US spends over $200 million to subvert Cuba’s government
THE U.S. Department of State has spent $200,826,000 on programs directed against Cuba since 1997, according to Just the Facts, a civic organization which tracks government spending on defense and security in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The investigation, carried out between 2009 and 2010, was undertaken after the effectiveness of programs related to Cuba was questioned, the majority of which are implemented by the USAID – U.S. Agency for International Development.
Over the last few years, USAID has paid this organization in Washington, D.C. at least $1.47 million to audit its Cuba programs.
Journalist Tracey Eaton, who maintains a blog entitled Cuba Money Project, requested a copy of the audit report through the Freedom of Information Act in March of 2011.
The USAID responded in early December, sending her just 10 pages from the report, omitting the majority of the findings, recommendations and other key information, including the identities of beneficiaries of the assistance projects audited.
“It is difficult to believe that an audit which cost $1.47 million would not leave more of a paper trail, but let’s suppose it’s true. This would mean that the10 pages published cost taxpayers close to $150,000 each,” commented Eaton.
Just the Facts is a key resource for three non-governmental organizations of legislators, journalists, trade union leaders and figures within civil society concerned about U.S. military assistance to Latin American countries. Its critical contribution is a data bank of detailed information about U.S. funded military and economic projects undertaken since 1996.