Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

To remove Cuba from the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list would be to ignore both the Cuban government’s inherently malicious nature and the utility of terrorist designations. For over three decades, the Castro regime has directly supported organizations designated by the U.S. government as terrorist. Recent activities that warrant Cuba’s place on the list include Havana’s violations of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, leadership role in directing Venezuela’s military and intelligence, and steadfast support and intimate relationship with such countries as Syria, Iran, and North Korea. The Castro regime also continues to harbor U.S. fugitives and subsidize their livelihoods. Terrorism designation is not only about what the country is currently doing, but also about the potential for future malicious actions. Removing Cuba from the terrorist list is much more than a symbolic gesture. It carries far-reaching implications that can endanger U.S. national security interests.

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