Cuba looks at a THIRD September 11 attack...
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Wed Sep 11 19:11:51 MDT 2002
Thanks to the wonderful writing of
Ariel Dorfman and others, the world
is learning that 1973 was the FIRST
year September 11 became a date
which will live in infamy, when the US
backed Pinochet forces overthrew
the democratically-elected Allende
government in Chile. Ocean Press
has issued a new book on that.
1980 became the SECOND time a
terrorist attack took place on the date
of September 11th. It happened in
New York City and has a very special
meaning for Cuba as one of the island's
diplomats was shot down in cold blood
on the streets of that city. Unlike those
behind the 9-11-2001 attacks, whose
present whereabouts are unknown, the
location of the perpetrator of THIS crime,
IS known. He has never been charged
for his role in that terrorist attack.
Please read on for the details on this.
September 11, 2002
The Miami mafia's September 11
On that same date in 1980, Miami mafia capos were
celebrating the success of their latest feat of terrorism:
the murder of Félix García Rodríguez, a Cuban diplomatic at
the United Nations, carried out in a New York street by
Pedro Remón, the deadliest killer at their disposal . It was
the one and only assassination of a UN diplomat and the news
immediately made world headlines . Pedro Remón, who was
never punished for his crime and continued his life as a
terrorist, is currently detained in Panama with gang leader
Luis Posada Carriles; he could soon be returning,
unpunished, to his Florida residence
BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD
(Special for Granma International)
. SEPTEMBER 11, 1980, 6:20 p.m. Traffic in the heart of New
York was its usual hellish self. Félix García Rodríguez was
driving past the UN building in a vehicle belonging to the
Cuban Mission. He was supposed to pick up a work colleague
and her children but fortunately, she had decided to stay at
home at the last minute. So Félix, having left his apartment
in Queens, stopped by a dry- cleaners in his neighborhood to
pick up some clothes and was heading towards his office on
the corner of 38th and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.
He was driving along Queens Boulevard when he had to stop at
the lights at the corner of 55th Street. That was the moment
when, in a fraction of a second, his world ended. A car
pulled up alongside, and an unknown killer aimed a MAC 10
machine gun at Félix García Rodríguez and pulled the
One bullet hit him in the neck, and he lost consciousness.
His car hit another vehicle coming in the opposite
The killers stopped their car, the one with the machine gun
got out and shot Félix again, this time in the head.
That man's name is Pedro Remón, a terrorist from the Omega 7
group. The driver of the car was Eduardo "Omar" Arocena,
head of Omega 7 and author of a very long list of attempts.
That day, "Omar" was celebrating the sixth anniversary of
his organization. And the first murder of a UN diplomat was
an exploit celebrated by the Cuban-American mafia capos in
Miami who blindly supported his act of terrorism, along with
the blessing of the CIA and the FBI.
Its probable that the "anonymous informer" who later rang
the United Press International (UPI) agency to say that the
Omega 7 terrorist organization was responsible for the deed
was "Omar" himself.
INDIGNATION AT THE UN
In Washington, the authorities advised the Cuban Interest
Section - the island's main representation in the United
States - of the murder at 7:00 p.m. Ramón Sánchez Parodi,
the section's head at the time, left immediately for New
There, UN diplomats were in uproar. For the first time ever,
terrorists had used violence against the legitimate
representative of a UN member country. Nobody had ever dared
to do such a thing, and such a disgraceful act would never
Three times on the following day, UN Secretary General Kurt
Waldheim expressed his horror at the crime. He communicated
with the U.S. representative at the United Nations,
demanding that full measures be taken to guarantee the
safety of all the Cuban personnel in New York, and insisted
that the tragic event be thoroughly investigated.
At a press conference Waldheim stated that he strongly
condemned the unjustified act of terrorism, adding that it
was a new and tragic illustration of the growing violence
faced by diplomats around the world.
Secretary of State Ed Muskie called it a reprehensible act
and asked for all the relevant federal agencies as well as
the New York police department to cooperate in the
The man responsible for U.S. foreign policy stated that
terrorism was to be condemned in all its forms and
Donald McHenry, Washington's ambassador to the
UN called the crime a blot on the United States.
Nevertheless, both Muskie and McHenry refrained from
specifically condemning the anti-Cuban terrorism sponsored,
as was well known, by the country's very own intelligence
services and to a large degree tolerated by the federal
At the UN, Cuban ambassador Raúl Roa Kourí affirmed with
total clarity: "these groups of professional killers have
various locations in the country that hosts our
international organization. Their members and leaders make
public statements to New York's Spanish-language press and
hold public meetings on the streets, crudely boasting of
their criminal intentions."
He justly recalled: "They are the same ones who have
detonated five bombs in the offices of the Cuban Mission at
the UN over the last two years and who placed a
high-explosive bomb in the car belonging to Cuba's permanent
representative to the organization."
Kourí added: "Félix García Rodríguez has died as a result of
his cowardly murderers going unpunished for their previous
The subsequent investigations, concluded one year later,
completely supported his reasoning.
On September 13, the body of the murdered diplomat was
brought to Havana accompanied by Victor Villa, a work
colleague of Félix and a former guerrilla fighter in the
Sierra Maestra. An important group headed by Carlos Rafael
Rodríguez, member of the Political Bureau and vice president
of the Council of State, was awaiting their arrival at José
On September 14, Félix García Rodriguez was interred in
Havana's Colón Cemetery; thousands of people gathered to
give their final salute to a heroic comrade, victim of
Miami's Batista underworld.
His colleagues and friends remembered the murdered Cuban
diplomat, who had worked as a journalist on Juventud Rebelde
before moving to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as "a
great guy." He had worked for the UN Cuban Mission from
1977, joining Alarcón's team, and his main brief was to look
after the many Cuban visitors arriving in New York for
reasons of work.
OMAR AND HIS KILLERS
According to information declassified by the FBI in 1993,
Omega 7 was a Miami-based terrorist organization founded on
September 11, 1974 by Eduardo "Omar" Arocena, with the
backing of two fanatical Cuban-American groups: the Cuban
Nationalist Movement (CNM) and the Martí Insurrection
Omega 7 was active until 1983, when it was destroyed by the
arrest of its leader.
Various of the 20 or so killers gathered around Arocena had
been recruited and specially trained in intelligence and
commando techniques by the CIA in order to participate in
the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.
The FBI confirmed that the training of those individuals as
mercenaries plus funds guaranteed by the CNM gave
Omega 7 an almost unlimited potential for terrorism.
In the majority of their actions, Omega 7 used bombs,
bullets and murder.
Despite the international impact of Félix García Rodríguez'
death, the FBI waited until 1981 - at least officially -
before beginning to identify the perpetrators of the crime.
An FBI document reads that in December 1980, the Immigration
and Naturalization Service (INS) questioned Pedro Remón and
Ramón Sánchez, another Cuban immigrant, on crossing the
Canadian border, traveling from Montreal.
Although a bomb had gone off at the Cuban Consulate
in that city just a few hours earlier, the two men were not
questioned about the incident.
However, the INS gave the FBI data on the two individuals
and the Feds finally uncovered the Omega 7 network.
Investigations into the activities of Remón and Sánchez
allowed the experts to discover their links with Eduardo
Arocena, Andrés García and Eduardo Fernández Losada,
and the existence of the criminal organization.
A FINE AND A CHECK
Thus they were able to prove an important exchange of
telephone calls between Arocena and Remón around the dates
of various attacks, plus suspicious care-hire information in
Newark Airport, New Jersey.
Delving deeper, in the New York police archives
investigators found that a vehicle hired by Arocena and
Remón had received a fine in front of the UN Cuban Mission
on September 11, 1980¼ and that Arocena had signed a check
to pay for the infraction.
On December 2, 1982, Arocena was called before the Grand
Jury and roundly denied all knowledge of Omega 7's
activities, except for what he'd read about the group in the
However, the FBI report stated that the terrorist leader had
initially worked as a U.S. government agent. After that
appearance, Arocena briefly cooperated with the FBI and
talked to investigators Robert Brandt and Larry Wack.
At first he stated that he represented "Omar", the head of
Omega 7. But the next day he admitted that "Omar" and
himself were one and the same person.
After confessing that he'd traveled to Miami to pick up 600
pounds of explosives from Pedro Remón, "Omar" surprised
Brandt and Wack by telling them over the phone that he didn'
t want to cooperate with them any more and then disappeared
off the face of the earth.
The FBI claimed to have lost track of him, until his arrest
on July 22, 1983, seven months later.
DREAMING OF FIVE VICTIMS
During the time he was cooperating with Brandt and Wack,
"Omar" claimed that Pedro Remón had killed Félix García
Rodríguez. He gave the two men all the details of the
vicious attack. And he also spilled the beans on another
murder committed by his organization: the particularly
repugnant killing of Cuban-American Eulalio Negrín on
September 25, 1979.
Armed with the same MAC 10 machine gun as on September 11,
1980, Remón broke into Negrín's home and shot him in front
of his young son.
"Omar" confessed to the FBI that he dreamt about ordering
the deaths of five Cuban diplomats on that fateful September
11, with the aim of celebrating his criminal organization's
Among the other victims selected were Ramón Sánchez Parodi,
head of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, and Raul
Roa Kouri, Cuba's ambassador to the UN.
When investigator Brandt took the stand at Arocena's trial
in 1984, he told under oath how Arocena affirmed that he had
tried to persuade Remón not to kill Félix García Rodríguez
on September 11¼ but only because he realized that the
diplomat was alone in the car.
Brandt testified that "Omar" told him he didn't want to kill
just one Cuban, but five.
Pedro Remón and Eduardo Losada Fernández were arrested on
September 24, 1982 while attempting to steal a car in
Belleville, New Jersey. They wanted to use it for an
assassination attempt on Sánchez Parodi, which they planned
to effect by placing a bomb in the Cuban Interest Section.
"Omar" Arocena then confessed to personally making all the
bombs used by his organization. He also openly acknowledged
his operational links and training with the CIA.
IMPUNITY FOR REMON
At the same 1984 trial, a witness confirmed that Pedro Remón
was the person who had shot Félix García Rodríguez on
September 11, 1980 in New York.
In 1986 Remón, who was living in Kindall, Florida, at the
time, received a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty
to the attempted murder of Raúl Roa Kouri in front of the UN
building and an attempt on the Cuban Interest Section in
December 1975¼ in a deal made to get all the other charges
dropped, including that of the September 11 homicide. A
satisfactory result for the terrorist who, just a few years
later, was back on the streets, free to resume his former
Pedro Remón effectively carried on with his career as killer
and terrorist, firstly alongside Huber Matos, boss of the
Democratic and Independent Cuba organization, linked to
murky terrorist and drug trafficking operations. Later on
Remón joined arch-terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.
In 2000 Remón surfaced in Panama, at the very moment of the
failed Posada Carriles attempt against Fidel Castro. Had the
attempt succeeded, hundreds of people would have died.
Along with Posada and two others, he is now detained at El
Renacer "model" prison, 60 meters from the Panama Canal. In
Miami, mafia circles have been predicting the possible
escape of the four terrorists for some time.
Remón - killer, Omega 7 terrorist, an accomplice in the
majority of the extremely long list of attempts attributed
to Omega 7 - could then return to No. 170099 NW 98th Avenue,
Hialeah Gardens, Miami. With total impunity, and at great
convenience to the country that has always tolerated - when
it hasn't actually instigated - the activities of the most
fanatical Cuban-American elements. And a country that is
persecuting those who have risked their lives trying to
counteract such individuals.
On September 11, when the U.S. people recall the tragic
hours they lived through one year ago when watching the Twin
Towers collapse in flames, will the Miami terrorist circles
be commemorating how, on September 11, 1980, their hired
killer Remón cowardly murdered a young Cuban diplomat on the
streets of New York? Will they be bragging about how, for
over 40 years, they have organized, financed and encouraged
countless murders, violent attacks and criminal conspiracies
against Cuba? Will they feel proud of their blood on their
hands that September 11, 1980, when they used violence and
terrorism to realize their annexationist dreams?
Chickens home to roost
THE U.S. legal authorities "weren't as thorough as they
could have been" on investigating Félix García Rodríguez'
murder, in case they damaged their own interests," Ramón
Sánchez Parodi, head of the Cuban Interest Section in
Washington when the tragic event took place, told Granma
"Rooster chickens," he added, referring to the famous
saying: "The chickens are coming home to roost".
"No U.S. government has ever stopped sponsoring anti-Cuban
criminals," pointed out Sánchez Parodi, explaining that this
has resulted in the most violent individuals "thinking they
have license to act against Cuba."
According to his own experience, that policy of various U.S.
administrations does not correspond to the wishes of the
large majority of Cuban immigrants living in the United
States, who "just want relations to be normalized" between
the two countries.
FOR ILLUSTRATIONS, SEE GRANMA:
September 11, 2002
This Thursday, international day of solidarity with the Five
THIS September 12, four years on from the detention of the
five Cuban heroes currently imprisoned in the United States,
is to be marked by various activities worldwide, mounted by
an international campaign for their release that has been
steadily growing and gaining in strength.
In the United States itself, in Australia, in Belgium and
Holland among other European countries, as well as in the
Latin American region, this Thursday is to be a special day
of solidarity with our compatriots and one intended to
expose the irregularities committed in their case and the
violation of their human rights.
Puerto Ricans are mounting a protest at the Federal Building
in Hato Rey, demanding a retrial for Gerardo, Fernando,
Ramón, Antonio and René and revealing the hypocrisy of the
treatment these Cuban fighters of terrorism received at the
hands of the U.S. authorities.
In France, Argentina, Belgium and Ecuador, solidarity groups
are to present petitions to the U.S. embassies in those
countries demanding the release of the Cuban patriots, the
political prisoners of U.S. imperialism.
Other events such as public meetings and activities to gain
press coverage have been announced in Brazil, Peru, Italy
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