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Mar 31, 2015 0 Comments

Iranian terrorist network could use Latin American traffickers against U.S., military warns Media Appearances, Media Mentions

A senior U.S. military official has once again expressed concern from Washington that Iranian-backed terrorists groups are operating throughout Latin America and working with drug trafficking groups.

Speaking to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee last week, Lieutenant General Ken Tovo – the deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) – told lawmakers that he was concerned about “the financial and operational overlap between criminal and terrorist networks” in Latin America.

“While there is not yet any indication that the criminal networks involved in human- and drug-trafficking are interested in supporting the efforts of terrorist groups, these networks could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders, potentially undetected and almost completely unrestricted,” Tovo said in his testimony to Congress…. Continue Reading »

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Mar 15, 2015 0 Comments

House Hearing on Negotiations with Cuba Media Appearances, Media Mentions

WASHINGTON — “Past actions predict future results,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, in a hearing about the Obama administration’s recent efforts to “normalize relations” with Cuba.

On February 26, 2015, a day before the Obama administration would begin its second round of talks with Cuba, the Subcommittee held a hearing to determine how the negotiations would affect U.S. efforts to protect U.S. interests, advance human rights and aid the Cuban people. 

To this hearing, the Subcommittee invited Fernando Menéndez from the Society for a Secure Free Society, Dr. José Azel from the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Dennis K. Hays from the Emergence Group and Chris Simmons, a former Counterintelligence Officer with the U.S Army…. Continue Reading »

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Feb 26, 2015 0 Comments

Cuba: Peligro “claro e inminente” para EE.UU. Media Appearances, Media Mentions

Especialistas y analistas sobre asuntos de Cuba testificaron este jueves ante la subcomisión sobre el Hemisferio Occidental de la Cámara de Representantes que “Cuba continúa siendo un peligro real para la seguridad del país”.

La subcomisión, dominada por congresistas republicanos, oyó como sus invitados coincidieron con ellos en oponerse a la apertura del gobierno de EE.UU. hacia Cuba, tanto a nivel diplomático como a nivel comercial.

“La idea que Cuba no representa una amenaza es un cuento de hadas”, dijo durante su intervención Chris Simmons, editor de Cuba Confidential y exanalista de contrainteligencia especializado en operaciones contra Cuba.

“Los espías de Cuba tienen solo dos objetivos: la gente en Cuba y Estados Unidos”, remarcó. “Facilitar los viajes de los estadounidenses hacia la Isla solo ofrecerá un mayor acceso al reclutamiento de la próxima generación de espías estadounidenses al servicio de la Isla”, añadió Simmons, remarcando que Cuba representa para EE.UU. “un peligro claro e inminente”

Por su parte, uno de los miembros del Centro para una Sociedad Segura y Libre, Fernando Menéndez, abarcó el tema de la sociedad cubana al señalar que “la política Cuba atraviesa por una crisis existencial por la desaparición física de sus líderes y la aparición de nuevos líderes que no estarían preparados para tomar decisiones sin supervisión”, dijo Menéndez.

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