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Fidel: Alpha 66 Was Preparing to Assassinate Castro and Chavez

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  • Walter Lippmann
    JUVENTUD REBELDE May 1, 2006 Alpha 66 Was Preparing to Assassinate Presidents Castro and Chavez The anti-Cuban terrorist organization Alpha 66, in
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      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
      Hugo Chavez.

      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.
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