Cuba and American POWS

On May 27, 1966, 166 Cubans, civilians and members of the military — were executed and submitted to medical procedures of blood extraction of an average of seven pints per person. This blood was sold to communist Vietnam at the average rate of $50 per pint with the duel purpose of obtaining hard currency and contributing to the Vietcong Communist aggression.

Several thousand Cuban soldiers were stationed in Vietnam during the war years; they participated in constructing and maintaining the Ho Chi Minh Trail where a large number of Americans disappeared, and provided “technical” support. There were reports that they were piloting MIGs in aerial combat with American pilots over North Vietnam.

Cubans also tortured and murdered over 20 American POWS with a sadism equal to Hitler’s Mengele.

This is not news; the story’s been reported off and on since the 1970’s. A November 1999 congressional hearing before the Committee on International Relations left important unanswered questions.

Michael D. Benge, a former POW in Vietnam testified at the hearing, he writes:

Besides evidence contrary to DPMO’s stated position on the “Cuban Program,” the documents I examined reveal:

The possibility that a number of American POWs from the Vietnam War had been held in Los Maristas, a secret Cuban prison run by Castro’s G-2 intelligence service.
A Cuban Official had offered the State Department to ransom some American POWs from Vietnam, but there was no follow up.
That Cubans, along with Russians, guarded a number of American POWs in Laos.
Two unrelated documents telling of American POWs being taken from Vietnam to Cuba.
As recent as 1996, the Vietnamese trained Cuban Special Forces to undertake limited attacks in the USA.

Perhaps full disclosure of Cuba’s role in the Vietnam War should be added to the list of conditions that must be met before the U.S. will lift the embargo.

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7 thoughts on “Cuba and American POWS”

  1. The Cuban role during the Vietnam war has been repeatedly denounced to deaf ears for more than three decades.
    In 1978, the Carter Administration allowed Castro spy Fernando Vecino Alegret to visit the U.S. in spite of accusations by American POWs that he was the Cuban they dubbed “Fidel” who interrogated and tortured them in the “Hanoi Hilton.”
    The accusations were repeated in 1981 by syndicated columnist Jack Anderson.
    Vecino Alegret has traveled the globe widely and the U.S. government has never made an effort to arrest and try him for torture and human rights violations.

  2. Delacova, this is just one more example of the castro regimes teflon coating. There are still over 2000 American POWS unaccounted for. I can’t help but wonder how many disappeared in Cuba.

  3. I was surfing the Internet for a good satellite picture of Cuba because of Ernesto’s path when I found this web-site.

    Someone else[] who thinks Cuba is better off under fidel, there is a tiny disclaimer conceding fidel is not lightness&sweetness but is lost amidst all the ‘proof’ Cuba is better now.

    I really like 5,563 computers for 237,510 children. Note no ratio is given to be comapred to the US. Even though previous ‘statistics’ do compare against the US.

    All because these people want to cruise on their expensive boats to Cuba even while Cubans are dieing on homemade rafts in a despearate attempt to get feet dry in the US. I have no sympathy for these affluent Yanquis.

  4. Is it any wonder the US didn’t want to give Fidel more money to play with? Let’s talk Vietnam, let’s talk the Kennedy assassination, let’s talk Africa, let’s talk the poisoned relations that still exist between the US and Latin America.

    Once all of this comes out, I wonder what lefties will do with those Che’ T-shirts?

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