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  • For years, the Pentagon has attempted to keep discussion of depleted uranium weapons out of the public eye. These are the radioactive munitions the US has used in Iraq, Bosnia, Vieques and, most recently, Yugoslavia. During the Gulf War, US and British warplanes fired off more than a million rounds of DU-coated bullets, and in Kosovo, the Pentagon admits to using 31,000. [includes rush transcript]
    May 26, 2000 | Story
  • Hundreds of federal agents swept through the U.S. Navy’s prized Atlantic training ground yesterday, removing 213 protesters in an attempt to end their yearlong protest occupation of the bomb-strewn range.
    May 05, 2000 | Story
  • Federal agents in riot gear today removed and arrested over 60 protesters, including two U.S. lawmakers, from the gates of a U.S. Navy bombing range on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
    May 04, 2000 | Story
  • Puerto Rican protesters waited for U.S. federal authorities to expel them from the U.S. Navy’s prized training ground at Vieques — even as several U.S. lawmakers and a religious leader promised to come to show their support. [includes rush transcript]
    May 03, 2000 | Story
  • In Vieques, Puerto Rico, protesters have held their ground now for over a year, as they seek to end 50 years of military exercises and bombings on the island by the U.S. Navy. The protesters have established encampments inside the military camps where the firing ranges are located, and have paralyzed live ammunition exercises for over a year. [includes rush transcript]
    April 28, 2000 | Story
  • President Clinton yesterday denied that he offered clemency to 16 Puerto Rican political prisoners for political reasons, as Republicans continue to accuse the president of making a politically motivated decision to favor Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate race.
    September 22, 1999 | Story
  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson and top Puerto Rican religious leaders this weekend joined dozens of protesters who have occupied a bombing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, and who are demanding that the US Navy halt its live-fire exercises there.
    August 16, 1999 | Story
  • 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]
    August 12, 1999 | Story
  • Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News columnist and Democracy Now! co-host, is on his way to Puerto Rico to cover the visit of Jesse Jackson Sr., civil rights activist and head of the Rainbow/Push Coalition. This, as pressure mounts for the U.S. military to leave the island of Vieques.
    August 11, 1999 | Story