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EDITORIAL : PATIENCE ISN'T LIMITLESS.

With the Freemen standoff in Montana in its 11th week, the FBI finally is taking measured action to end the stalemate. It's about time.

On Monday, the FBI cut off electrical power to the 960-acre ranch in a stepped up effort to persuade the Freemen to resume negotiations. On Tuesday, the FBI added a second helicopter to its staging area, where three armored cars and a rescue helicopter took up positions last week.

Obviously, memories of the tragic confrontations at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, are playing a key role in the FBI's slow and methodical steps attempts to encourage the 21 people, including three children, to leaving the compound peacefully.

But nearly 12 adults wanted on charges that include circulating millions of dollars in bogus checks and threatening to kill a federal judge are thumbing their nose at every law-abiding citizen in America. Allowing this sort of thing to continue erodes respect for the law and encourages copycat behavior.

This time the FBI has been more than patient.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Jun 5, 1996
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