Earl Cobeil was a complete physical disaster when we saw him, testified another fellow POW, Col. Jack Bomar. He had been tortured for days and days and days. His hands were almost severed from the manacles. He had bamboo in his shins. All kinds of welts up and down all over; his face was bloody. Then ‘Fidel’ began to beat him with a fan belt.”
According to the book Honor Bound, the tortures of U.S. POWs by Castro’s agents (Hernandez-Caballero’s colleagues) were “the worst sieges of torture any American withstood in Hanoi.”
Until quite recently the chief Castroite torturer in North Vietnam, Fernando Vecino- Alegret, served as Cuba’s Minister of Education. So he’ll probably smilingly host many of those visiting delegations of U.S. scholars and educators, courtesy of Obama’s recent promotion of “people-to-people” exchanges with Cuba.
Vecino-Alegret’s colleague Hernandez-Caballero, however, was not transported to a U.S. courtroom this week to defend himself against charges of being an official of a regime that murdered more political prisoners in its first three years in power than Hitler murdered in his first six, that jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin, that has sponsored terrorism for half a century, that has come the closest to nuking the United States, and has gratuitously tortured American POWs.
Instead, Mr Hernandez-Caballero is here to testify against Luis Posada Carriles, and thus try to help the U.S. Justice Dept. convict a one-time military colleague of those tortured to deathin North Vietnam. Fidel Castro considers Luis Posada Carriles his number one enemy in the world. Posada volunteered for the Bay of Pigs invasion, and later joined the U.S. army emerging as a 2nd Lieutenant. After retiring from the U.S. Army, he worked for the CIA putting out Soviet-started fires throughout Latin America. Among other projects, Posada helped the Reagan team squash Communism in Nicaragua by helping train the Nicaraguan Contras. A few years later in Guatemala, a Castro appointed death-squad ambushed Posada, riddled him with bullets and left him crippled.
The dictator missed him then, but, with Eric Holder’s help, Castro is still after Posada. Eric Holder’s Justice Department considers Posada a criminal for entering the U.S. illegally from Latin America. Since we seem to have so little of that nowadays, Obama’s justice department can afford to concentrate major muscle in going after Posada–with Castro’s help.
Eric Holder, let’s remember, also signed the order for the INS to mace, kick, stomp, and gun-butt their way into Lazaro Gonzalez’s house on the morning of April 22, 2000, wrench a bawling 6-year-old child from his family at machine-gun point, and bundle him off to Castro’s Stalinist fiefdom, leaving 102 people injured, some seriously.