Hernandez, Roger 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 US CT: OPED: Stop Colombian Terrorism Before It Comes HereSat, 31 Aug 2002
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Hernandez, Roger Area:Connecticut Lines:89 Added:08/31/2002

A top figure in a terrorist group has told his armed fighters to target American interests and to extort, kidnap and murder American citizens.

"The United States has declared war," he said in a radio message to armed followers. "Your obligation is to fight them."

Instructions from a bin Laden deputy holed up in a cave somewhere? Maybe a radical Islamic band in Pakistan? Or extremists in the land of our "ally" Saudi Arabia?

None of the above. Wrong region.

The threat comes from our very own hemisphere, and was issued by Jorge Briceno, military chief of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC. The communication was intercepted by Colombian police and reported by a television station in Bogota.

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2 US KS: OPED: United States Should Help Colombia FightTue, 05 Mar 2002
Source:Dodge City Daily Globe (KS) Author:Hernandez, Roger Area:Kansas Lines:92 Added:03/06/2002

During the past 40 years, terrorists of the Marxist group FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces) have killed tens of thousands of Colombians.

They have blown up buildings with car bombs, cut off water and electricity to major cities, massacred peasants in cold blood. They make hundreds of millions of dollars a year from ransoms paid by the families of those they kidnap and from "taxing" drug traffickers.

It's been bad. In the past few days it got worse.

Three years ago Colombian President Andres Pastrana turned over to FARC a Switzerland-size region of his country. It was meant as a goodwill gesture to kick off negotiations. But critics said Pastrana was naive to believe the requisite good will was present on the other side.

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3 US MI: Column: Help Colombia Fight TerroristsFri, 01 Mar 2002
Source:Daily Telegram, The (MI) Author:Hernandez, Roger Area:Michigan Lines:81 Added:03/04/2002

During the past 40 years, terrorists of the Marxist group FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces) have killed tens of thousands of Colombians. They have blown up buildings with car bombs, cut off water and electricity to major cities, massacred peasants in cold blood. They make hundreds of millions of dollars a year from ransoms paid by the families of those they kidnap and from "taxing" drug traffickers.

It's been bad, but in the past few days it got worse.

Three years ago Colombian President Andres Pastrana turned over to FARC a Switzerland-sized region of his country. It was meant as a goodwill gesture to kick off negotiations. But critics said Pastrana was naive to believe the requisite good will was present on the other side.

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