HAVANA TIMES — The arrest of four infiltrated anti-Castro militants from Miami, sent to attack military units, highlights the situation of some 20 Cuban-Americans, who upon leaving prison in Cuba are considered unwelcome by Washington.
One is Thomas Ramos, old anti-Castro militant, whose history includes several infiltrations into Cuba and long prison sentences. “I came to rouse military units and promote a coup. In Miami I was assured that they had contact with officiers from Cuba willing to rebel.”
He worked coordinated with a CIA officer who promised him US citizenship. However, he was arrested and when he came out of prison 18 years later, things had changed so much that the US Interests Section in Havana denied him a visa to return to the USA on the grounds that he has a violent past.
“The young woman who received me knew nothing of the history of Cubans, she was plain stupid. I explained that before we were all operatives and that I was sent here by Colonel Frank Sturgis of the CIA,” Thomas said.
We contacted the US Interests Section (USIS) in Havana to ask about the situation of these excluded Cuban-Americans who were denied a visa, but got no response from the diplomats.
“I understand that Americans are entitled to accept whoever they want and that politics is dirty but when I was denied entry to the US I felt disappointed and betrayed,” said Ramos, adding that his mother is alone in a nursing home in Miami.
He doesn’t understand the new policy from Washington because, “I’m an anti-communist and I believe that anything done against communism is legal. Also, I didn’t kill anyone, so there are no grounds to say I’m a terrorist and therefore cannot enter the US.”
“I came here to look for ways to produce a coup to overthrow communism. My last mission included a plan to destroy the communications tower atop the Habana Libre Hotel to remove the interference that prevents the reception of TV Marti,” he said.
For those plans he was trained in the Florida Everglades, in the camps of the Partido de Unidad Nacional Democrática party. He recalls that “Colonel Frank Sturgis was very human and true to his work, he helped me with a little money and I helped him.”
“I only regret that he [Sturgis] died because if he were alive I would not be in Cuba, but next to my mother. Neither the CIA nor the US government sent me, but I wanted to come and Sturgis assured me that when I returned I would immediately be given citizenship.”
Regarding the recently captured Cuban Americans Ramos said, “They are four fools that someone used. Infiltrating Cuba today is stupidity, sending people to the slaughter. I learned that the Communists become strong when they are attacked militarily.”