When the U.N.’s Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) investigated the siting of the February 24, 1996 shootdown off the coast of Cuba of two light aircraft registered to the Miami group “Brothers to the Rescue,” suddenly all the evidence supporting U.S. claims about it occurring over international waters became very difficult to find. And this despite the fact that the U.S. government expected an incident to occur and had warned all its radar installations, and presumably, satellite eyes, to be especially alert that day. But with the objective evidence suddenly missing, the ICAO investigators came up with a weird, subjective “triangulation” to support U.S. claims about the location. Naturally, the ICAO Council refused to endorse such a bizarre report.
One of the points of that triangulation came from Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Bjørn Johansen, first officer on the ship Majesty of the Seas, who thanks to Brazilian researcher Fernando Morais, we now learn “based his testimony about the site of the shoot-down on a visual observation of the site where his own ship was – which he wrote down on a piece of paper – and not the electronic register that marked the ship’s location in the Florida Strait.” Now you tell us. Jean Guy Allard has more:
The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) behind the main testimony against Gerardo Hernández Nordelo – español
By Jean-Guy Allard
The main witness for the federal prosecution against the Cuban Gerardo Hernández Nordelo was the first officer on a U.S. cruise line whose owners contributed at least $25,000 to help create the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), and whose paramilitary wing organized, financed and promoted terrorist actions against Cuba. Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean, USA / Canada
Tagged Bjørn Johansen, canf, Fernando Morais, gerardo hernández nordelo, Joan Lenard, Majesty of the Seas, pepe hernández, Pete Whelpton, Royal Caribbean, The Last Soldiers of the Cold War
The devil in white, Luis Posada Carriles, center. Arturo Hernández in Miami Vice attire at right.
The good informant and the bad informant
By Alejandro Armengol, Cuaderno de Cuba, El Nuevo Herald
Like a Cuban Perry Mason, the attorney Arturo Hernández, who leads the legal defense team for Luis Posada Carriles, has delivered to the court not only what according to him is sufficient proof to dismiss the three charges against his client, but also to solve the crime.
Hernández explained that one of the declassified documents possessed by federal prosecutors contains “alarming revelations” that establish that the 1997 bombings in Havana were ordered by Fidel Castro himself in order to divert attention from the visit of Pope John Paul II. John Paul II visited Cuba in January of 1998. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Terrorism
Tagged Arturo Hernández, canf, FBI, Fidel, Gilberto Abascal, Humberto Hernández, luis posada carriles, orlando bosch, Osvaldo Mitat, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Roberto Ferro, santiago alvarez, Tarcisio Bertone
First, a brief word of apology to Jefferson Morley, whose excellent and meticulously researched book, Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA was first mentioned here almost exactly one year ago, with the promise of a review to come…like so many other worthy projects, the review ended up on the back burner (the saltmine beckons and is unusually active at present), but it has not been forgotten. In the meantime, Machetera will say this: the book is terrific – engagingly written, carefully corroborated, it is a must-read for anyone curious about the CIA’s long reach in Mexico, particularly during the period in the fall of 1963 when the CIA did and then didn’t know about Lee Harvey Oswald’s visit to Mexico City in his failed search for a Cuban visa. So get the book, now.
Second, José Pertierra has just published an exclusive interview with Morley at Cubadebate. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, English translations, Guatemala, Mexico, propaganda, Terrorism
Tagged alberto muller, brothers to the rescue, canf, david phillips, dre, enrique "harry" ruiz-williams, ernesto travieso, fidel castro, george joannides, howard hunt, jacobo arbenz, jefferson morley, jmwave, john f. kennedy, jose basulto, juan manual salvat, kennedy assassination, lee harvey oswald, librería universal, national security, psyops, robert f. kennedy, terrorism against Cuba, winston scott
The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) has just written a term paper for Obama. Machetera gives it a D.
On the bright side, if CANF really has the inside track with the Obamans now (and they might, if Obama’s terrible pandering speech to CANF in 2008 is any indication) it looks like one of Machetera’s friends at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington will finally be able to realize his dream of shopping at Ikea before he leaves for Cuba later this year. (See CANF’s suggested removal of the 25 mile travel restriction on Cuban diplomats in the U.S. in return for allowing USA diplomats free roaming for subversion in Cuba.) Continue reading