The Cuban government has "carried out its most significant act of political repression in decades," arresting more than 100
people since mid-March as the world was focused on the war in Iraq, a State Department official told a House panel
"Dissidents were imprisoned for writing 'counterrevolutionary articles,' running independent libraries and belonging to
'illegal' groups of independent journalists," J. Curtis Struble, acting assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs,
told the House International Relations Committee.