Trained to Kill by Antonio Veciana
First of two reviews of Veciana's new book, which I think is being shipped today.
Last edited by Jim DiEugenio; 04-19-2017 at 07:54 PM.
Now here is another one by former Cuban law professor Arnaldo Fernandez, who also writes for us.
I have to say, having read the book, and given it a blurb, its really interesting, fast moving, and, as far as I can tell, candid. It is especially interesting about the portrait of Phillips that Veciana draws. From reading the book you understand how Phillips got the reputation he had in the CIA. I think it was Colby who once said that Phillips was the best operations officer he ever knew.
Also, he clears up a kind of confused point.
The reason he went on record with Bishop being Phillips was on the occasion of Fonzi's death. There was some confusion about that at the AARC Conference he spoke at.
Last edited by Jim DiEugenio; 04-19-2017 at 09:20 PM.
Mr. Veciana has done very well for himself, the American government has treated him good. He has great visions for democracy towards Cuba, and believes things will soon change in Cuba with the death of Fidel Castro, that is what everyone has been waiting for, change.
“In the early 1960’s, I believed John F. Kennedy was a traitor to the Cuban exiles and to this country. Yet, over time, I came to recognize that President Kennedy was not a traitor (…) I couldn’t go from this world without saying that John F. Kennedy was a great man and a great president who had a great vision for this country and the world.”
I don't remember if Mr. Veciana ever told me he was in the Bay of Pigs or not, I don't remember, and, although there was some animosity by many who wanted to free Cuba from communism, Mr. Veciana has had a change of heart towards Kennedy over the years. In-fact, I don't believe he attends any of the Veterans meetings, nor did I see him at the BOP's dinner gathering, not that any of this would be of much importance if you have no desire to attend, however, not everyone agrees with having a change of heart either.
Something I've learned over the years, my grandparents owned the largest seed company out of Norwalk Connecticut, the Murvon Seed Company which sold 60% of their packaged seeds to Cuba before Castro took over, there wasn't an American business operating in or out of Cuba after Castro.
Fidel Castro had kicked out and seized every business owned by the Americans, nothing remained behind, except the beautiful topical plants that still thrive to this day in Cuba.
I suppose there's still that legacy today and we beat Fidel Castro. That goes for the new regime including the entire revolution. I doubt he had his government remove every plant ever sold to Cuba.
I don't know a single person in the Cuban community other than Mr. Veciana who had the courage to testify against and identify his CIA handler and other officials who corresponded and had meetings with Oswald. I've asked myself the same question over and over, a thousand times, why Oswald? The only answer I can come up with is... Could there have been a better pasty?
I for one applaud Mr. Veciana for his bravery, almost killed, nearly silenced for speaking out against the CIA, and now, out in the open rather than hiding in the shadows.
Last edited by Scott Kaiser; 04-20-2017 at 03:01 AM.
Although the Smith Act was enacted in 1940 and dubbed unconstitutional by Congress such an act never really went away for Hoover and the FBI/CIA who suspected everyone! And, when Oswald publicly announced he was a Marxist, that pretty much sealed his fate I believe.