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(Publisher note: She denies it but you can watch the video. We do not have enough evidence to take a side her but based on her history of lies and oppresion of the AMERICAN people, I would lean towards her being the liar and not the film makers.)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A congresswoman says a video clip showing her calling for Fidel Castro’s assassination is fake, a charge denied Sunday by the film’s director.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., appears in the 28-second clip made available on the Internet by the makers of a new British documentary, “638 Ways to Kill Castro.”

In it, she says: “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.”

However, the Havana-born lawmaker, recently tapped to become the top Republican on the House International Relations Committee, says the filmmakers spliced clips together to make the sound bite.

“It’s twisted in a way that gives the viewer a totally wrong impression,” Ros-Lehtinen told The Miami Herald. “I’ve said the community has moved on, that those strategies are not being used today, but apparently the filmmakers think we’re still in a ‘60s mentality.”

Still, she said it was possible she has, at some point, mentioned Castro’s potential assassination.

Link to video clip

“If someone were to do it, I wouldn’t be crying,” she said.

The film’s director, Dolan Cannell, stood by the authenticity of the footage.

“I can assure you categorically and completely that there has been no distortion of what she said,” Cannell told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Ros-Lehtinen said she has seen the documentary and the final cut does not include that video clip. However, the documentary’s Web site - http://www.638waystokillcastro.com/ - has a link to the clip.

The congresswoman said she’s not shy about wanting Castro dead.

“No one advocates assassination,” she said. “What we are advocating for is free elections, freedom for political prisoners, free expression of ideas and respect for human rights. That’s how you get change in Cuba. Not assassination.”

Jane Saunders, a spokeswoman for the British filmmakers, did not immediately respond to a call Sunday seeking comment.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on December 11, 2006 by Varsi Padayachee

    Sadly, these are some of the leaders elected in the US. This person, along with her thug like compadres, Diaz-Ballaerts, et al, are shameless in their quest to bring Fidel Castro down, even at the expense of the Cuban people. Their actions are not the actions of those seeking a Democratic Cuba, but rather of those that are no different from the terrorists crreating havoc in the Middle East. How does one define the denial of food,  medicines, trade and stipends to a peoples of a country just because we do not like the leadership? It is economic terrorism! Call it what you want, thant is what it is. So Ms Ros-lehtinen can effuse all the denials. It should be noted that she is nothing more than a cheap thug!


  2. Follow up post #2 added on December 11, 2006 by MiamiCuban

    I completely agree with Varsi.  Ileana, along with Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart, only hurt the Cuban people with all their anti-Castro policies that help to deprive them of basic necessities, while also punishing the families in the U.S. who wish to visit them.  These three representatives are the reason that Americans are forbidden to travel to Cuba, while also hurting American businesses who cannot trade freely with the island.  It seems to me that their personal feelings about Castro should remain personal, and not work against the best interests of Americans and Cubans alike.

    As for her denying she ever made the statement, I think she’s lying.  If this were the sixties, she just might readily admit it, knowing she’d be hailed as a hero.  But times have changed.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 11, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The day Fidel dies is the day she loses power. Every morning she wakes up secretly saying “Viva Fidel”.

    No one in a post-Fidel Cuba will have any use or respect for her.

    In that video clip she also says that she would welcome an assassination of others who oppress people. Since she has been oppressing Americans freedom of trade and travel for years, does she realize that she could be on her own list of targets.

    She is just such a hypocrite

    Now that I’ve got myself all worked up, I will tell you that the Havana Journal owns:

    IleanaRosLehtinen.com
    LincolnDiazBalart.com
    MarioDiazBalart.com

    The domains are being used as political statements so we have legitimate use for them so they cannot be taken away from us. They point to internal pages here as a mild form of protest against their oppression of the American people.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on December 11, 2006 by J. Perez

    Economic terrorism without a doubt, and as far as living in the sixties, that would not be bad, the problem is MsLehtinen is living in the FIFTIES.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Publisher, Do you really own those domains? Do you really feel that threatened by what they do and say?

    Oh and Dear Varsi, MiamiCuban and J.Perez while I have no great love for the aformentioned politicians.  It is such a luxury to be able to hate and dissent with elected politicians over here.  Over yonder (in paradise) we can’t hate or dissent and our officials have not even been elected, we have to put with them until we can find a way to get out of that land and find a place to speak freely and determine our own future and elect our own leaders that reflect our values.  Oh my god, I think I am going to Miami!!!!!  Hey Martians, just so you know that is the human condition as experienced by the Cuban people.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on December 12, 2006 by Varsi Padayachee

    Pete Chavez, I am glad that you hold elections so close to your heart. The vote is an instrument of patriotism, used by one to excercise one’s right to choose. However, why is our so-called democratic process of voting so-corrupt? Why was Bush awarded the 2000 election in Florida no less, or perhaps why were the poor shut out from voting in Ohio in 2004, and perhaps it would be nice if you could explain the overwhelming mischief caused in 2006. Oh! Pete tell me again why are the US citizens of Washibgton DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and The Marianas not allowed to Vote? Good arguments defy name calling, so if that is your last resort, you keep good company!


  7. Follow up post #7 added on December 12, 2006 by J. Perez

    Pete Chavez,
    I was not defending the lack of political freedoms in Cuba and I do believe that those of us who live here have that privilege, however, the issue here is not a domestic one, it is the right of any nation to choose its own form of government without being subjected to economic blockades and assasination plots against their leaders, if Cuba needs to change, it is up to Cubans to do that. Who made the U.S.A. the ultimate arbiter on how other countries have to govern?


  8. Follow up post #8 added on December 12, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    “On Tue December 12, 2006, Pete Chavez wrote:

    Dear Publisher, Do you really own those domains? Do you really feel that threatened by what they do and say?”

    Pete,

    Yes we own those domains. Type them into your browser and see where they take you.

    As far as being “threatened”. I am not threatened by her or the Diaz-Balarts but do not like their repressive politics restricting Americans’ freedom to travel to and trade with Cuba.

    Sanctions and Embargoes don’t work.



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  9. Follow up post #9 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Varsi, Like I said, I am no fan of that elected trinity.  But I did not call them cheap thugs like you did so I guess that I must be in your company.  And you make my point for me in that how great it is that we can criticize, expose and scream about electoral fraud and voter rights in the U.S. territories whenever we see fit.  With that possibility, we have the hope of changing or correcting these injustices.  Over yonder (in paradise) well I think it is quite evident where you and I would be for having this kind of conversation over there.  That is what it means to live in an open society,  please let all the other Martians know that this is the height of our evolution here on Earth at this time.


  10. Follow up post #10 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear J.Perez, You astound me.  Through out human history the countires that try to solve, mediate or diminish problems in the world (ie skirmishes betweeen countries, territorial disputes, civil wars, genocides, environmental) are usually the richest most powerful countries of that time.  There’s the U.S. since WWII there’s also France, the former USSR now Russia, there’s China and lately too the European Union.  Now in Latin America Chavez is sticking his nose in all the elections of the region and why do you think he does it? Because he can($$)!!  Oh and lets not forget Castro in the 60’s and 70’s sticking his nose in every single Latin American country as long as he was being bankrolled by the Soviets.  If it was left up to governments and not the people they rule over, South Africa would still be entrenched in apartheid, genocide would have been completed by now in Bosnia and Nazi Germany would now be Nazi Europe.  Tell me, do things work better on Mars?


  11. Follow up post #11 added on December 12, 2006 by J. Perez

    Tell me something Mr. Chavez, do you believe that there are political freedoms in China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and a dozen other countries that have full diplomatic relations with the U.S.A. and are not being blockaded? It is called double-standard Mr. Chavez, the only reason Cuba is singled out is because it has no economic weapons to fight back, but if you think that’s fair, it’s a free country (the U.S.A), so keep your blinders on.


  12. Follow up post #12 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Publisher, I checked out the Ileana and the Lincoln domain and yes Ileana goes straight here but Lincoln does not directly.  Mario on the other hand does not at all, he has his own name for his own site.  I must admit it all seems rather sinister and lurid that you would appropriate someones name like that whether it is legal or not.  And yet your name (publisher) which I never questioned before is obviuosly fictitious.  It’s all very strange and offputting.
    Oh and sanctions and embargoes do work, the catch is that the whole entire world has to be in accordance (apartheid in South Africa, genocide in Bosnia).  The problem with Cuba is no one really cares if we are free or not.  As long as low means Spaniards and Italians can have themselves a carribean vacation for 2 Euros and some sex thrown in for good measure that is all they care to have us for.  And of course Mexicans coming from Tenochitchlan now have a place to come where they feel economically powerful and superior even though they know they are shit.  If these jerks around the world had an interest in us other than sand, surf and anti-Yankee syndrome, lets say an interest in freedom for us as they enjoy themselves, then maybe change could be affected from the top down.  But yes I do agree that with only one country (albeit a very powerful one) holding an embargo, it is not enough to effect change on the island from the top down.  It only fuels the fire of people who hate us Americans around the world.


  13. Follow up post #13 added on December 12, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Pete,

    You are right, I do not own MarioDiazBalart.com, I own MarioDiaz-Balart.com.

    I own the domains legally. It is my right to use them as political statements by pointing them to information pages so people will learn more about their attitudes and behavior.

    As far as my identity, I am the Publisher of the Havana Journal. My real name is Rob Sequin and I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. That’s no secret really with just a little digging. j

    Anyway, thanks for your insight apparently from Cuba.

    If I might ask, do you have easy access to the Internet in Cuba?



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  14. Follow up post #14 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear J. Perez, China scares us, Saudi Arabia has oil, and Vietnam is a public relations nightmare from the cold war that politicians are trying to resurect in order to save face for the country thus making it their own legacy.  Any other country you have there for me?  Because I know all the angles on most of them.  I am not in disagreement with your last remark.  As a matter of fact I just said it in the entry above to publisher.  All we have is sand and surf!  You could get that anywhere especially if you’re American.  So no one really cares if we are free or not.  Not the Americans, not the Canadians, not the EU.  I don’t know what blinders you are talking about.  I never said our policies in the world are just and even handed.  We all know they are tampered by the bottom line.  I don’t know what your gripe is.  Maybe you should open your own eyes, every country out their is out to bring home the bacon.


  15. Follow up post #15 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Publisher, Sorry I didn’t mean to be insulting.  I just found the whole domain thing strange.  Lucky you, I love the Cape.  I do not live in Cuba I live in NYC.  Sorry, I did not mean to imply that either.  I have friends that do live there and three do have access to the net and none have easy access.  All three communicate through tourist trade business establishments and none email me any kind of political complaints.  One has lost access and I don’t know why but after three emails sent and no reply I stoped emailing.  Oh and no real names are used.  That is my experience with emailing the island and that is all I want to say.  Sad hugh?  and not the U.S.‘s fault my fellow Martians.  And I am not trying to offend people it is just so frustrating when you see what’s in the minds of both sides of the extreme, foaming at their mouths, putting blame everywhere except where it belongs..


  16. Follow up post #16 added on December 12, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Pete, you are not being insulting. It would take much more than that. I don’t publish the Havana Journal with a thin skin.

    I enjoy the dialog.

    If you are exchanging email with people in Cuba, ask them if they can see the Havana Journal. I have been told that we have been banned in Cuba as of last Spring.

    That was my first indication that things were getting tighter there. I felt something was up as early at May.

    I think the government knew Fidel would be having surgery at some point in the summer.

    We all have to read between the lines to get good Cuba news. That’s what I try to do here.

    We are getting a little off topic here but does anyone get the sense the Fidel has left the building?

    My sources are tight lipped. So much so that something really smells fishy.

    No Fidel photos, no statements, no rants from his bedside. VERY not-Fidel. It’s almost like he never existed and that makes me think that Raul is in full control and may not be letting Fidel get his word out?



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  17. Follow up post #17 added on December 12, 2006 by J. Perez

    Mr. Chavez your view of the world is unfortunate, it is no wonder you keep talking about Mars.


  18. Follow up post #18 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear J. Perez, I am done with Martian patrol, Sorry, I won’t address you again.


  19. Follow up post #19 added on December 12, 2006 by J. Perez

    Best news of the day.


  20. Follow up post #20 added on December 12, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Publisher, Thankyou for that.  I would not want to engage my two remaining friends that I have electronic contact with on anything that my be banned.  One of them happens to live a block down from a well known dissident and she has seen the acts of repudiation that they have done against this single woman with a small child in the past year.  It is all pretty scary stuff.  I especially don’t think that I will email her just because I could imagine her discomfort with anything about anything that has been banned.  I heard this not by email but by a third friend that lives in Spain and went to visit and got an earfull about the climate of fear my friend has endured just by virtue of living down the block from a dissident.  I do have a French friend that is going next month on vacation.  I’ll ask him to look up your site at internet cafes for tourist.  It would be intersting to know if they’ve kept your site on for tourists.  By the way, your speculations sounds right on the money.    Maybe that’s why Fidel is not getting his word out or that he is actually dead.  I’ll believe it when I see it.


  21. Follow up post #21 added on December 12, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Pete,

    Thanks for the detailed answer. I am sorry to hear about these kinds of human rights violations in Cuba.

    I am very impressed with the caliber of people who post here at the Havana Journal. Cuba is a very controversial topic yet people are pretty good at keeping their cool around here and I appreciate that.

    Let’s put this thread to rest.

    I’m sure we’ll have other interesting topics to discuss. I have to read through the news for more stories.



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  22. Follow up post #22 added on December 12, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    News story from Miami Herald

    Castro film director denies altering Ros-Lehtinen’s remarks
    BY LESLEY CLARK

    The director of 638 Ways to Kill Castro says he never tinkered with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s remarks about the potential assassination of the Cuban leader.

    Ros-Lehtinen said Friday that her words were distorted on a clip that appears on a website promoting the film, but British filmmaker Dollan Cannell said the snippet is accurate.

    ‘‘It hasn’t been tampered with or doctored with in any way,’’ Cannell said in a phone interview. ``I’m baffled by her accusation.’‘

    Ros-Lehtinen’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Cannell said he interviewed Ros-Lehtinen in her D.C. office last March but that the interview didn’t appear in the film. The film was shown on Channel 4 in London and is to be made available on DVD in the United States.

    The clip quotes Ros-Lehtinen as saying she welcomes ``the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.’‘

    A transcript Cannell provided to The Miami Herald includes the quote.

    Ros-Lehtinen said Friday that, however it comes, ``the day that Fidel Castro dies is a day that all freedom-loving Cubans will celebrate. I’ve been saying that for many years and I’m not shy about saying it.’’



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  23. Follow up post #23 added on December 13, 2006 by Varsi Padayachee

    Mr. Pete Chavez. I stand by my assertion the the Miami Trinity are thugs. Did you note their pathetic behaviour during the Elian Gonzalez affair? Please note their continued and warm relationship with Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, et al. For your edification, Carriles and Bosch have openly bragged about their role in bombing Cubana Airlines, killing 83 innocent people. Most of those murdered were young athletes, whose life was taken, just to satify a selfish, self centered and narcacisitic desire to take control of Cuba. A person’s character is often defined by the company one keeps. It appears that your definition of these “pillars of the Miami Community” is set against a very low threshold.


  24. Follow up post #24 added on December 13, 2006 by MiamiCuban

    In adding to Varsi’s statement….and Pete, maybe you didn’t know, it was Ileana who got Orlando Bosch pardoned when he was in jail for his role in the bombing.  To Ileana, both Orlando Bosch and Posada Carriles are patriots.  That is one sick mind.  If it were up to “the trinity” Posada Carriles would be walking freely the streets of Miami and probably instructing a new generation of Cuban exiles how to construct bombs for airplanes.  Considering Ileana’s views about Carriles, who already attempted to assassinate Castro several years back, can anyone seriously doubt that she made those comments on the video?  Lying about it now only adds insult to injury.


  25. Follow up post #25 added on December 13, 2006 by Pete Chavez

    Dear Varsi and Miami-Cuban,
    Why are both of you trying to convince me that the trinity is evil?  Is there anywhere on these entries that I have made a defence for them?  I have simply said that I am not a fan of theirs.  You boys need to take some reading comprehension classes.  Varsi I only addressed you because you stated that “good arguments defy namecalling’.  So practice what you preach, that’s all!  And I’ll say this one more time, while I am not in sympathy with any of those three elected oficials and at least one out of the three I find to be a bit scary.  I will say that any evil politician/leader that rules over your life and was not democraticaly elected, trumps any evil politician that was democratically elected by it’s people.  The worst thugs take power without any ones reckoning.  And gentleman, we have an island filled with cheap thugs.


  26. Follow up post #26 added on December 13, 2006 by MiamiCuban

    “Democratically elected” is relative, Pete.  There was a lot of gerrymandering in South Florida which was meant to favor “the trinity”, and it obviously did.  The three won by the same 41% to 42%, pretty illogical if you ask me, since the proportion of democrats to republicans in each of the districts varies significantly.  I guess for now we’ll have to assume, as you, that they were “democratically” elected.


  27. Follow up post #27 added on December 14, 2006 by Varsi Padayachee

    Perhaps the Publisher is correct. This line of argument is certainly not constructive, especially when it becomes personal. However, Mr. Chavez, I was raised and educated where English was and is spoken correctly. Given this, I find it hearty that one who conjures a up aversion of the English language, has the gall to criticize.
    Secondly, I was born and raised in Nazi South Africa of East Indian parents, and with the able support of the US, Israel and the UK, those of who were not pasteurized, were more often than not targets of the Govt. What goes on Cuba today is a Sunday School picnic. How many Cubans have disappeared?
    Given the 300,000 + in Guatamala, 3,000 in chile and Let us not forget about Brazil, Honduras and Argentina, Cuba is tame. And it is a shame that we do target Cuba, given that our country has a history of propping up murderous dictators. Remember, the Shah of Iran, or Saddham , Taylor in Liberia, all products of the US school of Good Relations.
    Sadly, we in this country are so caught up in our own false sence of superiority that we have become complicit.


  28. Follow up post #28 added on December 14, 2006 by Varsi Padayachee

    Just a quick note. I just heard that the US TReasury Dept. has hit movie maker Oliver Stone with a huge fine for making a movie in Cuba. Apparently, he violated the Sanctions imposed on Cuba by our Supreme country!


  29. Follow up post #29 added on December 19, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Just read this news story about the filmmaker going after her. Good for him.

    Filmmaker moves to disprove anti-Castro lawmaker’s comments

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/16277175.htm



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  30. Follow up post #30 added on December 23, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The “honorable” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen did the honorable thing and finally admitted that she indeed did make comments about Fidel Castro’s assassination.

    Read the story here

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4423292.html



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  31. Follow up post #31 added on February 05, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is against Americans’ freedom of travel to Cuba and anti-trade. Havana Journal Inc. owns IleanaRos-Lehtinen.com and Ileana RosLehtinen.com and are pointing the domain names to this page so anyone who types in her name as a domain URL will land here and learn more about her.

    As much as Ms. Ros-Lehtinen would like to restrict our rights as Americans, the US Constitution gives us the right to Freedom of Speech so we are exercising our rights to use her name as a domain name in the form of political protest.



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  32. Follow up post #32 added on August 15, 2009 by Jose

    As a Cuban who moved to Miami couple years ago from NY.

    I am in shock in sad disbelief of the horrid politicians that Miami Cubans reelect over and over .

    Its like this place doesnt grasp that the world is not flat ONLY Cuba and Cubans in Miami.

    This woman like EVERY Cuban Rep in Miami is a disaster .

    Most are self serving ,close to useless . Thank God for the Fed gvmt or this place would wind up being a Cuban fascist “country”.

    I was very glad to hear an elderly Cuban woman recently tell me “The best thing that could happen to Miami and Cuba is NOT A SINGLE CUBAN politician,official in power.

    Non Cubans need to start voting in numbers and with the help of many Cubans coming here from out of state we can kick all these flunky politicians out of office.

    The extremist Cuban junta can no longer continue running Miami.


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