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    Alan Gross, imprisoned by Cuba, left behind by Obama

    Alan Gross, imprisoned by Cuba, left behind by Obama
    4:57 PM 03/06/2014
    Keith Farrell
    Advocate, Young Voices

    An American citizen has been unjustly imprisoned by the communist
    government of Cuba for over four years. He has lost over 100 lbs,
    according to his wife, and has pleaded for the U.S. government to come
    to his aid. He suffers depression as his days consist of being locked in
    a small cell with two other inmates in a military prison.

    His crime? Alan Gross dared to hand out satellite phones to Cubans whose
    government prevents them from having significant contact with the
    outside world. The Obama administration’s failure to secure Gross’s
    release is unacceptable. The American people should demand the State
    Department take immediate action to bring this man home.

    Gross, a subcontractor working in Cuba on satellite-based internet
    connections, was arrested in 2009 and held for more than a year before
    he was charged with illegally distributing satellite communications to
    Cuban dissidents. In 2011, he was sentenced to a 15 year prison term.

    For four years, the Obama administration has failed to significantly
    address the situation. Secretary of State John Kerry said this past
    December that the State Department was working on the matter through
    unofficial channels. The State Department released a statement which
    read: “We reiterate our call on the Cuban government, echoing foreign
    leaders and even Cuba’s allies, to release Alan Gross immediately and
    unconditionally.” To Judy Gross, Alan’s wife, it was more empty lip
    service. “This is something that I’ve heard for four years. It hasn’t
    changed,” she said in response to the statement.

    Judy Gross has urged President Obama to personally involve himself in
    the matter. The fact that Obama has remained silent on Gross’s
    imprisonment is bewildering. An oppressive government that is openly
    hostile to the U.S. has held an American citizen in unfit conditions for
    over four years. He was convicted of the crime of providing oppressed
    people a means of communication. In America, free speech and open
    communication are taken for granted. In Cuba, where the government takes
    great care to hamper their citizen’s ability to freely communicate with
    and receive information from the outside world, such actions are seen as
    open subversion. President Obama ought to directly involve himself and
    demand the expedient release of this man whose only crime was empowering
    the people of Cuba.

    In January, Kerry unsuccessfully appealed to the Vatican to exert its
    influence over Cuba in order to free Gross. Cuban officials, however,
    have repeatedly stated that they wish to speak to an American envoy
    concerning the matter. Despite attempts by legislators and other U.S.
    representatives to secure Gross’s release, and appeals to outside forces
    such as the Vatican, the president has not commissioned an official
    envoy to Cuba.

    Source: Alan Gross, imprisoned by Cuba, left behind by Obama | The Daily
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