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segunda-feira, 15 de setembro de 2014

Discover The Five

                                        

Publicado em 09/09/2014
More info: http://www.discoverthefive.com/
This is the story of the Cuban Five, five men in U.S. prisons. The five who? Cuba?
Let's
start 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.
Anyway, 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...
The U.S. 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 States.
OK, on 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.
So, where 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.
They were given incredibly long sentences. One got two life sentences, plus 15 years.
OK.
Since 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
Over the 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 them.
So,
what's 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.

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