July 29, 2013
A '$24 million propaganda plane that few can see or hear'
I'm all for trying to inform the people of Cuba about what's really going on in the world. Radio Marti does a good job of reaching much of the island with news and views they don't get from the Castro regime. But a program that costs the US taxpayer $24 million that is supposed to beam TV signals to the island from an airplane flying around Cuba, might be taking the concept a bit too far. It seems that Cuba jams the transmission so effectively that few Cubans receive the signal. Foreign Policy: The program is run by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, and for the last two years, it has asked Congress to scrap the program, citing its exorbitant expense and dubious cost-effectiveness. "The signal is heavily jammed by the Cuban government, significantly limiting this platform's reach and impact on the island," reads the administration's fiscal year 2014 budget request. But each year, hard-line anti-Castro members of Congress have rejected the recommendation and renewed...(Read Full Post)