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Yeah -- colder than a polarizing figure since the day he was appointed but his pass was also filled with controversy.
Now from the mid seventies to the mid eighties and obscure guerrilla group called the FA LA and they rob banks and they set off bombs all across the country.
All in the name of supporting Puerto Rican independence now.
This is footage of some of their members actually building the bombs -- many of them were convicted and sent to prison.
But then in 1999 President Clinton commuted the sentence of sixteen FA LA members how raging the victims' families and the law enforcement officers.
Is vehemently opposed to president Clinton's offer clemency to sixteen convicted members of the FAL and let's talk about some of the facts.
Such as the fact that the FA -- is responsible for at least 150 bomb.
-- -- over a minute period that resulted in six deaths and seven the injuries and who pushed for the -- as well as then deputy attorney general Eric Koehler.
You had to the United States attorneys.
Who weighed -- against it become law enforcement was against it there obviously.
The feelings that victims.
Pad and we we took those and I took and took about me I took those into account.
And balance that against the people who were advocating for it on balance in any pre 9/11 world.
The sense -- that they had substantial sentences up to nineteen years and 1619 years.
That that was that was appropriate.
Now in the Clinton administration ended holder went in a private practice but the controversies did not end there his name surfaced again related.
To an international scandal involving the Chiquita banana company and a group of Colombian terrorist called the -- The story -- Kids with the case of the United States of America vs Chiquita international brands.
From 1997 and 2004.
Chiquita funneled one point seven million dollars in protection money to the -- is safe.
On September 10 2001.
The EUC was designated by the US government as a foreign terrorist organization.
Chiquita claims they paid the protection money to keep their employees -- from the paramilitary groups but victims' families disagree.
We believe that this was active support to a terrorist organization which was functioning as a security force for the -- company.
That was doing the bidding of the Chiquita company.
Tito was instrumental.
-- illegal importation of 3000 AK 47 machine guns and five million rounds of ammunition.
Through its private court for the in Columbia.
After seven years of lining the pockets of terrorists Chiquita admitted their wrongdoing to the Justice Department.
Had hired an extremely influential -- to bail -- out.
Former deputy attorney general Eric Holder.
-- had left the DOJ after the Clinton administration.
I was now in private practice.
On March 19 2007.
With -- as lead counsel Chiquita pleaded guilty to one count.
-- quote engaging in transactions.
With a specially designated global terrorist organization.
Holder then brokered what some call a sweetheart deal which Chiquita only had to pay a 25 million dollar fine over five years.
Yet not one of the half dozen company officials will -- the payments would receive any jail time.
And joining me now are Joseph Connor and his father frank was murdered in an FA LN now bombing and Gary Bernstein who spent more than twenty years.
As a CIA officer gentlemen welcome.
So here we have these guys on video making bombs we know they were involved in bombings that killed your father involved.
He said it's a substantial.
A sentence of sixteen and nineteen years that substantially you know I mean at at sentencing date threatened to kill the judge.
He forgot to mention that or he claimed would claim he did not.
So this guys -- was making recommendations to release terrorists.
And then saying well you know he didn't really know that they were building bombs he didn't know that they threaten to kill the judge he didn't know that they had engaged in violence and this is from the same.
Attorney general now who's willing to drone people without any trial -- -- -- don't kill people that any trial.
He -- terrorists that are locked up for 7080 years.
Because of what they did in -- trials in civilian courts which you which you would want now.
And he won't let them out it was all politics.
And it it and you try to stop -- at the time I did what happened was in August 1999 -- the clintons when it was quiet.
Uncle Glenn granted these -- but the assailant didn't accept them.
I went to sixteen people and it's and they said no so they -- given.
Conference calls between prisons.
To decide whether they'll go into except the clemency but clemency involved.
Not associating with other felons and denying terrorism as a critical tool.
That it clemency is not in and did -- not a group grant it's an individual grants yet they were able to talk about it they weren't required to.
To give up any information about unsolved cases or anything thirty days they walked at a prison in September 10 1999.
Two years -- was to the day before and -- Unbelievable.
Gary what what do we how do we interpret this who would ever advocate for this -- it's harder here and here here's process.
-- here here's the problem.
Eric Holder -- operates based on the premise that.
Historical injustices in the United States somehow validate.
The actions of terrorist groups 1970s.
Eighties and that what he missed in this is that.
The F -- -- were Marxist -- tests.
They were murdering people.
And and Eric Holder rub shoulders with these guys didn't see a problem with this was willing to represented them just like President Obama was willing to forgive though the -- -- And team up and Bill Ayers and politics in Chicago.
It is so disgracing.
A disgraceful it it's just it's heartbreaking to think that the -- law enforcement officer in this country would conduct himself like that.
Would support of course the pardon Marc Rich.
Which would have a cast of characters in the department -- that he's brought in that it supported gitmo detainees.
The wall down there you know working for them pro Bono I mean it's it's almost let the world who turned on its head that this is this is the person's -- Department of Justice it's stunning.
Hard to imagine that he ever got in the power part how does this happen.
Well he's always done exactly what his superiors have wanted him to do you know we -- official on a pick in 2008 now before he was you I would that was on the Obama was -- -- -- Obama was elected and we were on the show we talked about why he would do this well number one it was because bill wanted him to -- Bill Clinton to get real recent votes in New York.
The second and I said at the time.
Because I think he agreed with and we think of the politics sometimes but we sometimes forget what people really having -- heart and I think he sided with the terrorist.
Mean we know that the FA LN and the Weather Underground in some of the may nineteenth Communists and the family.
They all work together there's there's there's connections between all them.
And it's part of their DNA.
Unbelievable that -- have Marxist leninist -- -- -- Marxist leninist killers as my doubt that we set free.
And try to terrorize against menace confirmation hearing he put pressure reload the American people they did it again at -- a furious but true wolf -- thank you and if I come.
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