One side wants peace, the other wants blood

Three U.S. senators on Friday touted the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would make it legal for Americans to do business in Cuba. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, said in a statement: Instead of looking to the future, U.S.-Cuba policy has been defined for far too long by conflicts of the past. Cuba … Read more

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. 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

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

“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