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AP Pays Tribute To Puerto Rican Terrorist

From her undying fans at the Associated Press:

In this March 1, 1954 file photo, capitol police hold three of four Puerto Rican nationalists in custody shortly after they opened fire from the visitor’s gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress, in Washington, D.C. The woman at left is Lolita Lebron.

Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron dies at 90

Sun Aug 1, 2010

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Lolita Lebron, a Puerto Rican independence activist who spent 25 years in prison for participating in a gun attack on the U.S. Congress a half-century ago, died Sunday. She was 90.

Lebron died at a hospital in San Juan of complications from respiratory disease, said Francisco Torres, president of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico. She had been hospitalized repeatedly in recent months for her ailments.

Lebron was a leading figure in the small but passionate nationalist movement in this U.S. territory.

"Lolita was the mother of the independence movement. This is an insurmountable loss," said Maria de Lourdes Santiago, a member of the Caribbean island’s Senate from the Puerto Rican Independence Party.

So let’s review. Ms. Lebron is called an “independence activist,” instead of a terrorist. Shooting at US Representatives on the floor of the House is called “a gun attack.” And Ms. Lebron’s Puerto Rican (communist) Nationalist Party is merely described as a “small but passionate nationalist movement.” 

By the way, in addition to this attempt at mass murder this same heroes had earlier tried to assassinate President Harry Truman. That is some “passion.”

Lebron was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Lares, in southwestern Puerto Rico, and moved as a young adult to New York, part of a mass migration from the island to the United States during the 1940s. There she developed her nationalist views and became a follower of movement leader Pedro Albizu Campos.

In 1954, she and three other nationalists entered the U.S. Capitol with automatic pistols and opened fire from an upstairs spectators’ gallery onto the crowded floor of the House, firing nearly 30 shots. They unfurled a Puerto Rican flag and Lebron shouted "Viva Puerto Rico libre!"

No one died in the attack but five U.S. representatives were wounded, including one congressman who was shot in the chest.

Lebron later said that she never intended to kill anyone and that all four nationalists expected to be killed in the assault.

No, how on earth could you kill anyone by shooting them in the chest?

She and the others — Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving Flores and Andres Figueroa Cordero — received lengthy prison sentences.

President Jimmy Carter granted them clemency in 1979 and they were released.

Mr. Carter also freed the man who had attempted to kill President Truman. Naturally, being a confirmed Democrat, Mr. Carter has a special place in his heart for anti-American terrorists.

For the record, though the AP doesn’t bother to mention it, Ms. Lebron had been sentenced to 57 years in prison. Thanks to the kindly Mr. Carter, she served only 25.

"We didn’t do anything that we should regret," Lebron said upon her release. "Everyone has the right to defend their right to freedom that God gave them."

Ms. Lebron sounds like the typical terrorist, does she not? (Cf. William Ayers.)

We can see exactly how repentant Ms. Lebron was, courtesy of this Time Magazine article from back in 1979:

Nation: We Have Nothing to Repent

September 4, 1979

Four Puerto Rican terrorists [sic] go home to a heroes’ welcome

For a brief moment last week San Juan’s international airport took on the atmosphere of a revolutionary carnival, as some 5,000 Puerto Ricans gathered to welcome an American Airlines jet. Young couples swayed to the rhythm of revolutionary songs, vendors did a brisk business selling tiny Puerto Rican flags, and young leftists passed out leaflets calling for armed struggle.

When the plane touched down, bringing home four nationalist terrorists newly released after more than two decades in U.S. prisons, the crowd tore down protective fences and surged forward, chanting "¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!"

"Home at last," said Rafael Cancel Miranda, 49, as he stepped out of the plane, fist high in the air. Echoed a tearful Oscar Collazo, 67, who had stormed Blair House in an attempt to shoot and kill President Truman in 1950: "I am so happy to be in a place where I am not afraid to express my emotions."

The toughest words came from the darling of the crowd, the still fiery Lolita Lebrón, 59, who had been imprisoned along with Cancel Miranda and Flores for a pistol attack on the House of Representatives that wounded five Congressmen in 1954. The unrepentant Lebrón told the cheering throng: "We have done nothing to cause us to repent. Everyone has the right to defend his God-given right to liberty." …

Earlier in the week, at receptions in Chicago and New York City, they had demanded Puerto Rican independence and refused to rule out violence. During a press conference at the U.N., Collazo said, "I decide whether terrorism is necessary after I return to Puerto Rico." Lebrón added, "I am a revolutionary and a member of the atomic age … I hate bombs but we might have to use them."

Time, which used to be an actual news magazine, also pointed out:

Their release coincides with the campaign that will culminate in Puerto Rico’s first presidential primaries, to be held in February and March of 1980. With straight faces, White House aides deny any link between the release of the prisoners and the island’s 41 Democratic convention delegates

Yes, you read that right. The holier-than-thou Jimmy Carter released murderous terrorists to buy votes for himself. What a surprise, huh?

But of course Bill Clinton did almost exactly the same thing for his darling wife, just a few years later.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP Pays Tribute To Puerto Rican Terrorist”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Chairman Obamao is well on his way to upstage the last 2 democrap Presidents.
    Instead of us being Red, White and Blue……..we’ll all be RED like the prez.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    Big loss. Chalk this one up with Michael Jackson, Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd on my gives-a-damn meter.

  3. jobeth says:

    “President Jimmy Carter granted them clemency in 1979 and they were released. ”

    Of course!

    ” ‘We didn’t do anything that we should regret,” ‘ Lebron said upon her release”
    Put that comment right next to Bill Ayers comment and you have a full pair. (of idiots, who are out to destroy America)

    If we think Carter and Clinton have freed terrorists…I find it chilling to think who Obama will free.

    Perhaps that is why he and Holder are trying to slow down the terrorists trials with so many stupid twists and turns. I can easily see them walking at the end of his term…(read that singular…if I have my “druthers”)

  4. White_Polluter says:

    From Wikipedia:

    Dolores “Lolita” Lebron Sotomayor.

    Wonder why they didn’t use her entire name?

    • canary says:

      White_Polluter, how could AP miss it when they had to correct her age from 89 to 90.

      The media is going to find themselves dealing with Lolita Lebron communists, terrorists, illegal immigrants, & drug cartels if they don’t stop pacifying these violent people.
      Obama’s be nice to terrorists and serve them tea & build them toilets is not working.

  5. DougV says:

    If the Puerto Ricans want independence so badly, why don’t we let them? The US will save money, and Puerto Rico will become a third-world backwater in no time. Being a territory of the eeevvviiilll US is so horrible.

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