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    By Philip Shenon, Special To the New York Times
    • May 12, 1988

    Seven members of a group describing itself as a ''Communist politico-military organization'' were charged today with the 1983 bombing of the Capitol and attacks on several other buildings, including at least four in New York City, according to the Justice Department.
    The suspects were indicted here on Federal charges of conspiring to set off the late-night explosion that did extensive damage to a conference room near the Senate chamber on Nov. 7, 1983. While no one was injured in the blast, it prompted tightened security procedures on Capitol Hill and at Federal establishments around the country.
    A Federal grand jury also accused the defendants of setting off bombs at three Washington-area military installations and at the four sites in New York City from 1983 to 1985. A Justice Department official said no one was killed or hurt in the bombings.
    According to the indictment, the New York targets were the Federal Building on Staten Island on Jan. 28, 1983; the Israeli Aircraft Industries Building on April 5, 1984; the South African consulate on Sept. 26, 1984, and the offices of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association on Feb. 23, 1985. One Remains a Fugitive


    In Washington, prosecutors charged, the defendants were responsible for bombings at the National War College at Fort McNair on April 26, 1983; the Washington Navy Yard Computer Center on Aug. 18, 1983, and the Washington Navy Yard Officers Club on April 20, 1984.

    The other defendants were identified as Linda Evans, Laura Whitehorn, Susan Rosenberg, Timothy Blunk, Alan Berkman and Elizabeth Duke. Ms. Duke is a fugitive.

    https://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/12/u...s-capitol.html


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    Susan Lisa Rosenberg (born 5 October 1955)[1] is an American activist, writer, advocate for social justice and prisoners' rights and a former terrorist. From the late 1970s into the mid-1980s, Rosenberg was active in the far-left revolutionary terrorist May 19th Communist Organization ("M19CO"), which according to a contemporaneous FBI report "openly advocate[d] the overthrow of the U.S. Government through armed struggle and the use of violence".[2] M19CO provided support to an offshoot of the Black Liberation Army, including in armored truck robberies, and later engaged in bombings of government buildings.[3]

    After living as a fugitive for two years, Rosenberg was arrested in 1984 while in possession of a large cache of explosives and firearms over 750 lbs and automatic weapons. She had also been sought as an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur and in the 1981 Brink's robbery that resulted in the deaths of two police and a guard,[4] although she was never charged in either case.

    Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years' imprisonment on the weapons and explosives charges. She spent 16 years in prison, during which she became a poet, author, and AIDS activist. Her sentence was commuted to time served by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001,[5] his final day in office.[6



    As of 2020, Rosenberg serves as vice chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a non-profit foundation that sponsors the fundraising and does administrative work for the Black Lives Matter global network, among other clients.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rosenberg




  • #2
    Originally posted by Sparko View Post
    By Philip Shenon, Special To the New York Times
    • May 12, 1988

    Seven members of a group describing itself as a ''Communist politico-military organization'' were charged today with the 1983 bombing of the Capitol and attacks on several other buildings, including at least four in New York City, according to the Justice Department.
    The suspects were indicted here on Federal charges of conspiring to set off the late-night explosion that did extensive damage to a conference room near the Senate chamber on Nov. 7, 1983. While no one was injured in the blast, it prompted tightened security procedures on Capitol Hill and at Federal establishments around the country.
    A Federal grand jury also accused the defendants of setting off bombs at three Washington-area military installations and at the four sites in New York City from 1983 to 1985. A Justice Department official said no one was killed or hurt in the bombings.
    According to the indictment, the New York targets were the Federal Building on Staten Island on Jan. 28, 1983; the Israeli Aircraft Industries Building on April 5, 1984; the South African consulate on Sept. 26, 1984, and the offices of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association on Feb. 23, 1985. One Remains a Fugitive


    In Washington, prosecutors charged, the defendants were responsible for bombings at the National War College at Fort McNair on April 26, 1983; the Washington Navy Yard Computer Center on Aug. 18, 1983, and the Washington Navy Yard Officers Club on April 20, 1984.

    The other defendants were identified as Linda Evans, Laura Whitehorn, Susan Rosenberg, Timothy Blunk, Alan Berkman and Elizabeth Duke. Ms. Duke is a fugitive.

    https://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/12/u...s-capitol.html


    ----------------

    Susan Lisa Rosenberg (born 5 October 1955)[1] is an American activist, writer, advocate for social justice and prisoners' rights and a former terrorist. From the late 1970s into the mid-1980s, Rosenberg was active in the far-left revolutionary terrorist May 19th Communist Organization ("M19CO"), which according to a contemporaneous FBI report "openly advocate[d] the overthrow of the U.S. Government through armed struggle and the use of violence".[2] M19CO provided support to an offshoot of the Black Liberation Army, including in armored truck robberies, and later engaged in bombings of government buildings.[3]

    After living as a fugitive for two years, Rosenberg was arrested in 1984 while in possession of a large cache of explosives and firearms over 750 lbs and automatic weapons. She had also been sought as an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur and in the 1981 Brink's robbery that resulted in the deaths of two police and a guard,[4] although she was never charged in either case.

    Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years' imprisonment on the weapons and explosives charges. She spent 16 years in prison, during which she became a poet, author, and AIDS activist. Her sentence was commuted to time served by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001,[5] his final day in office.[6



    As of 2020, Rosenberg serves as vice chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a non-profit foundation that sponsors the fundraising and does administrative work for the Black Lives Matter global network, among other clients.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rosenberg
    Clinton seems to have had a thing for pardoning convicted terrorists including some involved with setting off 120 bombs in the United States because the move was popular with a segment of New Yorkers that his wife needed the support of as she sought to be elected to the Senate (naturally Hillary first voiced full support of the move, but was forced to back track when it faced a tidal wave of criticism -- only two Senators voted against officially condemning it).

    I'm always still in trouble again

    "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
    "Of course, human life begins at fertilization thatís not the argument." --Tassman

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
      Clinton seems to have had a thing for pardoning convicted terrorists including some involved with setting off 120 bombs in the United States because the move was popular with a segment of New Yorkers that his wife needed the support of as she sought to be elected to the Senate (naturally Hillary first voiced full support of the move, but was forced to back track when it faced a tidal wave of criticism -- only two Senators voted against officially condemning it).
      And Trump has a thing for pardoning convicted war criminals and cronies convicted of other crimes.
      Word has it that he has a long long list of pardons he will make before he has to leave office. I am curious to see if he gives a blanket pardon to the rioters who attacked the Capitol.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kccd View Post
        I am curious to see if he gives a blanket pardon to the rioters who attacked the Capitol.
        That would pretty much prove everything the democrats have been saying about him the last couple of weeks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sparko View Post
          That would pretty much prove everything the democrats have been saying about him the last couple of weeks.
          Indeed, unless it was done to stick a thumb (or maybe middle finger) in their eye as a parting gesture.

          I'm always still in trouble again

          "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
          "Of course, human life begins at fertilization thatís not the argument." --Tassman

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sparko View Post

            That would pretty much prove everything the democrats have been saying about him the last couple of weeks.
            It'd be kind to say that he's done that since he took office, but post-COVID he certainly put pedal to metal on obnoxiousness. He validated his worst critics at the worst possible time, which should incense anyone that supported him.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by whag View Post

              It'd be kind to say that he's done that since he took office, but post-COVID he certainly put pedal to metal on obnoxiousness. He validated his worst critics at the worst possible time, which should incense anyone that supported him.

              His rants against Pence and McConnell certainly didn't help his cause any.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kccd View Post

                And Trump has a thing for pardoning convicted war criminals ...
                Such as?

                "Neighbor, how long has it been since youíve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?Ē

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kccd View Post
                  I am curious to see if he gives a blanket pardon to the rioters who attacked the Capitol.
                  I don't want this, but a cynical part of me wants to see the media response.

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