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Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 13, 2005 | Jacob Laksin

Posted on 06/13/2005 5:29:37 AM PDT by SJackson

Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror
By Jacob Laksin
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 13, 2005

Last Friday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act had already been adjourned, but Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic blimpish congressman from New York and one of the leftmost members of the House Judiciary Committee, was too wound up to care: “We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it,” bellowed the hefty Nadler.

By this, Nadler meant to defend his attacks on the alleged abuses of the (in fact) privileged  prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Thanks to the efforts of the left-wing panel witnesses invited by Judiciary Committee Democrats to address the hearing (among them Arab American Committee head James Zogby and Amnesty International chairman Chad Pitt) Guantanomo  became its focus, -- even though Guantanano is irrelevant to the Patriot Act. Rather than debate the merits of the Patriot Act, sections of which are set to expire in September, the witnesses and the Democrats (who gave speeches along the same lines) turned the occasion into a harangue against the War on Terror. When frustrated Republican chairman James Sensenbreener abruptly adjourned the hearing, Nadler protested that the majority had violated a “point of decency.”

 

It was an odd statement coming from Nadler. Since the September 11 attacks, few politicians have matched him in their incendiary and frequently unscrupulous opposition to counterterrorism legislation. Few, moreover, have done as much as Nadler to bend the law to the service of convicted terrorists.

 

Along with many of his fellow Democrats, Nadler wasted no time politicizing the September 11events.  “If the White House had knowledge that there was a danger or an intent to hijack an American airplane and did not warn the airlines, that would be nonfeasance in office of the highest order,” Nadler proclaimed in 2002, adding, “That would make the president bear a large amount of responsibility for the tragedy that occurred.” Nadler had no such concerns over the eight years the Clinton Administration turned a blind eye to more than half a dozen major terrorist attacks including the World Trade Center itself, failed to put in place simple airport security measures that would have prevented 9/11, and put a wall between intelligence and law enforcement agencies that made 9/11 possible and which the Patriot Act was designed to fix.

 

Not surprisingly Nadler has been relentless in his efforts undo the Act itself. In 2003, Nadler, urged on by a left-wing activist collective that included the ACLU, and People for the American Way, introduced legislation aimed at defeating the Bush administration’s Terrorism Information Awareness program. The program, which seeks to broaden the investigative tools available to federal investigators, links together and cross-references databases of information about private commercial transactions, such as purchases of airplane tickets, and tracks donations to charities and political causes—in short, everything that Nadler has accused the administration of failing to do before 9-11.

 

Nadler came out squarely against it. Having previously asserted that the Bush administration had not done enough to protect Americans from foreign terrorist threats, Nadler now took the position that it was doing too much. In this spirit, Nadler claimed that the TIA program amounted to a massive “assault on our rights,” and “represents perhaps the closest realization of an Orwellian ‘Big Brother’ government to date.” On Nadler’s political balance sheet, the Bush administration had replaced terrorism as the greatest threat to the United States.

Nadler has held fast to this radical line. In speech after speech, he has denounced the Patriot Act as an instance of “government intrusion”—a peculiar charge coming from a partisan of big-government who has sponsored bills to extract reparations for slavery from private companies and has called for United Nations representatives to monitor the U.S. presidential elections. Especially outrageous to Nadler is a Patriot Act clause enabling FBI investigators to access to library records in the course of a terrorism investigation. The fact that the clause calls for compliance with the First Amendment—and has never been used—has not precluded Nadler from imprudently assailing it as “little more than the institution of a police state.”

Similarly, Nadler has opened up a legislative front against the Patriot Act. Along with other assaults, Nadler has sponsored legislation to eliminate the “national security letter” provision of the Patriot Act, against which the ACLU, which has mounted its own legal challenge. But while the ACLU at least acknowledges that the provision, which allows FBI field office directors to collect information on terrorist suspects, antedates the Patriot Act, Nadler has dishonestly denounced it as “unprecedented and dangerous.” Nadler escalated his campaign against the Patriot Act just in time for the election. Following a failed July 2004 congressional insurrection against the Patriot Act, in which he played a key role, Nadler defended his efforts by stating: “We don't want tyranny.” In recent months, Nadler has emerged as the leader of a group of lawmakers vying for an overhaul of many of the surveillance powers enacted under the Patriot Act.

But Nadler’s efforts to undermine domestic counterterrorism reach far beyond his war on the Patriot Act. In 2003, for instance, Nadler joined forces with two liberal Democrats, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), and Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) in authoring an angry demarche to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, demanding that he “terminate” the Justice Department’s policy of using 56 FBI field offices to count the number of Muslim mosques, religious organizations and community groups in their locals districts. Wrote the authors: “We cannot sanction the targeting of Muslim populations and mosques, or any other community group or institution, to gather intelligence without any suspicion or cause that a specific individual or group of individuals, or a particular mosque or religious organization, is engaging in terrorist activities.” Of the well-documented ties between U.S.-based mosques, many of them financed by Wahhabi money, and Islamist terrorist groups, there was no mention. Instead, the authors cautioned the Justice Department “to follow the constitutionally prescribed channels of investigation.” That the FBI’s counting policy ran afoul of no constitutional directives was likewise ignored.

 

Like other leftwing opponents of the Patriot Act and inflamers of passions over alleged injustices to captured terrorists, Nadler claims all of this effort is to defend America’s image and ideals. The explanation is hardly credible. Exaggerating America’s faults by claiming that Guantanamo is “the gulag of our time” as the Amnesty International chairman did at the hearing without contradiction by the Democrats (Republicans Mike Pence and Howard Coble were left to this task) obviously damages America’s image and encourages our enemies.

 

In Nadler’s defense one might say that since these captured terrorists haven’t been convicted in a court of law some benefit of the doubt should be afforded to Nadler himself. One would be wrong. Nadler has gone to bat for convicted terrorists as well.

 

It speaks to Nadler’s political priorities on terrorism that some of his most fervent advocacy has been spent in a successful effort to secure the presidential pardons of two leftwing bombers serving long sentences for conducting a war against America that prefigured the post 9/11 jihad.

 

Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were members of the Weather Underground, the Marxist-Leninist group of mostly middle-class revolutionaries that had declared war on “Amerikkka” in 1969. Of the numerous crimes in which Rosenberg and Evans were suspects, perhaps the most famous—and deadly—was a 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored car in Nyack, New York. Carried out by several members of the Weather Underground, the heist resulted in the murders of Peter Paige, a Brinks guard, and two Nyack police officers, Edward O'Grady and Waverly Brown, whose deaths left nine children without fathers. Authorities indicted Rosenberg, then on the lam, as an accessory to the bloody crime, and suspected that she drove the getaway car.

 

When the law finally caught up with Rosenberg smuggling a weapons cache in New Jersey in 1984, she was defiant: “We’re caught, but we’re not defeated. Long live the armed struggle!” Rosenberg declared. Rosenberg was still devoted to the revolution’s cause in prison where she was serving a 58 year term and told an interviewer, “I don’t want you to come away thinking that I’m repudiating revolutionary struggle for the United States because I'm not.”

 

Nor, since her Clinton pardon has Rosenberg expressed remorse about her radical past. To the extent that she admits to her crimes, she places the blame wholly on the American “system.” Thus, of her past involvement with violence, Rosenberg has said: “I think it’s the system that’s responsible for a multitude of these faces of violence.”

 

As for Linda Evans, arrested in 1985 on charges that ranged from weapons possession to military training aimed at triggering a war against America from within, she too clings to her radical past, nostalgically referring to her Weathermen confederates as “comrades.” Now working with the Center for Third World Organizing, a radical activist organization that holds terrorists like herself to be "political prisoners," she expresses sentiments like the following: “The prison industrial complex is an interweaving of private business and government interests [with] a monumental commitment to lock up a sizeable percentage of the population.” In March 2002, Evans organized a conference in Cuba declaring solidarity with “political prisoners” who had been “incarcerated because of their involvement in political activities which challenged the unjust nature of the US socioeconomic system and its hegemonic policies around the world.” Topping the list of these supposed “political prisoners” were Evans’ fellow Weather Underground battler Kathy Boudin, Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathy Soliah (aka Sara Jane Olson), and convicted cop-killers Mumia Abu Jamal and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (aka H. Rap Brown).

 

For their unearned freedom, both women owe a debt to Jerrold Nadler. In the 1990s Nadler, a member of the socialist-aligned congressional Progressive Caucus, used his post on the Judiciary Committee to oppose the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton. His loyalty did not go unrewarded. On his last day in office, Clinton acceded to Nadler’s request to commute the sentences of both Evans and Rosenberg. Evans, arrested with 740 pounds of dynamite intended for, among other targets, the Capitol building, had 24 years left in her 40-year sentence when Clinton pardoned her; Rosenberg, arrested for weapons possession, had 42 years yet to serve on her 58-year sentence.

 

Nadler’s initial response was to insist that he took no position on the controversial pardons. In fact, however, Nadler had met with a rabbi, dispatched by Rosenberg’s mother Bella Rosenberg, Nadler’s constituent on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The rabbi, head of New York’s liberal Congregation B’nei Jeshurun, of which Nadler too is a member, had lobbied on Rosenberg’s behalf, even showing Nadler accounts of parole hearings supposedly attesting that Rosenberg had been a model prisoner. (It was no accident that following her release Rosenberg was granted a job a B’nei Jeshurun.)  Faced with these facts, Nadler attempted to cast himself as a humble courier between the Rosenberg family and the White House. This version failed to impress even the normally indulgent New York Times, which denounced the pardons in an editorial.

 

When it comes to the war on terrorists, Jerrold Nadler is a hypocrite; and because of his position on the Judiciary Committee, a dangerous one as well.




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1 posted on 06/13/2005 5:29:37 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Nadler is a dishonor to the whole country.


2 posted on 06/13/2005 5:32:00 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Cornpone

Ping!


3 posted on 06/13/2005 5:32:04 AM PDT by Chgogal (Where Muslims are in a majority......Non-muslims die.)
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To: SJackson
Nadler's been of two minds about everything for a long time. Unfortunately he's fairly representative of his Congressional district.

Makes me wonder why the Arab Islamofascists wanted to attack there?

4 posted on 06/13/2005 5:35:02 AM PDT by muawiyah (q)
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To: SJackson

What Nadler in particular and the Dems in general are saying about Gitmo is borderline treasonous. They are actively aided and abetted and egged on by the MSM. The conduct of all is despicable.


5 posted on 06/13/2005 5:40:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: SJackson
Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror

I think with Nadler that should read eight chins of terror.

6 posted on 06/13/2005 5:46:19 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Calpernia
Reporting from one of your posts on a Jane Fonda thread...
>>>>The man she was intent upon pleasing then – who actually sent her to North Vietnam -- was antiwar activist, pro-Vietnamese Communist and self-styled anti-American “revolutionary” Tom Hayden. Hayden had previously traveled to Bratislava, Czechoslovakia with an SDS delegation to meet with the Vietnamese Communists and counsel them on how to conduct psychological warfare against the United States.

SDS/Weatherman

Weatherman or Weather Underground Organization, is a "revolutionary organization of communist men and women" formed by members of the Students for a Democratic Society or SDS. They were originally called the Revolutionary Youth Movement. They advocated the overthrow of our government and capitalism. They carried out a campaign of bombings, jailbreaks, and riots in 1969-1976.

The group derived their name from Bob Dylan's song lyrics from "Subterranean Homesick Blues", which were, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows", I use to see that quote at the bottom of their periodical, New Left Notes, when I use to work at a periodical distribution company.

Their first event, in 1969, was the "Days of Rage" in Chicago. They blew up a statue dedicated to police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket Riot. They announced at a convention that they supported Charles Manson. The rally failed to draw as many participants (300) as they had hoped. They did lead a riot through Chicago's business district, smashing windows and cars. 6 were shot and 70 arrested. The conflict went on for a few days.

1970, after the shooting by police of Black Panther Fred Hampton, the group issued a Declaration of War against the United States government, changing its name to the "weather underground organization", adopting fake IDs, and pursuing covert activities only. These initially included plans for a bombing of a US military noncommissioned officers' dance at Fort Dix. But when three Underground members died in an accidental explosion while preparing the bomb in a Greenwich Village, New York City safe house, other cells re-evaluated their plans and decided to pursue only non-lethal projects.

This group released a number of manifestos and declarations, while conducting a series of bombings. These attacked the U.S. Capitol, The Pentagon, police and prison buildings, and the rebuilt Haymarket statue again, among other targets. The group took measures to avoid any loss of life as a result of these bombings, issuing warnings to evacuate the building ahead of time via phone. They also took a $25,000 payment from a drugs group called The Brotherhood of Eternal Love to break LSD advocate Timothy Leary out of prison, transporting him to Algeria. They remained largely successful at avoiding the police and the FBI.

In the mid-to-late 1970s, the group began dissolving, as many members turned themselves in to the police, and others moved onto other armed revolutionary groups. Very few served prison sentences, since the evidence gathered against them, by the FBI's COINTELPRO program, was inadmissable in court, due to the illegal methods used to obtain it.

Famous members of the Weather Underground include Kathy Boudin, Mark Rudd, Terry Robbins, David Gilbert, and the still-married couple Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers.

Many former Weathermen have re-integrated into society, without necessarily repudiating their original intent. Bill Ayers, now a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, said in a September 11, 2001 New York Times profile "I don't regret setting bombs. I believe we didn't do enough."

11 posted on 06/10/2005 8:37:33 AM PDT by Calpernia


7 posted on 06/13/2005 6:03:18 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...
Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were members of the Weather Underground, the Marxist-Leninist group of mostly middle-class revolutionaries that had declared war on “Amerikkka” in 1969. Of the numerous crimes in which Rosenberg and Evans were suspects, perhaps the most famous—and deadly—was a 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored car in Nyack, New York. Carried out by several members of the Weather Underground, the heist resulted in the murders of Peter Paige, a Brinks guard, and two Nyack police officers, Edward O'Grady and Waverly Brown, whose deaths left nine children without fathers. Authorities indicted Rosenberg, then on the lam, as an accessory to the bloody crime, and suspected that she drove the getaway car.
8 posted on 06/13/2005 6:38:54 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: piasa; Calpernia

Thanks for the ping

Mark to come back.


9 posted on 06/13/2005 6:40:53 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SJackson

-Gitmo must be closed,
-Terrorists deserve constitutional rights never afforded enemy combatants in this country's history,
-The U.S. needs the approval of the UN before it can act to defend itself,
-Repeal the Patriot Act,
-Terrorism is a crime, not an act of war,
-Removing Saddam from power was wrong because Iraq NEVER had WMD's,
-Its not worth the "cost" to help a fledging democracy in the Middle East.

What do all the above have in common? They are dem talking points and represent the dems version of how to fight this war. Oh wait, what the hell am I saying. To the dems, there is no war, this is a "law enforcement" issue. Nevermind that approach will lead to massive loss of American lives. There are political points to be scored here, and that is more important to the democrat party.

Can anyone here imagine any of the above-positions being taken on September 12, 2001? I certainly can remember some of them being taken prior to September 11, 2001, but I believe that it was concluded, especially by the 9/11 commish, that many of the above positions left us open to attack. It is just amazing to me how low the dems have stooped, aided by the MSM. Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam. . . .America Bad, America Bad. I am absolutely sick of it. You can bet your ass that if the Patriot Act were repealed and another attack happened, the dems and MSM would be screaming the loudest "Bush failed to protect us!!!"

One final thing that I notice. You rarely see images of the 9/11 attacks. You rarely see the planes crashing into the buildings or people jumping to their deaths. Yet, how many Abu Grab photos do you see, on a daily basis, on the front cover of the NYT?


10 posted on 06/13/2005 6:56:18 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: Rummyfan

Quite correct.


11 posted on 06/13/2005 6:59:39 AM PDT by sauropod (De gustibus non est disputandum)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Ah, the left-wing maggot from the Peoples Republic of NYC, and full-time blimp...

Nadler-the-Hutt.

He's got more chins than a Chinese phonebook.

12 posted on 06/13/2005 7:11:32 AM PDT by DocH (Gun-grabbers, you can HAVE my guns... lead first.)
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To: SJackson

I have been toying with the idea of having a set of gargoyles made with the features of prominent lefties. Nadler surely makes the cut. I think it's quite remarkable how many lefty politicians have that deep ugliness that lends them to such caricaturing.


13 posted on 06/13/2005 9:20:20 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: SJackson

But .. Sensenbrenner was awesome - and it was so funny to watch Conyers, Lee and Nadler spitting and sputtering because the Chair didn't bend over to their DEMANDS.

It was so funny .. I watched the hearing twice.


14 posted on 06/13/2005 9:57:24 AM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: Piquaboy

He is "Jabba the Scm*ck".


15 posted on 07/08/2005 7:50:38 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Inwoodian; piasa; Rummyfan; FlipWilson; rmlew; Calpernia; SJackson; DocH; Chgogal
I never thought that I'd long for the days of Ted Weiss.

:(

16 posted on 07/08/2005 7:53:55 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham
I cannot for the life of me understand how the Nadlers and Durbins end up representing us. Who are these people who vote for these morons?????? :(
17 posted on 07/08/2005 8:56:18 PM PDT by Chgogal ("Congressmen who willfully...during war...damage moral...should be arrested, exiled or..." Lincoln)
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To: SJackson

Hog Jowls is an idiot.


18 posted on 07/09/2005 5:17:28 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Chgogal
In the case of Nadler, his constituents include residents of SoHo, the Village, Wall St., Chelsea, and-baffingly-Battery Park City.

The only neighborhoods in his district that aren't populated exclusively by wackos are Brighton Beach and certain portions of Borough Park.

19 posted on 07/09/2005 5:48:39 AM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham
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