As I write in my new book Subversion Inc., Brandon Darby has been a target ever since it was publicly revealed that he saved the lives of innocent Americans by thwarting the planned fire-bombing of the 2008 Republican Convention by two anarchists.
Left-wing activists have harassed Darby in his hometown of Austin, Texas, threatening cafes and other businesses he frequents for committing the sin of serving him. Some activists have issued death threats against him. As David Horowitz, Andrew Breitbart, and Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore can attest, this is often standard operating procedure when a person turns against the Left.
For his apostasy Darby, formerly a far-left community organizer who made a name for himself in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, is vilified across the Internet. A new documentary film called “Better This World” portrays Darby as a charismatic master manipulator who somehow forces two idealistic young progressives to manufacture Molotov cocktails. (Predictably, the movie was funded by radical philanthropist George Soros. It airs on PBS next month.)
Within the radical community, being accused of acting as an agent provocateur is probably the worst charge that can be leveled at a person.
In February, The New York Times reported that Darby, an FBI informant, had “encouraged” the violent conspiracy. This is not a minor mistake. The implication the newspaper made was that the two terrorists weren’t really to blame for what they did because Darby manipulated them into doing it.
The newspaper published this report even though one of the perpetrators, David Guy McKay, admitted to the court that he lied about Darby’s role in the plot. “I embellished – I guess actually lied – that Brandon Darby came up with the idea to make Molotov cocktails,” McKay told a federal court in Minnesota in 2009.
At McKay’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis made a specific finding that the defendant obstructed justice at his trial by falsely accusing Darby of inducing him to manufacture the incendiary devices. The court slapped extra time onto McKay’s prison term for the lie.
For its slander, Darby filed suit against The New York Times earlier this year. The case is in the discovery phase.
Currently, the money-losing newspaper is trying to use the case to conduct a fishing expedition that could undermine law and order and the national security of the United States. Times lawyers are trying to force the FBI to divulge the names of those targeted by the bureau’s investigators.
Now, Mother Jones magazine is attacking Darby. It’s not hard to figure out where the publication stands politically. Its namesake refers to a radical labor activist known as “the grandmother of all agitators.” A few years ago, it ran a sympathetic portrait of John Walker Lindh (aka the American Taliban).
Apparently Mother Jones has better lawyers than The New York Times. The magazine’s new article by reporter Josh Harkinson studiously avoids direct language to the effect that Darby encouraged the terrorist plot.
On this issue Harkinson writes only that “Better This World” presents “a compelling case that Darby, with the FBI’s blessing, used his charisma and street credibility to goad [defendants] Crowder and McKay into pursuing the sort of actions that would later land them in prison.”
Harkinson suggests that Crowder and McKay, after going through all the effort of making the Molotov cocktails, suddenly decided at the last minute not to follow through. “The reality is, when we woke up the next day, neither one of us wanted to use them,” Harkinson quotes Crowder telling him. How convenient.
The prosecution of the two would-be bombers is driven by neo-McCarthyism and an ongoing vast right-wing conspiracy, the writer implies.
Darby’s entanglement with the feds is part of a quiet resurgence of FBI interest in left-wingers. From the Red Scare days of the 1950s into the ’70s, the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program, a.k.a. COINTELPRO, monitored and sabotaged communist and civil rights organizations. Nowadays, in what critics have dubbed the Green Scare, the bureau is targeting the global-justice movement and radical environmentalists.
Yeah, sure. Anti-leftist sentiment must explain why President Obama’s Justice Department refuses to investigate labor union violence and ACORN and why it let New Black Panther Party members off virtually scot-free after they attempted to intimidate voters in Philadelphia.
And Harkinson doesn’t express any concern that if the two terrorists had succeeded police officers and Republican delegates may have been killed. That would be going off-message.
In an interview with this writer, Darby detailed a few of the distortions and inaccuracies in the Mother Jones article.
Crowder and McKay can’t be trusted because they have changed their storyline no fewer than four times so far, Darby said. In the end “they admitted that they would have made the bombs with or without the FBI or me having been involved.”
The two leftist criminals “just can’t accept responsibility for being wrong and doing wrong – it’s always someone else’s fault,” Darby said.
And the left-wingers at Mother Jones and The New York Times are only too happy to blacken a hero’s name to give two terrorists cover.
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