Ros Lehtinen was born in Cuba in 1952 and came to Miami in the 60's. Raised a Catholic, her grandfather was a leader of the Jewish community in Havana who stayed on after the Revolution. She joined the most intransigent hard right in Miami, the remnants of Cuba's Plantocracy formed by former slave owning sugar and rum interests.
According to the LA Times: "In February 1988, Orlando Bosch was arrested in Miami and implicated in the 1976 plot to blow up Cubana Flight 455, a terrorist act that killed 73 passengers. Joe D. Whitley, the associate U.S. attorney general at the time, called Bosch "a terrorist, unfettered by laws or human decency, threatening and inflicting violence without regard to the identity of his victims." Bosch, however, had the distinct advantage of having Ros-Lehtinen make advocating for his release one of the cornerstones of her 1989 congressional campaign. Bosch had another advantage: Ros-Lehtinen's campaign manager was Jeb Bush, President George H.W. Bush's son. In 1990, after lobbying by Jeb Bush and Ros-Lehtinen, the Bush administration went against the Justice Department's recommendation to deport Bosch and authorized his release. Since then, Bosch has become a permanent resident of the United States."
Ros and her Plantocracy colleagues have repeatedly intervened not only in the case of Bosch, but also that of Luis Posada Carriles, another prime mover behind the 1976 Cubana bombing.
Ros Lehtinen is a strong supporter of Israel and also a supporter of anti-Iran terrorists: according to Iran Focus: she is "one of the strongest supporters in Congress of the MKO," the Mujahedin Khalq Organization, a terrorist group according to both the US and Iranian services. MKO, also known as MEK, is on the State Department list of terrorists. They have spread their mysteriously abundant cash around liberally to US politicians from FBI director Louis Freeh to Ed Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and current MSNBC talking head, from former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton. This may well be technically illegal in the US, as would be any contribution from them to Ileana, without her registering as a foreign agent.
Ros Lehtinen funds Victoria Ruiz-Labrit, the US representative for the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration, a Havana based dissident group that was promoted in the Briefing that accompanied the Acting on Our Conscience letter signed by 59 prominent African Americans, who perhaps did not look at the package they were signing on to, though its provenance via Carlos Moore should have given them a clue.
The significance of Ros-Lehtinen's action to free Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles cannot be exaggerated. They are mass murderers, narcoterrorists who acted in the service of the Plantocracy remnants -- the CANF, the Bacardis, the Fanjuls, the Lincoln-Balarts, slave owning families all, close collaborators of Ileana. For Vicky Ruiz to have taken money from her is a sign for everyone to see.
-- Claude Betancourt