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Carter: Cuba Terror Claims False
AP | 5/13/02 | JOHN RICE

Posted on 05/13/2002 12:03:57 PM PDT by kattracks

HAVANA, May 13, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Jimmy Carter said Monday that American officials briefing him for his trip to Cuba said they had no evidence the communist country was transferring abroad technology that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction.

Carter, the first U.S. head of state in or out of office to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, also met at his hotel with two leading Cuban dissidents for a briefing on human rights. The opposition leaders called on Carter to promote dialogue between the two countries.

Carter, who arrived in Cuba on Sunday, told Castro and this country's top scientists that he had asked White House, State Department and intelligence officials specifically if Cuba was transferring technology or other information that could be used in terrorist activities.

"The purpose of this briefing was for them to share with us any concern that my government had about possible terrorist activities that were supported by Cuba," he said. "There were absolutely no allegations made or questions made. I asked them specifically on more than one occasion if there was any evidence that Cuba has been involved in sharing any information to any other country on Earth that could be sued for terrorist purposes.

"The answer from our experts on intelligence was 'no'," Carter told a gathering at Cuba's top biotechnology lab.

"These allegations were made, maybe not coincidentally, just before our visit to Cuba," Carter said of concerns Undersecretary of State John Bolton raised last week during a meeting of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group in Washington.

In his remarks at the time, Bolton said he believes Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort.

"Cuba has provided dual-use biotechnology to other rogue states," Bolton said. "We are concerned that such technology could support BW programs in those states. ... We call on Cuba to cease all BW-applicable cooperation with rogue states and to fully comply with all of its obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention."

Havana has denounced Bolton's allegation as a lie and promised Carter "complete access" to any Cuban biotechnology laboratory.

As Castro sat next to the former American president in an auditorium at the lab, Cuban scientists told Carter that their transfer contracts with other countries forbid the use of Cuban technology for anything other than the vaccines and other lifesaving technology purposes they were designed for.

Answering a question from Carter, Dr. Luis Herrera of the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology insisted that Cuba monitors the use of technology transferred to other countries to ensure it is not used for terrorism.

"I just want to assure myself," Carter said.

Herrera said that Cuba has no technology transfer program with Iraq, but does have programs with China, Iran, and even some European countries.

Traveling with his wife and a small group of executives and staff from his Carter Center, the former American president had no biotechnology experts in his delegation for the visit to the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology on the outskirts of Havana. Carter has a science background, but in nuclear technology.

Elizardo Sanchez and Oswaldo Paya, the dissidents who met with Carter, are both coordinators of Project Varela, a proposed referendum asking voters if they want guarantees of individual freedoms, an amnesty for political prisoners, the right to own their business and electoral reforms.

Paya said the men explained the need for dialogue. "Carter understands the concept very well because he is a man of dialogue."

In Washington, a White House spokesman said Monday that Castro should give his own people the same freedom to travel and speak to dissidents that he has given Carter.

"Why have one standard for a visitor and have a far worse, much more repressive standard for his own people?" Ari Fleischer said.

Carter, who did more than any other president to ease tensions with Cuba, arrived Sunday to the strains of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Castro turned to his visitor and said, "It's been a long time since that happened."

Sunday night, a dark-suited Castro threw a dinner for Carter and his delegation at the Palace of the Revolution. The visit gave the Cuban leader a chance to reach out to Americans, and he used it by symbolically throwing open the doors of the island to Carter.

Castro said a Carter speech on Tuesday would be broadcast live. "You can express yourself freely whether or not we agree with part of what you say or with everything you say," Castro said. "You will have free access to every place you want to go."

"We shall not take offense at any contact you may wish to make," he added, an obvious reference to the dissidents and human rights activists Carter plans to meet.

Cuban officials have been irritated with some other foreign leaders who have held similar meetings, but Castro said Carter had proved his sincerity in the past.

"A man who, in the middle of the Cold War and from the depth of an ocean of prejudice, misinformation and distrust ... dared to try to improve relations between both countries deserves respect."

Speaking in Spanish, Carter said he hoped "to discuss ideals that Rosalynn and I hold dear ... peace, human rights, democracy and the alleviation of suffering."

By JOHN RICE Associated Press Writer

Copyright 2002 Associated Press, All rights reserved





TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carter; castro; castrowatch; cuba
Perhaps the powers that be didn't trust Carter enough to divulge any information.

It's now apparant that he can't be tusted with information.

1 posted on 05/13/2002 12:03:57 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
just a dog and pony show...
2 posted on 05/13/2002 12:06:11 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: kattracks
That freak ought to be charged with collusion with the enemy. He's a communist and now he's admitting it. We ought to ban from reentering the US. We'd be rid of him for good.
4 posted on 05/13/2002 12:06:38 PM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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To: right_to_defend
He never could be - even when he was president.

Yeah, but he swings a mean hammer...

5 posted on 05/13/2002 12:07:26 PM PDT by mhking
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To: kattracks
Perhaps the powers that be didn't trust Carter enough to divulge any information.

Jimmy-Bub has been out of office for over 20 years.

He's no more entitled to be briefed on national security intelligence than Louis Farrakahn.

6 posted on 05/13/2002 12:07:42 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: kattracks
Or Carter lied -- ummm, exagerated/had a senior moment -- and had been told that there was reason to believe that the Cubans are doing som but stated the opposite knowing it would be be denied without the denial itself revealing more than enough to compromise current investigations.
7 posted on 05/13/2002 12:08:21 PM PDT by bvw
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To: kattracks
I think most of us could have written this headline and story a week in advance.
8 posted on 05/13/2002 12:09:21 PM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: kattracks
I had forgotten how Jimmy seems to get some kind of sexual charge out of baring his throat to our enemies.
9 posted on 05/13/2002 12:10:35 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter
May I?

I had forgotten how Jimmy seems to get some kind of sexual charge out of baring his our throat to our enemies.

10 posted on 05/13/2002 12:12:51 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
I guess that proves it, if Jimmy says so ;-)No one would ever lie to him, would they?
11 posted on 05/13/2002 12:15:01 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Willie Green
All ex-Presidents are entitled to, and receive, intelligence briefings.
12 posted on 05/13/2002 12:23:17 PM PDT by GuillermoX
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To: kattracks
My bet is that it is just as likely that Washington would tell this bozo the full truth as it is that Havana will. Bumper sticker = "Jimmy Carter - Forty Years Working Against America"
13 posted on 05/13/2002 12:23:32 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: GuillermoX
All ex-Presidents are entitled to, and receive, intelligence briefings.

They may recieve them out of respect for the office they once held.

That doesn't mean they're entitled to them.

They are NOT.

14 posted on 05/13/2002 12:26:36 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: kattracks
Of course Castro promised Jimmuh "full access" to BW labs:
Jimmuh Cartuh wouldn't know a biological weapon if it swam up to his canoe!
15 posted on 05/13/2002 12:31:23 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: kattracks
Why can't I get the phrase "useful idiot" off my mind when I think of this?
16 posted on 05/13/2002 12:33:24 PM PDT by rdb3
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To: right_to_defend
Tell me it was a dream I had

Nightmare is a more apt description of the Carter 'presidency'.

17 posted on 05/13/2002 12:34:25 PM PDT by B-bone
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To: Redbob
Of course Castro promised Jimmuh "full access" to BW labs:

Please Jimmy don't ask Castro to promise to release dissident prisoners again.

18 posted on 05/13/2002 12:37:02 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: kattracks
I had forgotten how Jimmy seems to get some kind of sexual charge out of baring our throat to our enemies.

True enough.

19 posted on 05/13/2002 12:37:55 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Redbob
ROTFLOL! I had almost forgotten about that! Wasn't it an attack rabbit that went after Jimmy?
20 posted on 05/13/2002 12:38:19 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: kattracks
And an anxious America breathes a collective sigh of relief....
21 posted on 05/13/2002 12:40:48 PM PDT by tracer
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To: kattracks
Useful idiot
22 posted on 05/13/2002 12:40:51 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: colorado tanker
Yep. He whacked it with his canoe paddle,& the photo made the front page of the Post.
23 posted on 05/13/2002 12:44:24 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: nina0113
"Dat waskuwy wabbit!"
24 posted on 05/13/2002 12:52:35 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Willie Green
Apparently it's law, so, it's an entitlement.
25 posted on 05/13/2002 1:01:48 PM PDT by GuillermoX
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To: *castro watch
Index Bump
26 posted on 05/13/2002 1:18:08 PM PDT by Fish out of Water
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To: kattracks
Castro apparently withheld comment on the issue of exploding cigars, Cuba's main contribution to world terrorism.
27 posted on 05/13/2002 1:35:00 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: kattracks
Carter is an idiot. The State Department needs to pull his passport and limit his travel to peanut farms.
28 posted on 05/13/2002 1:36:45 PM PDT by Registered
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To: kattracks
Jimmy's still looking for an honorable legacy but has pretty poor pickings with Cuba. The Bent One should take note while he's in Timor.
29 posted on 05/13/2002 1:38:22 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: kattracks
Many of the newer Republicans tell me Clinton turned them into Republicans. For me, at age 14, Carter turned me into one. What an embarrassing figure. We've been told his personal integrity is beyond reproach. If this is true, he must simply be the dumbest man to sit in the oval office.
30 posted on 05/13/2002 1:47:38 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: kattracks
Who briefed ol' jimminy...the custodial service???
31 posted on 05/13/2002 2:02:12 PM PDT by E=MC<sup>2</sup>
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To: SoDak
Ahh and the us trembles in fear of the mighty cuba. Get real the embargo is a fuking joke we alone are continuing this bs policy. There is a bigger threat of killer tomatoes than the cuban terrorist.
32 posted on 05/13/2002 3:00:00 PM PDT by grin
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To: mhking
Yeah, but he swings a mean hammer...

Not to mention a pretty mean canoe paddle too.

33 posted on 05/13/2002 3:09:07 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: kattracks
Jimmie should have broken a few of the petri dishes with his golden hammer and see if the tour guides run.

What makes him an authority on biological material?

34 posted on 05/13/2002 3:14:52 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: CreekerFreeper
Damn shame we don't have a canal to give 'em for their good behaivor, eh Jimmy?
35 posted on 05/13/2002 3:36:53 PM PDT by cgk
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To: kattracks
carter is just a willing castro propaganda tool castro for some reason thinks carter is relevant

hey jimmy feeel free to stay we will send your stuff
36 posted on 05/13/2002 3:39:57 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: grin
You can't be this stupid.

We were attacked by 19 guy with box-cutters representing no nation at all.

Here we have a nation 90 miles from out shores, a nation that has threatened us with nukes in the past, with a brutally violent dictator who openly wishes for the death of America.

Nah, there's no threat there.

37 posted on 05/13/2002 3:45:54 PM PDT by cgk
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To: cgk
LOL. Tie him to a boat and drag him through by his buck-teeth.

(.) (.)

V

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38 posted on 05/13/2002 4:59:45 PM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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