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Miami Professor, Wife Alleged Cuban Spies
NewsMax ^ | 1/9/06 | AP

Posted on 01/09/2006 3:14:59 PM PST by wagglebee

A college professor and his wife, a college administrator, have been charged with being longtime illegal agents of Cuban President Fidel Castro, according to documents filed Monday.

Carlos Alvarez, a psychology professor at Florida International University, and his wife, Elsa Alvarez, were charged with acting as agents of Cuba without registering with the U.S. government as required, said the documents filed in U.S. District Court.

The two were scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton, according to the documents. An indictment further describing the charges was expected to be unsealed after that appearance, court officials said.

U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta and representatives of the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service scheduled a news conference about the case later Monday.

Alvarez is identified on the Florida International Web site as an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. His wife is described as a coordinator in the social work training program.

Carlos Alvarez didn't return two phone messages left at his office. A university spokesman didn't return several calls seeking comment.

The indictment marks the latest turn in the underworld of espionage between the United States and Cuba, much of which takes place in South Florida where thousands of Cuban exiles live.

In August, the convictions of five alleged Cuban spies were thrown out by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the five were unfairly tried because of intense publicity and community prejudice, along with inflammatory remarks by prosecutors.

The five, accused of being part of the Wasp Network of Cuban spies operating on U.S. soil, admitted being agents of Cuba but insisted they were spying on Cuban exiles opposed to Castro, not on the United States itself.

The full 11th Circuit has agreed to rehear the arguments on whether the five got a fair trial.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 11thuscircuit; alvarez; andreasimonton; carlosalvarez; communists; cuba; cubalibre; cubanspies; elsaalvarez; fiu; immigration; simonton; spies; spying; traitors; wasp; waspnetwork
They need to be tried and executed.
1 posted on 01/09/2006 3:15:01 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee



I'm like so surprised.


2 posted on 01/09/2006 3:18:32 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: wagglebee
"but insisted they were spying on Cuban exiles opposed to Castro, not on the United States itself."

Give me a break!

3 posted on 01/09/2006 3:21:59 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: rrrod

Ping.


4 posted on 01/09/2006 3:23:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (D-minus-15.)
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To: wagglebee

actually, i can think of a worst punishment than that - send them back to cuba!


5 posted on 01/09/2006 3:23:57 PM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: wagglebee

Send them back in a converted 48 Buick.


6 posted on 01/09/2006 3:29:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: wagglebee
Alvarez is identified on the Florida International Web site as an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. His wife is described as a coordinator in the social work training program.

Liberals eh?

7 posted on 01/09/2006 3:29:50 PM PST by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: mylife

So surprised to find spies among educational professionals.


8 posted on 01/09/2006 3:33:40 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: chilepepper
actually, i can think of a worst punishment than that - send them back to cuba!

That's the first thing I thought of.

9 posted on 01/09/2006 3:33:43 PM PST by The Brush
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To: wagglebee
The full 11th Circuit has agreed to rehear the arguments on whether the five got a fair trial.

It was much more fair than anything a spy could hope to expect in El Hefe's tropical gulag.

10 posted on 01/09/2006 3:47:40 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

I guess we have to be nicer to the Cuban spies sent over by Castor to harass US Citizens than we must be to Scott Peterson or Michael Jackson.

They must of have gotten a commie judge for their case. I hope they were kicked out of the country!


11 posted on 01/09/2006 4:02:18 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: wagglebee

What do you think Cuban agents would be looking for in Miami? Names and whereabouts of anti-Castro Cubans in Florida? They have to have been known to Fidel for years. So what is he interested in now?


12 posted on 01/09/2006 5:07:00 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!

http://www.dss.mil/training/espionage/1997-99.htm


13 posted on 01/09/2006 6:24:12 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Excellent link. Thanks :>)


14 posted on 01/09/2006 7:27:45 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: wagglebee
Carlos Alvarez?

He was a pretty good receiver back maybe thirty years ago. For some reason I can't remember if he played for Florida of FSU, although I think, Florida.

15 posted on 01/09/2006 7:31:32 PM PST by yarddog
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To: MeanWestTexan
I heard on FOX that at least one of them was involved in the hiring process somehow for Florida police officers, Dade county??
16 posted on 01/09/2006 7:53:24 PM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: wagglebee

I wonder if this couple was hooked up with Ana Belen Montes, the
convicted Cuban spy.

Some info on her- mostly in the bottom half of the linked page:
http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/Articles/Castro%20Bashes%20John%20Bolton%20as.htm


17 posted on 01/09/2006 8:23:38 PM PST by VOA
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

Spies ping


18 posted on 01/09/2006 8:31:16 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SouthernFreebird; wagglebee
I personally know some Bay of Pigs veterans who wouldn't mind taking care of this themselves.

There is a good reason such spies are taken into custody quick. Otherwise, they would have their house bombed by Alpha 66 or Omega 7.

Lest we forget:


19 posted on 01/09/2006 8:36:08 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: wagglebee
Well, as long as they didn't have a lobster dinner with Castro....I guess it is ok.
20 posted on 01/09/2006 8:36:49 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SouthernFreebird
So what are they going to spy? Maybe get some good intel on lazy American kids who won't do their homework and smoke a lot of weed at dad & mom's expense? Or maybe they've indoctrinated the Florida college scene? Perhaps they'll steal the formula for mystery slop at the kitchen. If this is where Fidel puts his spies then we don't have much to worry about from him.

And yes, spies should be shot, even the stupid ones.
21 posted on 01/09/2006 8:42:56 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: wagglebee

They need to be tried and executed.

-----I agree with you.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1555062/posts


22 posted on 01/09/2006 10:03:28 PM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: wagglebee

bump for publicity


23 posted on 01/10/2006 7:14:41 AM PST by VOA
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To: wagglebee



http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1555291/posts
Husband, Wife Indicted as Cuban Agents [Florida professors]


24 posted on 01/10/2006 8:27:32 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: wagglebee

"They need to be tried and executed."

Tried AND executed? The trials didn't even start yet. You really don't believe in "innocent until proven guilty", do you? Wow. No offense, but I hope you aren't a top official in our justice system.


25 posted on 01/10/2006 9:17:38 AM PST by Lib_2_Con
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