The Cuban Hostage Crisis, Day 401

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On December 3rd 2009, Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen distributing cell phones and  computer equipment to Cuba’s Jewish community for the U.S. Agency for International Development, prepared to board a plane homeward at Havana’s International Airport. Hovering nearby, but unnoticed by Mr. Gross, were plainclothes officers of Castro’s KGB-trained secret-police.

As the boarding order loomed, Castro’s goons rushed up and grabbed Mr. Gross — and he’s been languishing in Castro’s dungeons ever since. He suffers in limbo without any formal charges, although the Stalinist regime informally charges him with “spying.”

“Alan has suffered tremendously while incarcerated,” reported Mr. Gross’ lawyer Peter J. Cahn this December. “He has lost almost 90 pounds and his health has deteriorated significantly. Alan’s incarceration for a year without clarity of the legal process he will face or its timing is a travesty.  It violates every international standard of justice and due process.”

Precisely, Mr. Kahn. Violations of every international standard of justice have reigned in Cuba for over half a century. It’s a shame that the workings of a Stalinist legal-system in place for over 50 years, just 90 miles from U.S. shores, should finally come to the attention of so many. Che Guevara, who co-founded the regime that jailed Alan Gross, laid down the rules early in the game:  “Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail,” he sneered in January 1959 while kicking off a Caribbean version of the Katyn Massacre. “We execute from revolutionary conviction.”

His boss, Fidel Castro, (a lawyer who abolished habeas corpus immediately upon assuming power) followed up: “Legal proof is impossible to obtain against war criminals. So we sentence them based on moral conviction.”

This “moral conviction” saw Castro and Che’s secret police jail more political prisoners as a percentage of population than the Stalinist police, and execute more people (out of a population of 6.5 million) in its first three years in power than the Third Reich executed (out of a population of 65 million) in its first six years.

Enlightened opinion, including most “liberal,” “human-rights” and “peace” groups worldwide, either yawned or actually applauded these cumulative travesties. Harvard Law School merits special attention regarding the latter.

By April 1959, approximately 800 Cubans had been “judged” (see above) and murdered by Castro and Che’s firing squads. Cuba’s prisons were packed to suffocation with ten times the number of political prisoners as during “the Tyrant” Batista’s reign. Among Castro and Che Guevara’s prisoners were hundreds of women, a Stalinist horror utterly unknown in our hemisphere until introduced by the Cuban revolutionaries (who were, incidentally,  swooned over by Barbara Walters, Andrea Mitchell and Diane Sawyer).

Furthermore, the death penalty was being applied retroactively (it had not existed under the Batista regime). Habeas corpus had been abolished. Cuban defense lawyers attempting to defend the accused were jailed themselves.

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  • hfontova

    Just out from the AP:

    "(Cuban) Prosecutors are charging a jailed American contractor (Alan Gross) with "acts against the integrity and independence" of Cuba and requesting a 20-year jail term, (Cuba) state news media reported Friday, dimming hopes the 60-year-old Maryland native would be allowed to go home soon."
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/arti

  • Steve Chavez

    MAYBE WHEN FIDEL GOES THE WAY OF MUBARAK? Why are the Cuban people such COWARDS? We know that Cuba is like a prison so have the Cuban people, who millions have been born under Castro, become INSTITUTIONALIZED and can't live on the outside like real prisoners? Are they like animals born in a zoo and know nothing else? TIME TO RISE UP ISN'T HUMBERTO? I've been going crazy on miamiherald.com and nothing from all the Cubanos in Miami! NOW IS TIME TO DEMAND THAT FIDEL GO SINCE HE HAS BEEN A DICTATOR FOR FIFTY YEARS, TWENTY MORE THAN MUBARAK, AND IS LONGEST IN THE WORLD. SILENCE? Huffingtonpost.com has an article and comments are praising this DICTATOR! TIME TO RISE UP OR ARE THEY COWARDS FOR ANOTHER FIFTY?

  • BLJ

    The next time I see some idiot in the U.S. wearing a "Che" t-shirt I am going to punch them in the mouth. We should have taken out Castro during the Cuban Missile Crisis. There was nothing Cuba or the Soviets could have done to stop us.

  • Roland

    Steve, Cubans are not cowards. If you try to protest in Cuba, you die. A dictator of the Left sits on the throne. A dictatorship of the Left has the tanks, and it wouldn't hesitate to use them against citizens. You have only rocks. Protest is suicide. You might as well be exhorting North Koreans to try to rise up.

    In Egypt, genuine evil lurks in the crowds in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood and those sympathetic to its aims, yet the dictator's regime does not unleash its tanks on the crowds.

    All dictatorships are not equal. Not even close. Some are holding back something much more dark.

  • Steve Chavez

    Many experts say that the Egyptian pyramids were made by slaves but if I were one and they made me work like they theorize, I'd rather die than live my whole life as a slave. Would I commit suicide or make them kill me or would I look at the numbers of slaves compared to guards? Then on D-Day, thousands of soldiers charged at the same time but were being picked off in great numbers but some, or enough, made it to the top and the rest is history. Were they brave or were they cowards? Did they have to climb over and step on their dead comrades or did they hide behind them and swim back to the ships as thousands more rushed forward? Were they cowards? What if they were cowards and begged and cried to stay on the ships? "They have tanks! We only have rifles! Better Red than Dead!" CUBANS ARE COWARDS!

  • Steve Chavez

    "Courage" the Cowardly Lion said. "Heart" said the Tin Man. "Brain" the Tin Man said. Dorothy was in the fight of her life with the Wicked Witch of the West. She had to get her broom. She risked death! Finally she confronted the Wicked Witch face to face. The Wicked Witch did attack but Dorothy fought back and the Wicked Witch melted in front of her Mighty Army. Dorothy was afraid of revenge but instead, celebration as the Army too were afraid of the Wicked Witch. It took one little girl to conquer! CASTRO IS THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST AND IT WOULD TAKE ONLY A SMALL BRAVE NUMBER TO STAND UP TO HIM! Will the Army turn their guns on their brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers? NO THEY WILL NOT and if ordered to do so, they will throw that bucket of water on Fidel and he will melt away! "VIVA! VIVA! VIVA! THE WICKED WITCH IS DEAD!"

  • Dennis Mahon

    Steve– “The Wizard of Oz” is fiction; Castro’s army and secret police are real.

  • Fred Dawes

    if this guy was inside old Castor cuba and if he is a real american and if black or brown he will walk within 6 weeks but if this guy is white he is dead. that is how it works inside all non white nation states and will work soon in all monkey NATION'S.