Puerto Rican Terrorists: A Possible Threat to U.S. Energy Installations?
Puerto Rican terrorists have been active in the United States and Puerto Rico for more than two decades. Because of the island's political status, it is likely that separatist violence will continue. The only solution that would satisfy the terrorists is independence, a condition that is not likely to be attained, if only because less than 10 percent of Puerto Ricans seem to favor it. Despite the lack of popular support, the terrorists apparently remain committed to their campaign. As their frustration grows, their determination to secure independence by violent means, or at least to gain publicity, may well increase--and be translated into more frequent operations against more spectacular targets. The Puerto Rican terrorists' techniques and methods of assault thus far are not particularly sophisticated, but they are effective and sometimes deadly. If the terrorists were to turn to attacks on nuclear facilities, their determination and modus operandi could make them a serious threat.