Seven months after the Trump administration notified the Cuban government that a number of Americans have suffered debilitating injuries from sonic harassment attacks, the former Army airborne infantry officer representing Arkansas in the Senate joined colleagues in signing a Sept. 15 letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanding he gets serious with the Marxist island nation.
“We urge Secretary Tillerson to remind the Cuban government of its obligation to protect American diplomats and to demand that it take verifiable action to remove these threats to them and their families,” said Sen. Thomas B. “Tom” Cotton, in a statement posted on his official Facebook page Friday.
“We also ask him to immediately declare all accredited Cuban diplomats in the United States persona non grata and, if Cuba does not take tangible action, to close the U.S. embassy in Havana,” Cotton said. “Persona non grata” is a formal diplomatic status, which means that the individual must leave the country.
Cotton co-signed the letter with senators Richard M. Burr (R.-N.C.), John Cornyn III (R.-Texas), Marco A. Rubio (R.-Fla.) and James P. Lankford (R-Okla.), which detailed the senators’ concerns the harassment and acoustic attacks on more than 20 American diplomats in Cuba.
The acoustic attacks took place after President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopened the America embassy there July 20, 2015. The targeted sound attacks affected more than different members of the diplomatic staff differently, but the injuries were severe enough to force Americans to end their postings and return home.
Canadian diplomats were also targeted.
There is speculation that the attacks were executed with a secret sonic weapon.
Secretary Tillerson should expel Cubans in the US and close our embassy in Cuba over attacks on our diplomats: https://t.co/wqWHtpY1kE
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 15, 2017
Closing the American embassy in Havana would be a dramatic reversal of Obama’s Cuban policy, highlighted by the former president’s high-profile trip to Cuba, accompanied by his family and a large entourage of administration officials and members of his political family.
In the letter to Tillerson, the senators expressed their frustration with both the State Department and the Cuban government.
“Our officials and their families have been the targets of unacceptable levels of harassment and “acoustic” attacks that, in some cases, have caused permanent hearing damage and other significant injuries,” they wrote. “The safety of U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families posted overseas remains one of our high priorities and a shared responsibility of those nations that host U.S. diplomatic facilities. We urge you to remind the Cuban government of its obligation and to demand that it take verifiable action to remove these threats to our personnel and their families.”
President Donald J. Trump, then a candidate for president, promised in a Sept. 16, 2016 speech in Miami that he would undo Obama’s appeasement of the Cuban regime and bring back sanctions against the regime in an effort to force reform there.
In July, the administration announced it was restricting tourism and other people-to-people programs.
Left-Wing Extremist Charged in Alleged Florida Capitol Attack Identified Soros as “Sponsor”
Daniel Alan Baker had bragged of a Soros sponsorship.
A left-wing extremist arrested and charged with a terrorist plot to confront and kidnap protestors at the Florida Capitol identified billionaire George Soros as his “sponsor” in a YouTube video. Daniel Alan Baker, 33, has been federally charged with transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure.
Baker appears to have fought overseas with a Kurdish militia group identified as a terrorist organization by the State Department, the Marxist PKK. He’s an Army veteran who appears to have been discharged after going AWOL before a deployment.
Baker has been charged for an alleged plot involving a group of armed leftists surrounding pro-Trump protestors at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s unclear if right-wing protestors even intend to demonstrate at the site, and Baker’s dangerous attempt to incite an armed confrontation may never have advanced beyond speculative stages.
A “call to arms” flier seen on Baker’s YouTube channel calls for Florida residents to surround supposed “racists” and to “trap them inside” the State Capitol, advocating for the kidnapping of supposed Inauguration demonstrators.
In a YouTube video calling for doxxing attempts on individuals present at the raucous US Capitol riot, Baker brags of having acquired the globalist oligarch as a “sponsor,” implying that the megabillionaire had provided him with an “antifa card.”
Baker’s remarks may have been hyperbole, intentionally seeking to draw attention from critics of the Hungarian-born liberal kingpin.
A charging affidavit also alleges that Baker advocated for the assassination of United States military officers on his YouTube channel, a threat that could potentially incur even more serious criminal charges.
The FBI believes that Baker intended to assassinate Turkish military personnel training in the United States, and that he was on the scene during Seattle’s Capital Hill Autonomous Zone anarchist rebellion. Baker identified himself as a “hardcore leftist” on his personal social media, as well, urging his followers to “prepare for war” after the November 3rd election.
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