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Subject: Murky Latin American Connection - Terrorism
joeytheghost    12/11/2004 8:18:03 PM
Very well writen and thoughtout comments dealing with a Latin connection to terrorism. Terrorism against Jews I am sad to say come mostly from "Christians" at least in Argentina and Brazil. Paraguay has long been a "boogey man" and an unfortunate whipping boy of so-called Nazi hunters. Seems Doc Mengle was in Brazil all the time living on the edge of poverty. I find it odd that the finest intelligence agency on earth could not find this man. Perhaps he was more valuable as mystery man who kept past events alive in the media and enforced other agendas? Many migrants to Argentina and Brazil are Caldean Lebanese and Iraqi exiles. If you are looking for "terrorists" these folks are not to be feared. I have never heard of capitalists who are terrorists and these migrants are people of commerce. Anti-Semite actions in Argentina are rooted in Peronista politics. Peron always had the Jewish business community to beat up on as did previous administrations in this Catholic country. The Latin connection in terrorism that is of concern to me does not come from Paraguay, Argentina or Brazil. IMHO a marriage of convenience between the narco states and terrorists is what I would suggest would be something the narco states could find useful in moving product into the U.S. and Europe. Terrorists could keep homeland sucurity and customs too busy to properly interdict the small supply of drugs they are presently getting.
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PlatypusMaximus    RE:Murky Latin American Connection - Terrorism   1/1/2005 11:10:02 PM
Top Colombian rebel extradited to the U.S. By KIM HOUSEGO The Associated Press 12/31/2004, 1:14 p.m. ET BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Top Marxist rebel Ricardo Palmera was extradited to the United States on Friday, becoming the first leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, to face U.S. drug and terrorism charges, officials said. Army commandos with assault rifles and U.S. DEA agents escorted Palmera, wearing handcuffs and a bulletproof jacket, to a U.S. government plane at a military airfield outside Bogota. The plane took off minutes later. President Alvaro Uribe had given the FARC until Thursday to free 63 hostages or see Palmera, a former FARC negotiator known by the alias Simon Trinidad, stand trial in a U.S. federal court in Washington. The FARC never responded to the ultimatum. Earlier, a helicopter escorted by three others carried Palmera from his maximum-security prison in Combita, 70 miles north of the capital, to Bogota. He underwent a quick medical checkup before boarding the plane bound for the United States. The group has said it will release the hostages, which include three Americans and a German, only if 500 jailed rebels are freed. Uribe has all but ruled out such a move. The extradition came despite warnings from the hostages' families and the Catholic Church that it could scuttle efforts to broker a prisoner swap on humanitarian grounds and force the FARC to retaliate, endangering the hostages' lives. Colombia's armed forces chief put his troops on high alert over the weekend amid fears of FARC retribution, while the U.S. Embassy in Bogota issued a terror warning. The FARC and a smaller rebel group called the ELN have been battling to topple the government in Colombia for 40 years in a conflict that claims more than 3,000 lives every year. Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.
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