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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:51 AM
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US takes on new powers to try 'drug guerrillas'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/21/wfarc21.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/02/21/ixportal.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=87571

America yesterday named Colombia's Marxist guerrillas and Right-wing paramilitaries as international drugs trafficking groups, opening the way for their leaders to face extradition and trial in US courts.

The Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc and the paramilitary United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) were already designated terrorist groups.

But that meant they could face American justice, rather than Colombia's corrupt and overburdened courts, only if Americans were victims of their activities. Now the US Treasury Department has added 37 new names to its list of drug "kingpins", including the high command of both groups.

"These Kingpin Act designations reinforce the reality that the Farc and the AUC are not simply terrorist/guerrilla organisations fighting within Colombia to promote political agendas," said a Treasury spokesman. "They are part and parcel of the narcotics production and export threat to the United States, as well as Europe and other countries in Latin America."
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:15 AM
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1. Its not very nice of Ashcroft
to keep cocaine away from Bush.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 09:23 AM
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4. AssCrap= World's Policeman
God I feel safe
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 09:34 AM
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2. what a load of crap
The sooner the telegraph goes over to the barklay brothers, the
better. (as it will make the newspaper lean labour-wards and away
from stupid)

I especially like this:
But that meant they could face American justice, rather than
Colombia's corrupt and overburdened courts


American justice... LOL !!! there is no justice in america... just
efficiency and hatred.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 07:42 AM
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3. I doubt there will be much change
if the Telegraph goes over to the Barclays or indeed if Richard Desmond gets his filthy mits on it. In those circumstances the Telegraph will take the same positions on the issues that it always does and simply suck up to "new" labour politicians instead of Tory ones. Not a great deal of change.
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