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Florida professor admits he was Cuban spy
CNN ^ | December 19, 2006 | CNN

Posted on 12/19/2006 8:16:03 PM PST by indcons

A Florida professor admitted Tuesday he had been a Cuban spy for nearly 30 years, and his wife -- also a professor -- admitted she knew of his conduct, authorities said.

Both Carlos Alvarez and his wife Elsa pleaded guilty to lesser charges in federal court in Miami.

The couple entered their pleas as part of a deal to avoid a jury trial on previous charges of being Cuban agents who failed to register with the U.S. government, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

The more serious offense could have put the couple in prison for a decade, the paper said.

A psychology professor at Florida International University, Alvarez faces up to five years in prison for conspiracy to become an unregistered foreign agent.

Elsa Alvarez, who also worked at the university, faces up to three years in prison for concealing her husband's participation in that conspiracy.

The two are scheduled to be sentenced February 27.

When arrested in January, federal prosecutors said the FBI had covertly monitored Alvarez' ongoing communications with the Cuban Intelligence Service.

Authorities said U.S. agents eavesdropped as Alvarez received sophisticated communications equipment from Cuban intelligence designed to keep his activities secret.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alvarez; b2r; brotherstotherescue; canf; carlosalvarez; castro; commiespy; communist; cuba; elsaalvarez; espionage; fifthcolumn; fiu; prosecutehim; spies; spy
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1 posted on 12/19/2006 8:16:06 PM PST by indcons
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To: indcons

I wonder how many other commie spies are in American universities. It's the perfect cover.


2 posted on 12/19/2006 8:27:07 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: indcons

What the hell?


3 posted on 12/19/2006 8:27:54 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: indcons

What about Desi Arnaz?


4 posted on 12/19/2006 8:31:07 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Moonman62
I wonder how many other commie spies are in American universities. It's the perfect cover.

NY Times blew Paul Krugman's cover when it published his first article. The rest are just a reminder he's down with Fidel.

5 posted on 12/19/2006 8:32:28 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Pinch and Keller need to check in at the Ken Lay Suite at a Federal SuperMax...)
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To: I got the rope
"I got the rope"

I'll bring the beer and lawn chairs. :)

6 posted on 12/19/2006 8:33:02 PM PST by M203M4
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To: Moonman62
David Horowitz is right about the overwhelming influences of the radical Left in universities.


7 posted on 12/19/2006 8:33:20 PM PST by indcons
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To: M203M4

"M203M4"...LOL

I guess I don't really need a rope if you show up.


8 posted on 12/19/2006 8:36:56 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: indcons
From cicentre.com:

Espionage/Spy Case:

Carlos Alvarez & Elsa Alvarez

  Carlos Alvarez, PhD Elsa Alvarez, LCSW
Arrested: Friday, 6 January 2006

Confessed to spying in June and July 2005 to FBI and NCIS

Friday, 6 January 2006

Confessed to spying in June and July 2005 to FBI and NCIS

Charges: Spying for Communist Cuba

Acting as agents of Cuba's Directorate of Intelligence without registering with the US government.

The couple transmitted information about Miami's exile community -- including leading groups such as the Cuban American National Foundation and Brothers to the Rescue. No evidence of sending any military or classified information, but they did provide Cuban officials with the identity of an FBI employee who had once been an FIU student of Carlos Alvarez.

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College professor, Florida International University since 1974

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Florida International University; Member, FIU's Program in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building; Affiliate, Harvard University Program on International Conflict Analysis & Resolution; Co-Author, Ethnic Identity: Understanding Contemporary Perspectives. Gave a lecture at the University of Virginia on "Second Generation Cuban American Identity: The Impact of Diaspora on Identity"

-- snip --

University Administrator, Florida International University since 1999

Coordinator in the social work training program, specializing in psychological treatment, crisis intervention and group psychotherapy


9 posted on 12/19/2006 8:43:11 PM PST by RonDog
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To: indcons
"Authorities said U.S. agents eavesdropped as Alvarez received sophisticated communications equipment from Cuban intelligence designed to keep his activities secret."

Waiting for Sen Patrick Leaky to start complaining about "warrantless wiretaps".

10 posted on 12/19/2006 8:47:27 PM PST by magellan
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To: indcons
"The couple entered their pleas as part of a deal to avoid a jury trial on previous charges of being Cuban agents who failed to register with the U.S. government,..."

They face 3 years in prison?
Big woop!

How about espionage charges?

How about the gas chamber?

11 posted on 12/19/2006 8:55:14 PM PST by Redbob
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To: Redbob

It would be delicious if they were sent to Club Gitmo. :)


12 posted on 12/19/2006 8:57:20 PM PST by M203M4
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To: indcons

http://www.local10.com/2006/0109/5957714_240X180.jpg


Carlos Alvarez, 61, a psychology professor at Florida International University.

Elsa Alvarez is a social worker in the university’s counseling center.


Carlos Alvarez had worked at the university since 1974 and has tenure. His wife has worked at the university since 1990. Riordan said that the university had no indication until Monday of anything unusual about either Alvarez.




The indictment released by the Department of Justice states that the couple reported to Cuban officials about actions of the anti-Castro movement in the United States and recruited “young people” of Cuban descent to be spies for the Castro government. The indictment and press release did not indicate whether these recruitment activities involved the couple’s university positions, but the Associated Press quoted federal prosecutors as saying that Carlos Alvarez had organized exchange trips to Cuba with the goal of indoctrinating students.


13 posted on 12/19/2006 8:58:42 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Redbob

Lynne Stewart, Islamofascist scum and terrorist supporter extraordinaire, got away with less.


14 posted on 12/19/2006 8:58:42 PM PST by indcons
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To: Redbob
How about espionage charges?

Was it espionage? I'm not sure about the wording of the law. All the article says is that they kept tabs on anti-Castro groups in Florida, with no claim that they obtained or sent any secrets. Every country, every embassy, has folks who do that sort of thing, and as far as I know it's legal, as long as you register as someone who's working for a foreign government.

15 posted on 12/19/2006 9:14:31 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: indcons
psychology professor at Florida International University

Figures.

16 posted on 12/19/2006 9:15:03 PM PST by GVnana (Former Alias: GVgirl)
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To: indcons

Can you imagine what would happen if the Cuban secret police discovered a professor in a Cuban university spying for the U.S., in possession of communications spy gear?


17 posted on 12/19/2006 9:17:07 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: kcvl

"Carlos Alvarez had worked at the university since 1974 and has tenure."

He has tenure, whoa boy ! That means he's, academically-speaking, a made guy.


18 posted on 12/19/2006 9:21:48 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Yup, they'd be fish food in the Bay of Pigs.


19 posted on 12/19/2006 9:22:34 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: Moonman62
The commies infiltrated the Universities years ago.
20 posted on 12/19/2006 9:24:44 PM PST by do the dhue (How come the Demorats have not fixed Iraq yet? They're inept!! Vote 'em out!!)
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To: do the dhue


Bump.


21 posted on 12/19/2006 9:27:53 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Moonman62
I wish they would let me teach a class at Florida on how to execute traitors. My first example could be both Carlos Alvarez and his wife Els.
22 posted on 12/19/2006 9:27:58 PM PST by do the dhue (How come the Demorats have not fixed Iraq yet? They're inept!! Vote 'em out!!)
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To: indcons

If supporters of the Blind Sheik do indeed attack us after he dies, I see her going away forever, at the least.


23 posted on 12/19/2006 9:35:03 PM PST by DrGunsforHands
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To: ReignOfError
"Was it espionage? I'm not sure about the wording of the law. All the article says is that they kept tabs on anti-Castro groups in Florida, with no claim that they obtained or sent any secrets."

How about MURDER charges?

Don't you think the info passed to the commie scum in Cuba led to the imprisonment and deaths of Castro protesters that had contact with the immigrant community here!!??

24 posted on 12/19/2006 9:43:21 PM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: indcons

Hang him, Imprison her for about twenty years. Seems fair to me.


25 posted on 12/19/2006 9:49:33 PM PST by Dimez Apart (I pray everyday for Sadr's head to enter my sights.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
How about espionage charges?

Don't you think the info passed to the commie scum in Cuba led to the imprisonment and deaths of Castro protesters that had contact with the immigrant community here!!??

Thinking is one thing, proving another. I don't know if the Alvarezes infiltrated deeply enough into the groups to get that kind of info, and the only way I can think of that the government could make a murder charge stick would be if they intercepted specific info on a specific person who was later killed.

26 posted on 12/19/2006 9:56:20 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: RonDog
Did these bastards send the information that allowed the Cubans to shoot down the Brothers to the Rescue plane in 1996? If so, they should be charged with murder (along with treason). It is time we get a rope and we had better check that it is tight.
27 posted on 12/19/2006 9:59:28 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: burzum
Oh, and if any FReepers don't remember, the Brothers to the Rescue was a group that used Cessnas to look for refugees in the ocean. Castro obviously thought this was a major threat and used MiGs to shoot them down. It was observed by a cruise ship and one of the Cessnas got away (which shows the quality of the Cuban air force).

More information here

28 posted on 12/19/2006 10:02:46 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: Moonman62

I could name a few I've had...


29 posted on 12/19/2006 10:04:00 PM PST by miliantnutcase ("If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." -ichabod1)
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To: M203M4

[It would be delicious if they were sent to Club Gitmo. :)]

Actually, just set them loose in little Havana, that would be much, much worse.:)


30 posted on 12/19/2006 10:20:10 PM PST by khnyny (For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.)
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To: indcons
The couple entered their pleas as part of a deal to avoid a jury trial on previous charges of being Cuban agents who failed to register with the U.S. government, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

Doesn't this put the original charges in the category of 'unregistered foreign lobbyist', rather than espionage? And it STILL gets bargained down from there?!?

I guess we have a shortage of walls and bullets.

31 posted on 12/19/2006 10:52:31 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Moonman62

3 and 5 year sentences for spying? For spying for Cuba? They have to be kidding, it's less than a slap on the wrist. Makes the arguments to relase Pollard start to sound reasonable.


32 posted on 12/19/2006 11:02:19 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: ReignOfError

"I don't know if the Alvarezes infiltrated deeply enough into the groups ..."

... don't you think those groups would be suspicious of a professor who orgaized exchange visis to Cuba for students ?


33 posted on 12/19/2006 11:09:43 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Yeah, as I mentioned above this guy was spying on a group that Fidel previously thought was such a threat that he used MiGs to shoot down their Cessnas in international waters. Does anybody think this professor and his wife wouldn't have gladly killed some more American citizens for Castro if he had the chance? I think they should be dropped off in the Cuban exile area of Hialeah while giving the cops a 2 hour break.


34 posted on 12/20/2006 1:55:36 AM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: M203M4

I got a video camera for posterity...


35 posted on 12/20/2006 2:23:02 AM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: Moonman62

I wonder how many are not commies.


36 posted on 12/20/2006 2:56:41 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: indcons
We used to hang spies.

Now we coddle them.

37 posted on 12/20/2006 3:00:53 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: indcons

One guess what his political affiliation is in the US.


38 posted on 12/20/2006 3:48:07 AM PST by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: indcons
Commies in the universities?

What a shock.

39 posted on 12/20/2006 4:28:11 AM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: SkyPilot

It is time to cycle back to the good old days.


40 posted on 12/20/2006 4:30:44 AM PST by bmwcyle (McCain nomination assures a Hillary win)
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To: indcons

I'm curious, what does a Cuban spy spy on if he's only a psychology professor?


41 posted on 12/20/2006 4:50:36 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I taped a broom handle to my cat and turned her into a dust mop)
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To: Hot Tabasco

It helps to read further into the thread like #13 you dummy!


42 posted on 12/20/2006 4:52:15 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (I taped a broom handle to my cat and turned her into a dust mop)
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To: LdSentinal

"What about Desi Arnaz?"

Codename: BABALOO


43 posted on 12/20/2006 4:55:13 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Moonman62

Just about all of them.

In the State owned and run colleges and universities, you can count theprofessors who believe in the American way of life on one hand and still have one thumb and four fingers left.

In the private colleges and universities there may still be a few pro American professors left.


44 posted on 12/20/2006 4:56:38 AM PST by sport
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To: burzum

"I think they should be dropped off in the Cuban exile area of Hialeah while giving the cops a 2 hour break."

I'm with you 100% ... reading the article last night just infuriated me. What's happened to our justice system? One of my most vivid childhood memories was going by a newsstand on my way to school. The headline blared "Rosenbergs Executed." At 7 or whatever age I was, it struck me as justified (ghoulish, but justified). Spies and traitors for the Communists or terrorists, who would kill all of us if they had their way, deserve absolutely NO mercy.


45 posted on 12/20/2006 5:14:16 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: toddlintown

46 posted on 12/20/2006 5:15:44 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Moonman62

Sami Al Aryan was connected to terrorists and he didn't even go to prison~ he was also in Florida.


47 posted on 12/20/2006 5:51:05 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: burzum

(which shows the quality of the Cuban air force).



Actually I think it demonstrates how their military aircraft are never given enough fuel to reach EYW.


48 posted on 12/20/2006 7:14:55 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: LdSentinal; toddlintown; Hatteras

Sunday, May 9, 2004 11:35 a.m. EDT
Desi Arnaz Secretly Funded Anti-Castro Groups

Desi Arnaz of "I Love Lucy" fame and fortune helped finance the freedom of hundreds of Bay of Pigs fighters captured in 1961 by Cuban government forces, veterans say.

A belated thank you to the late entertainer has now happened, 18 years after he died.

This past Friday, according to a Miami Herald report, surviving vets of the Bay of Pigs invasion presented a posthumous award to daughter Lucie Arnaz for her father's "moral support and generosity."

That generosity was legend among Bay of Pigs veterans.

"He always supported the Cuban cause," said Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia, president of Bay of Pigs Veterans Association. "Anything against Fidel Castro, he supported."

In accepting the award, Lucie Arnaz said her father would have felt honored. She revealed that even she was unaware that her famous father had given money to the cause of the imprisoned invaders, but said it would be consistent with his character and his sympathies.

"Knowing my dad and my grandfather, I'm sure they were emotionally very involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion. I'm sure my father would be very proud to be acknowledged," Arnaz added.

Surrounded by admirers of her father at the Miami event, Arnaz said: "I feel like I have a lot of friends and family here. We're all probably related." Desi Arnaz was a native-born Cuban.

Nilo Messer, vice president of the association and one of the invaders who were imprisoned, said: "We would always get news from the common prisoners and the employees. Someone told me that Desi Arnaz was helping with the efforts to get us out. He was one of the people pushing for a commission to negotiate our release."

The veterans say Arnaz donated $50,000 – an amount worth about $300,000 today. Reportedly, Arnaz gave the money to a commission headed by Eleanor Roosevelt that arranged to send $53 million worth of food, medicine and farm equipment to Cuba in exchange for the prisoners' release.

Arnaz also provided seed money for several exile organizations, reported the Herald, and he is said to have provided the contact that led to liberated prisoners appearing on the Ed Sullivan show.

"He cooperated a lot," Rodriguez said. "And he never sought any publicity for helping us or anyone else. Now that he's gone, we want to honor his memory."

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/5/9/115258.shtml


49 posted on 12/20/2006 11:58:08 AM PST by lowbridge
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