Miami: Families of Cuban Terrorists Get Anti-Terror Money
The families of a Bay of Pigs CIA pilot and a mercenary/arms dealer were awarded $91 million (Cuban) dollars Monday as the first beneficiary of a 2002 anti-terror law that allows the transfer of seized dollars from (5) designated "terrorist states" to families of "wrongful deaths."
From the Miami Herald piece unbelievably titled Castro Victims Awarded $91M:
A New York federal judge on Friday ordered JP Morgan Chase Bank to turn over $91 million in frozen Cuban assets to a South Florida family and others who had won huge damages claims against Fidel Castro's government for having executed two relatives more than four decades ago.
The judge ruled that $23.9 million must be released within days to Janet Ray Weininger, of Palmetto Bay, the daughter of CIA pilot Thomas ''Pete'' Ray, who was shot down during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and later executed by the Cuban government.
''I would give everything I have to get my father back in my life,'' said Weininger, who was 6 years old when he died. ``These scars will always stay with me, but now I can focus on some good coming from this.''
"This is the final justice, but it would have been so much better if Mom had been alive,'' said Bonnie Anderson
Umm, What tha???
How the hell is it a "wrongful death" when Cuba executes one of the leaders of a foriegn invasion and a counter-revolutionary arms dealer? I could see a wrongful death when the invading force kills civillians, but not the exact opposite scenario. Is the law that bad or was it the judge?
Readers of this blog should know that this is not the first time Cuba and "terrorism" have strangely mingled (a florida professor has been bugged under Patriot Act, Cuba gets more Office of Foreign Assets resources than al-qaeda... but actual Cuban terrorists get coddled and harbored in this country).
Here, the new law's astoundingly low burden of proof shows why it's great to have the House and Senate back. The result is that the US steals $91 million from the Cuban people - although that is just a pittance over the cost of the Embargo in a year.
I would love it if the Cubans would steal millions in say US movie and music rights for every wrongful death the Americans have casued the Cuban people. Cubans have never harmed any American who was not actually at war on its soil.
Read the rulingyourself and read how they dance around the facts that the law does not apply to countries not designated as terrorist at the time of the 1961 event, why they don't need to determine whether the executions in Cuba were "acts of terror" and what Cuban telephone company money has to do with the Bay of Pigs.