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Thursday, August 12, 1999

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  • Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

    A Clinton administration official said the members of the Puerto Rican independence group, the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known as FALN for its initials in Spanish, would be freed from prison or have fines lifted if they agreed to renounce violence, refrain from meeting with other independence leaders, and obey stringent guidelines barring them from using weapons. [includes rush transcript]

  • Colombia Drug-Smuggling

    A recent article in the New York City-based magazine the Village Voice, staff writer William Bastone revealed that the wife of an Army commander leading the U.S. government’s anti-drug activities in Colombia has been charged with smuggling drugs out of the country and into New York. Laurie Hiett, wife of Colonel James Hiett, was named in a criminal complaint filed in late June in Brooklyn federal court. According to the article, she was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. This, as the U.S. military has increased its presence in the Latin American nation.