Fred Burks: Opening to Heart Connection While Under Investigation
Posted by Wes Annac
”Fred Burks has done a great deal of work for all the causes
which have resulted in the downfall of the cabal. Here he recounts being
subjected to investigation for taking a trip to Cuba, how he met the
challenge with complete openness and transparency and what resulted.
Interesting journey, catapulting Fred to Number One spot among my
heroes.” – Steve Beckow
Opening to Heart Connection While Under Investigation
Fred Burks, email, March 23, 2012
Back in early 2004, only a year after WantToKnow.info was first
started, I had a fascinating and big surprise come out of an official
U.S. Department of State investigation against me.
It all started in December 1999, when I went on a three-week vacation
to the Yucatan in Mexico with my girlfriend. After a week there, she
was feeling bored. Having seen the engaging movieBuena Vista Social Club,
which richly depicts the lively music and culture of Cuba, she insisted
that we visit this sub-tropical island nation, so I reluctantly agreed.
At the time we decided to go, I hadn’t heard about any problems with
people traveling there. If I had any idea what was to come, I would
never have gone to Cuba and threatened my job as a language interpreter
with the State Department.
Our 10 full days in Cuba were filled with great times. On the flight
over, we were excited to befriend a fun, vibrant Afro-Cuban drummer
sitting next to us who lived in Havana with his family. He not only set
us up to stay in the apartment of a friend, he invited us to his
beautiful 15-year-old daughter’s colorful quincinera or coming of age
celebration. We also enjoyed swimming at the warm sandy beaches,
exploring Cuba’s rich music and culture, and lots more in our time
Two days before flying there, I found a used Cuba guidebook in the Yucatan. The
guidebook stated it was not illegal to go to Cuba, but that technically
Americans were not allowed to spend money there, as it is considering
aiding the enemy. Yet the guidebook also mentioned they had
never heard of anyone having a problem with this, and that well over
100,000 Americans were visiting Cuba every year. So on returning to the
U.S. from our trip, I wasn’t expecting any problem from writing on the
customs form that we had visited Mexico and Cuba.
Upon then going through customs, we were shocked to be pulled aside
and then detained for two hours, during which they first read us our
Miranda rights and then separated and interrogated us all because we had
gone to Cuba. During the interrogation, I asked the customs agent if it
was illegal to go to Cuba. I was most curious that, though we were
being treated like criminals, she avoided answering this question and
wouldn’t tell me why we were being detained. We were eventually released
and told that we didn’t have to do anything, but that we might hear
from them again….