Obama disgraces, media ignores, the victims of famed liberal terrorist
Outgoing President Barack Obama stunned his supporters and outraged law enforcement Tuesday with his stunning decision to pardon convicted liberal terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
A member of the Marxist-Leninist terrorist group, Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), Rivera has been in federal prison for 35 years on terrorism charges related to 120 violent bombings that murdered five people.
He was sentenced in 1977 to 55 years in prison for terrorist conspiracy to overthrow the United States government, and received another 15 years for a 1988 plan to escape from Leavenworth federal prison by slaughtering guards with guns, grenades, and plastic explosives.
As an icon and celebrity among liberals who admire his violent campaign for Puerto Rican independence, left-wing activists have sought his release for decades. He was offered his freedom by then-departing President Bill Clinton on the condition he renounce murder.
Not that you would know that from White House statements and media coverage, which are falsely hailing Rivera as peaceful martyr and refusing to acknowledge his innocent victims.
Four of them were killed in a single terrorist act, the 1975 bombing of the Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Rivera’s FALN left a note at the scene, bragging “we … take full responsibility for the especially detornated (sic) bomb that exploded today at Fraunces Tavern, with reactionary corporate executives inside.”
In addition to the four slain, 38 others were wounded in the massive blast.
The fifth victim was killed in a 1977 terrorist bombing attack on New York’s Mobil Building.
In addition to the deaths, Rivera’s bombs maimed four police officers.
Who are these victims, whom Obama seems to have forgotten?
July 12, 1941 – January 24, 1975
A 33-year-old husband to Mary, and father of two little boys, Thomas, 11, and Joseph, 9. Frank was one of four innocent people murdered by Rivera’s group at Fraunces Tavern.
Born to poor Irish immigrants, Frank worked his way through college, eventually becoming a success in the banking industry. Starting at Morgan Guaranty Trust as clerk, by 33 he was the assistant vice president.
He had just sat down to have lunch with clients when the bomb erupted.
Sadly, terrorists would also murder his nephew, who was also his godson. Steven Schlag died just blocks away from his uncle in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
His youngest son, now grown, has become an outspoken opponent of liberal efforts to free and pardon FALN terrorists.
Harold H. Sherburne
August 6, 1908 – January 24, 1975
A 66-year-old World War II Navy veteran, Harold had worked on Wall Street for 40 years. Now a partner at Bacon, Whipple & Co., he had stepped out for lunch, leaving his glasses on his desk and was looking forward to skiing with friends that weekend.
He entered the Navy in 1942 at age 34 and went on to work for Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal.
Never married, he left behind three sisters and many friends.
James W. Gezork
August 6, 1942 – January 24, 1975
A Boston native and resident of Wilmington, Delaware, 32-year-old James was in New York on business. He would never return home
James survived the initial blast, but died at 7:00 p.m. that evening at Beekman-Downtown Hospital.
He left behind his mother, father and two brothers.
December 13, 1946 – January 24, 1975
Only 28 years old, Alejandro was in New York on business for a Philadelphia-based chemical company. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, he had come to the United States in 1965.
Just 10 years later, he was living in Cherry Hills, N.J. and working in the international division of Rohm & Haas.
Alejandro was survived by his parents and his wife, Diana, and laid to rest in Philadelphia’s Har Nebo Cemetery.
Charles S. Steinberg
January 6, 1951 – August 3, 1977
A husband, son, and brother, Charles was killed four years after the Fraunces Tavern mass murder in the FALN bombing of New York’s Mobil Building. The sticks of dynamite were hidden in an umbrella, placed in a coat rack and timed to go off in the morning, when it would kill the most people.
Charles was only 26 years old, and had just married Robin.
His brother Steven Steinberg works to keep his memory alive, and was outraged to learn Obama had freed his brother’s cruel killer.
In addition to his grieving bride, Charles left behind a now 95-year-old mother.
These are the names you don’t hear when liberal celebrities, mainstream media, and President Obama fawn over the blood-soaked Oscar Rivera.
But they are the names Oscar Lopez Rivera will have to answer for when he stands before the ultimate judge.