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21st Anniversary of the murder of the BTTR pilots by orders of Raúl Castro

On February 24, 1996, Mario Manuel de la Peña, age 24; Armando Alejandre, Vietnam War Veteran, age 45; Carlos Alberto Costa Pino, age 29 and Pablo Morales, age 29 were murdered when Cuban MIGs shot their small civilian airplanes over international waters.

They were flying in a group of three small Cessna airplanes on a humanitarian search and rescue mission for the non-profit organization “Brothers to the Rescue.”

Two occupants perished in each of the two aircraft destroyed; no remains were recovered.

Brothers to the Rescue flew thousands of volunteer missions to spot rafters at sea fleeing Cuba, notifying the U.S. Coast Guard of their location so they would be rescued.

The organization also took food, water and clothing to rafters held in detention centers in nearby countries.

The Cuban government’s actions were denounced by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cuba and condemned by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The families of the victims obtained a judgment in U.S. Superior Court against the Cuban government for premeditated murder.

20 year anniversary of an act of terrorism that remains unpunished


On February 24, 1996 General Raúl Castro ordered Cuban MiG jet fighters to shoot down two unarmed civilian planes over international waters.

Three young Americans, Mario de la Peña, Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa and a permanent resident of the United States, Pablo Morales, died as a result of this act of terrorism by the Cuban dictatorship.

Instead of demanding that justice be made, the current president of the United States has rewarded the perpetrators of this terrorist with everything they have demanded in order to continue enslaving the Cuban people.

In addition, as part of the deal he signed with Raúl Castro, President Obama commuted the life sentence of a Cuban spy, Gerardo Hernandez, who had been convicted by a U.S. federal court for murder conspiracy in this act of terrorism.

And next month, Obama will travel to Cuba to be embraced by the same terrorists who ordered this heinous terrorist act.

Incredible, but true.