January 17, 2009

"Terrorists killed my dad"

That is the headline of an Op-Ed published in the
LA Times yesterday by Joseph Conner.  Conner is the son of one of the victims of the FALN terrorists, and he testified against Holder yesterday during Holder's confirmation hearing.  Conner writes:
"At the time of the pardons, Eric H. Holder Jr. was deputy attorney general. In considering his department's recommendation on clemency, he met with supporters of the terrorists but ignored their victims. He pushed staff members to drop their strong opposition to a presidential pardon for the FALN members and alter a report they had prepared for the president recommending against clemency. Today, although two turned down their pardons because they were unwilling to renounce violence, many of the convicted FALN members walk free. And a man who was instrumental in their release may become the highest law enforcer in the land.

Holder said at his confirmation hearing Thursday that he thought Clinton's decision to pardon the FALN members was 'reasonable.' But they were bad people. During their Chicago trial, some of them threatened the life of Judge Thomas McMillen, who was hearing the case. Carmen Valentin, one of those later pardoned by Clinton, told the judge, 'You are lucky that we cannot take you right now,' and she told other officers of the court, You will be walking with canes and wheelchairs. ... Revolutionary justice can be fierce." She also declared war against the United States. Dylcia Pagan, another recipient of Clinton's gift, warned the courtroom: 'All of you, I would advise you to watch your backs.' McMillen was convinced the defendants would continue being terrorists as long as they lived. 'If there was a death penalty,' he said at their sentencing, 'I'd impose the penalty on you without hesitation.'"