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The Nation

Stringent security measures, including bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors, were installed in a Chicago courtroom for the trial this week of four Puerto Ricans accused of terrorist activities. The precautions were requested by prosecutors because of a worldwide wave of terrorism, but defense attorneys argue that the publicity about terrorist acts jeopardizes their clients’ right to a fair trial. The four are accused of conspiring to make and plant bombs at two military installations over the 1983 Fourth of July weekend. They are alleged to be members of the Armed Forces for National Liberation, a terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for 103 bombings in the last decade.


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