TheFiscals are advocating for the outright purchase by force of eminent domain, the Naval Air Station at Guantánamo Bay by exercising Article III in the Naval Station Lease of 1903 to enforce Article IV in the Treaty of Relations of 1934. The Naval Base lease, the Platt Amendment and the Treaty of Relations signed by the United States and the Free Republic Cuba have language addressing the serious concerns for the public health against infectious disease outbreaks in Cuba, threatening the return travel to the southern ports of the United States. Dengue and Cholera are still pervasive in Cuba today. Most recently, Leptospirosis, an infectious disease in animal urine that enters the drinking water supply that is contracted by humans and attacks the kidneys until fatal. It has been on a standard path to a pandemic in Cuba since March 2015.
1903 Guantánamo Bay [Gtmo] Naval Station Lease with the Republic of Cuba
Article III reads:
"While on the one hand the United States recognizes the continuance of the ultimate Sovereignty of the Republic of Cuba over the above described areas of land and water, on the other hand the Republic of Cuba consents that during the period of the occupation by the United States of said areas under the Terms of this Agreement, the United States shall exercise complete jurisdiction and control over and within said areas, with the right to acquire [under conditions to be hereafter agreed upon by the two Governments] for the Public purposes of the United States any land or other property therein by purchase or by exercise of eminent domain with full compensation to the owners thereof."- Signed February 23, 1903
US President Theodore Roosevelt and
President The Republic of Cuba President Tomás Estrada de Palma
The Platt Amendment (1903) obligated the Cuban Government to protect the Public health of the Southern Ports of the United States
Clause V: "That the Government of Cuba will execute, and as far as necessary extend the plans already devised or other plans to be mutually agreed upon, for the sanitation of the Cities of the Island, to the end that a recurrence of any epidemic and infectious diseases may be prevented, thereby assuring protection to the People and commerce of Cuba, as well as to the commerce of the Southern Ports of the United States and the People residing therein."
(note: Platt Amendment was repealed by a Treaty of Relations of 1934)
Under Authority of The Treaty of Relations of 1934
Infectious diseases have always been a Foreign Policy priority for the Government of The United States as such, language addressing the Public Health concern has dealt with all legal Contracts and Treaties with The Republic of Cuba since 1903.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website posts the Dengue outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean
US Interests Section in Cuba posted travel warnings on August 2013 concerning a pandemic of Dengue and Cholera
Dengue and Cholera are two contagious diseases that have spread throughout the Island of Cuba since Hurricane Ike in 2008, which damaged the sewer system and broke flood gates allowing sewer water to penetrate rivers throughout the Island.
The earthquake in Haiti in 2010 also contributed to expanding the outbreaks of Cholera when sewage contaminated a river from an encampment of Nepalese aid workers assisting on behalf of the United Nations. It is assumed that Cuban physicians and aid workers sent to Haiti returned home with the disease as well.
GitmoFreeZone redevelopment of the Naval Air Station into the ultimate Rest & Recreation & Rehabilitation Free Zone for veterans:
1. It is a far greater value and ideal to redevelop as a State of the art Rest, Recreation and Rehabilitation Facility (R&R&R) for returning War Veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq than to use the base predominately for maligned and over publicized terrorist interrogation camp. A facility that only encompasses less than 200 acres within a US Naval Station military base boundaries encompassing (43) square miles.
( equal in size to metropolitan Miami-Dade-County in South Florida )
2. [Gtmo] Base has the legal grounds as per a Treaty with Cuba and the military lease to redevelop the entire Naval Base and its borders as a quarantine facility and therefore expand the limited, outdated use as a coaling station for The Navy's maritime fleet. To do this efficiently and expedited as a business model, a tax-free zone designation should be applied to the territory. This would incentivize the private sector real estate developers to employ veterans in housing construction and commercial development. While reducing the maintenance and housing cost to the US Department of Defense.
This dual purpose plan can be replicated on all bases on the mainland. It is most appealing and appropriate at this time before Miami-Dade County, and Broward Counties school systems in South Florida are overwhelmed with another mass exodus of Cubans flees like the Mariel Boatlift ensued, upon the death of the Castro Dictatorship. The expanded quarantine facility secures the public health of the United States's Southern ports for the healthy return of American travelers from Cuba.
3. A redeveloped Base will also serve as an alternative Processing Center to prepare for a mass exodus of Cubans seeking asylum to enter the United States to establish Residency at Guantánamo Free Zone instead.
Guantánamo Bay Naval Air Station is the perfect location to build the ultimate Rest and Recreation Facility (R&R). With its deep water Port facilitating the entry of construction materials and cargo in a Tropical setting, what better location to showcase Democracy than within the Communist Country we abandoned.
Although America's primary motivation to redevelop Guantánamo is to stop the mass suicide of our Veterans by offering them a job and a paycheck to build a home in Cuba, they can create together a new mission objective for life after the war. What finer expression of gratitude to our Veterans for defending our Freedom, than to invite them to build a City, a Free Zone at Guantánamo Naval Air Station? The ultimate Rest Rehabilitation and Recreation (R&R&R) campus built by Veterans for Veterans. In other words "A Disney World for Soldiers" with a free healthcare clinic on every corner, free schools, colleges, trade school and jobs on every block. This redevelopment will put The Veterans Administration on notice " The malaise is behind us." Expanding the Naval Hospital tenfold to allow for a Medical Center to rival Walter Reed in Germany or the Houston Medical Center in Texas, the Gitmo Medical Center will be a monumental task and spirited message to veterans: very cherish your commitment. This medical campuses throughout the base must include the most advanced Facility to care for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] and the research facilities necessary to combat psychological disabilities and persistent counseling our Veterans deserve. This is the perfect approach to right the wrong the Veterans Administration mishandled internally while the Vet was corporally-challenged psychologically. The Department of Navy should take a leadership role. It must be the highest priority as a Nation to offer our heroes a place to live, love, and laugh with their Families after a tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan without the threat of Jihadist attacks on a Military Base.
As the United States first Foreign Base in the World, Guantánamo Bay is America, and it should not be returned to Cuba under any accord. Instead, let's expand it as The "Shinning City on a Hill " as Admiral John Winthrop envisioned and President Reagan proclaimed.
The United States is losing the War on Terror to the Suicide of our Soldiers
Even though America was successful in defeating the Taliban and Al Qaeda on the battlefields in Afghanistan, allowing women to vote, and girls that had begun to attend school for the first time, all was lost when the Obama Administration announced the abrupt withdrawal of our Military from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2013. In Iraq, a tyrant was deposed and executed for committing genocide, for the gassing of over 100,000 Kurd's in 'Anfal' of March 22, 1988. No need to make a case for WMD in invading Iraq. Saddam Hussein's annihilation of the Kurdish people and the Shiite majority needs no elaboration.
We are losing the War on Terror because of indifference when our Soldiers return home. The recent scandal at the US Veterans Administration is proof positive. The lack of Military effectiveness combating the enemy on the battlefield was exemplary, but the psychological well-being of our Soldiers had succumbed by the memories of the evil they witnessed. The harmful effects of radical Islam have surrendered many minds in the form of the debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Radical Islam's evil portents reside in a dark place. It is so destructive that it is causing suicidal thoughts in the subconscious mind of the American soldier.
The Naval Air Station (GTMO) is America's first Foreign Military Base. It consists of (43) forty-three square miles of Base Territory along with Cuba's deepest Bay, Guantánamo Bay, in the center of two large land masses on either side. Guantánamo base boundaries are equivalent in size to Miami-Dade County, Florida. (pop: 2.4 Million).
Expand it or lose it
The Cuban People earned the right to be included in America's manifest destiny, considering the Colonial History of the Spanish Cuba financial support for the Independence of the United States. If America is to proclaim to be the greatest defender of Liberty Worldwide, we must reinvent the US Veteran's Hospital for our Military. What better location than its first Foreign Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba?
As our oldest Ally as far back as a personal commitment by Cuban oligarchs to America's Independence, it deserves providing Satellite Communication from the Naval Base reaching Cuba proper. Providing Communication Technologies that allows the surrounding area to have free wireless internet access. This event would sound the drumbeat for the Cuban People to move Eastern Cuba.
Radio Martí Communications with the Cuban People must be intensified and amplified. The Federal Communication Commissions ('FCC') should authorize broadcast Radio/TV Martí from the GitmoFreezone. A more robust transmission signal for Radio Martí can overcome Cuban Government jamming. The Cuban Government's jamming abilities can interrupt Commercial AM stations in South Florida. From the expanded Base it also opens appropriate relief for the mass exodus that is certain upon the death of the two Castro brothers from a destined South Florida to Guantánamo instead.
John Winthrop first inspired the reference to 'a shining City on the Hill' during his first voyage to the New World. Then President Ronald Reagan gave it renewed significance in modern times in a speech. It would be fitting to bring this renewed commitment to our Soldiers to invite them to build a that shining City of Republican Democracy to an Island for themselves and their wounded brethren. Totalitarianism needs competition, as jobs for soldiers in all trades from construction to medical sciences should invite the finest Universities to establish Research hospitals. GitmoFreezone's success will be the model community to reinvent in the Veterans Administration and their Hospitals. Veterans deserve a Medical Campus and a Clinic on every street corner, not only inspiring to War Veterans for a life post-War but a job and a sense of purpose.
1. If the American People accept a US President putting Cuba up for adoption again, Communist China is the next foster parent.
2. Canton Cuba will be China's Taiwan. Their success at manufacturing low-cost products for domestic consumption in the US economy will be replicated in Cuba's cash-strapped economy. It will cast doubt over free Market-Capitalism superiority over State-Capitalism worldwide and the credibility of US Dollar as a Reserve Currency.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King Jr.