Oscar Lopez Rivera, the convicted domestic terrorist whose prison sentence Obama commuted, will be released Wednesday and return to New York City. He will also be given a hero's welcome during the city's annual Puerto Rican Day parade next month.
Rivera was serving a decades-long sentence for his role in terrorist attacks while serving as a member of the violent, far-left militia known as the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN. The group sought to gain Puerto Rican independence by using violence and Marxist tactics, so naturally, Obama took a shine to Rivera.
The Free Beacon summarizes:
Lopez Rivera was originally convicted of crimes committed while he was a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish acronym FALN, a leftist, violent separatist group that sought complete independence for Puerto Rico.
During the 1970s, FALN claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings across New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. One of the bombings, at the Fraunces Tavern in New York in 1975, killed four people and injured more than 60 others.
For his crimes, Lopez Rivera was sentenced in 1981 to 55 years in prison for "seditious conspiracy" and other felonies, and an additional 15 years in 1988 "for conspiracy to escape; to transport explosives with intent to kill and injure people; and to destroy government buildings and property," according to CNN.
Lopez Rivera was not charged directly for involvement in FALN attacks, but rather for plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. His prison sentence would have expired in 2051 had it not been commuted by more than 30 years.
[...] Upon Lopez Rivera's release, many will welcome him as a beloved son. He will be celebrated across Puerto Rico and Chicago this week, and on June 11, he will be recognized as Procer de la Libertad–National Freedom Hero–during New York City's annual Puerto Rican Day parade.
Many Puerto Ricans also celebrated Lopez Rivera. But victims of FALN's bombings feel differently.
"I've had long hours in the middle of the night trying to figure out what I am missing, why he has all this support," Diane Berger Ettenson said of Lopez Rivera. Ettenson was six months pregnant when her husband was killed at Fraunces Tavern.
"Every time I have to defend my father's life, it takes a little more of my life away," said Joseph Connor, who was 9 when his father was killed, also at Fraunces Tavern.
"My kids never met my dad, but they certainly had to deal with this. We never asked for it."
Pillar of tolerance and compassion (and also creator of the Broadway musical, Hamilton), Lin-Manuel Miranda, said of Rivera: "One can disagree or agree with him politically, but he is a symbol of resolve and conviction." He also claimed to have sobbed "with gratitude" after Obama commuted the terrorist's sentence. The Left's hypocrisy is particularly ripe in this instance, and we can expect more adulation for the terrorist to be heaped on him during the festivities next month.