|Castro state security chief Ramiro Valdez with Hugo Chavez in 2009 in Venezuela|
Candice Malcolm, a columnist in the Toronto Sun, on February 27, 2015 in an essay titled "Troubling truths about Castro's Cuba" outlining the political, economic and security arguments against engaging with the Castro regime. Ms. Malcolm's essay highlighted a report that addressed present threats to Canada by Cuba such as:
Cuba also helps orchestrate an immigration fraud network that has smuggled radical Islamists into North America, as demonstrated in the Center for a Secure Free Society’s “Canada on Guard” report.The "Canada on Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba" report reveals that the Castro regime overhauled "the information systems of the Venezuelan passport and naturalization agency, formerly known as ONIDEX ( Oficina Nacional de Identificación y Extranjería)." In 2005 a new system was implemented and the final version of what is now called SAIME (Servicio Administrativo de Identificación Migración y Extranjería) that can store biometric data and has sophisticated security protocols came into effect in 2009. According to the above cited report this system:
..."facilitates the entry of Cuban agents into Venezuela, embedding themselves into various facets of the Venezuelan social missions and national security apparatus. Aside from Cubans, this group also used SAIME to facilitate the travel of Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO's), Colombian guerrillas, and Islamist terrorists."Unfortunately the Obama Administration seems to be ignoring these unpleasant facts although it has applied an emergency order on Cuba to prevent democrats from engaging in nonviolent protests in territory north of Cuba.
|Gerardo Hernandez, convicted of conspiracy to murder, honored by Raul Castro|
Cyber TerrorDespite all the above the Obama administration hopes to re-open the US embassy in Cuba within weeks. This also means that the Castro regime's embassy would be fully active in the United States allowing its espionage networks greater reach for mischief. Considering that just one of these spy networks, the WASP network, planned terrorist acts on US soil and had a member convicted of murder conspiracy that led to the deaths of three U.S. citizens and a U.S. resident should be cause for concern. Returning a spy that planned terrorism in the US and contributed to the deaths of Americans to Cuba to a heroes welcome should be cause for moral outrage. This is not reconciliation. This is a dishonorable version of appeasement.
In 2012 there were reports in the media of Cuban, Iranian and Venezuelan officials meeting in Mexico to discuss cyber attacks on U.S. soil this allegedly also involved seeking information about nuclear power plants in the United States. Little information emerged afterwards.
Smuggling arms out of Cuba to a sanctioned country
In 2013 Panama captured a North Korean-flagged ship traveling from Cuba with undeclared military cargo headed to North Korea in violation of international sanctions. The Castro regime did not cooperate with the 2014 UN investigation and systematically lied about the weapons and circumstances surrounding the smuggling operation.
Smuggling weapons into Cuba
Today, March 2, 2015 the news broke that the government of Colombia had seized a shipment of ammunition bound for Cuba on a China-flagged ship due to lack of proper documentation.