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4A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 M. .mi. ... in jiii i, .in,, ' I ' ' -i -WW i ' ." I Coast Guard uses shooters to disable fast drug boats m ( smugglers' engines in a successful assault Aug. 16. He got his nickname, Spanish for "the devil," because his .50-caliber Robar rifle bears the packing num-ber 999. "Depending on which way McCaffrey: 'We have made drug smugglers afraid.' 2 m l is --4r;' V J -,),;! ..' : . -! I The Associated Press WASHINGTON Coast Guard sharpshooter Charlie Hopkins focused a little red dot from his laser sight on the engines of a fast-moving boat in the Caribbean and fired three .50-caliber shells, stopping the drug-laden craft at sea. Hopkins, nicknamed "El Diablo" by his crewmates, is part of a previously secret Coast Guard operation that has started to interdict drug boats in international waters. It is the first time the Coast Guard has been authorized to fire from the air at water craft since Prohibition in the 1920s, when fixed-wing aircraft went after liquor smugglers. Top officials of the Transportation Department, the Coast Guard and the White House antidrug office disclosed the new tactics at a news conference outside the Transportation Department They spoke in front of an MH90 Enforcer helicopter, one of several specially equipped commercial helicopters leased for the operation. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James E. Loy ruled out any chance that commercial fishermen or pleasure boaters will be targeted by the sharpshooters, who officials said are operating only in international waters south of Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Rules require identification and extensive warnings before aggressive tactics are employed. "This special show is not going to be coming to a theater near you," Loy said as an assurance to private boaters. And Hopkins, a petty officer second class from Winslow, Maine, said he fired only at the bers and netted more than 3 tons of cocaine destined for UJS.-streets, said Barry McCaffrey,1 White House drug control director. He said those and other operations in the past year brought, cocaine confiscation to a record; 53 tons, with a street value of $3.7. billion. More than 400 tons is estimated to reach U.S, shores each year. "We have made the drug smugglers afraid. We will now-make them disappear," McCaffrey said. In addition to the Aug. 16 incident, helicopters stopped bqajs. on Aug. 26 and on Sept. 3. An initial operation on May 2$ frightened two smugglers i&to jettisoning their cargo before shots were fired but also ledkd' their arrests. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, who oversees the Coast Guard, said the effort dubbed Operation New Frontier will lead to other high-tech moves against drug smuggling. The Clinton administration is' asking for $17.8 billion to fight iK" legal drugs next year. f A Coast Guard backgrounds briefing provided descriptions' of' the dramatic encounters, and 'released videotape of two incidents showed helicopters as thy. stopped speeding vessels. ,n .', The use of nonlethal force also included machine-gun fir? across boats' bows, use ofa "stingball" that exploded into a shower of rubber pellets and de ployment of a special net to enr tangle a boat's engines. u ' ; Use of the sharpshooter is a last resort to stop the boats. ' : - PETER MORRISONThe Associated Press A supporter greets Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair at his led impressionable young Protestant acolytes release Tuesday from a Belfast prison. Adair once killing Catholics on the streets of west Belfast. N. Ireland peace allows freedom for 4Mad Dog' pro-British terrorist you hold it, it carries the sign of the devil (666)," Hopkins said. "We're still humanitarian. We just want to stop the flow," he said. He said the helicopters carry life rafts for the smugglers in case a shot accidentally causes a fire or sinks their vessel. Hopkins said his powerful rifle can hit a target from more than a mile away, but the helicopters hover much closer as they chase the open-hulled, low-profile "Go-Fasts" or "Super Smugglers" across the Caribbean. Officials say the drug-running craft are rarely armed, and none of the intercepted smugglers have fired on the helicopters. Threatening action would allow Coast Guard sharpshooters to use defensive deadly fire in return. Use of the small boats, which carry about a ton of cocaine and enough fuel to travel 700 miles, has doubled since 1996, officials say. They now carry more than 85 percent of all maritime drug shipments with an average of a trip a day over the past year. The sea encounters have led to the capture of 13 crew mem Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair once boasted that the only Catholics he'd ever had in his car were dead ones. He received a l&year sentence for 'directing terrorism' after police secretly audiotaped him discussing his bloody accomplishments. r St-..'--, The Associated Press ; BELFAST, Northern Ireland Belfast's most feared Protestant terrorist walked free from prison Tuesday under terms of one of the most controversial provisions of the Northern Ireland peace accord. ; Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, convicted in 1994 after bragging to undercover police about the dozens of Catholics he'd helped send to an early grave, smirked in silence outside the Maze Prison gates. He was greeted by John White, who represents a small political party linked with the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, the province's biggest pro-British paramilitary group. ; "Mr. Adair has given unwavering support for the peace process," White said. ' White, who spent 17 years in prison himself for murdering a Catholic politician and his Protestant girlfriend, said Adair would get involved in promoting community reconciliation projects, a claim met with derision in Catholic areas. ; Before calling a truce in 1994, the Ulster Defense Association was responsible for slaying hundreds of Catholics in a gruesome campaign that rarely found its proclaimed enemy, the Irish Re- frame. His parole illustrated, perversely, a rare efficiency in efforts to honor the terms of the Good Friday peace accord of 1998. While other parts of the agreement have been mired in more than a year of bitter argument, the section committing the British government to freeing imprisoned members of the truce-observing groups has been delivered to the letter. Britain's governor for Northern Ireland, Mo Mowlam, said she understood people's fears of letting someone like Adair loose early and initially tried to delay his parole, fearing he might upset the UDA's already shaky adherence to its cease-fire. Instead, Adair joined 292 other prisoners about half from the IRA and half from armed pro-British gangs who have been freed. Expectations that both sides' outlawed groups would disarm has been dashed and become the primary stumbling block to making the Good Friday accord work. The major Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists, has refused to accept the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party as partners within an intended four-party administration for Northern Ireland because of the IRA's refusal to destroy its weapons stockpiles. jj' 1 r it publican Army. Adair led the UDA's most ruthless "battalion." His impressionable young acolytes in the Protestant Shankill district of west Belfast scoured the streets after dark in search of residents of nearby Catholic neighborhoods, often shooting them on the sidewalks or in their homes. He once boasted that the only Catholics he'd ever had in his car were dead ones. Adair received a 16-year sentence for "directing terrorism," a previously unprecedented charge, after police secretly audiotaped him discussing his bloody accomplishments. He spent much of his five years in prison beefing up his fireplug nign Roiling on the With a 20,000 square foot casino, including all of your favorite table games, over 300 of the loosest slots and Floridas only cash back Slot Club, the Contessa I sails from the Port of Palm Beach daily. Each cruise features live entertainment and a fantastic buffet that will captivate your taste buds, all for onfy $25.00. 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"We are very shaken, the whole government," said Foreign Minister George Papandreou. "We lost people giving a battle for peace in the Balkans. I've lost a friend Greece and Cyprus have lost a tireless worker for human rights." A lawyer, the Cypriot-bom Kranidiotis was general secretary of the foreign ministry for European affairs from 1994-1995, and then became deputy foreign minister. This year, he was promoted to the No. 2 position in the ministry, and concentrated on European and Cypriot affairs. 11 Reprimand frustrates innocent nurses I ,.m ws- - .vl' M I QiTtSSA iiiiili1iiaflBWitrVwtfJ"'1''' contessa ; tf The nurses disciplined over a fatal drug overdose vyere following a doctor's orders. r Two for One Cruise Soeclal Dana-Farber nurses who were connected with the overdoses. While 13 agreed this summer to accept a reprimand, the three who are fighting the charges face a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Oct. 6. 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