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BREAKING: Terrorist Hero Oscar López Rivera Plotted To Kill His Way Out Of Leavenworth

Oscar Lopez Rivera

Before he was a “humble Puerto Rican grandfather,” Oscar López Rivera was the grandaddy of terror.

López Rivera — who Thursday declined to be honored in the Puerto Rican Day Parade and instead said he would march as “humble Puerto Rican and grandfather” — plotted to kill guards and blow up government buildings in an escape scheme from a federal prison where he was doing time for trying to overthrow the US government, according to a 1999 report from the House Government Reform Committee.

First locked up in 1981, Lopez Rivera spent more than two years masterminding a violent plot to escape Kansas’ Leavenworth Penitentiary along with several other members of his Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN.

While imprisoned, López Rivera gave a fellow inmate with connections to weapons smugglers a shopping list that included “fragmentation grenades, smoke grenades, phosphorous grenades, eight M-16 rifles, two silencers, 50 pounds of plastic C-4 explosives, eight bulletproof vests, 10 blasting caps to use with plastic explosives, and 100 30-shot clips for use with automatic weapons,” according to the report.

The plan called for FALN members to shoot guards and lob grenades at guard towers while members on the outside airlifted prisoners out with a helicopter.

Former President Barack Obama in January freed López Rivera, 74.

By Yoav Gonen and Max Jaeger – New York Post

Battle Between Mayor de Blasio And NYPD Goes Nuclear. Mayor Honors Terrorist – Cop Killer Oscar Lopez Rivera

Mayor de Blasio says he’ll march in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade despite its honoring of Oscar López Rivera, an unrepentant terrorist leader.

The mayor’s trying to dodge that fact. On Wednesday, he spoke of OLR’s ties to the FALN, which “did things I don’t agree with, obviously, and they were illegal.”

But López Rivera wasn’t just affiliated with the FALN terrorists — he was a leader of their Chicago cell. And when the FBI arrested him all those years ago, it found dynamite, detonators and firearms in two of his homes. At trial, a witness testified that López Rivera trained him in making bombs.

Why does de Blasio claim he has renounced terror? City Hall cites OLR’s words to the Guardian: “We realized other tactics to armed force could be more effective,” followed by “Morally, we came to see . . . that if we are advocating for a better world then there are things you cannot do,” plus, “We have transcended violence.”

None of which repudiates his past actions.

And he still scorns the FALN’s victims. In a recent interview, he recalls his attitude toward surviving family members at his 2011 parole hearing: “If you don’t respect me, why should I reciprocate? I wasn’t there to tell them, ‘Hey, listen, I’m sorry.’ That’s not me.”

You see why the NYPD Hispanic Society says it won’t march in the parade, and why more sponsors may follow Goya Foods in withdrawing.

De Blasio is mayor of a town targeted by the FALN then and by other terrorists now, a city that lost thousands on 9/11. He skipped the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when he thought it sent the wrong message. He ought to do the same now.

By New York Post Editorial Board May 18, 2017