Donna Brazile Ignores Cyber-Repression

Thursday, June 9, 2011
As we should all know by now (but it's worth repeating) -- all high-profile delegations (or junkets) to Cuba must be vetted and pre-approved by the Castro regime.

(Actually, all visits to Cuba must be vetted and pre-approved by the Castro regime, but that's another issue).

The organizers of these junkets usually seek to distort Cuba's repressive reality.

Thus, the regime welcomes them with open-arms.

However, many times their participants have good intentions.

Unfortunately though, their lack of experience (naivete) regarding repressive regimes makes them useful and susceptible.

Case and point is this
tweet from Havana by Democratic strategist Donna Brazile (who forms part of the Center for Democracy in the America's current junket):

"Never thought I would hustle for a signal to communicate given my love for technology. #Cuba needs to modernized and connect more buildings."

Brazile seems to attribute the lack of connectivity in Cuba to an investment and infrastructure problem -- as opposed to Castro's cyber-repression.

So here's a crash course from Freedom House:

Despite a slight loosening of restrictions on the sale of computers in 2008 and the important growth of mobile-phone infrastructure in 2009 and 2010, Cuba remains one of the world's most repressive environments for the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). There is almost no access to internet applications other than e-mail, and surveillance is extensive, including special software designed to monitor and control many of the island's public internet-access points.

And from cyber-specialist and California State Professor Larry Page's site:

Only foreign people with permanent resident visas, foreign students, and business with foreign capital can get Internet accounts, and that those dial up accounts have all ports open.

Fortunately for Brazile, she's a foreign guest in Castro's Cuba.

The Cuban people aren't so lucky.