ugg con cuña LEZ LLORT AT THE SENTENCING HEARING HELD TUESDAY
I also share in what has been expressed here by every one of my brothers at their sentencing hearings. I feel honored by the friendship of these comrades and brothers, who received their unjust sentences with such courage and dignity.
I also want to express my gratitude for the professional work of the attorneys representing the five of us, particularly Joaqu M and the south Florida district public defenders office.
If it were not very clear to me that the fanaticism, hatred and irrationality felt towards Cuba are generated and stimulated by only a minority segment of the Cuban American community living here, I would not have agreed to be represented by a member of that community. His professional approach to this case shows that, contrary to what those who control the Hispanic media would like to make everyone believe, with their stridently anti Cuban stance, the majority of the Cuban American community in Florida has a rational attitude towards their country of origin, even when they hold opinions that differ with the government of Cuba.
This is also showed by the fact that hundreds of thousands of Cuban Americans travel to Cuba every year, and send money to their relatives there.
Those who believe that Cuban radio stations in Miami and the extremist Cuban organizations based here represent the point of view of the majority of Cuban Americans living in this city have fallen into the trap set by this extremist and minority based yet economically powerful sector. They try to sell an image of unity and pretend they represent the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of Cubans who live here, when this is not the case.
I initially thought the prosecution would come to this courtroom today to request that I be sentenced to one year of probation. After all, that was what this same District Attorney’s Office offered Mr. Fr when he bought a Stinger missile, C 4 explosive, grenades and other weapons from an undercover government agent. It did not even matter that Mr. Fr confessed to the undercover agent himself his terrorist intentions and the murderous, unscrupulous use that would be made of these materials.
But then I thought it over again, and I realized that I would have to be dreaming to expect the same kind of treatment from the District Attorney’s Office. After all, I am a Cuban from over there, from the island, and so when it comes to sentencing me, all kinds of considerations come into play. These include the total ignorance as to what Cuba really is, and the hatred and irrationality towards my country stimulated by an extremist sector that controls what is said here about Cuba while silencing any other, more rational opinions expressed.
While our trial was underway in this courtroom, Esteban Ventura Novo passed away in Miami, and I am bringing this up because I believe it is symbolic of something.
Esteban Ventura Novo was one of the chiefs of police under the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, before the triumph of the Revolution. He was responsible for the torture, murder and vanishing of dozens of young people in the Cuban capital. government, led at the time by Eisenhower.
When the revolutionary government took power in Cuba, Ventura Novo and others like him, perpetrators of crimes against the Cuban people, were received and sheltered by this country’s government. intelligence agencies, in their dirty war against a government that obviously enjoyed and continues to enjoy the support of its people.
This marked the beginning of a long history of aggression against Cuba in every field of the country’s economic and social life. A history in which economic warfare, biological warfare, and psychological warfare through propaganda and the threat of military attack, have combined with terrorism, sabotage, paramilitary actions and attempts on the lives of the political leaders of the Revolution, almost all of them originating in south Florida.
The prosecution will say that this is just Cuba’s propaganda and paranoia. I wonder if they would have the nerve to go to Cuba and say that to the mothers, spouses and children of those who have lost their lives as victims of these acts of aggression. Such statements on the part of the prosecution demonstrate their lack of human sensitivity and their inability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. government agencies, the support given by these agencies to the extremist groups that perpetrate the acts, or by simply allowing them to operate without real persecution or with benevolent treatment when someone has actually been arrested.
The terrorist groups of the Miami Cuban ultra right wing were created, trained and financed by the CIA. This has always been abundantly clear to the Cuban people. If there are still any doubts among those present in this courtroom, they need merely take a look at the documents declassified by the United States government itself in 1997 and 1998, which clearly expose the decisions adopted by this country’s top leaders.
One of these documents refers to a meeting attended by high level officials, headed up by the vice president at the time, Richard Nixon. This was the meeting at which the so called “Program of Covert Action Against the Castro Regime” was approved. In a memorandum on the meeting, one of the participants, General Goodpaster, noted, “The President said that he knows of no better plan for dealing with this situation. The great problem is leakage and breach of security. Everyone must be prepared to swear that he (Eisenhower) has not heard of it. (.) He said our hand should not show in anything that is done.”
I ask myself: what can we expect 30 or 40 years from now, when they decide to declassify documents on what is happening today?
The majority of Cuban Americans who remain active in terrorist actions against Cuba today, 40 years later, are well known to the United States security agencies, because they belong to those agencies, and have learned everything they know about technical means and working methods from them. politics have led to their apparent involvement in the darkest episodes of this country’s recent history: the assassination of President Kennedy, the Watergate scandal, the murders of Orlando Letelier and Ronnie Moffit, and the clandestine supply of arms to the Nicaraguan Contras, in violation of the laws passed by Congress. Their activities have always run counter to the interests of the American people. The facts prove this to be so.
Such is the case of Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosh, both with long histories of ties with the CIA. Together, they were the masterminds behind the blowing up in mid flight of a Cuban commercial airplane on October 6, 1976, an act that caused the deaths of 73 innocent people.
Orlando Bosh lives as a free man in this community thanks to the parole granted by former president George Herbert Bush, despite the fact that officials from this country’s own Department of Justice consider him a dangerous and notorious terrorist.
The recommendations and pressures of Florida Republican representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen played a major role in the granting of this presidential parole to Orlando Bosh. She is, therefore, a defender and protector of terrorists.
The evidence submitted here by the defense documents known to the FBI and introduced during the trial prove that Orlando Bosh has not ceased to conspire to commit terrorist acts against Cuba from Miami. But, he has not been arrested.
This past August 22, a full page ad was published in The Miami Herald, in which a so called “Cuban Patriotic Forum” established among its principles that it recognizes and supports the use of any methods in the struggle against Cuba. One of the signatories of this declaration was Orlando Bosh. Such is the impunity of his acts.
The case of Posada Carriles is even more shameful. Having escaped from a Venezuelan jail, where he was being held for his participation in the blowing up of a Cuban commercial plane that killed 73 innocent civilians, he surfaced in Central America with a new false name, working under the orders of none other than Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. North, of course, was the official from the Reagan administration’s Security Council involved in the so called Iran Contra scandal, subsequently investigated by a special prosecutor.
These terrorists imprisoned in Panama are receiving support from Miami. Money is being collected through public fundraising campaigns for their defense, with the use of Cuban American radio stations. There is no need to add that here, on the radio and in the press controlled by the Cubans of the far right, they are considered patriots, and not lowly terrorists, which is what they really are.