The separate reality of radicals, which made them unable to comprehend the consequences of their own actions was made vivid for me in a New York Times story I read later about the parole appeal of Evans’ third political prisoner Kathy Boudin. The Times had run a series of stories on Boudin, with the reporter doing everything possible to create sympathy for the prisoner as her appeal date approached. Like Sara Jane Olson, Boudin proposed herself as a “changed woman,” who had been incarcerated almost as a matter of mistaken identity: “Today, her supporters say, Ms. Boudin is a different woman. During her 20 years in prison she has helped to create several innovative programs for AIDS victims, incarcerated mothers and inmates seeking to take college courses.” As part of its promotional effort on Boudin’s behalf, the Times even ran a 3,000 word feature on her graduation from the college program she had created, which was funded by actress Glenn Close and Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler among others. Boudin’s boosters included The Nation magazine, numerous organizations advocating “prisoner rights” and “social justice” and, in general, the socially prominent and influential mandarins of the “progressive” elite.
Like her comrades, Kathy Boudin is — despite all these cosmetics of social uplift – a lifelong enemy of American democracy and a committed terrorist. She was part of the Weatherman team constructing the anti-personnel bomb whose explosion in the New York townhouse killed three of the guilty and prevented the loss of innocent lives. Far from renouncing her communist and terrorist past, Boudin is part of the same radical network that fuels Linda Evans’ seditious projects and remains an integral part of the permanent revolution both signed onto in the 1960s. In the following decade, when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Kathy Boudin joined a gang of black criminals calling themselves the “May 19th Communist organization” and became part of the getaway team in a $1.6 million robbery of a Brink’s armored vehicle. The funds would have been used to finance a revolution to carve a “New Afrika” out of the United States.
In the botched robbery attempt, an innocent Brinks guard and two Nanuet police officers were killed. Nine children ranging in age from two months to twenty-one years were left without fathers, and with permanent wounds that are beyond the powers of the courts or Kathy Boudin to heal. One of the murdered officers was Waverly Brown, the first black policeman on the Nanuet force, whose hiring was the result of a lengthy civil rights struggle undertaken by blacks and whites in the Nanuet community. Yet, here is how Kathy Boudin explained her collusion in the cold-blooded killings of these men to the New York Times: “I went out that day with a lot of denial. I didn’t think anything would happen; in my mind, I was going back to pick up my child at the baby-sitter’s.”
Another Evans prisoner and comrade of Kathy Boudin and Linda Evans, Susan Rosenberg was a former Weather Underground bomber, a member of the May 19th Communist organization, and a participant in the Brinks robbery. Like Boudin, Rosenberg went to fancy private institutions, the Walden School and Barnard College and – as a Sixties radical — became part of a terrorist network called “The Family,” which included the above organizations as well as the Black Liberation Army and the Red Guerrilla Resistance. On November 7, 1983, “The Family” bombed the U.S. Capitol in a blast that “ripped through a conference room near the Senate offices of then-minority leader Robert C. Byrd.” The bombers issued a war communiqué, explaining that “we purposely aimed our attack at the institutions of imperialist rule rather than at individual members of the ruling class and government. We did not choose to kill any of them this time. But their lives are not sacred.”
Susan Rosenberg also participated in the escape to Cuba of Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, wanted in connection with the ambush assassination of a New Jersey State trooper. Shakur was convicted of the murder and was serving a life sentence when Rosenberg helped her to flee. In 1984, Rosenberg was captured with Evans at a New Jersey warehouse where they were unloading 740 pounds of explosives. She also was in possession of fourteen weapons including an Uzi submachine gun. As in the case of other leftwing murderers for political causes, Rosenberg has become a progressive hero, supported by celebrity defenders of political criminals like Noam Chomsky and William Kunstler both of whom actively lobbied for her release. Since she had been sentenced to 58 years for her crimes, prosecutors decided not to pursue murder charges in connection with the killing of the three officers in the Nanuet robbery.
This proved to be a mistake. Like Evans, she gained the support of Democratic congressman Jerry Nadler, and along with Evans was pardoned by Clinton on his last day in office.
– “The President’s Pardoned Bombers,” Left Illusions
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