Thirty-Five Years Later: Victims of FALN and Eric Holder

It has been over 35 years since the FALN began a 9 year streak of terrorist attacks in the United States.

And it has been EXACTLY 35 years since one of those attacks claimed the lives of 4 and injured over 50 other Americans.  Years later, the Clinton Justice Department, under leadership of deputy attorney general Eric Holder, pardoned 16 members of that group in order to appeal to special interest groups that would garner votes for his wife’s NY Senatorial campaign and his VP’s Presidential run.

According to a 2009 LA Times story when Holder was Obama’s AG candidate…

Holder instructed his staff at Justice’s Office of the Pardon Attorney to effectively replace the department’s original report recommending against any commutations, which had been sent to the White House in 1996, with one that favored clemency for at least half the prisoners, according to these interviews and documents.

Back to the 1975 bombing of the Fraunces Tavern, 35 years ago today.  One of those Americans that died in the attack was Frank Connor, age 33 at the time.  His son, Joseph Connor, wrote in the LA Times in 2009

At the time of the pardons, Eric H. Holder Jr. was deputy attorney general. In considering his department’s recommendation on clemency, he met with supporters of the terrorists but ignored their victims. He pushed staff members to drop their strong opposition to a presidential pardon for the FALN members and alter a report they had prepared for the president recommending against clemency. Today, although two turned down their pardons because they were unwilling to renounce violence, many of the convicted FALN members walk free. And a man who was instrumental in their release may become the highest law enforcer in the land.

Holder said at his confirmation hearing Thursday that he thought Clinton’s decision to pardon the FALN members was “reasonable.” But they were bad people. During their Chicago trial, some of them threatened the life of Judge Thomas McMillen, who was hearing the case. Carmen Valentin, one of those later pardoned by Clinton, told the judge, “You are lucky that we cannot take you right now,” and she told other officers of the court, “You will be walking with canes and wheelchairs. … Revolutionary justice can be fierce.” She also declared war against the United States. Dylcia Pagan, another recipient of Clinton’s gift, warned the courtroom: “All of you, I would advise you to watch your backs.” McMillen was convinced the defendants would continue being terrorists as long as they lived. “If there was a death penalty,” he said at their sentencing, “I’d impose the penalty on you without hesitation.”

Yes, this same man, Eric Holder, is the AG of our government.  He is soft on terror… always has been, always will be.  His reckless behavior (trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, dropping investigation of New Black Panther Party voter intimidation) and his attitude toward the citizenry (memos pegging conservative Americans and Veterans as “extremists”, designs against Second Amendment rights) continues and will be a point of concern even if this President continues to lose political pull and power over the next 3 years.

But what else would you expect from the Obama administration?  Real justice?  Only if you’re the right kind of victim.


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