The president's unconscionable offer of amnesty
to 16 imprisoned FALN terrorists just gets slimier
as each day passes.
First, we learned that federal law-enforcement
and prosecutorial agencies were unanimously
opposed to Clinton's clemency offer - "stupefied"
and "outraged," according to The New York
Now, we know why. Newsweek reports that the
Bureau of Prisons, which rarely gets involved in
clemency debates, expressed its strong opposition
because of secret audiotapes in which several of
those offered clemency vowed that "as soon as
they get out of there, they were going to return to
And despite the administration's claim that those
involved did not participate in violent, murderous
activities, The Post's Murray Weiss reports today
that a 1983 FBI report links several of them to
FALN bomb factories and murderous attacks,
including the blast at the Mobil Building that killed
a 26-year-old lawyer.
Most of those being offered clemency
werearrested in 1980, in Evanston, Ill., after a
botched armed robbery following dozens
ofChicago-area FALN bombings. According to
Evanston police, documents uncovered by the
FBI indicated that those arrested were in town to
kidnap a local millionaire industrialist and hold him
The slimy nature of the clemency offers, which are
so clearly intended to benefit the first lady's
senatorial campaign efforts, have given rise to
more demands that the White House use its
pardoning powers for crass political ends.
Now calls are being heard for the president to
free imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard. After all,
the reasoning goes, the Puerto Ricans got their
guys pardoned so that Mrs. Clinton could court
Puerto Rican political support; shouldn't the Jews
get a pardon for their guy too?
This whole business is tantamount to selling
pardons, a crime for which the governor of
Tennessee was sentenced to a jail term back in
the '70s. How low will these Clintons go in their
quest to remain in power?
Our guess is that we ain't seen nothin' yet.