Saturday, August 09, 2014
FOX NEWS..Almost 35 years ago, two unarmed U.S. sailors were killed in a terrorist ambush in Puerto Rico. Decades later, their killers may finally be brought to justice. Puerto Rico authorities say the recent sentencing of a man that played a minor role in the attack, which the group known as Los Macheteros staged in reaction to the death of an activist in a U.S. prison., could finally unravel the long-unresolved case from a violent phase of Puerto Rico’s national movement. Juan Galloza Acevedo, 78, was sentenced in May 2014 after police investigating the 1979 incident showed up at his quiet retirement community to question him about his role in the attack. “He obviously didn’t expect to see us,” said Special Agent Tim Quick of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). NCIS officials say they will be back in the U.S. territory soon to work with local authorities in hopes of surprising some more militants. “We see potential for additional arrests,” Quick said. Galloza, who was sentenced May 8 to five years in prison, played a minor role in the ambush. Attackers fired assault rifles and a machine gun at a bus carrying 17 sailors from a Navy base at Sabana Seca, a coastal area several miles from the house where Galloza was living when authorities found him in 2006.
Photo above, Machetero trigger men Dominican-born Alejandro and Martinez Vargas convicted of two murders. COMMUNISM: The Popular Boricua Army or Los Macheteros (“The Machete Wielders”) are also known as the ‘Puerto Rican Popular Army’, The group began its operations in 1976, however it can trace its origins back to the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN). Throughout the late 1970’s and mid-1980’s the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation Movement (FALN) or in Spanish, Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nacional Puertoriquena) and the Popular Boricua Army (Ejercito Popular Boricua), commonly known as the Macheteros, claimed responsibility for numerous bombings and robberies, causing a reign of terror in both the United States and Puerto Rico. The FALN operated in the continental United States, while the Macheteros were active mostly in Puerto Rico. The Boricua Popular Army was organized in the 1970s by Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Juan Enrique Segarra-Palmer and Orlando González Claudio. The group began its operations in 1976, however it can trace its origins back to the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) and links to Bill Ayers Weather Underground.
On August 11, 1999, Pres. Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 members of FALN, a violent Puerto Rican nationalist group that set off 120 bombs in the United States, mostly in New York City and Chicago. There were convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery, bomb-making, and sedition, as well as firearms and explosives violations. None of the 16 were convicted of bombings or any crime which injured another person, though they were sentenced with terms ranging from 35 to 105 years in prison for the conviction of conspiracy and sedition.
Julie Nichamin, one of the old SDS and Weatherman leaders, a repeat “visitor” to Cuba, and a leader of the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, serves as a coordinator for the Puerto Rican Solidarity- Committee in 1975. The Puerto Rican Solidarity Committee is the propaganda arm of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party aka Puerto Rican National Liberation movement and defends terrorist and other violent activities on behalf of Puerto Rican independence.
In 1974 Bill Ayers the Weather Underground made a fraudulent intellectual case for its terrorist campaign in a subversive book, Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutions. It outlined three justifications for its bombings: those taken “to retaliate for the most savage criminal attacks against Black and Third World people, especially by the police apparatus … to disrupt and agitate against U.S. aggression and terror against Vietnam and the Third World … [and] to expose and focus attention against the power and institutions which most cruelly oppress, exploit and delude the people.” The introduction, signed by Bill Ayers, said the book was written for “communist-minded people, independent organizers and anti-imperialists … to all sister and brothers who are engaged in armed struggle against the enemy.”
The bombing rationale found in Prairie Fire as well as other aspects of the book — it was released on the fifteenth anniversary of the communist revolution in Cuba and its title comes from a quote by Chairman Mao: “A single spark can start a prairie fire” — remind us that the Weather Underground was a domestic component of an international terrorist network that spanned several decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s. This network included the Vietcong, Cuban terrorists, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Red Brigades, the Baider-Meinhof Gang, the Irish Republican Army, ETA in Spain and, closer to home, the Puerto Rican FALN.
United States law enforcement first learned of the existence of the FALN on October 26, 1974, the date the group issued a communiqué taking credit for five bombings in New York. Ultimately, over the next decade, FALN activities resulted in 72 actual bombings, 40 incendiary attacks, 8 attempted bombings and 10 bomb threats, resulting in 5 deaths, 83 injuries, and over $3 million in property damage. The capture and conviction of the individual members of the FALN and Popular Boricua Army aka ‘The Machete Wielders’ brought an end to the reign of terror in Puerto Rico and the United States.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com