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Humanitarian Alan Gross Held By Cuba as a Political Pawn

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The Alan Gross story shows just how dangerous it can be to travel to a Communist state-controlled country like Cuba.

On December 3, 2009, Alan Gross was arrested and detained in a maximum security military hospital. He has been there ever since.

Alan’s only crime was daring to help provide Jews living in Cuba with better access to the Internet. During his five visits to the Island, Alan brought in telecommunication equipment to help Jewish communities there establish their own Intranet. Later, he also helped to improve their Internet access.

During one of those visits, according to the Washington Post, Cuban authorities even searched Gross’ bags, discovered the computer and cellphone equipment, and demanded that he pay a tax for bringing the equipment into the country. No one in Cuba took issue with his personal, humanitarian efforts until December 3rd, 2009, when authorities decided to arrest him.




The Cuban 5 – Espionage and Spying

In 1998, five Cubans were arrested and sent to U.S. prisons for a long laundry list of crimes involving espionage against the United States.

The five Cuban spies were trained intelligence agents, living and working in the United States to identify and track Cuban exile groups living in the U.S. The U.S. presented evidence in courts proving that the Cuban spies had infiltrated U.S. military facilities in Florida and were literally acting as “undeclared foreign agents” on U.S. soil, for the Cuban government.

The jail term for espionage in the United States is harsh – regardless of your nationality – so the five Cuban spies were put away in 1998 and the world forgot about them.

A propaganda outlet for the Cuban government called “Int’l Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5” responded to the Washington Post article about the Cuban spies, stating that the so-called “anti-terrorists” came to the U.S. to monitor anti-Cuba “terrorists”.

“The glaring omission in the editorial is that it never mentions that the reason the Cuban 5 came to the United States in the first place was to monitor anti-Cuba terrorists groups based in Miami.”

The irony is that the Washington Post made it very clear why the Cuban spies were in the U.S., and the activities they conducted while there. On the other hand, the propaganda outlet failed to inform readers about the fact that the Cuban 5 conducted very real anti-U.S. espionage activities, such as infiltrating a U.S. military installation.

There is no comparison between Gross and the Cuban 5, and the attempt by the Cuban government to utilize an innocent civilian – a humanitarian – is a travesty. It is further proof that Cuba is not interested in justice or morality, but is instead interested in using an innocent human life to win the freedom of five guilty spies.

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The Fate of Alan Gross

On Thursday, February 23rd, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont went to Cuba and visited with Alan Gross at the military prison where he has been held since 2009.

Leahy and Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama both met with Castro and tried to convince him to release Alan Gross. They spoke with Castro for over two hours, and even offered take Gross back to the U.S. with them.

Castro declined the offer without hesitation. Instead, he changed the subject to the five Cuban spies being held in the United States since 1998. Leahy told reporters that Castro even admitted that Gross wasn’t a spy, but it became apparent to everyone that Castro intends to use Gross as a pawn in its political maneuvering to win back the Cuban spies.

And since the U.S. government has no intention of freeing five guilty spies in exchange for one innocent human life, the situation remains at an impasse.

The tragedy is that Gross is 62 years old and is still facing about 11 years of his original jail term in Cuba. His family is concerned that they may never see him again.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Washington Post
(2) Channel 9 News
(3) Noticias
(4) Washington Post – Post Politics
(5) Washington Post

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Walter

    “Humanitarian”? Wow, talk about embarrassing propaganda. Right after, the AP article comes out detailing how he knew he was breaking Cuban law and being paid over $500,000 to sneak in very expensive and illegal satellite equipment, including a CIA Sim chip, you want to white wash this guy? He enlisted others in this USAID, “Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba” effort to bring about regime change in Cuba. So he was not “spying,” he was there to overthrow the government. Be honest. The Cuban 5 you mention were not in the US to overthrow us, in fact they gave the FBI, the details of Cuban terrorists who were breaking US law. Yes, they broke our law, but only because our government was not willing to do it’s job. So Gross got 15 years and the Cuban 5, got 15 to double life. I say how about an prisoner exchange like we did for the Russian spies? And how about the real Cuban terrorists who live free in Miami?

  • CM2012

    Totally agree with Walter! Makes you think which country is more guilty of producing misinformation.

  • Hey – look at this,the Cubans have arrived. So tell me, does the Cuban government do like China and pay you guys 25 cents a post to comment on blogs in favor of Cuban propaganda?

  • Sure Walter, let’s talk about the Cubans that escaped the dictatorship of Cuba for the safety of the U.S. What specific actions would you like to discuss that deserve the label of “terrorist”?

  • Read BETRAYAL:Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five for an in depth look at the shoot down of Brothers To The Rescue and the Cuban 5.

  • SO WALTER LIPPMAN! WHY DONT YOU GOT TO BAT FOR ALL THE UNJUSTLY INCARCERATED AMERICANS IN U.S. JAILS? SHOULD YOU AND ALL THOSE “SAVE THE CUBAN 5” GROUPS IN THE USA PUT ALL THAT MONEY AND TIMES ON NON-AMERICANS? CAN YOU RESPOND PLEASE!

  •  Not “5” but
    12.The “Five Cuban
    Heroes” proclaimed by the Cuban regime were actually  part of a network of 12
    spies that infiltrated the U.S.  In addition to the five spies who maintained
    their innocence but were convicted in a jury trial (with no Cuban-American
    jurors), five pleaded guilty to charges of  spying in exchange for reduced
    sentences, one was deported, and one fled to Cuba to escape arrest.  The trials
    cost U.S. taxpayers one million dollars to provide the defendants with a
    free legal representation.  An appeals court is reviewing the five spies’
    conviction.

  • SMC

    Ryan seriously dude check out Orlando Bosch and his networks it’s horrific stuff. Check out Alpha 66 and all manner of craziness. The Cubans that came over from Batista’s Cuba had a lot of progressives and decent guys. Sadly with this sort of thing buddy there’s also a few resident right wing psychopaths.

    These guys genuinely believed that Cubans would welcome Batista back. Sheeesh ahhh sorry no lol. As for the Cuban 5, Walter makes a strong and reasonable case. Why not invite Walter to a debate you could turn into an article.

  • SMC

    Ryan seriously dude check out Orlando Bosch and his networks it’s horrific stuff. Check out Alpha 66 and all manner of craziness. The Cubans that came over from Batista’s Cuba had a lot of progressives and decent guys. Sadly with this sort of thing buddy there’s also a few resident right wing psychopaths.

    These guys genuinely believed that Cubans would welcome Batista back. Sheeesh ahhh sorry no lol. As for the Cuban 5, Walter makes a strong and reasonable case. Why not invite Walter to a debate you could turn into an article.

  • I’ll check it out, but I doubt much compares to the human rights abuses conducted under the banner of Communist Cuba.

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