Anti-Terror Activist: FALN Kingpin Could Get Clemency

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 05:36 PM

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The Obama administration could very well free F.A.L.N. kingpin Oscar Lopez, who is serving 70 years behind bars for seditious conspiracy and other crimes, anti-terror activist Joe Connor says.

Lopez could be sprung as part of Obama's plan to grant clemency to nonviolent felons with sentences considered excessive, Connor told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"It's not limited to drug dealers. It can reach other people," Connor said.

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Lopez was one of the 16 Puerto Rican nationalists offered conditional clemency by President Bill Clinton in 1999, but he rejected the offer.

In addition to seditious conspiracy, Lopez was convicted of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition to aid in the commission of a felony, and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. But he was never convicted of an act of violence.

"Obama, I believe, will grant a second clemency … The Department of Justice has released terrorists before,'' Connor said. "It has a list together of thousands and thousands of people who potentially could be released."

Connor has a particular interest in anti-terrorism — his father was killed in January 1975 when a bomb exploded in New York City's Fraunces Tavern.

The F.A.L.N. — the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation — claimed credit, although no one has ever been prosecuted.

"When [Attorney General] Eric Holder testified at his own confirmation hearing in 2009 about the F.A.L.N clemencies, he said that they were nonviolent. He was clearly lying," Connor said.

"The F.A.L.N was convicted of blowing up over 100 bombs in the U.S. … But he considered these people nonviolent."


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