State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the ticker was turned off in June because it was not considered "effective" as a means of delivering information to the Cuban people.Hard to believe that wasn't a diplomatic success story.
The scrolling electronic sign, fitted across 25 windows of the U.S. interests section, ran quotes from American heroes, such as Martin Luther King's "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up," and Abraham Lincoln's "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
It also streamed news and political messages that blamed Cuba's everyday problems on the communist regime led by Fidel Castro and the island's socialist economy. The island's transportation woes, for example, were the topics of jabs such as, "Some go around in Mercedes, some in (Russian-built) Ladas, but the system forces almost everyone to hitch rides."
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Project "Catapult the Propaganda: Destination Cuba," in which the Bush administration, circa 2006, installed a scrolling electric sign along Havana's main seaside strip to broadcast anti-Castro and anti-Communist messages in 5-foot high red letters, has come to an end: