Friday, Bob Mack posted an eye-popping story at his Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead blog about a FBI investigation into left-wing terrorist in America, which may or may not lead to our Marxist leaning president. If you are not familiar with Bob Mack’s blog, you definitely should pay him a visit. He is a very talented writer.
Bob’s story is a take off on a story posted by Trevor Loudon at New Zeal who in turn is reporting on a front page story from the Washington Post, Activists cry foul over FBI probe. If you were to only read the Trevor Louden story you might come away thinking that this a witch hunt by a right-wing blogger. But that can’t be it. The Post story came first. The importance of the story is evident in the fact that not only did WaPo break the story, it’s a front page story that takes up three Internet pages. So, clearly the Post sees this as big news. Here are a few snips from this very long WaPo article:
The probe — involving subpoenas to 23 people and raids of seven homes last fall — has triggered a high-powered protest against the Department of Justice and, in the process, could create some political discomfort for President Obama with his union supporters as he gears up for his reelection campaign.
Investigators, according to search warrants, documents and interviews, are examining possible “material support” for Colombian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists.
A lawyer for part of the group being investigated described his clients:
They are “public non-violent activists with long, distinguished careers in public service, including teachers, union organizers and antiwar and community leaders,” said Michael Deutsch, a Chicago lawyer and part of a legal team defending those who believe they are being targeted by the investigation.
Later, we learn:
The activists have formed the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, organized phone banks to flood Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s office and the White House with protest calls, solicited letters from labor unions and faith-based groups and sent delegations to Capitol Hill to gin up support from lawmakers.
Further on in the article we learn:
Search warrants, subpoenas and documents show that the FBI has been interested in links between the activists and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hezbollah.
As I said, the WaPo article is very long. You should read it at your leisure. But, I highly suggest that you read the Trevor Louder piece. He has done a much better job than I ever could of parsing this story. One of the curious things about this story that caught the attention of Trevor is this:
One of the targets, Tom Burke, was a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He was so confident he would get a fair shake from the Post that he provided the paper with a photo of himself shaking hands with Barack Obama. The other apparent intention was to send a message to the President and Attorney General Eric Holder that any investigation of Burke might lead to Obama.
Curious indeed, don’t you think. Why would Burke send this photo to the Post? Trevor, also, does a nice job of highlighting some the groups and politicians that are trying to stop this investigation, such as, a group of nine congressmen, Code Pink and, the SEIU. Trevor also raises some other issues. Please read all of his article.
The thought that I can’t get out of my mind is: why did the Washington Post make this a front page story? This was a quiet FBI investigation that has gone on for quite a while. Could this be the Obama administration’s Watergate? or is there another explanation.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?