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The spy who connected me to the internet

Only in Castro's Cuba is the notion of connecting religious groups to the internet actually considered the stuff of spies.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

The AP's Alan Gross Spy Novel

The AP has published an "investigative report" that tries to depict (and sensationalize) American development worker Alan Gross as some sort of spy -- which, of course, is music to the Castro regime's ears.

(The Egyptian military must be giddy awaiting the AP's "investigative" version of the 19 American development workers being prosecuted in Cairo).

The fact remains that Alan Gross helped distribute laptops, iPhones and memory sticks to Cuban religious groups.

If possessing such items merits imprisonment, then there would be no teenage kids left on the streets of America, Europe or any free country in the world.

Now, plug-in the words "covert, CIA and Pentagon" repeatedly throughout each paragraph -- as the AP does -- and you have a spy novel.

The "gotcha" item revealed in the AP's novel is that Gross also possessed "specialized mobile phone chips."

That's sensational talk for SIM cards.

And yes, they were likely untraceable.

You see -- in brutal totalitarian regimes, people caught freely accessing international news and information are severely punished.

Think typewriters and ink cartridges in East Germany -- download the movie "The Lives of Others" (on your laptop or iPhone) for a refresher.

Traceable SIM cards would only aid brutal regimes in their repression.

Thus, untraceable SIM cards in brutal totalitarian societies are not "covert" -- they are "common sense."

That's the beauty of modern technology -- it decreases the risk of secret police services tracking down today's typewriters and ink cartridges.

It is the moral responsibility of free people to help repressed people exercise their fundamental right to "receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers" -- pursuant to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If helping repressed people freely communicate among themselves and access uncensored information constitutes "regime change" -- as the Carter Center's Robert Pastor claims in the AP's novel -- then isn't the opposite true as well?

Which should we support?

Moreover, is the Castro regime so weak that it would collapse from people freely Googling, Tweeting and Facebooking?

That definitely seems to be their fear.

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