Thursday, May 20, 2010

FBI examined U.S.-made detonators in Cuba after 1997 bombings

DuPont made the aluminum detonators that the FBI examined in Havana after the string of hotel bombings in 1997, according to a document filed in federal court on May 18.
The electric detonators were manufactured before 1986 at DuPont's facility in Pompton Lakes, N.J., according to the FBI. My guess - and I don't have firm evidence - is that these are the same type used in the Havana hotel bombings, which killed an Italian businessman.
The FBI had gone to Cuba in 1998 to collect evidence related to the bombings, journalist Jane Franklin reported in 2007. A November 1999 U.S. State Department Diplomatic Note to the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., gave these details:
In June 1998, in the aftermath of a series of bombing and bomb threats against Cuban citizens and interests, a team from the FBI met in Havana with Cuban law enforcement authorities. The discussions focused on allegations that United States residents had participated in a terrorist conspiracy related to the bombings. At that time, Cuban officials shared evidence with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis in Washington D.C.
Instead of taking action against activists who oppose Cuba's socialist government, the FBI wound up charging Cuban agents who were working in Florida. Five of those agents - the so-called Cuban Five - remain in U.S. prisons.
Luis Posada Carriles, a key figure who has been convicted in plots against the socialist government, is free to walk the streets. Indeed, he was recently spotted at a Miami restaurant.
Posada Carriles is awaiting trial on perjury, immigration fraud and other federal charges. His lawyers filed a document the other day saying he was too ill to travel by car to a status hearing set for June 2 in El Paso, Texas. So the defendant will participate via teleconference.
Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative, has dedicated much of his life to trying to undermine Cuba's socialist government, if not kill Fidel Castro.
He's been linked to many plots, including the 1976 bombing of a Cuban passenger plane that killed 73 people and the 1997 Havana attacks.
According to the FBI document recently filed in his case, agents examined four detonators in Havana. The detonators were 1.75 inches long and were marked "Dangerous Blasting Cap Explosive."
In 1998, DuPont told the FBI that it made some 50 million detonators of this kind and exported them all around the world.
The memo doesn't explicitly say these were the same type used in the bombings.

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