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An Antiwar Activist Known for Being Committed Yet Erratic (Traitor/'Rat Susan Lindauer)
The New York Times ^ | 12 March 2004 | JAMES DAO

Posted on 03/11/2004 8:30:06 PM PST by Stultis

An Antiwar Activist Known for Being Committed Yet Erratic

By JAMES DAO


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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Maryland; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/11/2004 8:30:07 PM PST by Stultis
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To: Stultis
I'm just shocked the New York Times admitted she was a liberal and anti-war...
2 posted on 03/11/2004 8:32:48 PM PST by sam_whiskey (Peace through Strength)
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To: Stultis
Bump.
3 posted on 03/11/2004 8:36:06 PM PST by aculeus
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To: Stultis
None (on the left) dare call it treason.
4 posted on 03/11/2004 8:37:17 PM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: sam_whiskey
At least this is a step up from what AP headline it yesterday:

AP: ACCUSED SPY IS COUSIN OF BUSH STAFFER

5 posted on 03/11/2004 8:38:45 PM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: sam_whiskey
The woman is nuerotic as hell. I heard her shieking on the radio in a clip. She is more a nutjob than anything else.
6 posted on 03/11/2004 8:38:45 PM PST by Torie
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To: Stultis
I hope in the future she'll be known for 'having been committed.'
7 posted on 03/11/2004 8:39:44 PM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Torie
The woman is neurotic as hell. I heard her shieking on the radio in a clip. She is more a nutjob than anything else.

See the video: she is either a DUer, or would have joined if she had known about it. Major nutlog.

8 posted on 03/11/2004 8:40:50 PM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: sam_whiskey
I'm shocked it wasn't biased in her favor more.
9 posted on 03/11/2004 8:41:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: weegee
I was expected the headline: Bush cracks down on lonely dissenter
10 posted on 03/11/2004 8:42:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: Stultis
If this accused spy is typical of the left-wing antiwar scum, (and it appears she is), then do you think it is possible there are others out there doing what she has been accused of doing? Peace at any price? Not if the rest of us have to pay for it.
11 posted on 03/11/2004 8:44:03 PM PST by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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Why do all these lefty nutcases move to my hometown?
12 posted on 03/11/2004 8:44:47 PM PST by tgslTakoma (Fayetteville, NC - 3/20/04 - Help defend US soldiers and families from Reds-led "peace" rioters.)
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To: Torie
The woman is nuerotic as hell. I heard her shieking on the radio in a clip. She is more a nutjob than anything else.

Yep....you can see the "Nuts & Sluts" defense coming.
And this time it may be true.

13 posted on 03/11/2004 8:46:51 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: weegee
They will do anything to try to link this to the Bush administration won't they?
14 posted on 03/11/2004 8:47:34 PM PST by vpintheak (Our Liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain!)
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To: Auntie Dem
If you are asking do I think that Iraq paid other shills who worked for the antiwar movement, no doubt...


15 posted on 03/11/2004 8:48:07 PM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: GeronL; Stultis
Bush cracks down on lonely dissenter

(Pacifist's Beloved Pets Left Ownerless)

16 posted on 03/11/2004 8:49:26 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Torie
I heard her shieking on the radio in a clip.

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...

17 posted on 03/11/2004 8:51:25 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: All
She'll get a pass, at least.

A book deal, at most.

And you all know I'm right.

18 posted on 03/11/2004 8:56:16 PM PST by Old Sarge
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To: hellinahandcart
Those poor, poor animals!! Has Bush no shame?? How dare he leave those ninety-four cats ownerless!
19 posted on 03/11/2004 9:02:44 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: sam_whiskey
I'm just shocked the New York Times admitted she was a liberal and anti-war...

Me too. With the exception of getting money from Iraq, she sounds like pretty much every journalist/political activist out there!

20 posted on 03/11/2004 9:16:33 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Stultis
She is an America hater and a typical dem. She deserves what she gets for treason.
21 posted on 03/11/2004 9:19:13 PM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Stultis
Spokesmen for those publications said her employment was so short few people remembered much about her.

Bu-but I thought if no one remembers you worked somewhere, then that's proof that you weren't there. At least that's what the media told me about GWB's National Guard service.

22 posted on 03/11/2004 9:33:29 PM PST by GulliverSwift (Keep the <a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/">gigolo</a> out of the White House!)
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To: Stultis
Others who were "Committed Yet Erratic":


23 posted on 03/11/2004 9:36:13 PM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Stultis
Perhaps the funniest line ---

"I certainly saw some signs of flakiness," he said.

24 posted on 03/11/2004 9:40:31 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: Stultis
Although he found Ms. Lindauer bright and pleasant, Mr. Copeland said, she also could be erratic, disappearing for long unexplained periods of the day.


25 posted on 03/11/2004 9:41:43 PM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Stultis
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.
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Our party doesn't put up with illegal behavior. The other party absolutely encourages it, then they deny they did it.

26 posted on 03/11/2004 9:42:37 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: sam_whiskey
I'm just shocked the New York Times admitted she was a liberal and anti-war...

That's how they'll defend her. See, her actions couldn't be described as treason because she's liberal and anti-war and therefore meant well.

27 posted on 03/11/2004 9:42:48 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: Stultis
"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.

It's starting to look like she did a whole hell of a lot more than that, Tommy.

28 posted on 03/11/2004 9:44:22 PM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Torie
Just another out-of-work Human Shield.
29 posted on 03/11/2004 9:48:02 PM PST by WideGlide
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To: doug from upland
signs of flakiness,"

I can do signs. They are entirely TX flakey signs.

Actually, they're flint flakes from ancient arrowhead fabrication techniques.

Sorry to interrupt.

30 posted on 03/11/2004 9:51:53 PM PST by txhurl
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To: martin_fierro
Maybe liquor, maybe crack.
31 posted on 03/11/2004 10:41:00 PM PST by Stultis
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To: Stultis
Cross-link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095807/posts
Lindauer Links- the Enemy Within--
various FR links | 03-11-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
32 posted on 03/11/2004 11:34:55 PM PST by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the TrackBall into the Sunset...)
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To: Stultis
Prediction: this woman is manic-depressive (bi-polar disorder), and suffers from paranoid delusions during the manic phase. She may well have other psychopathologies as well, but this is the most obvious one.

Caveat: I am neither a psychiatrist, nor do I play one on television. But, to paraphrase a Supreme Court Justice, "I know a nutcase when I see one."

33 posted on 03/12/2004 7:39:25 PM PST by longshadow
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