Skip to comments.An Antiwar Activist Known for Being Committed Yet Erratic (Traitor/'Rat Susan Lindauer)
Posted on 03/11/2004 8:30:06 PM PST by Stultis
Published: March 12, 2004
TAKOMA PARK, Md., March 11 Susan P. Lindauer wore her liberal politics on her sleeve, as well as on her aging Mazda, where bumper stickers proclaimed her unabashed opposition to the Iraq conflict.
"Peace in Iraq through change at home," one said. "War is not the answer," another said.
To her neighbors who described her as gentle if somewhat lonely Ms. Lindauer was typical of this left-leaning enclave on the northern doorstep of Washington, a place fondly known by its residents as the People's Republic of Takoma Park.
"Like a lot of us, she questioned whether we had to go to war in Iraq," Thomas Kaufman, 48, a cinematographer who lived across the street, said.
On Thursday morning, F.B.I. agents shattered the suburban calm of Ms. Lindauer's block, arresting her on charges that she tried to spy for Iraq and carting away boxes of her belongings.
Ms. Lindauer, 40, proclaimed her innocence as she was hustled out of an office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation outside Baltimore, telling reporters, "I'm an antiwar activist."
She said she had helped prevent terrorist attacks against the United States and worked to return weapons inspectors to Iraq.
"I stand by my achievements," she said.
What those achievements were remain a mystery in a life filled with complex twists and sudden swerves. The daughter of a former newspaper publisher in Alaska, she graduated from Smith College in 1985, but rarely held a job for longer than a year.
Joe Copeland, who supervised Ms. Lindauer in 1989 when she wrote editorials for The Everett Herald in Everett, Wash., said she was "the most liberal member of the editorial board at the time." Although he found Ms. Lindauer bright and pleasant, Mr. Copeland said, she also could be erratic, disappearing for long unexplained periods of the day.
"I certainly saw some signs of flakiness," he said.
Ms. Lindauer also worked as a reporter, freelance writer or researcher at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fortune Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Spokesmen for those publications said her employment was so short few people remembered much about her.
Ms. Lindauer took jobs as a press secretary or speechwriter with Democratic members of Congress, including Representatives Peter A. DeFazio and Ron Wyden of Oregon in 1993 and 1994, Senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1996 and Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, for eight weeks in 2002.
In 1994, when Ms. Lindauer worked on Capitol Hill, she became embroiled in a controversy that may have presaged the activity that led to her arrest. At that time, Ms. Lindauer told an online newsletter in 2000, she met a businessman who told her that Syrian-based agents were responsible for the bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Libya has since acknowledged responsibility for the bombing.
Ms. Lindauer told the newsletter, the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, that she met Libyan officials in 1995 to discuss what she had learned. As a result, she said, she was placed under surveillance, threatened and even attacked.
In 1998, Ms. Lindauer's father, John, won the Republican primary for governor in Alaska. But he was accused of improperly using his wife's money to finance his campaign, the party withdrew its support, and he finished third in the general election.
In 2001, Ms. Lindauer bought her house here, sharing it with two dogs and a couple who rented a downstairs apartment, neighbors said. She seemed to work in temporary secretarial jobs, neighbors said. But she nurtured ambitions of becoming a writer, showing Mr. Kaufman manuscripts for a children's book and a satirical novel.
One neighbor, Kathleen Moore, called Ms. Lindauer amiably awkward and unassuming. "She seemed too timid to do something like this," Ms. Moore said.
Jo Napolitano contributed reporting from Chicago for this article.
See the video: she is either a DUer, or would have joined if she had known about it. Major nutlog.
Yep....you can see the "Nuts & Sluts" defense coming.
And this time it may be true.
(Pacifist's Beloved Pets Left Ownerless)
I saw her shrieking on television. "I've done more to prevent terrorism than anyone else!"
I am taking that as a full confession, btw...
A book deal, at most.
And you all know I'm right.
Me too. With the exception of getting money from Iraq, she sounds like pretty much every journalist/political activist out there!
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