It has been more than 55 years since 1961 and the Castro-ordered round up suspected resistors in Cuba. According to some press reports in excess of 200,000 were arrested during the Bay of Pigs.

My youngest sister and I were arrested and taken to improvised holding facilities. We ended up in the huge Blanquita Theater. We tried to sleep under lights on the theater seats for days on end. There were bodies on the floor. The sanitary facilities overflowed with sewage.

Outside my brave mother and my other sister brought food. Eventually the British ambassador to Havana, Sir Herbert Marchant, (a former Bletchley Park intelligence officer and old Cold War "hand") managed to get us released since we were born in Britain.

That horror is still with me.

Now I hear of operation Jade Helm. I read the official denials of such intent here, but I also saw a horrendous video shot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida purporting to show this training.

I worry immensely ...

Larry Daley

Corvallis

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