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TSA fails to order enhanced screening of residents of state sponsors of terrorism who arrive to Florida coast on tractor tires

According to heightened security measures devised by the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the wake of the “Dec. 25 incident,” “every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening.”

In order that air travelers might more easily determine whether their travel plans involve “countries of interest,” TSA elaborates:

The countries of interest are Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen and those designated as state sponsors of terrorism, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.”

Washington Post Op-Ed columnist Eugene Robinson bravely objects to Cuba’s inclusion in the list in a Jan. 5 dispatch entitled “A terrorism designation Cuba doesn’t deserve,” in which he explains that—unlike the other 13 countries of interest—Cuba “is not a failed state where swaths of territory lie beyond government control” and that “[t]here is no history of radical Islam in Cuba.”

TSA has thus far failed to detect Cuba’s uniqueness, however, or to expand its heightened security requirements to include amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act, such that visitors arriving illegally to the U.S. from Caribbean state sponsors of terrorism are not rewarded with expedited citizenship options.

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1 Comment

  1. Igor Sill says:

    I agree completedly with Eugene’s comments. Cuba has suffered disproportionately enough. The new TSA enhanced security screening procedures naming US-bound flights originating from or through “state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest” actually tops Cuba on the list. The U.S. government officially lists four countries as those that sponsor terror: Cuba, Sudan, Syria and Iran. Additionally, there are 10 other countries listed as “of interest” which include Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. Many knowledgeable intelligence experts and analysts are skeptical of Cuba’s inclusion. In 1998, a comprehensive review by the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Cuba does not pose a threat to U.S. national security, implying that Cuba is no longer participating in sponsoring terrorism. More recently, The Center for Defense Intelligence (CDI) also supported this opinion. Cuba imposes a state atheist attitude towards religions and the few Cuban Muslims on the island usually pray in their homes since there is no Mosque in Havana and the state has yet to allow any construction of mosques. I suspect that our elderly statesman with long memories of the Castro/Kennedy feud are the only reason for keeping Cuba on a terrorist list. The facts and politics certainly don’t support it.

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