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Nuevo giro en asesinato de fiscal venezolano, 11/10/05

Miami FBI: terrorism, drugs,
and politics

by Felix Martinez, updated 3/25/00

Murder and Drug Running in Montana, 2/98

Fatal Crash Raises Questions: Did Florida Investigators Try to Protect FBI Agent at Expense of Victims? , 3/00

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The Miami FBI Office

Here we track news stories about the Miami FBI office, long rumored to be close to the self appointed right wing leadership of the Cuban exile commnunity.  As you can see below, there are many disturbing issues raised by extensive published materials.  Felix Martinez, a professor at one of Florida's universities, has brought together some of this material and offers his comments.

And, as an example of the integrity of the Miami FBI office, we point to a story that went national on ABC's 20/20, where an FBI agent killed two young men of Jamaican descent and was protected by his fellow agents who shielded him from an investigation: Fatal Crash Raises Questions: Did Florida Investigators Try to Protect FBI Agent at Expense of Victims?

See also background on the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), whose name is intertwined with these events.

FBI mishandled Florida terror investigation: NYT, 12/5/05

NEW YORK (Reuters) - FBI officials mishandled a Florida terror investigation, falsified documents to try to cover mistakes and retaliated against an agent who complained about the problems, The New York Times reported in its Sunday edition. 

Citing a draft report of an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general's office, a copy of which was obtained by the newspaper, the Times said that in one instance correction fluid was used to alter dates on three FBI forms to conceal an apparent violation of federal wiretap law. It was not known who altered the forms.

The case dates to 2002, the Times said, when the FBI's Tampa office opened a terror investigation into whether laundered money, possibly connected to a drug outfit, might be used to finance terrorists overseas. The FBI was considering initiating an undercover operation and asked an agent with expertise in the area to take part.

But the agent, Mike German, soon told FBI officials the Orlando agent handling the case had "so seriously mishandled" the investigation that a prime opportunity to expose a terrorist financing plot had been wasted. The report however concluded that "there was no viable terrorism case."

But the draft report, dated November 15, said German, who left the bureau last year after he said his career was derailed after the Florida incident, was "retaliated against" by his boss, who stopped using him for prestigious assignments in training new undercover agents.

FBI spokesman Michael Kortan told the Times the bureau had not been briefed on the findings but said that once it did get the report, "if either misconduct or other wrongdoing is found we will take appropriate action."

The report said the inspector general found the FBI had "mishandled and mismanaged" the investigation and said supervisors were aware of problems in the case but did not take prompt action to correct them.

Once German raised his concerns, an unidentified agent in Orlando "improperly added inaccurate dates to the investigative reports in order to make it appear as though the reports were prepared earlier," the inspector general found, according to the Times.

Correction fluid was used to backdate forms that the main informant had signed as part of a bugging operation, in which he agreed that he had to be present for all undercover taping. The alteration was significant, the report found, because the informant had taped a 2002 meeting with suspects but left the recorder unattended while he used the restroom, in violation of federal law.

The report also said that after German began making his complaints about the case, the head of the FBI undercover unit, Jorge Martinez, froze him out of teaching assignments in undercover training and told one agent that he would "never work another undercover case." 

Nuevo giro en asesinato de fiscal venezolano, 11/10/05


El Nuevo Herald

U
n testigo del gobierno de Venezuela en la investigación de la muerte del fiscal Danilo Anderson, aseguró que un director del FBI de apellido Pesquera y un funcionario de la CIA a quien sólo identificó como Morrison, participaron en una reunión en Panamá en la que se planeó el asesinato del funcionario.

La versión ha sido rechazada categóricamente por personas que también fueron implicadas por el testigo clave del Ministerio Público, Giovani José Vásquez De Armas.

El Nuevo Herald intentó obtener una versión de Héctor Pesquera, quien fue director de la división de Miami del FBI hasta diciembre del 2003 y ahora es asesor de la Oficina del Alguacil del condado Broward (BSO).

Elizabeth Calzadilla, portavoz del organismo, dijo que Pesquera no está emitiendo comentarios sobre temas ajenos a su labor en BSO.

Vásquez, quien se identificó como médico colombiano militante de las Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), dijo que Pesquera y Morrison estuvieron presentes entre el 4 y el 6 de septiembre del 2003 en una reunión que se realizó en Darién, una provincia panameña limítrofe con Colombia.

A la misma reunión asistieron además, según Vásquez, la periodista Patricia Poleo como representante del Movimiento Libertad; Salvador Romaní, hijo del líder anticastrista del mismo nombre que actualmente reside en Miami; los ex policías Rolando Guevara, Otoniel Guevara y Pedro Lander; el actor Orlando Urdaneta, el capitán Luis García como representante de la organización anticastrista Comando F4, e Israel Pincheski como representante de los banqueros.

''Allí se discutió el plan apoyado por el FBI y la CIA'', continuó Vásquez, ``y algunos presidentes de medios de comunicación para sacar a Chávez del gobierno. En esa misma reunión se dice que el objetivo final era matar al presidente Chávez, al fiscal general y a un connotado líder opositor de apellido Mendoza''.

El fiscal Anderson murió en Caracas en noviembre del 2004 luego de que su automóvil explotó.

Salvador Romaní padre negó que su hijo hubiese viajado a la supuesta reunión conspirativa.

''Como decimos los cubanos, es un paquete que no supieron envolverlo. Los argumentos de la fiscalía no tienen base de sustentación probatoria, son simples elucubraciones por lo demás contradictorias'', dijo Romaní.

Su hijo, explicó, estuvo en Panamá en el 2001, cuando en calidad de gerente de seguridad de Ipostel (el servicio de correo estatal venezolano), fue enviado allí a un congreso internacional de correos.

''Fue junto a otra persona, un capitán del Ejército que había sido dado de baja cuando el golpe del 4 de febrero. Ese es el único viaje que ha hecho mi hijo a Panamá'', aseguró Romaní, que es vicepresidente de la Junta Patriótica Cubana en Miami.

Para continuar con el planeamiento de los asesinatos se realizó otra reunión, esta vez en Miami, según Vásquez.

Una tercera reunión se llevó a cabo en Maracaibo, Venezuela, el 3 o el 4 de marzo del 2004, en un apartamento propiedad de las AUC, agregó.

Entre los asistentes, de acuerdo con el testigo, estaba el ex policía Johan Peña.

''Todo esto es una mentira enorme, yo no conozco a ese señor colombiano, es una fantasía del fiscal, no sé cómo llegaron a este cuento'', dijo Peña a El Nuevo Herald en Miami.

Peña, quien fue imputado en la causa como autor intelectual, está a la espera de una decisión sobre su solicitud de asilo político.

 

Miami FBI: terrorism, drugs, and politics
by Felix Martinez, 3/9/00, updated 3/25/00

Some have said that the FBI Office in Miami works hand in glove with the Cuban American Right in Miami. When the Miami FBI office arrested Cuban-born INS agent Mariano Faget for espionage, the Cuban government accused the Miami FBI office of framing him.  In an article in Granma, Havana's daily newspaper, the Miami FBI was described as headed by the brother of an attorney who represented one of several Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) terrorists caught by the US in a small boat off Puerto Rico. They were on a mission to assassinate Fidel Castro...  The charges were dismissed after an all out effort by the right wing CANF to sway the jury. We might well ask, what is going on here?  If we go by published reports alone, there are a lot of interesting and disturbing materials, once you start putting it together.

Hector M. Pesquera has been Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Miami FBI office since February 1999 -- see AP article on Hector's nomination to SAC, "Special agent from Puerto Rico named FBI chief in Miami," (2/98).  The attorney who got a Cuban American National Foundation associate off from attempted assassination charges in Puerto Rico is Ricardo Pesquera -- see IPS article on a CANF plotter's lawyer, "POLITICS-US: Tug-of-War on Cuba Policy,"  (5/98).  Interestingly enough, Hector Pesquera became SAC in 2/98 when the CANF case was in full swing. And even more interesting, he was SAC in Puerto Rico while the case broke:

"You don't go out on a fishing expedition with .50 caliber weapons," said Hector M. Pesquera, chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's office in San Juan. "It doesn't compute. We have got to pursue this. Most likely, additional defendants and counts will be added."

This is from the New York Times article, "Investigation Leads to Plot to Kill Castro by Powerful Cuban Lobby," 3/5/99.

Is Hector the brother of Ricardo?  Don't know yet, but there's more to come. A little noticed story that came in the wake of the arrest of the CANF hoods in the assassination attempt was "Castro death-plot defendant charged in drug case," in the Miami Herald January 25, 1999.  We are not talking small amounts:

"Juan Bautista Marquez ...was arrested again last week on a seven-count indictment accusing him of importing 365 kilos of cocaine, conspiracy to import up to 2,000 kilos and money laundering, said DEA spokeswoman Pam Brown."

This points to an oft recurring theme in the intelligence world: many terrorist activities and undeclared wars are financed through the drug trade.

Looking further, we find that the Canadian Mounties had a warrant out for Miami FBI agent Terry Nelson for felony drug conspiracy in 1998.  As the electronic measures defending the southern skies have been reinforced, drug cartels have increasingly turned to the northern US border as a softer target... Whatever happened to the Nelson case?   Is it a tip of the iceberg indication of the links between FBI and their supposed criminal targets, like the FBI - Bulger relationship in Boston? From a detailed article in 1998:

"The reported four-count sealed indictment in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan names FBI Special Agent Terry Nelson of the Miami FBI office, said to be the current head of FBI counter-intelligence in the Caribbean Basin." 

See "Miami Vice, Montana Blues" for the rest of this story.  Also take a look at "Murder and Drug Running in Montana,"   published in the Feb. 23, 1998 issue of The Washington Weekly for more on the context of agent Nelson's activities in Montana.

Let us also recall the important role that Cuban Americans in Miami have traditionally played in drug trafficking, as discussed in "Felix Rodriguez: Coca Contra Airport Manager."  What could the relationship be between the Cuban American Right, which has long financed its terrorist operations through drug smuggling, and an FBI office that seems to be up to its neck in white powder? For an indication of just how cosy that relationship is and the context within which it operates, see "Anti-Castro plots seldom lead to jail in U.S.," published 7/23/98 in the Miami Herald.

And finally, as an example of the professionalism and rectitude of the Miami FBI office, we can point to a story that went national March 9, 2000, on ABC's 20/20: a Miami FBI agent killed two righteous young men of Jamaican descent and was protected by his fellow agents who shielded him from an investigation and tampered with the evidence.  See "Fatal Crash Raises Questions: Did Florida Investigators Try to Protect FBI Agent at Expense of Victims?"

This brings us back to our starting point of Miami FBI's arrest of INS officer Mariano Faget.  José G. Pérez has delivered several lucid analyses of the weaknesses in that case and how the FBI sting was really a hoax from the beginning, with ever increasing theatrics, such as the FBI request to have any Faget attorney obtain a security clearance, thereby giving them control over who that attorney is: COINTELPRO Rises Again (2/19/00), and The Faget case: an attack on Elian's repatriation and the rights of all Americans, (3/7/00).

Clearly more work can be done on this story.  But we have established that there is a basis for grave concern over the integrity and functional capacity of the Miami FBI office.  We are encountering this corruption at a time when many communities continue to be torn apart by drugs and high levels of incarceration, thanks in part to racially motivated crack cocaine sentencing disparities and other measures. The local crack dealer gets these drugs from somewhere, they are not the ones importing 2,000 kilos.  It is a matter of grave national interest for the United States that this FBI office be brought under control.

Update: I view with great suspicion the new information that Hector Pesquera, the FBI SAC (Special Agent in Charge) in Miami, was the one who personally entrapped Faget:

"The FBI set up a sting  operation to test whether Faget could keep a secret.   

Hector Pesquera, special agent in charge of the Miami FBI  office, visited Faget in his office and told him that Molina was  secretly planning to defect. He told Faget not to disclose the  information because it was classified. 

Twelve minutes later, Faget phoned childhood friend and  business associate Pedro Font in New York, and told him about  the supposed "defection," court documents said. " -- ABC News, 3/24 http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/reuters20000324_3169.html

So the Cuban diplomat Imperatori was expelled on Hector's whim. And no news media appear to be making the connections.  How curious!

And finally, as a bonus, the agent now quoted as spokesman for the Miami FBI office is none other that our friend Terry Nelson, freshly back from the wilds of Montana and the travails of large scale cocaine trafficking!!!!!!!!

Update 10/03:

Interview with Chip Tatum, Regarding Terry Nelson & Montana Drugs, Chuck Hayes, etc., 3/4/98  www.aci.net/kalliste/tatumint.htm

TATUM: Not at all. That house I met Terry Nelson at in southeast Florida was Bush's mother's house.

QUESTION: Is that right?

TATUM: Yes. Nelson sits right on top. He carries the badge of any agency he wants. He'll never come down over this.

QUESTION: He will never come down?

TATUM: Never.

A longer version appears on
www.stewwebb.com/I-CIA%20Gene%20Chip%20Tatum%20FBI%20
Terry%20Nelson%20&%20Montana%20Drugs%20032797.html

Entry in NamaBase:
www.namebase.org/xnau/Terry-_28fbi_29-Nelson.html

Skolnick's Report, 3/18/01- www.skolnicksreport.com/pgate.html

"An aircraft departs Colombia, flies to the Bahamas to rest and refuel, and then, when a weather window opens, continues the flight to Nova Scotia or Quebec. Again, rest and refuel. Then continue to a US-Canadian border landing strip." The former operative goes on to detail the acts and doings of FBI Senior Agent Terry Nelson, of southern Florida FBI office, who has business and relatives near the U.S., Montana-Canada border "Nelson not only recruits the law enforcement officials and politicians he needs, he can also supply data from the law enforcement arena such as the DEA NADDIS computer, Customs TECS II, EPIC, FBI, and others involved in ongoing investigations. Nelson then provides this intelligence to his drug contacts. This helps obstruct any investigation and diffuse potential problems. Terry Nelson, a senior agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, continues to provide his valuable services to drug cartels and others who will pay his fee, out of his FBI office in southern Florida." Excerpts from "DRUGGING AMERICA" by Rodney Stich, page 297, and page 294 as to Barry Seal, chapter on "Montana Drug Gateway". 1999, Diabolo Western Press, P.O. Box 5, Alamo, California 94507.

We are please to see our story cited on NativeWeb, under the Leonard Peltier directory:
ishgooda.nativeweb.org/peltier/cointelpro/miamifbi.htm
"You can shackle the man, but not the spirit."


Special agent from Puerto Rico named FBI chief in Miami
02/09/98 Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, 2/9/98 -  Hector M. Pesquera, FBI special agent in charge in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, was named special agent in charge in Miami, FBI director Louis J. Freeh announced Monday.

Pesquera, 51, replaces Paul R. Philip, who last month joined the office of Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas to help fight corruption and crime.

Pesquera, a 22-year agency veteran, became assistant special agent in charge in San Juan in 1992 and assumed his current post in 1995. He previously worked in Miami; Tampa, Fla.; Montevideo; Uruguay and at the FBI's Washington headquarters as a foreign counterintelligence supervisor.

In San Juan, Pesquera supervised an anti-gang Safe Streets Task Force that has targeted drug trafficking and carjackings. He also supervised the creation of four regional enforcement teams targeting gang activity.

[For the rest of this article, see http://www.naplesnews.com/today/florida/d109122a.htm

POLITICS-US: Tug-of-War on Cuba Policy
By Abid Aslam , IPS, 5/10/98

WASHINGTON, May 10 (IPS) - Two reports circulating in the United States during the past week illustrate the tug-of-war that is still going in regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba...

... according to 'The New York Times':

- Government officials said their investigation of last October's plot against Castro's life has led them to CANF leaders. The cabin cruiser La Esperanza, boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard on suspicion it was hauling drugs off Puerto Rico, belonged to a company owned by a CANF board member and two high- powered rifles found on board were registered to the Foundation's president.

- The boat set sail from a private dock in Florida owned by another Foundation member whose business partner is the group's treasurer.

- The Foundation raised more than one million dollars for both Republicans and Democrats, publicly advocated non-violence in seeking to change the Cuban regime, and forged close ties to every president since Ronald Reagan. Yet, the assassination attempt appeared to have been the deathbed wish of its founder, Jorge Mas Canosa, who was ''the behind-the-scenes architect of America's hard-line policies on Cuba before his death last year from lung cancer.''

If the enquiry concluded CANF leaders supported commando raids against Castro, ''that would weaken the organisation's credibility on Capitol Hill and leave an opening for those who favour a less confrontational approach to Cuba,'' the 'Times' asserted. A CANF spokesman had no comment on the report. Lawyers denied allegations against the men under investigation.

A stronger reaction came from Ricardo Pesquera, lawyer for Angel Alfonso Aleman, the man authorities said had told them the weapons on the cabin cruiser were his and he alone knew of the assassination plans. If officials took his client to trial, Pesquera told the newspaper, ''we will...atttack their hypocrisy.''

The lawyer, holding a sheaf of declassified U.S. intelligence documents, complained that ''for 30 years they tried to kill Castro and now they say others can't do the very same thing they were doing.''

The only charges brought so far have been against Alfonso and three other men on board the 'La Esperanza' last October. (END/IPS/aa/98)

From http://www.oneworld.org/ips2/may98/05_02_008.html


Canadian RCMP Justice Inquiry Info
by Yellowstone Sam  January 20, 1998

...Paul Richardson has gotten himself real unpopular in Montana. He writes for one of the largest Native American newspapers, "Indian Country Today". Paul became interested in a story which originated from a group of Assiniboine-Sioux on the Fort Peck Reservation. The Fort Peck group claims a Miami, Florida based FBI agent Terry Nelson and some others have been smuggling heroin and cocaine on their reservation. Billion dollar shipments of tons of heroin and cocaine.

Well, lots of crazy people claim lots of things don't they ?? So Paul Richardson (tel:605-341-0011) thought he'd prove these uppity indiginous people wrong. FBI involved in drug dealing !!! "You must be joking," Paul thought as he dialed the phone to contact sources at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) offices in Regina, Saskatchewan. Soon Paul Richardson was stunned.

I imagine the conversation went something like this : "Yes, inded Mr Richardon we do have a felony drug conspiracy warrant against Miami FBI agent Terry Nelson, and as you well know Sir, we always get our man..eh." Probably the line was delivered by a square jawed, flat brimmed hat adorned, red coated Mountie with typically serene politeness. Well, maybe not.

But the RCMP did advise journalist Richardon there were felony warrants outstanding for the intrepid FBI agent Terry Nelson. A warrant also exists for Mr Nelson's failure to appear in court. Other information begins to turn up as well. Terry Nelson owns a lot of houses all over everywhere. He's got a beautiful place in Montreal.Got a nice place mear Miami, too. He's even got a place in Kentucky some say. Mr Nelson has done very well for himself.

So, how does one go about contacting the RCMP in Regina? Well. It helps to be a journalist, lawyer, or a law enforcement officer, but the matter is public record. Here are a few starter phone numbers for you news hungry newshounds.

RCMP- Saskatchewan Provinvial Offices

  • (306) 842-4651
  • (306) 927-2455
  • (306) 780-5560

Information concerning RCMP Justice Inquiry

  • (306)787-8971

With a little chutzpah a person can even find out who the investigators were. And, if you're starting from scratch you can even figure out how to get some of the flight plans. Be sure to ask about the airstrips around Weyburn.

As far as I know there's never been a case where a US FBI agent has been indicted for conspiracy to deliver and/or distribute drugs in any other country. You are surely aware there's been suspicions, such as the investigation of the FBI agent in Bogota, Columbia who is suspected of selling the entire DEA database to the Cali-Medellin cartel. That's just a blip on the screne when you realize agent Terry Nelson's operation involves billions of dollars in heroin and cocaine. Where Oh Where could somebody spend that kind of money ???? Oh boy.

...But hey it ain't over yet. There's still some other details to pick up on. Things like the financial transactions involving billions of dollars of heroin and cocaine money. Can it be traced ?? Sure. As soon as permission is given I'll even start providing you with the names of pilots and Canadian undercover drug informants. They'll be able to help with the details, and we'll gladly refute the Main Justice story that FBI agent was "working undercover" and that "it was all just a mistake".Maybe somebody at Main Justice in Washington D.C. can explain why four law enforcemnt officers lost their jobs in Chinook when they began to track drug flights.Or why City councilman Hobbs' investigation was spiked in Sidney. Or why a few witnesses ended up dead on the Fort Peck reservation.

Oh yea...(to quote Detective Colombo) did you know that FBI agent Terry Nelson is involved with one of the top secret Operational Subgroups (OSG)? Stay tuned.

See http://www.copi.com/articles/Montana/980120YS.html for the rest of the article

Miami Vice, Montana Blues?

FBI Agent Implicated in Montana 'Big Sky Cartel'
by Documentary Filmmaker Daniel Hopsicker
© MadCow Productions, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

In a stunning reminder that the last major scandal which engulfed America was successfully covered up, a former Iran/Contra operative stationed in Miami has reportedly been indicted as the ringleader of a massive drug smuggling operation that could reveal that Oliver North's infamous Enterprise is still operational. The reported four-count sealed indictment in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan names FBI Special Agent Terry Nelson of the Miami FBI office, said to be the current head of FBI counter-intelligence in the Caribbean Basin.

In a related development, court documents recently unearthed also implicate Special Agent Nelson as taking part in a government ring providing protection for the so-called Dixie Mafia drug running organization. Including previously-sealed court transcripts concerning some of the biggest drug trials of the 80's, (like that of General Manuel Noriega) the newly-uncovered files contain damaging information about Federal Judges, U.S. Attorneys, DEA, Customs, and Coast Guard officials, and at least one U.S. Senator, all acting in concert to protect from discovery and prosecution an operation importing tons of cocaine and other illegal drugs, often under the cloak of federally-sanctioned law enforcement 'sting' operations.

...And according to court documents in our possession, investigators discovered that during the height of the drug trafficking through John Hull's ranch in Central America, FBI Special Agent Terry Nelson of the Miami office owned the ranch next door...

... in October of 1988 FBI Agent Nelson was informed about one such massive operation, involving approximately ten flights of cocaine weighing 8-10 tons EACH, scheduled for importation into the United States.

This information came to light over a year later when a commercial warehouse in Selma California was discovered to contain 20 tons of cocaine, that had arrived as part of this so-called Operation Trampoline. At the subsequent trial, Mr. Nelson's prior knowledge of these flights was established, but somehow not found interesting enough to warrant further investigation.

Thus Nelson is suspected--by more than a few knowledgeable observers of the passing Miami parade-to have been involved with a cabal of corrupt government officials that includes federal judges, U.S. Attorneys, DEA agents, Customs and Coast Guard officers, local sheriffs and state law enforcement.

Some of these government officials, named as Nelson associates in court proceedings, have already been convicted of drug trafficking felonies. Others are suspected of using their positions of trust --government law enforcement positions and judicial and prosecutorial appointments in America's so-called 'War on Drugs'-- to directly aid and abet a drug trafficking network estimated to have imported into the United States billions of dollars worth of cocaine and other narcotics from Central and South America.

Nelson is a figure of enough prominence within this community to have been labeled by one wag as "the Bureau's Liaison Officer with the Dark Side."

For the full article, see: http://www.copi.com/articles/Montana/MiamiVice/

See also the Deep Times site, http://www.copi.com, and their page on Montana, which covers the Miami FBI story and its ramifications deep into the heartland: http://www.copi.com/articles/Montana/

Anti-Castro plots seldom lead to jail in U.S.

Published Thursday, July 23, 1998, in the Miami Herald
Anti-Castro plots seldom lead to jail in U.S.
By JUAN O. TAMAYO
Herald Staff Writer

Anti-Castro militant Tony Bryant still chuckles when he recalls the FBI agents who interviewed him after a 14-foot boat, loaded with high explosives and registered in his name, turned up near Havana.

``They said, `You could hurt someone. Don't do it again,'  said Bryant, former member of the Miami-based Comando L paramilitary group. ``I promised not to do it again, and they went away.

Amid reports that Cuban exile leaders financed bombings in Havana, conspirators, cops and prosecutors agree that anti-Castro plotting in South Florida is not only common but almost tolerated.

In fact, law enforcement's unspoken policy for years has been to spy on anti-Castro militants and disrupt their plots rather than jail them, said several of the region's current and former prosecutors.

``From long ago, there's been a policy . . . to gather intelligence and demobilize these people, to disrupt rather than arrest, said one former senior federal prosecutor.

The policy is designed to preserve informants and avoid prosecutions that seem unlikely to succeed because of juries sympathetic to anti-Castro exiles and because of the weakness of U.S. laws that bar violent acts against foreign governments.

A risky policy

But it's also risky: It allows cops to get too cozy with long-term informants. It focuses too much on ``hard actions such as boat raids and too little on less palpable acts such as the financing of attacks.

Worse still, the dearth of convictions may have promoted a lax law enforcement atmosphere in which exiles came to believe they had a yellow light to plot attacks on President Fidel Castro's regime.

``There is no doubt that it has given comfort to people who should otherwise feel insecure about engaging in illegal activities, said Jeff Feldman, a former U.S. prosecutor who lost a case against Cuban exiles who shipped weapons to Nicaraguan rebels in 1985.

Miami has been a hotbed of anti-Castro plotting since the early 1960s, some with direct or indirect U.S. approval but most, especially since the 1970s, in fairly clear violation of U.S. neutrality laws.

``There's a conspiracy a day here, said Francisco Avila, a former military chief of the militant Alpha 66 group who admitted in 1992 that he was a double agent for the FBI and Castro. ``To stop it, you have to jail 100 percent of all Cubans.

For the rest of this story, see http://www.fiu.edu/~fcf/anticastronojail72398.html

Links

miami.fbi.gov

Canadian RCMP Justice Inquiry Info
by Yellowstone Sam  January 20, 1998
ishgooda.nativeweb.org/peltier/cointelpro/miamifbi.htm

TIME FOR TRUTH
Al Hauff

Gary Webb
http://www.shineon.org/2000/welcome.html

In August 1996, a San Jose Mercury News reporter named Gary Webb broke the story of his life, a three-part series titled Dark Alliance.

Webb's story documented the exploits of a Nicaraguan drug ring that sold cocaine on the streets of the U.S. to finance a CIA-backed war against the Sandinista government.

In the months that followed, Webb found himself the target of a vilification campaign led by the mainstream press, especially the New York Times and Los Angeles Times...

CIA's own "Report of Investigation Concerning Allegations of Connections
Between CIA and The Contras in Cocaine Trafficking to the United States"
(96-0143-IG)
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/cocaine/overview/index.html
Damning self indictment!

Northern Exposure
http://www.imt.net/~mtpatriot/snoball.htm
More details on the story of Miami FBI agent Terri Nelson's activities in Montana referenced above.

Exile group's officials facing indictment in anti-Castro plot   - [The CANF!]
The Miami Herald August 21, 1998
http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~delacova/cuba/indictment.htm

By ALFONSO CHARDY, GERARDO REYES and FABIOLA SANTIAGO
Herald Staff Writers

Two top officials of the influential Cuban American National Foundation [CANF] are expected to be indicted next week by a U.S. grand jury in Puerto Rico in a plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a trip to Venezuela's Margarita Island, their
attorneys said Thursday.

The indictment against foundation president Francisco ``Pepe'' Hernandez and director Jose Antonio ``Toñin'' Llama is expected to be issued Tuesday. It caps a vigorous investigation that began 10 months ago when the U.S. Coast Guard
stopped a boat carrying weapons, ammunition and military supplies off Puerto Rico.

See the rest at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~delacova/cuba/indictment.htm

Did Florida Investigators Try to Protect FBI Agent at Expense of Victims? 3/8/00

Fatal Crash Raises Questions
Did Florida Investigators Try to Protect FBI Agent at Expense of Victims?
ABC News: 20/20

FBI agent David Farrall was driving this Honda Accord before he was involved in a head-on collision last November on Interstate 95, north of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Farrall survived the crash, but the two young men in the other vehicle did not.

By Brian Ross and David Scott

March 8 Mother’s intuition woke Florence Thompson in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, 1999. Her eldest son, 23-year-old Maurice, had not returned from taking his 19-year-old brother Craig back to college. So Thompson dressed and set out to find them, following the route they had taken on Interstate 95 north to Florida Atlantic University.

When she saw flashing lights from emergency vehicles on the highway, Thompson faced her worst fears. My heart was racing, I was praying, ‘Dear God, don’t let it be them.

But it was. Both her sons had been killed in a head-on collision on the highway. One of the two cars involved had been traveling, inexplicably, against traffic with its headlights off.  Before the fatal collision, Maurice Williams and Craig Chambers had been riding in the Kia.

The Florida Highway Patrol quickly announced before the tire marks were analyzed and with traffic homicide investigators on the scene for barely an hour that Thompson’s sons had caused the accident. The other driver, FBI Agent David Richard Farrall, who survived the crash, was determined to be the victim.

How is that possible? Thompson says she asked a trooper on the scene. They were in the northbound lane and they were going to Boca [Raton], a point north of the accident site.And he just said all he knew was they were going the wrong way, Thompson remembers.

FHP Admits ‘Mistakes’

The Florida Highway Patrol reversed that conclusion one month later. The case has raised suspicion that the FHP may have tried to cover up the true cause of the crash in order to protect an FBI agent. And an ABCNEWS investigation has found that the patrol knew or had reason to know within days if not hours that Farrall had caused the deadly crash after a night of drinking with another agent.

The FHP and the FBI deny any effort to protect the agent or cover up the true cause of the crash. The FHP’s Capt. David Brierton says it was all an honest mistake. There was no cover-up. This was a misinterpretation of physical evidence, he says. What the patrol calls simple mistakes in the crash investigation are interpreted differently by criminologist Geoffrey Alpert of the University of South Carolina.

Law enforcement officers will give the benefit of the doubt to other law enforcement officers in any situation, says Alpert. I think the troopers misinterpreted the evidence because they wanted to blame the other people and not the law enforcement officer.   That view may be supported by what one of the patrol’s traffic homicide investigators on the scene that night later told supervisors during an internal inquiry into the case. Cpl. Kevin Roy recalls, I might have been a little quick to think the agent was going northbound instead of southbound because of what the troopers told me and I guess I just wanted to believe it.

Investigation Questioned

The patrol insists there was no special treatment for the agent, but the night of the accident, the troopers never tested Farrall for alcohol or drugs. The FHP later learned that Farrall had a blood-alcohol content of .17, more then twice the legal limit, only because the hospital that treated Farrall checked his blood and a hospital worker leaked the hospital test results to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

The handling of another key piece of evidence has raised questions about the patrol’s investigation. A tape of several 911 calls was publicly released by the patrol after the accident. But the only call in which the caller provides a description of the vehicle going the wrong way was withheld.

Now being made public for the first time on 20/20 Wednesday, the caller describes the wrong-way car as black in color. Thompson’s sons drove a light beige KIA. Farrall drove a dark green Honda that looks almost black under the highway lights.

But for an entire month following the crash, the patrol did not publicly correct its mistaken determination of the cause. And Thompson was made to suffer the injury of losing her sons and the insult of their being wrongfully blamed for weeks after the crash.

On Dec. 23, the patrol finally apologized to the dead men’s family, announcing that Farrall had been driving against highway traffic on the night of the crash. Maj. Richard Carpenter of the FHP said: It’s been determined from the physical evidence that the Farrall vehicle was in fact going the wrong way on the interstate at the time of the collision.

Suspicion of FBI Cover-Up

When the patrol did begin to focus on Agent Farrall, it found the FBI less than forthcoming. Farrall had been moved inside North Broward Medical Center under an assumed name. When patrol investigators inquired, hospital personnel told them no such patient existed. A tip led investigators to the room where Farrall was recovering, but FBI agents standing guard at his door turned them away.

It was interpreted by our investigators that there was some interference, the FHP’s Brierton told ABCNEWS.  Later, under subpoena, two FBI agents, including the second-in-charge at the Miami office, testified that they knew the night of the crash that Farrall had been drinking. Yet these agents failed to inform patrol authorities.

There’s no excuse for that. That’s very critical information that he knew, and should have been passed on to the investigating body, says Alpert.

Farrall now faces vehicular homicide charges in Florida state criminal court in a trial set to begin in late March. Through his attorney, Bruce Udolf, Farrall entered an innocent plea. He maintains he was traveling in the correct direction the night of the accident. In court, Udolf told the judge, We intend to prove that the charges in this case are based on a very sloppy and mistaken investigation.  Lawyers for the family of the men killed in the crash fear that the defense can establish enough reasonable doubt to help the agent win acquittal by pointing to the flaws in the patrol’s investigation. For Florence Thompson, that would be a final bitter pill to swallow.

Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has ordered the state Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the Florida Highway Patrol’s handling of the case.

For the full article, see http://abcnews.go.com/onair/2020/2020_000308_FBI_feature.html

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