A timely reminder by Joseph Connor, whose father was killed in a New York attack by Puerto Rican FALN terrorists.
President Clinton pardoned 16 FALN members in 1999. Prior to that date, he had granted pardons to only 3 out of over 3000 applications. President Clinton never explained the pardons; as Connor mentions here, the thought was that he was courting the Hispanic vote for Hillary's Senate run.
As I recall, Barbara Olson covered the pardons in her book THE FINAL DAYS: THE LAST, DESPERATE ABUSES OF POWER BY THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE. (Olson, of course, was herself killed by terrorists when her plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.) It seems as though this is a topic which should be revisited by the media in light of Hillary's expected Presidential run and the former President's very public defense of his "legacy."
I would like to challenge a member of the media to directly ask former President Clinton for the explanation of the FALN pardons.
Will it happen? Not likely. But it should.