The U.S. government employed Encinosa during the Cuban Five’s trial, receiving $5,200.00 during that period. At the same time, he was a longUtime news reporter and commentator on Miami radio WAQI, the most notorious extreme rightUwing station with 50,000 watts power, which commented on the Cuban Five extensively. He also had a regular weekly program on WQBA 1140 AM, another rightUwing Miami station.
By his own admission Encinosa was involved in paramilitary actions in the early 1960s and openly called for terrorist attacks inside Cuba in the late 1990s, via live broadcasts from his MiamiUbased clandestine radio station.1
He has a close association with the most violent and dangerous terrorist organizations in Miami: In November 1996 Encinosa was keynote speaker at the inauguration of an Alpha 66 paramilitary training camp2 and boasts of his friendship with terrorist bomber Luis Posada Carriles and support for Posada’s terrorist accomplice Orlando Bosch.
Gerardo Hernández’s attorney Martin Garbus, in his Affidavit in Support of the Motion to Set Aside the Conviction of Gerardo Hernández, notes that in a Miami radio interview several days after the Five’s arrest, on September 21, 1998 (and reported in El Nuevo Herald):
Encinosa, now cited as an intelligence expert, stated that the arrests occurred because U.S. Intelligence “has detected or has indications that the information [supposedly gathered by Hernández and his coUdefendants] is passing through terrorist organizations outside the United States.” Olance Nogueras, the author of the article, “establishes” Encinosa as an intelligence expert; [Nogueras] also received payments from the Government.3
With Encinosa’s radio advocacy of terrorism against Cuba and his own past in terrorist attacks — something he boasts about to this day — Encinosa had a clear motive in working to secure the Cuban Five’s conviction.
The Five were keeping a watchful eye on terrorist Orlando Bosch in Miami, who was responsible for numerous bombings in that city, and was an intellectual author of the Cubana airliner bombing on October 6, 1976, in which 73 people died. His accomplice in the Cubana bombing and other crimes was Luis Posada Carriles. While the Cuban Five were in Miami trying to prevent terrorism, Posada Carriles was paying mercenaries to plant bombs in several Havana hotels in 1997. One of those bombs killed the Italian tourist, Fabio Di Celmo, as he sat in the Copacabana Hotel in Havana, September 4, 1997.
Encinosa, a close friend of the terrorist Posada Carriles, commented on those hotel bombings, in 2005, while being interviewed for a film.
I personally think it’s an acceptable method. It’s a way of damaging the tourist economy. The message that you, one, tries to get across is that Cuba is not a healthy place for tourists. So, if Cuba is not a healthy place for tourists because there’s a few windows being blown out of hotels, that’s fine.4
Encinosa is himself a terrorist, he operates a clandestine radio station that advocates terrorism, he openly supports the terrorists’ hotels bombings, he is a keynote speaker at the inauguration of a terrorist paramilitary training camp, he receives Government monies while vilifying the Cuban Five antiUterrorists on the most powerful Miami radio stations.
Encinosa is one of many examples why the Cuban Five’s Due Process rights were irreparably harmed from the start, and why their immediate freedom must be granted.
Encinosa’s collaboration with the U.S. government was first discovered in 2009, through documents released to the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five by a Freedom of Information Act petition. The National Committee currently has a FOIA request pending with the Broadcasting Board of Governors to obtain the recordings of Encinosa’s radio programs on Radio Marti.
- The transcript, video, audio and article links of Enrique Encinosa’s terrorist history are in the Articles section of this document, and at www.freethefive.org
- “Overthrow on the Radio: With a vengeance born of extremists, the radical La Voz de la Resistencia show goes straight for Castro’s jugular”, Miami,New,Times, Thursday, February 13, 1997, Kathy Glasgow.
- Martin Garbus Affidavit in Support of the Motion to Set Aside the Conviction of Gerardo Hernández, Aug. 31, 2012, page 19. http://www.freethefive.org/legalFront/GerardoAffidavit83112.pdfThe Nogueras article: http://www.freethefive.org/legalFront/FOIA/Other_Coverage/NoguerasENH092198ES.pdf