INTRODUCTION: In the United Nations, private armies are training in guerrilla warfare against targets in central America.
GV & PAN Miami countryside
SV Front Commandos firing rifles (2 shots)
TRACKING SHOT Soldiers feet marching
SV Commandos lined up (3 shots)
TRACKING SHOT Commando crawling, commandos firing guns
CU Commandos talking
SV Alpha 66 headquarters (2 shots)
SV Man reading paper
SV Commandos in training (2 shots)
SV Alpha 66 Commandos being escorted out
SV Captured weapons being photographed (2 shots)
SV Commandos training (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In the United Nations, private armies are training in guerrilla warfare against targets in central America. The armies are made up of Cuban and Nicaraguan exiles, or first-generation Americans. Their training is legal, and it's been going on for several years. The government in Washington is said to be virtually powerless to ac against them.
SYNOPSIS: The tranquillity of Florida's Everglades ends near the outskirts of Miami. Alpha 66, one of the best known guerrilla groups, uses the swamps for its training. Every weekend, anti-Castro Cubans, joined by anti-Sandinista Nicaraguans, come here for rifle practice.
The guerrillas say their group is only one of many. Other groups operate in New York, New Jersey and California. And, while their training is legal, conducting commando raids from U.S. territory is a federal offence and has been discouraged by Washington since the early 1970's.
At Alpha 66 headquarters, however, the guerrilla leaders hope to find fresh sympathy from the new administration. But President Reagan insists this is not the way he conducts foreign policy. Still, training continues, and so do allegations of commando raids.
In January, federal agents arrested seven Alpha 66 members in the Florida Keys. They had a small boat and automatic weapons, and we a said to be heading for Cuba. The authorities can only act if they have proof of an imminent raid, otherwise the guerrillas are free to train undisturbed.