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For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2019
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Nikki Whiting

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County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s resolution directing the County Mayor to conduct a review of existing security at MIA to determine areas of potential vulnerability to foreign intelligence agents


MIAMI–DADE – On July 23, 2019, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s resolution directing the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee to conduct a review of existing security at MIA to determine areas of potential vulnerability to foreign intelligence agents. This review shall include Miami International Airport (MIA)’s physical layout, its security procedures, including badging and access protocols, and computer and network security.

With the cooperation and assistance of federal, state, and local agencies responsible for national security and law enforcement, this review shall be conducted to the maximum extent possible. Where the review identifies vulnerabilities, the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee is directed to immediately implement a plan to address such vulnerabilities and to, if necessary, allocate funds in the next available budget sufficient to address same.

“With recent reports that Cuban intelligence agents have allegedly infiltrated Miami International Airport (MIA), I am pleased that the commission approved my resolution to conduct a review of existing security at MIA and determine whether areas of potential vulnerability have been compromised by ‘Programa Recolector’ or other foreign intelligence agents,” Commissioner Bovo said. “This is not the first time we hear of Cuban agents penetrating our airport and community. I am committed to working closely with our Aviation department to revisit our safety measures, hiring protocol, and ultimately confirm that ‘Programa Recolector’ is an illegitimate threat to our county and nation.”