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“Here in this dark box where they make me live, I will be resisting until freedom for my people is gained,” declared Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, in the vain hope that news agencies might report the plight of on of Cuba’s political prisoners.
“My dad explained to me he is in prison for a cause, the cause is human rights, rights for Cubans. Also, for the right of that child which hasn’t even been born yet.” (Dr. Biscet’s daughter, Winnie.)
This latter “crime” goes a long way towards explaining why you’ve probably never heard of Dr. Oscar Biscet in the mainstream media. Yet in November 2007, President Bush awarded Dr. Biscet the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award was presented to Dr. Biscet’s son and daughter who reside in freedom in the U.S. The ceremony was virtually blacked out by the MSM.
“I would like to thank President Bush for his great generosity in granting this medal and in helping us call attention to the plight of my husband and all other Cuban political prisoners and in trying to help their release,” said Elsa Morejon, Dr. Biscet’s wife, during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for her husband.
Compare this with Nelson Mandela two months after President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom:
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America! They don’t care for human beings! What I am condemning is that one power, with a president who has no foresight and who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust!
Nelson Mandela was convicted by an independent judiciary in a trial open to the international press, any and all human-rights organizations, and was described by his own authorized biographer, Anthony Sampson, as “properly conducted…the judge, Mr. Justice Quartus de Wet, [was] scrupulously fair.” Mandela suffered his sentence 8000 miles from U.S. shores.
Penalver, Tamayo, Biscet and thousands upon thousands of other Cubans were convicted in secret, by regime judges, in a judicial system copied from Stalin. They suffered their sentences 90 miles from the U.S., with press bureaus, including CNN, NPR , ABC, CBS, NBC, AP, Al Jazeera and Reuters, within walking distance or a short cab ride from their cells. As mentioned, Dr. Biscet still suffers in such a cell.
But I’ll make a wild guess here: you’re familiar with the injustices against Nelson Mandela; you’ve read and heard endlessly about the terrorist prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, but you have probably never even heard the names of these human-rights activists tortured by Castro, much less details of their suffering. Am I right?
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