The New York Post
September 1, 1999

                  By DEBORAH ORIN and
                  MURRAY WEISS

                 Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan yesterday said he
                 opposes the clemency deal offered to 16
                 members of the FALN terror group by President
                 Clinton - and backed by First Lady Hillary, who
                 hopes to win Moynihan's seat.

                 Moynihan "is against the granting of clemency to
                 those individuals," his chief-of-staff, Tony Bullock,
                 told The Post.

                 He said New York's senior senator, now on
                 vacation, declined to elaborate on his opposition
                 to the deal backed by both Clintons, which
                 requires the 16 Puerto Rican nationalists to
                 formally renounce violence.

                 Moynihan is an outspoken critic of terrorism - he
                 opposed granting a U.S. visa so that Gerry
                 Adams of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's
                 political wing, could march in a 1996 St. Patrick's
                 Day Parade.

                 Critics contend Clinton made the clemency offer
                 to the FALN members in hopes of boosting wife
                 Hillary's election chances with Puerto Ricans - a
                 charge the White House denies.

                 Moynihan's break with the White House came
                 amid mounting signs that Clinton's FALN
                 clemency deal is in trouble with some key New
                 York Democrats.

                 New York's other Democratic senator, Charles
                 Schumer, called on Clinton to release the secret
                 reports that led him to offer clemency to members
                 of the group, whose Spanish acronym means
                 Armed Forces of National Liberation.

                 Schumer has not taken a stand on the clemency

                 White House scandal spokesman Jim Kennedy
                 said Clinton has no plans to release the reports.

                 Sources say the FBI, federal Bureau of Prisons
                 and U.S. attorneys all opposed Clinton's offer,
                 and Newsweek claims there are prison tapes of
                 some FALN members vowing to return to
                 violence if they're freed.

                 The FALN took responsibility for 130 bombings
                 in the 1970s and '80s that killed six and injured
                 scores - including three New York City cops
                 maimed when they defused a bomb at police
                 headquarters Dec. 31, 1982.

                 The three cops and Joe Connor, whose dad was
                 killed by a 1975 FALN bomb at Fraunces
                 Tavern, joined Rep. Vito Fossella (R-S.I.) for a
                 Washington press conference yesterday
                 denouncing Clinton's offer.

                 "It is painful to think that my father's life is worth
                 less [to Clinton] than his wife's election," Connor

                 Fossella said he'll file a House resolution
                 denouncing Clinton's clemency offer.

                 Clemency advocates say the 16 weren't convicted
                 of killing anyone, although most were convicted of
                 armed robbery and seditious conspiracy.