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Posted on 09/20/2002 2:34:35 PM PDT by CHACHI
Formal Complaint Filed By Judicial Watch. U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition, in Havana, Cuba from September 26 September 30, 2002.
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that it filed a formal complaint with President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Treasury Secretary Paul H. ONeill and the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) to revoke the license granted to PWN Exhibicon to conduct a U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition, in Havana, Cuba from September 26 September 30, 2002.
Cuba is a U.S. State Department-designated state sponsor of terrorism. Since the September 11th attacks, Fidel Castro labeled the US-led war on terrorism "worse than the original attacks, militaristic, and fascist." During a 2001 tour of Iran, Syria and Libya, Castro was quoted by many of the worlds media outlets as saying: Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees. The U.S. regime is very week and we are witnessing this weakness from close up. Cuba continues to actively support terror groups, including the Basque ETA, Colombias FARC and ELN, as well as Northern Irelands Sinn Fein.
The planned U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition, in Havana is a frivolous and harmful promotional event. The U.S. governments active endorsement and licensure of such activity, by U.S. corporations, in the capital of a terror state, during a time of war, is inconsistent foreign and trade policy as well as prime propaganda fodder for Castro and his terrorist allies.
Expo participants reportedly include major U.S. agribusiness corporations, including: Archer Daniels Midland, Perdue Farms, Cargill, Hormel, and Tyson Foods, among others. According to 1998 campaign figures, agribusiness interests dispensed nearly $43.3 million to federal candidates and parties. Both Republicans and Democrats cater to agribusiness corporations seeking ways to circumvent the Cuban embargo. This may explain how the Clinton administrations Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000, is allowed to take precedence over the Bush administrations war on terror.
Its bad enough that the Bush administration licensed this trade expo in the first place, but if it now chooses not to revoke the license, then their hypocrisy on terrorism will be a national disgrace, stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman. >> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FROM RCB RECORDS: Show organizer PWN Exhibicon International LLC (PWN Exhibicon) has received authorization from the United States government to conduct this event. E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. will be responsible for the marketing and operations of the exhibition.
Representatives of government-operated companies and non-government-operated companies that have offices in Cuba will be attending the U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition, including Alimport, Cuba's primary purchaser of food and agricultural products. According to Pedro Alvarez Borrego, Chairman, Alimport is looking to identify " millions of U.S. dollars in new purchases ," and finalize transactions since " many of the contracts for these new purchases will be signed during the exhibition..."
Key companies such as Archer Daniels Midland Company, Riceland Foods, Radlo Foods, Gold Kist, Marsh International, United Food and Pharmaceutical, Perdue Farms, Cargill, Boston Agrex, ConAgra Foods, Inc., PS International, Bushel 42 Pasta Company, North Dakota Farm Bureau, Reuven International USA, The Rice Company, Hormel Foods Corporation, Bunge, Northarvest Bean Growers, Tyson Foods, and Georgia Department of Agriculture are just some of the companies, organizations, state departments of agriculture, and state economic development offices who are planning to participate in the U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition.
Cuban Americans can do better than this representation.
The 76-year-old leader, now in his 43rd year in power, joked about how he would feel if Washington lifted restrictions that make it virtually impossible for American tourists to visit Cuba.
"I have sometimes said in jest that when it happens, we are going to have to find a new place to move to," Castro said. "Can you imagine a million Americans, traveling all over the republic?"
76,probably die within 5 years.
Instead, he is cultivating the anti-Bush crowd exclusively, hoping that they will continue to fill his coffers, and also hoping to win over some Democrats to his donors list.
Stand aside, you! Mr. Klayman is on his way to file a formal complaint!
They may not have lifted sanctions as you see it but
When the Agriculture Appropriations bill was considered by the conference committee last September (2000), the leadership proposed a so-called compromise that was, ultimately, accepted by members of the conference committee. However, this compromise was so restrictive that it is unlikely that the Cuban people will benefit in any way from increased sales of food and medicine.
Under the terms of the compromise, sales of food and medicine to Cuba (in contrast to sales to North Korea, Iran, Sudan and Libya) have to be made on a cash-only basis, that is, without U.S. government financing.
I just wanted you to confirm that this statement,
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse,is total crap.