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Vol. II, No. 50 Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama Jan. 17, 1990


Bankers plead guilty to m
TAMPA, Fla. (UPI) - Two The Bank of Credit and
subsidiaries of an international Commerce International Overseas
banking company pleaded guilty Ltd. and the Bank of Credit and
Tuesday to charges of laundering Commerce International S.A., which
drug money and agreed to testify were caught in a federal undercover
against co-defendants including scheme, must forfeit more than $14
Manuel Noriega's former banker. million in certificates of deposit

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oney laundering charges


bought with illegal profits. The
companies also were placed on
probation for five years.
The companies are subsidiaries of
the Bank of Credit and Commerce
International, a Luxembourg-based
company run by Pakistanis and
backed by Saudi Arabian funds.
The bank holding company and
nine of its officers - including
Amjad Awan, who once served as a
personal banker for Manuel Noriega
were scheduled to go on trial Tuesday
on charges of helping conceal the
illegal source of $32 million worth of
drug profits.
Under terms of the plea bargain,
the corporate defendants must
cooperate in additional federal
investigations and testify at trial, if
asked. There was no indication
whether they would be asked to
testify against Noriega, who is
awaiting trial in Miami on cocaine
trafficking charges.
U.S. District Judge William
Hodges placed a gag order on the
defendants and their attorneys,
Lawrence H. Wechsler and E.
Lawrence Barcella Jr., barring them
from commenting on the case.
In Tuesday's proceedings, the
Bank of Credit and Commerce
International Overseas Ltd., which
has offices in Miami, Tampa and
Boca R aton, pleaded guilty to 26
counts of money laundering. Seven
other counts were dropped.
The Bank of Credit and
Commerce International S.A., which
has headquarters in Luxembourg
and operates in London and New
York, pleaded guilty to three counts
of money laundering. Twenty-four
other counts were dropped.
Under terms of the agreement,
both corporate defendants agreed to
forfeit all funds held in 90-day
certificates of deposit, including


Peruvian diplomat given 3 days to leave RP
PANAMA CITY, Panama (UPI) invasion "brutal, excessive, Noriega, saying they are now the
- The U.S.-installed Panamanian exaggerated, abusive and arrogant" opposition to Endara's government,
government Tuesday gave a and has refused to recognize criticized the U.S. invasion, and law
Peruvian diplomat three days to Endara's government, students at the University of Panama
leave the country, and Peru Also Tuesday, members of a asked U.S. troops to leave their
countered by saying the diplomat political party that had backed campus.
will take with him a dozen
Panamanians who have been granted MAC lifts women crew restrictions
asylum in its embassy.
Deputy Foreign Minister Juan WASHINGTON (AP) - The plane.
Manuel Castulovich said the Military Airlift Command has The decision was made Dec. 14, six
decision to expel Peruvian Luis removed restrictions barring women days before the U.S. invasion of
Sandiga, the commercial attache at from being crew members on cargo Panama during which Army women
the embassy, was taken in response airdrop missions, an Air Force were reported to have taken part in
to declarations made by "Peruvian spokesman said Tuesday. combat, Sillia said. The intervention
authorities that make normalization Women now may serve as pilots, delayed the formal announcement.
of relations between our two co-pilots, loadmasters, flight The command determined that
countries difficult." He did not engineers or crew chiefs on C-130 or airdrop missions don't fall under the
elaborate. C-141 transport planes, said Air Defense Department's February
Peru has been one of the most Force Capt. George Sillia. Women 1988 "risk rule," which says a non-
vocal critics of the U.S. invasion of earlier had been barred from serving combat mission or unit can be closed
Panama Dec. 20 that toppled as crew members on airdrop to women if officials deem that the
Panamanian "Maximum Leader" missions. risks are equal to or greater than
Manuel Antonio Noriega and The decision will affect about 100 those of the combat mission they
installed Guillermo Endara as women among its 4,800 pilots and a support.
president. like number of women among
Although Endara was widely enlisted crew members, Sillia said. The crew change is a result of the
believed to have won presidential Previously, women crew members command's review of recommenda-
elections held in Panama last May 7 were allowed to fly on C-141 aircraft tions in the Defense Department's
that were later invalidated, he has to a specific location, unload the February 1988 report, "Task Force
said that Panama would not hold cargo and return. However, women On Women in the Military."
new elections as Peruvian President had not been allowed to be crew "All positions are continually
Alan Garcia has proposed. members on the C-130, except the being reviewed," Sillia said. "We're
Garcia has branded the U.S. WC-130, a weather reconnaissance trying to open as many as possible."


interest, at the NCNB Bank of
Florida in Tampa.


RAFTEXERCISE -PFCMarioRomero pulls his poncho raft during an
exercise at the Jungle Operations Training Center, Fort Sherman. Romero
is a member of the 3rd platoon,Lima Company,3rd Battalion, 5th Marine
Regiment from Camp Pendleton, Calif. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance
Kamisugi)


Jury selection is still scheduled to
begin Thursday for the other
defendants in the case. They face 33
counts of conspiracy to import and
distribute drugs and launder money.
If convicted, each faces a maximum
penalty of life in prison without the
chance of parole.
Their defense attorneys have asked
that there be no mention of Noriega
during the trial. The deposed
Panamanian dictator's name was
mentioned only once in Tuesday's
hearing, during a brief reference to
money laundered through Panama.



Denies emergency rule
WARSAW, Poland (UPI) -
Albanian leader Ramiz Alia,
speaking amid new reports of
mass detentions in his country,
flatly denied Albania was under
emergency rule and lashed out at
Yugoslav news media for saying
"filthy things" about the nation,
the Albanian news agency ATA
reported Tuesday.

Dole encourages cuts
WASHINGTON (UPI) -
Senate Republican leader Robert
Dole of Kansas called Tuesday for
Israel and other big recipients of
American foreign aid to take a
budget cut so more assistance can
be redirected to emerging
democracies in Eastern Europe
and Panama.

Seek clarification
LOS ANGELES (UPI) -
Jurors in the McMartin Pre-
School molestation trial asked the
judge Tuesday for a clarification
on how one defendant can be
convicted of conspiracy and a
second defendant acquitted of the
charge.

Boy remains critical
FAIRFAX, Va. (UPI) - A 5-
year-old boy who survived 40
minutes under water in an icy
drainage reservoir was in critical
condition Tuesday, and his doctor
said the comatose child was
breathing with the aid of a
respirator.

Council endorses plan
PARIS (UPI) - The five
permanent members of the U.N.
Security Council endorsed a plan
Tuesday for the world body to
play a bigger peace-making role in
Cambodia after China and the
Khmer Rouge evidently softened
their stance on U.N. involvement.

Bodies wash ashore
BANGKOK, Thailand (UPI)
-The bodies of 12 partially
clothed or naked Vietnamese
women and two boys washed
ashore in southern Thailand,
apparently strangled and thrown
into the sea after a pirate attack on
a refugee boat, police said
Tuesday.








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DnatU.S. news


Defense lawyer criticizes doctor with AIDS


NEW YORK (UPI) - A defense
lawyer Tuesday harshly criticized a
doctor who claimed she caught
AIDS from a contaminated needle at
a public hospital, saying she ignored
a physician's advice and waited too
long to file her $175 million lawsuit
against the city.
The confrontation came on the
fifth day of testimony by Dr.
Veronica Prego in state Supreme
Court in Brooklyn. Prego, 32, is
suing the city's Health and Hospital
Corp., Kings County Hospital and
two doctors for negligence and
breach of confidentiality.
In seeking $175 million in
damages, the Argentine doctor
claimed an intern left a needle
contaminated with blood from an
AIDS patient on a bed and that
Prego pricked her finger on it.
The case is believed to be the first
trial in which a doctor has claimed
hospital negligence caused her to get
AIDS.
Defense lawyer Stanley Friedman
attacked Prego for waiting four years
after she was infected before she sued
the city. The defense has repeatedly
tried to persuade Justice Aaron
Bernstein to dismiss the suit, arguing
the statute of limitations had passed.
The city claims Prego should have
filed suit when she first became
infected with the virus, rather than
when she became sick in 1987.
Friedman grilled Prego about her
actions in the days after Jan. 12,
1983, when she says she caught the
virus from the needle.
Citing Prego's medical records,
Friedman described how she visited
the Kings County hospital student
health service to report the accident.
A doctor there reassured her there
were no reports of health care
workers ever contracting AIDS from
a needle prick.
But according to the records, the


doctor told Prego to return if she
displayed certain symptoms, such as
fever or swollen glands - early
indications of aids-related complex,
or ARC.
"What did the doctor say you
should do if you had vomiting, fever
or swollen lymph nodes?" Friedman
asked.
"He told me if I got sick to come
back," Prego replied.
"Do you remember being told
anything about (swollen glands)"

Death row im
LOS ANGELES, (Reuter) -
Robert Harris, who has been on
California's "death row" for 10 years
for murdering two boys, could die in
the state gas chamber within two
months, state Attorney General John
Van de Kamp said Tuesday.
No one has died in California's gas
chamber since April 12, 1967, but the
U.S. Supreme Court refused
Tuesday to act on an appeal by
Harris that he should be released
because his long confinement on
death row constituted cruel and
unusual punishment.
"Now the end is in sight, this is a
somber moment," Van de Kamp said
at a press conference. "There can be
no joy in taking a human life, nor can
there be any justice in prolonging this
case any further."
Barring further stays, Harris who
was 37 Monday, is likely to be
executed in San Quentin prison
sometime in March or early April,
Van de Kamp said.
Harris, of San Diego, was
convicted of killing John Mayeski,
15, and Michael Baker, 16.
According to court records, he stole
the boys' car as they sat eating
hamburgers outside a restaurant,
drove them to a remote area and shot
them.


Friedman asked.
"No," she replied.
Friedman's questioning suggested
Prego and her doctors suspected
ARC, an early sign of AIDS, when a
lymph node under her arm became
enlarged, but failed to pursue legal
action at that time.
Prego's lawyer, Susan Karten,
dismissed the idea.
"The condition resolved itself, it's
just a red herring," she said.

mate may get
The California Supreme Court
and the U.S. Supreme Court have
each turned down four appeals by
Harris.
The California legislature voted in
1977 to restore the death penalty, a
year after the U.S. Supreme Court
had overturned a previous ruling and
has said states could impose the
death penalty.


Earlier, the head of the Guardian
Angels and a fashion model whose
face was slashed in an attack
appeared in court to protest what
they viewed as the hostile
questioning of Prego.

Model Marla Hansen, 28, whose
face was slashed by thugs, said that
defense questioning of Prego
"reminded me" of the intense and
personal questioning she underwent
during the trial of her assailants.

gas chamber
The Republican governor, George
Deukmejian, sponsored the new
death penalty bill when he was a state
senator. In November 1978

California voters approved an
initiative extending the death penalty
to include accomplices and various
forms of murder not covered by
Deukmejian's bill.


Help available for 'chestpain


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tens of
thousands of American women
diagnosed each year with chest pain
and no signs of heart disease may be
suffering from a treatable disorder of
the small arteries, a researcher said
Tuesday:
Many of these women, who often
experience intense pain, are being
treated for psychiatric disorders
because no physical symptoms can
be found with conventional tests,
said Dr. Richard Cannon of the
National Heart, Lung and Blood
Institute in Bethesda, Md.
"Many have been mislabeled as
neurotic or hysterical women,"
Cannon said.
"They truly have a pain
syndrome."
Among their symptoms is a


condition Cannon calls "sensitive
heart," in which they experience
sharp pain when test probes are
threaded into arteries near their
hearts.
Ordinarily such probes produce no
pain, Cannon said. He described his
research at the American Heart:
Association's annual science writers'
forum.
His studies have shown that many
of the patients are suffering from a
disorder he calls microvascular
angina, in which blood flow may be
blocked in very tiny arteries that
nourish the heart.
The arteries are too small to show
up on angiograms, in which dye is
injected into the larger coronary
arteries to look for blockages, he
said.


Earthquake shakes California


EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - A
strong earthquake struck along
California's North Coast on
Tuesday, but there were no
immediate reports of injuries or
damages.
The quake, measuring 5.3 on
the Richter scale, struck at 12:08
p.m. about 50 miles south of
Eureka, the U.S. Geological
Survey in Menlo Park reported.
The state Office of Emergency
Services in Sacramento and
University of California-Berkeley
Seismographic Station also
estimated the quake at 5.3.
"It seemed long and just kind of
weaving. It wasn't real, real strong
here," said a woman with the
Eureka Police Department who
only identified herself as Diana.
The quake was felt along the
North Coast, the region above
San Francisco, from Point Arena
near the Oregon border, south to
Willits and in Lake County. State


emergency officials reported that
residents in the small town of
Petrolia said items were knocked
off shelves, but that there was no
other damage. Petrolia is near a
land formation known as Punta
Gorda, almost directly at the
point where the San Andreas
Fault enters the Pacific.
The Richter scale is a measure
of ground motion as recorded on
seismographs. Every increase of
one number means a tenfold
increase in the strength of the
shaking. Thus, a reading of 7.5
reflects an earthquake 10 times
stronger than one of 6.5.
An earthquake of 3.5 on the
Richter scale can cause slight
damage in the local area, 4
moderate damage, 5 considerable
damage, 6 severe damage. A 7
reading is a "major" earthquake,
capable of widespread heavy
damage, and 8 is a "great" quake,
capable of tremendous damage.


War veteran recovers I.D. tag


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -
Carroll Witten has gotten a memento
of his days as a World War II
prisoner of war from an East German
family - thanks to the historic
opening of the Berlin Wall.
In 1945, a year after his B-17
bomber was shot down over
Germany, Witten and about 40 other
POWs were being marched from
Poland to a POW camp at Bad
Muskau, near .the German-Polish
border.
During an overnight stop at a
barn, Witten lost his brass POW
identification tag.
He had all but forgotten the tag
until he got a call from Berlin last
month.
On the Sunday after the Berlin
Wall was opened on Nov. 9, an East
German family visiting West Berlin
for the first time approached U.S.
Army Capt. James Allen- and gave
him a tarnished brass tag.
The tag bore only a four-digit
POW number and the words "Oflag
Luft 3," a designation for a prison


camp for air officers.
Allen said.the family told him they
had found the tag in the rubble of
their old barn, which had burned in
1988.
Using Red Cross archives, Allen
traced the number to Witten, now 65.
Witten said Allen telephoned him
in early December from Berlin and
that, when asked, he could clearly
remember his prisoner number.
"I said, 'Sure, I couldn't forget it
-4854,'" Witten said. "He said,
'You're the guy."'
Just before Christmas, Allen
routed himself through Louisville on
a flight from West Germany and gave
Witten the long-lost tag.
"It was a funny feeling when I held
this tag in my hand again," Witten
reflected. "Unbelievable."
Witten said Allen has promised to
get the exact address of the family
who found the tag so he can get in
touch with them.
"I want to write them, and I'd like
to go back to Germany, maybe in a
year, and see them," he said.


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Cisneros, Herrera reassure rural areas


SANTIAGO DE VERAGUAS,
Panama (Reuter) - Panamanian and
U.S. commanders are visiting the
provinces to quell the distrust the
new civilian leaders feel toward the
revamped security force replacing
ousted strongman Manuel Noriega's
military.
Hermel Rodriguez, a small
businessman named governor of the
province of Veraguas five days after
the Dec. 20 U.S. invasion, told
Reuters he was thankful for the U.S.
action that dismantled Noriega's
Panama Defense Forces (PDF), but
was still fearful of the new security
force organized to replace it.
He said he was hesitant to
authorize the 326 members of Public
Force in the province to carry guns.
"We suffered a great deal under the
previous regime. The people are still
traumatized. They don't even want to
see guns," he said.
Hoping to calm the uncertainty,
Col. Eduardo Herrera, commander
of the Panama Public Force,and Maj.
Gen. Marc Cisneros, commander of
U.S. Army South based in Panama,
flew to this provincial capital Sunday
to explain the role of the civilian-
controlled security force.
Herrera, in an unprecedented open
meeting in the formerly off-limits
PDF headquarters here, told troops


and civilian leaders the days of PDF
domination were over.
He said his first order was to tear
down the tiny punishment cells
where Noriega opponents had been
held.
In a tour of the prison he was
shown the four-foot square cement
cell where Col. Leonidas Macias,
leader of the March 1988 coup
attempt against Noriega was held for
21 months until freed by the U.S.
invasion.
"This is inhuman. Break these
doors down today," Herrera said
after inspecting the now empty cells.
In the meeting attended by
Cisneros and the new Veraguas Zone
Commander Maj. Carlos Acosta and
his officers, Herrera listened to
Rodriguez welcome the new
direction in leadership, but also say
frankly, "I cannot say that I feel 100
percent confident of the Public
Force. We have tried to open our
hearts but we feel afraid."
He said many people had been
oppressed and beaten by PDF
members, including his own wife.
"The people don't have faith, they
don't have confidence yet because
they say the same people are in the
new force. They think that when the
gringos (U.S. troops) leave, those
officers will seek revenge," he said.


Herrera, who was exiled by
Noriega and tried to form a
movement against him in the United
States, told the meeting that
measures had been put in place to
prevent abuses.
"The Public Force is respectful of
civil and human rights and of the
public so that in turn they will be
respected. The force has to be the
friend of the community," he said.
But without guns, he said, the
force could not accomplish its basic
job of protecting the community. He
said security problems facing the
province included armed bands of
drug and arms traffickers and radical
leftist movements.
He also urged Rodriguez to bring
official charges against former PDF
members accused of abuses under
Noriega.
Rodriguez, who. agreed to issue
guns to Public Force members in a
formal ceremony Monday, said part
of the problem was that the central
government had not had time to
appoint new prosecutors in the
provinces.
He said people were afraid to file
charges with prosecutors who had
served under Noriega for fear of
reprisal.
Former strongman Omar
Torrijos, Who died in a 1981


helicopter crash, was born and grew
up in Santiago. It has a reputation as
a center for the tough nationalism
and populism for which the
charismatic general was famous.
Cisneros, who remained in the
background for much of the visit,
was greeted almost as a hero by
civilians who asked him to give them
autographs and pose for pictures.
For the last year Cisneros, a
Spanish-speaking Texan with
intimate knowledge of Panama and
the PDF, was Noriega's personal
nemesis in the tense standoff between
the two countries prior to the
invasion.
But at the meeting he spoke only to
assure Rodriguez that Herrera had
his complete confidence and that his
troops would help to consolidate the
civilian government.
A company of U.S. special forces
troops under Cisneros's command
are stationed at Santiago.
Though a tour through the
colonial town was peaceful, Cisneros
told Reuters that he would send a
second special forces company to
Santiago Monday.
He said the deployment was a
security measure after reports that
"pro-Noriega elements" might be
trying to organize there. He declined
to provide any details.


Noriega ultimate targetfor U.S. comedians


MIAMI (Reuter) - Just when the
jailhousejokes about actress Zsa Zsa
Gabor and hotel queen Leona
Helmsley were starting to bomb,
along comes Gen. Manuel Noriega
--a dream come true for America's
stand-up comics.
Noriega may be the ultimate target
- a despised dictator transformed
into a manacled U.S. prisoner with a
pock-marked complexion that
gained him the nickname "Pineapple
Face" and a reputed history of
mistresses, prostitutes and voodoo.
"Apparently Noriega is having a
little trouble adjusting to prison life,"
Johnny Carson, America's king of
late night TV comedy, told his
audience. "He says he can't wear
stripes because they clash with his


face."
TV talk-show host David
Letterman asks: What is one of the
top 10 arguments that lawyers will be
using to defend Panama's deposed
dictator against cocaine trafficking
charges?
"You think it's easy supporting a
wife, two kids, a mistress and
hookers on a measly president's
salary?"
Stand-up comedian Will Durst,
writing in the San Francisco
Examiner, said: "They say Noriega
appeared at the papal nunciatura (in
Panama City) all tuckered out. Not
too surprising ... His beak was pretty
deep in the (cocaine) bag from what I
hear."
"The poor guy probably hadn't


RP needs anti-drug unit,


PANAMA CITY, Panama (UPI)
- New U.S. Ambassador Deane
Hinton said at the weekend that
Panama should develop a special
police unit to fight drug trafficking.
In his first press conference since
his appointment as ambassador last
week, Hinton also said he had no
idea how much aid Panama will get
from the United States to recover
from last month's U.S. invasion.
Hinton said Panama needs to
develop a special police unit and a
coast guard because the Public
Forces, Panama's new police force,
does not have the special training
needed for drug interdiction.
"There will be a need ... for a
specialized anti-narcotics police
force," Hinton said. "If you're going
to get at the (drug) mafia, you have to
have a very sophisticated, highly-
trained, special kind of police to do
it."
Hinton said the Panamanian
government is considering forming
such a unit. His comments came on
the heels of Wednesday's agreement,
signed by the United States and


Panama, to cooperate in the battle
against drug trafficking.
Referring to Panama's banking
secrecy laws, Hinton said the
Panamanian government is also
considering changes in those laws,
which have made Panama a haven
for money laundering, according to
U.S. officials.
"Honest bankers need not have
fear," Hinton said. "To the contrary,
this will help the rebirth of the
financial system in Panama."
Hinton said reforming banking
laws is Panama's responsibility.
Hinton also praised the return of a
free press in Panama.


slept in seven years. He just wanted
to catch a few Z's."
In American comedy, it's always
open season on the rich and famous
and obnoxious, especially when they
take a big fall.
The travails of Leona Helmsley,
the New York hotel magnate
convicted of tax evasion, and Zsa Zsa
Gabor, convicted of slapping a
Hollywood policeman, had been
favorite targets in recent months. But
the jokes were starting to fall flat.
Now comes Noriega, who is No. 1
on the list for comedic ridicule.
If Noriega is tuning into local
radio stations to pass the time in his
Miami jail cell, he's not laughing.
Radio station WHYI-Y100 has
been giving away "Noriega Packs,"

Hinton says
"People are saying what they think
in the press and on the radio,"
Hinton said. "Some of it is critical of
the U.S. So what?"
When asked about U.S. aid,
Hinton said he did not know what
kind of aid package Panama will get.
President Guillermo Endara recently
sent a personal letter to President
Bush reportedly asking for $1.5
billion in U.S. aid.
Hinton, 66, is a career diplomat
who previously held ambassadorial
posts in Costa Rica, El Salvador and
Pakistan. He replaced Arthur Davis,
who held the post for more than three
years.


UK airline uses Noriega for ads


LONDON (Reuter)-- A British
airline is using ousted
Panamanian dictator Gen.
Manuel Antonio Noriega to
advertise cut-rate flights to the
United States.
"Only one person can fly into
the USA for less than 90 pounds"


($150), says the caption under a
photograph of a sullen Noriega in
newspaper ads for Virgin Atlantic
Airways.
Noriega was spirited out of
Panama to Florida aboard a U.S.
military transport plane on Jan. 4
to face drug charges.


brown shopping bags containing
acne cream, voodoo trinkets, red
underwear, a one-way bus ticket to
Homestead, Fla., and a pineapple.
Noriega's detractors have called
him "pineapple face" because of his
acne scars. He is said to have worn
red underwear to ward off evil spirits,
and voodoo paraphernalia were
found at his headquarters. When he
was flown to the United States Jan. 4,
he landed at Homestead Air Force
Base.
Another Miami pop music station
came up with a song called "Manny,"
a parody of Barry Manilow's
"Mandy." It is now one of the
stations most requested songs.
A sampling of the lyrics:
"Oh, Manny, you take and you
take without giving,
"But we took you away, oh
Manny."
TV comedian Jay Leno recently
discussed the political ramifications
of Noriega's surrender. "President
Bush is getting a lot of bipartisan
support against Noriega," he told his
audience. "The Republicans want to
take his army, the Democrats want to
take his money and Gary Hart has
offered to take his mistresses."
Hart, a former Colorado senator,
dropped out of the 1988 Democratic
presidential race after revelations of
his romantic entanglement with a
Miami model.
Did you hear the one about the
new car, a Miami radio disk jockey
asked listeners one morning.
"It's called the Noriega. It comes in
Manuel and semiautomatic."
Besides the general, at least one
other person isn't laughing about all
the Noriega-bashing. He is Manuel
E. Noriega, no relation to Panama's
Manuel A. Noriega, and he's been
swamped with threatening and
obscene phones calls.
"I don't even resemble the guy, the
pineapple face," the 83-year-old
retiree from New York told Reuters.







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military news,


No big peace
WASHINGTON (Reuter) -- reduce the
Defense experts expect no threat.
spectacular U.S. military spending "This is not
cut in Congress this year despite naively cut t
budget pressures and high defense post
expectations of a "peace dividend" Cincinnati.
because of the reforms sweeping He said cha
Eastern Europe. a more peace
The experts said little or none of said spending
the peace dividend will be paid this dividend on
year and that it would take years to would be
significantly scale back the massive inheritance b(
U.S. defense force. "If there is
In fact, defense officials say in the coming
President Bush will ask Congress going to have
Jan. 29 for more defense money for Budget Corn
next year rather than less, $292 Sasser said in
billion compared to this year's $287 The Tenne
billion. This comes despite Eastern will press for
European changes that should Bush's antic


Soviet bloc military

a time when we should
he muscle out of our
ture," Bush said in

nge was leading toward
ful Eastern Europe, but
that prospective peace
U.S. social needs now
like spending an
before you get it.
to be a peace dividend
g year, the Congress is
to carve it out," Senate
mittee Chairman Jim
an interview.
ssee Democrat said he
slicing $12 billion off
cipated $292 billion


New Navy jet to cost $100 million


WASHINGTON (AP)- The price
of the Navy's new A-12 attack plane
totals about $100 million apiece,
according to congressional
documents which inadvertently
contained figures on the top secret
aircraft.
"The January 1989 budget
included A-12 production through
fiscal year 1994 of 106 aircraft for
$10.2 billion," said the entry in the
888-page transcript of hearings held
in 1989 by the House Appropriations
subcommittee on defense.
The transcript's prior entries on
the twin-engine, two-seat fighter
equipped with radar-evading stealth
technology deleted the cost figures
for the classified program. But in one
category on medium attack aircraft,



r4 I


the cost of producing the plane is
simply stated.
Navy spokesman Lt. James Wood
said Wednesday that the service had
no official comment on the transcript
revelation, which was originally
reported in The Philadelphia
Inquirer.
The Navy plans to replace its aging
fleet of A-6 planes with the A-1 2. The
A-6, however, cost considerably less
- about $20 million each in 1986,
prior to a halt in production.
"It is the Navy's desire that there
will be no active operational A-6E
aircraft operating in fiscal year
2005," said the newly released
transcript.
A Pentagon source, who spoke on
condition he not be identified, said
the $100 million figure was
inaccurate, citing the absence of
additional information on whether
the cost of spare parts, training and
research and development was
included in the total.
The source said the Navy was
disappointed with the "editorial
error," but would "deal with it as
such."
The cost disclosure is expected to
prompt criticism in Congress, where
initial calls have been for cuts in
military spending in light of a
lessening Soviet threat.


defense request and said this is the
most he believes Congress can
realistically cut.
"I think there will be people in
Congress who will want to cut more
than that," Sasser said. "But they will
be running into administration
supporters who will want to cut less."
He said he will propose the $12
billion in defense cuts as part of a
total $30 billion in spending
reductions needed to cut the deficit
on next year's budget to a mandated
$64 billion.
The $12 billion cut would be a
disappointment to some members of
Congress and to several groups
outside Congress that have
announced drives for "peace
dividend" cuts in the range of $100
billion for next year.
The Committee on Common
Security, for one, a coalition of labor
and social groups, has announced it
will lobby nationwide to build public
pressure on Bush and Congress for
shifting large sums of defense money
to social needs.
But congressional experts point
out that high expectations of big
peace dividends were also
disappointed in the first years after
the Korean and Vietnam conflicts
ended.
They say there are good reasons
why the expectations are sure to be
disappointed again this year.
Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind.,
chairman of the Joint Economic
Committee, said one problem will
simply be timing.
He said Congress must decide on
next year's defense spending this
summer but U.S.-Soviet agreements
on reducing troops in Europe and
halving long-range nuclear missiles
are not expected to be reached that
soon.
"I don't think the prevailing view is
going to be 'let's take a $20 billion to
$30 billion cut in the defense budget
now before the arms control
agreements are locked into place,"
Hamilton said.
As for future prospects, Gordon
Adams, director of the private
Defense Budget Project group, said
U.S. defense spending could


cperts say
realistically fall to about $225 billion
in 10 years.
If there were no inflation that
would be a dramatic $150 billion cut
in 1990 dollars, he said.
But Adams agreed the cut would
not be dramatic this year, primarily
because it must be orderly and it
takes years to reduce military staffing
levels.
"If you want real economic chaos,
one way to get it would be to yank
defense spending down in one year
and dump all those military people
onto the streets (competing for
jobs)," Adams said.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney
has ordered proposals for reducing
military spending of $180 billion over
the next five years. The military
responded with plans for eliminating
three Army divisions and
deactivating an aircraft carrier
group, along with other cuts.
This week the Pentagon said
Cheney has gone even further by
ordering a review of the $70 billion
B-2 Stealth bomber program and
other major weapons systems to
determine whether they can be cut or
delayed to reduce spending.

No mobile phones
in the field, please
STOCKHOLM, Sweden
(Reuter) -- Swedish businessmen
must leave their mobile
telephones at home when on
reserve army service, the Defense
Ministry said Tuesday.
Taking mobile phones on
maneuvers has been banned
because a potential enemy could
pinpoint troop movements by
eavesdropping on reserve officers'
calls to the office, a ministry
spokesman said.
The ban would also stop
reservists using mobile phones to
talk to each other as part of their
army exercises. This, the
spokesman said, was unrealistic
training for war.
All Swedish men must do basic
military training and attend short
refresher courses every four years.


dividendyet,


ei







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Jan. 17, 1990


__I _hemisphere I



New RP police force faces resentment


PANAMA CITY, Panama
(Reuter) - On a low table in the
office of Col. Eduardo Herrera
Hassan, the commander of Panama's
new Public Force, lies a set of heavy
prisoner's leg chains.
The chains, used by ousted
strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega
on soldiers who rebelled against him,

Tapping dingbatt

communications

proves tough job
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen.
John Warner, R-Va., said U.S.
forces in Panama used
sophisticated radios, but had
trouble tapping into com-
munications of the Panamanian
"dignity battalions" (dingbats)
that used common commercial
equipment.
"There was considerable
difficulty encountered in learning
from their communications,"
Warner said. "We had the most
modern of equipment to go into
the military system, but the
dignity forces were using Radio
Shack equipment."
Warner said U.S. forces at
times had poor intelligence that
handicapped their efforts to track
down the para-military units and
their commanders.
It was "surprising," but the
commercial radios "posed quite a
problem for our military,"
Warner said.


are a reminder of the repressive
regime he left behind and the
commitment by new officers not to
repeat the same mistakes.
"These are a reminder of what was
bad," Herrera said in an interview
with Reuters. "Noriega ordered 100
sets of these chains made to be put on
exiles (rebel officers)."
"One set had my name on it," he
added.
Herrera, himself exiled for
opposing Noriega, returned to
Panama after U.S. forces invaded
Dec. 20 to oust Noriega and install
the government of President
Guillermo Endara.
Noriega, whose capture was a
main objective for the U.S. invasion,
is in Miami awaiting trial on drug
charges after surrendering to U.S.
troops at the Vatican Embassy in
Panama City.
Herrera, before being exiled in
1988, had served as Panamanian
ambassador to Venezuela and to
Israel.
The 46-year-old colonel now faces
the task of organizing an effective
police force in a country traumatized
by years of de facto military rule.
The new force, now numbering
some 12,000 members, faces many
problems, including latent
resentment among service members
at the U.S. invasion, active
resentment from civilians uncertain
that the new force will change, and a
shortage of funds from a government
whose finances have been ravaged by
three years of crisis surrounding


efforts to oust Noriega.
But Herrera, as well as the
Panamanian government leaders
and U.S officials working with him,
said in interviews that the emphasis
on respect for human rights was the
most important aspect of the
re-organization.
"What this country needs most is
for the people to live in peace,
fraternity and justice," said Herrera,
a handsome, soft-spoken man who is
a study in contrast with the vitriolic,
pock-marked Noriega.
Working closely with a U.S.
military liasion group set up to help
build the security force, Herrera said
specific steps were being taken to
ensure the new force would protect
Panamanians and their rights.
"The re-organizatipn is based on
these principles - no official who has
been tied to human rights violations
or acts of corruption can belong to
the new public forces," Herrera said.
He said officers were screened
before being allowed to enter the
Public Force, whose new members
all have sworn allegiance to the
constitution and the civilian
government.
None of Noriega's chiefs of staff or
other loyal officers have been
allowed to join, and commanders of
one of several military zones across
the country have been replaced.
Many of the replacements were
officers who had been jailed and
repressed by Noriega for taking part
in uprisings against him.
Maj. Alberto Soto, jailed by
Noriega for 21 months for taking


part in a March 1982 coup attempt,
has been appointed to reorganize the
jails.
Lt. Col. Fernando Quesada,
another rebel freed from almost two
years in jail by the U.S. invasion, is
now head of security and
intelligence. Herrera has been
touring provincial capitals lecturing
service members on respecting
civilian rights, ordering prisoner
punishment cells dismantled, and
meeting with civilian authorities to
assure them of his cooperation.
In the first example of the
crackdown on corruption, the
original commander of the public
force, Col. Roberto Armijo, resigned
two weeks ago after he could not
explain to government officials how
he earned the $1.2 million in an
account in his name in a branch of
the National Bank of Panama.
The U.S. liaison group hopes to
help the re-organization group by
providing workshops and training.
"We would like to have a training
program that touches all members of
the public force on human rights and
proper police procedure so that they
meet the human and technical needs
of the people," said one of the team
officers.
The officer denied charges by some
Panamanians that it was the United
States that trained the repressive
Panama Defense Force.
"The U.S. influence on the system
under (former strongman) Gen.
Omar Torrijos, was very limited.
This new force is now being built
from ground zero."


RP democracy needs aid to flourish, leaders say


PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP)
-Business leaders say their young
democracy will be threatened unless
Panama receives financial aid to
compensate for the looting,
unemployment and destruction
caused by the U.S. invasion.
"If the United States truly expects
democracy to flourish, you need a
flourishing economy," said Laurence
Berger, vice president of the
American Chamber of Commerce in
Panama. "All the goodwill in the
world won't mean much when you'
have growling stomachs."
Business leaders say the Bush
administration has not yet offered
any aid to make up for the millions
lost due to U.S. economic sanctions
imposed to try to oust Gen. Manuel
Antonio Noriega and the widespread
looting after the invasion.
"We've been told, 'We gave you
your freedom and now it's up to you
to do what you will,'" said Alfredo L.
Maduro, president of the
Panamanian Chamber of
Commerce.
The looting started after U.S.
troops invaded Dec. 20 to oust
Noriega, and lasted for four days.
Hundreds of stores were left without
any merchandise, including food,
clothes, cars, furniture and electronic
goods.
The looting is estimated to have
cost companies between $1 billion
and $2 billion and left some 30,000
people without work, bringing the
unemployment rate to about 30
percent in the country of 2.2 million
people.
"The word democracy is going to
ring hollow unless the country gets
help and social unrest is something


this new government doesn't need,"
said Berger, whose organization is
made up mostly of U.S. business
executives.
Nearly a month after the American
attack, most businesses in the capital
of Panama City remain closed and
many people fear this will spell dire
economic straits for the small nation,
already reeling from two years of
U.S. sanctions imposed in 1988 to
put pressure on the Noriega military
regime.
Last week, President Guillermo
Endara wrote President Bush asking
for financial aid. The contents of the
letter were not released.
A U.S. Embassy official who


spoke on condition of anonymity
said Endara thanked Bush for the
military intervention and "listed six
areas of priority Panama needs help
in to rebuild the economy."
One area Endara said needs
rebuilding is the poor neighborhood
of El Chorrillo, which was mostly
destroyed in the fighting. Noriega's
headquarters, a target of the
invasion, was located in the district.
Engineers have estimated
rebuilding the area to minimum
standards will cost $40 million to $60
million.
The Bush administration has not
indicated any aid will be coming,
although the U.S. military has said it


will rebuild houses and apartments
destroyed in the fighting.
"It's a problem that needs
attention," said Ambassador Deane
Hinton. "I am personally convinced
that we will make a significant
contribution."
But, he added, the looting was
"first and foremost a problem of
Panama."
Hinton was in Washington on
Monday and was to bring up the
issue with administration officials.
Although the United States has
released $70 million in assets frozen
as part of the sanctions, $250 million
remains unreleased.


Drug summit countries reach agreement


SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) -
The cocaine-producing countries of
Bolivia, Colombia and Peru have
agreed to launch, through
coordinated use of their armed
forces, an "unstoppable assault on
drug traffickers."
The United States also signed the
agreement Sunday for the increased
anti-drug efforts, but South
American delegates said the accord
leaves out any language that might
open the door to direct U.S.
intervention in the fight.
The text of the plan will be kept
secret until President Bush and at
least two of the South American
presidents sign it at a drug summit
Feb. 15 in Colombia, officials said.
"We are very satisfied," said
Michael Skol, a deputy assistant
secretary of state who led the U.S.
delegation. He declined to elaborate.


The agreement, reached after a
five-day preparatory meeting,
represents "an integral commitment
by the four countries, which have
proposed carrying out a frontal and
unstoppable assault on narcotics
trafficking," said Bolivia's foreign
minister, Carlos Iturralde.
Iturralde said the accord
recognizes the need for more U.S.
economic aid to the South American
countries, which in turn committed
themselves to a full-fledged military
campaign against the multibillion-
dollar cocaine industry.
"Until recently, we perhaps
haven't wanted to accept the reality
of narcotics trafficking," he said.
Before, "we limited ourself to police
action."
Under the agreement, the South
American countries are committed
to using "all the means they have


available," including the armed
forces, in the war on trafficking.
His speech, which covered the
agreement in general terms,
concluded the meeting at 4:30 a.m.
Sunday, one day later than planned.
A one-paragraph statement from
the delegations said they "achieved
the goals" set for them and expected
a successful summit, which would
adopt the "joint, integral and
coordinated strategy against ...
illegal drugs and their economic and
social effects."
Delegates said the delay was
prompted by arguments over how
U.S. assistance should be directed
and what conditions would be
attached to it.
The United States insists that the
flow of aid money depends on a
country's dedication and per-
formance in the anti-drug effort.








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Jan. 17, 1990


B i tLsports


Bruins trade Linseman to Flyers for Poulin


BOSTON (UPI) - Boston Bruins
center Ken Linseman, at odds with
coach Mike Milbury since the
season's start, was traded Tuesday to
the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange
for center and team captain Dave
Poulin.
Linseman, who like Poulin is 31,
was Boston's No. 2 scorer each of the
past two seasons but was demoted to
the third and fourth lines.
"We just never seemed to get on
the same wave-length," said
Linseman of his relationship with
Milbury. "I didn't feel needed or
wanted.
Milbury said that Linseman asked
him last week what he must do to get
more playing time, and Milbury
recalled telling him, "You need to
play better to play mpre."
Linseman returns to the team
which drafted him in 1978. This
season, he scored 6 goals and assisted
on 16 others as Boston compiled the
league's best record, 27-16-3.
Poulin, who played four seasons at
Notre Dame, has 9 goals and 8 assists
this year, his seventh NHL season, all
with the Flyers. From 1983-84
through 1986-87 he registered at least
25 goals and 42 assists. In 1987, he
won the Selke Trophy, awarded to
the NHL's top defensive forward.
"Dave Poulin fits the particular
job description that we feel needs to
be filled," said Bruins president and
general manager Harry Sinden. "It
seemed the proper time for the team
and Ken to move on."

Brown, Pitin
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) -
Basketball coaches Dale Brown of
Louisiana State and Rick Pitino of
Kentucky received public
reprimands Tuesday from the
Southeastern Conference for a
confrontation they had during
Saturday's game.
SEC Acting Commissioner Mark
Womack announced the reprimand
for actions he said violated the SEC
Code of Ethics.
"I have reminded both coaches of
the absolute necessity of adhering to
all the rules and regulations of the
Southeastern Conference," Womack
said.
LSU was attempting to inbound
the ball with 4:45 left in the first half
when Kentucky's Jeff Brassow and
the Tigers' Maurice Williamson
appeared to exchange forearms at
center court.
Chris Jackson stepped in between


The Bruins are the league's best
defensive team, allowing just 134
goals this year. Sinden emphasized
the different strengths of Linseman
and Poulin.
Linseman, in his 12th NHL
season, "had been playing in a
checking situation and is best suited
for a more offensive role," said
Sinden.
"He's been an excellent competitor
for us and has been one of the nucleus
of this team since he's been here.
"Kenny's a difficult guy to trade,"
said Sinden, but he did not hesitate to
change the NHL's best team because


"You're only the top team after you
win the Stanley Cup."
Flyers vice president and general
manager Bobby Clarke expressed
regrets similar to Sinden's.
"Trading Dave Poulin was
extremely difficult," said Clarke.
"He's not only a personal friend,
but he's been a tremendous player for
the Flyers - a real heart-and-soul
player. During the 1980s, our club
had great success and Dave Poulin
was one of the leaders. He was the
ideal captain and a courageous
clutch performer.
"However at this time, we feel we


need a little more offense and Kenny
Linseman can provide that. We've
lost 13 games by one goal, so we had
to do something to improve the
offense," said Clarke.
Linseman played with Philadel-
phia from 1979 to 1982 and spent two
years with Edmonton before coming
to Boston in 1984. He has 244 goals
and 513 assists in his NHL career.
Poulin, after college, played one
season for the Swedish team Rogle.
He signed as a free agent with
Philadelphia in February 1983, on
the recommendation of his Rogle
coach, Ted Sator, who is now an.
assistant coach with the Bruins.


McCants leaves Alabama for NFL draft


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (UPI) -
Citing family financial problems,
linebacker Keith McCants said
Tuesday he will forgo his final year of
eligibility at Alabama and apply for
admission to the 1990 NFL draft.
"I truly believe it is time for me to
move on in pursuit of my future
goals," McCants said at a news
conference. "I am excited about the
challenge."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound McCants
had 119 tackles, four sacks and an
interception this past season in
leading Alabama to a share for its
first Southeastern Conference
championship in 10 years.
His best game was against
Louisiana State when he had 18
tackles and two quarterback sacks.
McCants won all-SEC and All-


America honors, and pro scouts have
said he will be one of the first five
draft picks, possibly the No. 1
selection. The Atlanta Falcons have
the first pick in the draft.
McCants said his decision was not
influenced by the resignation last
week of Alabama Coach Bill Curry
or the hiring of Gene Stallings to
replace Curry.
He said he decided to leave college
early because of his family's financial
difficulties.
"I'm not doing it because I want to
do it. I'm doing it because I have to,"
he said. "My family is the most
important thing in my life.
Everybody else's opinion does not
matter."
McCants also denied reports he


does not want to play in Atlanta.
"I would love to play anywhere in
the NFL," he said. "This is a dream,
hopefully about to come true. I don't
care if it's San Diego, Cincinnati,
Atlanta or wherever."
The NFL does not allow a player
to be drafted before his class
graduates, except in certain
circumstances, such as if he has been
in school five years, has used all his
eligibility or is graduating early.
About 30 players have taken
advantage of these exemptions to
turn pro in recent years. The most
.recent example was Barry Sanders,
who received permission last year to
apply for the NFL draft early after
his school, Oklahoma State, was
placed on probation.


o receive reprimands for confrontation
the players, and fouls were called on Section 3 of the SEC Code of coaches."
both Jackson and Brassow. Ethics instructs coaches to refrain The reprimand also carried a
Pitino stormed onto the court and from personal conduct that may threat of more severe sanctions
began shouting at the referees, and incite spectators, and says a coach against the two coaches if they
Brown followed suit. The two "shall exhibit respect and courtesy violate the Code of Ethics again this
coaches quickly turned their toward opposing players and season.
attention to each other, and were
herded back to the scorer's table by
the officials.
The heated words between Pitino
and Brown continued, and Pitino
walked toward Brown. The LSU
coach cocked a fist and had to be
restrained by Tigers assistant Johnny
Jones.
Neither coach was hit with a
technical foul. LSU won the game
94-81.
Pitino later claimed that he
charged Brown because he had
shaken a fist at a Kentucky player.
When asked after the game what
they had said to each other, Brown
replied: "Street talk."


St. John's outscores Villanova, 64-58


PHILADELPHIA (UPI) -
Jayson Williams and Malik Sealy
scored 13 points each Tuesday night
to lead No. 17 St. John's to a 64-58
Big East victory over Villanova.
Williams hit one of two free throws
with 29 seconds left to give St. John's
a 62-58 lead and, after Villanova
missed two three-point shots, Sealy
scored on a layup with four seconds
to go for the final margin.
Walker hit a three-point shot with
1:27 to play to bring Villanova within
59-58 as the Wildcats rallied from a
44-29 deficit.
St. John's outscored Villanova 15-
2 to take its 15-point lead on a layup
by Sealym but the Wildcats scored 14
of the next 18 points to close within
48-43 on a follow shot by Lance
Miller with 7:45 to play. Another


follow shot by Miller cut the St.
John's lead to 50-45 as the Redmen
went six minutes without a field goal.
But Williams and Robert
Werdann scored back-to-back
baskets for a 54-45 lead and St.
John's led 58-53 after Sealy hit two
free throws with 3:27 to go.
Walker hit two free throws to
bring Villanova within three and,
after Billy Singleton hit one free
throw, Walker hit his three-point
shot to cut the Redmen lead to one
point.
Williams missed the front end of a
one-and-one situation with 56
seconds to go, but Miller was called
for traveling after getting the
rebound and Buchanan hit two free
throws to give St. John's a 61-58 lead
with 48 seconds to go.


LETTING HIMSELF BE HEARD -- Oklahoma's coach, Billy Tubbs
shows his anger as his third-ranked team shoots 29 percent. Oklahoma
suffered a 66-51 upset Tuesday by Kansas State. The Sooners were 71
points under its nation-leading 122 point scoring average. (APLaserphoto)







Tropic Times
Jan. 17, 1990


A's Steinbach agrees to $1.8 million deal


NEW YORK (AP) - Seven
players eligible for salary arbitration
agreed to contracts Monday, leaving
168 players eligible to file on
Tuesday, the last day for players to
submit their names.
Terry Steinbach, the Oakland
Athletics' catcher, got the biggest
deal among the arbitration eligibles,
agreeing to a two-year contract for


$1.8 million, an average of more than
triple his 1989 earnings.
Geno Petralli, the Texas Rangers'
catcher, also got a two-year deal, his
for $1.025 million.
Two free agents signed with
Detroit. Infielder Cecil Fielder
returned from Japan, agreeing to a
two-year, $3 million deal. He hit .302
with 38 homers and 81 RBIs last year


for the Hanshin Tigers. Detroit also
signed infielder Ed Romero, who left
the Milwaukee Brewers.
Among one-year deals, left-hander
Danny Jackson and the Cincinnati
Reds settled at $1.15 million, the
same salary he earned in 1989.
Pitcher Charlie Leibrandt settled
with Atlanta for $1 million, a cut of
$250,000. He can earn back the


Oakland A Terry Steinbach comforts his wife during the earthquake that hit San Francisco during October's World
Series. Steinbach recently agreed to a two-year, $1.8 million deal with the A's. (AP Laserphoto)


$250,000 with bonuses if he pitches
26 games but only $350,000 of his
salary is guaranteed.
Steve Farr and the Kansas City
Royals settled for just under
$775,000, a raise of $170,000.
Outfielder Tracy Jones and the
Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year
deal for $375,000, a $75,000 raise,
and outfielder Larry Sheets settled
with the Tigers for $670,000, a
$10,000 raise.
Only four players have submitted
for arbitration since the filing period
opened on Jan. 5 - relief pitcher
Doug Jones of Cleveland, first
baseman Wally Joyner of California
and left-hander Juan Nieves of
Milwaukee and John Candelaria of
Montreal.
The original deadline of Monday
was extended 12 hours because of the
Martin Luther King holiday. Players
and clubs exchange figures three
days after a player files, so most
players traditionally file on the last
day. Hearings will be scheduled for
Feb. 1-21 but most players settle
before hearings.
Steinbach, 27, hit .273 with seven
home runs and 42 RBIs in 1989, his
third major-league season. He gets a
$100,000 signing bonus, $700,000 in
1990 and $1 million in 1991.
He made $280,000 last year,
including a $45,000 in bonuses. He
was MVP of the All-Star Game in
1988, when he batted .284 with 16
homers.
Petralli, 30, hit .304 last season
with four homers and 23 RBIs in 70
games. He gets a $75,000 signing
bonus, $425,000 in 1990 and
$525,000 in 1991.
Jackson, 28, has a 66-68 career
record. He was 6-11 last year with a
5.60 ERA.
Leibrandt was 5-11 last year with a
5.14 ERA with Kansas City. He was
traded by the Royals to Atlanta for
Gerald Perry.
Jones hit .259 for Detroit with
three homers and 26 RBIs. Farr was
2-5 last season with a 4.12 earned-run
average. Sheets, who batted .243 for
Baltimore with seven homers and 33
RBIs, was traded to Detroit last year.


Huge upset becomes talk ofA ustralian Open


MELBOURNE, Australia (UPI)
- Veli Paloheimo of. Finland,
ranked No. 120 in the world, pulled

76ers sign Lloyd

to 10-day deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -
Lewis Lloyd, a seven-year NBA
veteran, has signed a 10-day
contract with the Philadelphia
76ers, the team announced
Monday.
Lloyd, 30, averaged seven
points in three games this season
with the Houston Rockets before
being waived on Dec. 12. At 6-
foot-6, he has played both
forward and guard and has a
career scoring average of 13.0
points per game.
He had been reinstated at the
beginning of the season by the
league after serving a suspension
for violating the league's drug
policy.
"Lewis is a guy that has a
history of being able to score
either as a starter or coming off
the bench," said 76ers general
manager John Nash.


off the biggest upset of the $3 million
Australian Open, registering a 5-7,
6-3, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory
Tuesday over No. 10 seed Carl-Uwe
Steeb of West Germany.
Earlier Tuesday, No. 4 seed John
McEnroe began his bid for his first
Australian singles title with a
straight-set victory over Frenchman
Thierry Tulasne.
"This is the biggest win of my
career, it is almost a dream," said
Paloheimo, who was not even listed
in the official media guide of the
tournament. "I think Steeb is still
tired after his win against (Boris)
Becker (in New South Wales Open
last week) and his tough match in
losing to Yannick Noah in the final
last week."
Paloheimo, whose biggest
accomplishment was the semifinals
of the South Australian Open in
January of last year, handled the
swirling cross winds on the outside
court much better than Steeb.
"It was a weird match," Steeb said.
"I won the first set and was up 2-0 in
the second but I just couldn't find a
way to win the big points. I couldn't
get any rhythm in the wind and when
I started to control the wind so did
he."


"Tennis is getting bigger in my
country but we have never had a very
good player," Paloheimo said. "But
the people of Finland are always
hoping one will come by. This win
today will make the Finns very
happy."
McEnroe produced near-flawless
tennis to beat Tulasne 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in
a match delayed 25 minutes because
of rain.
Third-seeded Stefan Edberg of
Sweden, a two-time winner of the
Australian Open, defeated Johan
Anderson of Australia 7-6 (7-1), 6-3,
6-4 on the center court.
Swede Mats Wilander, the No. 8
seed, moved into the second round
with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 7-5 victory over
Australian Richard Fromberg.
Frenchman Yannick Noah, winner
of the New South Wales Open,
outlasted Yugoslav Goran Prpic 4-6,
7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
The No. 2 women's seed, Gabriela
Sabatini of Argentina, struggled
early but regained control of her top
spin to oust American Amy Frazier
7-5,6-1.
Ninth seed Andres Gomez of
Ecuador defeated Australia's Darren
Cahill 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 6-2, 6-3 and
Austrian Thomas Muster, the 15th


seed, had little trouble defeating
Pavel Vojtisek of West Germany, 6-
3, 6-2, 6-4 in other first-round play.


NBA down on

one-on-one
CHICAGO (AP) -The
National Basketball Association
is taking the air out of a S1 million
one-on-one duel between
superstars Michael Jordan of the
Chicago Bulls and Magic Johnson
of the LoS Angeles Lakers.
"A one-on-one game between
Michael and Magic is neither
something that (the NBA) would
want to sponsor itself or have
some other promoter do. NBA
basketball games and the talents
of our players are something that
the NBA and its teams should be
promoting, not third-party
promoters," said Bettman, NBA
senior vice president and general
counsel, told the Chicago
Sun-Times.
The proposed contest would
consist of two 15-minute halves to
be broadcast on pay television.









8 Tropic Times
Jan. 17, 1990


Battalion defends, secures Atlantic region


by Spec. Daniel L. Bean

FORT SHERMAN, Panama
(USARSO PAO) - Humid evening
air hangs heavy and still in the jungle
like a damp wool blanket. Peering
down the barrel of his M203, a staff
sergeant checks his field of fire
through a hole in the jungle
vegetation. Although far from his
room in the instructors' barracks,
this jungle expert is still at home.
Soldiers from U.S. Army South's
Jungle Operations Training
Battalion helped defend strategic
points and secure the Atlantic region
during Operation Just Cause.


Under its contingency mission,
Jungle Operations Training
Battalion was divided into teams and
became Task Force Sherman. The
task force included soldiers from the
battalion's headquarters company
and Jungle Warfare Branch, as well
as the Noncommissioned Officers
Academy, with each team operating
in its own area.
During the operation's initial
phase, a Headquarters and
Headquarters Company team linked
up with 549th Military Police
Company MPs to secure the Gatun
Locks, while other HHC teams
secured Gatun Housing Area and


Fort Sherman's southern section.
Only one former Panama Defense
Forces attack occurred, but it had a
unique quality.
"It wasn't a mission a female
would have normally been put on,"
said HHC mechanic PFC Ida R.
Norris, who was involved in securing
the Gatun Locks. "The mission was
exciting. I wasn't scared, because I
can take care of myself; I've been
trained to."
While HHC teams secured the
locks and southern Fort Sherman,
NCO Academy teams secured
northern Fort Sherman and its
coastline.
Hidden in the Gatun spillway and
throughout Fort Sherman, JWB
teams blocked "classic" attack routes
into the area. They also set up
ambush sites to catch any former
PDF attempting to enter through
southern training areas.
When southern areas were
secured, Task Force Sherman's
mission wasn't finished. HHC teams
performed installation security,
while JWB and NCO Academy
teams conducted search and clear
operations throughout the Atlantic
area.
"Villagers have been cooperative,"


said SFC Angel R. Aponte, JWB
senior instructor. "They pointed out
PDF fugitives and led us to weapons
caches."
Using airmobile, waterborne and
ground insertions, teams cleared
areas southwest of the Charges
River. They operated along the
coastline as far south as Punta Diego
and Cuipo along Gatun Lake. Then
teams moved into the northeast
region clearing east to Santa Isabel
and the historic town of Portobelo.
The clearing operations lacked a
basic element - enlisted soldiers.
Aponte stated, "We're a group of
senior NCOs - all instructors -
working together to complete a
mission. Each instructor has his own
style. So we plan and execute using
the best ideas from each."
"In one village we cleared, a local
who understood U.S.rank insignia,"
said SSgt. Chris Christoff,
JWB scout instructor. "He looked at
us and said to a man next to him,
'They're all sergeants. Look at them
- there isn't a private among them.'"
Transforming from instructors to
operators, the battalion is proud of
being the only training battalion with
a combat contingency mission.


Cocaine trafficker gets life

without parole possibility


1 ask Force sherman soldiers inspect a'Panamanian bus at a cnecKpoint aurng
Operation Just Cause. The checkpoints were set up along all major routes into
Fort Sherman and surrounding areas. (U.S. Army photo courtesy Jungle
Operations Training Battalion)

Del Cid 'enemy of violence,'

wife tells Miami courtroom


MIAMI (UPI) - The wife of a
Panamanian military officer accused
of participating in Manuel Noriega's
alleged cocaine trafficking operation
testified Tuesday that her husband
should be freed on bail, saying he is
"an enemy of violence."
Tilsa Jimenez del Cid, testifying in
Spanish through an interpreter,
described at a bond hearing how her
husband, Lt. Col. Luis del Cid,
helped many people flee Nicaragua,
which is governed by the leftist
Sandinista party.
"He was always a man who was an
enemy of violence," she said.
"He helped whomever he could
and they did not know how to
express their gratitude."
Del Cid testified that her husband
surrendered to U.S. military officials
after the U.S. invasion of Panama,
on Dec. 20, because he had nothing
to fear and he wanted to avoid a
massacre.
Two Nicaraguan women now
living in Miami told U.S. District
Judge William Hoeveler how Luis
-del Cid helped them escape their
homeland and reach relatives in
Miami. They also said they would be
willing to house del Cid in their home
if he is released on bond and required
to stay in Miami.
After about three hours'
testimony, Hoeveler said the hearing
would resume Wednesday
afternoon.
Del Cid's lawyer, Samuel Burstyn,
said later that his client was not a
flight risk because he did not have
anywhere to go. "Flee to where?" he
said. "He is certainly not welcome in
Panama."
The defense hoped to debunk the
government's contention that del Cid


was an active participant in the
deposed Panamanian dictator's
alleged scheme to use Panama as a
cocaine shipping station. "My client
followed orders," Burstyn said in an
interview Monday. "He was a
middle-level officer."
Burstyn and co-counsel Kenneth
Swartz also planned to contest U.S.
government allegations that del Cid
headed Noriega's secret police.
"That's flat-out false," Burstyn
said. "We will also establish that the
lieutenant colonel was never a
personal attache of Noriega."
According to a February 1988
indictment against Noriega and 15
others, del Cid was a liaison and
courier between Noriega and
Colombian drug traffickers. The
indictment charges him with helping
move cocaine from Colombia to
Panama with the knowledge that it
was headed for the United States.
The lawyers hoped to get del Cid's
case severed from Noriega's.
Another co-defendant, pilot
Eduard Pardo, was denied bond
Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate William
Turnoff, who said the defendant was
a risk of flight. Pardo is charged with
flying $800,000 in drug profits from
Fort Lauderdale to Panama and
would face a maximum five-year
prison sentence if convicted.
Hoeveler has yet to rule on a
prosecution appeal to keep another
defendant in the case, pilot Daniel
Miranda, in jail without bond. U.S.
Magistrate Peter Palermo said last
week Miranda may be released into
the custody of Florida relatives after
posting bonds totalling $1 million.
Miranda is also accused of flying
drug profits between the United
States and Panama.


LOS ANGELES (UPI) - A
major cocaine trafficker whose 1988
arrest in Honduras sparked deadly
anti-American riots was sentenced
Tuesday to life in prison without the
possibility of parole.
Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros,
45, described as one of the world's
top 10 drug traffickers, received the
life term for a conviction on charges
of running an ongoing illegal
enterprise that netted millions of
dollars for Colombian cocaine
cartels.
Prosecutors recommended the
stiff sentence for Matta to illustrate
the United States' resolve to win the
war on drugs by bringing to justice
the greatest kingpins of the
Colombian rings.
Matta, convicted Sept. 6, was
sentenced by U.S. District Judge
Pamela Rymer, who also ordered
him imprisoned for an additional 75
years on his conviction on six other
charges that included conspiracy and
possession and distribution of


narcotics for moving almost 600
pounds of cocaine with a street value
of more than $73 million..
The cocaine was distributed out of
an apartment complex in suburban
Van Nuys in 1981 by a Los Angeles
drug ring in which Matta was "chief
executive officer."
Rymer said she could not "imagine
what the life prison term was for, if
not for this" case.
The drug ring run by Matta was
shattered in September 1981 when
federal agents raided the Van Nuys
apartment and seized 114 pounds of
cocaine, $1.9 million in drug money
and narcotics ledgers.
"The bottom line, it seems to me, is
that this was the biggest cache of
cocaine seized on the West Coast" at
the time,Rymer said.
Matta, described by his lawyer as a
religious man, sat quietly during the
sentencing, occasionally casting an
expressionless glance at his wife, who
sat with two of their five children.


Cheney delays anti-drug plans


WASHINGTON (UPI) -
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney has
pushed back even further his
announcement of plans increasing
the military's role in the interdiction
of illegal drugs bound for the United
States, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The postponement follows a
rejection by the South American
cocaine-producing countries of
Colombia, Peru and Bolivia to
cooperate with Pentagon plans to
station U.S. warships in the
Caribbean to help interdict illegal
drugs.
Cheney originally planned to
announce a host of new military anti-
drug plans the first week of January,
but reports of U.S. warships headed
south brought protests from the
Colombian government and a delay
in Cheney's plans.
The defense secretary placed the
Colombian operation on hold but
planned to go ahead and announce
the other anti-drug missions this
week. Now, Pentagon spokesman
Pete Williams said, the announce-
ment itself is on hold.


Cheney postponed the announce-
ment in response to the
"sensitivities" of the Latin
Americans, particularly the
Colombians, Williams said.
"Some of the aspects of that have
been put off for a-while," Williams
said.
While no date has been set for the
announcement of the military's anti-
drug plans, "for certain it will be after
the (federal) budget is made public"
on Jan. 29, Williams said.
Asked if the missions were being
re-evaluated or redesigned, Williams
replied, "Not that I'm aware of."
But White House spokesman
Marlin Fitzwater indicated the
Colombian mission may be dead,
saying "our relationship (with
Colombia) is that sensitive," that the
Bush administration would not place
U.S. ships off South America even in
international waters, without the
approval of those nations.
Cheney's announcement could
come sometime after President Bush
meets with the leaders of Colombia,
Peru and Bolivia at a Feb. 15 summit.




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Gift of the Panama Canal Museum the Tropic Times Vol.11, No. 50 Quarry Heights, Republic ofPanama Jan. 17,1990 Bankers plead guilty to money laundering charges TAMPA, Fla. (UPI) -Two The Bank of Credit and bought with illegal profits. The interest, at the NCNB Bank of subsidiaries of an international Commerce International Overseas companies also were placed on Florida in Tampa. banking company pleaded guilty Ltd. and the Bank of Credit and probation for five years. Jury selection is still scheduled to Tuesday to charges of laundering Commerce International S.A., which The companies are subsidiaries of begin Thursday for the other drug money and agreed to testify were caught in a federal undercover the Bank of Credit and Commerce defendants in the case. They face 33 against co-defendants including scheme, must forfeit more than $14 International, a Luxembourg-based counts of conspiracy to import and Manuel Noriega's former banker. million in certificates of deposit company run by Pakistanis and distribute drugs and launder money. backed by Saudi Arabian funds. If convicted, each faces a maximum The bank holding company and penalty of life in prison without the nine of its officers -including chance of parole. Amjad Awan, who once served as a Their defense attorneys have asked personal banker for Manuel Noriega that there be no mention of Noriega werescheduledtogoontrialTuesday during the trial. The deposed on charges of helping conceal the Panamanian dictator's name was illegal source of $32 million worth of mentioned only once in Tuesday's drug profits. hearing, during a brief reference to Under terms of the plea bargain, money laundered through Panama. the corporate defendants must cooperate in additional federal investigations and testify at trial, if n w b e asked. There was no indication whether they would be asked to Denies emergency rule testify against Noriega, who is WARSAW, Poland (UPI) awaiting trial in Miami on cocaine Albanian leader Ramiz Alia, Albanifnilkang Rcharges. trafficking charges. -speaking amid new reports of U.S. District Judge William mass detentions in his country, Hodges placed a gag order on the flatly denied Albania was under defendants and their attorneys, emergency rule and lashed out at Lawrence H. Wechsler and E. Yugoslav news media for saying Lawrence Barcella Jr., barring them "filthy things" about the nation, from commenting on the case. the Albanian news agency ATA In Tuesday's proceedings, the reported Tuesday. Bank of Credit and Commerce International Overseas Ltd., which Dole encourages cuts has offices in Miami, Tampa and WASHINGTON (UPI) Boca R aton, pleaded guilty to 26 Senate Republican leader Robert counts of money laundering. Seven Dole of Kansas called Tuesday for other counts were dropped. Israel and other big recipients of The Bank of Credit and American foreign aid to take a Commerce International S.A., which budget cut so more assistance can has headquarters in Luxembourg be redirected to emerging 4 and operates in London and New democracies in Eastern Europe York, pleaded guilty to three counts and Panama. RAFT EXERCISE -PFCMarioRomeropullshisponcho raft duringan of money laundering. Twenty-four exercise at the Jungle Operations Training Center, Fort Sherman. Romero other counts were dropped. Seek clarification is a member of the 3rdplatoon,Lima Company,3rdBattalion, 5th Marine Under terms of the agreement, LOS ANGELES (UPI) Regiment from Camp Pendleton, Calif. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance both corporate defendants agreed to Jurors in the McMartin PreKamisugi) forfeit all funds held in 90-day School molestation trial asked the certificates of deposit, including judge Tuesday for a clarification 1 J)J) on how one defendant can be Peruvian g days to e e RP convicted of conspiracy and a second defendant acquitted of the PANAMA CITY, Panama (UPI) invasion "brutal, excessive, Noriega, saying they are now the charge. -The U.S.-installed Panamanian exaggerated, abusive and arrogant" opposition to Endara's government, government Tuesday gave a and has refused to recognize criticized the U.S. invasion, and law Boy remains critical Peruvian diplomat three days to Endara's government. students at the University of Panama B leave the country, and Peru Also Tuesday, members of a asked U.S. troops to leave their FAIRFAX, Va. (UPI) -A 5countered by saying the diplomat political party that had backed campus. year-old boy who survived 40 will take with him a dozen minutes under water in an icy Panamanians who have been granted M A C lifts wom en crew restrictions drainan resayo as in cr asylum in its embassy. Deputy Foreign Minister Juan WASHINGTON (AP) -The plane. said the comatose child was Manuel Castulovich said the Military Airlift Command has The decision was made Dec. 14, six breathing with the aid of a decision to expel Peruvian Luis removed restrictions barring women days before the U.S. invasion of respirator. Sandiga, the commercial attache at from being crew members on cargo Panama during which Army women the embassy, was taken in response airdrop missions, an Air Force were reported to have taken part in Counci endorses plan to declarations made by "Peruvian spokesman said Tuesday. combat, Sillia said. The intervention PARIS (UPI) -The five authorities that make normalization Women now may serve as pilots, delayed the formal announcement. permanent members of the U.N. of relations between our two co-pilots, loadmasters, flight The command determined that Security Council endorsed a plan countries difficult." He did not engineers or crew chiefs on C-130 or airdrop missions don't fall under the Tuesday for the world body to elaborate. C-141 transport planes, said Air Defense Department's February playabiggerpeace-makingrolein Peru has been one of the most Force Capt. George Sillia. Women 1988 "risk rule," which says a nonCambodia after China and the vocal critics of the U.S. invasion of earlier had been barred from serving combat mission or unit can be closed Khmer Rouge evidently softened Panama Dec. 20 that toppled as crew members on airdrop to women if officials deem that the their stance on U.N. involvement. Panamanian Maximum Leader missions, risks are equal to or greater than Manuel Antonio Noriega and The decision will affect about 100 those of the combat mission they Bodies wash ashore installed Guillermo Endara as women among its 4,800 pilots and a Support. BANGKOK, Thailand (UPI) president. like number of women among Although Endara was widely enlisted crew members, Sillia said. The crew change is a result of the -The bodies of 12 partially believed to have won presidential Previously, women crew members command's review of recommendaclothed or naked Vietnamese elections held in Panama last May 7 were allowed to fly on C-141 aircraft tions in the Defense Department's women and two boys washed that were later invalidated, he has to a specific location, unload the February 1988 report, "Task Force ashore in southern Thailand, said that Panama would not hold cargo and return. However, women On Women in the Military." apparently strangled and thrown new elections as Peruvian President had not been allowed to be crew "All positions are continually into the sea after a pirate attack on Alan Garcia has proposed. members on the C-130. except the being reviewed," Sillia said. "We're a refugee boat, police said Garcia has branded the U.S. WC-130, a weather reconnaissance trying to open as many as possible." Tuesday. __ J

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2 Tropic Times Jan. 17, 199n I" U.S. news Defense lawyer criticizes doctor with AIDS NEW YORK (UPI) -A defense doctor told Prego to return if she Friedman asked. Earlier, the head of the Guardian lawyer Tuesday harshly criticized a displayed certain symptoms, such as "No," she replied. Angels and a fashion model whose doctor who claimed she caught fever or swollen glands -early face was slashed in an attack AIDS from a contaminated needle at indications of aids-related complex, Priedman's dotoing appeared in court to protest what a public hospital, saying she ignored orARC an early sign of AIDS, when a they viewed as the hostile a physician's advice and waited too "What did the doctor say you questioning of Prego long to file her $175 million lawsuit should do if you had vomiting, fever lymph node under her arm became q against the city. or swollen lymph nodes?" Friedman enlarged, but failed to pursue legal Model Marla Hansen, 28, whose The confrontation came on the asked. action at that time. face was slashed by thugs, said that fifth day of testimony by Dr. "He told me if I got sick to come Prego's lawyer, Susan Karten, defense questioning of Prego Veronica Prego in state Supreme back," Prego replied. dismissed the idea. "reminded me" of the intense and Court in Brooklyn. Prego, 32, is "Do you remember being told "The condition resolved itself, it's personal questioning she underwent suing the city's Health and Hospital anything about (swollen glands)" just a red herring," she said. during the trial of her assailants. Corp., Kings County Hospital and two doctors for negligence androgech mr breach of confidentiality. Death row inmate may get gas chamber In seeking $175 million in LOS ANGELES, (Reuter) -The California Supreme Court The Republican governor, George damages, the Argentine doctor Robert Harris, who has been on and the U.S. Supreme Court have Deukmejian, sponsored the new claimed an intern left a needle California's "death row" for 10 years each turned down four appeals by death penalty bill when he was a state contaminated with blood from an for murdering two boys, could die in Harris. senator. In November 1978 AIDS patient on a be t the state gas chamber within two The California legislature voted in Prego pricked her finger on it. months, state Attorney GeneralJohn 1977 to restore the death penalty, a California voters approved an The case is believed to be the first Van de Kamp said Tuesday. year after the U.S. Supreme Court initiative extending the death penalty trial in which a doctor has claimed No one has died in California's gas had overturned a previous ruling and to include accomplices and various hospital negligence caused her to get chamber since April 12, 1967, but the has said states could impose the forms of murder not covered by AIDS. U.S. Supreme Court refused death penalty. Deukmejian's bill. Defense lawyer Stanley Friedman Tuesday to act on an appeal by attacked Prego for waiting four years Harris that he should be released H ep av i bl f r"h s a n "u*2|tn "::: b;;;&: s;*a2: Hep available for 'chest pain' after she was infected before she sued because his long confinement on the city. The defense has repeatedly death row constituted cruel and SAN ANTONIO (AP) -Tens of condition Cannon calls "sensitive tried to pursuade Justice Aaron unusual punishment. thousands of American women heArt," in which they experience Bernstein to dismiss the suit, arguing "Now the end is in sight, this is a diagnosed each year with chest pain sharp pain when test probes are the statute of limitations had passed. somber moment," Van de Kamp said and no signs of heart disease may be threaded into arteries near their The city claims Prego should have at a press conference. "There can be suffering from a treatable disorder of hearts. filed suit when she first became nojoy in taking a human life, nor can the small arteries, a researcher said Ordinarily such probes produce no infected with the virus, rather than there be anyjustice in prolonging this Tuesday. pain, Cannon said. He described his when she became sick in 1987. case any further." Many of these women, who often research at the American Heart. Friedman grilled Prego about her Barring further stays, Harris who experience intense pain, are being Association's annual science writers' actions in the days after Jan. 12, was 37 Monday, is likely to be treated for psychiatric disorders forum. 1983, when she says she caught the executed in San Quentin prison because no physical symptoms can His studies have shown that many virus from the needle. sometime in March or early April, be found with conventional tests, of the patients are suffering from a Citing Prego's medical records, Van de Kamp said. said Dr. Richard Cannon of the disorder he calls microvascular Friedman described how she visited Harris, of San Diego, was National Heart, Lung and Blood angina, in which blood flow may be the Kings County hospital student convicted of killing John Mayeski, Institute in Bethesda, Md. blocked in very tiny arteries that health service to report the accident. 15, and Michael Baker, 16. "Many have been mislabeled as nourish the heart. A doctor there reassured her there According to court records, he stole neurotic or hysterical women," The arteries are too small to show were no reports of health care the boys' car as they sat eating Cannon said. up on angiograms, in which dye is workers ever contracting AIDS from hamburgers outside a restaurant, "They truly have a pain injected into the larger coronary a needle prick. drove them to a remote area and shot syndrome." arteries to look for blockages, he But according to the records, the them. Among their symptoms is a said. Earthquake shakes California War veteran recovers I.D. tag LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -camp for air officers. EUREKA, Calif. (AP) -A emergency officials reported that Carroll Witten has gotten a memento Allen said the family told him they strong earthquake struck along residents in the small town of of his days as a World War II had found the tag in the rubble of California's North Coast on Petrolia said items were knocked prisoner of war from an East German their old barn, which had burned in Tuesday, but there were no off shelves, but that there was no family -thanks to the historic 1988. immediate reports of injuries or other damage. Petrolia is near a opening of the Berlin Wall. Using Red Cross archives, Allen damages. land formation known as Punta In 1945, a year after his B-17 traced the number to Witten, now 65. The quake, measuring 5.3 on Gorda, almost directly at the bomber was shot down over Witten said Allen telephoned him the Richter scale, struck at 12:08 point where the San Andreas Germany, Witten and about 40 other in early December from Berlin and p.m. about 50 miles south of Fault enters the Pacific. POWs were being marched from that, when asked, he could clearly Eureka, the U.S. Geological The Richter scale is a measure Poland to a POW camp at Bad remember his prisoner number. Survey in Menlo Park reported. of ground motion as recorded on Muskau, near .the German-Polish "I said, 'Sure, I couldn't forget it The state Office of Emergency seismographs. Every increase of border. -4854,"' Witten said. "He said, Services in Sacramento and one number means a tenfold During an overnight stop at a 'You're the guy."' University of California-Berkeley increase in the strength of the barn, Witten lost his brass POW Just before Christmas, Allen Seismographic Station also shaking. Thus, a reading of 7.5 identification tag. routed himself through Louisville on estimated the quake at 5.3. reflects an earthquake 10 times He had all but forgotten the tag a flight from West Germany and gave "It seemed long and just kind of stronger than one of 6.5. until he got a call from Berlin last Witter the long-lost tag. weaving. It wasn't real, real strong An earthquake of 3.5 on the month. "It was a funny feeling when I held here," said a woman with the Richter scale can cause slight On the Sunday after the Berlin this tag in my hand again," Witten Eureka Police Department who damage in the local area, 4 Wall was opened on Nov. 9, an East reflected. "Unbelievable." only identified herself as Diana. moderate damage, 5 considerable German family visiting West Berlin Witten said Allen has promised to The quake was felt along the damage, 6 severe damage. A 7 for the first time approached U.S. get the exact address of the family North Coast, the region above reading is a "major" earthquake, Army Capt. James Allenand gave who found the tag so he can get in San Francisco, from Point Arena capable of widespread heavy him a tarnished brass tag. touch with them. near the Oregon border, south to damage, and 8 is a "great" quake, The tag bore only a four-digit "I want to write them, and I'd like Willits and in Lake County. State capable of tremendous damage. POW number and the words "Oflag to go back to Germany, maybe in a It Luft 3," a designation for a prison year, and see them," he said. Commander-in-Chief .Gen. Maxwell R. Thurman Editorial Staff .Sgt. Monique Chere This authorized unofficial command information publication Director, Public Affairs .Col. Ronald T. Sconyers Spec. Anthony Craft is for U.S. armed forces overseas. The Tropic Times is published Executive Editor/NCOIC .SMSgt. Harold J. Lee Spec. John Hall in conjunction'with the Armed Forces Information Program of Assistant NCOIC .SFC Richard A. Czizik PFC Megra Johnson the Department of Defense, under the supervision of the director Composing Room .Rosemary Chong of public affairs, U.S. Southern Command. Contents of the Carolyn Coffey Tropic Times are not necessarily the official view of the U.S. Laura De la Guardia government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Southern Tina McBride Command. The address is: APO Miami, 34002, Albrook Post Elena Costarangos Office. Telephone 25=6612.

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Tropic Times Jan. 17, 1990 3 hemisphere Cisneros, Herrera reassure rural areas SANTIAGO DE VERAGUAS, and civilian leaders the days of PDF Herrera, who was exiled by helicopter crash, was born and grew Panama (Reuter) -Panamanian and domination were over. Noriega and tried to form a up in Santiago. It has a reputation as U.S. commanders are visiting the He said his first order was to tear movement against him in the United a center for the tough nationalism provinces to quell the distrust the down the tiny punishment cells States, told the meeting that and populism for which the new civilian leaders feel toward the where Noriega opponents had been measures had been put in place to charismatic general was famous. revamped security force replacing held. prevent abuses. Cisneros, who remained in the ousted strongman Manuel Noriega's In a tour of the prison he was "The Public Force is respectful of background for much of the visit, military. shown the four-foot square cement civil and human rights and of the was greeted almost as a hero by Hermel Rodriguez, a small cell where Col. Leonidas Macias, public so that in turn they will be civilians who asked him to give them businessman named governor of the leader of the March 1988 coup respected. The force has to be the autographs and pose for pictures. province of Veraguas five days after attempt against Noriega was held for friend of the community," he said. For the last year Cisneros, a the Dec. 20 U.S. invasion, told 21 months until freed by the U.S. But without guns, he said, the Spanish-speaking Texan with Reuters he was thankful for the U.S. invasion. force could not accomplish its basic intimate knowledge of Panama and action that dismantled Noriega's "This is inhuman. Break these job of protecting the community. He the PDF, was Noriega's personal Panama Defense Forces (PDF), but doors down today," Herrera said said security problems facing the nemesis in the tense standoff between was still fearful of the new security after inspecting the now empty cells. province included armed bands of the two countries prior to the force organized to replace it. In the meeting attended by drug and arms traffickers and radical invasion. He said he was hesitant to Cisneros and the new Veraguas Zone leftist movements. But at the meeting he spoke only to authorize the 326 members of Public Commander Maj. Carlos Acosta and He also urged Rodriguez to bring assure Rodriguez that Herrera had Force in the province to carry guns. his officers, Herrera listened to official charges against former PDF his complete confidence and that his "We suffered agreatdealunderthe Rodriguez welcome the new members accused of abuses under troops would help to consolidate the previous regime. The people are still direction in leadership, but also say Noriega. civilian government. traumatized. They don't even want to frankly, "I cannot say that I feel 100 Rodriguez, who agreed to issue A company of U.S. special forces see guns," he said. percent confident of the Public guns to Public Force members in a troops under Cisneros's command Hoping to calm the uncertainty, Force. We have tried to open our formal ceremony Monday, said part are stationed at Santiago. Col. Eduardo Herrera, commander hearts but we feel afraid." of the problem was that the central Though a tour through the of the Panama Public Force,and Maj. He said many people had been government had not had time to colonial town was peaceful, Cisneros Gen. Marc Cisneros, commander of oppressed and beaten by PDF appoint new prosecutors in the told Reuters that he would send a U.S. Army South based in Panama, members, including his own wife. provinces. second special forces company to flew to this provincial capital Sunday "The people don't have faith, they He said people were afraid to file Santiago Monday. to explain the role of the civiliandon't have confidence yet because charges with prosecutors who had He said the deployment was a controlled security force. they say the same people are in the served under Noriega for fear of security measure after reports that Herrera, in an unprecedented open new force. They think that when the reprisal. "pro-Noriega elements" might be meeting in the formerly off-limits gringos (U.S. troops) leave, those F o r me r s t r o n g man O mar trying to organize there. He declined PDF headquarters here, told troops officers will seek revenge," he said. Torrijos, who died in a 1981 to provide any details. Noriega ultimate targetfor U.S. comedians MIAMI (Reuter) -Just when the face." slept in seven years. He just wanted brown shopping bags containing jailhousejokes about actress ZsaZsa TV talk-show host David to catch afew Z's." acne cream, voodoo trinkets, red Gabor and hotel queen Leona Letterman asks: What is one of the In American comedy, it's always underwear, a one-way bus ticket to Helmsley were starting to bomb, top 10 arguments that lawyers will be open season on the rich and famous Homestead, Fla., and a pineapple. along comes Gen. Manuel Noriega using to defend Panama's deposed and obnoxious, especially when they Noriega's detractors have called --a dream come true for America's dictator against cocaine trafficking take a big fall. him "pineapple face" because of his stand-up comics. charges? The travails of Leona Helmsley, acne scars. He is said to have worn Noriega may be the ultimate target "You think it's easy supporting a the New York hotel magnate red underwear to ward off evil spirits, -a despised dictator transformed wife, two kids, a mistress and convicted of tax evasion, and Zsa Zsa and voodoo paraphernalia were into a manacled U.S. prisoner with a hookers on a measly president's Gabor, convicted of slapping a found at his headquarters. When he pock-marked complexion that salary?" Hollywood policeman, had been was flown to the United States Jan. 4, gained him the nickname "Pineapple Stand-up comedian Will Durst, favorite targets in recent months. But he landed at Homestead Air Force Face" and a reputed history of writing in the San Francisco the jokes were starting to fall flat. Base. mistresses, prostitutes and voodoo. Examiner, said: "They say Noriega Now comes Noriega, who is No. 1 Another Miami pop music station "Apparently Noriega is having a appeared at the papal nunciatura (in on the list for comedic ridicule. came up with a song called "Manny," little trouble adjusting to prison life," Panama City) all tuckered out. Not If Noriega is tuning into local a parody of Barry Manilow's Johnny Carson, America's king of too surprising .His beak was pretty radio stations to pass the time in his "Mandy." It is now one of the late night TV comedy, told his deep in the (cocaine) bag from what I Miami jail cell, he's not laughing. stations most requested songs. audience. "He says he can't wear hear." Radio station WHYI-Yl00 has A sampling of the lyrics: stripes because they clash with his "The poor guy probably hadn't been giving away "Noriega Packs," "Oh, Manny, you take and you take without giving, RP needs anti-drug unit, Hinton says MB."we took you away, oh PANAMA CITY, Panama (UPI) Panama, to cooperate in the battle "People are saying what they think TV comedian Jay Leno recently -New U.S. Ambassador Deane against drug trafficking. in the press and on the radio," discussed the political ramifications Hinton said at the weekend that Referring to Panama's banking Hinton said. "Some of it is critical of of Noriega's surrender. "President Panama should develop a special secrecy laws, Hinton said the the U.S. So what?" Bush is getting a lot of bipartisan police unit to fight drug trafficking. Panamanian government is also When asked about U.S. aid, support against Noriega," he told his In his first press conference since considering changes in those laws, Hinton said he did not know what audience. "The Republicans want to his appointment as ambassador last which have made Panama a haven kind of aid package Panama will get. take his army, the Democrats want to week, Hinton also said he had no for money laundering, according to President Guillermo Endara recently take his money and Gary Hart has idea how much aid Panama will get U.S. officials. sent a personal letter to President offered to take his mistresses." from the United States to recover "Honest bankers need not have Bush reportedly asking for $1.5 Hart, a former Colorado senator, from last month's U.S. invasion. fear," Hinton said. "To the contrary, billion in U.S. aid. dropped out of the 1988 Democratic Hinton said Panama needs to this will help the rebirth of the Hinton, 66, is a career diplomat presidential race after revelations of develop a special police unit and a financial system in Panama." who previously held ambassadorial his romantic entanglement with a coast guard because the Public Hinton said reforming banking posts in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Miami model. Forces, Panama's new police force, laws is Panama's responsibility. Pakistan. He replaced Arthur Davis, Did you hear the one about the does not have the special training Hinton also praised the return of a who held the post for more than three new car, a Miami radio disk jockey needed for drug interdiction. free press in Panama. years. asked listeners one morning. "There will be a need .for a "It's called the Noriega. It comes in specilize ani-arotc polTice3J Manuel and semiautomatic." force," Hinton said. "If you're going UK airline usesN oriegafor ads Besides he g atiast one to get at the (drug) mafia, you have to LONDON (Reuter)-A British (S150), says the caption under a other person isn't laughing about all have a very sophisticated, highlyairline is using ousted photograph of a sullen Noriega in the Noriega-bashing. He is Manuel trained, special kind of police to do Panamanian dictator Gen. newspaper dsforVirgInAtantC E. Noriega, no relation to Panama's it. Manuel Antonio Noriega to Airways. Manuel A. Noriega, and he's been Hinton said the Panamanian advertise cut-rate flights to the Noriega was spirited out of swamped with threatening and government is considering forming United States. Panama to Florida aboard a U.S. obscene phones calls. such a unit. His comments came on "ni y Sneps. Payma toaFsor "ao aU. 4 I don't even resemble the guy, the the heels of Wednesday's agreement, "Only one person can fly into military transport plane on Jan. 4 pineapple face," the 83-year-old signed by the United States and pounds" to face drug charges. retiree from New York told Reuters.

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4 Tropic Times Jan. 17, 1990 entertainment 5:15 General Hospital Thursday TV guide 6:00 SCN Evening Report 6:30 ABC World News Tonight 5:30 a.m. CNN Headline News 6:58 Prime Time TV Guide 6:00 CNN Headline News Wednesday 7:00 NBC Nightly News 6:30 CNN Headline News 7:30 Classic Concentration 7:00 NBC Today Show noon CNN Headline News 7:50 SCN Wednesday Night Movie.-Daddy" 9:00 Morning Stretch 12:30 SCN Midday Report (Mature) 9:25 Shining Time Station 12:40 CNN Sports Latenight 9:25 Community Bulletin 9:50 Mr. Rogers 1:10 Oprah Winfrey.Diary secrets 9:30 CBS Evening News 10:18 CNN Headline Newsbreak 2:00 Public People, Private Lives 10'00 Entertainment Tonight 10:30 Show-Biz Today 2:58 Prime Time TV Guide' 10:30 Dynasty 3:00 Star Trek 11:20 SCN Late Night Report 1100 Community Bulletin 3:48 CNN Headline Newsbreak 11:30 NBC Tonight Show 11:05 M-A-S-H 4:00 Soapbox 12:30 Late Night With David Letterman 11:35 Family Feud 4:30 Guiding Light 1:30 a.m. Nightline 12:00 CNN Headline News Cambodia. Quarry Heights movies -Wednesday 8 p.m. AN INNOCENT MAN (R) Tom Selleck CLOSED Clayton Davis Howard 6 p.m. LOCK UP (R) Sylvester Stallone 7 p.m. A DRY WHITE SEASON (R) Marion 6 p.m. WELCOME HOME (R) Kris Kristofferson 8 p.m. KICKBOXER (R) Jean Claude Van Dammn Brando After being MIA for 17 years Kris Kristofferson finds Amador himself back in the World. His child has grown up and his wife AAMdr $1.50; Chden S.00 has remarried. Besides that, he has a family of his own back in CLOSED Howard NCO Club -(Limited menu and Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-l p.m.: Dinner: 6-8:30 p.m. I services) Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner: 5:30-9 Albrook O'Club -(Limited menu and services) clubs p.m.; Patio Fast Food: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Lunch: 11 a.m.-l p.m.;_Lounge menu only: 5-8:30 Howard O'Club -(Limited menu and services) p.m. military news No big peace dividend yet, experts say WASHINGTON (Reuter) -reduce the Soviet bloc military defense request and said this is the realistically fall to about $225 billion Defense experts expect no threat. most he believes Congress can in 10 years. spectacular U.S. military spending "This is not a time when we should realistically cut. If there were no inflation that cut in Congress this year despite naively cut the muscle out of our "I think there will be people in would be a dramatic $150 billion cut budget pressures and high defense posture," Bush said in Congress who will want to cut more in 1990 dollars, he said. expectations of a "peace dividend" Cincinnati. than that," Sasser said. "But they will But Adams agreed the cut would because of the reforms sweeping He said change was leading toward be running into administration not be dramatic this year, primarily Eastern Europe. a more peaceful Eastern Europe, but supporters who will want to cut less." because it must be orderly and it The experts said little or none of said spending that prospective peace He said he will propose the $12 takes years to reduce military staffing the peace dividend will be paid this dividend on U.S. social needs now billion in defense cuts as part of a levels. year and that it would take years to would be like spending an total $30 billion in spending "If you want real economic chaos, significantly scale back the massive inheritance before you get it. reductions needed to cut the deficit one way to get it would be to yank U.S. defense force. "If there is to be a peace dividend on next year's budget to a mandated defense spending down in one year In fact, defense officials say in the coming year, the Congress is $64 billion. and dump all those military people President Bush will ask Congress going to have to carve it out," Senate The $12 billion cut would be a onto the streets (competing for Jan. 29 for more defense money for Budget Committee Chairman Jim disappointment to some members of jobs)," Adams said. next year rather than less, $292 Sasser said in an interview. Congress and to several groups Defense Secretary Dick Cheney billion compared to this year's $287 The Tennessee Democrat said he outside Congress that have has ordered proposals for reducing billion. This comes despite Eastern will press for slicing $12 billion off announced drives for "peace military spending of$180 billion over European changes that should Bush's anticipated $292 billion dividend" cuts in the range of $100 the next five years. The military billion for next year. responded with plans for eliminating New Navy jet to cost $100 million The Committee on Common three Army divisions and Security, for one, a coalition of labor deactivating an aircraft carrier WASHINGTON (AP) -The price the cost of producing the plane is and social groups, has announced it group, along with other cuts. of the Navy's new A-12 attack plane simply stated. will lobby nationwide to build public This week the Pentagon said totals about $100 million apiece, Navy spokesman Lt. James Wood pressure on Bush and Congress for Cheney has gone even further by a cc o r d in g to c o n gre s si o n a1 said Wednesday that the service had shifting large sums of defense money ordering a review of the $70 billion documents which inadvertently no official comment on the transcript to social needs. B-2 Stealth bomber program and contained figures on the top secret revelation, which was originally But congressional experts point other major weapons systems to aircraft. reported in The Philadelphia out that high expectations of big determine whether they can be cut or "The January 1989 budget Inquirer. peace dividends were also delayed to reduce spending. included A-12 production through The Navy plans to replace its aging disappointed in the first years after fiscal year 1994 of 106 aircraft for fleet of A-6 planes with the A-12. The the Korean and Vietnam conflicts No mobile phones $10.2 billion," said the entry in the A-6, however, cost considerably less ended. field, 888-page transcript of hearings held -about $20 million each in 1986, They say there are good reasons il the please in 1989 by the House Appropriations prior to a halt in production. why the expectations are sure to be S T O C K H O L M, Sweden subcommittee on defense. "It is the Navy's desire that there disappointed again this year. (Reuter) -Swedish businessmen The transcript's prior entries on will be no active operational A-6E Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., must leave their mobile the twin-engine, two-seat fighter aircraft operating in fiscal year chairman of the Joint Economic telephones at home when on equipped with radar-evading stealth 2005," said the newly released Committee, said one problem will reserve army service, the Defense techonology deleted the cost figures transcript. simply be timing. Ministry said Tuesday. for the classified program. But in one A Pentagon source, who spoke on He said Congress must decide on Taking mobile phones on category on medium attack aircraft, condition he not be identified, said next year's defense spending this maneuvers has been banned the $100 million figure was summer but U.S.-Soviet agreements because a potential enemy could inaccurate, citing the absence of on reducing troops in Europe and pinpoint troop movements by additional information on whether halving long-range nuclear missiles eavesdropping on reserve officers' the cost of spare parts, training and are not expected to be reached that calls to the office, a ministry research and development was soon, spokesman said. included in the total. I don't think the prevailing view is The ban would also stop The source said the Navy was going to be 'let's take a $20 billion to reservists using mobile phones to disappointed with the "editorial $30 billion cut in the defense budget talk to each other as part of their error," butwuld"ea t anow before the arms control spoeac other as parohir error," but would "deal with it as aew b re locked into place," army exercises. This, the such. "spokesman said, was unrealistic The cost disclosure is expected to Hamilton said. training for war. prompt criticism in Congress, where As for future prospects, Gordon All Swedish men must do basic initial calls have been for cuts in Adams, director of the private military training and attend short military spending in light of a Defense Budget Project group, said refresher courses every four years. lessening Soviet threat. U.S. defense spending c ould

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Tropic Times Jan. 17, 1990 hemisphere I New RP police force faces resentment PAN A MA CITY, Panama are a reminder of the repressive efforts to oust Noriega. part in a March 1982 coup attempt, (Reuter) -On a low table in the regime he left behind and the But Herrera, as well as the has been appointed to reorganize the office of Col. Eduardo Herrera commitment by new officers not to Panamanian government leaders jails. Hassan, the commander of Panama's repeat the same mistakes. and U.S officials working with him, Lt. Col. Fernando Quesada, new Public Force, lies a set of heavy "These are a reminder of what was said in interviews that the emphasis another rebel freed from almost two prisoner's leg chains, bad," Herrera said in an interview on respect for human rights was the years in jail by the U.S. invasion, is The chains, used by ousted with Reuters. "Noriega ordered 100 most important aspect of the now head of security and strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega sets of these chains made to be put on re-organization. intelligence. Herrera has been on soldiers who rebelled against him, exiles (rebel officers)." "What this country needs most is touring provincial capitals lecturing P "One set had my name on it," he for the people to live in peace, service members on respecting Tapp"gOningbat added. fraternity and justice," said Herrera, civilian rights, ordering prisoner Herrera, himself exiled for a handsome, soft-spoken man who is punishment cells dismantled, and communications opposing Noriega, returned to a study in contrast with the vitriolic, meeting with civilian authorities to .h Panama after U.S. forces invaded pock-marked Noriega. assure them of his cooperation. proves o Dec. 20 to oust Noriega and install Working closely with a U.S. In the first example of the provsHNT touP job S the government of President military liasion group set up to help crackdown on corruption, the WASHINGTON (UP) -Sen. build the security force, Herrera said original commander of the public John Warner, R-Va., said U.S. Guillermo Endara. specific steps were being taken to force, Col. Roberto Armijo, resigned forces in Panama used Noriega, whose capture was a ensure the new force would protect two weeks ago after he could not sophisticated radios, but had main objective for the U.S. invasion, Panamanians and their rights. explain to government officials how trouble tapping into comis in Miami awaiting trial on drug "The re-organization is based on he earned the $1.2 million in an munications of the Panamanian charges after surrendering to U.S. these principles -no official who has account in his name in a branch of "dignity battalions" (dingbats) troops at the Vatican Embassy in been tied to human rights violations the National Bank of Panama. that used common commercial Panama City. or acts of corruption can belong to The U.S. liaison group hopes to equipment. Herrera, before being exiled in the new public forces," Herrera said. help the re-organization group by "There was considerable 1988, had served as Panamanian He said officers were screened providing workshops and training. difficulty encountered in learning ambassador to Venezuela and to before being allowed to enter the "We would like to have a training from their communications," Israel. Public Force, whose new members program that touches all members of Warner said. "We had the most The 46-year-old colonel now faces all have sworn allegiance to the the public force on human rights and modern of equipment to go into the task of organizing an effective constitution and the civilian proper police procedure so that they the military system, but the police force in a country traumatized government. meet the human and technical needs dignity forces were using Radio by years of de facto military rule. None of Noriega's chiefs of staff or of the people," said one of the team Shack equipment." The new force, now numbering other loyal officers have been officers. Warner said U.S. forces at some 12,000 members, faces many allowed to join, and commanders of The officer denied charges by some times had poor intelligence that p r o b1ems, inc lu d in g 1 ate n t one of several military zones across Panamanians that it was the United handicapped their efforts to track resentment among service members the country have been replaced. States that trained the repressive down the para-military units and at the U.S. invasion, active Many of the replacements were Panama Defense Force. their commanders. resentment from civilians uncertain officers who had been jailed and "The U.S. influence on the system It was "surprising," but the that the new force will change, and a repressed by Noriega for taking part under (former strongman) Gen. commercial radios "posed quite a shortage of funds from a government in uprisings against him. Omar Torrijos, was very limited. problem for our military," whose finances have been ravaged by Maj. Alberto Soto, jailed by This new force is now being built Warner said, three years of crisis surrounding Noriega for 21 months for taking from ground zero." RP democracy needs aid to flourish, leaders say PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) this new government doesn't need," spoke on condition of anonymity will rebuild houses and apartments -Business leaders say their young said Berger, whose organization is said Endara thanked Bush for the detroyed in the fighting. democracy will be threatened unless made up mostly of U.S. business military intervention and "listed six "It's a problem that needs Panama receives financial aid to executives. areas of priority Panama needs help attention," said Ambassador Deane compensate for the looting, Nearly a month after the American in to rebuild the economy." Hinton. "I am personally convinced unemployment and destruction attack, most businesses in the capital One area Endara said needs that we will make a significant caused by the U.S. invasion. of Panama City remain closed and rebuilding is the poor neighborhood contribution." "If the United States truly expects many people fear this will spell dire of El Chorrillo, which was mostly But, he added, the looting was democracy to flourish, you need a economic straits for the small nation, destroyed in the fighting. Noriega's "first and foremost a problem of flourishing economy," said Laurence already reeling from two years of headquarters, a target of the Panama." Berger, vice president of the U.S. sanctions imposed in 1988 to invasion, was located in the district. American Chamber of Commerce in put pressure on the Noriega military Engineers have estimated Hinton was in Washington on Panama. "All the goodwill in the regime. rebuilding the area to minimum Monday and was to bring up the world won't mean much when you' Last week, President Guillermo standards will cost $40 million to $60 issue with administration officials. have growling stomachs." Endara wrote President Bush asking million. Although the United States has Business leaders say the Bush for financial aid. The contents of the The Bush administration has not released $70 million in assets frozen administration has not yet offered letter were not released. indicated any aid will be coming, as part of the sanctions, $250 million any aid to make up for the millions A U.S. Embassy official who although the U.S. military has said it remains unreleased. lost due to U.S. economic sanctions imposed to try to oust Gen. Manuel w uc Aon aoer hand the wnv s Drug sun it countries reach agreement looting after the invasion. "We've been told, 'We gave you SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) -The agreement, reached after a available," including the armed your freedom and now it's up to you The cocaine-producing countries of five-day preparatory meeting, forces, in the war on trafficking. to do what you will,' "said Alfredo L. Bolivia, Colombia and Peru have represents "an integral commitment His speech, which covered the Maduro, president of the agreed to launch, through by the four countries, which have agreement in general terms, P a n a m a n i a n C h a m b e r o f coordinated use of their armed proposed carrrying out a frontal and concluded the meeting at 4:30 a.m. Commerce. forces, an "unstoppable assault on unstoppable assault on narcotics Sunday, one day later than planned. The looting started after U.S. drug traffickers." trafficking," said Bolivia's foreign A one-paragraph statement from troops invaded Dec. 20 to oust The United States also signed the minister, Carlos Iturralde. the delegations said they "achieved Noriega, and lasted for four days. agreement Sunday for the increased Iturralde said the accord the goals" set for them and expected Hundreds of stores were left without anti-drug efforts, but South recognizes the need for more U.S. a successful summit, which would any merchandise, including food, American delegates said the accord economic aid to the South American adopt the "joint, integral and clothes, cars, furniture and electronic leaves out any language that might countries, which in turn committed coordinated strategy against goods. open the door to direct U.S. themselves to a full-fledged military illegal drugs and their economic and The looting is estimated to have intervention in the fight. campaign against the multibillionsocial effects." cost companies between $1 billion The text of the plan will be kept dollar cocaine industry. Delegates said the delay was and $2 billion and left some 30,000 secret until President Bush and at "Until recently, we perhaps prompted by arguments over how people without work, bringing the least two of the South American haven't wanted to accept the reality U.S. asssistance should be directed unemployment rate to about 30 presidents sign it at a drug summit of narcotics trafficking," he said. and what conditions would be percent in the country of 2.2 million Feb. 15 in Colombia, officials said. Before, "we limited ourself to police attached to it. people. "We are very satisfied," said action." The United States insists that the "The word democracy is going to Michael Skol, a deputy assistant Under the agreement, the South flow of aid money depends on a ring hollow unless the country gets secretary of state who led the U.S. American countries are committed country's dedication and perhelp and social unrest is something delegation. He declined to elaborate. to using "all the means they have formance in the anti-drug effort.

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6 Tropic Times Jan. 17, 1990 sports Bruins trade Linseman to Flyers for Poulin BOSTON (UPI) -Boston Bruins The Bruins are the league's best "You're only the top team after you need a little more offense and Kenny center Ken Linseman, at odds with defensive team, allowing just 134 win the Stanley Cup." Linseman can provide that. We've coach Mike Milbury since the goals this year. Sinden emphasized Flyers vice president and general lost 13 games by one goal, so we had season's start, was traded Tuesday to the different strengths of Linseman manager Bobby Clarke expressed to do something to improve the the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange and Poulin. regrets similar to Sinden's. offense," said Clarke. for center and team captain Dave Linseman, in his 12th NHL "Trading Dave Poulin was Linseman played with PhiladelPoulin. season, "had been playing in a extremely difficult," said Clarke. phiafrom 1979 to 1982 and spent two Linseman, who like Poulin is 31, sesn hdbe lygmayears with Edmonton before coming was Boston's No. 2 scorer each of the checking situation and is best suited "He's not only a personal friend, to Boston in 1984. He has 244 goals past two seasons but was demoted to for a more offensive role," said but he's been a tremendous player for and 513 assists in his NHL career. the third and fourth lines. Sinden. the Flyers -a real heart-and-soul Poulin, after college, played one "We just never seemed to get on "He's been an excellent competitor player. During the 1980s, our club season for the Swedish team Rogle. the same wave-length," said forusandhasbeenoneofthenucleus had great successs and Dave Poulin He signed as a free agent with Linseman of his relationship with of this team since he's been here. was one of the leaders. He was the Philadelphia in February 1983, on Milbury. "I didn't feel needed or "Kenny's a difficult guy to trade," ideal captain and a courageous the recommendation of his Rogle wanted. said Sinden, but he did not hesitate to clutch performer. coach, Ted Sator, who is now an. Milbury said that Linseman asked change the NHL's best team because "However at this time, we feel we assistant coach with the Bruins. him last week what he must do to get more playing time, and Milbury Mc Cants leaves Alabama for NFL draft recalled telling him, "You need to play better to play more." TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (UPI) -America honors, and pro scouts have does not want to play in Atlanta. Linseman returns to the team Citing family financial problems, said he will be one of the first five "I would love to play anywhere in which drafted him in 1978. This linebacker Keith McCants said draft picks, possibly the No. I the NFL," he said. "This is a dream, season, he scored 6 goals and assisted Tuesday he will forgo his final year of selection. The Atlanta Falcons have hopefully about to come true. I don't on 16 others as Boston compiled the eligibility at Alabama and apply for the first pick in the draft. care if it's San Diego, Cincinnati, league's best record, 27-16-3. admission to the 1990 NFL draft. McCants said his decision was not Atlanta or wherever." Poulin, who played four seasons at "I truly believe it is time for me to influenced by the resignation last The NFL does not allow a player Notre Dame, has 9 goals and 8 assists move on in pursuit of my future week of Alabama Coach Bill Curry to be drafted before his class this year, his seventh NHLseason, all goals," McCants said at a news or the hiring of Gene Stallings to graduates, except in certain with the Flyers. From 1983-84 conference. "I am excited about the replace Curry. circumstances, such as if he has been through 1986-87 he registered at least challenge. He said he decided to leave college in school five years, has used all his 25 goals and 42 assists. In 1987, he The 6-foot-5, 250-pound McCants early because of his family's financial eligibility or is graduating early. won the Selke Trophy, awarded to had 119 tackles, four sacks and an difficulties. the NHL's top defensive forward. interception this past season in About 30 players have taken leading Alabama to a share for its "I'm not doing it because I want to advantage of these exemptions to "Dave Poulin fits the particular first Southeastern Conference do it. I'm doing it because I have to," turn pro in recent years. The most job description that we feel needs to championship in 10 years. he said. "My family is the most recent example was Barry Sanders, be filled," said Bruins president and His best game was against important thing in my life. who received permission last year to general manager Harry Sinden. "It Louisiana State when he had 18 Everybody else's opinion does not apply for the NFL draft early after seemed the proper time for the team tackles and two quarterback sacks. matter." his school, Oklahoma State, was and Ken to move on." McCants won all-SEC and AllMcCants also denied reports he placed on probation. Brown, Pitino receive reprimands for confrontation BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) -the players, and fouls were called on Section 3 of the SEC Code of coaches." Basketball coaches Dale Brown of both Jackson and Brassow. Ethics instructs coaches to refrain The reprimand also carried a Louisiana State and Rick Pitino of Pitino stormed onto the court and from personal conduct that may threat of more severe sanctions K e n tuck y received public began shouting at the referees, and incite spectators, and says a coach against the two coaches if they reprimands Tuesday from the Brown followed suit. The two "shall exhibit respect and courtesy violate the Code of Ethics again this Southeastern Conference for a coaches quickly turned their toward opposing players and season. confrontation they had during attention to each other, and were Saturday's game. herded back to the scorer's table by SEC Acting Commissioner Mark the officials. Womack announced the reprimand The heated words between Pitino for actions he said violated the SEC and Brown continued, and Pitino Code of Ethics. walked toward Brown. The LSU "I have reminded both coaches of coach cocked a fist and had to be the absolute necessity of adhering to restrained by Tigers assistant Johnny all the rules and regulations of the Jones. Southeastern Conference," Womack Neither coach was hit with a said. technical foul. LSU won the game LSU was attempting to inbound 94-81. the ball with 4:45 left in the first half Pitino later claimed that he when Kentucky's Jeff Brassow and charged Brown because he had the Tigers' Maurice Williamson shaken a fist at a Kentucky player. appeared to exchange forearms at When asked after the game what center court. they had said to each other, Brown Chris Jackson stepped in between replied: "Street talk." St. John's outscores Villanova, 64-58 PHILADELPHIA (UPI) -follow shot by Miller cut the St. Jayson Williams and Malik Sealy John's lead to 50-45 as the Redmen scored 13 points each Tuesday night went six minutes without a field goal. to lead No. 17 St. John's to a 64-58 But Williams and Robert Big East victory over Villanova. Werdann scored back-to-back Williams hit one of two free throws baskets for a 54-45 lead and St. with 29 seconds left to give St. John's John's led 58-53 after Sealy hit two a 62-58 lead and, after Villanova free throws with 3:27 to go. missed two three-point shots, Sealy Walker hit two free throws to scored on a layup with four seconds bring Villanova within three and, to go for the final margin. after Billy Singleton hit one free Walker hit a three-point shot with throw, Walker hit his three-point 1:27 to play to bring Villanovawithin shot to cut the Redmen lead to one 59-58 as the Wildcats rallied from a point. 44-29 deficit. Williams missed the front end of a St. John's outscored Villanova 15one-and-one situation with 56 2 to take its 15-point lead on a layup seconds to go, but Miller was called LETTING HIMSELF BE HEARD -Oklahoma's coach, Billy Tubbs by Sealym but the Wildcats scored 14 for traveling after getting the shows his anger as his third-ranked team shoots 29 percent. Oklahoma of the next I8 points to close within rebound and Buchanan hit two free suffered a 66-51 upset Tuesday by Kansas State. The Sooners were 71 48-43 on a follow shot by Lance throws to give St. John's a 61-58 lead points under its nation-leading 122 point scoring average. (A P Laserphoto) Miller with 7:45 to play. Another with 48 seconds to go.

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Tropic Times Jan. 17, 1990 7 A's Steinbach agrees to $1.8 million deal NEW YORK (AP) -Seven $1.8 million, an average of more than for the Hanshin Tigers. Detroit also $250,000 with bonuses if he pitches players eligible for salary arbitration triple his 1989 earnings. signed infielder Ed Romero, who left 26 games but only $350,000 of his agreed to contracts Monday, leaving Geno Petralli, the Texas Rangers' the Milwaukee Brewers. salary is guaranteed. 168 players eligible to file on catcher, also got a two-year deal, his Among one-year deals, left-hander Steve Farr and the Kansas City Tuesday, the last day for players to for $1.025 million. Danny Jackson and the Cincinnati Royals settled for just under submit their names. Two free agents signed with Reds settled at $1.15 million, the $775,000, a raise of $170,000. Terry Steinbach, the Oakland Detroit. Infielder Cecil Fielder same salary he earned in 1989. Outfielder Tracy Jones and the Athletics' catcher, got the biggest returned from Japan, agreeing to a Pitcher Charlie Leibrandt settled Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year deal among the arbitration eligibles, two-year, $3 million deal. He hit .302 with Atlanta for $1 million, a cut of deal for $375,000, a $75,000 raise, agreeing to a two-year contract for with 38 homers and 81 RBIs last year $250,000. He can earn back the and outfielder Larry Sheets settled with the Tigers for $670,000, a $10,000 raise. Only four players have submitted for arbitration since the filing period opened on Jan. 5 -relief pitcher Doug Jones of Cleveland, first baseman Wally Joyner of California and left-hander Juan Nieves of Milwaukee and John Candelaria of Montreal. The original deadline of Monday was extended 12 hours because of the Martin Luther King holiday. Players and clubs exchange figures three days after a player files, so most players traditionally file on the last day. Hearings will be scheduled for Feb. 1-21 but most players settle before hearings. Steinbach, 27, hit .273 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs in 1989, his ,,third major-league season. He gets a $100,000 signing bonus, $700,000 in 1990 and $1 million in 1991. He made $280,000 last year, including a $45,000 in bonuses. He was MVP of the All-Star Game in 1988, when he batted .284 with 16 homers. Petralli, 30, hit .304 last season with four homers and 23 RBIs in 70 games. He gets a $75,000 signing bonus, $425,000 in 1990 and $525,000 in 1991. Jackson, 28, has a 66-68 career record. He was 6-11 last year with a 5.60 ERA. Leibrandt was 5-11 last year with a 5.14 ERA with Kansas City. He was traded by the Royals to Atlanta for Gerald Perry. Jones hit .259 for Detroit with three homers and 26 RBIs. Farr was 2-5 last season with a 4.12earned-run average. Sheets, who batted .243 for OaklandA's Terry Steinbach comforts his wife during the earthquake that hit San Francisco during October's World Baltimore with seven homers and 33 Series. Steinbach recently agreed to a two-year, S1.8 million deal with the A's. (AP Laserphoto) RBIs, was traded to Detroit last year. Huge upset becomes talk ofA ustralian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (UPI) off the biggest upset of the $3 million "Tennis is getting bigger in my seed, had little trouble defeating -Veli Paloheimo of, Finland, Australian Open, registering a 5-7, country but we have never had a very Pavel Vojtisek of West Germany, 6ranked No. 120 in the world, pulled 6-3, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory good player," Paloheimo said. "But 3, 6-2, 6-4 in other first-round play. Tuesday over No. 10 seed Carl-Uwe the people of Finland are always Steeb of West Germany. hoping one will come by. This win 76erssignLloyd Earlier Tuesday, No. 4 seed John today will make the Finns very N BA down on McEnroe began his bid for his first happy." to 10-day deal Australian singles title with a McEnroe produced near-flawless one-on-one PHILADELPHIA (AP) -straight-set victory over Frenchman tennis to beat Tulasne 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in Lewis Lloyd, a seven-year NBA Thierry Tulasne. a match delayed 25 minutes because CHICAGO (A P) -The veteran, has signed a 10-day "This is the biggest win of my of rain. National Basketball Association contract with the Philadelphia career, it is almost a dream," said Third-seeded Stefan Edberg of is taking the air out of a 1 million 76ers, the team announced Paloheimo, who was not even listed Sweden, a two-time winner of the one-on-one duel between Monday. in the official media guide of the Australian Open, defeated Johan superstars Michael Jordan of the Lody tournament. "I think Steeb is still Anderson of Australia 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, Chicago Bulls and Magic Johnson points in three games this season tired after his win against (Boris) 6-4 on the center court. of the Log Angeles Lakers. with the Houston Rockets before Becker (in New South Wales Open Swede Mats Wilander, the No. 8 "A one-on-one game between being waived on Dec. 12. At 6last week) and his tough match in seed, moved into the second round Michael and Magic is neither foot-6, he has played both losing to Yannick Noah in the final with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 7-5 victory over something that (the NBA) would forward and guard and has a last week." Australian Richard Fromberg. want to sponsor itself or have career scoring average of 13.0 Paloheimo, whose biggest Frenchman Yannick Noah, winner some other promoter do. NBA points per a e accomplishment was the semifinals of the New South Wales Open, basketball games and the talents He had been at the of the South Australian Open in outlasted Yugoslav Goran Prpic 4-6, of our players are something that beginning of the season by the January of last year, handled the 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. the NBA and its teams should be league afte servingassensn h swirling cross winds on the outside The No. 2 women's seed, Gabriela promoting, not third-party for violating the league's drug court much better than Steeb. Sabatini of Argentina, struggled promoters, said Bettman, NBA policy. "It was a weird match,"Steeb said. early but regained control of her top senior vice president and general "Lewis is a guy that has a "I won the first set and was up 2-0 in spin to oust American Amy Frazier counsel, told the Chicago history of being able to score the second but I just couldn't find a 7-5,6-1 Sun-Times. either as a starter or coming off way to win the big points. I couldn't Ninth seed Andres Gomez of The proposed contest would the bench," said 76ers general get any rhythm in the wind and when Ecuador defeated Australia's Darren consist of two 15-minute halves to manager John Nash. I started to control the wind so did Cahill 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 6-2, 6-3 and be broadcast on pay television. m _erJhnNsh.__ he." Austrian Thomas Muster, the 15th

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8 Tropic Times Jan. 17, 1990 Battalion defends, secures Atlantic region by Spec. Daniel L. Bean Under its contingency mission, Fort Sherman's southern section. said SFC Angel R. Aponte, JWB Jungle Operations Training Only one former Panama Defense senior instructor. "They pointed out FORT SHERMAN, Panama Battalion was divided into teams and Forces attack occurred, but it had a PDF fugitives and led us to weapons (USARSO PAO)Humid evening became Task Force Sherman. The unique quality. caches." air hangs heavy and still in the jungle task force included soldiers from the "It wasn't a mission a female Using airmobile, waterborne and like a damp wool blanket. Peering battalion's headquarters company would have normally been put on," ground insertions, teams cleared down the barrel of his M203, a staff and Jungle Warfare Branch, as well said HHC mechanic PFC Ida R. areas southwest of the Charges sergeant checks his field of fire as the Noncommissioned Officers Norris, who was involved in securing River. They operated along the through a hole in the jungle Academy, with each team operating the Gatun Locks. "The mission was coastline as far south as Punta Diego vegetation. Although far from his in its own area. exciting. I wasn't scared, because I and Cuipo along Gatun Lake. Then room in the instructors' barracks, During the operation's initial can take care of myself; I've been teams moved into the northeast this jungle expert is still at home. phase, a Headquarters and trained to." region clearing east to Santa Isabel Soldiers from U.S. Army South's Headquarters Company team linked While HHC teams secured the and the historic town of Portobelo. Jungle Operations Training up with 549th Military Police locks and southern Fort Sherman, Battalion helped defend strategic Company MPs to secure the Gatun NCO Academy teams secured The clearing operations lacked a points and secure the Atlantic region Locks, while other HHC teams northern Fort Sherman and its basic element -enlisted soldiers. during Operation Just Cause. secured Gatun Housing Area and coastline. Aponte stated, "We're a group of Hidden in the Gatun spillway and sensor NCOs all instructors throughout Fort Sherman, JWB working together to complete a teams blocked "classic" attack routes mission. Each instructor has his own into the area. They also set up style. So we plan and execute using ambush sites to catch any former the best ideas from each." PDF attempting to enter through "In one village we cleared, a local southern training areas. who understood U.S. rank insignia," When southern areas were said SSgt. Chris Christoff, secured, Task Force Sherman's JWB scout instructor. "He looked at mission wasn't finished. HHC teams us and said to a man next to him, performed installation security, 'They're all sergeants. Look at them while JWB and NCO Academy -there isn't a private among them.' teams conducted search and clear Transforming from instructors to operations throughout the Atlantic operators, the battalion is proud of area. being the only training battalion with "Villagers have been cooperative," a combat contingency mission. Cocaine trafficker gets life without parole possibility LOS ANGELES (UPI) A narcotics for moving almost 600 major cocaine trafficker whose 1988 pounds of cocaine with a street value arrest in Honduras sparked deadly of more than $73 million. anti-American riots was sentenced The cocaine was distributed out of TaskForce Sherman soldiers inspect aPanamanian bus at a checkpoint during Tuesday to life in prison without the an apartment complex in suburban Operation Just Cause. The checkpoints were set up along all major routes into possibility of parole. Van Nuys in 1981 by a Los Angeles Fort Sherman and surrounding areas. (U.S. Army photo courtesy Jungle Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, drug ring in which Matta was "chief Operations Training Battalion) 45, described as one of the world's executive officer." D top 10 drug traffickers, received the Rymer said she could not "imagine D el C id 'enem y of violence,' life term for a conviction on charges wha he liaidrso d nrwas for, if of running an ongoing illegal not for this" case. enterprise that netted millions of T fr tis" case. w ife tells M ia m courtroom dollars for Colombian cocaine shatedrug rin eptemby Matta was MIAMI (UPI) -The wife of a was an active participant in the cartels. federal agents raided the Van Nuys Panamanian military officer accused deposed Panamanian dictator's Prosecutors recommended the apartment and seized 114 pounds of of participating in Manuel Noriega's alleged scheme to use Panama as a stiff sentence for Matta to illustrate cocaine, $1.9 million in drug money alleged cocaine trafficking operation cocaine shipping station. "My client the United States' resolve to win the and narcotics ledgers. testified Tuesday that her husband followed orders," Burstyn said in an war on drugs by bringing to justice should be freed on bail, saying he is interview Monday. "He was a the greatest kingpins of the The bottom line, itseems to me, is "an enemy of violence." middle-level officer." Colombian rings. that this was the biggest cache of Tilsa Jimenez del Cid, testifying in Burstyn and co-counsel Kenneth Matta, convicted Sept. 6, was cocaine seized on the West Coast" at Spanish through an interpreter, Swartz also planned to contest U.S. sentenced by U.S. District Judge the time,Rymer said. described at a bond hearing how her government allegations that del Cid Pamela Rymer, who also ordered Matta, described by his lawyer as a husband, Lt. Col. Luis del Cid, headed Noriega's secret police, him imprisoned for an additional 75 religious man, sat quietly during the helped many people flee Nicaragua, "That's flat-out false," Burstyn years on his conviction on six other sentencing, occasionally casting an which is governed by the leftist said. "We will also establish that the charges that included conspiracy and expressionless glance at his wife, who Sandinista party. lieutenant colonel was never a possession and distribution of sat with two of their five children. "He was always a man who was an personal attache of Noriega." enemy of violence," she said. According to a February 1988 Cheney delays anti-drug plans "He helped whomever he could indictment against Noriega and 15 and they did not know how to others, del Cid was a liaison and WAS H IN G TON (U PI) -Cheney postponed the announceexpress their gratitude." courier between Noriega and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney has ment in response to the Del Cid testified that her husband Colombian drug traffickers. The pushed back even further his "sensitivities" of the Latin surrendered to U.S. military officials indictment charges him with helping announcement of plans increasing Americans, particularly the after the U.S. invasion of Panama, move cocaine from Colombia to the military's role in the interdiction Colombians, Williams said. on Dec. 20, because he had nothing Panama with the knowledge that it of illegal drugs bound for the United "Some of the aspects of that have to fear and he wanted to avoid a was headed for the United States. States, a spokesman said Tuesday. been put off for a while," Williams massacre. The lawyers hoped to get del Cid's The postponement follows a said. Two Nicaraguan women now case severed from Noriega's. rejection by the South American While no date has been set for the living in Miami told U.S. District Another co-defendant, pilot cocaine-producing countries of announcement of the military's antiJudge William Hoeveler how Luis Eduard Pardo, was denied bond Colombia, Peru and Bolivia to drug plans, "for certain it will be after del Cid helped them escape their Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate William cooperate with Pentagon plans to the (federal) budget is made public" homeland and reach relatives in Turnoff, who said the defendant was station U.S. warships in the on Jan. 29, Williams said. Miami. They also said they would be a risk of flight. Pardo is charged with Caribbean to help interdict illegal Asked if the missions were being willing to house del Cid in their home flying $800,000 in drug profits from drugs. re-evaluated or redesigned, Williams if he is released on bond and required Fort Lauderdale to Panama and Cheney originally planned to replied, "Not that I'm aware of." to stay in Miami. would face a maximum five-year announce a host of new military antiBut White House spokesman After about three hours' prison sentence if convicted. drug plans the first week of January, Marlin Fitzwater indicated the testimony, Hoeveler said the hearing Hoeveler has yet to rule on a but reports of U.S. warships headed Colombian mission may be dead, would resume Wednesday prosecution appeal to keep another south brought protests from the saying "our relationship (with afternoon. defendant in the case, pilot Daniel Colombian government and a delay Colombia) is that sensitive," that the Del Cid's lawyer, Samuel Burstyn, Miranda, in jail without bond. U.S. in Cheney's plans. Bush administration would not place said later that his client was not a Magistrate Peter Palermo said last The defense secretary placed the U.S. ships offSouth Americaeven in flight risk because he did not have week Miranda may be released into Colombian operation on hold but international waters, without the anywhere to go. "Flee to where?" he the custody of Florida relatives after planned to go ahead and announce approval of those nations. said. "He is certainly not welcome in posting bonds totalling $1 million. the other anti-drug missions this Cheney's announcement could Panama." Miranda is also accused of flying week. Now, Pentagon spokesman come sometime after President Bush The defense hoped to debunk the drug profits between the United Pete Williams said, the announcemeets with the leaders of Colornhia, government's contention that del Cid States and Panama. ment itself is on hold. Peru and Bolivia at a Feh. I 5 sum mit.