By Carlos Eire, on July 2, 2015, at 11:00 am
It doesn’t take a Hamlet to figure out that something is rotten in the kingdom of Obama.
U.S. government officials have yet to ask Alan Gross any probing questions about his five years of imprisonment in the Castro dynasty’s prisons.
This makes no sense. Could it be that the entire Gross incident was part of a larger plan, now unfolding?
And, was that photo of Che in Gross’s lawyer’s office as huge a hint as we here at Babalu have been suggesting for months?
James Kirchick raises many pertinent questions in The Daily Beast.
Below is an excerpt. Read the whole article HERE.
U.S. Never Asked Alan Gross About His Imprisonment in Cuba
by James Kirchick
Alan Gross was locked up by the Castro regime for half a decade. When he got out, no one in the U.S. government bothered to debrief him about his time in captivity.
After spending more than five years in a Cuban jail, former USAID contractor Alan Gross is probably in possession of a lot of information that the United States government would like to know. How did Cuban officials become aware of his work bringing internet access to the island’s tiny Jewish community? What were the conditions like inside the Valla Marista prison, where he was held? What were the mannerisms and interests of his interrogators? What was the content of the conversations he had with his fellow prisoners?
Yet according to an authoritative source, no U.S. government official has debriefed Gross since he was released from a Cuban jail last December as part of a broader deal normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. That political thaw reached a symbolic milestone Wednesday when both governments announced they would open embassies in each others’ capitals, 54 years after the severing of diplomatic relations.
Asked whether Gross had been debriefed by the United States government, both Jill Zuckman, Gross’s spokesman, and Noel Clay, a State Department spokesman, declined to comment.
After a citizen has been held against their will by an adversarial government, terrorist organization, or rogue group, it is standard procedure for their own country’s government to sit them down and try to extract as much useful information as possible. This process is known as a “debrief” in intelligence and diplomatic parlance. An American aid worker rescued from Somali pirates by Navy Seals in 2012, the former Army sergeant held by the Taliban for five years, even non-American hostages released by ISIS—all have been debriefed by U.S. government officials following their periods in captivity….
….Incompetence can never be ruled out as an explanation for U.S. government actions, of course. But an equally likely rationale for Washington’s decision not to debrief Gross—to glean whatever information it can about the Castro regime, its intelligence apparatus, and its penal system— is that the Obama administration isn’t at all eager to do so.
After all, the failure to debrief Gross fits into a pattern. So determined is the Obama administration to normalize relations with the Castro regime that it resists treating Havana as an adversary….
….This insatiable desire to normalize relations with Havana—regardless of whether or not the regime changes its behavior—is a major reason why dissidents in Cubaare complaining that the administration has caved to Castro’s demands without extracting anything in return. It is why Obama removed Cuba from the State Department’s list of terrorism sponsors despite the fact that the island is, as Iwrote in this space not long ago, “a Star Wars cantina of violent Cold War-era radicals” and a collaborator with the Columbian FARC. And it’s why Obama celebrated the official opening of the American embassy in Havana Wednesday morning—lauding a “new chapter” in relations—while the Cuban regime continues to harass and arrest dissidents by the hundreds and shows no signs of loosening its monopoly on power.
Gross, perhaps ironically, has emerged as a vocal supporter of the administration’s opening to Cuba. Why doesn’t anyone in the administration bother to find out what else he has to say?