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Cuban Hijack Raises Florida Security Concerns

The recent hijacking of an airliner by Cuban migrants seeking U.S. asylum raised new concerns about security in the Florida Keys, a 125-mile-long archipelago that has historically lured pirates, smugglers and immigrants. Although the hijacked Cuban government DC-3, pirated on the same evening the United States launched its war on Iraq, was met by fighter jets scrambled from south Florida, the incident caused some people to wonder about the vulnerable Florida coastline and bays and coves of the 800-island chain. The hijacking came just over a month after four Cuban border guards armed with AK-47 assault rifles drove a Cuban government speedboat straight to the dock of a hotel in Key West harbor before surrendering to local police. “If Cuban immigrants can get in, anyone can,” said Key West City Commissioner Tom Oosterhoudt. Despite a recent series of immigrant landings, security officials said the keys are safe for residents and tourists because of the heavy Coast Guard and U.S. Navy presence. Full Story

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