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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:15 PM
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Another Cuban caught with a weapons cache and C-4 explosives
But of course since Cubans are anti-Castro freedom fighters and not Muslim terrorists, the M$M and Homeland Security will look the other way. Oh and by the way, the fellow just happens to be a retired Army Special Forces officer.


Man with cache of weapons claims to be part of anti-Castro group

April 20, 2006

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. A Cuban exile arrested for allegedly stashing more than 1,000 guns in his home said he is a member of a militant group that wants to overthrow Fidel Castro.

Robert Ferro, 61, was arrested after authorities raided his Upland home on Friday and found dozens of assault weapons, machine guns and handguns. Authorities believe Ferro may have been running a black-market gun ring out of the home.

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Ferro, a retired Army Special Forces officer, had previously been accused of running a paramilitary camp on a Pomona chicken ranch to train Mexican nationals to overthrow Castro. Authorities found 5 pounds of C-4 explosive at the ranch, and he was convicted of possessing illegal explosives in 1992 and sentenced to two years in prison.

His arrest comes five months after Miami anti-Castro activists Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitat were arrested on unrelated illegal weapons and explosives charges.

Both men have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail. They are scheduled to stand trial May 8 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/gen/ap/FL_Wea...



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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:18 PM
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1. Do you really think this is anti-Castro but happening in CA?
Honest question; what are they up to?
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:21 PM
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3. Castro is their excuse
but who knows what Poppy Bush and Porter Goss are up to with their old Cuban pals?

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:29 PM
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7. I don't even think that. Poppy/Porter/Fidel? Nah, never happened! nt
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:39 PM
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9. no. not poppy/porter/castro. poppy/porter/and whatever cubans they can
recruit through any of the diaz-balart brothers or ros-lehtinen connections or whatever other connections against castro. poppy/porter/and anticastrocubans.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:45 PM
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11. Why do you think poppy is involved at this point? He's got
lots of other things to worry over, like his asshat son, as does Porter. I know you're not the OP, just curious.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:49 PM
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12. Because Poppy and Porter go way back with this crew


This photograph was taken in a nightclub in Mexico City on 22nd January, 1963. It is believed that the men in the photograph are all members of Operation 40. Closest to the camera on the left is Felix Rodriguez. Next to him is Porter Goss and Barry Seal. Tosh Plumlee is attempting to hide his face with his coat. Others in the picture are Alberto 'Loco' Blanco (3rd right) and Jorgo Robreno (4th right).

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:59 PM
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14. OK, now I have to research Operation 40. That pic is very
interesting; I'm not familiar with most of those people and the year is intriguing.
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:53 PM
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13. can you imagine for one second the airs of pomp and circumsttance jurnior
would take on if some covert, usa backed operaton got rid of fidel castro? poppy would love that for his son, then he could parade him for the american public as the great liberator of tyrants and terrorists. think about it.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:20 PM
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2. What's he going to do
Take the red-eye from Southern California to Miami before embarking on a boat to Cuba?
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:21 PM
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5. No wonder Castro
is celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:27 PM
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6. that article is from the Palm Beach Post?...
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 09:28 PM by stillcool47
things are getting a little too weird in the news dept lately....they're dusting off the watergate playbook...

Robert Ferro, 61, was arrested after authorities raided his Upland home on Friday and found dozens of assault weapons, machine guns and handguns. Authorities believe Ferro may have been running a black-market gun ring out of the home.


Ferro, a retired Army Special Forces officer, had previously been accused of running a paramilitary camp on a Pomona chicken ranch to train Mexican nationals to overthrow Castro. Authorities found 5 pounds of C-4 explosive at the ranch, and he was convicted of possessing illegal explosives in 1992 and sentenced to two years in prison.
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Bagsby Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:21 PM
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4. Cubans will be stuck with Castro
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 09:24 PM by Bagsby
until the day he keels over, I suppose. Oh, how the citizens of Cuba will rejoice when that time comes!
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billbuckhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:31 PM
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8. Then they can elect their own Hugo Chavez
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 09:40 PM
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10. Snap!
:thumbsup:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-21-06 10:50 AM
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16. Hi Bagsby!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-21-06 07:39 AM
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15. If news reports are correct, there may be major shenanigans here
Edited on Fri Apr-21-06 07:40 AM by benEzra
some reports state that he had military-issue tripod-mounted machineguns.

This guy's a convicted felon, and to buy a machinegun legally you have to pass what amounts to a Secret-level government security clearance (the background check typically takes six to eight MONTHS). It goes without saying that convicted felons need not apply, and a single civilian-transferable M2 .50 caliber machinegun probably sells for more than $100,000 anyway (and it is automatically registered with the Federal government, and the BATFE gets to inspect it once a year). And C-4? You can't just go into your local hardware store and buy that...

Now it's possible that the media got it wrong and the "arsenal of machineguns" may actually be a bunch of collectibles, two or three civilian guns with handgrips that stick out, and a few BB guns; but if the media got it right, then one wonders where the HECK this guy got them...
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-21-06 10:58 AM
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17. and the Networks have 'what' to say about it--more celebrity news for ya
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