, one of the five counties which at that time was part of the Atlanta SMSA, or metropolitan area (Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area). I worked there for a year, in which time I researched and wrote for the county what was titled a the Bus Plan, which actually was the first one written in the country, something which I was not aware of when I began my work. After that I worked with the Chief Transportation Planner in another study titled, “Dekalb County’s Rail Extensions Alternatives,” which consisted of analyzing the route alternatives from MARTA’s East Line to Lakewood Mall. This was a one-year job assignment. At the time, I was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Railroad Passengers/Southeast Region (five members), position to which I had been elected to after forcing Amtrak to re-establish its Chicago-Miami/Tampa service through Gainesville (Waldo station), Florida, an action which they had taken in an illegal manner, that is, in violation of established regulations. While working for Dekalb County, I was asked to testify at an Interstate Commerce Commission hearing, against the attempt by Southern Railway to discontinue its New Orleans-Atlanta-Washington service (The Southern Crescent), before Amtrak had a chance to take over the service. Another member of the NARP Board of Directors, who was an attorney for Coca Cola, was also supposed to testify at the Atlanta hearing, but a common friend told me one hour before the hearing that this attorney was going to testify in Birmingham instead, for his superiors at Coca Cola had “warned him” about testifying against Southern in Atlanta. It was at this time that I discovered about the common link existing between Coca Cola and Southern, that being the Morgan banking institution, and its associate firms. I thus soon discovered that in reality nothing with power implications and consequences in Atlanta was really of a true Southern origin, but rather of New York “Yankee” origins, in other words, a result of the “carpetbagger financial development of the South” which took place after the Civil War. Undoubtedly, the historical evidence shows that Atlanta was chosen by both, the Federal Government, and New York’s business establishment, to serve as its administrative and controlling point for the entire American Southeast.
Long before all this had taken place, when Georgia was an English penal colony, logically, there existed a constant mental state of animosity towards its southern neighbor, which was Spanish, and Catholic. The historical fact that due to Spanish law, the runaway Black slaves that could reach Spanish Florida, upon arriving and promising to attend Mass would become free men and women, certainly increased the tension and/or friction that already existed between the residents of both territories, due to culture and religion. The historical evidence will also show that the same conditions continued to exist after America had gained independence from Great Britain, since slavery continued to exist in the southern states of the Union. We must be fully aware that until Henry Flagler built his railroad all the way down to Key West, and the U.S. Corps of Engineers substantially drained the southern part of Florida, the territory was really a rather inhospitable place to live in. When I was living in Tallahassee for example, I was always reading and researching the many historical records that are available in that city, and when I once counted the casualties suffered by the U.S. Army during the Seminole Wars and their cause, I found that about 90 percent of them were due to disease (yellow fever and malaria), dysentery, or a soldier being eaten by an alligator or being bitten by a poisonous snake or spider.
Throughout the existence of the Province of Spanish Florida, the Spaniards always had difficulties in convincing people to migrate to the territory, especially if they had stayed in Cuba for some time, for although the same deadly diseases were also present in Cuba, alligators were mostly and only found in the isolated Zapata Swamp (Bay of Pigs region) of south-central Cuba, and there were no poisonous snakes in the island. The Black Widow spider was truly the only deadly poisonous animal that existed in Cuba. Life in Spanish Florida was certainly not an easy one, as is shown by the death rate of infants and young children in the territory. We will find for example, that when Charleston, South Carolina already had a population of about 35,000 people, St. Augustine only had a population of about 3,500. We should also be aware that while the populations of Georgia and the Carolinas swelled, and thus their military power, the maximum number of men who were ever garrisoned at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, was of only 450 men. While the supplies for Spanish Florida were always sent from Havana, the funds for the wages of administrative officials and the military were sent from Mexico City. Sometimes these funds were delayed as much as 2-3 years, and thus no one got paid for extremely long periods of time. It should also be noted that about half of the Castillo de San Marcos garrison were already semi-retired older soldiers. When after the failed siege of St. Augustine by Governor Oglethorpe of Georgia in 1740, the Spaniards decided to finally, after suffering English-led attacks for more than 100 years, to mount a counterattack against Georgia and the forces of Governor Oglethorpe, the troops came from Havana. During the previous 100 years the residents of St. Augustine had had to flee inland with their Indian allies (the Appalachee) when the notorious Francis Drake attacked and burned the town to the ground, even uprooting the fruit trees growing in the backyards of the homes. Some relief was enjoyed after 1700, when the Castillo de San Marcos was finished. In 1703 Governor Moore of the Carolinas laid siege to St. Augustine and failed, although again the town was sacked and burned to the ground. Then in 1740 Oglethorpe, first governor and founder of the Georgian penal colony laid siege to St. Augustine for a two-month period. The siege was suddenly called off, and Governor Oglethorpe beat an extremely hasty retreat when two Spanish frigates, bringing reinforcements from Havana entered the southern entrance of Matanzas Bay. The three skirmishes which took place outside of the Castillo de San Marcos while the siege was taking place were won by the Spanish forces and their free Black and Indian allies and friends (Fort Muse and Fort Matanzas being two of these battles). During these sieges most of the town’s inhabitants would seek shelter inside the Castillo, although some would flee inland with their American native friends.
Now, many among the readers, especially among the Cubans and the Spaniards, will probably wonder what is the reason why I am digging so deeply into these historical realities, what is the bearing on present day issues of these events? The reason is a very simple one, sort of an enigma that baffled me for years, that being the true motives or causes that have historically generated so much hatred and contempt for Cubans and Spaniards in America, especially in the American Southeast. What the historical evidence shows is that while the Cuban community residing in America nowadays is almost totally intellectually engaged in the cause of Cuban freedom, and/or in improving their financial and social status, those who control and manipulate the Anglo and Black communities across our Nation are involved in an outright massive racist propaganda campaign against our people. Leading this quasi-subtle campaign is the Atlanta elitist power establishment, also known as “the Atlanta Gang.” Those who doubt me only have to closely examine the following page which I have copied from the Google Search Engine in the Internet:
SCSECS 2005 Hotel and Travel
... the Spanish force of some one hundred soldiers and officers on July 7, 1742
at Gully Hole Creek (afterward known as the Battle of Bloody Marsh). ...
The Golden Isles of Georgia
... an outnumbered force of British troops defended Georgia against a Spanish
invasion at a site located near the fort known as the Battle of Bloody Marsh. ...
History of St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Jekyll Island of ...
So many Spaniards were slain that the battle became known as the Battle of Bloody
Marsh. The Spanish withdrew, thinking they had been surrounded by a ...
In 1742, a British victory over the Spanish at the Battle of Bloody Marsh secured
Britain's hold on Georgia. The battle site is six miles south of Fort ...
Come Coast Awhile
Six years later, Oglethorpe s troops defeated insurgent Spanish at The Battle of
Bloody Marsh and helped determine the course of colonial history. ...
Cumberland Island National Seashore - Georgia - Page One ...
After the Battle of Bloody Marsh in 1742, the threat of Spanish attacks on English
settlements to the north was neutralized. The forts and settlements were ...
The History of Jim Crow Two years later, on June 9, 1742, Oglethorpe and his Georgians defeated a large Spanish invasion force at the Battle of Bloody Marsh. ... www.jimcrowhistory.org/scripts/ jimcrow/glossary.cgi?term=o&letter=yes - 16k - Cached - Similar pages
HISTORICAL LINKS Battle of Bloody Marsh (1742) http://www.hsgng.org/pages/marsh.htm; History of British Land Forces http://www.regiments.org/; British Regimental Origins ... www.warplay.com/Warplay14-Historical%20Links.htm - 18k - Cached - Similar pages
The Altamaha-Ha Book ... until William was able to avenge his father when he and the new recruits of Scottish warriors defeated the Spanish at the "Battle of Bloody Marsh". ... www.gabooks.com/book.htm - 11k - Cached - Similar pages
Colonial ... tribes...there were two significant colonial wars with international impacts. Those two wars were the Battle of Jenkins Ear and the Battle of Bloody Marsh. www.petersnn.org/new_page_3.htm - 7k - Cached - Similar pages
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Now, before continuing to explain and expose the development through the past 255 years of this dastardly seed of hatred and racism, I would like for the readers to notice that even in this single page of the dozen pages which refer to this “glorious and heroic incident,” there are obvious contradictions and falsehoods involved. In other words, the basis for outright disinformation, also known as lies. Of course, every single one of these individual documents totally fail to mention the fact that the Spaniards had never before attempted to invade the English colonies, that originally all this territory had been part of Spanish Florida (Spanish missions had been established as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina along the banks of the French Broad River) long before the British ever began to settle the region, and that as previously mentioned, it was the British who had in three occasions attacked, burned, and laid siege to St. Augustine. We will find that in these documents, the American historical “experts” state that the number of Spanish troops aboard the Spanish naval force consisted of: A) “…thousands of troops…”, B) “…2,000 men…, and C) “,,,1,000 men…”. All the documents state that the British hero, Governor Oglethorpe, had a force of about 650 men. All of the documents state that Oglethorpe defeated, actually the word utilized by these propagandists is “routed” a much superior Spanish force. The problem with all this pack of lies however, is that this much lauded “great battle” of Bloody Marsh only involved a small contingent of about 100 Spanish soldiers, who were ambushed in a rather ridiculous skirmish. Scientifically, we must assume that each Spanish soldier must have had at least five gallons of blood in their bodies in order to have bloodied the marshes so much. Of course, we all know that Spaniards are hearty eaters, and that they greatly enjoy their lunches, requiring a solid “siesta” afterwards, so who knows, perhaps this also generates a lot of blood.
We must not for an instant ignore the fact that nowadays, more than 200 years after these events took place, not a single year goes by in which The Atlanta Newspapers, (also known as the Cox Newspapers), which not only include the two Atlanta publications, The Atlanta Journal, and The Atlanta Consitution, but many other newspapers throughout the South as well, such as The Austin American Statesman, (Austin, Texas of course), fail to mention this “great and heroic victory.” Of course, the massive media campaign in Georgia is accompanied and supported by the entire Georgia educational system, at all levels. Textbooks, which reinforce the massive bull, are easily available to the young minds, in and out of the classrooms. What becomes obvious as time went by, and we continue to analyze the historical facts, is that even after America gained its independence, and although greatly aided by Spain, there has always existed a group of powerful and influential Anglo-Americans, who have covered their true intentions of continuing the drive south, by raising the fear of “the great Spanish (now Cuban) threat to the South,” and destroying along their way as much of the Spanish culture as they possibly can. This trend, mental state, and general attitude was first expressed in times of the new nation by Thomas Jefferson, who by the way, knowingly and wisely also said, “In politics, nothing happens by accident.” Shortly after Jefferson made this statement, of the aim to continue expanding the borders of America to the south, president Madison’s administration began conspiring to wrestle Florida from Spain. The ploy successfully stole West Florida from Spain, which also included the Yazoo Territory, which encompasses the present day states of Mississippi and Alabama. The Spaniards, who naively invited Americans to settle in West (Pensacola) and East (St. Augustine) Florida, suddenly one day found themselves facing rebellions aimed at annexing these territories to the United States. Immediately, U.S. troops, under the excuse of protecting American lives and property, invaded West Florida and annexed it to the United States. In East Florida the rebellion failed. Curiously, the same pattern and excuse has been utilized many times over since then , such as in the creation of the Republic of Texas, and its later integration to the United States. I highly recommend that the readers read the book titled, The Plot to Steal Florida: James Madison’s Phony War (Joseph Burkholder Smith, New York, Arbor House, 1983), if they have any doubts about what I am stating.
In 1818, the other great hero and leader of the American South, General Andrew Jackson, who when not at war entertained himself “hunting” runaway Black slaves and Indians throughout the land, decided that the only way to stop “Spanish aggression” from the South, consisting of attacks by Seminole Indians (we must assume) and who knows who else, was to invade East Florida. In another much lauded “great battle,” one of his columns, which had artillery pieces with it, surrounded a wood fort northwest of Tallahassee known as Fort Negro. The fort was garrisoned by ten Spanish soldiers, and about 300 former Black slaves and Seminole Indians lived around the wood stockade. When Jackson’s force approached, everyone fled inside the fort seeking refuge. Tragically, the first artillery round impacted the magazine in the fort, and the great explosion that followed killed all inside the fort, except for a group of 60 survivors. Orders were then given to execute all the survivors, including men, women, and children. The orders were carried out. The great general then decided that it would be an excellent idea to invade and conquer Cuba, but less radical minds prevailed in Washington. The Spaniards had already decided to “sell/cede” East Florida to the United States. I would now like to point out that the entire truly racist and culturally biased basis of the Anglo integration of the former Spanish Florida territories to the United States, when compared with the southwestern and western territories, can be easily observed in the change of names that have been carried out. While in the western and southwestern states the Spanish names remained in their original form (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Antonio, El Paso, etc.), in Florida, the names were being changed to some anglicized form, even until rather recent times. Thus, San Agustín became St. Augustine, the island of Santa Isabel became Sanibel, Cabo Cañaveral became Cape Canaveral, and in 1928 Cayo Hueso (Bone Key: A historical reason for this name, since it was used by pirates and corsairs to kill cattle and hogs at the place, and salt the meat), the U.S. Navy changed the name to Key West, which really doesn’t even make sense. I must assume that it just sounded similar.
The ground having been laid for a scenario of fear, resentment, and racism, we arrive at the middle part of the Twentieth Century. Cuba (the democratic republic) had been a close and dependable ally of the United States during World War II, besides Guantanamo, granting the United States the sites for two more air bases (San Antonio and San Julian), south and west of Havana, and the Cuban Navy patrolling the waters of the Florida Straits and the Caribbean with about two dozen PT boats that the U.S. had given to it. These waters were infested with German U-boat packs, which during the course of the war sank a total of 286 American and allied ships in the region. While traveling across the North Atlantic in convoys from the United States, four Cuban merchant ships were sunk. About 40 Cuban sailors were lost at sea. A considerable number of Cuban men served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the conflict. The importance of Cuba during World War II cannot be underestimated, for not only was it the first sugar producer in the world at the time, but its by-product, ethanol (alcohol) was the additive utilized to increase the octane levels of gasoline. During the war years Cuba’s agricultural production kept the U.S, markets with acceptable levels of citrus products, and what is little known, Cuba is among the first world producers of Nickel, and it is also the top world producer of Manganese, an indispensable war industry element. Weirdly, even Cuban marine life was utilized during the conflict, for the air filters of the American and British tanks fighting in the sandy North African deserts were made of Cuban sponges, which proved to be the best material for the job.
After World War II, when there was no Latin American or European tourism whatsoever into the Miami and South Florida area, Cubans, who were not required a visa to enter the United States, kept the economy of the area flourishing during the summer months, while Americans from the North became the main source of tourism during the winter months. The main reason for Cubans visiting South Florida was buying American manufactured products, which they did with cash and in U.S. dollars, since no credit cards existed at the time. Although totally allowed until the beginning of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the number of Cubans who wanted to migrate to America was minute. Actually, the reverse cannot be stated, for it is estimated that at the beginning of the so-called Revolution a total of approximately 50,000 Americans resided in Cuba. Proportionally, since Cuba at that time had an approximate population of six million, it is the equivalent of 2.5 million Cubans residing in the U.S. nowadays. I would also like to point out that those Americans residing in Cuba were all either businessmen faring rather well, or were professionals working for American companies, which by the way paid them salaries substantially superior to their Cuban counterparts, even if the Cuban engineers were better qualified, which often was the case. The historical evidence shows that basically the only contact that existed between the Atlanta area and Cuba in that period of time was due to the fact that Cubans considered Georgia Tech to be the best general engineering school in the southern United States. A great number of Cuban engineering students for many years graduated from that school, and from MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Albany, New York. Some, interested in the sugar industry, attended Louisiana State University.
Having established the historical mental frame of mind that seems to have guided the attitude and decisions of many Georgians towards Spaniards and Cubans, we proceed to analyze the actually sad scenario that has been developing in recent times. During the past four decades, the perhaps radical, but certainly loyal tax-paying Cuban-American community in Miami has been viewed as a threat, while the Atlanta Gang has been attempting to develop a very close relationship with the bloody Cuban socialist regime, and its powerful news media organizations try to concoct and project the image that Cuba is a beleaguered and abused little nation. If the Miami Cuban community is staunchly anti-Communist, this does not give three Federal judges in Atlanta, members of an appeals court the right to recently have stated that in Miami there exists a “pervasive community sentiment” that can influence the result of a trial against actual and real agents of the Cuban tyranny. What their decision shows, overturning the conviction of these individuals, is that it is in Atlanta where a “pervasive community sentiment” does exist.
The key to Atlanta’s mysterious and apparently illogical position is an individual of Cuban origin named Angelo Fuster. This individual was Atlanta’s first Black mayor’s (Maynard Jackson) assistant, at the time he became mayor. At that time, many members of the exiled Cuban-American community residing in the area, told me that he was either an agent of the Cuban-Marxist government, or an absolute sympathizer of the same. As time went by, and the power of the Atlanta establishment astronomically rose with the election of Jimmy Carter as president, so did the influence and power of this person. Because of the previously mentioned historical financial and political ties to New York and Washington, Atlanta’s leadership considered their city to be the utmost center of power and attention in the entire American Southeast. Like they themselves sometimes like to portray the city, “the small apple.” Nothing, but nothing, will be allowed to challenge this perception. The “problem” was that when Mr. Carter became president, the heavily Cuban-influenced Miami metropolitan area was challenging the Atlanta area, and “threatening” to become the Southeast’s most populous urban area, and because of its location and foreign trade, the main center of economic activity. For a period of almost two years, I worked as an Economic Planner and Developer for the City of Miami’s Department of Trade and Commerce Development. At that time, international trade and foreign investments were greatly benefiting the Miami area. Now, let us observe closely the rather subtle actions taken by the Atlanta leadership (Gang), that resulted in the actual economic and social devastation of the Miami area:
A. The first action taken had to do with the redefinition of the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area, or SMSA. The Atlanta Gang was undoubtedly worried about the population trends that indicated that it was possible that by the year 2000, the population of Metropolitan Miami (Dade County) could surpass that of the Atlanta SMSA, The area of the five Atlanta then forming the Atlanta SMSA was similar to the area encompassed by the Miami SMSA (Dade County). However, as the Census of 1990 shows (unknown at the time but the population growth rate data showed it), Metropolitan Miami was growing faster, and the population difference was of only 240,411 persons (1,937,095 vs. 2,253,362), if only the five original Atlanta counties are taken into consideration. Imagine, a no-no in the making, Miami becoming the largest and most important city of the American Southeast! A simple solution was quickly found. The Atlanta Metropolitan Area was redefined, in order to include a total of 15 counties, some as far away as 65 miles, and of a total rural character.
B. Although the second action had actually been in progress for a couple of decades, it was not until Atlanta Gang member Jimmy Carter’s presidency, that the onslaught against the Miami aviation industry began its final phase. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 was the instrument utilized to doom Eastern Airlines. For years, and as I pointed out at the time to some very high executives of Eastern Airlines, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines was in effect subsidizing its “fare war” with Eastern in the following manner. In competing routes or sectors, where both carriers operated, such as Atlanta-Miami, Atlanta-New York, and others, Delta always matched the lower fares being offered by Eastern, or initiated the low fares, which Eastern then had to match. The only objective way to compare air fares, or any other type of fare, is to observe its cost per passenger-mile (cost per unit of distance). If we observe closely the fares offered during the 1970s and 1980s, we will for example find that the fares offered by both carriers between Atlanta and Miami were in the range of 15 to 20 cents per mile traveled. At the same time however, if we observe the fares offered by Delta in routes in which they held a monopoly, that is, they were the only carrier, the fares were always maintained at rates ranging between 75 to 95 cents per passenger-mile! In the case of the Atlanta-Baton Rouge sector the argument of the mileage of the sector being shorter cannot be utilized, since the distances are roughly similar, the distance between Atlanta and Miami being 595 miles, while the distance between Atlanta and Baton Rouge is 447 miles. Although Eastern was actually the first airline to serve Atlanta, and also developed a “superhub” at Atlanta’s airport, Delta was Atlanta’s airline, not Eastern. This was made very evident by the Atlanta news media, especially The Atlanta Newspapers, which I still remember one day covered a rather minor accident which Eastern had, involving the blowout of a tire on landing by placing it on the front page of The Atlanta Constitution, and three days later placing a similar mishap by Delta in the second section of the newspaper. This was common practice. To me, the viciousness and actual hatred shown by Delta employees and executives towards Eastern, the Miami based carrier is best exemplified by an incident I witnessed after Eastern went through its first bankruptcy. I was awaiting for an Eastern Miami flight at one of the gates of Atlanta’s airport, when five individuals, portraying themselves to be Eastern striking pilots, and carrying signs stating so, showed up in front of the gate. I immediately noticed that they had no nameplates in their uniforms, and I went up to them and demanded to see their Eastern identifications. They would not and could not, so then I raised my voice and accused them, in front of more than 150 passengers waiting for their flight, of being Delta pilots engaged in total mischief. Well, in less than a couple of minutes an Atlanta police officer showed up and threatened me with arrest for “disturbing the peace.” I then raised my voice even more and started yelling at them that they were nothing but a pack of bastards. Many of the awaiting passengers joined me, and the “agitation-propaganda group of six” left the scene silently.
Although I have demonstrated in one of my airline feasibility studies that in reality “superhubs,” are inefficient, uneconomic, and are of great disadvantage to the average passenger, and even to the carrier itself, Delta continues to increase its operations at Atlanta’s airport, a fifth runway now being added to deal with the demand. What the historical evidence clearly shows is that the true purpose of Delta is not even to turn a profit, or to take passengers where they actually want to go, but only to serve Atlanta, and those who are part of the Atlanta Gang. “First airport in the Nation,” and all the accompanying nonsense, etc., are an integral part of the sad scenario. Of course, the Atlanta media, although CNN’s Headline News indicates the delays at several U.S. airports on a daily basis, The Atlanta Newspapers and their “experts” blame the escalating deterioration and contamination of Atlanta’s air on vehicular traffic, hardly ever mentioning the “first airport in the Nation” as the principal source of the problem.
I would like to mention now that while Eastern, during its last thirty years of existence, hired thousands of Cuban-Americans, and many of them reached high positions in the airline, it was very, but very difficult to find a Cuban-American working for Delta, much less at the corporate level. In one of the most surprising moves in the history of the airline industry in America, when Eastern collapsed, Delta did not move in and attempt to benefit by taking over some of Eastern’s prime routes, and the available and already established foreign traffic arriving and departing from Miami International Airport. Instead, it decided to establish and develop a hub at Ft. Lauderdale’s airport. Was this another move by Delta aimed at negatively impacting Miami International Airport, and thus the economy of Metropolitan Miami? Not long before that, Delta had been very instrumental in aiding in the collapse of PanAm, Miami’s last existing airline. What the facts indicate is that there is undoubtedly an extremely well-coordinated effort by the Atlanta Gang to force as much as possible all southeastern air traffic through that city. The result of these actions has imposed a great burden and discomfort upon the traveling public, and there are already some cities which have either lost all commercial air service, or the residents of which are forced to change flights at Atlanta’s congested and outright uncomfortable airport.
C. When Jimmy Carter took office, the economy of the Miami area was booming. At that time I was working for the City of Miami’s Department of Trade and Comme Development as an Economic Planner. European, Latin American, and increasingly, Asian investors, were extremely active in the area. Also very active were American investors from outside the state of Florida. At that time, the main market for Miami exporters was Nicaragua, followed by Venezuela, and then other Latin American countries. The main source of tourism for the area was Brazil. European tourism was rapidly increasing, and the rebuilding and the development of Miami (South) Beach was just beginning. I remember that one day the office received a request, which we were told had originated in The White House, asking information on Miami’s success on marketing itself as “The Gateway to the Americas.” Curiously, and rather comical I thought, at about that time I requested we received a letter from a company in Venezuela inquiring about buying earth worms for agricultural purposes. I remembered that I had seen, while living in Griffin, Georgia, that a cousin of Jimmy Carter was very successful in that type of business.
After some research, I called Carter’s cousin, explained the reason for my call, and advised him on how to contact the Venezuelan firm. When at the end of the conversation I spoke briefly with him about my experience with his cousin when he was governor, he commented that his cousin was “a bastard” and that he wanted nothing to do with him. I was truly surprised by his level of a nger. At that time I still really did not have a bad opinion of Jimmy Carter yet, and what is more, the election had taken place when I was living in Gainesville, Florida, and an older friend of mine, who had spent some years working for the CIA, and who had actually been the personal representative of President Nixon before President Barrientos of Bolivia, when the hunt for Che Guevara, the Argentinean assassin, was on, had asked me to be co- chairman of the Hispanics for Carter Presidential Campaign in that city. I had agreed. It was about then that the real malice and aims of the Atlanta Gang, under the power and privileges of the Carter Administration started becoming obvious. As the Cuban-Marxist aggression against Nicaragua increased, and the conflict became an actual civil war, the Carter Administration suspended all U.S. aid and assistance to that country. Not satisfied with the devastating blow, the Carter Administration also prohibited Israel, which had a special relationship with the Somoza Government, from continuing to send military assistance to Nicaragua. While the Sandinistas continued to receive support and assistance from Socialist Cuba, the official Nicaraguan Government was totally cut off from any foreign support. This was actually the first official economic blow against the Miami area by the Carter Administration. With the fall of the Somoza Government, all exports to Nicaragua made by the hundreds of small and medium-size exporters of the Miami area, and all traffic through the area for Nicaragua immediately collapsed.
D. The second official economic blow to South Florida came by means of a statement made by Jimmy Carter during a speech. As previously stated, Brazilian tourism constituted the greatest share of the Miami tourist industry. Not only was Brazilian tourism massive, but Brazilians bought abundantly in the Miami area, from electronic equipment to clothes. At the time, internally, Brazil was having a tremendous problem with street crimes and criminal gangs running totally out of control. Murders and kidnappings were as common as Brazilian coffee. The authorities had been unable to cope with the problem, so private citizens, “and perhaps” some frustrated members of law enforcement agencies organized “vigilante committees and groups,” and started killing some of the most violent criminals. Jimmy Carter then decided that hard core and violent Brazilian criminals needed the “protection of the U.S. Government” in safekeeping their “human rights,” and warned the Brazilian Government. Immediately and automatically the Brazilian Government imposed a tax or surcharge on Brazilians visiting the United States, and that was the end of Brazilian tourism in the Miami area. Of course, this also negatively impacted the Orlando area.
E. The third and final official blow came as a result of the activities being carried out in the Atlanta area for many years by the previously mentioned Cuban agent or “radical “ Castro sympathizer, Angelo Fuster. For years, The Presbyterian Center USA had been promoting trips and tours to Marxist Cuba by Anglo and Black Americans, so that they could experience the Cuban Revolution.” Meanwhile, Fuster had become assistant to Andrew Young, thus coming even closer to Jimmy Carter, and an integral, if not official part of his Administration. Reports circulating in the Cuban-American Atlanta community indicate that he was the person responsible for the “personal relationship” that developed between Ted Turner and the Cuban tyrant, Fidel Castro. It is known that several times Ted Turner and his then wife, Jane Fonda, went to Cuba and became personal friends of Castro, going scuba diving with him and joining him in other activities as well. In one specific instance the Atlanta media magnate gave Castro a TV satellite reception center valued at one million dollars. Then, during the early months of 1980 Fuster traveled to Cuba in at least two occasions, perhaps three, and although later not stating that he had met with Castro personally, admitted that he had met with high Cuban Government officials. Meanwhile in Cuba, an incident at the Peruvian Embassy in Havana had enraged Fidel Castro, who then publicly told Cubans that if they wanted to leave the island, the Government would no longer prohibit them from seeking political asylum in the Peruvian Embassy, and that they could leave whenever they pleased. In less than 72 hours, about 10,000 persons piled into the embassy building and grounds, sleeping on the grass and even on the roof of the building. This of course created a monstrous problem for everyone. Castro then publicly announced that anyone who wanted to leave Cuba could do so, and that facilities would be established at the port of Mariel, about 40 miles west of Havana so that they leave, and that their U.S. relatives would be allowed to pick them up. What the facts indicate is that there were not enough boats in Cuba to even take 10,000 of them across the Florida Straits to the United States. Cuban and Cuban-American relatives in the Miami area immediately began making preparations to pick up their loved ones, a logical and very human reaction. What was not a logical reaction however was that the Carter Administration allowed this to happen without taking any type of preventive or controlling action whatsoever. All the processing and emergency handling (feeding, temporary housing, medical care, etc.) of the new refugees was left totally up to the local and state authorities, with no Federal assistance, except oddly enough, by the sending of many of the new refugees to the about to be closed Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. There were only two dozen of American inmates left in that prison at the time. Thousands of Cubans were transported to the port of Mariel by Cuban troops belonging to to the intelligence and repression apparatus. Those who had gone to pick up their relatives were forced to return to the U.S. with overloads of people they had never seen before. In his usual malicious manner, Fidel Castro had ordered that the insane asylums and the jails holding common, and even violent criminals be emptied, and that these individuals be also transported to the port of Mariel, and that the boat owners be forced to take them back to the United States. The massive boatlift lasted from mid-April to October of 1980. Curiously enough, as the boatlift began, Castro, in a public speech, stated that only the criminally insane and other criminals really wanted to come to the United States. Immediately, as in perfect coordination, Ted Turner’s CNN began echoing the words of the Cuban leader. This actually partially true line of propaganda, was soon being also echoed by the entire American news media industry, the Atlanta media though, always “leading the charge.”
This type of activity by the Atlanta printed (The Atlanta Cox Newspapers) and televised media, CNN) continued for years. After 238 years of spreading lies about what had really happened at Bloody Marsh, and concealing Governor Oglethorpe’s fast exit from the battlefield when he besieged St. Augustine for two months in 1740, and they informed him of the arrival of two Spanish frigates with reinforcements from Havana, an action for which he was almost tried later in London for “cowardice and abandonment of his troops,” would be no problem.
I remember that when I returned to live in Atlanta temporarily, in mid-1981, an Atlanta television station covering the ASTA Convention (travel agents) in that city, interviewed some female travel agent, who replying to the question if she would have attended the convention if it would have been held in Miami, replied, “Oh no, no way, violence, drug dealers, and Cubans, that’s all you find down there!” Years later, when I had to move to Austin, Texas as a result of an accidental death in the family, two days after arriving, the title in an article which appeared in the front page of Austin’s only newspaper, The Austin-American Statesman read, “Rapist of Barton Creek Identified as a Cuban Refugee.” I immediately asked my wife if she could check with the editorial office of that publication, and see if it was a Cox (Atlanta) newspaper. A few minutes later she started laughing and said to me, “How did you know?” Although I am certain that thousands of women are raped annually in the United States, it is not common that the ethnicity, religion, or national origin of a criminal is mentioned in the headlines in the news, sometimes not even after the individual has been convicted.
Many years have gone by in contemporary times since the economy of Metropolitan Miami was devastated by what I consider were maliciously planned actions carried out by the Atlanta establishment, also known as the Atlanta Gang. Although other urban areas of the Southeast, and even of Georgia itself (Macon, Savannah, Columbus, Rome, etc.) have been negatively impacted by Atlanta’s egocentrism and development of its air superhub, Miami was the only city that because of its geographical position, cultural mix, and the fact that it is a port and the “cruise capital of the United States,” could challenge Atlanta’s position as the most important urban center of the American Southeast. Through malice and very subtle manipulation of and by the powerful Atlanta news media, the City of Atlanta, which only has a population of slightly over 400,000 people, is not only controlling the entire political and economic scenario of the almost four million people who reside in the metropolitan area, but seems bent on expanding its influence, and control, to every corner and nook of the state, and even beyond. At the present time this is being done through the Atlanta Regional Commission, with the full backing of the Georgia Department of Transportation. The conniving characteristics of the Atlanta Gang is of course best exemplified in the fact that to most Americans, the mayor of the City of Atlanta is also the mayor of Metropolitan Atlanta, a total falsehood, outright disinformation. Meanwhile, Marxist Cuba sympathizer and/or agent, Angelo Fuster, is now the director of economic development of the City of Atlanta, where he continues to push the Marxist Cuba issue.
Perhaps the most tragic aspect of these almost unbelievable events is that on several occasions I, and other Cuban-Americans of the Atlanta area have denounced the mentioned activities to Federal authorities (FBI and U.S. Treasury), when Republican presidents were in office, but to no avail. At one time for example, there were six (6) young Cuban-Americans (college age) and one (1) Venezuelan-American who were willing to testify in Court that Angelo Fuster, being Director of Economic Development for the City of Atlanta, had invited them to visit Cuba, telling them that all expenses would be paid by the Cuban Government, since in those days it was illegal for Americans to spend dollars in Cuba. However, when they had accepted to go on the trip, about a week before embarking, they were then told that they would have to pay for about half the trip. This was totally illegal at the time. At that time, Angelo Fuster, as if to maximize things, had named as his assistant an extreme leftist young Cuban-American named Alfredo Duarte. The problem with Alfredo Duarte is that he was also the head of the so-called Antonio Maceo Brigade in the Atlanta area. Nothing but absolutely radical pro-Marxist and pro-Castro philosophy behind this “dynamic duo.” I would finally like to mention that in the entire Atlanta metropolitan area, there were a total of about 14 very active and very visible individuals, who were constantly pushing and cheering every measure or action taken by the Cuban Government, who in a very conniving manner had created a total of 16 organizations.
To summarize matters, I would just like to state that what took place under the Carter Administration was not only totally illegal and unconstitutional, but that it was the utilization of almost unlimited presidential power to benefit one area of the Nation, while devastating at the same time another area. A true city-state conflict. Of course, no investigations, no congressional inquiries, no nothing, just the deadly silence of the Atlanta news media. Shameful criminal behavior, that’s all. Of course, the end result of all this present day collusion and mischief is that metropolitan Atlanta has been growing at a faster rate than Miami and it is now just a very crowded place with a fast deteriorating air quality level. Sort of a “karmatic thing.” Oh yes, and that in its quest to isolate Miami and make it even more dependent of Atlanta, by Delta now offering nonstop flights from Atlanta to every major Latin American city, the airline itself is about to go under and is fast setting the conditions to request Federal financial assistance. Sure, why not, let us continue to support the conspirators, the criminal and the racists.
Asheville, North Carolina
August of 2005