Terrorists continue flaunting themselves in Miami with total impunity
FROM NAZARIO SARGENT TO ORLANDO BOSCH
BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD (Special for Granma International)
COULD it be that the very long prison sentences handed down to the
five Cubans falsely accused of espionage were aimed at protecting
Miami terrorist circles and dissuading any person or group who wants
to counteract those circles’ criminal activities?
One might think so when one sees with what impunity — and what
arrogance — recognized terrorists continue to flaunt themselves in
public rallies sponsored by mafia groups in Miami, as in the days
immediately following the failed occupation attempt at the Mexican
embassy in Havana.
Two successive events, both called by the mafia to denounce the
Mexican government’s correct attitude related to that incident, have
The first, in chronological order: rally called by terrorist group
Alpha-66 and its head, Nazario Sargent, was amply covered in the
Miami press, which is always ready to spread the terrorist message
to those groups most predisposed to violence — including publishing
their extremist demands. That was clearly demonstrated less than
three weeks before the fateful Twin Towers and Pentagon attacks
when The Miami Herald published, in the August 22, 2001 edition, a
pamphlet defending aggression against Cuba by whatever means,
including the use of violence.
Alpha-66’s terrorist actions could fill a book, and various volumes at
that. The group’s leaders were present at a June 1976 meeting in the
Dominican Republic, when the most extreme counterrevolutionary
elements met to form the Command of United Revolutionary
Organizations, the sinister CORU group. And afterwards they always
willingly lent their support in the over 50 attempts so far attributed to
Cuban-American terrorist organizations.
The day after the first rally, the provocation was even more basic. In
the very headquarters of the association of those nostalgic for the
counterrevolutionaries’ disastrous attack at the Bay of Pigs — the
Playa Girón victory — representatives of 60 groups, splinter groups
and miniscule groups called a new rally to denounce Mexico.
While a spokesperson for that species of counterrevolutionary
coalition exhorted the Cuban-American community to boycott
Mexican products, one could observe at their side, on the very
podium along with the most distinguished guests, two of the best
known Miami terrorists: killer pediatrician Orlando Bosch, with his
usual sinister appearance, and violent black-bearded mercenary
Of course, Orlando Bosch is the better known of the pair. He and Luis
Posada Carriles were the masterminds of the October 6, 1976
explosion on board a Cubana Airlines plane in full flight, in which 73
people died. Killer Bosch was later released from a Venezuelan jail
thanks to Otto Reich, now in charge of Latin American affairs for the
State Department. Reich has acted as Bosch’s godfather, even to the
point of getting him a pardon from George Bush Sr.
For over 40 years, Bosch has been responsible for innumerable
crimes of terror. He continues in his capacity as professional terrorist,
constantly urging violence as a method for political struggle.
Bosch may be a dinosaur in the world of Miami terrorism, but
Frómeta is a shrewder version of the anti-Cuba criminal, with a
devastating potential for terrorism.
In 1981, Alpha-66 sent him to Cuba to do some "work," such as
poisoning cattle, setting fire to sugarcane plantations and destroying
He was imprisoned, serving 10 years.
In 1994, before his return to Miami, Frómeta was once again
arrested, with six other individuals, this time in the Gulf of Mexico by
a U.S. Coast Guard patrol; 50 weapons, 26,000 cartridges and
thousands of dollars were discovered on board his boat. Legal
authorities didn’t consider him worthy of charges — even though the
terrorist admitted he was sailing towards Cuban territory.
In June of the same year, Rodolfo Frómeta was arrested again with
Fausto Merimont, an Alpha-66 crony, while they were purchasing a
Stinger anti-aircraft rocket, three M-72 anti-tank rockets, C-4
explosives, and a rocket launcher from an undercover FBI agent.
That time he was sentenced to 41 months, a real "bargain" for such
a violent individual. He was released in September 1997, on the
condition that he stay in Miami and not associate with people
Frómeta is the archetype visceral terrorist, an intimate friend
Guillermo Novo — one of Posada Carriles’ Panamanian hirelings —
and ally of Roberto Martín Pérez, his Cuban American National
Foundation (CANF) sponsor. In the following weeks he associated
with Miguel Rodríguez Heredia, living in the Dominican Republic, to
support an "infiltration plan" in Guantánamo province with
speedboats and weapons from Costa Rica.
The career terrorist has now left Alpha-66, after a dispute with
Nazario Sargent, to join "F-4 Commandos," an organization with a
long history of aggression against the island.
On August 24, 1999, El Diario de las Americas daily, another Miami
mafia collaborator, announced the "reactivation of activities" by
Frómeta’s organization and the "destruction" of "two Gaviota
corporation buses, four train cars, two cigar factories and two taxis
belonging to the Cubalse corporation" in Cuba, claiming that these
were "military objectives." This was denounced in a roundtable on
the theme in Havana.
January 12, 2001, saw Frómeta informing the same propaganda
crew that they had "burnt down a Gaviota taxi terminal and also a
Like Bosch, who has free State Department entry, Frómeta boasts
of his good relations with Congressman Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Miami
mafia capo on Capitol Hill.
Doesn’t the presence Orlando Bosch and Rodolfo Frómeta at rallies
sponsored by Miami mafia groups and splinter groups demonstrate
such groups support terrorism? What does Alpha-66’s presence on
Miami television signify, if not support for terrorism as a "legitimate"
means to harass the Cuban Revolution? How should we interpret the
U.S. authorities’ tolerance of groups like Alpha-66 and F-4
Commandos, who are in the public eye and have websites, if not as
giving their blessing to terrorism?
Miami is dominated, muzzled and swindled by mafia extremists and
has now officially been named as the poorest city in the United
States. It continues to suffer under the weight of terror, reduced to
silence by a criminal network that now even holds strategic positions
in the federal government.
While the five Cubans are sent to prison for risking their lives to stop
terrorism against the island, tolerance of terrorists on the part of the
same Miami legal system has provided a breather for extremists,
giving them the green light to concoct attacks against Cuba.
And their faces on the city’s television screens is one more example
of this catastrophic situation.