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Obama Administration Looks to Erase Castro’s Worst Crimes

Obama Administration Looks to Erase Castro’s Worst Crimes

John Suarez | The Daily Signal

Even before President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba next month, his administration has looked to re-write the history of the Castros’ worst crimes. An example of this was in 2014 when the Obama administration commuted the double life sentence of Gerardo Hernandez.

Hernandez had been in jail for conspiracy to commit murder through his actions related to the 1996 downing of aircraft owned by the anti-Castro nonprofit “Brothers to the Rescue.”

Brothers to Rescue is a Miami based organization, formed by Cuban exiles, which advocates against the Castro dictatorship.

The atrocities took place in 1996 when two Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down by Cuban jets over international airspace killing four. Two more Cuban fighters chased a third Brothers to the Rescue plane to within three minutes of downtown Key West, but failed to shoot it down. This plane returned and provided critical information on what had occurred. If it had been shot down, the Cuban government had a cover story in place to justify the shoot down.

John Suarez

John Suarez is a human rights activist with the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

Even before President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba next month, his administration has looked to re-write the history of the Castros’ worst crimes. An example of this was in 2014 when the Obama administration commuted the double life sentence of Gerardo Hernandez.

Hernandez had been in jail for conspiracy to commit murder through his actions related to the 1996 downing of aircraft owned by the anti-Castro nonprofit “Brothers to the Rescue.”

Brothers to Rescue is a Miami based organization, formed by Cuban exiles, which advocates against the Castro dictatorship.

The atrocities took place in 1996 when two Brothers to the Rescue planes were shot down by Cuban jets over international airspace killing four. Two more Cuban fighters chased a third Brothers to the Rescue plane to within three minutes of downtown Key West, but failed to shoot it down. This plane returned and provided critical information on what had occurred. If it had been shot down, the Cuban government had a cover story in place to justify the shoot down.

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In order to carry out the attack, the Castro regime had a spy, who had infiltrated Brothers to the Rescue, initially pose as a survivor in Cuba to confirm the regime’s story. But this story imploded when the third plane made it back to Florida.

The objective of the Castro Regime was to destroy relief organization while at the same time taking attention away from a crackdown on a national opposition gathering in Cuba.

This was happening in the midst of a warming relationship, that started in 1994, between the Clinton administration and Castro that included secret joint military exercises.

Hernandez was set free by the Obama administration and was returned to Cuba the same day his sentence was commuted. Two days later on Dec. 19, 2014 Obama sought to rewrite the history of the incident stating in a press conference that: “It was a tragic circumstance that ended up collapsing talks that had begun to take place.”

Historical and legal records demonstrate that Obama is wrong.

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