Chief of U.S. Interests Section Channeling Money from Terrorists in Miami to Mercenaries in Cuba
• “Roundtable” program reveals new, irrefutable evidence of conspiracy between terrorist mafia in Miami, Washington authorities and mercenary factions on the island
BY ALBERTO NUÑEZ Y PEDRO DE LA HOZ
Granma daily staff writers
THEY cannot plead ignorance or innocence. All of them acted with total awareness of what they were doing and complete premeditation. They knew where the money was coming from, why they were making themselves available to carry it, and for whom it was intended.
Everything was irrefutably demonstrated on Part Three of the “Roundtable” program, “The Scandalous Terrorists-Mercenaries-U.S. Government Connection,” broadcast on Wednesday, May 21, and hosted by journalist Randy Alonso. It was shown that the chief of mission and another official in the U.S. Interests Section in Havana played the role of couriers in transporting money supplied by a notorious terrorist, from the United States to Cuba, for the activities of the lackeys who, working for Washington, are attempting to assault Cuba’s internal order and national security.
Expert procedures demonstrating the undeniable authenticity of signatures on receipts, exhibited as proof that they were paid with money sent from Miami, shattered the fallacious rhetoric of the beneficiaries of the funds provided by the Fundación Rescate Jurídico, an organization registered with the state of Florida and headed by Santiago Alvarez Fernández-Magriñá. These individuals have repeatedly denied that they have sources of financing in the United States. The signatures of Laura Inés Pollán Toledo, Vladimiro Roca Antúnez, Félix Antonio Bonne Carcassés and José Luis García Pérez (Antúnez) are all genuine ones.
It was fittingly noted that the U.S. government has expressly allocated $47 million this year for destroying the Cuban Revolution.
BOB IN THE SERVICE OF AUNT MACPATO
An analysis of correspondence between Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello and her Miami interlocutors, Carmen Machado, Juan Carlos Fuentes and María de los Angeles Falcón, made it possible to see the presence of a repugnant connection with Robert Blau, a U.S. Interests Section official.
Back in September 2006, Roque Cabello was already saying that trustworthy individuals could be useful for bringing in money: “They come and go with no problem… You will realize who they are.” There was no subterfuge in the beginning: the ringleader referred to Blau by the nickname he uses: Bob. And Bob “told me he had no problem” brining money from Posada Carriles’ benefactor. Further on, she reiterates that confidence: “This is their channel, and they will know [how to do it] securely.”
Realizing that it was risky to mention Bob by his name, Roque Cabello — who dubbed herself Aunt MacPato — scolded her nephew and urged him to use code words to refer to officials carrying out the task: those viewing the “Roundtable” saw footage of him visiting Roque Cabello to deliver her monthly payment.
It is very likely, as Granma newspaper editor-in-chief Lazaro Barredo explained, that these services have helped in Bob’s recent rise to the second in command in the U.S. State Department’s Cuba Desk.
PARMLY, THREE-TIME COURIER, FOURTH INCOMPLETE
“You know that these things can be arranged among friends… this house is always open to you all,” Michael Parmly told Roque Cabello, who had complained that she had no money to maintain her cell phone account.
More than friends, the relationship between the two is one of complete complicity in conspiracy, something extremely serious when talking about the connection between the chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and a very active lackey.
Addressing this marriage, journalist Reinaldo Taladrid, an analyst with the Cuban TV news network, said it was scandalously unusual for a diplomat — a government official who is supposed to observe strict norms of procedure and compliance with Cuban and U.S. law and the principles of international law — to agree to be a courier, not oncee but three times — and almost four — between 2007 and 2008, bringing money from an individual like Alvarez Fernández-Magriñá, who was arrested and tried in U.S. courts on various criminal charges.
Roque Cabello christened him in her messages as “a very important person,” “the mailman,” “the cradle,” “the hand that rocks the cradle.” She had her nephew, Juan Carlos, contact Parmly’s daughter in Washington. Parmly made himself available for the operations with pleasure, gave details of his comings and goings to Miami — confirmed by e-mail and Cuban immigration records — and rushed (this was shown on video) to soothe Roque Cabello, who received money sent by the terrorist three times. The fourth time, she was the loser: at the same time these “Roundtable” exposés were being broadcast, Parmly in Miami was about to receive another remittance to bring to her, but the action was thwarted by the revelations.
Another sordid aspect of this connection was revealed through a loan from Parmly requested by Roque Cabello, along with Vladimiro Roca and a U.S. diplomatic official, James Benson, for covering expenses for one of the many get-togethers improvised by these cliques to justify their “good works” to their masters.
Given that the money from Alvarez Fernández-Magriñá had not yet arrived, Roque Cabello proposed to Parmly that he advance her a loan, which could be refunded by the terrorist as soon as Parmly traveled to Miami again.
In any case, as Taladrid commented, the shameful element is not the debt created between the chief of a diplomatic mission and a mafioso, but the conduct of Parmly, so irresponsible, so criminal; in short, abominable.
U.S. VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
In order to describe the violations of diplomatic norms committed by the U.S. government, the “Roundtable” broadcast an interview by Arleen Rodríguez with Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, director of the North America department of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“For many years now,” the ministry official explained, “Cuban authorities have been exposing the subversive activities taking place within the U.S. Interests Section. Innumerable formal protests have been sent to the Department of State about these actions, always led by the institution’s chief of mission.”
Vidal Ferreiro cited two illustrative examples. On one occasion three diplomatic bags, sealed by the U.S. State Department, arrived at the USIS, sent by none other than Frank Calzón of the Center for a Free Cuba, sinister character who, between 1998 and 2005 alone, received approximately eight million dollars to subvert the internal order of the Cuban nation.
On another occasion, 21 packages containing office materials, still and video cameras, other equipment, texts, medical supplies were declared as diplomatic baggage… all destined for the counterrevolutionary cliques. The sender was Frank Hernández Trujillo, of the Support to Democracy group, who had previously collected a sum similar to that mentioned above to help the anti-patriots, was the man who dispatched that aid.
These practices, Josefina Vidal pointed, are in violation of the stipulations laid down in the Vienna Conventions for diplomatic and consular relations, which state that diplomatic bags should contain only documents for the mission’s official use and cannot be used in the service of hostile acts against the host nation.
She recalled that the opening of the Interests Section offices in Havana and Washington in 1977, during the James Carter administration, was conceived as a way to promote better relations between the two countries, to facilitate cultural, scientific and sports exchange, as well as immigration procedures.
Despite the aggressive and provocative U.S. attitude, Cuba has wasted patience and good will in trying to accommodate the U.S. authorities, so as to avoid providing any pretext for the closure of the Interests Section, according to Vidal Ferreiro.
PARMLY ALSO A BENEFACTOR
Lázaro Barredo demonstrated that the conduct of Michael Parmly, chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, provides a close-up of the criminal conspiracy. As aggravating evidence is the text of a message sent to the federal judge in charge of the trial of Santiago Alvarez on charges of illegal possession of weapons, falsified documents and obstructing justice – conceived and delivered with Parmly’s full knowledge.
The purpose of Marta Beatriz’ intervention was to offer as evidence, to Judge James Cohn, the “humanitarian” work being undertaken by Alvarez, his funding of these cliques in Cuba. The document was sent in the name of several mercenaries. This document was lost in the USIS offices by Roque Cabello, who immediately informed the chief U.S. diplomat of that fact.
This proves Parmly’s full and clear knowledge of the relationship between and efforts by the criminal Santiago Alvarez and the mercenaries to influence a federal judge, in order to get Alvarez’ sentence reduced.
In conclusion, Barredo indicated that such actions, and the less severe sentence received by Alvarez represent an incitement to terrorism, since surely Alvarez will return to his criminal activities against the Cuban people as soon as he hits the streets and is reunited with his anti-Cuban mafia.
IN MIAMI THE PARTY NEVER ENDS
Reinaldo Taladrid, Cuban Television News journalist, outlined the continuous activities that take place in Miami, led by these groups, encouraging aggression against Cuba. He mentioned the “patriotic” dinner organized in a luxurious hall this past May 2, to honor Luis Faustino Clemente Posada Carriles, who, evidently emboldened by those present, said: “Have faith in God and sharpen your machetes to hasten the end of the regime.” The anti-Cuban evening crowd responded with enthusiastic applause.
Taladrid suggested paying close attention on January 20, 2009, given that presidential pardons may take place, as has become customary for outgoing U.S. presidents.
In step with the partygoers in Miami, the counterrevolutionary ringleader Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello has declared herself a defender of Posada Carriles, and has had the audacity to say that the Cuban people despise the five Cuban anti-terrorists imprisoned in the U.S.
As for the speech presented May 21 by President Bush, Dr. Manuel Hevia, from the State Security Historical Investigations Center, reported that the U.S. president, in ridiculous Spanish, attacked Cuba and announced that cellular phones would be sent to the country and, in accordance with his usual incoherence, expressed his hope that one day Cubans will freely stroll along the Malecón.
BUSH, TOP GODFATHER
Hevia referred to certain documents that prove direct ties between the U.S. president and members of these cliques.
He explained that during one of a number of encounters between Bush and these individuals, Bush agreed to Ros-Lehtinen’s request that he decorate Oscar Elías Biscet, an individual now in prison after being convicted of counterrevolutionary actions. On January 24, 2008, Elsa Morejón, Biscet’s wife, received the Freedom Medal from Bush in person.
Hevia emphasized that the imperialist leader gives systematic attention to the Cuba issue. Just two weeks ago, during another phone conference organized by the USIS, W. Bush reaffirmed that his current policies are in line with the basic elements of the Plan bearing his name, aimed at the restoration of capitalism in Cuba; in the meantime, other high-ranking U.S. government officials, such as Condoleezza Rice and Carlos Gutiérrez, have used similar language.
The dirty policy of growing hostility is related to the secret appendix to Chapter One of the Bush Plan, Hevia affirmed.
For his part, Reinaldo Taladrid noted the evasive statements made by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack in response to U.S. reporters’ questions regarding financing from U.S. organizations and the U.S. government for Cuban counterrevolutionaries, and to demands that he clarify the role of the USIS chief in those proceedings between Alvarez Fernández-Magriñá and Roque Cabello.
Taladrid noted that McCormack limited himself to repeating over and over, somewhat uncomfortably, that he didn’t know anything about the funding mechanisms for those groups, but that U.S. authorities were involved in humanitarian work, prudent and consistent with aid program policies. Finally, in order to back up the work of the USIS chief, he asserted that U.S. diplomatic activities are not violating any international laws.
The final minutes of the “Roundtable” program were dedicated to footage of members of those cliques who, on May 21, went to the residence of USIS officials, located on Calle 24 between Avenidas 5 and 7 in Miramar, to listen to Bush’s speech.
Those who decided to make a statement to Cuban TV admitted, completely shamelessly, that they supported the anti-Cuban aggression on the part of the White House resident. The impertinence of Marta Beatriz herself was also evident.
Roque Cabello’s pro-annexation attitude was exposed on the program, evidenced by her completely servile statement that she couldn’t care less if the Yankees invaded Cuba. One example of the services that these traitors are providing to the empire to create a provocation in order to destabilize the country as a pretext for escalated aggression was provided by an excerpt from a telephone conservation between Roque Cabello and Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz Pacheco (“The Chameleon”):
“We’re going to spread the story around the entire country that the Americans are going to place ships in different ports around the country for people to leave. Any initiative that make the situation even hotter. The exile [community] can help, international agencies can help us.”
That is the shamelessness of these lackeys, who are endangering the national security of the Cuban people.
Translated by Granma International