Betrayal: Clinton, Castro & the Cuban Five

“The truth is seldom heard in the spoken word, yet is always seen in people’s actions.” -Matt Lawrence

By: Matt Lawrence & Thomas Van Hare

On February 24, 1996, three Brothers to the Rescue aircraft took off from South Florida on a search and rescue mission meant to save the lives of Cuban balseros – yet their mission would end in death, with two planes shot down by Cuban MiG fighters.
Four aviators were lost – Carlos Costa, Mario de la Peña, Armando Alejandre and Pablo Morales. Their murders were perpetuated by La Red Avispa, the “Cuban Five” spy ring and a DIA analyst turned Cuban agent, Ana Belen Montes, Castro’s Queen of Spies.

Betrayal: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five compiles extensive research, sworn testimony and fact. It reveals a cover up spanning the Florida Straits, from Havana to Washington D.C. It uncovers that senior Clinton Administration officials, including Sandy Berger, Bill Richardson, Richard Nuccio, retired Pentagon brass, U.S diplomats and even members of the U.S. media were forewarned by Castro of the shootdown, yet somehow did nothing to stop the murders.

Cuba declares them heroes, yet the “Cuban Five” are serving jail sentences for espionage and murder. Now, in an opening gesture toward improving relations with Havana, the Obama Administration contemplates their release – but will the USA have to go so far as to pardon murderers?

TRAICIÓN: Clinton, Castro y Los Cinco Cubanos es la versión en castellano de BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five. Sus autores Matt Lawrence y Thomas Van Hare fueron aviadores que volaron en las misiones junto a los Hermanos al Rescate. La traducción fue realizada por Diego Rodriguez de Tranlanguage Inc. en Miami, Florida.

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About the authors

Matt Lawrence

     Matt Lawrence is a South Florida native, licensed SCUBA instructor and avid tropical adventurer, having traveled the islands of the Caribbean and Florida Keys for over half his life.
Thomas Van Hare
     A three-time White House appointee, Thomas Van Hare specializes in international affairs. Thomas has flown search and rescue missions as a command pilot and mission director off the coast of Cuba, helping to save the lives of thousands of refugees. He has directed disaster relief missions in over twenty nations. In addition, he’s written and edited multiple books including "Betrayal: Clinton, Castro & the Cuban Five", which examines the history of the shoot down and murder of four Americans by Cuba in the 1990s. Today, he remains active in politics, foreign policy work, defense and security affairs.

Reviews

Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Retired Congressman (R-Florida’s 21st District)
"Matt Lawrence and Thomas Van Hare have written an important book detailing an infamous chapter in the history of the Castro dictatorship and a weak United States Administration. By documenting the Cuban regime's espionage activities and the calculated, cold-blooded murder of four humanitarian pilots, BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five is a timely reminder that the United States must be vigilant against repeating the mistakes of the past. To anyone interested in gaining insight into the utter malevolence of the Cuban dictatorship and the hazards befalling U.S. Administrations who coddle it, I recommend this book."
Scott W. Carmichael
The agent who uncovered Cuban spy, Ana Belen Montes, working in the DIA.
"I wish I was a wealthy man. I would buy 300 million copies of BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five and provide a copy to every single American citizen, by way of warning: The men who murdered, with impunity and arrogance, three American citizens and one Permanent Resident Alien in the Straits of Florida on 24 February 1996, remain in power off the coast of Florida. BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five exposes their crime and holds them accountable. Read it."
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Hayden Peake
CIA Review by Hayden Peake, CIA Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf
"On 24 February 1996, Cuban MiGs shot down two of three unarmed American light aircraft over international waters off the Cuban coast. The four pilots died. The third aircraft escaped and spread the word. The United States government responded with diplomatic gestures. Matt Lawrence and Thomas Van Hare think more should have been done. Betrayal explains why.... Betrayal is a sad story of a humanitarian effort eventually shut down by Castro and international politics."
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Lt. Colonel Chris Simmons
(DIA-Retired), the analyst who debriefed Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes and founder of The Cuban Intelligence Research Center
In gripping detail, BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five reminds readers that Cuba's 1996 shoot down of two civilian aircraft in international airspace was an act of international terrorism. Lawrence and Van Hare's well-researched account highlights the key role of Cuban spies and the Castro brothers in this premeditated murder of four search and rescue pilots. The authors also examine how a high-ranking Cuban spy in the U.S. Government shaped the Clinton administration's timid response and emboldened the Castro regime. The lesson learned by Havana was clear: in dealing with the U.S., you can get away with murder. Anyone looking for insights into the volatile relations between the U.S. and Cuba needs to read BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five."
The Cuban Intelligence Research Center

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