At Townhall, Cuban-American columnist Humberto Fontova writes that leftist actor Mike Farrell has crossed a line to writing official-sounding propaganda for the Castro regime. Farrell wrote a letter to President Obama demanding release of the "Cuban Five" that you can see at The Huffington Post.
The five men are Castro spies that were arrested in 1998 and convicted in 2001. Cuba acknowledges that the five men were intelligence agents, but says they were spying on Miami’s Cuban exile community, not the U.S. government. The actor cited them not as spies, but as " sons, husbands, brothers, poets, pilots, college graduates and artists who have committed no crime against the United States." Fontova protested:
Here’s the heart of Farrell’s letter:
Dear President Obama,
“Release them because they came here only to monitor the activities of violent Cuban exiles who, operating from bases in Miami of which our government is well aware, were planning violent actions against innocent people in Cuba. Release them because they were trying to prevent more brutal acts against their country and save innocent lives.”
But according to the FBI’s affidavit, the convicted Castro-agents who Farrell champions were engaged in, among other acts:
• Gathering intelligence against the Boca Chica Air Naval Station in Key West, the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa and the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Homestead, Fla.
• Compiling the names, home addresses and medical files of the U.S. Southern Command’s top officers, along with those of hundreds of officers stationed at Boca Chica.
• Infiltrating the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command.
• Sending letter bombs to Cuban-Americans.
• Spying on McDill Air Force Base, the U.S. armed forces’ worldwide headquarters for fighting “low-intensity” conflicts.
• Locating entry points into Florida for smuggling explosives.
Farrell’s poster-boys also infiltrated the Cuban-exile group Brothers to the Rescue, who flew unarmed planes to rescue Cuban rafters in the Florida straits, also known as “the cemetery without crosses.” The estimates of the number of Cubans dying horribly in the “cemetery without crosses,” run from 50,000-85,000. Brothers to The Rescue risked their lives almost daily, flying over the straits, alerting and guiding the Coast Guard to any balseros, and saving thousands of these desperate people from joining that terrible tally...
By February 1996, Brothers to The Rescue had flown 1,800 of these humanitarian missions and helped rescue 4,200 men, women and children. That month Mike Farrell’s current cause célèbre’ passed to Castro the flight plan for one of the Brothers’ humanitarian flights over the “cemetery without crosses.”
Farrell also recently wrote for Huff-Po that our military chaplains are Dominionist radicals: "Today, a huge percentage of our military chaplains, according to thousands of aggrieved American servicemen and women, present themselves as fevered salesmen for a fundamentalist version of Christianity rather than as simple, caring souls with a willingness to listen and no attached quid pro quo....it teeters dangerously on the precipice of fostering a cult, in this case a government-sponsored-and-endorsed cult. "