Landau Visits Gerardo Hernandez in Prison
May 18 (acn) US writer, journalist and filmmaker Saul Landau
visited one of the five Cuban anti-terrorism fighters
wrongly imprisoned in the US, Gerardo Hernandez, in the
maximum security prison of Victorville, California.
An article posted on the
Progresso Weekly website, the director of Will the Real
Terrorist Please Stand Up tells details about the encounter
with Gerardo, who was charged of conspiring to commit
murder because “he allegedly – the government offered no
evidence – passed the flight information to Cuban
authorities knowing they would shoot the planes
down,” reads the article.
After reporting to the guards, Gerardo hugged the visitor
who had been waiting at the visiting room. Immediately
afterwards, he started talking about ideas to force the
National Security Agency to release its vectored map of the
Feb 24, 1996, shoot down of two Brothers to he Rescue planes
by Cuban MIGs.
Landau recalled that the NSA refused defense attorney’s
subpoenas to deliver their vectored maps during the trial
and appeal ignored under the excuse of being a “National
The US scholar asked Gerardo about what had motivated the
FBI to arrest him and his four colleagues, to which the
Cuban replied: “Hector Pesquera,” and added that Pesquera
had been named Agent in Charge of the Miami Bureau and
immediately focused his attention away from the terrorists
and onto the anti-terrorists.
Landau said that after the jury handed down the guilty
verdict on the Cuban Five, Pesquera proudly boasted to a
Miami radio station that “he was the one who switched his
agents’ focus from spying on the spies to filing charges
At the end of his article, Landau wrote: “We hugged goodbye.
Gerardo raised a triumphant fist before returning to his
cell. I walked into the dry desert wind, to the car and the
road, down 5,000 feet and 40 miles to the Ontario,
California airport with a chance to think about justice and