Obama commutes sentence of convicted terrorist, Bill de Blasio, Bill Ayers celebrate

gutierrez oscar lopez riveraOn Tuesday, ABC7 Eyewitness News reported that Barack Obama commuted the sentence of FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera, who was convicted of seditious conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government in the early 1980s.  Naturally, Bill Ayers — another domestic terrorist — celebrated the move, along with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

According to ABC7:

Depending on who’s doing the talking, Lopez-Rivera was either a dangerous terrorist who used booby trap bombs and other weapons, or he was a freedom fighter who became a political prisoner since being convicted of seditious conspiracy and weapons charges.

Under Lopez-Rivera FALN, headquartered in Chicago and New York City, planted more than 130 bombs in U.S. cities beginning in 1974.

The group’s goal was Puerto Rican independence and destabilizing what they called the “Yankee capitalist monopoly.” Lopez-Rivera convicted and sentenced to 55-years, proclaimed himself an enemy of the U.S. government.

His North Side Chicago apartment was the bomb-making headquarters for the FALN. The FBI found 10 pounds of dynamite and blasting caps in Lopez-Rivera’s apartment.

Ayers wasn’t the only one celebrating, as Twitchy noted:

“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, winner of every award known to exist, went beyond mere exclamation points, though, and confessed that he was sobbing over the news that Don Oscar would soon be a free man.

De Blasio also celebrated, apparently unaware that New Yorkers were victims of the FALN:

Comrade de Blasio got schooled for his insane tweet:

I’m sure he knows, but just doesn’t care…

Twitchy added: “Oh, FALN wanted to create a free and socialist country — so he and his fellow terrorists had a good reason for setting bombs in the city. Got it.”

ABC7 continued:

His sentence compounded in 1988 by a prison escape plot that included plans to murder guards.

Over the years, Lopez-Rivera became described as a political prisoner wrongly convicted and incarcerated. Protesters, including high profile politicians and entertainers, backed an effort to have him released and petitions for clemency were circulated and presented to President Obama at the White House.

And guess who worked to make this happen — None other than Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

One person asked:


Here’s video, courtesy of ABC7:

The commutation of his sentence is effective on May 17, ABC said.

Exit question: Will Obama issue a blanket pardon for Al Qaeda next?


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