Saturday, August 26, 2006

FBI Rescinds Immunity for Cuban-American Couple

A Cuban-American professor at Florida International University admitted in court to corroborating with Cuba for more than a decade; but his attorney says all charges against Carlos Alvarez should be thrown out because the FBI had promised him he would never be prosecuted if he fessed up.


Alvarez is charged for not registering as a foreign agent, several Florida newspapers report.

Answering questions from a federal prosecutor, Carlos Alvarez said he used a short-wave radio to send coded messages to Cuban intelligence contacts and sometimes met with them in person from 1986 to 1998.

"I wouldn't do it again," Alvarez said during his second day on the stand at a hearing in Miami federal court.

Alvarez was a psychology professor at the university for many, many years. Geez, you'd think he'd know a little something about manipulation, si? Next time, get it in writing or at least in front of your attorney.

The Miami Herald writes that his wife was also indicted; the FBI claims they never promised the couple anything.
FBI agents Albert Alonso and Rosa Schureck both testified that they made no
firm promises to Alvarez and insisted that he was told he was free to leave the
interviews, conducted June 22-23 and July 1, 2005, at a hotel in the Miami area.
Two of the sessions were videotaped.
Yep, trust but verify. Come to think of it, wasn't that how Billy Carter got into all that hot water back in the early 80s? And what of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Some people think that the "tax-exempt organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of Israel" should have to register as an agent of a foreign government.

Just asking...

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