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Matt Lawrence and Thomas Van Hare have written an important book.. BETRAYAL: Clinton, Castro & The Cuban Five is a timely reminder that the United States must be vigilant against repeating the mistakes of the past. I recommend this book."
--- Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21)

About the Author

Matt Lawrence: Author, consultant, public speaker & media personality, is president of Paratus International LLC; a firm dedicated to providing disaster preparedness, continuity of business and security planning for the public and private sectors.

Lawrence has been an invited speaker before members of Congress, conducted preparedness seminars at conferences sponsored by state and federal agencies and provided endorsements for various new life saving technologies marketed today. 

A Florida native, Lawrence first witnessed the plight of Cuban refugees as a child in the early 1960s. Thirty years later, life would lead him to fly search and rescue missions with both Brothers to the Rescue and a similar group, Freedom Flight International where he served as both Director of Special Projects and Chief Mission Specialist. 

Matt's co-author and editor, Thomas Van Hare is the former Chairman of Freedom Flight International and was previously operations director, mission director and command pilot for Brothers to the Rescue. 

Van Hare has served with three Administrations in Washington. During the Reagan administration, he was with the United States Agency for International Development. He also served President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41), as Special Assistant to then Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage and later to then Assistant Secretaries Dr. Harry Rowen and Ambassador James Lilly. 

In 2004, Thomas Van Hare was requested to return to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and work with the Coalition Provisional Authority. Thereafter, he served as Director, Organizational Assessment, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

Thomas Van Hare is currently executive director of a company involved in the global development and direct commercial sales of sophisticated military aircraft.

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  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2010
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004774MUQ
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Lawrence and Van Hare have written a " can't put it down book ". It is well written, the sequence is understandable and the story is a modern tragedy. They have done an amazing job fettering out secrets from the Cubans and our own government.

I could have written this review sooner, but I had to have a cooling off period due to the content. If I had written with the raw emotion I felt after the read, I am sure my review would have been rejected by Amazon. I have simmered down now...

People, four Americans, including three US Citizens on a humanitarian mission, were shot down, murdered by Cuban MIG pilots in international air space between Key West and Havana on Feb.24, 1996. A third Brothers to the Rescue
plane narrowly escaped being shot down through brilliant evasive tactics. The third plane was chased to within a few minutes flight from Key West. Our air defenses stood by, watched, and did nothing.

Yes, one of the Brothers to the Rescue Airplanes (unarmed) did stray into Cuban air space during the heat of the tragedy. There are international procedures for dealing with stray planes. Those protocols do not call for the intentional downing of civilian aircraft. They were blown out of the sky in front of witnesses on a cruise ship and a fishing vessel in international air space.

Our government had cues from the Cubans that this might happen. Not one agency called the Brothers to warn them of Cuban threats.

This is not a book of conspiracy theory, it is a book of fact. I do not read conspiracy theories. It is an indictment of the murderous regieme across the Florida Straits as well as an indictment of gross negligence concerning our national defense.

I hope I have wetted your appetite for the book. It is a must read. I have always been for normalizing relations with Cuba. Not now. I would not spend a dime on that paper hanging SOB's island.

There I go....getting emotional. Read it. Just read it.
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Finally, the real story on the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown: the integrated Cuban Government activities conducted to commit murder, and the ongoing influence operations relating to some of those involved. This book provides the most detail to date on the events of 24 February 1996. The details are upsetting, but provide much food for thought.

Thanks to the authors for providing excerpts from the transcripts of the Brothers to the Rescue and MiG pilots, as well as transcripts of the testimony by Major Jeffrey Houlihan, who was one of too few in the US military doing his job that day! The transcripts make the events both easier to understand, and appalling at the same time. (If you haven't seen it, the documentary Shoot Down, cited by the authors, is worth seeing. You will hear the chilling recordings of the Cuban MiG pilots.)

The book also provides a disturbing look at the non-response by the US military on that fateful February day. The non-response is so comprehensive that you will wonder if the military was ordered NOT to respond. A communications glitch is a facile excuse that could cover up just such a command. Draw your own conclusion.

Thanks to the authors for pointing out that the purposefully misleading reporting provided to the FBI by Juan Pablo Roque (who was one of at least two who infiltrated Brothers to the Rescue at the behest of Cuban intelligence), has not been reassessed which continues to skew the thinking of the Intelligence Community, and does a disservice to the humanitarian record of Brothers to the Rescue.

Some of the people identified in this book were clearly misled by assessments written by convicted DIA spy, Ana Montes.
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It didn't take me long to read this book as I was captivated by the story, which actually isn't a story at all but a truth that had been smothered by bureaucratic lies and inconsistencies. The authors, Lawrence and Van Hare, are passionate about the humanitarian efforts that the Brothers to the Rescue supported and that they, the authors, were a part of. They do an incredible job of documenting the facts and noting assumptions, leaving the reader to form their own opinion of what truly happened to their friends and fellow pilots who were murdered by Castro. Hopefully this book will get the attention it deserves and the Obama Administration will take into account the gaps that were left behind by previous administrations and not befriend a murderer. This book will certainly remind Americans how fortunate and privileged we are but it will also make you aware that you can't take anything the government says at face value. Well written, almost like a movie, this book will keep your attention and will have you wondering "what's next?".
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Without a doubt, Lawrence & Van Hare have succeeded in pulling that trigger which targets every hair on the back of ones neck to prickle at attention throughout the entirety of this white knuckling account of incompetence, murder and betrayal.
The multiple threads of deceit unraveled in this heart racing story, reach beyond ones imagination and begs all Americans to ask how such an atrocity could have occurred in our great country.
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This is a very interesting read and years long account of gathering facts, to get through the maze of cover-up's of this totally preventable & tragic event. It lluminates how our goverment goes into overdrive to cover their inept asses. Sadly this was a course of action that was so very prevelant throughout the Clinton "Teflon" Administation, which was infested with inept advisors, scoundrels and the spies within his cabinet.
It is sad that these clowns, Bill Clinton, Sandy Berger, and Bill Richardson, just to name a few, are still walking around like their stuff does not stink!
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