Abetting Terrorism = “Free Speech”?


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In 2000, Fertig made a monetary contribution to anti-war activist Medea Benjamin‘s unsuccessful run as the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in California. Benjamin, who co-founded both Global Exchange and Code Pink, aligns her politics closely with those of Fidel Castro. She was a principal architect of the violent 1999 protests in Seattle, where rampaging anti-globalization activists burned cars, smashed windows, and caused millions of dollars in property damage. She spearheaded a 2004 effort to donate $600,000 in medical supplies and cash to the families of the terrorist insurgents who were fighting American troops in Fallujah, Iraq. And in 2006, she and Cindy Sheehan together traveled to South Korea to publicly condemn a U.S. plan for expanding an American military base near Seoul. According to Ms. Benjamin, the “innovative” economic policies of Venezuela’s communist president Hugo Chavez have placed his country at “the center of a new, progressive model of socioeconomic development that is shaping Latin America’s future.”

It should be noted that Fertig’s support for far leftists and Marxists does not end with Benjamin, Castro, and Chavez. In 2008 he donated money to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and was, for awhile, in contention to be selected as a delegate for Obama in California’s 30th Congressional District.

Representing Fertig and his fellow plaintiffs in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project was David Cole, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). In Cole’s estimation, the Court’s ruling “basically says the First Amendment allows making peacemaking and human rights advocacy a crime.” Since 9/11, Cole and CCR have focused their efforts heavily on derailing the U.S. government’s newly implemented anti-terrorism measures, which the Center depicts as having “seriously undermined civil liberties, the checks and balances that are essential to the structure of our democratic government, and indeed, democracy itself.” In December 2006, CCR and the Humanitarian Law Project jointly petitioned a federal judge to dismiss charges that had been brought against the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which in 2001 was shut down by the U.S. government because of its terrorist ties.

In 2002 Cole wrote, “It appears that the greatest threat to our freedoms is posed not by the terrorists themselves but by our own government’s response” to 9/11. That same year, Cole was a signatory to a “Statement of Conscience” drafted by Not In Our Name (NION), a self-described “peace movement” initiated by C. Clark Kissinger of the Revolutionary Communist Party. The NION Statement condemned not only the Bush administration’s “stark new measures of repression,” but also its “unjust, immoral, illegitimate, [and] openly imperial policy towards the world.” According to NION, it was the American government – and not that of any other nation – that posed the most “grave dangers to the people of the world.”

Also in 2002, Cole came to the defense of Sami Al-Arian, the University of San Francisco professor arrested for his involvement with the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. “People cannot be punished for advocating criminal activity unless the Supreme Court has said their speech is intended and likely to incite imminent lawless actions,” Cole maintained. That said, he claimed that Al-Arian’s infamous remark wishing “Death to Israel” was protected speech.

Cole and CCR garnered considerable media coverage in 2005 when representing the self-described radical attorney Lynne Stewart during her trial for having abetted the terrorist ambitions of Islamic Group leader Omar Abdel Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. When Stewart was found guilty in February of 2005, Cole lamented that “this case illustrates how out-of-hand things have gotten in the ‘war on terrorism’” (scare quotes in original).

In the calculus of leftists like Ralph Fertig and David Cole, there is nary a pro-terrorist word or act that cannot ultimately be defended under the rubric of “free speech.” Thus continues the Left’s quest to interpret the United States Constitution as a national suicide pact.

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  • Peter E. Coleman

    It sure didn't take much time for Sootymeyer to show her leftist ways.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GOP_Sucks GOP_Sucks

    As much as I have to agree with the ruling — it would suggest activism on a global scale.

    • sflbib

      Are you saying that denying someone the ability to provide “'material support' of any kind … to a foreign terrorist organization, … is judicial activism? If so, then anything could be considered "speech". In fact, impeaching the three dissenting judges could be speech par excellence.

  • Kim Bruce

    "World Can't Wait"
    Isn't that part of Obama's "Change"?

  • Anti-Fascist18

    Another self-hating "Jew" for Hitler…sure wish Soros would get that train for Mr. Fertig. He deserves that ride, along with Medea Benjamin, Adam Gadahn, Emanuel, and a few others.

    Too bad Zinn isnt around anymore – actually make that glad that the Stalinist jerk kicked the bucket.

  • USMCSniper

    Apparanetly the article worshiping at the altar of the pompous bloviating ass William F. Buckley does not allow any negative comments to be posted about him. Buckley itruly had nothing to contribute intellectually. And when faced with a true intellectual like Ayn Rand, all he could do was resort to personal guttersniping. Ayn Rand made the case against the welfare state root and branch. She was the first to make a secular case against Communism and Socialism, and the first to make a fully secular defense of American values. The fact that her ideas were shut out by Buckley hurt the entire cause of Americanism. These days people are flocking to read "Atlas Shrugged." They are not burning a hole in their wallets to buy "God and Man at Yale."

  • sflbib

    Re: “…frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends”…

    This isn't rocket science, folks. Plaintiff's arguments are as transparent as Saran Wrap and amount to the notion that one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter, which is as ludicrous as saying one man's assault and battery is another's karate practice.

    How this case ever made it to the Supreme Court is beyond me.

  • USMCSniper

    Wars of containment cost American lives for nothing and do more harm to this nation and give credibility to the crazy peace demonstrators and other leftist nutcases.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/hopetotellyou hopetotellyou

    THEIR idea of "peaceful" purposes is
    NOT OUR idea of "peaceful" purposes.
    They should not be allowed support of
    any kind from anyone in the USA.

  • No Comrade

    For the left, none of this is about what our founding fathers intended for this republic to be. None of this is about freedoms individual people should enjoy; to know what it is like to be fully human and experience life and conscience without an arrogant superior (other than god – to the left non-existent) giving or withholding their approval. For the left it is about individual, idealistic themes which have no cohesion with the other utopian themes. In the end it is like mixing several boxes of jigsaw puzzles together thinking that it will create a fabulous picture when pieced together. We keep telling them it won't work but they persist in their fantasy. Some even admit that they know it won't work and that they are really anarchists hoping to see ruination rain down upon sinful mankind. Human beings are not perfect and therefor have no place in the universe. They have a mental disease which requires mankind to conform insane idea of what ought to be. We must either be perfected or terminated.

  • 080

    Yes. But whatever happened to the leftist idea that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. But the truth is that a terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. So is a leftist a leftist. Opinions differ. But some opinions are better than other opinions.

  • To The Idiots

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/

    You are all terrorist by the language of the DHS Lexicon, MIAC Report and Virginia Threat Assessment. Careful what you wish for. This engagement in doublethink is quite disturbing to me. Clear language – no laws can be made… i.e. MATERIAL SUPPORT. Who decides this? The same court that narrowly upheld the 2nd Amendment? Well that is a relief.

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

  • To The Idiots

    Continued:

    And for the complete and total clueless idiots who claim it is a leftist idea that "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." You rejects, you do realize it was Ronald Wilson Reagan who called Al Qaeda – the CIA created Mujahadeen and Osama Bin Laden "freedom fighters" in the 1980s… Saddam was our boy too, we after all supplied him with the chemical weapons to gas the Kurds, but then, oh well… PNAC needed a new enemy for social cohesion after the demise of the USSR.

    Meanwhile… your best buddy nation… free pass for the USS Liberty and the Lavon Affair.
    Learn some history, You are all completely clueless and a total waste of time.

    • USMCSniper

      Iy is you really should learn some history. Zbigniew Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, President Jimmy Carter secretly authorized $500 million to create an international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "de-stabilise" the Soviet Union… The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4 billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means "student"). Young Muslim zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" – terrorism. Jimmy Carter not Ronald Reagan you idiot!

  • mrbean

    Those who do not learn some history are bound to repeat mistakes. Zbigniew Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, President Jimmy Carter secretly authorized $500 million to create an international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "de-stabilise" the Soviet Union… The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4 billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means "student"). Young Muslim zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" – islamic terrorism.