'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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Last week marked the third anniversary of Cuba's arrest of USAID subcontractor Alan Gross for the "crime" of delivering Internet equipment to a Jewish group in Havana.
Almost three years after her husband was arrested and jailed in Cuba, Judy Gross still talks to Americans who haven't heard his story. Now she is speaking more openly than in the past, hoping to make her husband's case as well known as those of other Americans who won freedom after being jailed overseas.
A U.S. government contractor went on trial in Cuba on Friday in a case sure to have a profound impact on relations between the Cold War enemies.
"The quiet, diplomatic way wasn't working," Mrs. Gross said during Thursday's interview.
Cuba sees USAID's programs as a threat to its sovereignty, and Mr. Gross, who was on his fifth trip to the country for USAID when he was arrested, acknowledged in company reports that his work was "very risky business."