Earlier this year, General James R. Clapper, the U.S Director of National Intelligence, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that:
"The threat from foreign intelligence entities, both state and nonstate, is persistent, complex, and evolving. Targeting and collection of US political, military, economic, and technical information by foreign intelligence services continues unabated. Russia and China pose the greatest threat, followed by Iran and Cuba on a lesser scale."
Only one of these nations is in the Western Hemisphere -- just 90 miles from the United States.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba today and met with dictators Fidel and Raul Castro.
The purpose of Abe's trip was simple -- to seek help over North Korea's nuclear provocations and its clandestine operations in Japan.
Nearly on a monthly basis, some senior North Korean is on a "working visit" to Cuba. Or some senior Cuban regime official is on a "working visit" to North Korea.
Of course, the irony is that while Iran's Hassan Rouhani is in Havana plotting with the Castro regime how to undermine U.S. interests, the Obama Administration is lying to the American people and making it easier for them.
Kudos to Senator Rubio for his leadership.
Rubio Demands Answers From White House About TSA Lies, Security of Cuba Flights
Below is a transcript of Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump's, remarks last Friday in Miami, Florida:
"On policy after policy, we are going to provide opportunity, prosperity and security for all Americans.
We are also going to stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression.
On Senate Floor, Rubio Calls for Suspension of Cuba Flights after Obama Administration Lie about Federal Air Marshals is Exposed
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to the Senate floor today to blast the Obama Administration after the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) admission that, contrary to earlier claims, U.S. federal air marshals are not present on commercial flights to and from Cuba because the Obama Administration and Castro regime have actually not finalized an agreement the U.S. announced last month.
The following is today's testimony by Mauricio Claver-Carone during a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee on 'American Agricultural Trade With Cuba':
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member and Members of the Committee.
It's truly a privilege to join you here today to discuss important and consequential issues surrounding U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba. I commend you for including a dissenting voice on this panel.
My name is Mauricio Claver-Carone and I'm the Executive Director of Cuba Democracy Advocates, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Cuba.
A House panel advanced legislation on Tuesday that would halt commercial flights to Cuba until a thorough security review is conducted at the country’s 10 airports, fueling an ongoing debate about whether the U.S. should have resumed air service with the island nation.
We have warned (again, and again, and again, and again, and again) how the Cuban military would become the biggest beneficiary of the Obama Administration's sanctions relief.
Now, even the Associated Press has had to recognize it.
Obama's supporters can spin it however they'd like -- but this is not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination.
The Obama Administration should set legacy aside, tap the brakes and process this negative trend rationally.
House panel will consider bill to halt Cuba flights next week
The House Homeland Security Committee will consider legislation next week that would halt commercial flights to Cuba until a thorough security review is conducted at the country’s 10 airports.
Yesterday, Cuban democracy leader Sirley Avila Leon boarded American Airlines flight #1359 from Miami to Holguin.
This was the much-hyped second commercial flight to Cuba -- after last week's JetBlue flight -- pursuant to Obama's new policy.