All photos by Bill Hackwell except where credited otherwise
This is one of those stories that leaves you with your mouth open saying: How can that be?
Five Cubans have been in jail in the United States for over ten years for what would have earned them a presidential medal if they had been working for the US government.
They infiltrated terrorist groups to gather information on their next attacks and they warned their government so it could be on the alert.
The fact is for the last five decades Cuba has been the target of right wing extremist organizations, allowed to train and operate out of Southern Florida with the support of the old guard exile community. Their record includes plane and hotel bombings and assassinations in Cuba, the US and other countries.
Havana Times asked Bill Hackwell -a documentary photographer who has followed the Cuban Five case and the people involved for the last eight years- to tell the story with his photographs.
For those of you who wish to read in-depth articles and interviews about the case we recommend the following:
- Wife of Freed Cuban Agent Interviewed
- Cuba “Hero” Wants to Go Home
- Cuban 5 Case Rejected by High Court
- Cuban 5 Case to US Supreme Court
- The Cuban Five
- The Cuban Five and US Terrorism
- Cuban Exiles Wage War of Terror
- The Singular Story of the Cuban Five
- Justice for the Cuban Five
If you are looking for a way to help right a colossal wrong, check out: http://www.thecuban5.org
|Why Gather Information on Terrorists?
|Instead of arresting the terrorists the FBI put the undercover informers on trial
|The Cuban Five spent 17 months in solitary confinement after their arrest on September 13, 1998. In 2001, they received long prison terms and were scattered around the country to five different maximum security penitentiaries.
|Back home the Cuban 5 are considered heroes and even school children have a notion of the injustice committed against them.
|While the case is now before the US Supreme Court, the cause of the Cuban Five draws support from around the world.