Now that “contractor” Allan Gross has been found guilty of spying and sentenced to prison in Cuba, it’s time to suck up our pride and exchange some prisoners. The “Cuban Five” are also convicted spies, but for those who don’t know The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami in 2001. But the Five pointed out vigorously in their defense that they were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba. The Five’s actions were never directed at the U.S. government. They never harmed anyone nor ever possessed nor used any weapons while in the United States. This is a video I did when the Committee to Free the Five put up a billboard in Hollywood, Ca.
http://wn.com/cuban_five_billboard,_hollywood,_ca [See video below.]
Although insisting that Gross is just a tourist, it is clear that he was in Cuba conducting activities which were illegal in that country. This article by Phil Peters of The Cuban Triangle points it out.
And Tracey Eaton, the former Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Havana, who created the Cuba Money Project, takes a close look at the billions that have gone to the company which hired Mr. Gross.
Jim Ryerson is a documentary film producer specializing on Cuba, which he’s visited more than 30 times. He formerly worked as a television news reporter in Los Angeles, and has won numerous national and international awards for his work His documentary on the U.S. embargo, Looking for Cuba has been on the film festival circuit, and he has 3 other documentary projects regarding Cuban music, art and culture. You can read his blog and see clips from their films at http://www.cubaconnections.org.
Cuban Five Billboard, Hollywood, CA
FreeTheFive on Feb 4, 2008
Press conference held Jan. 31, 2008 to unveil a billboard in Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA, demanding freedom for the Cuban Five. For more information visit http://www.freethefive.org