August 4, 2002


U.S. to Patrol Colombia Inauguration (Michael Easterbrook, , August 3, 2002,
Associated Press)
A U.S. surveillance plane will patrol above Colombian next week as part of the security plan to prevent a terrorist attack during the presidential inauguration.

Authorities will be on maximum alert in the capital, Bogota, during Wednesday's swearing-in of President-elect Alvaro Uribe, who has survived several assassination attempts and is despised by leftist rebels fighting in the country's decades-old conflict.

A P3 aircraft and eight-member crew from the U.S. Customs Service will police the skies above the capital that day for unauthorized aircraft, the U.S. Embassy said Friday. Members of Colombia's air force also will be on board.

It increasingly seems like democracy has just one reliable defender : America. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2002 6:38 AM
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