Cuba Rebuffs Inclusion on U.S. Terrorism Black List

Cuba’s definitely not celebrating their inclusion in the U.S. terrorism black list. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington said their government has been cooperating with international efforts to fight terrorism and spokesman Alberto Gonzalez pointed out that Cuba “has complied, is complying and will comply with the internationally recognized security measures for these cases.” He added that Cuba’s record is clean, that it’s never fostered terrorist groups nor can the U.S. prove that a terrorist act came from Cuban grounds.

The U.S. recently hiked its airport security checks on international travelers after a failed Christmas Day attack on a flight over Detroit. They’ve been paying close attention to passengers arriving from Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria—countries the U.S. government believes sponsors terrorist organizations. Other passengers getting special treatment include those from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen for being “countries of interest.”

According to its most recent report on international terrorism released last April, the U.S. State Department said Havana was on the black list because “the Cuban government continued to provide safe haven to several terrorists,” such as the Basque ETA and the Colombian FARC and ELN.