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Subject: Statement of Pilot to Cuban TV
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"Statement of Pilot to Cuban TV"
Unofficial Translation 2/27/96 by Merri Ansara
Statement by the pilot of the counterrevolutionary organization, Brothers to the Rescue
From the NTW 8:00 PM News Edition,
26 February, 1996
Following is the interview on Cuban Television of the Pilot from the
counterrevolutionary group Brothers to the Rescue who is in Cuba,
from the NTW 8:00 PM News Edition, February 26, 1996.
In the last few hours the Cuban Foreign Ministry has reported on the
violation of the island's air space by two pirate planes, which were
struck by the Cuban Air Force. Today I have the opportunity of
interviewing pilot Juan Pablo Roque, a member of the
counterrevolutionary organization Brothers to the Rescue, the
organization to which the pilots who were shot down February 24th
belong. To begin our conversation: Explain to me when the Brothers
to the Rescue organization was created and by whom.
Brothers to the Rescue was founded in January 1991 in the offices of
the Cuban-American National Foundation; specifically the idea was put
forward by Martin Perez with former CIA agents Jose Basulto, Billy
Shuss, Arnaldo Iglesias and with substantial financial support from the
Foundation. They proposed creating an organization that is supposedly,
in quotes, of a humanitarian character, to save the lives of the men
who set out to sea to try to reach the coast of Florida.
The counterrevolutionary organization Brothers to the Rescue is always
connected to the figure Jose Basulto. Who is this man?
Jose Basulto is the President of the organization Brothers to the
Rescue, a man who participated actively with the CIA in infiltrating
Cuban territory at the beginning of the 1960s. A man who has been
connected to a series of terrorist actions against Cuban territory and in
other parts of Central America.
Some people in the United States are questioning the humanitarian
character of the Brothers to the Rescue organization because they say
they had to prepay the organization to rescue family members who left
Cuba illegally. What's the truth of this?
Yes that is true of the Brothers to the Rescue organization. I know
specific cases where they received between two and four thousand
dollars to locate family members who had left the country in the
Straits of Florida and provide the information to the US Coast Guard.
Juan Pablo, on several occasions Jose Basulto has told the US press
that the means he's using to overthrow the Cuban Revolution are
absolutely peaceful means. What is the truth of this?
Peaceful means, that is the central idea and that is the message that
Jose Basulto has wanted to send to the world about the Brothers to the
Rescue organization. The soul of this organization is a
counterrevolutionary organization. Among the counterrevolutionary
activities that the organization has engaged in I can cite many. For
example, In 1993, Jose Basulto asked me specifically for information
on the highway system in the City of Cienfuegos. where he could land
and unload cargos of explosives to be placed in high tension towers
that would be blown up to disrupt the national energy system. Around
I Would say November 1994, April 1995, Basulto gave me
Instructions on small shot antipersonnel weapons that Would be
brought into the Country to make attacks on persons, above all on the
life of the Commander in Chief; and that their distribution and Storage
Would be as, a result of possibly winning over personnel from the
Revolutionary Armed Forces and Ministry of the interior. There is
also the 1995 Meeting Plan, where Basulto says he wants to ensure
stronger ties between the counterrevolutionary organizations of Miami
and personnel who could help with national terrorist plans within
And you have further knowledge of other missions of a subversive,
I can tell you that Basulto Personally arranged for the Purchase of a
Delfin model plane L-29 plane of Czech manufacture to Instruct pilot
personnel in taking off and landing on different runways and highway
Stretches. The final objective of this jet plane was to try to make direct
attacks on Cuban military bases and installations as Well as to kick Off
the terrorist plan aimed at a national uprising, and also monitoring the
Revolutionary Armed Forces and Ministry of the interior radio
frequencies in order to create interference and false signals in the
nations defense System.
And the funds for these terrorist activities? Where did they come
The funds for all these activities come essentially from the Cuban
American National Foundation, and Cuban American businesses like
Bacardi, and others also gave substantial Sums.
It is known that Brothers to the Rescue violated the island's airspace
despite Warnings from the Cuban government,
Why then did Basulto insist on carrying out the action, knowing the
risks that it could carry for the lives of the pilots involved?
I can tell You that the fundamental Purpose is to Provoke incidents
that aggravated relations between Cuba and the United States which is
What the Right, the extreme Right of the United States wants.
The government of the United States must know of the activities of
Brothers to the ReScue in Cuba.
Yes, they know about it. I personally informed FBI agent Oscar
Montoto under the Pseudonym of Slingman of all the operations
carrIed out by Brothers to the Rescue violating Cuban air space. His
beeper number is 734-5578. FBI Special Agent Oscar Montoto Is in
charge of all violations of neutrality carried out by
counterrevolutionary groups in Dade County.
When on July 13, 1995 Jose Basulto violated Cuban air Space and the
government of the island presented proof of this to the United States,
the US government announced that it would InvestIgate the event and
take measures. Do you know some of the measures that the Us
government has taken?
The measures were taken quite coolly; Practically no attention Was
paid whatsoever. There Was a report on the Possible consequences that
continued violations Would bring and the possibility of a license
suspension of one of the Brothers to the Rescue Who did this was
evaluated Something Which had no effect because a two person plane
can have one pilot sanctioned and the other doesn't have to be
Sanctioned, Which means that the pilots are going to be able to keep
The United States government has not recognized that Brothers to the
Rescue has violated Cuban air space. What can you tell us about this?
Brothers to the Rescue has violated Cuban air space on several
occasions. Pilots Jose Basulto. Miguel Molares. Billi Shuns on more
than one occasion have entered Cuban territory violating all established
And you have also participated in these actions.
I personally have violated air space, specifically the last was on
January 9, 1996. where I got a call the day before to participate in a
flight to havana where thousands of leaflets were going to be released
from a height of morn than 9.500 feet at a distance of less than 10
miles from the coast. That is, from quite close in. The mission would
be carried out In planes November 2306 and Limasierra November
108. With me was Captain Silly Shuss, the windows were opened In
the pianos once the 9500-ft altitude was reached. they wore opened at
practically a 45 degree angle. and the leaflets were released into
national territory. This violation was repeated on January 13,1996
when thousands of leaflets more were released; the intention was to try
to boost the spirits of the counterrevolutionary organizations.
Brothers to the Rescue violated other norms of US international civil
It constantly violated civil aeronautics regulations. I can cite some
examples for you Brothers to the Rescue threw smoke bombs of
different day time and night time types from the windows of the
planes, including there were times when it struck the propeller. There
are structural violations In the airplane like the windows the doors. low
altitude flights of less than 50 feet when provisions were thrown out,
etc.. false reports of location during flights when at a given moment
they were trying to trick the Air controllers. Also alteration of flight
plans with flight planned for specific points and detours to Cuban
national territory which is the most frequent of these, that is, a flight
was planned for the Bahamas with a specific route and the flight was
totally altered to deceive the Boyeros Flight Tower.
Why Is Juan Pablo
- in Cuba today?
I am In Cuba because I want to denounce the organization Brothers to
the Rescue and show the world their true character.
During the interview photographs of the principal leaders of Brothers
to the Rescue were shown. of Roque with Basulto, purchase receipt for
the plane, a video greeting Mas Canosa and photos of Roque with
Ileana Ross and with Ninoska Perez. Also a report from Channel 23
in MiamI from July 23, 1995, where a journalist reports that he
travelled in Plane 2506 with Basulto and Roque, commenting that 4
Brothers to the Rescue planes were visible from the Malecon in perfect
formation. and indicating that shortly thereafter Cuba responded: A
Mig.23 that also flew near us during a period of 5 minutes. The final
video is of Roque arriving in Havana on Cubana flight.