Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.
 

2018-09-16

KGB Interpreters

The FBI has just completed its investigation in what became the biggest espionage case in American history, arresting several ASL contractual interpreters in a sting operation overnight. As it's well known that there are many Deaf civilian employees in the defense industries and in the intelligence gathering field that protects our national security interests. The break in the case came when an ASL interpreter was caught stealing USB device two decades ago from a Deaf federal employee's computer containing sensitive classified information at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Greenbelt, Maryland. The interpreter, a Russian immigrate, confessed that was then an agent with the KGB until the fall of the Soviet Union. The FBI got involved in the case after another ASL interpreter at the CIA was seen passing microfiche to an informant. It was also discovered that these operatives of the KGB became fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) studying at then Gallaudet College, the world's only liberal-arts college for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. All of these ASL interpreters are recruited by the Soviet Embassy and none of them have diplomatic immunity from prosecution. Some already been deported, others escaped after their identities been exposed in a tabloid. FBI also raid several defense plants across the nation, mostly the aerospace industries, rounding them up, all facing up to life in prison depending on our losses. Congress is planning a hearing on this matter, giving the responsibilities to the Intelligence Oversight Committee. The President is aware of the situation and may cause further sanctions against Russia. 

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