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Tuesday, 3 July 2007

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Scene of the original crime

District of Columbia - President George W. Bush decided to fully pardon four Puerto Rican Nationalists involved in a shooting attack in the US Capitol in 1954.

Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodríguez were sentenced to 70 years in prison (after their death sentences were commuted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower).

The quartet had entered the House of Representatives on March 1st, 1954 during an immigration bill debate. They then unfurled a Puerto Rican flag and began firing handguns at the 240 Representatives -- injuring five lawmakers.

President Bush announced today that he felt that the time had come to release the three men and one woman from their lengthy prison terms. Hoping to bury an even hotter topic in the decision to free the assailants, Mr. Bush decided to commute I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term as part of the same deal -- stating that his sentence was also excessive. He then unfurled a Texas flag and mock pointed up in the sky saying, "Look, an eagle!"

No one bothered to mention to Mr. Bush that former President Jimmy Carter had already pardoned the Puerto Ricans in 1979. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that he would "have to look into it."

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