According to Latina, thousands are calling on President Barack Obama to use his final days in office to free Puerto Rican revolutionary Oscar Lopez Rivera. The 73-year-old has been behind bars for 35 years and is among the longest-held political prisoners in U.S. history.
“Mr. President, throughout your presidential term, the people of Puerto Rico have united behind one common cause; the freedom of Oscar López Rivera,” Swedish politicians told Obama in a letter. “As your administration is winding down you and only you have the opportunity to allow Oscar López Rivera to live out the final part of his life in his homeland with his family.”
The above “Latin Times” article fails to mention that Lopez Rivera was a leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), a Puerto Rican nationalist group responsible for more than 120 bomb attacks against U.S. targets between 1974 and 1983. Lopez Rivera himself manufactured bombs for the organization and attempted to blow up a federal prison.
Former President Bill Clinton offered Lopez Rivera clemency in 1999, but he demanded a full pardon. Try not to be too shocked if and when Obama bends to his will.