As to the matter of
illegal activities, this was mostly related to financial items. The Cuban
economy was basically a cash economy, very few of the common people had a bank
account; cash was king. Castro surprised everyone when the currency was changed
with very little warning, if I remember it was like 48 hours advising the
chance and instructing to take your money to stations for an exchange.
You were allowed to
keep $250.00 and the rest was going to be deposited into a bank account, the WT
was operating as a commercial institution with their bank account and they were
not affected that much by this. For the friends it was a different story, the
main difficulty for the Society was their monthly income from the congregation
remittances; by them the pesos were worthless and the people were exchanging in
the black market pesos for dollars. The WT participated in this practice in
order to send whatever funds were collected to Mother.
It was illegal to send
money out of the country, the Society was using friendly diplomats and brothers
that had connections at the Guantanamo base to do these transactions; they were
more interested in getting the money to Brooklyn than the welfare of the local
There are many examples
of illegalities committed as theocratic warfare, for instance the Government had
full control of supplies, paper was needed for the publishing of the study
materials; brothers will buy these supplies in the black market knowing that
the majority of the materials were stolen from the Government factories.
I remember the case of
a very fine brother that was caught doing this, spent three years in jail; came
out mentally affected, his wife died shortly thereafter and he got in trouble
and was eventually DF.
Enough for today