CIA: Cubans adept at finding political pressure points

Many historians have described the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion as a fiasco and blamed the CIA for much of the failure. The agency had different view, saying critics were unfair. The CIA’s staff historian, Jack Pfeiffer, wrote five volumes about the operation. All five volumes have been declassified. Excerpts from Volume 4 are below: … Read more

CIA lists top Cuban government honchos

Below is the CIA’s roster of top Cuban government officials, according to the agency’s December 2018 directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Ministers directory: Cuba Last Updated: 3 Aug 2018 Pres., Council of State Miguel – DIAZ-CANEL Bermudez First Vice Pres., Council of State – Salvador Antonio VALDES Mesa Vice Pres., Council of State … Read more

Beat goes on despite government shutdown

Some things are essential even during Donald Trump’s government shutdown, nearing its 29th day. The U.S. government in recent days has been dealing for everything from ice cream and cold-weather socks to a mobile nuclear reactor “that can address electrical power needs in rapid response scenarios.” Records show that the government was looking for a … Read more

Will it be a feeding frenzy? Or slim pickings?

Lawyers are bracing for a possible wave of lawsuits against people who knowingly “traffic” in private properties seized during the early years of the 1959 revolution. Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act allows such lawsuits, but U.S. presidents have traditionally suspended enactment of Title III. Now, though, there are rumblings that the Trump administration … Read more

Suspected troublemakers exploit smugglers’ routes

Immigrants who pose a potential threat to American national security are increasingly trying to enter the United States through “illicit pathways” in Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Mexico, according to a new report by the House Homeland Security Committee. Cuba is mentioned once in the report, which cites the 2011 case in which a suspected terrorist … Read more