Fidel: Alpha 66 Was Preparing to Assassinate Castro and Chavez
- JUVENTUD REBELDE
May 1, 2006
Alpha 66 Was Preparing to Assassinate Presidents Castro and Chavez
The anti-Cuban terrorist organization Alpha 66, in collaboration with
the US government, trained several of its members as part of plans to
assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President
Fidel Castro revealed details of Alpha 66's long history of terrorist
activities, during an address at Havana's Revolution Square on
occasion of International Workers' Day, May Day, in front of more
than a million people.
The recent arrest of Robert Ferro, a member of the US-based
organization and former member of the US Special Forces, is only the
latest example in the group's long standing record of violence, said
Fidel. He explained that when Ferro was asked about the virtual war
arsenal that was discovered in his house, the terrorist declared that
it was intended for actions against Cuba.
Commander Fidel Castro also lashed out at Bush's friendly relations
with Alpha 66, citing a letter of support that the US president had
sent the organization in the summer, in which he expressed his esteem
and understanding of the paramilitary group's ideas.
President Castro took time to reveal some of Alpha 66's history,
especially actions conducted from California including military
training received by a group of Cubans and Nicaraguans in San
Bernardino in 1982. He noted that these activities were not
considered illegal by US authorities as they felt they did not
constitute a threat.
Fidel Castro pointed out that in 1996 a report was presented that
documented a sharp increase in the violent activities of this
paramilitary group in California and that it was receiving support
from former US Special Forces members of Cuban origin.
In 1999, two terrorist who have a long association with Luis Posada
Carriles-Rene Cruz and Ernesto Penalver-were in California and became
involved in an assassination attempt being planned against Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, asserted Fidel.
Details of the plot revealed that Cuban and Venezuelan terrorists
were to be sent from the US to a third country and then on to Caracas
with the support of several wealthy groups of Venezuelans. However,
the attempt was thwarted thanks to timely revelations made by Cuba.
Nonetheless, said Fidel Castro, the US government has never conducted
the in-depth investigation that these delicate accusations deserve.