Debating the Elian Action

Monday April 24 by Claudia bourneABC News
The government today defended its decision to take Elian Gonzalez by force, saying it was the “only alternative remaining.” Meanwhile, a negotiator working with the Justice Department said a “peaceful solution was at hand” when federal agents moved in. “We could have arranged a peaceful solution. We were not very far away,” said Miami attorney Aaron Podhurst, who said he is a longtime friend of Attorney General Janet Reno and was on hold in a telephone conversation with her when the U.S. marshals entered the Miami home.

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