Obama's Rescission Memo: Accepts Castro's Lies, Admits Cuba Harbors Terrorists

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Yesterday, President Obama transmitted his decision to the U.S. Congress to rescind Cuba from the state-sponsors of terrorism.

As required by law, he submitted an accompanying "Memorandum of Justification for Rescission."

The resulting five-page Memorandum proves that Obama's decision was not based on "fact and law" -- as he committed to the American people -- but on deception and negligence.

The memo is divided into three parts:

1. Obama accepts Castro's lies.

Half of the Memorandum is dedicated to quoting statements and speeches by Fidel and Raul Castro "condemning" terrorist acts throughout the years, while they were -- in fact -- actually supporting terrorism.

It even quotes Castro's "expression of solidarity" with the U.S. after 9/11, but conveniently ignores the conspiracy theories about the attacks that were propagated by Fidel; and most egregiously, how Cuban intelligence deliberately planted false information to mislead U.S. investigators.

As was reported at the time:

"In the six months after the 9/11 attacks, up to 20 Cubans walked into U.S. embassies around the world and offered information on terrorism threats. Eventually, all were deemed to be Cuban intelligence agents and collaborators, purveying fabricated information."

Even more mind-numbing is that Obama accepts as "fact" a recently transmitted declaration to the Administration stating:

"The Government of Cuba has never supported, nor will ever support any act of terrorism."

Seriously?

Just ask Castro's favorite pupil, Carlos "the Jackal" -- or ETA, FARC, ELN, PLO, M-19, Medellin Cartel, Montoneros, Macheteros, FLN, EGP, MIR, IRA, FALN, NLF, MRTA or PFLP, just to name a few of the international terrorist groups trained, financed and abetted by the Cuban regime.

How can Obama even consider accepting "assurances" on terrorism from a regime that falsely (and absurdly) claims it has never supported terrorism in the first place?

That makes any such "assurances" automatically worthless and untrustworthy.

2. Obama accepts Castro's recent violations of international accords.

The Memorandum then tries to justify the rescission by citing international counter-terrorism accords that the Castro regime has signed, including some it hasn't even ratified.

Seriously?

The Castro regime has just gotten caught twice in the last eighteen months violating international accords.

Last year, Cuba was found in violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions for illegally trafficking heavy weapons to North Korea hidden as sugar. As the U.N. Panel of Expert's report concluded, this was the largest and most egregious violation of such international sanctions to date -- from anywhere in the world.

And last month, Cuba was again caught illegally smuggling weapons -- this time from China -- hidden as grains. This shipment was intercepted in Colombia and is suspected of being destined for FARC terrorists. Yet, the Obama Administration remains mum.

We'd also note that in 2008 -- with great fanfare -- Cuba signed the U.N. Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

How's that working out?

3. Obama admits Cuba is harboring terrorists.

The final part of the Memorandum admits that Cuba continues to provide sanctuary to members of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) and fugitives from justice.

It admits that Cuba still provides sanctuary to FARC terrorists -- and just this week re-designated the FARC as an FTO -- but gives Castro a pass because it might help with the current (and seemingly never-ending) peace negotiations.

It admits that Cuba still provides sanctuary to Basque ETA terrorists, including one wanted in a plot to kill former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, but gives Castro a pass because it feels Spain's extradition requests will eventually be met.

It admits that Cuba still provides sanctuary to nearly 70 dangerous fugitives from U.S. justice, including one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, but gives Castro a pass because through "dialogue" they will discuss this with their Cuban counterparts.

In other words, Cuba remains a state-sponsors of terrorism as a matter of "fact and law" -- but we should simply "trust" that Obama will make progress through "dialogue."

Finally, the Memorandum decides to ignore Cuba's role in Venezuela, where it is actively subverting democracy; the outstanding federal indictments of Cuban military officials wanted for the murder of Americans; and its intelligence-trafficking to Syria, Iran and other rogue regime.

This Memorandum is deceptive, negligent and a mockery to the victims of the Castro regime.