Hostage Alan Gross Update: $60 million lawsuit against U.S. government back on track?

Jailed American Alan Gross, center,  poses for a photo with Rabbi Elie Abadie, right, and U.S. lawyer James L.Berenthal
Alan Gross, center, poses for a photo with Rabbi Elie Abadie, right, and U.S. lawyer James L.Berenthal

Long-suffering Castro hostage Alan Gross and his family continue to flail against the great injustice of his imprisonment in Castrogonia.

Unable to lash out against those who are really responsible for his plight — the Castro regime — they have sued the U.S. government.

Their lawsuit was dismissed by one court, but they have appealed and now they have another turn at arguing their case.

This sad and most depressing spectacle continues to get sadder with each passing day as Castrogonia shamelessly holds on to Gross as a bargaining chip and the Obama administration eases sanctions on the criminals responsible for his plight.

From Fox News Lateeeeeen-oh

Lawsuit against U.S. by American contractor jailed in Cuba heads back to court

WASHINGTON (AP) – An attorney for a Maryland man who has spent over four years imprisoned in Cuba will argue before a federal appeals court that he should be allowed to sue the U.S. government over his imprisonment.

An attorney for Alan Gross, who was working in Cuba on a government contract when he was arrested in 2009, was expected to appear Friday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A lower-court judge threw out the lawsuit against the government in 2013, saying federal law bars lawsuits against the government based on injuries suffered in foreign countries, but Gross’ lawyers appealed.

Gross was detained while working to set up Internet access as a subcontractor for the U.S. government’s U.S. Agency for International Development, which promotes democracy in Cuba. It was his fifth trip to Cuba to work with Jewish communities on setting up Internet access that bypassed local censorship. Cuba considers USAID’s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine its government, and Gross was tried and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In 2012, Gross sued the government and the contractor he was working for, Maryland-based Development Alternatives Inc., for $60 million, saying they failed to give him adequate training and warnings before he undertook the risky assignment. The lawsuit did not say how much each party should pay or how Gross’ attorneys arrived at the $60 million figure.

Gross said in court in Cuba that he was a “trusting fool” who was “duped,” though documents filed in the case show he was aware his work in Cuba was dangerous.

“This is very risky business in no uncertain terms,” he wrote in one report on his work, and a 2012 AP investigation also found he was using sensitive technology typically available only to governments.

The Gross family settled with Development Alternatives Inc. for an undisclosed amount in May 2013.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg threw out the lawsuit against the U.S. government that same month. That decision led to Friday’s appeals court hearing, during which Gross’ lawyer and the government will each have 10 minutes to argue their sides of the case.

1 thought on “Hostage Alan Gross Update: $60 million lawsuit against U.S. government back on track?”

  1. Yes, Castro, Inc. is responsible for this situation, but it’s simply being itself and doing what it’s always done. Since practically the whole world has condoned if not supported such behavior for over 50 years, Gross is not seen as a Castro victim, or even as a victim of Obama’s appalling ineffectualness, but as a victim of US policy (as in, the US “asked for it,” just like the four murdered Brothers to the Rescue pilots shot down over international waters “asked for it”). So, not only is the blame shifted, but the US is expected to be “pragmatic” or “reasonable” and pay the ransom the Castro regime wants. Naturally, the regime knows all this and figures it can dig in its heels till the US blinks, even if that means letting Gross deteriorate significantly to increase the pressure for a “humanitarian” capitulation. There’s no point blaming the Castro people for being cynical manipulators, because all too often that has worked for them, so of course they keep doing it. The real problem is that they keep being allowed to get away with it, which is NOT their fault.

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