Skip to comments.Mexico Orders Release of Spies Convicted in U.S. Court
Posted on 09/20/2013 8:51:04 AM PDT by jazusamo
The Obama administration has given Mexico enough input and authority over U.S. matters that its lawmakers felt emboldened enough to order the release of four communist spies serving lengthy sentences in federal prison.
The Mexican Cámara de Diputados, which is similar to the U.S. House of Representatives, actually passed a measure this week commanding American officials to free the foreign intelligence officers, agents of Cubas communist government convicted in 2001 for espionage, conspiracy to commit murder and acting as an agent of a foreign government. One of the spies is already out on probation after serving a 13-year sentence but four remain in federal jails.
The men ran a network (La Red Avispa) that surveilled vulnerable entry ports to import arms and explosives into the U.S., penetrated anti-communist groups in Florida and infiltrated the U.S. Southern Command, the Defense Departments operation responsible for military activities in central and South America. A Cuban military intelligence agent named Gerardo Hernandez was the ringleader and hes serving a life sentence in a California federal prison.
A few years ago the Obama administration quietly granted Hernandezs wife, also a Cuban intelligence agent, a visa to visit him in jail. After 12 years of denying a visa, the State Departmentunder Hillary Clintons leadershiplifted a ban to allow the communist agent to visit her partner in crime at the California facility where hes serving his life sentence for leading an espionage cell in the U.S.
The operation constituted a huge national security threat considering Cuba has for years appeared on the State Departments list of states that sponsor terrorism. According to the United States government, Cuba remains on the list for supporting designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations and for harboring fugitives from U.S. justice, including domestic terrorists.
For some reason Mexican lawmakers feel they have authority over this matter even though it doesnt even involve any of their nationals. The Cuban spies had an army of topnotch attorneys and were convicted by a jury in a U.S. federal court. The conviction was upheld by an appellate court so they definitely got due process and the verdicts must be respected.
But Mexicos legislature insists the Cuban spies have been unjustly detained in the United States for 15 years and that its time to free them. In their measure, Mexican lawmakers actually refer to the convicted foreign agents as heroes who must be released. To back up the demand, Mexicos government cites resolutions passed by the United Nations laughable human rights organization and the famously leftist Amnesty International.
Since Obama became president, Mexico has been allowed to exercise unprecedented power over U.S. matters especially when it comes to labor and immigration. For instance, the U.S. signed an agreement with Mexicos government this year vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage. The pact also creates special Labor Rights Week events to help Mexican nationals in this country.
The Obama administration also allows Mexico to operate a program (Ventanillas de SaludHealth Windows) that refers its nationalsliving in the U.S. illegallyto publicly funded health centers where they can get free medical care without being turned over to immigration authorities. The U.S. also lets Mexico to operate a satellite consular office to give illegal immigrants identification cards that facilitate life in the United States.
Last year Mexico issued the U.S. government what amounts to a diplomatic threat for exonerating a Border Patrol agent who shot an illegal immigrant near the Texas border after being assaulted with rocks. The federal agent had spotted a group of Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande near El Paso and used his gun in self-defense after the group attacked him with rocks. The Department of Justice (DOJ) tried hard to file criminal charges against the agent, but gave up after a multi-year investigation that showed insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.
The Obama administration has given Mexico enough input and authority
NOT in his Job Descritption.
Estimado señor Obama,
cállate y siéntate...ustedes dos poco punky.
La mayoría Atentamente,
It would be better to simply ignore them. If asked the response should be “The Mexican legislature has made their decision, now let us see them enforce it.”
Correct, we should ignore them on all the issues brought up in this article and suggest they take care of business in their own country.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) tried hard to file criminal charges against the agent, but gave up after a multi-year investigation that showed insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.”
The agent, apparently, refers to our OWN agent, and our so-called DOJustice fought for multi-years to convict him of criminal charges. Time for Hitlery and her ilk to GO.
And the silence of the RINO "leadership" on this has been deafening
The Mexicans interpret this as weakness, which is why they are now emboldened to pass arrogant little laws like the one described here.
I agree, the concessions Obama and his administration have given Mexico on illegals have been pathetic and the GOP have gone along, they should have been raising hell with every one of them.
Aren’t we part of Mexico now?
. Or invade Lichtenstein.
“Arent we part of Mexico now?”
We’re part of the North American Union. They never gave up on it, they’re just implementing it incrementally.
Yea, tell Mexico they can have their spies back - just as soon as they take back all their illegal immigrants.