US State Department without Evidence against Cuba

By Fernando Ravsberg

Marco Rubio (c)

HAVANA TIMES — Washington is changing its tune as Diplomatic Security Assistant Director, Todd Brown, accepts that a sonic weapon might not exist but he does say that US diplomats in Havana could have been targets of a “viral” attack. Of course, he didn’t offer a hint of evidence to back up his statement.

The problem is that the FBI report states that its Operational Technology Division “tested the hypothesis that air pressure waves via audible sound, infrasound or ultrasound could be used to clandestinely hurt US citizens in Cuba, and found no evidence.”

A few days before, Republican Senator Jeff Flake had already confessed to AP journalists the fact that, after four FBI trips to Cuba, “US authorities haven’t found any evidence of US diplomats in Havana being victims of attacks.”

The CIA weighed in against the FBI’s conclisions. That’s because the first “victims” were CIA agents, who were spying in Havana disguised as diplomats… “wow, what a coincidence” Les Luthiers comedy group would say.

Another person to immediately throw themselves into the counter-attack was Cuban American Senator Marco Rubio. He claimed that US officials “know full well that the method used in the attacks is still being questioned, but there were victims of some sort of sophisticated attack, there’s no doubt about that.”

Republican Senator Jeff Flake

Thus, he recognizes the fact that he has no idea whether a weapon like this exists but nevertheless, he is still a strong advocate of the “sonic attacks”. He has become the creature’s adoptive father and is looking to pressure Trump so that the blame falls on Cuba’s government. 

Some people are asking what happened with Canadian diplomats. Karen Foss, a Canadian diplomat in Cuba has already responded to this query: “Many of the symptoms are similar to signs of extreme stress, and there is the possibility that there could be mental health effects caused by the fear of being targeted.”

In US media, the balloon seems to be deflating after “exclusive” recordings of crickets, scratching blackboards, tourists with pins and needles in their feet were presented and insinuating that there are mysterious weapons here in Cuba that are able to violate the laws of physics.

The “sonic Maine” is already sinking and they could let it sink, after having already achieved their fundamental goal: to roll back the detente between Cuba and the US, which was a result of successful negotiations between presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama.

Cubans who want to travel to the US must first get a visa from Colombia to go there instead and find out whether they can get a US visa or not.

After 60 diplomats left the US embassy, things are even worse off than they were before the rapprochement process. Now, it will be impossible to give out 20,000 visas per year, Washington’s commitment to Havana in its agreements, in order to ensure organized, legal and safe immigration.

This maneuver creates serious problems for ordinary Cubans, especially the fact that visas are no longer being granted on the island; now they must seek a visa in Colombia or Mexico and so they first need a visa to get to one of these countries.

Cuba’s most dynamic industry, tourism, will also suffer. The alleged threat of sonic attacks, plus the lack of consular services and US citizens being banned from traveling as individuals has made many US people cancel their trips.

After being mocked by social media, the US Department of State has accepted that a sonic weapon does not exist but it has come back with talk about a mysterious virus that was injected in Cuba.

This “Maine” seems to be targetting ordinary Cubans, these are the people who can no longer emigrate or visit their families. They are the entrepreneurs who lose out the most in tourism given the fact that US citizens prefer to stay at and eat in private businesses.

AirBnB, the company which put up thousands of US citizens in Cuban homes in 2016, has almost disappeared from the national market. Now, Trump is forcing US citizens to travel in groups and the only option for group holidays, because of the number of rooms needed, are State-run hotels.

This all seems to form a part of its economic war against Cuba and it seems to chase after the same objectives that the US Department of State outlined decades ago: to create hunger, misery and desperation among ordinary Cubans to push them to revolt against the government.

It’s the strategy of attacking the innocent, of pushing civil population to its limit so as to reach their political ends. The world calls these kinds of actions “terrorist”… when the people who are suffering the consequences aren’t from the US or Europe.

 

The “sonic Maine”, just like the ship that gave the US an excuse to enter into a war with Cuba, will end up at the bottom of the sea, after it reaches its objectives.

18 thoughts on “US State Department without Evidence against Cuba

  • The Rubio hearing contested of a single medical witness giving a medical opinion that the injuries were consistent with non natural head trauma. Most of the rest of the hearing consisted of the self testimony by Senator Rubio including as fact that the anti Castro Cubans do not have the capability and no one in this rooms believe they would do this and the US government does have such a weapon, would not use it and does not know how this was done.

    Thanks for the assurance Senator Rubio we would never ever believe a government that use drones as weapons of terror, calls unnecessary military murder collateral damage, tortures prisoners, runs a prison where people are held for years without trial, who’s police shoot first, try’s to assinated other countries leaders, and collects mounds of internet data would do such a thing.

    Kim O’Brien
    Texas, USA

  • Yes, it sucks that countries as small and ill-suited as Cuba continue to expand scarce resources for spy services. It is also sad that countries as big and wealthy as the US divert such grand sums to equally dated behavior. But such is the world we live in, isn’t it?

  • You mention successes…….
    Perhaps you’re referring to the successful re-branding of ‘torture’?
    They now call it ‘enhanced interrogation’ don’t they?
    Classy.

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