Cuba seeks 20 years in jail for American USAID subcontractor
Cuban President Raul Castro accused Alan Gross of distributing illegal satellite communications equipment to dissidents.
February 4th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Cuba seeks 20 years in jail for American USAID subcontractor

An American USAID subcontractor jailed in Havana over a year ago has been charged with "acts against the independence and integrity" of Cuba and could face up to 20 years in prison, Cuban state media reported on Friday.

The December 2009 arrest of Alan Gross put relations between the United States and Cuba back in the deep freeze despite initial signs of a thaw under President Barack Obama.

At the time, Cuban President Raul Castro said Gross had been distributing illegal satellite communications equipment to dissidents. Other officials referred to him as a spy.

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  1. NuckinFuts

    Weird I was just thinking we could outsource all our convicts to Cuba. Over the years they have sent rafts of people here (many of whom were convicts). We should send an armada of our unwanted prisoners over there. Might make for good tv?

    February 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Did that. It was called the Bay of Pigs. Even gave em guns. Big flop of JFK's

      February 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    So that's a nada in Cuba for cell phones, computers, and cable tv.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom-e chrstn

    You people are slippin'.

    February 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tom-e chrstn

    If you did't get it the first time nor the second time, here it is again. "You people are slippin'."

    February 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Nukkinfuts...we tried that with Australia. Look what happened. he he

    February 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip know that yer cramping my style, right? I usta open many a comment by posting 'Hmmmm...' just exactly as you picked for your username. Just wanted to make sure you knew, because it can get confusing when I post 'Hmmmm...That wasn't him', and you were speaking of a girl! (the proceeding was for demonstrative purposes only, and in no way reflects Hmmmm's viewpoint(s) as expressed here) he he...alway's liked you Hmmmm. Wish I knew who you were.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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  7. ki

    now thats creepy

    February 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    I hope this poor guy doesnt spend 20 yrs there . scary .

    February 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    At least he isn't being "questioned" at Gitmo. Wouldn't that be fun.

    February 5, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Malibu1369

    Why, whenever an article like this appears, does some idiot suggest sending our parents, siblings and children (called inmates) to suffer under these despot governments. Hey, how 'bout you go first!

    February 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Raul

    U people are idiots... sorry but its true! The guy's american & trying to help the people of Cuba have tv & internet & cell phones & gets arrested by that communist regime? It'd be better if he was at Gitmo! At least its an american jail in an american base in Cuba! Its hard in Cuba, I know, I'm Cuban & I came here & aint no damn criminal! I served as a US Marine for 10 years! Thank u very much...

    February 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Maybe he IS a criminal. They didn't arrest every cable installer, did they? Probably not even every American cable dude.

      February 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Krissy

    Why do Americans always go where they are'nt welcome? What makes an American want to go hiking in Iran? Same thing.

    February 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kbattle

    send g.w.bush one on one to fight castro...winner take all!

    February 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Krissy

    I'd pay to see that!

    February 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JamieKennedy

    @kbattle: Yes totally. Politicians need to start fighting their own battles. @malibu: When I say MALI you say BU... Mali ""BU!" Wah wah cry cry tear tear sniffle sniffle.

    February 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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