Last Sunday’s edition of CBS’ 60 Minutes featured the first ever interview with Allan Gross, the U.S. hostage held in Cuba’s prisons for five years. Gross was a contractor for USAID (United States Agency for international Development) who was arrested in Havana on Dec. 9, 2009. His “crime” was attempting to provide Cuba’s Jewish groups with satellite internet equipment.
Gross was held in KGB-and designed dungeons for 5 months where he lost over a hundred pounds. In March 2011 he was finally “tried” (by a judicial system lifted lock-stock-barrel from Stalin‘s during The Great Terror) and sentenced to a further 15 years in Castro’s dungeons. His prosecutors raved that Gross, “aimed to destroy the Revolution through the use of communication systems out of the control of authorities.”
And there’s the hitch: “control of the authorities.” Not even China’s regime seeks to control, cell-phone and internet access. Censor? Absolutely. But outright control of all means of communication is a fetish peculiar to Communists, which no longer applies to the mainland Chinese regime, though it certainly remains despicable and dangerous. No “control-freaks” have ever shackled the human body and mind with the fanaticism and efficiency of Communists.
By the way, you’ll note how the co-founder (Che Guevara) of a Stalinist regime that stifles every vestige of the very freedoms craved by young hipsters is an icon of these very hipsters. Better still, when aging hipster Richard Branson launched his “Virgin Mobile” ad campaign in Paris two years ago (introducing sophisticated cell-phone service) he considered it marvelously clever to dress up as Che Guevara. As mentioned, Guevara was co founder of a regime that–with prisons and firing squads—converted a nation with more phones and TV’S per-capita than France in 1958 into one with fewer cell-phones per-capita than Papua New Guinea.today
You cannot possibly make this stuff up!