6. TRAINING TERRORISTS IN FLORIDA
While the administration publicly opposes international terrorism,
terrorists are being trained in the United States with its knowledge
if not assistance.
Guerilla training camps are openly operating in Florida with the knowledge
of the Federal government and in apparent violation of Federal law.
While a little-known investigation by the Pacifica National News Service
last year found no proof of active U.S. involvement in the camps, the
Justice Department, by passive acceptance, condones their existence.
Terrorist training camps are not new to Florida. Anti-Castro Cubans
have used the state as a base of operations since before the ill-fated
Bay of Pigs invasion. What is new and not widely known is the scope
of the program and the continuing failure of our government to enforce
Camp Libertad, located only five miles outside Miami, is one of the
camps where exiled Cubans and Nicaraguans prepare for attacks on their
homelands. The 600 acre camp is surrounded by barbed wire and guarded
by men armed with AR-15's, the basic combat weapon of the American Army.
The camp's paramilitary activities, once limited to small groups who
trained in the Everglades, has expanded into a large, well-organized
structure of camps. According to Congressman Michael Barnes, of Maryland,
"on any given weekend there are 600 people that are training in
military fashion to reinvade a number of countries in the Caribbean."
Americans, mostly ex-Green Berets, participate in the training.
Congressman Barnes, who sought a Justice Department investigation,
believes the camps are a real threat to our relations with other countries
and challenges the legal processes in the U.S. He said the activities
appear to violate a number of Federal laws that prohibit any organized
attempt by private citizens to overthrow or undermine another government.
One of these laws, the U.S. Neutrality Act, states, in part, that it
is unlawful to "provide or prepare a means for, or furnish the
money for or take part in, any military or naval expedition or enterprise"
against any Government with which the United States is at peace.
Despite the evidence available, the U.S. Justice Department says it
finds no proof of such organized efforts in the Miami camps and states
that since the camps are on private property there is nothing they can
The fact that the administration condones the training of international
terrorists in the United States and the lack of press coverage given
this story qualifies it for nomination as one of the "best censored"
stories of 1981.
Pacifica National News Service, Los Angeles, CA, 9/9/81, The Miami
Connection,," by Ronnie Loveller.