By MURRAY WEISS and
A secret FBI report links a cadre of the FALN
terrorists President Clinton wants to free to a
spate of bombings - including a deadly explosion
that killed a Mobil Oil executive, The Post has
The eight-page, single-spaced analysis - prepared
in 1983 by the bureau's office in Chicago, where
the FALN was headquartered - provides stark
evidence to counter Clinton's claim that his 16
clemency-eligible terrorists have no ties to
violence and death.
The FBI report discloses that:
*Many of the FALN terrorists offered clemency -
including Dylcia Pagan, the wife of FALN master
bombmaker William Morales - were linked to
bomb factories in the Midwest, New York and
New Jersey during the height of the FALN's
deadly reign of terror.
*Two of them, Ida Luz Rodriguez and Oscar
Lopez-Rivera, were also tied to FALN chieftain
Carlos Alberto Torres, and his wife, Marie
Haydee Torres, when the couple operated a
bomb-making safe house in Jersey City, N.J.,
suspected in the killing of the Mobil Oil executive.
Mrs. Torres was ultimately convicted in the
bombing for her role in placing the "powerful
bomb" - an umbrella stuffed with explosives - on a
coat rack inside the corporate offices on East 42d
Street on Aug. 3, 1977.
*They were also "involved in the bomb factory
that detonated," leaving Morales maimed.
Morales' apartment was the suspected launching
pad for dozens of New York bombings, including
the 1975 blast at Fraunces Tavern that killed six
*Nine of the FALN terrorists offered clemency,
including Morales' wife and Rodriguez's sister,
Alicia, were captured with the Torreses during a
botched armored-car heist at Northwestern
University in Evanston, Ill., on April 4, 1980. Also
arrested were Adolfo Matos, Carmen Valentin,
Luis Rosa, Dick Jimenez and Elizam Escobar.
"The members are totally dedicated and have
expressed a willingness to spend the remainders
of their lives in prison," the report said of an
organization responsible for more than 140
"The group believes the liberation of Puerto Rico
is the paramount aspect of their lives," the report
concludes, warning that the FALN "takes
advantage of naive clergymen" and believes help
"in terms of finances, attorneys and supporters"
will come to them.
A years-long lobbying campaign, embraced by
several New York congressional members and
clergymen, has pressed Clinton to offer clemency
to the 16 members of FALN, which stands for
Armed Forces of National Liberation in Spanish.
None has signed affidavits denouncing their crimes
and violence as a means to political ends, as
required by the clemency order.
Carlos Alberto Torres was the 17th clemency
candidate, White House scandal spokesman Jim
Kennedy said, but was turned down because he
previously refused to denounce his criminal
In another development, Kennedy disputed a
Newsweek report that the Bureau of Prisons has
tapes of several FALN inmates saying they would
revert to violence if freed.
A parole-board spokesman declined comment,
but did not dispute the Newsweek story.
Kennedy insisted, "We have found no reason to
believe such tapes exist."
Newsweek said it stands behind its story.
Critics say Clinton is offering clemency to the
FALN members to help his wife's possible bid for
U.S. Senate in New York to win Puerto Rican
The FBI report traces dozens of FALN
bombings, starting with a "booby trap" explosive
device that maimed rookie cop Angel Poggi at
336 E. 110th St. on his first day in East Harlem
on Dec. 11, 1974.
The document then chronicles FALN violence,
including "explosive and incendiary device
attacks" ranging from Fraunces Tavern on Jan.
24, 1975, to the fatal Mobil headquarters blast.