Protection of American Citizens Abroad - Limits of power

It had been difficult to find solid grounds for requesting that Berenson be given special treatment because she has steadfastly denied wanting any favors and is determined to stand with the Peruvians who had been arrested with her. In addition, the United States has been peculiarly handicapped in requesting special treatment for a citizen found guilty of crimes growing out of her association with the MRTA. The United States had welcomed Peru's efforts to wipe out terrorism, and the Clinton administration had joined Peru in designating the MRTA as a terrorist organization.

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