In 1999, Mr. Holder, then-Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration, played a key role in the pardoning of a notorious Puerto Rican terrorist group - responsible for several deaths here in the US., including the demise of a Mr. Frank Connor:
From Frank Connor's son, Joseph F. Connor - Excerpted from a Human Events article - Aug. 20, 2008:
As an “ordinary American,” I sincerely question whether Barack Obama has the judgment to be president. His lack of judgment in choosing Eric Holder as a top adviser on his campaign -- the man partly responsible for pardoning terrorists who proudly claimed responsibility for my father’s murder -- serves as primary evidence supporting that judgment...[Unrepentant? Where have I heard that one before?... Oh that's right! Bill Ayers, the "unrepentant" terrorist.]
Mr. Holder, formerly the No. 2 official in former President Bill Clinton’s Justice Department, often is mentioned as a potential attorney general in an Obama administration. This is the same man who was a driving force behind President Clinton’s pardons of members of the notorious Puerto Rican terrorist group, the Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN).
The FALN was one of the most prolific terrorist organizations ever to wage war against the American people. They proudly claimed responsibility for over 130 bombings and incendiary attacks in the U.S. and Puerto Rico between 1974 and 1983, killing six and wounding scores.
Among these vicious, cold-blooded attacks was the Jan. 24, 1975, lunchtime bombing at New York City’s historic Fraunces Tavern. Four innocent men were murdered that day, and one of them was my 33-year-old father, Frank Connor....
Eight of these FALN terrorists later would receive pardons from President Clinton, even though they remained unrepentant...
How does this outrageous and tragic story reflect on Barack Obama’s judgment? Holder played a central role in freeing these terrorists. As the deputy attorney general, he was responsible for signing off on all clemency matters forwarded to the President, and in this case he recommended that clemency be granted -- despite vehement opposition from the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and his own Justice Department...Sadly, I recall reading a similar story written by an individual whose father was the target of a firebomb explosion set off by the Weather Underground. [Fortunately, both father and son survived the explosion.] However, if President-elect Obama is going to bring about the kind of change he envisions for this country, he'll need the assistance of each and every terrorist-sympathizer he can possibly find - and that includes the likes of Eric Holder, Gregory Craig, Jeremiah Wright - and yes, Bill Ayers too.
Yet, according to Edward Lewine of the New York Daily News, despite this opposition, “Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department official most involved with this issue, reportedly supported clemency..."
The Connor family was shattered on Jan. 24, 1975. Eventually, some healing began. While not a day goes by without us thinking of him, my mom got remarried to a good man. My brother and I graduated college and established families of our own. Regrettably, Frank Connor would never get to hug his four beautiful grandchildren...
Releasing the terrorists placed the American people in danger. When I helped introduce the Pardon Attorney Reform and Integrity Act in February 2000, I warned about “the encouragement would-be terrorists must have received by the” FALN clemency grants. Unfortunately, that warning proved prophetic, and Sept. 11, 2001, took the life of my father’s 41-year-old godson, Steve Schlag, and 3,000 other innocent lives as my brother and I watched in horror from our downtown offices.
As Obama declares America needs his presidency because “ordinary Americans are hurting,” I recall the pain - which one of his top advisers and a potential attorney general was an accomplice to - that was inflicted on at least one “ordinary American” family. And then I am reminded how Holder’s actions also helped place America in harm’s way. When he elevated Holder to such a senior campaign position, did Obama reflect the kind of judgment we need in a president? Absolutely not.
Mr. Connor, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but we are all going to have make some kind of sacrifice in order to facilitate Barack Obama's grandiose vision of change. To quote the sagacious Sen. Joe Biden: 'You need to be a little bit more patriotic.' Sacrificing your father's life for both the good of this country and the benefit of global terrorism is the least you can do to show your true patriotism and love of country.