On February 24th, 1996, General Raul Castro ordered Cuban MiG 29 fighter jets to shoot down two civilian planes over international waters -- thereby murdering three young Americans and a permanent resident of the United States.
Twenty-years later -- justice awaits.
Instead, on December 17th, 2016, President Obama -- as part of his 'deal' with Raul Castro -- commuted the life sentence of a Cuban spy, Gerardo Hernandez, who had been convicted by a U.S. federal court for murder conspiracy in this act of terrorism.
In an extraordinary failure of leadership, President Obama has yet to offer any sympathy or support to the mothers and other relatives of these young Americans, who were murdered by the Castro regime in collusion with the Cuban agent whose prison sentence he commuted. In addition to losing their loved ones, these American families saw justice aborted -- without any notice or gesture -- by a stroke of their own President's pen.
"It's like they murdered my son all over again," said one of the mothers.
Meanwhile, three senior Cuban military officials remain indicted in U.S. federal courts -- General Ruben Martinez Puente, who at the time headed the Cuban Air Force, and fighter pilots Lorenzo Alberto Perez-Perez and Francisco Perez-Perez (pictured below) -- and the Castros continue to boast about their ultimate responsibility.
From the final judgment by Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence King in the civil lawsuit against the Castro regime and the Cuban Air Force (FAR):
"The government of Cuba, on February 24th 1996, in outrageous contempt for international law and basic human rights, murdered four human beings in international airspace over the Florida Straits. The victims were Brothers to the Rescue pilots, flying two civilian unarmed planes on a routine humanitarian mission, searching for rafters in the waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys.
As the civilian planes flew over international waters, a Russian built MiG 29 of the Cuban Air Force, without warning, reason, or provocation blasted the defenseless planes out of the sky with sophisticated air-to-air missiles in two separate attacks. The pilots and their aircraft disintegrated in the mid-air explosions following the impact of the missiles. The destruction was so complete that the four bodies were never recovered."
As regards the criminal case:
"In August 2003, a federal grand jury returned the indictment against General Ruben Martinez Puente, who at the time headed the Cuban Air Force, and fighter pilots Lorenzo Alberto Perez-Perez and Francisco Perez-Perez. The defendants were charged with four counts of murder, one count of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and two counts of destruction of aircraft."
In an article in Politico last year, U.S. Rep James McGovern (D-MA) unwittingly revealed that Raul Castro told him he ordered the murder of these Americans:
"'I gave the order. I’m the one responsible,' [Castro] said."
Or just click here to listen to Cuban dictators Fidel and Raul Castro -- in their own words -- admitting they gave the order.
Sadly, they are Obama's new partners.
at 10:29 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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