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H.Con.Res. 181 (ih) Expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to war crimes against United States military personnel and their families, and in particular to the war crimes committed in El Salvador against United States Army pilots David H. Picket...
H. CON. RES. 180
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 13, 1999
September 29, 1999
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should not have
granted clemency to terrorists.
Whereas the Armed Forces of National Liberation (the FALN) is a
militant terrorist organization that claims responsibility
for the bombings of approximately 130 civilian, political,
and military sites throughout the United States;
Whereas its reign of terror resulted in 6 deaths and the permanent
maiming of dozens of others, including law enforcement
Whereas 16 members of the FALN were tried for numerous felonies
against the United States, including seditious conspiracy;
Whereas at their trials, none of the 16 defendants contested any of
the evidence presented by the United States;
Whereas at their trials, none expressed remorse for their actions;
Whereas all were subsequently convicted and sentenced to prison for
terms up to 90 years;
Whereas not a single act of terrorism has been attributed to the
FALN since the imprisonment of the 16 terrorists;
Whereas no petitions for clemency were made by these terrorists,
but other persons, in an irregular procedure, sought such
clemency for them;
Whereas on August 11, 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton
offered clemency to these 16 terrorists, all of whom have
served less than 20 years in prison;
Whereas the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of
Prisons, and 2 United States Attorneys all reportedly
advised the President not to grant leniency to the 16
Whereas the Federal Bureau of Prisons reportedly based its decision
in part on the existence of audio recordings indicating
that some of the 16 have vowed to resume their violent
activities upon release from prison;
Whereas the State Department in 1998 reiterated two longstanding
tenets of counterterrorism policy that the United States
will: ``(1) make no concessions to terrorists and strike no
deals; and ``(2) bring terrorists to justice for their
Whereas the President's offer of clemency to the FALN terrorists
violates longstanding tenets of United States
Whereas the President's decision sends an unmistakable message to
terrorists that the United States does not punish
terrorists in a severe manner, making terrorism more
Whereas the release of terrorists is an affront to the rule of law,
the victims and their families, and every American who
believes that violent acts must be punished to the fullest
extent of the law: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That it is the sense of Congress that making concessions to terrorists
is deplorable and that President Clinton should not have offered or
granted clemency to the FALN terrorists.
Passed the House of Representatives September 9, 1999.
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