Response to Venezuela, Cuba. Again.


This may be what you are referring to

Former CIA agent tells: How US infiltrates "civil society" to overthrow governments BY PHILIP AGEE

Also of interest is this recent interview with Chomsky about US terrorism in Cuba:

The mass media, the business world, and the intellectual community in
general, tend to line up in support of concentrated power - which in the
US is state and corporate power. And the same is true on the issues of
Cuba. For example almost nobody knows the history of US terrorism in
Cuba since 1959. Terrorism is a big word. Everybody talks about it. You
wouldn't find a person in a thousand or maybe a hundred thousand who is
aware of the fact that the Kennedy administration intensified the
on-going terrorist operations (against Cuba) and pressed them to such a
point that they almost led to a terminal nuclear war and then they went
on for years after that. In fact they are still going on. Almost no one
knows that. It's not covered.

US terrorism
against Cuba has been going on since 1959 and the fact that the US can
label Cuba a terrorist state when it has been carrying out a major
terrorist campaign against Cuba since 1959, picking up heavily in
the'60s and peaking in the '70s in fact, that's pretty astonishing.

[Bernie Dwyer] Because of 43 years of non-stop aggression Cuba has
obviously had to take matters into their its own hands even though they
did appeal to the United States to stop some of this terrorism emanating
from the right-wing anti-Cuba groups in Miami. Are you familiar with the
case of the five Cuban political prisoners in the US who were
incarcerated for fighting against terrorism?

[Noam Chomsky]  That's an amazing case! Cuba approached the United
States with an offer to cooperate in combating terrorism and, in fact,
the FBI sent people to Cuba to get information from the Cubans about it.
The next thing was that Cubans who had infiltrated the terrorist groups
in the United States were arrested. That is utterly shocking! Do you
think it's reported? Nobody knows about it. I mean, here are Cubans who
are infiltrating illegal, terrorist organisations in the United States,
which are violating US law and the infiltrators are arrested, not the
terrorists. It's astonishing. The US has refused intelligence
cooperation with Cuba on terrorism because it would lead directly back
to terrorist groups based in the United States.

Actually, since the 1970s, the United States has at least officially
opposed this US-based terrorism. But it still tolerates it - it doesn't
close down the terrorist bases or the terrorist funding - but
theoretically it opposes it and in fact has even occasionally prosecuted
people. Up until then (the 1970s) the US wasn't relying on Cuban exiles.
It was itself organising the terrorism. That's right into the 1970s
officially. What is going on now, we don't know. We know the official
record up until 20 or 30 years ago.


[Bernie Dwyer]  How are you following the case of the five Cubans
considering the media silence surrounding the case?

[Noam Chomsky]  There are, fortunately, independent sources although I
can't think of an article in the United States. The British press has
covered it. There are several independent alternative journals in the
United States that have covered it. There was quite a good article on it
by William Blum in Counterpunch. There's a good quarterly journal called
Socialism and Democracy which published the testimonies of the Cuban
prisoners. You can find material on some of the Internet sites like
Z-net. So, it is possible for people to find out about it, but it's a
research project. An ordinary person cannot be expected to do that. It's
a major research project.


[Bernie Dwyer] The US obsession with overthrowing the Cuban Revolution
reached new heights when James Cason became chief at the US Interests
Section here in Havana. He deliberately set out to subvert the Cuban
social project from the inside by recruiting, for money and favours,
Cubans who would act as agents for the US. When the Cuban government
reacted by arresting, putting on trial and imprisoning those
mercenaries, there was a lot of criticism from many of Cuba's friends.

[Noam Chomsky]  Yes, I have criticized them for that. I think it was a
mistake. In the case of the petition I signed we insisted that it
emphasised US terrorist actions and any illegal economic warfare going
on against Cuba since 1959. It went on to say that in case of the people
that were imprisoned, no public information had been available - and it
still isn't - to justify the charge that they are US government agents,
not critical dissidents. I mean the fact that they met with Cason, I may
be wrong, but it doesn't prove it. I think it was the wrong thing to do
and not very wise. It was just a gift to the harshest elements in the
United States.


[Bernie Dwyer]  You would still uphold your admiration of the Cuban
system as you did before?

[Noam Chomsky]  As far as I am concerned, I do not pass judgement on
what Cubans decide to do. I am in favour of Cuba's successful defiance
of the United States. I am in favour of them taking matters into their
own hands. Exactly how they carry it out... I have my own opinions. A
lot of things I think are fine, a lot not, but it's a matter for the
Cubans to decide. My concern is that the hemispheric superpower not
resort to violence, pressure, force, threat, and embargo in order to
prevent Cubans from deciding how to determine their own fate. 


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