Sunday, October 25, 2015

Florida's Cuban Crime Is Legal

Embarrassing South Florida
And Shaming America
Updated: Monday, October 26th, 2015
         On October 23, 2015, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published a long, long Editorial that is entitled "WELFARE ABUSE BY CUBAN IMMIGRANTS DEMANDS ACTION." It excoriated a cancerous problem in the U. S. democracy that has festered since 1959, one that Americans have been expected to be too scared, too ignorant, or too unpatriotic to address. The Editorial is a long-awaited reaction to a fact of life: In 1959 the Cuban Revolution overthrew the U.S.-backed Batista-Mafia dictatorship on the island only to have the fleeing Batistianos-Mafiosi quickly reestablish their dictatorship on U. S. soil, namely South Florida. The crime and mayhem that followed in South Florida, along with the numerous paramilitary units and terrorist operations designed to recapture the island, reshaped America. But not as much as America has been reshaped since the 1980s by a Cuban policy dictated in the U. S. Congress and in the Bush presidencies by a handful of the most visceral Cuban exiles aligned with their easily acquired sycophants such as the Bush dynasty and members of Congress such as the infamous Robert Torricelli {Torricelli Bill}, Jesse Helms, and Dan Burton {Helms-Burton Law}. With no opposition from an intimidated, ignorant, and unpatriotic American populace, the crime and mayhem in South Florida became legal beginning in the 1980s with congressional laws dictated by a handful of Miami extremists aligned with a handful of self-serving acolytes. All such laws were supposedly designed to eliminate Castro and return the U.S.-backed Batistianos and Mafiosi as rulers of Cuba. But primarily the plethora of Cuban exile-dictated U. S. laws, as Fidel Castro has aged to 89 in Havana, have merely enriched and empowered a handful of Cuban-Americans,  making them richer and more powerful than the Batista-Mafia dictators in Cuba ever dreamed of being. Now, at least, the best newspaper in South Florida, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, is actively campaigning to encourage the America people to finally challenge the miscreants who have used the vast Castro Industry in the United States to shame the most sacred aspect of the United States -- its democracy.
            Passive, intimidated, or unpatriotic Americans won't bother to read the long Sun-Sentinel Editorial, but those concerned about their democracy, even if they are in the minority, should read its every word. It starts with these paragraphs:
               "In January the Sun-Sentinel reported that American businesses and taxpayers lost more than $2 billion over the past two decades because of a revolving-door criminal pipeline enabled by our nation's unique immigration policy for Cubans.
               "More recently, our investigative team found that Americans are paying $680 million per year in welfare benefits to Cuban immigrants, some of whom use the money to return to the island. Some are living in Cuba on U. S. benefits.
               "Fearing persecution and fearing for their lives? Hardly.
               "Bilking American taxpayers? You bet?" 
            That's only a tiny bit of the long Editorial in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on October 23rd. It goes on to delineate aspects of Cuban exile-dictated U. S. laws that benefit only Cuban exiles while harming and discriminating against everyone else, legal laws such as the Cuban Adjustment Act, Wet Foot/Dry Foot, etc., which proselytized Americans pay for with their tax dollars and democracy pays for by not being able to correct it. Those of us who have been to Cuba are aware of Cubans on the island who either laugh at the U. S. or merely express amazement that Americans have allowed this to happen in what is still perceived as a democracy. The "revolving-door criminal pipeline" referenced in the above Editorial regularly sends tax dollars from Washington to Miami, and Americans are not supposed to realize that IT IS LEGAL, thanks to laws passed in an easily bought-and-paid-for, dysfunctional Congress that allows a handful of self-serving Cuban-Americans from South Florida and New Jersey dictate a Cuban policy crafted to appease them and hurt everyone else, including those who are paying for the travesty. The hometown South Florida Sun-Sentinel bravely names many of the most infamous and well-known politicians who are responsible for the Cuban Adjustment Act, Wet Foot/Dry Foot, and other affronts to the beloved American democracy.
         From its start in 1953 till its triumph on the first day of 1959, the Cuban Revolution was fueled by brave, outraged Cuban women like the mother carrying the poster above about her murdered son.
       These three members of the Batista dictatorship, shown at a Batista rally in 1958, ended up in South Florida in 1959 along with many other Batistianos who formed paramilitary units designed to recapture Cuba with the acquiescence of U. S. taxpayers. Many other anti-Castro zealots -- such as the infamous Miami resident Luis Posada Carriles -- were quickly sent to the then secretive Army of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, where U. S. taxpayers paid for their training leading up to such things as the Bay of Pigs attack in 1961, a failed attack that enshrined Castro's revolutionary legend. The man in the center of the above photo with the holstered pistol became one of Miami's richest and most powerful men, and two of his sons have been elected to the U. S. Congress as ongoing anti-Castro zealots from Miami. The aforementioned Editorial in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel suggested strongly, I believe, that in the year 2015 it is finally time for the American people, not just a second generation of visceral Cuban-Americans, to at least participate in a Cuban policy that makes the U. S. resemble a Batista-like Banana Republic.
       It was wrong in 1952 for the U. S. democracy, which at the time was the greatest form of government ever devised, to team with America's leading Mafia thugs to support the Batista dictatorship in Cuba. The justification -- so a few rich Americans could also participate in the rape and robbery of the lush island -- was also wrong. Yet, Americans since 1959 have been propagandized to deny those two basic facts.
       The Cuban Revolution from 1952 till 1959 established an island in the Caribbean as a major player on the international stage, far out of proportion to its size, population, or wealth. Yet, Americans to this day are not supposed to comprehend the evolution of the revolution that was spawned by a few right-wingers in the U. S. government in the 1950s and, for all these decades since, has insanely remained just to appease a handful of a second generation of right-wingers.  The primary victims have been: {1} Democracy; {2} most Americans; {3} most Cubans; and {4} most Cuban-Americans.
       Beginning in 1959, at taxpayer's and democracy's expense, the most visceral anti-Castro zealots, such as Luis Posada Carriles, were sent to the secretive Army of the Americas at Fort Benning in Georgia. By April of 1961, after the failure of many assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, U. S. taxpayers unwittingly paid for the extensive training of Army School graduates to attack Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. Still unable to recapture Cuba, by the 1970s vicious terrorist acts included such things as assaults on coastal fishing cabins, hotel bombings, and -- on Oct. 6-1976 -- the terrorists bombing of a civilian Cuban airplane.
Cubana Flight 455 crashed into the ocean, killing all 73 on board.
       Through the decades since 1959 every Caribbean and Latin American nation poignantly knew that Posada Carriles remained active as an exile-and-CIA anti-Castro tax-paid operative, needing high-powered U. S. efforts to get him out of prisons in Venezuela and Panama. Posada Carriles was born on February 15, 1928, in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Now at age 87 he is to this day a much-heralded citizen of Miami, Florida.
       Declassified CIA and FBI documents, plus such things as a Posada Carriles interview by Ann Louise Bardach that was published in the New York Times, leave no doubt about Cubana Flight 455 and other vicious projects that Americans to this day are not supposed to factor into ongoing U.S.-Cuban relations.
       But the distraught Cuban girl pictured here on the left in this photo to this day in the year 2015 very palpably factors Cubana Flight 455 into U.S.-Cuban relations. When the above photo was taken on Oct. 6-1976, she was waiting with her mother for her brother, a teenage athlete who had won a Gold Medal, to return on Cubana Flight 455. When this photo was taken, they had just learned that the airplane had crashed into the ocean with no survivors. Since 1962, thanks to Cuban exile-dictated laws, everyday Americans have been prohibited from visiting one place on this planet -- Cuba. But President Obama in 2015 has removed a few of those restrictions, allowing more Americans, at least while he remains in office, to visit the island. If you do so, you might seek out this Cuban girl, now a woman, and ask her if she still remembers...Cubana Flight 455.
         The individual most responsible for chasing the Batistianos and Mafiosi off the island of Cuba, all the way to nearby South Florida, was a doctor's daughter named Celia Sanchez. That's a fact although Americans are not supposed to know it, and they don't. And that's because the Cuban narrative in the U. S. since 1959 has been controlled by the remnants of the Batistianos and Mafiosi who have found it much easier to vilify, say, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, etc., while implying that they were Mother Teresa-types on the island. Yet, as a guerrilla fighter herself, as a top military strategist, as the top recruiter of rebels and supplies, and as the only revolutionary who could and did over-rule Fidel Castro, Celia Sanchez remains to this day the primary reason the Batista-Mafia dictatorship was booted off the island of Cuba...all the way to South Florida as it turned out and as The South Florida Sun-Sentinel referenced in its strong Editorial.
        Celia Sanchez was born on May 9th, 1920, in Media Luna. Her father, Dr. Manuel Sanchez, was head of the Cuban Medical Association. Celia and her dad lamented the wholesale thievery of the Batista-Mafia dictatorship that was supported by the U. S. government on behalf of rich and greedy U. S. businessmen. But that dire situation was not what turned Celia Sanchez into history's all-time greatest female revolutionary. To quell dissent on the island, children were routinely murdered as warnings to the populace not to resist what was happening. And Celia became aware that peasant girls as young as ten were kidnapped to serve as lures for rich pedophiles who were coveted as gamblers in the ubiquitous Mafia-run hotel-casinos. Those were the two prime reasons the child-loving and Cuba-loving Celia Sanchez became the biggest mistake Batista, the Mafia, and the U. S. ever made in Cuba.
           While Americans are not supposed to know about Celia Sanchez, she will always be a legend in Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America. She lived very modestly but fought greed very tenaciously.
      Celia died of cancer on January 11, 1980. But because she lived for over 59 years, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America are better places...especially for children.

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