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A terror bomber who served 18 years in federal prison will be allowed to speak at the University of Massachusetts on Thursday — after his speech had been canceled — because a group of faculty members decided to invite him and the university maintains it must fulfill its commitment to "academic freedom." Raymond Luc Levasseur, the former leader of the revolutionary group United Freedom Front, was released from federal prison in 2004 after serving 18 years for his role in the group, which plotted a series of bombings and bank robberies along the East Coast between 1976 and 1984.
The group was founded in 1975 as the Sam Melville/Jonathan Jackson Unit and changed its name to the United Freedom Front the same year. The initial members were Raymond Luc Levasseur (the UFF's leader), Tom Manning, and their respective spouses, Patricia Gros and Carole Manning. Levasseur and Tom Manning were both Vietnam War veterans and ex-convicts. The four had worked together in prison reform groups before forming the UFF. Four other members joined the group in the following years, two of them another married couple, Jaan Laaman and Barbara Curzi. The UFF strongly opposed US foreign policy in Central America, as well as South African apartheid. The UFF's targets included South African Airways, Union Carbide (the chemical company responsible for the Bhopal disaster), IBM, Mobil, courthouses, and military facilities. The UFF called in warnings before all of its bombings. However, 22 people were injured in one 1976 bombing in Boston, including a courthouse worker who lost a leg. The group was most active in the early 1980s.