On January 24, 1975 the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) or Armed Forces of National Liberation of Puerto Rico bombed Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan killing four people. Over a six-year period, the group claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings that took six lives and injured some 130 people.[1]

On August 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton offered clemency to 16 members of the FALN. Clinton administration Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder was credited with with an "unconscionable" effort to circumvent the standard pardon process, not consulting with the Department of Justice's pardon attorney and keeping deliberations hidden from the district U.S. attorney and investigative agencies. Weather Underground terrorists Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were also pardoned.[2] Holder later served as Obama administration Attorney General.


  1. Clinton Pardons Terror, New York Post, August 13, 1999. retrieve from September 14, 2007.
  2. Confirming Fears, Editorial, National Review Online, November 19, 2008.


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