In particular, Breuer remained highly suspicious of the Cuban government in the hands of Fidel Castro’s younger brother Raúl. His reasons were classified since much of his information came from retired FBI and CIA contacts with whom he kept in touch.
Breuer, whose nonfiction book, “The Great Raid,” became a World War II movie that chronicled the most daring rescue mission in military history, shared with me his confidential notes March 18, 2008, that would not see the light of day until today.
It was his wish that this information be published as a warning to the current administration to remind it, in his words, “About the Castro brothers and their half-century of heading one of the most barbaric and ruthless regimes that history has known.”
“When big brother (Fidel) had seized control of the Cuban government early in 1959, Raúl played a major role in helping to solidify the new regime by rounding up hundreds of Cubans suspected of being opposed to the new leader and having them shot,” said Breuer.
“Much like the Nazis under Adolf Hitler, Raúl had a 50-foot trench dug. It was 10-foot deep and he filled it with bullet-riddled bodies and had them covered by a bulldozer.”
According to Breuer, Cuba’s media was next on their list. The dictator and his brother orchestrated the shutting down of newspapers and radio stations but kept one lone television station for Castro’s own use. At that time, Breuer claims a confidential report on Raúl Castro by U.S. intelligence labeled him “the most dangerous of all among Cuba’s new leaders.”
In 1964, Juana Castro Ruz, Fidel’s older sister, fled Cuba in fear for her life after reports that she was “disillusioned with the injustices conducted by Fidel and Raúl’s reign of terror,” said Breuer.
In June 1965, Juana testified before the House Committee in Washington, D.C., on “un-American activities.” The frightened sister of the dictator reportedly told the committee, “Fidel and Raúl’s hatred for the United States cannot be imagined by Americans. Their obsession is to destroy the United States.”
Breuer suggested it would be naive to downplay the Castros’ obsession in a time when the U.S. economy is weakened, the U.S. military is strained and a president with little foreign policy experience is at the helm of a country trying to avoid a titanic disaster.
According to the author who wrote about Castro’s 1962 plot to blow up New York City, five months after Castro’s sister testified before the U.S. House Committee, Fidel and Raúl hatched an incredible scheme to spread communism throughout much of the world and at the same time destroy the United States from within.
“The two Cubans convened in Havana what they called the Tri-continental Congress,” said Breuer. “Some 750 men and women, known to be true-blue communists representing 82 nations, were brought to Havana as ‘delegates’ by the Castros who paid for their trips and expenses.
“Fidel and Raúl announced that the purpose of the event was to launch ‘a massive assault against the capitalist and imperialist nations, especially against the United States.’”
Among the recruits were American radicals who were going to be “the cadre of the terrorist army that would wreak havoc and death in the United States with the mission to overthrow the government,” according to Breuer and his undisclosed source.
“These Americans would be the star pupils at what amounted to a school of terrorists, in which they would be taught techniques of propaganda and violence as well as how to gain recruits in the U.S.,” said Breuer.
“They taught Americans how to organize antiwar demonstrations, how to encourage young American men to resist the draft, flee to Canada and publicize the growing number of American casualties in Vietnam.”
Thousands of do-it-yourself kits for urban terrorists were distributed at the Havana school, says Breuer. These included instructions for making and using Molotov cocktails and the building of bombs. Afterward, the American “delegates” returned to the U.S. and set up a support network for Fidel and Raúl.
“This network provided services that had been learned in Havana, such as fake documents, safe houses for terrorists on the lam, transportation, medical and legal aid, surveillance and the supplying of weapons and explosives to the ‘soldiers.’”
A year after Fidel and Raúl had sent their covert factions back into the U.S., Breuer said, “Major cities in America had been turned into battlefields that resembled Iwo Jima or the Normandy beach in World War II.”
Earlier this month, the Washington Post carried an editorial by Jackson Diehl who said, “Still, some in and out of Cuba argue that Raúl Castro is up to something different.
“He understands, they say, that the Stalinist regime cannot survive in its present form, and he wants to modernize and stabilize it before he and his brother pass away.”
Referring to Cardinal Jaime Ortega as a “broker of human rights in Cuba,” Diehl said Ortega “has been meeting with officials in the Obama administration and Congress.
“(Ortega) suggests that a big part of Raúl Castro’s agenda is improving relations with the United States so that Cuba’s economy can be revived by U.S. trade and investment.”
Diehl ended his Aug. 9, editorial by stating, “But the time for real change — and for deeper engagement by the United States — has not yet arrived.”
If his last mission was to awaken skepticism and warn the current administration not to underestimate the Castro legacy, Bill Breuer, a soldier to the end, can rest in peace. Mission accomplished.