Skip to comments.Court refuses to reconsider Berenson case
Posted on 08/09/2005 10:02:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights Tuesday refused a request by American Lori Berenson to review its ruling that upheld her 20-year sentence in Peru for terrorism.
In a decision issued in November, the Costa Rica-based court - the legal arm of the Organization of American States - rejected Berenson's arguments that Peru violated her rights in a 2001 civilian retrial. It was Berenson's last formal avenue of appeal.
The former New York City resident has denied any wrongdoing and maintains she is a political prisoner whose concern for social justice was distorted by authorities to look like a terrorist agenda.
Berenson was arrested in November 1995 and sentenced to life without parole by a secret military court, which said she was a leader of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement and masterminded a thwarted takeover of Peru's Congress to exchange hostages for imprisoned rebels.
Under intense U.S. pressure, Peru overturned the sentence in August 2000 and sent her case to a civilian anti-terrorism court, which found her guilty of the lesser crime of terrorist collaboration.
She is scheduled for release in November 2015, a few weeks after her 46th birthday.
Rot in jail you Maoist *#@!.
"Rot in jail you Maoist *#@!."
Dittos to that. And when she gets out of jail she'll still be younger than I am, right now. So to heck with her I say.
And to her coddling parents I can only say (too late): Moms and Dads, don't let your children grow up to be commie-terrorist symps, it may not end well for them. Better they should drink Latte at Starbucks and sport a "think global act local" bumpersticker, IF you know what I mean.
Maybe she can help out and fight for womens equality in Fallujah when she gets out.
In a way I have always felt sorry for her. She was a guerrilla tourist, she had a thing for marxists, a thing for insurgents, she was one of those Americans whose lives are so empty that they must look for meaning by hanging around people more violent than they. It gives them a kind of second-hand thrill. Like John Walker Lindh who was drawn to medieval barbarians, she spent time in Nicaragua, and later showed up in Peru as a kind of wannabe guerrilla groupie.
The problem is that this is not a game. Lindh and Berenson are kids raised on TV who have a hard time separating reality from fantasy, they are pitiably naive in their own way. The real-life killers they hang with are noble Paladins in their fantasy world, and when they inevitably get caught by the real-world consequences of that misidentification, I have the impression that they find it impossible to understand what has happened to them.
They still think they are victims of some grand conspiracy, they think they are playing out a hero's role on some mini-series and they never realize that they have been had. They have thrown their lives away and as they rot away in their dungeon there is no waking up from this dream.
I couldn't have said it better!
Brick her in and lose the cell.
She used her white skin and US passport to gain access to govt buildings, where she scouted the guard postings etc. for bombers. Her own notes showed the routes the bombers should take for sure entry and maximum effect. She is no better than Timothy McVeigh, and should have been executed.
If she did so for a bombing that would have killed someone, she's extraordinarily lucky she didn't get shot for it.
We need to send some Caterpillars to Peru, and show them how to use them...
On November 21, 1970, Fonda told a large University of Michigan audience, "If you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become Communist."
At Duke University, she elaborated, "I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to Communism."
I would think that the authorities would understand her wish to improve their situation, and if Not they could treat her to a jail cell for a few decades, unlike the U.S. that didn't have the backbone to try her for treason and giving aid & comfort to the enemy.
I agree completely with Marron's analysis - except that I don't feel sorry for her. I read the book her mother wrote, and I still don't feel any sympathy. It's the same old story of red diaper babies who think those poor brown people in Peru need the leadership of someone educated in New York or Massachusetts.
Bernadine dorhn et. al. of the Weathermen come to mind here.
I hope that when (if) she is released she is an old broken down old biddy with nothing left in her. Congratulations on a wasted life, Lori.