Lawyer: U.S. should disclose secrets about “acoustic attacks”

The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine are suing the State Department for disclosure of information about the “acoustic attacks” in Havana. The lawsuit was filed Thursday under the Freedom of Information Act and seeks a State Department Accountability Review Board report, which addressed “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government … Read more

U.S. commander: “We want enemies to fear us”

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba “threaten hemispheric security and prosperity,” a top U.S. military commander said today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Russia supports all three of the countries – dubbed the “troika of tyranny” – and may use them to gain a strategic foothold in Latin America, said Craig S. Faller, who leads the … Read more

U.S. employees rake in big bucks for “hardship” in Havana

U.S. government employees assigned to Havana get an automatic 35 percent bump in salary. It’s known as a “hardship differential,” and it’s given to employees only when their foreign posting “involves extraordinarily difficult living conditions, excessive physical hardship, or notably unhealthful conditions affecting the majority of employees officially stationed or detailed at that place.” American … Read more

Threat assessment cites Cuban intelligence

Cuban intelligence services remain a “persistent threat,” according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said in a report on Jan. 29. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community inexplicably groups Cuba with Iran, gives few details about Cuba and focuses mostly on China and Russia. Excerpts from the report are below: Threats … Read more

Cuban blood match far from over

Sixty years ago this month, Gustavo Villoldo Argilagos died of what his supporters called “politically induced suicide.” The family blamed Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries for Villoldo’s death. They later filed a wrongful death lawsuit and a Florida court awarded an eye-popping $2.79 billion in damages in 2011. Since then, Villoldo’s sons, Gustavo, … Read more