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Dem. Rep. Alan Grayson asks Obama to release convicted terrorist from prison

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, wants convicted FALN terrorist set free.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, wants convicted FALN terrorist set free.Tom Williams/Getty Images

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., wants a convicted unrepentant FALN terrorist released from prison in time for his 71st birthday, Javier Manjarres reported Tuesday at The Shark Tank.

“I am constantly approached regarding the imprisonment of Oscar López-Rivera. My constituents, a significant number of Puerto Ricans, and political leaders from all three major political parties in Puerto Rico are pleading for his release. Mr. López-Rivera’s 71st birthday is in four days, on Three Kings Day, or ‘Día de Reyes’ as it is known in Puerto Rico. I can think of no greater gift to him, his family, and the Puerto Rican community than his freedom and allowing him to return home on this important holiday,” Grayson said in a letter to President Obama.

Manjarres explained that Lopez-Rivera was a leader in the Puerto Rican nationalist domestic terrorist group known as the FALN that placed and detonated 117 bombs, killing five people throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

A 2010 article at the American Spectator notes that Lopez-Rivera was once offered clemency by Bill Clinton but showed no remorse.

Joseph F. Connor wrote of his encounter with the unrepentant terrorist in 2011. Connor's father was one of those killed by Lopez and his fellow terrorists.

Connor said that despite being given multiple opportunities to express remorse, Lopez-Rivera "provided nothing more than lies, rambling obfuscations, political diatribe, blaming everyone but himself and childish rationalizations for his admitted career in the murderous FALN and multiple prison escape attempts."

"I think we were all hoping for something good in him that we could cling to, something that would bring us some closure," Connor said. "There was nothing there."

Nevertheless, Grayson wants him released.

The Florida Democrat observed that others originally sentenced with Lopez-Rivera is now out of prison, but he didn't explain why.

The American Spectator, however, does explain why, and the explanation is simple.

While the 11 other terrorists accepted the conditions of a clemency engineered by then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and expressed remorse, Lopez-Rivera did not.

Grayson, Manjarres notes, is one of three Democrats who sought advice on U.S. drone policy from a supporter of al Qaeda.

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