Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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More than 200 Cuban Spies in U.S.
Counterintelligence Officer ...

About to turn 50 years in power, the government Cuban Communist     210 would have spies in the U.S., slightly more     lower than it had before the dismantling of the so-called Red Wasp     Cuban agents in Miami, Florida, in 1998.
This statement was made by Lt. Col. Chris Simmons,     counterintelligence official U.S. military, in a interview     with daily The Miami Herald. Simmons is promoting     the book The     Spy's Wife: Beyond Betrayal (The wife of the spy: more     beyond     betrayal), who currently writes Margartia Ana Martinez     ex-wife spy Juan Pablo Roque, of the Wasp Network. Roque escaped  to     Cuba hours before the Cuban military jets shot down two     civilian aircraft of the organization     Cuban-American humanitarian Brothers to the Rescue, killing four     dead. This occurred on 24     February 1996 with support from Roque and the Wasp Network.
It is the first time a U.S. official speech       on the number     Cuban spies on U.S. soil in recent     years. Five Cuban spies serving prison sentences in     United States, after checking that were part of the Network Wasp. This     network spying on Cuban organizations in southern Florida, and mentioned during     the trial who underwent who also tried to spy on     facilities of the Southern Command United States Army.
According to Simmons, Cuban spies operating in cells     compartmentalized and separated from each other, and their mission seems to be     the same as previous years: to monitor the activities of organizations     U.S. and Cuban military installations U.S..
The officer began tracking U.S. spies     worldwide in 1986, when he began his career in counterintelligence     military. In 1990 he made several inquiries of this type for Agency     Defense Intelligence (DIA) of the Pentagon. After demolition     of the planes belonging to Brothers to the Rescue, was appointed head of analysis     Counterintelligence for Latin America, with Cuba as a focus principal.
Before the economic crisis of the 90s, with disintegration     Soviet Union, as     Simmons, the number of spies     Cubans in the United States was around 300.
This officer was part of the team that captured the Ana Spy     Belen Montes, who from his post as intelligence analyst     Pentagon passed secret information to the government of Cuba.
Delfin Fernandez, a former officer of the Otto counterintelligence     Cuban military now exiled in Miami, said the journalist Mary     Elvira Salazar on July 7 he could not confirm or deny the number     exact Cuban spies in the U.S..
As the program interviewed Maria Elvira Live,  of     television Mega TVFernandez said     possibly Cuban spies in this country do not exceed 100.
"Not only for economic reasons, but     infrastructure reasons "under the current conditions facing     the government of General Raúl Castro, the former agent said Otto.

Fernandez also said the Cuban intelligence apparatus in the United   primarily consists of about 10 leaders, which charge   organize and supervise the work of simple agents, informants and  collaborators.

The dismantling of the Wasp Network, 10 years ago, accounted for more hard   blow to the intelligence activities of the Castro regime in territory   U.S.. Afterwards, the capture of Forestry was another setback important.   But none of them resembles starred in 1987 Florentino deserter   Azpillaga, most of the Cuban intelligence services in Europe, forced   to restructure the entire intelligence apparatus in the old Cuban continent.

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S: contactomagazine.com

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Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Faces Terrorism Charges After Admitting to Plot

Pakistani-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad has admitted trying to set off a car bomb in busy Times Square and will face terrorism and mass destruction charges, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Pakistani-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad has admitted trying to set off a car bomb in busy Times Square and will face terrorism and mass destruction charges, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Holder said in a press conference that Shahzad has been charged with an act of terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in the May 1 bomb plot. 
Holder said Shahzad, who has provided "valuable information" to investigators, attempted to carry out a "lethal terrorist attack" aimed at "murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country."
Deputy FBI director John Pistole said Shahzad was placed on the No Fly list just hours before he was arrested Monday -- a key step in preventing him from fleeing the country on a flight to Dubai, he said.  
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Customs and Border Protection officials at the airport ordered that the flight be stopped before takeoff. Napolitano said they were able to arrest Shahzad on the plane and turned him over to the FBI -- though she declined to say how he was able to board the flight if he was on the No Fly list.
Authorities tracked down Shahzad using the vehicle identification number on the Nissan Pathfinder that failed to detonate. They linked that number to a recent sale in Connecticut, Holder said.
Click here to read the criminal complaint.
Holder said he could not confirm reports that between four and eight people have been taken into custody for questioning in Pakistan in connection with the bombing attempt. 
CBS News reported earlier Monday that Pakistani authorities apprehended suspects connected to the terrorist plot during raids Monday night and Tuesday morning in different locations. Some of them may be related to Shahzad, according to the network. 
Pakistani intelligence officials also told Fox News on Tuesday that a man was arrested in Karachi  for his connection to the bomb plot. 
The reported capture comes after Shahzad was arrested as he came minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound flight was returned to its gate at New York's Kennedy Airport and U.S. officials escorted him from the plane, along with two other men.
Federal investigators at Shahzad's home have removed a fireworks box among other evidence at the property in Bridgeport, Conn.
The box is labeled "Silver Salutes." The fireworks are similar to the M88s authorities say were found among containers of gasoline and other materials left in an SUV meant to explode in Times Square.
Shahzad is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to face charges that he tried to set off a massive fireball and kill Americans after parking his car on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway theaters, federal authorities said.
The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan was handling the case against Shahzad, 30, but has not yet made the charges against him public. FBI agents searched the home at a known address for Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., early Tuesday, said agent Kimberly Mertz, who wouldn't answer questions about the search.
Authorities removed filled plastic bags from the house overnight in a mixed-race, working-class neighborhood of multi-family homes in Connecticut's largest city. A bomb squad came and went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street.
In all, three passengers were removed from Emirates Airline Flight EK202 late Monday night as Shahzad was taken into custody by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives. 
But Shahzad told investigators he acted alone and denied any ties to radical groups in his native Pakistan, a U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told Reuters.
Though Holder said Tuesday that Shahzad was identified by customs agents and taken into custody before boarding his flight, a representative for Emirates Airlines confirmed to Fox News that Flight 202 "was called back by the local authorities prior to departure," and that the three passengers who were removed had already boarded the plane.
"Full security procedures were activated including the deplaning of all passengers and a thorough screening of the aircraft, passengers, and baggage," the airline representative told Fox News. "Emirates is cooperating with the local authorities." The plane was delayed about seven hours and took off for Dubai at approximately 6:30 a.m. ET.
Shahzad is a naturalized U.S. citizen and had recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, where he had a wife, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into the failed car bombing.
Law enforcement officials say Shahzad became a U.S. citizen in April 2009 and passed all the criminal and national security background checks required for citizenship.
The officials familiar with the inquiry say investigators plan to go through his citizenship application line by line to see if he lied about anything. He became a citizen in Hartford, Conn.
Shahzad was being held in New York overnight and couldn't be contacted. A phone number at a listed address for Shahzad in Shelton, Conn., wasn't in service.
Law enforcement officials say Shahzad bought the SUV, a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, from a Connecticut man about three weeks ago and paid cash. The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.
The vehicle identification number had been removed from the Pathfinder's dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine, and investigators used it to find the owner of record, who told them he had sold the vehicle to a stranger.
As the SUV buyer came into focus, investigators backed off other leads, although Holder said U.S. authorities "will not rest until we have brought everyone responsible to justice," suggesting additional suspects are being sought.
The SUV was parked on Saturday night on a busy midtown Manhattan street near a theater showing "The Lion King." The explosive device inside it had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks, which were apparently intended to detonate gas cans and set propane tanks afire in a chain reaction "to cause mayhem, to create casualties," police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
A metal rifle cabinet placed in the SUV's cargo area was packed with fertilizer, but NYPD bomb experts believe it was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terrorist bombings.
Police said the SUV bomb could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows.
A vendor alerted a police officer to the parked SUV, which was smoking. Times Square, clogged with tourists on a warm evening, was shut down for 10 hours. A bomb squad dismantled the explosive device, and no one was hurt.
But Holder said Americans should remain vigilant.
"It's clear," he said, "that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans."
In Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said authorities had not been formally asked for help in the probe.
"When the request comes, we will cooperate with the U.S. government," he told the AP.
The Pakistani Taliban appeared to claim responsibility in videos that surfaced after the weekend scare, monitoring groups said, but police had no evidence to support the claims.
More than a dozen people with American citizenship or residency, like Shahzad, have been accused in the past two years of supporting or carrying out terrorism attempts on U.S. soil, cases that illustrate the threat of violent extremism from within the U.S.
Among them are Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, charged with fatally shooting 13 people last year at Fort Hood, Texas; Najibullah Zazi, a Denver-area airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty in February in a plot to bomb New York subways; and a Pennsylvania woman who authorities say became radicalized online as "Jihad Jane" and plotted to kill a Swedish artist whose work offended Muslims.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Senate (Marti) Report Lacks Credibility

Yesterday, the majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), chaired by U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, released a report on U.S. government radio and television broadcasts to Cuba -- known as Radio and TV Marti.

For the record, this is the same SFRC staff that is currently holding up aid for the families of Cuba's political prisoners and pro-democracy movement, and that supports unilaterally lifting sanctions and normalizing relations with the Castro regime.

So how do they feel about the Marti broadcasts?

Three guesses.

Frankly, it's not whether the SFRC staff likes or dislikes the Marti broadcasts that is of concern -- it's their biased standard and lack of credible data that raises eyebrows.

In its report, the SFRC staff concluded that the Marti broadcasts have failed to make "any discernible inroads into Cuban society or to influence the Cuban government."

Let's take the second part first.

Since when has the goal of the Marti broadcasts been to "influence" the Castro regime?

That's a disingenuous statement.

According to the Radio Broadcasting to Cuba Act, the goal of these transmissions is "to support the right of the people of Cuba to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers, in accordance with article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

No has has ever been under the illusion -- except perhaps the authors of this report -- that the Marti broadcasts (or unilateral concessions, for that matter) will influence the irrational and totalitarian behavior of the Castro brothers.

Which takes us back to the first part.

Have the Marti's failed to make "any discernible inroads into Cuban society" (using the SFRC's staff language)?

In order to objectively answer that question, tangible and credible data is required.

But the SFRC's staff has instead (unquestionably) accepted data cited in a 2009 report by the General Accountability Office (GAO), which concluded that "the best available research indicates that OCB's audience size is small."

Here's the kicker: the data cited in the GAO report was from an international survey (poll) conducted through phone calls to the island.

In other words, a Cuban household was blindly called from abroad, despite knowing that their telephone lines are constantly monitored, and the person is asked whether they listen to or watch Radio and TV Marti, which is punishable with severe prison terms by the Castro regime.

Seriously? That is credible data?

If this report were truly objective, the question -- in accordance to law -- should be:

Does Radio and TV Marti "support the right of the people of Cuba to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers, in accordance with article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights"?

Unfortunately, the SFRC report never got past its biased standard.

Cuban dissidents boycott investigated in Spain

9:30 a.m. Madrid .- The Ombudsman People in Spain commenced an investigation into alleged "acts of repudiation "by the Embassy of Cuba in Madrid organized acts Cuban dissidents by the Iberian country, according to the platform  Cuba Democracy opposition-Ya!

The Ombudsman's office which currently holds the Socialist Enrique Mugica, is an institution  public ensures the fundamental rights and freedoms of  citizens. Regularly, Mugica a report in parliament for legislators to address the grievances of the Spanish AP said.

The complaint was filed five dissidents-four Cuban and Spanish, which made the Camino de Santiago last April. On arrival at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, were booed and reprimanded by government of Raul Castro, while the Cuban consulate officials photographed and videotaped opponents denounced Cuba Democracy-Ya! in a statement.

The  group aimed at the consulate to deliver a document calling for the release of all political prisoners on the island and the resignation de Castro.

The argument of Santiago de Compostela, according to opposition platform, in addition to the various acts of repudiation and counter-pro-Castro dissidents is that each time you want to protest in Spain to a Cuban embassy.

These  five people decided to report the facts to the Ombudsman People who answered the April 21 announcing the opening of A preliminary investigation of the facts.

"I inform you that has initiated the study of matter that has been submitted to us consideration and will be kept closely informed of all processing on the same, "Mugica said in a letter.

S: cnn / caracas

Rosa Díez meets dissidents in Cuba

HAVANA, May 4. - The Spanish MEP Rosa Diez, leader Training Union, Progress and Democracy, met Tuesday with dissidents in Cuba to express their support, on a trip not authorized by the communist authorities of the island time of renewed tension with the European Union.
Díez met Monday in Havana with the opposition Democrat Osvaldo Paya and Tuesday with President of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights, Elizardo Sanchez.
It also has interviewed the blogger Yoani Sanchez, whose critical  stories of life in Cuba are very popular in Internet.
"We are seeing representatives of Cuban dissidents to representatives of human rights, talking to them, listening, interested in how they view the situation in the country, how believe that it may evolve or not the thing for the future " told Reuters by telephone.
Diez said his trip trying to "people who are here in know that resistance is not alone. "
The Spanish deputy arrived Sunday in Cuba with a tourist visa.
The Cuban government has expelled the European Parliament passed who traveled to the island to meet with dissidents, accusing them of meddling in its internal affairs.
Díez's visit comes as the Cuban government accuses the  U.S. and EU of trying to force a change in its socialist system.
Cuba has been severely criticized internationally following the death in February political prisoner on hunger strike Orlando Zapata and harassment he suffered in March, the dissident group Ladies in White.
President Raul Castro said that Cuba would not bow to "blackmail" of his enemies.
The Cuban government considers its opponents mercenaries in the pay of United States. About 200 of them are in prison, Human rights groups say.
Díez criticized the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to engage in a  dialogue with the Cuban authorities at the expense, he said, defending human rights.
Opponents "live as a tragedy that the Government of Spain has been clearly on the side of the Government of Cuba and has left to fend for dissidents, "he said.
S: economia.terra.com

Cuba beats record tourists in 2010 and announced "housing developments"

Havana, May 4 (EFE) .- Cuba received more than one million tourists between January and April 2010, representing a record history for that period according to the Government, which announced a policy of "housing developments" linked to the sector.
At a press conference at the XXX International Fair Tourism FITCUBA 2010, opened yesterday in Havana, Minister sector, Manuel Marrero, said the island was 1.053 million visitors between January and April, which represents "the term highest in the history of Cuban tourism. "
This increase represents a 101 percent increase in the number of visitors over the same period last year, although revenue will remain "similar."
The Ministry of Tourism reported a fall in the number of visitors in January and February this year, but in March experienced a 6.4 percent rise, which began to reverse trend over a period Marrero described as "surprising."
In this regard, referred to the meaning of visits Cuban immigrants, and said his number "is growing" at about 50 per cent compared to 2009.
He said that Cubans living abroad "become one of the most important segments for the sector on the island, and said "are increasing" travel from the USA U.S. and elsewhere.
With regard to development plans, explained that working on construction of new hotels in major tourist destinations, and there are plans for the pristine north of Cuba and making the Havana Bay "a special port tourism. "
He stressed that "as part of the government's strategy for promote tourism development "was adopted a" policy tourism-related real estate development, within which has already been made in 13 projects.
Although not entered details on what kind of development housing is proposed, said to be attached to the promotion of marinas, golf courses and other tourism investments, mainly of "wilderness."
In 2009, the island received 2.43 million tourists, 3.5 percent more than in 2008, and Canada remained the main source market.
Marrero said that in the case of the European markets behavior has been more unstable, only Spain says growth, and stressed that "every day occupies a more prominent" domestic tourism, in 2008 after the Government removed the restrictions for Cubans living on the island agreed to hotels and tour packages.
On the meeting between Cuban officials and businessmen American tourist sector, which took place last March Cancun (Mexico), the minister said he was "very professional" and there was "much mutual respect."
"We consider it important for the moment that eliminates these restrictions on travel by American citizens Cuba, "stressed Marrero, referring to limitations on business and travel imposed by the economic and commercial blockade Washington applied to the island since 1962.
S: ABC.esEFE     arj / sam / cmm

Detected that are of Cuba's international network Chile illegally

In Headquarters units Foreign National Police Research is arrested the Cuban José Valente Abrabelo Alen (50), syndicated leading an international network of forgery of visas that allowed illegal entry of about 30 citizens from the Caribbean island.
The local prosecutor informed Nuñoa the operation that allowed the seizure of Abrabelo Alen, who 30 falsified documents for citizens of the island, which entered as tourists for a value between 3 and $ 5,000
Research by the José Carlos Gajardo and prosecutors determined that the foreign Villalobos were contacted in Cuba and were offered the false visa to stay, document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by a value between 3 and $ 5,000.
Once you enter Chile, were contacted and came to counterfeiting. Many of them occupied  the country as a platform to enter the United States.
The accused will be formalized tomorrow Wednesday at the Justice Center.
S: publimetro.cl

Mission  No 108, induce people to participate in acts of repudiation against the opposition in  Cuba.

Official summons. Talk Archive Press.

By Norvis Magaly Suárez Otero/  Talk Press.
City  Havana, April 27 / www.cihpress.com .) "A young man cited for  participate in actions against the Cuban opposition decided to withdraw the facts.
"I know that the Military Committee of the Republic of Cuba is quoting youth sector specific population who reside in the municipalities of Havana Centro Habana Vieja and to encourage them to participate in acts of repudiation against the internal opposition in Cuba. "
"My  name is Pedro García Hernández and attest that this is happening Well I have sent several subpoenas to which I have not presented. "
"To those who attended, they delivered a bag with green uniforms, badges, handcuffs   and tonfas to attack everyone they appear in against Castro's communist system. "
"This  April 28 at nine in the morning they are gathering dozens of  young elementary school named in the street Emilio Nunez Mission  No 108, in the municipality of Old Havana where he performed sworn in today to meet the country to defend price to be necessary and we know that these youngsters are brought in against their will and threatened and it is my case. "
"It  government is present factors such as Lieutenant Colonel  Osmani and also Lt. Col. Evelio forces armed, together with the repressive forces of the Interior Ministry. Assuming responsibility. And the youth of the Armed Forces Reserve Revolutionary (FAR) of the FAR to make the group member  rapid response brigades MININT.
"In other words these young people are getting in today will be to counter all those events that are organized by the internal opposition Cuba and exit in order to repudiate first to make the world believe which is the people who are repressed. "
Friday April 30, 2010

Travel insurance warning for Cuba visitors

All overseas visitors to Cuba must have a travel insurance policy in place with sufficient cover for medical evacuation by air, the Cuban government has said
Travellers to Cuba have been warned they need travel insurance in 
place before they arrive
Visitors to Cuba have been told they need travel insurance in place before they arrive. Photograph: Stefano Torrione/Hemis/Corbis

Holidaymakers arriving in Cuba from this Saturday (1 May) will be required to have travel insurance in place before they can enter the country – but confusion reigns over exactly which policies are valid.
The rule, announced by the Cuban government in February, applies to all visitors from overseas and Cubans living abroad, and is designed to make sure holidaymakers have adequate medical cover before arriving on the island.
Anyone entering Cuba from this weekend will be expected to present a copy of their insurance documents on arrival, showing that they have a policy in place which covers the full duration of the trip and includes medical evacuation by air.
Confusion exists because the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs had originally said it would require travellers to have policies from a select list of providers, but since then British insurance and travel companies have struggled to get a definitive list from the ministry.
Steve Diederich, managing director of tour provider Captivating Cuba, said: "Clarification on who these approved insurers are, the cost of policies and the method of payment is proving notoriously difficult to come across.
"This is somewhat typical of Cuba. Much of what appeals about the country – it's old-fashioned air, its exotic chaos – can also frustrate at times."
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said it believed the list had been abandoned and that the Cuban government simply required people entering the country to have a policy that included health cover for people visiting the country. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also said it was not aware of a list of insurers.
But travellers will still need to make sure their policy is valid. Some policies do not provide cover for any trip to or through four nations that the underwriters deem dangerous. These include Cuba as well as Afghanistan, Liberia and Sudan. Policies excluding Cuba include those underwritten by Chartis UK, which are sold by companies such as Direct Travel Insurance, Yorkshire bank and Barclaycard.
Travellers who arrive on the island without insurance, or with invalid insurance, will be able to buy a policy from a Cuban insurance company, but the cover is likely to be less comprehensive than many UK-bought policies and could work out more expensive. The Cuban ministry is quoting typical premiums of around £2 a person a day.
The FCO is urging travellers to make sure they have adequate cover from a UK company in place. "The medical facilities in Havana are better than those available elsewhere in Cuba, but it is sometimes necessary to medically evacuate those who require urgent specialist care," it said in a statement on its website.
"This can be very expensive so you should ensure that your medical insurance covers you for this. If you require medical treatment you will be expected to pay in hard currency; a basic hospital stay can cost as much as £200 per day plus medical expenses."
Travellers should also make sure their policy covers them for any pre-existing medical conditions. Cuban insurance cover is not likely to provide for this.
Holidaymakers heading to Thailand are also being warned that they risk invalidating their travel insurance after the FCO issued advice against travelling to the country.
It is advising against all but essential travel to the whole of Thailand "due to the increasingly volatile and tense political situation" there.
A number of travel insurance policies exclude cover for travellers where such a warning has been given, and the ABI is urging holidaymakers to check with their provider.
Some policies offer cancellation cover when the FCO publishes advice to not travel. This should cover travellers for "non-recoverable expenses" such as flights and hotels that have already been booked.

Transport and sugar ministers are sacked for 'errors' and 'deficiencies' in their work

The ministers of Transportation and Sugar have been "liberated from their functions" and replaced, Prensa Latina reported Tuesday.
Jorge Luis Sierra Cruz, 49, in charge of transportation, was removed (fot2) "for errors committed in the performance of his functions" and replaced by César Ignacio Arocha Masid, 51, a ministry official in charge of food transportation.
Sierra's duties as vice president of the Council of Ministers will be taken over by Antonio Enrique Lussón Batlle, 80, who is currently in charge of railroad modernization.
Luis Manuel Ávila González, 59, in charge of the sugar industry, was removed at his own request, "after acknowledging the (fot3) deficiencies in his job that were pointed out to him," Prensa Latina says.
He was replaced by his deputy, Orlando Celso García Ramírez, 53.
The dismissals were made "at the proposal of" the president of the Council of State, Raúl Castro. The ousted men "will be assigned other tasks."
For a report from The Associated Press, click here; from the Spanish daily El País, click here.
Posted by Renato Perez at 08:22 AM in Economy & Trade, Politics, Raul Castro
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May 03, 2010

Radio-TV Martí need to upgrade standards under Voice of America, Senate panel says

In a majority report, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee finds that Radio and TV Martí need to be revamped in order to provide "accurate, unbiased and consistently reliable" news coverage.
(fot) “It’s disappointing that, after 18 years, Radio and TV Marti have failed to make any discernible inroads into Cuban society or to influence the Cuban government," said Senator John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the panel's chairman. "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee report recommends ways that Radio and TV Marti can be made more effective."
Among the recommendations:
• The International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) should move the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) to Washington and integrate Radio and TV Marti with Voice of America (VOA). Creating a VOA-Marti service would help ensure that the programming meets VOA standards. 
• The OCB must clean up its operation. It must attract quality talent from outside of Miami, implement editorial standards, and hire topflight management. The OCB should spend less money on measuring audience size and focus more on quality programming, which will increase the interest of Cubans seeking access to uncensored information. 
• The IBB, which oversees VOA and OCB, should improve guidance, training, and oversight for analysts performing program reviews, provide regular and comprehensive journalistic-standards training, and make sure that political and other inappropriate advertisements are not shown during OCB broadcasts.
To read the entire 21-page report, click here. For an account in The Miami Herald, click here.
–Renato Pérez Pizarro, with thanks to Lesley Clark.
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S: Cuban Colada 

Times Square bomb suspect nabbed at airport

Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was attempting to fly to Dubai from JFK


  Suspect arrested in NYC bomb plot
May 4: Authorities arrest Connecticut man in connection with attempted bombing in New York City. NBC's Pete Williams reports.
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  NYC vendor receives call from Obama
May 3: Msnbc's Tamron Hall talks with New York City street vendor Duane Jackson who received a call from President Obama thanking him for alerting the police about the car carrying explosives in Times Square.
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  Times Square bomb hero speaks
May 3: Lance Orton, a street vendor in New York City, alerted police to the smoking SUV that turned out to be a failed car bomb. In an exclusive interview with TODAY, he reveals what made him concerned.
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Suspect arrested in NYC bomb plot
Authorities arrest Connecticut man in connection with attempted bombing in New York City. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

NBC, msnbc.com and news services
updated 48 minutes ago
NEW YORK - Authorities arrested a U.S. citizen in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square as he tried to leave the country, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Faisal Shahzad was arrested at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday night by Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to board an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York's JFK airport, Holder and other officials said.
"It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said.

Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was accused of driving a car bomb into Times Square, authorities said. He will appear in Manhattan Federal Court later Tuesday.
Holder said the investigation was ongoing and that law enforcement officials had gathered "significant additional evidence." He urged Americans to remain vigilant.
"The American people should know that we are deploying every resource available and we will not rest until we have brought everyone responsible to justice," Holder said.
Five-month trip to PakistanEarlier, officials told The Associated Press that the suspect recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, where he has a wife. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was at a sensitive stage.
Shahzad was being held in New York and couldn't be contacted. He has a Shelton, Conn., address and a phone number listed there wasn't in service. Investigators were searching his home.
Law enforcement officials said Shahzad bought the SUV that was parked in Times Square on Saturday from a Connecticut man three weeks ago and paid cash. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

NBC News earlier reported the man's name was on an e-mail that was sent to the seller of the car last month.
Pakistani police told NBC News that Shahzad was a resident of Karachi and that he had flown from the U.S. to the city on July 3, 2009, before returning to the U.S. on August 8 last year. On both occasions he flew with Emirates airlines, police said.
Faisal will face charges "for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1," according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, FBI agent George Venizelos and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
'Rube Goldberg contraption'
A metal rifle cabinet placed in the SUV's cargo area was packed with fertilizer, but NYPD bomb experts believe it was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terrorist bombings.
However, police said it could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows.
James M. Cavanaugh, a former bomb expert with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who investigated car bombs and tracked the Unabomber, told The New York Times that the device and the way it was designed speak to a "grandiose purpose."
"I call this a Rube Goldberg contraption," Cavanaugh told the newspaper. "It's the 'swing-the-arm-with-the-shoe-that-hits-the-ball-and-knocks-over-a-stick-that-knocks-something-off-a-shelf' and it is all supposed to work."
He said that whoever made the bomb had "more desire than ability."
The Times also reported that Kevin B. Barry, an official with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, said the attempted bomber had left many leads for detectives to follow.
“He was trying to cover his tracks, but he left more clues than a guy walking into a bank to rob it without a mask. This guy left everything here but his wallet," Barry said. 

'Amateur hour'

Chris Falkenberg, president of Insite Security, which works with Fortune 500 companies, said the device, as described by authorities, "doesn't differ much at all from 'The Anarchist Cookbook'" — the underground 1971 manual for homemade explosives.
He said revelations that the fertilizer used could not have exploded suggested "this is amateur hour. My kids could build a better bomb than this."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg early Tuesday thanked law enforcement officials, saying that their "focused and swift efforts led to this arrest after only 48 hours of around-the-clock investigation. I hope their impressive work serves as a lesson to anyone who would do us harm."
The Washington Post reported Monday that an FBI-led terrorism task force had taken over the investigation because of indications it was connected to international terrorism, a senior law enforcement source said.

Image: Times Square is void of pedestrians
  Times Square targeted
Police defused a crudely made car bomb found in a SUV parked in New York's Times Square.
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The probe had been overseen by the New York Police Department. Responsibility for it shifted to a Joint Terrorism Task Force as Obama administration officials said the incident increasingly appears to have been coordinated by more than one person in a plot with international links, the Post reported on its website.
The Taliban in Pakistan said Sunday it planted the bomb to avenge the killing in April of al-Qaida's two top leaders in Iraq as well as U.S. interference in Muslim countries.
Some officials voiced skepticism about the claim. But former CIA analyst Bruce Riedel, who last year oversaw an Obama administration strategy review on Afghanistan and Pakistan, cautioned against dismissing a possible role by the Taliban.
"They have said they want to attack inside the United States," he said before the arrest was announced, adding there was "a very serious possibility" the incident involved "some Pakistani-American who has never built a car bomb before in his life but who is being coached either by phone or internet."
Satellite photo of the nest of spies is Mission     Cuba to the United Nations, located at 315 Lexington Ave,  New     York, NY, 10 055. Note the quarterfinals of the custodians and other notes on     indoor units. If they have spies scattered all     U.S. we also have our located deep inside the  of     their ranks that inform us continuously.

Already in an edition we earlier     the names of spies and custodians that nest at the Cuban Mission  before     United Nations in New York, with their respective / os spouses provided     Secrets by Luis Dominguez of Cuba. In this issue we bring graphic     of that den of entrenched enemy in the heart of the U.S.
In the "Den of Hyenas "     72 people live and work, most of which are spies and Member     agencies of the Intelligence and Counterintelligence tyranny.     The Den is a building of nine floors and the Intelligence Center is       located on the 7th floor. (Inserted in the photo are two of the cars     using the Mission. Ford Econoline Van Son, diplomatic plate D123DC     Sierra Toyota and a dark blue with diplomatic plates 087 AD)
The Head of Mission     Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz (Left photo.) lives, along with its wife     Grisell Guadalupe Castaño Rey in an apartment in the high of     númerro Building 116 38th Street. The luxury apartamentop tuiene three     rooms with a sauna in the main room very luxurious (Masterbedroom).     For readers who can guide them to publish the photo of building     trade is next at number 118.
Malmierca, when it comes out almost     always do together, apart from their custodians and bodyguards, by     Colonel Jorge Vizcaino MID (Military Intelligence Directorate)  that     serves as the Military, by Jorge Hernandez Gonzalez belonging to     Directorate of Intelligence (DI), which is an analyst of information and Jorge     Luis Valdez Magaz (DI), which is the administrator of the Mission. Observe (Photo     Bagels shop) building brick walls     (Red). That is the building where he lives with his Malmierca wife. (Photos     Department of Research and New Secrets of Cuba Action)
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