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Defending All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic By: John Perazzo
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A recent vote revealed how far to the left the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives has drifted. While debating a bill funding operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the coming year, it stripped out a provision to ban the government from releasing photos of detainees being abused. Barack Obama originally pledged to make these photos public, until his own CIA and the Defense Department persuaded him to reverse course. The images in the photos are reputed to be no more inflammatory than those that came out of Abu Ghraib in 2004, but those were one of the key recruiting tools of al-Qaeda, according to its leaders on the ground. If the new round of photos were to be made public, Al Jazeera—the most prominent voice of anti-Americanism in the Arab world—would broadcast them into every town and hamlet across the Middle East, exposing American service personnel in the region to potentially grave, not to mention needless, retaliatory violence.

A Democratic aide told CNN, We know that the liberals won't vote for it [with this in], and we need the liberals to vote for it. One of those coveted House votes belongs to Democrat Jerrold Nadler of New York, who led the efforts to strip the bill of the provision inserted into the Senate version of this spending bill by Senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham (and which was passed by an 86-to-3 vote).
Why would anyone release such photos? Nadler is partly motivated by the fact that he is, to some degree, 
angry at President Obama (who publicly supports the photo ban)—for not having kept his campaign pledge to withdraw U.S. forces swiftly out of Iraq, and for now planning to increase the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan.
Having voted against the 2002 “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution” that paved the way to the invasion of Iraq, he is a luminary of the antiwar Left whose chief ambition is to smear the war effort and everything associated with it—and, for good measure, to smear ex-President Bush.

Rahm Emanuel’s theory about never letting a “good crisis” go to “waste,” Nadler is determined not to squander this opportunity to publicly cast Republicans as barbaric torture-advocates whose excesses can only be tempered by enlightened souls in the Democratic Party. If the achievement of this goal requires the release of photographs that could place U.S. soldiers in deadly peril, so be it. The consequences of such actions are of no concern to congressmen like Nadler. Political dividends are what matter to them.

By seeking to have the so-called “torture” photos made public, Jerrold Nadler has allied himself with 
the ACLU, which has been busy in federal court seeking to force the government to release said pictures. Though it piously characterizes itself as America’s “guardian of liberty,” the ACLU, in matters involving American security and terrorist threats, consistently sides with the terrorists

By trying to expunge this provision from the bill, Nadler is exhibiting the same disregard for innocent Americans as he showed eight years ago when he persuaded then-President Clinton to pardon a pair of violent domestic terrorists. In the latter days of the Clinton presidency, the congressman came to the aid of two incarcerated leftist terrorists, Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg
In the 1970s, Evans and Rosenberg had been members of the 
Weather Underground, a Marxist-Leninist cult that was launched under the name Weatherman in 1969. Trained in Marxist philosophy and urban warfare by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the Soviet KGB, this violent group formally declared war on “Amerikkka” (which it spelled that way to convey its belief that the nation was irredeemably racist to its core) and dedicated itself to fomenting social chaos and racial warfare against the “white” United States on behalf of the non-white, allegedly exploited Third World. At a 1969 “War Council” in Michigan, Weatherman leader Bernardine Dohrn (who today is a board member of the ACLU) praised the serial murderer Charles Manson and his accomplices. During its reign of terror, the Weather Underground set off at least 30 bombs in such strategic locations as police stations, corporate offices, military draft offices, ROTC buildings, the U.S. Capitol building, National Guard headquarters, FBI headquarters, courthouses, the Pentagon, the State Department, the National War College, the Navy Yard Computer Center, and the Navy Yard Officers Club. 
In 1981, Evans and Rosenberg, their anti-American radicalism undiminished, took part in the deadly Brinks armored-car robbery in Nyack, New York, where two security guards and two police officers were shot, three of them fatally. Three years later, the women were finally apprehended. At the time, they had 740 pounds of explosives (which they admitted were earmarked for bombings) in their possession. Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years in prison, Evans to 40 years. 
But in early 2001, Congressman Nadler suddenly intervened on the incarcerated terrorists’ behalf. It seems that Rosenberg’s mother had assembled documents from her daughter’s parole hearings that purportedly showed the latter to be a model prisoner; the mother presented these materials to Rolando Matalon, her rabbi at New York’s liberal Congregation B’nei Jeshurun Rolando Matalon. Rabbi Matalon then gave the documents to Nadler, who was also a member of the congregation, and Nadler in turn passed them on for President Clinton to consider as evidence that Rosenberg might merit consideration for a presidential pardon. 
Clinton in fact decided to pardon not only Rosenberg (42 years before her sentence was due to end), but Evans as well (24 years early, in her case)—over the strong objections of Mary Jo White, the US attorney in New York. After her release from prison, Susan Rosenberg was given a job at Congregation B’nei Jeshurun. As attorney Alan Dershowitz put it, “This was a congregational victory.” 
Why did Nadler go to these lengths to secure Susan Rosenberg’s release? Perhaps the congressman, who was a left-wing, anti-Vietnam War activist in the years that the Weather Underground was conducting its own brand of “protest,” felt sympathy for Rosenberg and her radical supporters. And perhaps whatever personal acquaintance he had with Rosenberg’s mother gave him an extra motive for getting involved. 
Why did Clinton, for his part, oblige Nadler’s request? Perhaps it was payback to the congressman, who, as a member of the Judiciary Committee in the 1990s, had used his influence to oppose the impeachment proceedings against the president. 
What price will President Obama be willing to pay for the congressman's services?

John Perazzo is the Managing Editor of DiscoverTheNetworks and is the author of The Myths That Divide Us: How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations. For more information on his book, click here. E-mail him at WorldStudiesBooks@gmail.com

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