Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Alan Gross Remains Castro’s Captive

    Remains 's Captive
    Posted By Humberto Fontova On September 21, 2011 @ 12:21 am In Daily

    "I am leaving Cuba most disappointed and perplexed," said former New
    Mexico Governor and recent Democratic diplomatic troubleshooter Bill
    Richardson from 's Nacional last week. "After one week [in
    Cuba] I have exhausted all possibilities to visit Alan . I have
    tried all channels. All I asked was a simple humanitarian gesture. And
    it was denied."

    Alan Gross is a U.S. citizens and a contractor for USAID, jailed in Cuba
    since December 3, 2009. His crime was bringing and
    equipment into Castro's fiefdom to help Cuba's tiny Jewish community
    communicate more freely with the outside world. For the record,
    pre-Castro Cuba boasted more phones and TVs per capita than most
    European countries. Today, Castro's fiefdom has fewer Internet users per
    capita than Uganda, and fewer cell phones than Papua New Guinea. The
    Stalinist regime is very vigilant in these matters.

    According to the Associated Press (emphasis added): "The case has
    crippled attempts to improve relations between Washington and Havana,
    and destroyed what had been a warm relationship between Richardson and
    Cuban leaders."

    The blame for this "crippling" is being disputed. Castro regime
    spokesperson Josefina Vidal was quoted by the AP as follows (emphasis
    added): "The release of U.S. citizen jailed in Cuba, Alan Gross, was
    never on the table during the preparations for his trip, which was made
    clear to Mr. Richardson as soon as he raised it."

    "The Cubans are making flimsy excuses," replies Richardson's spokesman,
    Gilbert Gallegos, "only after they personally invited Gov. Richardson to
    discuss the Alan Gross detention and only after they inexplicably
    stonewalled Governor Richardson."

    Last Tuesday, President Obama told reporters: "Anything to get Mr. Gross
    free we will support, although Mr. Richardson does not represent the
    U.S. government in his actions there." Then the New York Times reported
    that, in fact, Richardson would offer to remove Cuba from the U.S. State
    Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. U.S. "tourists" do not
    generally carry such authority.

    In fact, there's little incentive for the Castro regime to comply with
    the Obama administration, which has been offering carrots aplenty, but
    without sticks. To wit: In executive order after executive order, Obama
    abolished President Bush's and remittance restrictions to
    Castro's terrorist-sponsoring fiefdom and opened the travel and
    remittance cash pipeline to a point where the cash-flow from the U.S. to
    Cuba today is estimated at $4 billion a year. While a proud Soviet
    satrapy, Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets. But the
    Soviet subsidies came with strings attached. Nowadays, the cash-flow
    from the U.S. is essentially "free-money" for the Castro regime. So
    again: "What's to improve?" the Castroites must be asking themselves.

    As a public service for Gov. Richardson and the Obama State Department's
    Cuba "experts," I provide case studies of others who helped Castro
    consolidate power, then promptly exhausted their "usefulness." Few
    revolutions have "devoured their own children" with the voracity of
    Castro and Che's.

    Humberto Sori Marin had been an official comandante in Castro's rebel
    movement and its official "Judge Advocate General," where he initially
    helped sentence many hapless Cubans to Che Guevara's firing squads.
    Later, he soured on the obviously Stalinist regime he helped install. In
    April of 1961, he was himself as a "counterrevolutionary" and
    his brother Mariano went to visit Castro, pleading clemency for his
    brother. If only "for old times' sake," pleaded Mariano, recalling when
    Fidel and Humberto had been revolutionary comrades.

    "Don't worry, Mariano," a smiling Castro said while slapping him
    affectionately on the back. "In the Sierra I learned to love your
    brother. Yes, he's in our custody, but completely safe from harm.
    Absolutely nothing will happen to him. Please give your mom and dad a
    big hug and big kiss from me and tell them to please calm down."

    The next day, Mariano collapsed at the sight of his brother Humberto's
    mangled corpse in a mass grave. Castro's firing squad had pumped over 20
    shots into his brother's body that very dawn. Humberto Sori Marin's head
    was almost completely obliterated; his face unrecognizable.

    "Kneel and beg for your life!" Castro's executioners taunted the bound
    and helpless William Morgan, as he glowered at Castro's firing squad in
    April 1961. Morgan was an AWOL GI with creditors and ex-wives on his
    tail, who fled to Cuba and wound up a comandante in Castro's Rebel army
    in 1959. He also soured on the revolution when the unmistakably Red
    pattern emerged. Castro heard about Morgan's discomfiture through spies
    and promptly arrested him. Within weeks, he was in front of a firing squad.

    "I kneel for no man!" Morgan snarled back, according to eye witness John
    Martino in his book, "I Was Castro's ."

    "Very well, Meester Weel-yam Morgan," replied his executioner, while the
    firing squad aimed low, on purpose – "FUEGO!"

    The first volley shattered Morgan's knees. He collapsed snarling and
    writhing. "See, Meester Morgan?" giggled a voice from above. "We made
    you kneel, didn't we?" Over the next few minutes, as he lie writhing,
    four more bullets slammed into Morgan, all very carefully aimed to miss
    vitals. Finally, an executioner walked up and blasted his skull to
    pieces with a .45.

    Che Guevara had a wall torn out of his 2nd story office in Havana's La
    Cabana and execution yard office to better watch and coach his
    beloved firing squads. Though he was technically Cuba's "Minister of
    Industries" at the time, many former La Cabana prisoners say he was the
    one giggling and mocking Morgan during his last minutes alive.