Skip to comments.Florida professor admits he was Cuban spy
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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I wonder how many other commie spies are in American universities. It's the perfect cover.
What the hell?
What about Desi Arnaz?
NY Times blew Paul Krugman's cover when it published his first article. The rest are just a reminder he's down with Fidel.
I'll bring the beer and lawn chairs. :)
I guess I don't really need a rope if you show up.
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"
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University Administrator, Florida International University since 1999
Coordinator in the social work training program, specializing in psychological treatment, crisis intervention and group psychotherapy
Waiting for Sen Patrick Leaky to start complaining about "warrantless wiretaps".
They face 3 years in prison?
How about espionage charges?
How about the gas chamber?
It would be delicious if they were sent to Club Gitmo. :)
Carlos Alvarez, 61, a psychology professor at Florida International University.
Elsa Alvarez is a social worker in the universitys 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 couples 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.
Lynne Stewart, Islamofascist scum and terrorist supporter extraordinaire, got away with less.
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.
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?
"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.
Yup, they'd be fish food in the Bay of Pigs.
If supporters of the Blind Sheik do indeed attack us after he dies, I see her going away forever, at the least.
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!!??
Hang him, Imprison her for about twenty years. Seems fair to me.
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.
More information here
I could name a few I've had...
[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.:)
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.
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.
"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 ?
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.
I got a video camera for posterity...
I wonder how many are not commies.
Now we coddle them.
One guess what his political affiliation is in the US.
What a shock.
It is time to cycle back to the good old days.
I'm curious, what does a Cuban spy spy on if he's only a psychology professor?
It helps to read further into the thread like #13 you dummy!
"What about Desi Arnaz?"
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.
"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.
Sami Al Aryan was connected to terrorists and he didn't even go to prison~ he was also in Florida.
(which shows the quality of the Cuban air force).
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."
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