Imagine, gentle readers, that you’re an everyday citizen quietly going about your life with charity for all and malice toward none. Imagine that, unbeknownst to you, a vicious terrorist has been jailed and is awaiting trial. Imagine further than a Leftist lawyer is representing him, and that lawyer, in solidarity with anti-American, anti-western lunatics everywhere, is helping that terrorist further acts of terrorism.
They smuggle communications from the terrorist to his fellow terrorists, and back to him, communications that actually cause his fellow terrorists to murder scores of innocents, perhaps even members of your family–your children. It’s nothing personal, you understand, just the furtherance of the glory of the holy struggle against infidels and America.
Imagine too that the lawyer is discovered and convicted, not only of these acts directly aiding terrorism and murder, but of perjuring themselves in the process and they’re jailed. Imagine that while serving their sentence, they develop cancer and petition for a “compassionate release.” Which choice best represents your thoughts:
(A) Compassion?! Let them die in jail and rot in Hell.
(B) They made their bed, let them lie in it–behind bars.
(C) She should have gotten the death penalty for treason in the first place.
(D) A, B and C
(E) They’re a good progressive oppressed by the evil state. They must be freed in the name of social justice and the solidarity of the great struggle against the Great Satan.
Guesss which one the Obama Administration picked?
I speak of radical leftist lawyer Lynn Stewart who defended the “blind sheikh,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind of the first World Trade Center Bombing, and many other acts of terror. Who is Abdel’Rahman? A virtual superstar of jihadists, beloved of Osama Bin-Laden, and a variety of other anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-western civilization lunatic murderers.
Stewart is, of course, a heroine to many, such as the National Lawyer’s Guild:
As her condition has continued to deteriorate, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and several legal and social justice organizations have twice called on Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the BOP to grant compassionate release. Given that Ms. Stewart’s medical condition clearly falls within recent reforms to the BOP’s compassionate release program announced by Holder in August, and that the warden at FMC Carswell had earlier approved her release, the NLG urged that the process of consideration be expedited.
‘From arrest to sentencing, Lynne Stewart’s case was used by the Department of Justice to send a chilling message to attorneys: think twice about who you represent! For speaking to a Reuters reporter about her client’s viewpoints – in violation of an administrative order – an ailing Ms. Stewart was sentenced to a decade in prison. Today’s small measure of justice does little to repair the damage wrought by the government’s unjust prosecution of an advocate whose service to society has been widely documented,” said Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director of the NLG.
They speak of the Department of Justice under George W. Bush. Under the Holder DOJ, Stewart would probably have been hired to pursue administration policy, as have a great many lawyers who willingly volunteered to represent terrorist monsters bent on murdering Americans, and whose concerns are not justice, but “social justice.”
Allow me to smash the world’s smallest violin to bits. Lynne Stewart is no martyr, no heroine. She’s a menace to peace-loving society who illegally conspired with killers. And there’s a very good reason her client was demonized. He is a demon.
Refresher course for the clueless: Stewart was convicted in 2005 of helping terrorist Rahman — the blood-stained Blind Sheikh — smuggle coded messages of Islamic violence to outside followers in violation of an explicit pledge to abide by her client’s court-ordered isolation.
Rahman, Stewart’s ‘political client,’ had called on Muslims to ‘destroy’ the West, ‘burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air or land.’ He issued bloody fatwas against U.S. ‘infidels’ that inspired the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1997 massacre of Western tourists in Luxor, Egypt, and the 9/11 attacks.
Remember, gentle readers, that in Islam there is no separation between church and state. Religious leaders like Rahman issue fatwas, which are essentially interpretations of Sharia, or Islamic Law. Practically, millions of Islamists would consider a fatwa by one such as Abdel-Rahman to be akin to a religious obligation. They would be compelled to carry it out. And how did Stewart help?
Defying a judge’s communications ban, Stewart ferried messages to the Blind Sheikh from fellow jihadist Rifa’l Ahman Tara urging him to support a new wave of Islamic violence in Egypt — and then smuggled out a coded order to his followers lifting a ceasefire between his terrorist group and the Egyptian government. Stewart personally delivered one of the messages to a Reuters reporter.
The Middle East Quarterly also described how Stewart created ‘covering noises’ for the Blind Sheikh’s translator to evade the communications ban: ‘On some surveillance videos, Stewart could be seen shaking a water jar or tapping on the table while [the translator] and the sheikh exchanged communications that were then later disseminated to the sheikh’s followers.
In other words, Stewart wasn’t an unwitting dupe, or merely someone tricked into helping terrorists, she actively helped them commit murder, something about which she was proud.
After receiving an initial paltry sentence of 28 months for abetting terrorism, the disbarred civil-rights attorney was resentenced to ten years in the slammer. A federal panel of judges excoriated her for her sickening arrogance. ‘From the moment she committed the first act for which she was convicted, through her trial, sentencing and appeals,’ Judge Robert Sack of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, ‘Stewart has persisted in exhibiting what seems to be a stark inability to understand the seriousness of her crimes.’
Stewart failed to understand ‘the breadth and depth of the danger in which’ her crimes had ‘placed the lives and safety of unknown innocents, and the extent to which they constituted an abuse of her trust and privilege as a member of the bar,’ the panel found.
This case remains a shining example of just how dangerous it is for America to give foreign-born jihadists the full panoply of American constitutional rights and all the attendant benefits of a civilian trial. Stewart’s treacherous collaboration with the Blind Sheikh endangered — and cost — innocent lives.
Stewart betrayed the principles that make the Sixth Amendment not only essential to a free society, but possible. If lawyers cannot be trusted to obey the law and not to aid in the criminal acts of defendants, the system cannot function, and the door is opened to denying the innocent the protections of the Sixth Amendment. But perhaps four years in prison–out of a ten year sentence–helped her to see the error of her ways?
Stewart remains unrepentant. She called 9/11 an ‘armed struggle.’ Upon her initial sentencing, she boasted that she could serve the term ‘standing on her head.’ After she was convicted of aiding and abetting Rahman, she told an interviewer she ‘would do it again.
She later modified her willingness to stand on her head in a failed attempt to avoid punishment.
How bad is Stewart? Even Jonathan Turley, a noted Leftist attorney, is sufficiently honest and grounded in reality:
Lynne F. Stewart, the former defense lawyer convicted of assisting terrorism, reportedly has been released from prison so that she can live out the final months of her life with her family. She is dying of cancer is believed to have less than 18 months to live.
As someone who has handled terrorism cases as defense counsel and worked under the often abusive limitations placed by the Justice Department on counsel, I was concerned over the prosecution of Stewart and felt that she received a very heavy sentence of 10 years for passing along messages between Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up landmarks in New York City, and his supporters.
Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) can be used to harass prisoners and inhibit defense efforts. Nevertheless, Stewart clearly did violate those provisions [emphasis mine]. Stewart was implicated with interpreter Mohamed Yousry, an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at York College CUNY, and postal clerk Ahmed Sattar. She was was accused of passing along Rahman’s blessing for a resumption of terrorist operations to al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya members in Egypt after they inquired whether they should continue to honor a ceasefire agreement with the Egyptian government. The indictment detailed knowing efforts to trick the guards including an alleged statement by Stewart that she should get an award for acting. Notably, a material support charge was dismissed in 2003 but the Justice Department continued to press for a conviction and recharged her (and secured a conviction for) obstruction of justice and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. It is clear that she lost her objectivity in her relationship with the defendant and violated the SAMs…
Turley did, as any good leftist would, agree with her release. But why was she released? Judge Koeltl initially refused to release her, but PJ Media Editor Rick Moran notes:
[Judge] Koeltl had earlier denied a request for her release, but changed his mind after pressure from Obama’s Bureau of Prisons and from his appointee, Preet Bharara, the federal U.S. attorney in Manhattan.
Bharara is a former aide to New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, and a likely future candidate for political office. His leading role among Democrats was reinforced when Time magazine put him on its front cover in 2012.
Early release from prison should be based at least in part on the rehabilitation of the prisoner. Stewart has never expressed remorse for her actions, nor has she denounced her client’s actions and words. That should have been enough to keep her locked up for the rest of her life.
To put it as simply as possible, the Obama Administration pressured the Judge to release Stewart. It would not be out of bounds to believe that this decision went all the way to Eric Holder, and likely, into the White House. It is certainly in line with Mr. Obama’s demonstrated beliefs and actions. After all, Stewart is a Progressive, a unrepentant terrorist enabler and sympathizer, a betrayer of the Constitution and of America.
Lynn Stewart and Barack Obama: birds of a feather.