A Terrorist Returns

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


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Convicted terrorist collaborator Lori Berenson is fortunate that in the United States citizenship is not a license that expires upon bad behavior.

Berenson is back in America for the holidays, nearly two decades after the trust fund baby left to advance communism in Latin America.

A Peruvian court convicted her in 1996 of aiding a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group that even now aspires to overthrow Peru’s government by force, but the 42-year-old New Yorker is free on parole. She was granted permission to visit the U.S. and has promised to return to Peru next month and remain there until her sentence is completed.

Berenson was paroled in 2010 after serving 15 years of a 20 year prison term for collaborating with the Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru (Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement) or MRTA. Along with Shining Path, a brutal Maoist guerrilla group, MRTA has long waged war against Peru’s democratically elected government.

Her long and winding quest for so-called social justice began in the late 1980s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the academic home of America-hating anarchist Noam Chomsky. An anthropology student, Berenson said her time at MIT radicalized her. It was “the place where I finally learned the connection between politics and human suffering.”

During an academic exchange program in El Salvador, Berenson met with the late Congressman Joe Moakley (D-Mass.) and future Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.). They discussed human rights and conditions in El Salvador, which made Berenson reflect “that the world was much bigger and the suffering was much worse than I had thought.”

In 1989, she dropped out of MIT and started working for the Communist-influenced Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) in New York City and Washington, D.C. Two years later she moved to Central America and began working for the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), then a Marxist guerrilla group in El Salvador.

Berenson found her way to Peru. Back in 1993, soon after she rented a house in a Lima suburb, it became an outpost for the group. MRTA’s second in command, Miguel Rincon, used one floor of the house as a command post, arsenal, and shooting range. Authorities say Berenson made several visits to the Peruvian Congress, casing it in preparation for a planned attack and identifying lawmakers for future kidnappings.

When Berenson’s home was raided in late 1995, an all-night siege followed. Fourteen guerrillas and a police officer lost their lives.

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  • Lady_Dr

    Is there no legal way to contain this monster?

    But thank you for posting her photo and the article – it is good to have it available so that parents who think of sending their children to the university where she ends up speaking, (or teaching God forbid) can think twice.

    It will also help to put alums of that university on notice

    Trust fund baby no less, I should be so lucky. This is truly a nasty piece of work.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Berenson discussed human rights with Joe Moakley and Jim McGovern; then what did she do? She went to Peru and joined MRTA, and made things worse. The Shining Path
    (Sendero Luminoso), the MRTA, and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua–3 brutal terrorist groups that get much of their money through the drug trade. In 1978, the Sandinistas burned down Managua's only synagogue; and chased the remaining Jews out of the country. Not for nothing did President Reagan call Daniel Ortega a "little tinpot dictator."
    It wasn't until 1990 that the Sandinistas finally held Democratic elections in Nicaragua, but only because they were forced to. This was because, in return for his help in controlling the drug trade, the President of El Salvador made Ortega agree to free elections. And with the Sendero Luminoso and MRTA in Peru, matters were worse.
    Lori Berenson, go back to Peru, and go to h—.

  • StephenD

    She'd probably have to get in line for a position if this Administration gets 4 more years. They would welcome her with open arms along with all the other rats in hiding. I can see it now, when they no longer have to hide their true agenda because 4 more is all they get (Unless the laws change – which effort wouldn't be past them), so they'll use that time to dig as deep as they can to make a mortal wound on this country which they hate ~ America.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    I like how this article isn’t informative at all and Vadum, with his purple shirts is complaining that Berenson had a trust fund. Also he reduces MIT to the home of Noam Chomsky. Right. That’s their primary claim to fame.

  • Larry

    She was convicted by a military court and never allowed to confront her accusers. All the Judges were from the military and wore hoods.
    She was no angel. She was mixed up with the wrong people but she did not commit any acts of terrorism.

    • tony

      Really Larry? How much do you know about this case? I've been following it for several years. The lovely and gracious Ms. Berenson was intimately involved in all the details of planning terrorist attacks and kidnappings. That's called conspiracy. Ever heard of that term? It's a pretty serious offense. One need not actually complete the act in order to be convicted of conspiracy.

      Again, she was intimately involved in the preparation of various terrorist attacks and kidnappings. She did this of her own choosing. She was not taken from her home in the dead of night and spirited off to Peru, where she was brainwashed. We're talking about someone smart enough to get into MIT. There, she became radicalized – her words, not mine – and dropped out to join the fight. She chose her own path.

      As for the military court, good for them. That's the proper way to deal with terrorists, not the nonsense of civilian trials. She's lucky she wasn't shot.

  • mrbean

    The Maoist based Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, of took part in the 1970 bombing of a city police station that killed a police sergeant. These two should have been executed for this alone. Maybe someone will kill them both I hope. Just a suggestion. heh heh heh heh

  • Commentator

    Little Lori ….. princess of the left …now mommy and daddy will make all better….there. there…..

  • – –

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  • Ann

    hum—the connection between POLITICS AND HUMAN SUFFERING —so you murder others to prove your point??? may justice be served—may she get what she gave out!!!

  • Steve Chavez

    WAS HOMELAND SECURITY NOTIFIED?

    Hillary Clinton aided the FMLN with about $12,000 and when the FMLN won the Presidency two years ago, Hillary was the highest ranking U.S. official

    Rev. Wright also aided the FMLN and Obama also supported them which is detailed in his (Google) Obama Sundial 1983 article on front groups at Columbia which means he not only sought out "Marxist professors" but the most radical Marxists, beholden to the Soviet KGB's World Peace Council, U.S. Peace Council run by the CPUSA whose goal was the take over of Central America.

    There were millions of Americans who aided the FMLN, as well as going on Construction Brigades to Nicaragua, and money was even raised in Churches to aid an ideology that says "There is no god!"

    THE FOLLOWERS OF THE KGB/CPUSA OF THE 80'S ARE THE LEADERS OF THE UNITED STATES TODAY!

  • Rifleman

    Lol, that tweek of St. ronpaul got a chuckle from me. I'm half surprised his cult didn't mob the comments section.

  • RoguePatriot6

    Yet another sign of a failing education system. We have become so pathetic.

  • Tom Kinney

    I guess I'm just going to have to grow old and die along with the rest of my embarrassing boomer generation before I'll see an end to these poor, delusional losers parading across our purview like phantoms from a truly bad nightmare that refuses to end, even upon awakening.

    Lady, eat your own guilt….don't throw it on my tray.

  • BS77

    Berenson….yes, go back to Peru….stay there…..don't come back here.

  • Nicholas Embridge

    Lori Berenson should be deported to Cuba or any other country where she can actually enjoy the lifestyle she tried to force upon peruvian citizens. She does not deserve to live comfortably ANYWHERE in the free world. Go to hell you scumbag piece of work terrorist criminal!!!!

  • Ron Carnine

    Why is a known terrorist running around in the US? If she was convicted why did the doors of this nation swing open to her? Who paid for her plane ticket and where is she staying? Is anyone monitoring her movements while she is in the US? As a police officer (ret.) I have a hard time with convicted felons being allowed to come back into this country on "spring break". Where is Criminal Justice?

  • oldtimer

    I thought communists don't believe in God, so why is she back for holidays?

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