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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen with her Congressional 
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
(R - Florida, 18th congressional district)

Ros Lehtinen was born in Cuba in 1952 and came to Miami in the 60's. Raised a Catholic, her grandfather was a leader of the Jewish community in Havana who stayed on after the Revolution.  She joined the most intransigent hard right in Miami, the remnants of Cuba's Plantocracy formed by former slave owning sugar and rum interests.

According to the LA Times: "In February 1988, Orlando Bosch was arrested in Miami and implicated in the 1976 plot to blow up Cubana Flight 455, a terrorist act that killed 73 passengers. Joe D. Whitley, the associate U.S. attorney general at the time, called Bosch "a terrorist, unfettered by laws or human decency, threatening and inflicting violence without regard to the identity of his victims." Bosch, however, had the distinct advantage of having Ros-Lehtinen make advocating for his release one of the cornerstones of her 1989 congressional campaign. Bosch had another advantage: Ros-Lehtinen's campaign manager was Jeb Bush, President George H.W. Bush's son. In 1990, after lobbying by Jeb Bush and Ros-Lehtinen, the Bush administration went against the Justice Department's recommendation to deport Bosch and authorized his release. Since then, Bosch has become a permanent resident of the United States."

Ros and her Plantocracy colleagues have repeatedly intervened not only in the case of Bosch, but also that of Luis Posada Carriles, another prime mover behind the 1976 Cubana bombing.

Ros Lehtinen is a strong supporter of Israel and also a supporter of anti-Iran terrorists: according to Iran Focus: she is "one of the strongest supporters in Congress of the MKO," the Mujahedin Khalq Organization, a terrorist group according to both the US and Iranian services. MKO, also known as MEK, is on the State Department list of terrorists. They have spread their mysteriously abundant cash around liberally to US politicians from FBI director Louis Freeh to Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and current MSNBC talking head, from former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton. This may well be technically illegal in the US, as would be any contribution from them to Ileana, without her registering as a foreign agent.

Ros Lehtinen funds Victoria Ruiz-Labrit, the US representative for the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration, a Havana based dissident group that was promoted in the Briefing that accompanied the Acting on Our Conscience letter signed by 59 prominent African Americans, who perhaps did not look at the package they were signing on to, though its provenance via Carlos Moore should have given them a clue.

The significance of Ros-Lehtinen's action to free Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles cannot be exaggerated. They are mass murderers, narcoterrorists who acted in the service of the Plantocracy remnants -- the CANF, the Bacardis, the Fanjuls, the Lincoln-Balarts, slave owning families all, close collaborators of Ileana. For Vicky Ruiz to have taken money from her is a sign for everyone to see. 

-- Claude Betancourt

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen News

Beyonce and Jay Z Are Race Traitors for Going to Cuba !?!? 4/15/2013 Huffington Post: by Mark Sawyer, UCLA - "In the early 2000's the Cuban members of Congress funded projects located at HBCU's for scholars under contract to produce articles on racism in Cuba. Scholars visited Cuba but did no original research and largely summarized the works of scholars like myself without any of the necessary context and caveats. We were then invited to a conference at Howard University hosted by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen so they could report their "findings" on racism in Cuba and have the validation of top scholars in the field. As the conservative Miami Cubans have struggled to connect with blacks on the island they have seen talking about racism on the island as a possible entrée to Afro-Cubans."

En Honduras, un desastre hecho en los E.E.U.U. Friday, 27 January 2012 14:04 Administrador  1/27/2012 Defensores en Linea: "Cuando prominentes figuras han salido ha acusar a la policía son acribillados por escuadrones de la muerte y narcotraficantes, el más famoso acusador fue el antiguo comisionado de policía, Alfredo Landaverde. El fue asesinado el 7 de diciembre, hasta ahora el gobierno ha comenzado hacer significativos arrestos de oficiales de policía… Porque el Departamento de Estado se ha lanzado detrás de la administración Lobo a pesar de las evidencias de la corrupción del régimen? En parte porque ha sido enterrados por la circunscripción Cubana-Americana de la Representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y sus aliados. Ellos han sido feroces sobre Honduras como un primer dominó con el que pueden empujar contra la línea gobiernos de izquierda y centro-izquierda que han ganado elecciones en América Latina en los últimos 15 años. Con su base militar aérea Americana, Honduras es crucial para la estrategia militar de los Estados Unidos en América Latina."

In Honduras, a Mess Made in the U.S.  1/26/2012 NYT: "When prominent figures came forward to charge that the police are riddled with death squads and drug traffickers, the most famous accuser was a former police commissioner, Alfredo Landaverde. He was assassinated on Dec. 7. Only now has the government begun to make significant arrests of police officers… Why has the State Department thrown itself behind the Lobo administration despite brutal evidence of the regime’s corruption? In part because it has caved in to the Cuban-American constituency of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and her allies. They have been ferocious about Honduras as a first domino with which to push back against the line of center-left and leftist governments that have won elections in Latin America in the past 15 years. With its American air base, Honduras is also crucial to the United States’ military strategy in Latin America."

Ros-Lehtinen Says Cuban Regime Big Winner in New Travel Spree; Says Obama Administration Policies to Blame for Increased Travel Revenue to Dictatorship  1/10/2012 US House: “Travel advertisements are springing up throughout the United States seeking to entice American tourists to take a trip to the island. The New York Times recently joined the Cuba travel bandwagon, ranking Havana as number 10 of ‘The 45 Places to Go in 2012.’ But the Times’ assist to the propaganda machine of repressive regimes was not just limited to Cuba. It also touted Burma, under the rule of the brutal military junta, as a must see, ranking it as number 3. National Geographic Expeditions is also on board, organizing a 10-day trip to Cuba, and the Smithsonian Institution is sponsoring four so-called ‘cultural exchange’ trips to the island through Smithsonian Journeys."

Ros-Lehtinen accused Smithsonian of "supporting Cuba and terrorism"  1/4/2012 Walter Lippman: by Jean-Guy Allard - "Hysterical, Ros-Lehtinen accused prestigious institute of "supporting Cuba and Terrorism"

Ros-Lehtinen says Smithsonian trips to Cuba a cash gift to Castro  1/4/2012 The Hill: "Ros-Lehtinen stopped short of saying she would move to block the Smithsonian trips but said the visits would do nothing to help Americans to see the brutality of the Cuban regime. "Instead, these tourists will experience a false depiction of Cuba through a biased and censored ‘tour’ of the island," she said. "The Smithsonian's 10-day trips to Cuba will amount to little more than a tropical vacation," she said. "Americans participating in these trips will not see the brutal reality of the Castro dictatorship."

Travel to Cuba: People-to-People Cultural Exchange  1/4/2012 Smithsonian: "Smithsonian will offer multiple departures of a new People-to-People Cultural Exchange Program to Cuba in 2012. Thanks to a special license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Smithsonian Institution invites you to participate in this meaningful Cultural Exchange program with the Cuban people who are involved in the arts, cultural traditions, agriculture, natural history and education. •Travel Dates are: May 4 - 13; May 11 - 20; November 9 - 18; November 30 - December 9, 2012*. (*pending license renewal)"

Congresswoman objects to Smithsonian tours to Cuba  1/4/2012 WaPo: "In a blistering press release, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said the Smithsonian was helping what she called “the deplorable Havana tyranny” by sponsoring trips to Cuba."

Ros-Lehtinen Concerned about Smithsonian-Sponsored Trips to Cuba  1/3/2012 US House: "“The nature of the Smithsonian’s upcoming trips to Cuba becomes clear merely by looking at the ad promoting it. The ad fails to mention that Cuba is a state-sponsor of terrorism or that Castro’s thugs repeatedly and routinely beat and harass the innocent Ladies in White while they peacefully march down a street. It does not mention that an American citizen is being held hostage by the regime simply for seeking to lift the veil of censorship that the dictatorship imposes on the Cuban people."

El capítulo peruano de la injerencia israelí en América Latina.  12/1/2011 Descubriendo Verdades: "El derechista gobierno del Perú acaba de realizar un cuestionable acto de acercamiento hacia Israel, luego de la reciente visita del canciller sionista, Avigdor Lieberman, a ese país, el pasado 27 de Julio de 2009. Dentro de las negociaciones secretas entre el Ministro de Relaciones de Israel con el presidente peruano Allan García y su Ministro de Defensa, Rafael Rey, estuvo la aprobación por el Ministerio de Defensa sionista para que Global CST, empresa pantalla del Mossad, penetrara abiertamente en la nación andina con vistas a fortalecer el aparato militar y los servicios de espionaje del Perú, entrenar a las FF AA en la lucha antisubversiva y en la creación de una sofisticada red de inteligencia electrónica. Con la justificación de adiestrar al ejército peruano para combatir el narcotráfico y el terrorismo, se dio a conocer el pasado 8 de noviembre que el gobierno de Perú había contratado, a un costo de 9 millones de USD anuales, los servicios de Global CST, la empresa israelí dedicada al entrenamiento a varios ejércitos latinoamericanos en técnicas de lucha anti subversiva y espionaje."

Ros-Lehtinen: says the presence of Cuban children in the United States is “a danger to national security”  10/22/2011 Cuba Soidarity: "The presence of the 22 children of Cuban children’s theater group La Colmenita (The Beehive) is part of a policy that “undermines U.S. foreign policy priorities and interests of national security,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of of Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives. Ros-Lehtinen is famous for her links with terrorist circles of Cuban Miami."

Mujahideen-e Khalq: Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization  8/8/2011 Huffington Post 

Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Factsheet  7/8/2011 NIAC - Washington insights for the Iranian-American community: "In a matter of weeks, a terrorist group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) may succeed in getting removed from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations — not as a result of any change of heart — but as a result of an unprecedented and possibly illegal multi-million dollar media and lobbying blitz. Iranian Americans know the truth about the MEK, but high-priced public relations and lobbying firms are hard at work trying to whitewash the MEK’s violent and disturbing record. And while they’ve been remarkably successful, they can’t completely escape the truth. So, for the record, here are the facts about the MEK (you can find this and more at"

Video Captures Iraqi Forces Killing Iranian Dissidents  4/15/2011 FOX: [The 'dissidents' are the MEK, much beloved of Ileana Ros Lehtinen.]

BROTHER OF POSADA VICTIM TO ROS-LEHTINEN: "You don’t even see the terrorist within!"  2/10/2011 Granma: "The names of Posada Carriles and his associates are always appearing in available declassified documents, he notes. "I learned that in the U.S., members of Congress are among those who have lobbied on behalf of these terrorist criminals. In fact, your name, Ms. Lehtinen, appears time and time again." "In this open letter, I wish to express the extreme indignation and revulsion that I feel knowing that there are people like you in the U.S. Congress who are so blinded by hatred for the legitimate leaders of Cuba that your twisted minds consider Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch as heroic patriots."

Who Killed the Iranian Physics Professors?  1/18/2011 Counterpunch: [Ileana Ros Lehtinen favors MEK] - "There were also rumors in some Iranian news media, as well as some foreign news sources, that the US designated terrorist organization Mujahedeen Khalq-e Iran or MEK [MKO, National Council of Resistance, and various other names used by the organization] was also behind the assassinations. For example, Iranian Students News Agency stated on December 1, 2010, that the “monafeghin,” a code name for MEK, had admitted that they had “played a role” in the attack. In this report they referred to some MEK documents that appeared on the website of “Habilian Center,” a group that claims to be a non-governmental organization fighting terrorism in Iran. On December 1, 2010, AP also reported that according to Iran’s defense minister, Israel had enlisted members of MEK to carry out such attacks. Indeed, on November 30, 2010, Fars News Agency quoted Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi as saying: “This inauspicious act was sponsored by the Zionist regime and in coordination with the western intelligence agencies, the US and Britain in particular, and was carried out by MKO [MEK] hirelings."

Congresista Connie Mack tiene historial de vinculos con red de Posada Carriles  1/11/2011 Vos el Soberano, Honduras: "En 1989, el propio padre del representante para el distrito 14 de la Florida, el Senador Connie Mack III (McGillicuddy), y la entonces candidata al congreso Ileana Ros-Lehtinen fueron los políticos que llevaron la campaña para la liberación en EE.UU. del terrorista Orlando Bosch, el jefe de la organización terrorista internacional CORU. Bosch y Posada Carriles fueron quienes ordenaron, organizaron y financiaron en Caracas, en 1976 la destrucción en pleno vuelo de un avión civil cubano, provocando la muerte de sus 73 ocupantes."

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's intelligence  1/5/2011 Progreso Weekly: "A critic of what she considers the “weaknesses” of Obama's policy toward Latin America, she hosted a meeting of the continental ultraright in the Capitol itself, which was attended by notorious putschists whom she called “our responsible partners… From her new position in Congress, protected by Cuban-American fundamentalists, Zionist Jews and extremist white neocons, Ileana Ros competes for the post of spokeswoman for the ultraright in Latin America, a job that does not seem too demanding, since the Latin American oligarchy apparently is not interested in looking cultured or pleasant.” She also made statements calling for greater OAS willingness to intervene against governments she deems “threats to democracy, human rights and hemispheric security” and even accused Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega of being a “collaborator with the Castro regime” for his efforts to gain the release of prisoners who had until then allegedly caused sleepless nights to the Congresswoman and her friends."

Ros-Lehtinen: My mission is to cut the state and foreign aid budgets  12/8/2010 Progreso Weekly 

A Looming US Foreign Relations Disaster in the making: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to Chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee  11/28/2010 AfroCubaWeb: by Alberto Jones

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Así es la congresista yanqui que pretende “enseñar” la democracia a América Latina  11/25/2010 Diario Universal 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs_Camp Ashraf  11/25/2010 Camp Ashraf: "Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs ,Howard Berman, Ranking member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior HCFA members Dana Rohrabacher, Sheila Jackson Lee and Ted Poe addressed the Issue of Camp Ashraf residents, member of the People Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Background: Camp Ashraf-Iraq, home to 3,400 members of Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), continues to face a serious crisis demanding urgent action by the international community to avoid a human catastrophe."

ROHRABACHER CODEL  2/24/2010 "Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) visited Honduras January 31-February 2 and called on Hondurans to "turn the page" on the political events of the summer. Congressman Rohrabacher commended the Honduran people for their commitment to democracy and said he would urge the U.S. government to re-instate revoked U.S. visas. Congressman Rohrabacher expressed concern that establishment of a "truth commission," as called for by the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, would have the effect of continuing to divide Hondurans. Congressman Rohrabacher, who was accompanied by several American businessmen and investors, endorsed US investment and particularly lauded the benefits of the development of biofuel industry in Honduras. He enthusiastically promoted a start-up biofuel company, SG Biofuels... In his conversation with President of Congress Juan Orlando Hernandez on February 1, Congressman Rohrabacher told Hernandez that he was an emissary of Honduras' friends in Congress, in particular member of Congress Ileana ROS-LEHTINEN."

Ros-Lehtinen Warns of Increased Drug Trafficking, Extremist Links between Latin America and Africa  1/6/2010 US House: "U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented today on remarks by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official regarding the “unholy alliance” between South American narco-criminal groups and Islamist extremist organizations in western Africa. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “The recent arrest of three west-African al-Qaeda operatives on drug smuggling charges darkens the already ominous picture of Islamist extremist groups in western Africa collaborating with narco-criminals in South America. “Groups like the FARC are finding new ways to sell drugs to Europeans via al-Qaeda groups in Africa. Al-Qaeda, in turn, is more than willing to use the drug business to help fund its extremist agenda."

The hypocrisy of American bluster toward Iran  12/23/2009 LA Times: "What is astounding is the lack of shame in such overt duplicity as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's (R-Fla.) accusations in her Dec. 14 Times Op-Ed article that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorists -- when she herself has a track record of supporting terrorists. In February 1988, Orlando Bosch was arrested in Miami and implicated in the 1976 plot to blow up Cubana Flight 455, a terrorist act that killed 73 passengers. Joe D. Whitley, the associate U.S. attorney general at the time, called Bosch "a terrorist, unfettered by laws or human decency, threatening and inflicting violence without regard to the identity of his victims." Bosch, however, had the distinct advantage of having Ros-Lehtinen make advocating for his release one of the cornerstones of her 1989 congressional campaign. Bosch had another advantage: Ros-Lehtinen's campaign manager was Jeb Bush, President George H.W. Bush's son. In 1990, after lobbying by Jeb Bush and Ros-Lehtinen, the Bush administration went against the Justice Department's recommendation to deport Bosch and authorized his release. Since then, Bosch has become a permanent resident of the United States."

A Dangerous President  12/4/2009 Mambi Watch: "Those were the exact words that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen used to describe President Barack Obama when she appear on Radio Mambi last month."

Ros-Lehtinen, máxima representante del lobby israelí contra un informe de la ONU  11/5/2009 Honduras en Resistencia: "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la politiquera yanqui de origen cubano que salió a defender el dictador hondureño Roberto Micheletti y que se hizo una carrera denigrando a Cuba, se convirtió en máxima representante del lobby israeli en el Congreso al obtener la condena del Informe Goldstone presentado en la ONU que reconoce el carácter genocida de de los crímenes de Israel."

Ros-Lehtinen invites golpistas to U.S. Congress  10/14/2009 Quotha 

Ros-Lehtinen Discovers Antidote to Honduran Tourism Crisis in Visiting US Congress Members  10/6/2009 NarcoNews 

"Real Time" lawmaker Ros-Lehtinen taking Honduran coup show on the road  10/3/2009 NarcoNews 

"Real Time" lawmaker Ros-Lehtinen taking Honduran coup show on the road  10/3/2009 NarcoNews: "So, let’s get this straight. Ros-Lehtinen is headed to Honduras next week to help preen the feathers of the leaders of the Honduran coup while at the same time her former press secretary is working under contract with an inside-the-Beltway PR firm to advance the despotic interests of those same coup leaders — all in open defiance of the Obama Administration’s stated policy on Honduras. Maybe after she returns, Ros-Lehtinen can get HBO to once again pay her way to Los Angeles to appear on the “Real Time with Bill Maher” show — a gig she’s done at least four times since 2005, with the last such trip racking up nearly $2,300 in travel and lodging expenses (including a $750 town car ride), according to Congressional travel records. And once on the show, maybe Ros-Lehtinen can give CSLA an assist with their coup contract by putting a positive spin (cloaked in humor, of course) on all the golpista-sanctioned democracy she discovered while fact-finding in Honduras."

Para la Loba Feroz, el regreso de Zelaya es “amenazante”  9/22/2009 CubaDebate: "En la misma lógica ultraderechista que defiende Ros-Lehtinen, las elecciones que realizaría en noviembre la junta golpista dispondría como “observadores” a enviados del grupo neonazi UnoAmérica y de la “Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Libertad”, un apéndice de la Fundación Libertad, financiada por la NED y al Faes de José María Aznar, según la prensa oficialista hondureña Los magistrados del Tribunal Supremo Electoral, TSE, han anunciado que “recibieron el ofrecimiento oficial de participación como observadores” de estos grupos cuya filiación con la CIA y la derecha latinoamericana más recalcitrante está bien documentada. En los últimos meses, UnoAmérica (Unión de Organizaciones Democráticas de América) ha realizado campañas de propaganda contra Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay y Nicaragua. UnoAmerica es diriga por el venezolano Alejandro Peña Esclusa, un opositor golpista a Hugo Chávez."

Ros-Lehtinen en tierra sionista  9/3/2009 Granma: por Jean Guy Allard -- "En una entrevista con el diario web Forward, el 14 de octubre del 2005, Ros-Lehtinen habló por primera vez de su ascendencia judía que, dijo, pocos de sus electores conocen. Sus abuelos maternales eran judíos sefaraditas procedentes de Turquía que se radicaron en La Habana en los años 50. Su abuelo Jacobo Adato Levy fue un respetado líder religioso de la comunidad judía habanera, fundo sinagogas, y se quedo en Cuba después de la Revolución hasta su fallecimiento."

Ricardo Maduro, “héroe” de la ultra derecha, y protector de Posada Carriles  7/28/2009 CubaDebate: "Ricardo Maduro, el ex presidente de Honduras que participó en el criminal golpe de Estado contra el presidente constitucional, Manuel Zelaya, y que acaba de ser acogido en Washington por los congresistas de la ultra derecha cubanoamericana, fue quien presidía el país centroamericano cuando Luis Posada Carriles se refugió ahí en el 2004 para quedarse durante más de seis meses, con la tolerancia evidente de su gobierno. Maduro está realizando una gira en Estados Unidos, adonde lo invitaron los miembros de la pandilla cubanoamericana del Congreso. El ex candidato presidencial John McCain, viejo socio de la mafia miamense, y la representante republicana, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen le organizaron una reunión en el Capitolio con una decena de sus colegas."

Hillary Clinton moves State Department to the right of Condoleezza Rice  7/21/2009 OnLine Journal: "It was then announced that Clinton’s presidential campaign adviser Lanny Davis, a consummate Washington, DC, slime merchant and ardent Zionist, became a paid shill for the pro-Honduran junta Honduran Chamber of Commerce, CEAL. Davis is reportedly coordinating his activities with Republican members of the Congress who support the junta, including Cuban-American reactionary Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), as well as Otto Reich, George W. Bush’s Cuban-American Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs who worked overtime to overthrow Chavez in Venezuela and Morales in Bolivia… Mrs. Clinton has always seemed to have an affinity for fascists and their fellow travelers. She has written of “The Family” Christian cult leader Doug Coe, who provides housing on C Street on Capitol Hill for a number of conservative Republican and a few Democratic congressmen and senators, as “a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.” However, Coe’s record shows that the only people he wants to “deepen his relationship” with are a number of tinhorn dictators around the world, including past military junta leaders in Honduras, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries."

Ros-Lehtinen Proposes Amendment to Cut Funding to OAS - Funds would be re-routed to support the National Endowment for Democracy  7/8/2009 House Foreign Affairs Committee: “From its warm overtures towards the Cuban tyrants to its knee-jerk support of Manuel Zelaya, echoing the rhetoric and agenda of autocratic leaders like Chavez, Morales, and Ortega, the OAS is losing credibility as an entity that stands for democratic institutions, human rights, and the rule of law."

Rosner's Guest: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  2/10/2009 Haaretz: "The Palestinian leadership is the one to blame for this situation. They were asked time and time again to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to disarm the terrorists. They did nothing. The Congress just two months ago said that if Hamas was allowed to participate in the Palestinian elections, U.S. assistance would be cut. The Palestinian leadership ignored these requests. They have ignored the requests from the international community. By allowing Hamas to participate as a legitimate party, they have made a mockery of the electoral process and the pursuit of a democratic society."

Three GOP incumbents survive toughest challenge yet  11/5/2008 Miami Herald: "Miami's trio of Cuban-American Republican congress members survived their toughest challenge yet on Tuesday night. Voters returned hard-line anti-Castro Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart to Washington."

U.S. Native Americans Lead Opposition to Designation of Venezuela as Terrorist Nation  4/4/2008 Indian Country Today: "Members of the Penobscot Indian Nation are spearheading opposition to a congressional resolution that would designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. James Sappier, former Penobscot Indian Nation chief, and Erlene Paul, the head of Penobscot's Human Services Department, said House Resolution 1049 threatens not only a program in which the South American country has provided free heating oil to hundreds of American Indian and low-income communities for the past three winters, but would also jeopardize the good relationships tribal members have developed with Venezuelans and could impact oil imports for the entire U.S. Sappier said he has alerted the tribes involved to contact their congressional representatives to vote against the resolution. ...The resolution was introduced March 13 by Florida Republican Reps. Connie Mack and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. It asks the State Department to place Venezuela on a list of countries that provide support to terrorist organizations, a designation that would impose a number of sanctions on Venezuela and U.S. companies and individuals that do business there. Other countries on the list are North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Sudan."

Candidates target Castros for indictment  12/10/2007 Miami Herald: "The frustration of Miami exiles over the Cuban government's downing of two Brothers to the Rescue planes more than a decade ago has now filtered into the presidential race, with top GOP candidates calling for the indictment of Fidel and Raúl Castro. While stumping through South Florida, three Republican candidates have brought up the Brothers tragedy, and at least two have pledged to hold the Castro brothers responsible for the 1996 shoot-down by Cuban MiGs that killed four Miami-based fliers. The candidates' interest in the shoot-down may be an indication of the advice they're receiving from key Cuban-American leaders. Among Sen. John McCain's supporters are U.S. Reps. Mario and Lincoln Díaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, all of Miami. In the past, she has brought up the possibility of indictments with President Bush. ''I talked to McCain about this specific recommendation, and he said yes, that as president he would . . . ask the Justice Department to begin a legal inquiry into the illegal shoot-down,'' Ros-Lehtinen said Monday."

Diaz Balarts & Ros-Lehtinen condemn FBI for seeking evidence in Posada case  5/9/2007 Havana Journal: "South Florida’s three Cuban-American members of Congress condemned the Justice Department Thursday for sending Miami FBI agents to Cuba to collect evidence against Luis Posada Carriles in a hotel bombing that killed an Italian in Havana a decade ago. ‘By asking a state sponsor of terrorism for `evidence’ regarding terrorism, the Bush administration Justice Department demonstrates a shockingly profound ignorance of the nature of terrorism, of its origins and its state sponsors,’’ U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and brothers Lincoln and Mario D?az-Balart said in a statement."

Ros-Lehtinen Did Call For Castro's Assassination  12/23/2006 NBC 

Lawmaker denies Castro assassination quote - Ros-Lehtinen says footage in documentary is fake; director stands by it  12/10/2006 NBC: "Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., appears in the 28-second clip made available on the Internet by the makers of a new British documentary, “638 Ways to Kill Castro.” In it, she says: “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.”

The winds of change are blowing in Miami  11/23/2006 Granma: "These three reactionary Congress members, the Díaz-Balart brothers and Ileana (the Gabys, Fofós and Milikis, of our political fauna) were reelected by a slight majority. The opponents of all three were political unknowns who had neither the backing of the Democratic Party – even though they were running as Democrats – nor the money to buy even a burger… For everyone in Miami, it is obvious that the votes won by the opponents of the three Congress members were not for the former, but instead a vote of categorical rejection of the other three. It was, above all, a spontaneous vote, without any political entity organizing or backing it. The vote against these three sinister individuals was against their politics, which is preventing the free exercise of political rights in our community, and via which the minority section of the extreme right – through many means, including the use of terrorism –, has achieved absolute control of this; it was a vote against the policy that arbitrarily denies us our Constitutional rights of being able to travel to Cuba to share with our families, as well as against the sadistic policy of permanent aggression against the safety and well-being of all our families on the island."

Brothers versus brothers  8/2/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to Aug. 2, 2006 - " Bush and his right-wing Cuban-American friends and donors engaged in a macabre Castro death watch in Miami. President George W. and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, two brothers who owe their offices to the power of the right-wing Cuban-American community in south Florida, engaged in a macabre and sinister death watch for Cuban President Fidel Castro while being hosted by wealthy Cuban-American supporters. As Castro was rushed to the hospital suffering from internal bleeding, just two weeks after visiting, along with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, the boyhood home of Che Guevara in Alta Gracia, Argentina, the Bush brothers began planning action against the Cuban government and the two Castro brothers -- Fidel and Raul. Defense Minister Raul Castro took over the reins of power from Fidel, the first time the Cuban leader had given up power since 1959. The Bush brothers huddled at a Republican National Committee fundraiser with Jeb Bush's business mentor and partner, wealthy Cuban-American real estate developer Armando Codina, head of the Codina Group and close friend of George H. W. Bush. Codina sponsored the fundraiser at his Coral Gables home. Until 1994, the firm was known as the Codina-Bush Group. Codina and Jeb Bush made a fortune in developing southern Florida real estate properties. He invested $1000 in 1984 in a Miami office tower project and cashed out his shares in 1990 for a hefty $346,000. Before he left Codina in 1993, Jeb earned huge commissions for the sale of real estate to Japanese investors. Jeb also sold water pumps to Nigeria in a questionable deal involving Nigeria's military junta, M&W Pump, and another Bush company, Bush-El. These deals occurred at the same time that Jeb Bush was enmeshed in the savings and loan scandal involving Florida-based financial institutions. As reported by WMR last November, the politically-powerful St. Joe Company has a significant investment in the Codina Group. After Jeb Bush became governor, he took care of his real estate business friends, selling them state-owned land at cut rate prices. Joining the Bush brothers in Coral Gables were the Florida Cuban-American GOP congressional team of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who best represents the fact that America's foreign policies on the Middle East and Latin America have been outsourced to two vocal and politically powerful special interests -- the Israeli and Cuban exile lobbies. Ros Lehtinen's mother was a Jewish-Cuban refugee from Cuba. Joining the Bush brothers in the Florida death watch huddle were another GOP brother team, Representatives Lincoln and Mario-Diaz Balart. The brothers Bush and Balart and Ros-Lehtinen and Codina have their eyes set on lucrative real estate development schemes for post-Castro Cuba. The fact that oil has been discovered in Cuban waters has also earned the interest of the Bush-Cheney petroleum cartel. The Bush crime family and their associates see Cuba as a place where they can either force European and Canadian hotels to pay original land owners compensation for deals made with the Castro government or forfeit their properties to Miami-based Cubans working in concert with multi-billionaire non-Cuban GOP moguls, including another major Bush donor in Florida, real estate developer, GOP financier, pro-Israel activist, and former ambassador to Australia and Italy, Mel Sembler. Like buzzards and hyenas waiting for the death of an old elephant, the Bush cartel and their Florida friends are anxiously awaiting the death of Castro in order to devour the self-sufficient nation he and his fellow Cuban revolutionaries took so long to build. And there is little wonder that the Cuban government insists on keeping Fidel Castro's medical condition secret. They, too, are aware of the Coral Gables GOP confab and have said they do not want to tip off the plotters to the north about their leader's condition."

Probers Want U.S. To Block Assets Of Cuba at UBS  10/14/2005 NY Sun: "The efforts are part of an ongoing probe into alleged money laundering by the Swiss bank that gained steam this week after Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican of Florida, announced that the House International Relations Committee will launch an investigation this session." [never mind any investigation of Ross-Lehtinen family interests in narcotrafficking]

SOON TO BE LAUNCHED IN PARIS • A book revealing the FBI’s terrorist Miami connection  9/7/2005 Granma: ""The hopes of the agents and police officers were quickly extinguished. Pesquera, they said, began to fraternize with key members of the exile leadership, such as Alberto Hernández (formerly of the CANF); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Domingo Otero (another former CANF hardliner) and Roberto Martín Pérez (...) Pesquera, according to an agent in his office, quickly made a brusque turn toward the right, and all investigations related to terrorism were abandoned.""

Jim DeFede: A victim of the Miami mafia?  8/5/2005 Granma: "In his article titled “Terror is terror, whether it’s in London or Cuba,” DeFede criticized comments by Cuban-born Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, about what she called the “barbaric” terrorist attack in London. DeFede wrote: “Strong words. What But where was the congresswoman's outrage when she came to the defense of Luis Posada Carriles, a man who bragged about masterminding a series of hotel bombings in Havana that killed an Italian tourist? A man suspected of blowing up a Cuban airliner?"

Diaz Balart and Ros-Lehtinen sought freedom for terrorist Luis Posada Carriles  7/3/2005 Havana Journal: "Two years ago, when anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles was imprisoned here for his role in an alleged plot to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, South Florida’s three Cuban-American members of Congress lobbied the Panamanian government to pardon him. But today, with Posada in the United States seeking political asylum after sneaking into the country illegally, the same lawmakers—Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen—have remained quietly on the sidelines."

Iran intelligence gaining foothold in US?  6/2/2005 Iran Focus: "“Aside from renewing the ineffective economic sanctions against Iran, Section 302 of the bill provides for support for groups opposing the current Iranian regime,” the message added. “Since Representative Ros-Lehtinen is one of the strongest supporters in Congress of the MKO/MEK, one assumes that this proposed appropriation is designed to go to them, at least in part. The Human Rights Watch report on the MKO/MEK would seem to disqualify them from funding under the provisions of the bill.” Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the Middle East and Central Asia sub-committee in the House of Representatives, has been supportive of Iranian exiles’ efforts to bring about fundamental change in Iran. In an interview after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, Ros-Lehtinen said of the MeK, “In no meeting or briefing I have ever attended has anyone called this group an anti-U.S., terrorist organization.” She said there was “wide support” in Congress for the MeK and that it will be “one of the leading groups in establishing secular government in Iran.”" [Ros-Lehtinen is a right wing rep from Florida]

Members push tougher line on Iran  6/1/2005 The Hill: "A bill by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) on Iran had attracted 263 co-sponsors before the recess - well beyond a majority of 218 needed to pass the House. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a possible presidential candidate in 2008, has introduced a companion bill that is identical to the version by Ros-Lehtinen. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently signed on to the bill, which also has substantial Republican support - including Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.)."

A political assassination attempt  8/18/2004 Radio Progreso: "On Aug. 11, in a news story headlined “Heinz-Kerry charity assailed, defended,” The Herald reported that three Miami Republican Congresspeople – Lincoln Díaz-Balart, his brother Mario, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – charged that “charitable donations from Teresa Heinz-Kerry's fortune ... may have indirectly helped the Cuban government link up to the Internet over a decade ago.”

President Criticized Over Past Pledges About Cuba  5/21/2003 Washington Post: "But the hastily arranged meeting did little to assuage the ire of Cuban Americans in Congress and activists in Florida who have accused Bush of failing to act on promises he made to crack down on Cuba during Independence Day speeches last year, the year before and during his campaign. A terse statement issued by Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, all Florida Republicans, said they had recommended that Bush meet with the Cuban group after "we were informed that the White House had not yet completed its ongoing review of U.S. policy toward the Cuban dictatorship." None of them attended. Rep. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was more direct, saying that Bush, after "relentlessly" attacking Clinton policy as soft on Cuba, has done no better. "Shame on you for not living up to your promises; shame on you for your deceptions; and shame on you for playing on the emotions of the Cuban American community," he said in a statement."

Ileana, Lincoln, Money and the Media  3/7/2003 Radio Progresso, Miami: "The Miami Herald on Feb. 27 ran an interesting story that was translated and then mutilated by El Nuevo Herald. We wonder why. The story (“Congressional push for Latin media merger”) said in its opening paragraph that “U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Díaz-Balart have urged government regulators to approve a controversial $2 billion merger of leading Spanish-language broadcasters Univisión and Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.” The two legislators are Republicans from South Florida."

Otto Reich and the Cuban-American Conservative Lobby  12/5/2002 Radio Progresso: "Later on, in these ongoing relationships, we’ve had conservative Cubans in the National Security Council – at present, Col. Emilio González – and particularly in key posts for application of policy toward Cuba such as AID (Agency for International Development), which provides funds for the counter-revolutionary groups inside and outside Cuba. It is currently directed by Adolfo Franco, former personnel chief for Congresswoman Ileana Ros. There’s also the Federal Claims Commission, which would approve the claims of Cuban-Americans who would benefit from a chapter of the Helms-Burton Act (if it's ever enforced), and headed by another former Ileana Ros aide, Mauricio Tamargo. The appointment of Otto Reich was a relevant step in this process. For all practical purposes, he placed himself in the center of policy implementation toward Cuba, and had considerable capacity for pressuring Latin American governments to act in accordance with the policy’s interest. His demotion therefore implies an inevitable step backward for the conservative Cuban-American lobby, no matter how much influence they exercise over other government functionaries."

Lawmakers Want Reich's Reinstatement  12/2/2002 CNS News: "Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), along with some members of anti-Castro Cuban exile groups and other Hispanic organizations, are laying plans to pressure Bush to re-nominate Reich."

On George Bush's pardon of anti-Cuban terrorist Orlando Bosch  7/12/2002 World Socialist: from 10/99 - "According to the New York Time of August 17, 1989, Cuban right-wing congressperson Ros-Lehtinen met with former President Bush to negotiate Bosch's release. The meeting was arranged by her campaign manager, Jeb Bush, who had earlier met with Cuban hunger strikers also demanding the release. Bosch was pardoned on July 18, 1990 and the New York Times was the lonely voice denouncing Bush's pardon on an editorial published July 20, 1990."

Who is a terrorist?  5/31/2002 CIP: "These elements in Florida who have helped to harbor terrorists are President George W. Bush's closest political allies in the state. Indeed, some months ago, he nominated Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's chief of staff, Mauricio Tamargo, for an important position in the federal government. And Otto Reich, one of the hardest of the hard-line Cuban-Americans and a close associate of the Cuban American National Foundation, has been appointed assistant secretary of state for Latin Americans affairs. Roger Noriega, formerly of Sen. Jesse Helm's staff, is now our ambassador to the OAS. In short, those who have condoned terrorism now seem to be running our Latin American policy."

THE PRESIDENT'S FAVOURITE TERRORISTS  4/29/2002 Squall, UK: "Furthermore Ros-Lehtinen, the woman who secured Bosch's release from detention in 89, was made George W Bush's spokesperson on human rights at the end of January this year, when she was appointed Chair of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights. To cap it all, Lehtinen's legal advisor, Chief of Staff and fellow anti-Castro activist, Mauricio Tamargo, was appointed President of the Federal Legal Committee of the US Justice Department late last year; a position responsible for overseeing all legal issues relating to Cuba, including the future of the American military base, now Camp X Ray, at Guantanamo Bay."

U.S. authorities must act against the Miami mafia and extreme right  12/20/2001 Granma: What, there are terrorists in Miami, and the FBI does nothing? "He cited the cases of Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, both of whom have an extensive history of links to the CIA, and who masterminded the sabotage of a Cuban commercial airliner in mid-flight on October 6, 1976, causing the deaths of 73 innocent persons. Orlando Bosch, Fernando pointed out, is living freely in Miami, thanks to the parole granted by former president George Bush, in spite of being considered a dangerous and a notorious terrorist by authorities in the U.S. Justice Department. He charged that the influence and pressure exerted by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican congresswoman from Florida and protector of terrorists, was behind the presidential parole granted to Bosch. The evidence presented by Fernando’s defense confirms that Orlando Bosch continues conspiring in Miami to commit acts of terrorism against Cuba. The FBI is aware of documents concerned and nobody has arrested him."

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL18]
U.S. Representative, Florida’s 18th District

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