Clinton's Clemency for FALN Prisoners Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Clinton's Clemency for FALN Prisoners
A discussion on President Clinton's decision to free members of the Puerto Rican Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN).
# 37792 | 5,025 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 18, 2003 in Political Science (U.S.) , Latin-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses President Clinton's compassion towards members of the Puerto Rican Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) independence group and highlights some of the suspicions behind his compassion and who it might benefit. The paper offers a very brief look at various points in Puerto Rican history and recent history and clearly shows how Clinton's decision to offer FALN members clemency is a gesture which can be interpreted in different ways.

The Context
Clinton's Decision and the aftermath.

From the Paper:

"Although the task here is to defend Clinton's recent compassion towards members of FALN (the Puerto Rican Armed Forces of National Liberation independence group), there is no doubt that because politicians make up a considerable part of the analysis, the truth may never be fully known. This is a particularly necessary to mention where Clinton is involved. Though his presidency has been one of the more popular ones, his veracity often enough to make one wonder when, if ever, he has spoken with pure candor, or acted from motives which did not well up at least partly, from purposely hidden sources.
"News commentator Paul Rodriguez wondered about the timing of the clemency offer that coincides suspiciously close with Hilary Clinton's bid for the senate. Rodriguez asks bluntly, would the clemency offer, " the Senate campaign of his wife gain sympathy among New York's 1.3 million-strong Puerto Rican population...?" Rodriguez is one of many writers who made the connection. He is supported for instance, by Michael Tomasky who sees the Clinton move as polarizing New York City folks (where many Puerto Ricans reside), and as well being a positive action for Hillary's campaign."

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