Private sector urges talks with Cuba over Internet use

Representatives of private communication and technology companies recommended in December that the U.S. government “initiate a dialogue with the Cuban government and private sector leaders to share best practices” on use of the Internet. But leaders of the Freedom House and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting sharply disagreed and urged the State Department’s Cuba Internet … Read more

Cuban spycraft began well before Cold War

A common myth is that Cuba’s penchant for counterintelligence began with Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra, according to a scholar at the Enrique José Varona Pedagogical University in Havana. Counterintelligence began much earlier, with José Martí, according to Manuel Río Rojas, a specialist at the university’s Criminal Investigation and Operations Directorate. He writes: In … Read more

Cuba broadcasting: “Essential to national security”

U.S. government-financed broadcasts to Cuba and other nations can continue despite the government shutdown because they “necessary for conducting foreign relations essential to the national security,” according to the U.S. Agency for Global Media. An agency memo states: The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum establishing that there is a sufficient … Read more

“Value-added” intelligence collection at the State Department

The State Department has nearly 200 intelligence analysts who provide analysis and briefings for the Secretary of State and other federal officials, including President Trump. The analysts work in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, or INR, which was founded in 1947. AN INR report states: INR recruits primarily from outside the Department new hires … Read more

Government employees shafted. Taxpayers, too

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and other federal agencies have drafted guides telling employees what they can and can’t do during a government shutdown. One thing many of them can do is apply for unemployment benefits. So taxpayers end up paying at least some of their salaries during the shutdown. Here … Read more