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Colombian Rebels Plan Strike in U.S. -Tape
Yahoo ^ | September 24 , 2001 | Luis Jaime Acosta

Posted on 09/25/2001 4:07:01 AM PDT by Movemout

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A Colombian guerrilla leader has spoken of a plan to attack U.S. interests both here and in the United States in a tape recording that Colombian security sources confirmed on Monday was the voice of the military commander of the Marxist FARC rebels.

Security sources provided Reuters with a copy of the tape which they said contained a message broadcast by Jorge Briceno -- alias ``Mono Jojoy'' -- to his top lieutenants some time during the past month.

``To combat them wherever they may be, until we get to their own territory, to make them feel the pain which they have inflicted on other peoples,'' said the voice -- which Reuters correspondents recognized as strongly resembling Briceno's.

``To take away their economic resources from them by any means in order to defeat them. Reach out to North Americans who are unhappy and organize them. Reach out to black North Americans and make them see how they are discriminated against,'' the voice went on.

The speech, which apparently referred to the formation of a an Americas-wide ``anti-imperialist'' front, made no mention of what was meant by ``combat'' or of when any eventual attacks could be carried out.

With an estimated 17,000 fighters, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- known by the Spanish initials FARC -- is the largest Marxist rebel force fighting in Colombia's 37-year old war, which has claimed 40,000 lives in the past decade.

Like the smaller, Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army, or ELN, and the far-right paramilitary AUC, the FARC is classified by the U.S. government as a ``terrorist'' group.

Colombia's armed forces have been keen to compare their struggle against the FARC with the U.S. campaign against those responsible for carrying out the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington.

FARC HAS THREATENED U.S. ATTACKS BEFORE

Human rights groups condemn the FARC for kidnapping hundreds of people a year to raise ransom money, staging extra-judicial ``trials'' and murdering opponents. Rebel attacks on village police stations have also killed hundreds of civilian bystanders.

The FARC has threatened attacks against U.S. military personnel in the past, in response to Washington's provision of about $1 billion in mainly military aid for President Andres Pastrana's ``Plan Colombia'' anti-cocaine offensive.

The United States broke off tentative contacts with the FARC aimed at fostering peace in 1999 when guerrillas killed three U.S. Native American rights activists they accused of being CIA (news - web sites) spies. They later said they had made a mistake.

U.S. firms, like Colombian companies, have also been FARC targets -- notably Occidental Petroleum which runs an oil pipeline blown up regularly by the rebels.

The United States expressed fresh irritation in August when the Colombian army arrested three alleged Irish Republican Army (news - web sites) guerrillas suspected of giving the FARC lessons in explosives.

The Colombian rebels do not have a history of indiscriminately targeting civilians and said in a recent communique that they abhorred the recent terror attacks in the United States. They added that the United States had brought the attacks upon itself with its ``imperialist'' policies.

The FARC has never operated outside Colombia, except for brief forays -- often kidnapping and cattle-rustling -- on the wild borders with Venezuela and Ecuador.

The guerrilla army has been involved in difficult peace talks with the government for almost three years.

Pastrana is widely expected to extend the FARC's use of a demilitarized enclave as big as Switzerland in southern Colombia by an Oct. 6 deadline.


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A very unwise move by FARC
1 posted on 09/25/2001 4:07:01 AM PDT by Movemout
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To: .
bump for later reading
2 posted on 09/25/2001 4:10:11 AM PDT by GretchenEE
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To: Movemout
We have, practically speaking, no Border controls. What's to stop FARC from learning from Bin Laden? Chaos is their friend; the new style of racial politcs in America favors them.
3 posted on 09/25/2001 4:20:03 AM PDT by Dan De Quille
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To: Movemout
You can bet that down on the list that our President has on these jerks, this fellow and his followers are gonna meet their maker soon.
4 posted on 09/25/2001 4:40:36 AM PDT by gulfcoast6
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To: gulfcoast6
Agree! A whole lot of people need killing!
5 posted on 09/25/2001 4:44:21 AM PDT by verity
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To: Movemout
The New york Times of September 11 reported that Colin Powell had blacklisted the anti-FARC guerillas (the AUC) led by Carlos Castano. I think it's time for Secretary of State Powell to remove them from the list and drop the leash.

Besides, the FARC also is running drugs. Castano takes drug money, but only because he wants to leave honest people out of this fight. He's 100% on our side, and we ought to back him to the hilt.

6 posted on 09/25/2001 5:12:47 AM PDT by hchutch
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To: Movemout
In my two visits to Colombia this year - I met a number of special forces-looking types who were very vague about what they were doing down there. I also talked to an ex-special forces medic. He gave me a good rundown on how much the US knew about FARC, the surveillance technologies involved and the intense cooperation between the US and Colombia. I do not understand why we are not WHOMPING their asses right now. The rebels do NOT have the support of the populace, they don't have a Ho Chi Minh trail feeding arms from China and Russia, and they have a measly 17,000 goobers in the jungle.

I suspect the real problem is the so-called "Human-Rights" idiots, as usual, who are blind to the atrocities of Leftist movements, while whining and pining over killings of guerrillas as civilians. And they must be civilians, since they don't wear have rank, serial number and unit stitched onto their clothing. (Sarcasm/off)

7 posted on 09/25/2001 5:14:30 AM PDT by ctonious
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To: ctonious
Did they say anything about the AUC?
8 posted on 09/25/2001 5:23:27 AM PDT by hchutch
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To: Movemout
Let's see now. Islamic thugs, join with Columbian thugs, who join with Mexican thugs.
9 posted on 09/25/2001 5:29:15 AM PDT by HENRYADAMS
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To: HENRYADAMS
It's about time everybody started choosing sides. GWB's challenge to be with us or with the terrorists was a stroke of genius.
10 posted on 09/25/2001 6:02:29 AM PDT by Movemout
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To: Zadokite, 2sheep, babylonian, RnMomof7, Thinkin'Gal, TrueBeliever9
Since they place the children at the front line of their rebel forces, this should be interesting.

I wonder where the Colombian rebels hid the children during the visit from AOL president and Queen Noor of Jordan, or maybe she overlooked them.

11 posted on 09/25/2001 6:10:14 AM PDT by Prodigal Daughter
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To: Movemout
A Colombian guerrilla leader has spoken of a plan to attack U.S. interests both here and in the United States...

Bring it on, Jorge.

12 posted on 09/25/2001 6:16:21 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: Movemout
Why was the first thread of this pulled?
13 posted on 09/25/2001 6:29:09 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: Prodigal Daughter
Does this have anything to do with "Villalobos"? On FOX last night they kept posting that Villalobos helped the hijack from Maryland get a Virginia Drivers license! Villalobos lives in Virginia! They never gave any details.
14 posted on 09/25/2001 6:47:23 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: TLBSHOW, movemout, gulfcoast6
Please see post #14
15 posted on 09/25/2001 6:48:34 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: Prodigal Daughter
Jim Kimsey and Queen Noor -- a one world global merger!
16 posted on 09/25/2001 6:49:49 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: dennisw, MissAmericanPie, xzins, Lent, BenF, 2sheep, Thinkin' Gal, RnMomof7, ratcat
See #14 and #15
17 posted on 09/25/2001 6:51:38 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: backhoe, t-shirt, Libertina, Jeff Head, CHIEF negotiator -- All Texans
BUMP
18 posted on 09/25/2001 6:53:04 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: TrueBeliever9
U.S. Charges Man Aided 5 Terrorists

Two Men Charged in Helping Terrorists get Virginia Driver's Licenses

19 posted on 09/25/2001 7:12:48 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: TrueBeliever9
America needs to keep a weather eye on Central & South America- I really expect trouble to come boiling out of there soon....
20 posted on 09/25/2001 7:18:58 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: backhoe
bump and it looks like it already has
21 posted on 09/25/2001 8:23:43 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood
Herbert Villalobos and another man whose identify was not revealed because he is a witness signed identity papers for the hijackers who commandeered and crashed American Airlines flight 77, said an affidavit filed in federal court in northern Virginia. The affidavit by FBI special agent Brian Weidner said that Villalobos, using the alias Oscar Diaz, signed papers certifying that Abdul Aziz Al Omari, one of the hijacker suspects, lived in Virginia. A second man, ``a Hispanic male'' who is a confidential witness, signed both a residency certification and an identify affidavit that was used by another suspected hijacker, Ahmed Saleh Al Ghamdi, to obtain a driver's license, the affidavit said.
22 posted on 09/25/2001 8:24:47 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
"Hispanic," from where, I wonder...
Thanks for the info.
23 posted on 09/25/2001 4:17:22 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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