NYC to honor convicted terrorist as “National Freedom Hero”

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NYC to honor convicted terrorist as "National Freedom Hero"

Two days before leav­ing office, Barack Obama com­muted Oscar López Rivera’s 70-​year jail sen­tence uncon­di­tion­ally, along with 208 other grants of com­mu­ta­tion.

Oscar López Rivera was a found­ing mem­ber of the Marx­ist Puerto Rican nation­al­ist ter­ror group FALN (Frente Armado de Lib­eración Nacional). The FALN was the most orga­nized, active, well-​trained and deadly domes­tic ter­ror group based in the United States, leav­ing six dead and hun­dreds wounded in over 130 attacks.

The New York Times describes:

The F.A.L.N., which waged a vio­lent cam­paign for the inde­pen­dence of Puerto Rico, was con­sid­ered by the author­i­ties to be among the most elu­sive and resilient ter­ror­ist groups to oper­ate in the United States. Among its notable attacks was a bomb­ing at Fraunces Tav­ern in New York in 1975 that killed four people.

The group was known for its tight-​knit mem­ber­ship, fanat­i­cal zeal and hit-​and-​run tac­tics, as exem­pli­fied by the bomb­ings of four gov­ern­ment build­ings in Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn on New Year’s Eve in 1982 that seri­ously wounded three police officers.

López Rivera used his own apart­ment as a bomb-​making facil­ity.

He was sen­tenced to 55 years for sedi­tious con­spir­acy, inter­state trans­porta­tion of firearms and explo­sives with intent to kill and injure peo­ple, vehi­cle theft, and other charges in 1981. In 1988 was sen­tenced to an addi­tional 15 years for con­spir­ing to escape from the Fort Leav­en­worth, Kansas, prison.

The escape attempts were not the Shaw­shank Redemption:

In one of two failed attempts to escape, he con­spired with oth­ers inside and out­side his prison to kill his way to free­dom, attempt­ing to pro­cure grenades, rifles, plas­tic explo­sives, bul­let­proof vests, blast­ing caps, and armor-​piercing bul­lets. After the FBI thwarted this plan, another 15 years was added to Lopez’s orig­i­nal 55-​year sentence

Bill Clin­ton offered him clemency in 1999 (in a move that was engi­neered by then Deputy Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder), but he turned it down since it did not include all FALN mem­bers serv­ing jail terms at that time.

Among Lopez Rivera’s numer­ous vic­tims was Angel Poggi, a young NYPD offi­cer of Puerto Rican descent who was severely maimed dur­ing the FALN’s first attack, in Decem­ber 1974 — his first day on the job.

López Rivera remains unrepentant.

Under Obama’s com­mu­ta­tion order, Lopez Rivera’s prison sen­tence expires on May 17.

López Rivera will be wel­come with open arms by Hamil­ton’s cre­ator,

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and by NYC mayor Bill DeBla­sio and City Coun­cil Speaker Melissa Mark-​Viverito (the @MMViverito in the above tweet).

Next on the agenda,

Offi­cials last week announced plans to honor unre­pen­tant ter­ror­ist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera as their first ever “National Free­dom Hero” at this year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

As a woman born and raised in Puerto Rico, I am pro­foundly insulted by this exul­ta­tion of a Marx­ist ter­ror­ist whose every action has been inim­i­cal to free­dom. Indeed, as Steven Hay­ward reminds us of Bryan Burrough’s excel­lent book, Days of Rage: America’s Rad­i­cal Under­ground, the FBI, and the For­got­ten Age of Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Vio­lence,

In his invalu­able his­tory of the mani­a­cal left­ist ter­ror­ism of the 1970s, Bryan Bur­rough frankly char­ac­ter­izes FALN leader Oscar López Rivera as “the man behind the dead­liest bomb­ing cam­paign of the era.” That’s quite a distinction.

López Rivera is no hero to any­one who loves freedom.

UPDATE
Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

Two days before leaving office, Barack Obama commuted Oscar López Rivera’s 70-year jail sentence unconditionally, along with 208 other grants of commutation.

Oscar López Rivera was a founding member of the Marxist Puerto Rican nationalist terror group FALN (Frente Armado de Liberación Nacional). The FALN was the most organized, active, well-trained and deadly domestic terror group based in the United States, leaving six dead and hundreds wounded in over 130 attacks.

The New York Times describes:

The F.A.L.N., which waged a violent campaign for the independence of Puerto Rico, was considered by the authorities to be among the most elusive and resilient terrorist groups to operate in the United States. Among its notable attacks was a bombing at Fraunces Tavern in New York in 1975 that killed four people.

The group was known for its tight-knit membership, fanatical zeal and hit-and-run tactics, as exemplified by the bombings of four government buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve in 1982 that seriously wounded three police officers.

López Rivera used his own apartment as a bomb-making facility.

He was sentenced to 55 years for seditious conspiracy, interstate transportation of firearms and explosives with intent to kill and injure people, vehicle theft, and other charges in 1981. In 1988 was sentenced to an additional 15 years for conspiring to escape from the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, prison.

The escape attempts were not the Shawshank Redemption:

In one of two failed attempts to escape, he conspired with others inside and outside his prison to kill his way to freedom, attempting to procure grenades, rifles, plastic explosives, bulletproof vests, blasting caps, and armor-piercing bullets. After the FBI thwarted this plan, another 15 years was added to Lopez’s original 55-year sentence

Bill Clinton offered him clemency in 1999 (in a move that was engineered by then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder), but he turned it down since it did not include all FALN members serving jail terms at that time.

Among Lopez Rivera’s numerous victims was Angel Poggi, a young NYPD officer of Puerto Rican descent who was severely maimed during the FALN’s first attack, in December 1974 – his first day on the job.

López Rivera remains unrepentant.

Under Obama’s commutation order, Lopez Rivera’s prison sentence expires on May 17.

López Rivera will be welcome with open arms by Hamilton‘s creator,

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and by NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (the @MMViverito in the above tweet).

Next on the agenda,

Officials last week announced plans to honor unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera as their first ever “National Freedom Hero” at this year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

As a woman born and raised in Puerto Rico, I am profoundly insulted by this exultation of a Marxist terrorist whose every action has been inimical to freedom. Indeed, as Steven Hayward reminds us of Bryan Burrough’s excellent book, Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence,

In his invaluable history of the maniacal leftist terrorism of the 1970s, Bryan Burrough frankly characterizes FALN leader Oscar López Rivera as “the man behind the deadliest bombing campaign of the era.” That’s quite a distinction.

López Rivera is no hero to anyone who loves freedom.

UPDATE
Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.