Alpha 66

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Alpha 66 is a U.S.-based former terrorist organization and currently just a militant organization, formed by Cuban exiles in Puerto Rico in 1961, whose primary purpose is to overthrow the communist government of Cuba founded by Fidel Castro. The founder and first leader of Alpha 66 was Antonio Veciana Blanch.[1] Veciana was directed and advised by "Maurice Bishop," the pseudonym of David Atlee Phillips of the CIA.[2] The group worked during the 1960s and 1970s to plan assassination attempts on Fidel Castro in Havana 1961 and in Chile in 1971.

History[edit]

Though an invasion never materialized after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, the group continued its violent efforts against Cuba In 1976, Miami Police's Lieutenant Thomas Lyons and Detective Raul J. Diaz testified that groups including Alpha 66 had international terrorist ties and had sold $100 "bonds" in Miami to help finance their causes. The group was linked to a spate of bombings and assassinations in Miami during the 1970s, directed at Pro-Castro speakers. No Alpha 66 member was convicted of these crimes, however; and other Cuban paramilitary groups, such as Omega 7 and Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations, were active in Miami at the same time. A week before Lyons and Diaz's testimony, broadcaster Emilio Milian's legs were blown off by a car bomb outside his workplace.[3] Alpha 66 continues to be an organized entity.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

The group was featured in the 2003 film Bad Boys 2 and on the TV show Max X.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ House Select Committee on Assassinations, Volume X, pp. 37-56
  2. ^ House Select Committee on Assassinations, Volume X, pp. 37-56
  3. ^ Terroristic Activity : Terrorism in the Miami Area. Miami public pages.
  4. ^ "The coddled "terrorists" of South Florida" by Tristram Korten and Kirk Nielsen, Salon.com, January 14, 2008