See, in Youtube
This is the
story of the Cuban Five, five men in U.S. prisons. The five who? Cuba?
at the beginning. You know Cuba is an island off the coast of Florida. The
people there made a revolution in 1959 and the U.S. government broke diplomatic
relations. Not much has changed, the conflict continues.
over the years, some Cubans who didn't like the way things were going moved to
Miami and started organizing terrorist attacks against their own country. Many
people were killed. More than 3,000...
government didn’t do a thing to stop these attacks. Terrorism organized in U.S.
territory. They even supported some of these groups. Cuba had to defend itself.
In 1992, a
few men were sent to Florida to gather information about these groups, keep
tabs on them, try and stop the attacks. To save lives in Cuba and in the United
September 12, 1998, the FBI arrested the Five and accused them of espionage.
Espionage? Remember, the Five were only interested in these terrorists. But
they were arrested and kept in the “hole”, isolated for 17 months. Their
lawyers weren't allowed to see whatever evidence supposedly existed against
them, to get ready for the trial.
was the trial? In the same city, right there in Miami, where the terrorists
were planning their attacks on Cuba. No two ways about it. The five were denied
their right to a fair trial. The environment was in no way impartial. Miami was
hysterical about the case. No surprise that the jury felt the pressure and
found The Five guilty.
given incredibly long sentences. One got two life sentences, plus 15 years.
then, appeals have been filed, but no luck. Interesting, in 2005, a three judge
panel in Atlanta overturned the Miami trial, said it was totally biased,
unfair. But the prosecution appealed and the full Atlanta court of 11 judges
overruled their own colleagues and restored the original verdict. grrr
years, people all around the world have demanded that the Five be released.
Nobel prize winners, artists, organizations of all kinds have spoken up for
happened? Today, in 2014, two of the Five are free. They completed their
sentences in full and returned to Cuba.
The other three are still in prison.
The Cuban people and government continue to demand their freedom. They are
innocent, but they're still in prison. For saving human lives. 16 years
is too long.