Police Officer Rocco Pascarella was blown apart so badly, no one could tell he was a uniformed officer. About 20 minutes later, Mr. Senft and his partner, Richard Pastorella, were blown 15 feet in the air as they knelt in protective gear to defuse another bomb. Detective Senft was blinded in one eye, his facial bones shattered, his hip severely fractured. Mr. Pastorella was blinded in both eyes and lost all the fingers of his right hand.
Four bombs went off that night, including at FBI headquarters and at a Brooklyn federal courthouse. The bombers were Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) who justified terror on innocents in the name of freedom for Puerto Rico. They not only justified what they had done, they bragged about it. They never showed remorse.
By 1996, FALN was found by the FBI to be linked to 146 bombings and a string of armed robberies — a reign of terror that resulted in nine deaths and hundreds of injured victims.
The most gruesome attack was the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing in Lower Manhattan. Timed to go off during the lunch-hour rush, the explosion decapitated one of the four people killed and injured another 60.
The victims didn’t matter because FALN called them “reactionary corporate executives”. They warned “You have unleashed a storm from which you comfortable Yankees can’t escape.”
On Aug. 7, 1999, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. African embassy bombings that killed 257 people and injured 5,000, President Bill Clinton reaffirmed his commitment to the victims of terrorism, vowing that he “will not rest until justice is done.”
It was only four days later that the White House quietly issued a press release announcing the clemency awarded 16 imprisoned and remorseless FALN members.
They were indirectly involved in the slaughter, Bill Clinton said in the way of an excuse – no point keeping them in prison. His action was widely impugned. It was a betrayal of law enforcement.
The DoJ had assessed 30 to 90 year sentences were appropriate for their crimes but Bill Clinton said the punishment was disproportionate and they should be released.
The prisoners were convicted of sedition, extortion by violent means, armed robbery, illegal possession of weapons and explosives and more.
The evidence of their guilt was described as “chilling” by one federal prosecutor. These prisoners were considered so dangerous that extraordinary security precautions were taken at their numerous trials.
Clinton ignored 3,226 clemency petitions but not these.
At the same time, Hillary Rodham Clinton was in the midst of her state-wide “listening tour” in anticipation of her run for the U.S. Senate in New York, a state which included 1.3 million Hispanics.
Three members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — Luis V. Gutierrez (D., Ill.), Jose E. Serrano, (D., N.Y.) and Nydia M. Velazquez, (D., N.Y.) — along with local Hispanic politicians and leftist human-rights advocates, had been agitating for years on behalf of the FALN cases directly to the White House and first lady.
Initially, Hillary Clinton supported the clemencies but when the tide of public opinion changed, she issued a short statement refuting them but not until a week after the clemency orders.
Bill Clinton ignored clemency guidelines – the rules have never applied to the Clintons.
The prisoners never even asked for clemency. They did eventually sign statements renouncing violence but that was to reduce embarrassment for the Clintons.
As a result, the prisoners did not have to cooperate in future prosecutions.
Puerto Rican politicians in New York crowed to their constituents about the impending release of these “freedom fighters” were enraged and insulted at Hillary Clinton’s withdrawal of support. “It was a horrible blunder,” said State Sen. Olga A. Mendez. “She needs to learn the rules.”
Hillary told the politicians “that will never happen again”, letting them know she was on their side, on the terrorists’ side.
Read the rest of the story at the Wall Street Journal…
What the Journal doesn’t say is one obvious fact. Sixteen vicious terrorists were released to help Hillary Clinton’s political aspirations.
The Clintons are evil people.