S. Hrg. 106-259: An Overview of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy and President Clinton's Decision to Grant Clemency to FALN Terrorists: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Peace Corps, Narcotics, and Terrorism of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, September 14, 1999   [open pdf - 252KB]

S. HRG. 106-259: Testimony questions whether President Clinton's decision to grant clemency to 16 FALN terrorists represents an abrupt departure from longstanding U.S. policy on terrorism. Statements say that the United States does not punish terrorists to the full extent of the law. It says to terrorists that they will not be subject to the swift and severe application of the rule of law. The release of these terrorists has created a very tense atmosphere in Puerto Rico. People feel threatened. The FALN supporters have treated the returning terrorists as conquering heroes. Opponents feel personally threatened by their aggressive actions. This is the unfortunate consequence of the President's actions, not the closing of a chapter, but the opening of a new chapter, perhaps even a new offensive. Congress in a loud voice denounced the President's offer of clemency and made it clear that his decision violates longstanding U.S. counterterrorism policy. Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph Connor, Paul Coverdell, Vito Fossella, Gilbert Gallegos, John Harrison, Jon Kyl, Rich Pastorella, and Anthony Senft.

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