The FBI’s dogged pursuit of a “native-born Communist”

J. Edgar Hoover had an urgent request. “You will prepare without delay a 5″ by 8″ white card captioned as above and reflecting your investigative case file number for filing in your Confidential Security Index Card File.” Hoover’s 1949 memo, now declassified, contained all the terrible details about an American writer and historian named Howard … Read more

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Inspector General: Cuba sanctions tough enough?

The Office of Inspector General at the Treasury Department this year plans to investigate how well the Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC, is enforcing Trump administration sanctions against Cuba. The OIG reported: Since 1960, the United States has maintained an embargo restricting trade, travel, and financial transactions with Cuba. This embargo comprises the … Read more

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Espionage: The Myers case 10 years later

Convicted of spying for Cuba, Gwendolyn Myers soon adapted to life behind bars, telling a friend, “Did you know you can floss your teeth with the elastic in underpants?” Her husband, Kendall Myers, also wound up in prison. He once held a TOP SECRET security clearance at the State Department and earned $131,996 per year. … Read more

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Cuba spending under Trump

The State Department and Agency for International Development report spending $22,093,043 on Cuba-related projects since Donald Trump took office in January 2017. That included $2,762,161 for migrant programs at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, $2,533,701 for administration and oversight and $162,618 for resettlement programs in Havana. The amount leftover was $16,634,563. The State Department … Read more

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When the oilman comes calling

Exxon Mobil Corp. is suing Corporación CIMEX and the Unión Cuba-Petróleo, or CUPET, for “unlawful trafficking” of properties that Cuban authorities confiscated in 1960. Total damages could exceed $6 billion, which is more than the Cuban companies are worth. Exxon’s lawsuit, filed May 2 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., states: CIMEX uses and … Read more

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