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Cuba remains on U.S. State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism

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It is official: The U.S. State Department has once again included the Castro dictatorship in Cuba on its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Contrary to what you might hear from "Cuba Experts" and their colleagues who shamelessly lobby for the brutal and repressive Cuban regime here in the U.S., the criminal Castro government continues to cultivate close relations with terrorist organizations and thumbs its nose at international law by providing shelter and protection for international terrorist fugitives on the island.

Via The Miami Herald:

State Department: Havana provides safe haven to US fugitives

Cuba is harboring and supporting U.S. fugitives but may be trying to distance itself from two dozen members of a Basque terrorist group who live on the island, according to the State Department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism released Thursday.

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The Cuba section of the 2012 report appeared to be similar to the section in 2011, with both noting that Havana authorities are continuing to harbor fugitives wanted in the United States and supporting them with housing, ration books and medical care.

One such fugitive is Joanne Chesimard, on the FBI’s “most wanted terrorist” list since 2005. A Black Panther who was convicted in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper, she escaped from prison in 1979 and turned up in Havana in 1984. The FBI hiked the reward offered for her capture to $2 million in April.

Read the entire article HERE.

Nevertheless, it appears the Obama State Department is making a concerted effort to stick close to its failed policy of appeasement towards the murderous Castro regime and has softened the language in their report in an obvious attempt to not "offend" a vicious and lawless Cuban government. The State Department report inexplicably omits any mention of the kidnapping of Alan Gross, the American aid worker who has been held hostage by the Cuban dictatorship for nearly four years.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

The U.S. State Department has just released its 2012 Country Reports on Terrorism ("Report").

The report lists Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as countries that continue to provide support for international terrorism.

We commend the State Department for maintaining Cuba's dictatorship on this list.

However, we remain concerned that the Report does not include the hostage-taking of American development worker Alan Gross as an act of terror, as the Castro regime is clearly trying to coerce the US to release (now four) Cuban spies in return; the Castro regime's close ties and intelligence sharing with other state-sponsors of terrorism, namely Syria and Iran; and its efforts to subvert democracy in Venezuela.

For more on these concerns, please see our recent White Paper here.

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