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Puerto Ricans Have Had And Continue To Merit U.S. Trust

By Guillermo Moscoso

November 9, 2001
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PUERTO RICO HERALD. All Rights Reserved.

Based on recent charges of espionage against Puerto Rican Ana Belén Montes who, since 1985 worked in the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, the question has been asked if the U.S. can trust Puerto Ricans. My answer is yes. The U.S. continues to trust Puerto Ricans, and it would be unjustifiable and unfair to say that because of this particular case of espionage, all Puerto Ricans are not worthy of the trust of the U.S. It would be just like asserting that because of the recent proven espionage by some continental Americans, all continental Americans are not worthy of the trust of the U.S. The continental Americans guilty of espionage this year were George and Marisol Gari, Brian P. Regan and Robert Hansen. In 1994, Aldrich H. Ames was condemned to life imprisonment for spying for Russia. Ames, who was an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been labeled as the spy who has caused the most damage to the United States.

The United States cannot possibly ignore the loyal and patriotic services of Puerto Ricans. In all the wars in which the United States has been involved, the participation of Puerto Rico has been greater than that of 22 states of the Union. Some 1,400 Puerto Ricans were killed in action, more than 3,000 were wounded, and hundreds have remained disabled for life. Four Puerto Ricans have received the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism, to wit: Fernando Luis García Ledesma, Korean War; Euripedes Rubio, Carlos J. Lozada and Hector Santiago, Vietnam War.

As it was the case in the past, during the present state of war in which our nation finds itself fighting the savage and cowardly terrorists, Puerto Ricans are voluntarily offering to serve and the members of our National Guard and REserve Components are responding to the call of duty.

As if the above were not enough, to demonstrate our loyalty to the U.S., we can neither ignore nor forget the loyal and patriotic services to the U.S. by the following Puerto Ricans in the past and at present: (1) Teodoro Moscoso, ex-U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations; (2) Luis Guinot, ex-U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica; (3) Gabriel Guerra, ex-U.S. Ambassador to Chile; (4) Admiral Horacio Rivera, ex-Chief of U.S. Naval Forces in the Mediterranean and ex-U.S. Ambassador to Spain; (5) Antonia Cohello de Novello, ex-U.S. Surgeon General; (6) William Navas, former Chief of the Federal National Guard and, at present, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for personnel affairs; (7) Arturo Morales Carrión, ex-Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs; (8) Julita Rivera de Vicenty, ex-member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations; (9) Gloria Tristani, ex-Head of the Federal Communications Commission; (10) Ignacio Rivera, ex-agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); (11) Judges of the federal courts in continental U.S. Juan B. Torruella and José A. Cabranes; (12) Judges of the federal court in Puerto Rico Héctor Laffitte, Juan Pérez Gimenez, Carmen Consuelo Cerezo, José A. Fusté, Salvador Casella, Daniel R. Dominguez, Jay A. García, Gilberto Gerbolini, Jaime Pieras, Raymond Acosta, Magistrates Justo Arena, Antonio Gregori, Carmen Delgado, Jesús A. Castillo, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Guillermo Gil and Frances Moran, Administrator of the Federal Court in Puerto Rico; (13) Hans Hertell San Juan, recently nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the above, I have been informed that there are several Puerto Ricans actually serving with the FBI, CIA and in the U.S. diplomatic and consular posts abroad.

The above could not be more eloquent evidence of the trust and confidence which the U.S. has placed in Puerto Ricans. This trust and confidence the U.S. is not about to withdraw because of the espionage case of Ana Belén Montes, as I am sure the self-appointed "guardian angels" of Puerto Rico would like to see happen in order to continue promoting their hate-U.S. campaign and achieve their goal to see the separation of Puerto Rico from the United States.

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