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Lynne Stewart Fires Off a Parting Shot Before Going To Prison

November 19, 2009

Before surrendering to authorities on Wednesday afternoon to begin serving a measly 28 month sentence for providing material support to Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman (the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993), Maoist sympathizer, terrorist enabler and traitor Lynne Stewart took time out for an interview with Marxist Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! network. It was a spectacle reminiscent of the way the state-controlled newspaper Pravda would conduct its fawning interviews of Josef Stalin during the days of the old Soviet-Union.

Stewart, you will recall, was the attorney for Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”), and after his conviction for his role in the 1993 bombing was arrested herself for passing information from her imprisoned client to Rahman’s “Islamic Group,” a terror organization based in Egypt with connections to al-Qaeda. Stewart was disbarred and convicted, and although she faced a 30-year prison term, in a bizarre judicial twist was ultimately sentenced to only a fraction of that.

Although she vigorously fought her slap on the wrist sentence, claiming she was merely a “zealous advocate” for Rahman, a three-judge panel revoked Stewart’s bail and ordered her to begin serving the sentence immediately, ruling: “a genuinely held intent to represent a client ‘zealously’ is not necessarily inconsistent with criminal intent.”

Stewart remains defiant, and her interview with Goodman shows that she is just as dedicated to the cause of America’s enemies in 2009 as she was in 1993.  When asked by Goodman for her reaction to the initial ruling, for example, Stewart tried to portray her treasonous act as a larger constitutional issue:

LYNNE STEWART: Well, in its sweeping and negative tone, I must say I was first a little bit shocked, because we had expected, or had hoped, at least, that some of these important constitutional issues would be decided, and then very disappointed, on my own behalf, certainly—personally, you can’t discount—but actually, for all of us, Amy, because these important constitutional issues—the right to speak to your lawyer privately without the government listening in, the right to be safe from having a search conducted of your lawyer’s office—all these things are now swept under the rug and available to the government.

Despite the fact that some of the information she passed on to Rahman’s minions may have actually tipped Osama Bin Laden off that our forces were closing in on him in Afghanistan, Stewart believes that her actions constituted no big deal and that her arrest was politically motivated!

LYNN STEWART: Interestingly enough, we found out later that the [Bill] Clinton administration, under Janet Reno, had the option to prosecute me, and they declined to do so, based on the notion that without lawyers like me or the late Bill Kunstler or many that I could name, the cause of justice is not well served. They need the gadflies… And it was only after 9/11, in April of 2002, that John Ashcroft came to New York, announced the indictment of me, my paralegal and the interpreter for the case, on grounds of materially aiding a terrorist organization. One of the footnotes to the case, of course, is that Ashcroft also appeared on nationwide television with Letterman that night ballyhooing the great work of Bush’s Justice Department in indicting and making the world safe from terrorism.

There it is, then. The predictable degeneration of the interview into a bashing of former President George Bush for being too overzealous in prosecuting terrorists and their sympathizers!

It’s evident from this interview that Stewart has no regrets, no remorse and no understanding of how damaging her actions have been to this country. In fact, when asked by Goodman if she would do anything differently, her answer vividly demonstrates that she is still a danger to the security of this country and was deserving of a much longer sentence.

AMY GOODMAN: Lynne, would you do anything differently today, or would you do anything differently back then, if you knew what you knew today?

LYNNE STEWART: I think I should have been a little more savvy that the government would come after me. But do anything differently? I don’t—I’d like to think I would not do anything differently, Amy. I made these decisions based on my understanding of what the client needed, what a lawyer was expected to do. They say that you can’t distinguish zeal from criminal intent sometimes. I had no criminal intent whatsoever. This was a considered decision based on the need of the client. And although some people have said press releases aren’t client needs, I think keeping a person alive when they are in prison, held under the conditions which we now know to be torture, totally incognito—not incognito, but totally held without any contact with the outside world except a phone call once a month to his family and to his lawyers, I think it was necessary. I would do it again. I might handle it a little differently, but I would do it again.

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35 Comments
  1. Sam Deakins permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:12 am

    How come she can’t get AG Holder to pardon her?

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 19, 2009 10:20 am

      In time, Sam, these people stick together.

  2. shane comeback permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:16 am

    It took this long to get her sentenced? She was given info from the prisoner which she smuggled out and shared with his terrorist groups. And she is out all this time and given 28 months. Lord.

  3. jerry bretton permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:41 am

    This devil should be executed and others like her that are taking our freedoms away god bless what george bush did

    • Kevin Brammer permalink
      November 20, 2009 10:37 am

      What was it that GW Bush had done? he had lied to the American people and, took a lot of basic rights when he signed the Freedom act. Just look at the Gentleman that was tweeting at the G 20 Rally and all he was doing was telling people to stay away from certain areas because the police was disbursing people. this man and family was subjected to being handcuffed for 14 hours. while they took his own property. we invaded a country that was based on lies of WMD killing our children and some of our Iraqi friends. now remember that i am for just punishment to the ones of 911 but dont use 911 as a reason to go on a killing spree. and i thank that Lynn Stewart should have not been jailed. I support people that protects people’s rights. and my question is would she been given the same time if she was a lawyer for Tim McVey.

  4. moonbat5515 permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:48 am

    16 years it’s taken for to settle this case?? Great. Is this what we have to look forward to with KSM and his crew?? I’ll be dust in the wind b4 it’s over…

  5. Luke permalink
    November 19, 2009 5:14 am

    Have you noticed how ugly Liberal Women are? Maybe thats why so many liberal men are Gay…..:o)

    • November 19, 2009 5:39 am

      I was going to write the same observation, Luke. That is one ugly woman. Her politics mirror her appearance.

    • Brad permalink
      November 19, 2009 6:16 am

      Unlike the absolute of breaking the law, beauty is relative and certainly not germane to the issue. We would all do well to keep away from this type of ad hominem attacks. They do nothing to advance issues and reflect poorly on the author.

      • Cas Balicki permalink
        November 19, 2009 8:13 am

        Tell that to Sarah Palin!

      • November 19, 2009 8:48 am

        It’s not an attack if it’s true. I’m not making the claim that she’s wrong BECAUSE of her looks. I’m not making any such claim. I’m saying that she’s wrong AND ugly. One has nothing to do with the other. Sarah Palin is ruthlessly and routinely pilloried by leftists, and she’s quite good-looking. Do leftists hate and fear her because she’s pretty? I don’t think so.

    • Mappy permalink
      November 19, 2009 8:47 am

      Hilarious and accurate!!!! LMAO

    • Nick Shaw permalink
      November 19, 2009 12:07 pm

      What’s that? I had to go back and look. I thought it was a picture of Micheal Moore!

      • John Davidson permalink
        November 20, 2009 1:39 pm

        Barney Frank in drag, I thought.

    • jim, permalink
      November 19, 2009 1:49 pm

      hang on a lot are ugly but i am married to a 5’5 36 24 36 11o lb liberal so there are some like my 55 year oldwife (who looks like she is still 25 ) and now we dont agrre on politics but after 27 years of arrige we just dont talk about them with each other

  6. November 19, 2009 5:40 am

    And it’s mere coincidence that she gets such a light sentence with an AG like Holder. Right?

  7. Jonathan permalink
    November 19, 2009 5:56 am

    Boy.

    Can we say that this story hasn’t been hogging a lot of bandwidth in the MSM?

    Sure sign that she is a guilty traitor and that her case would have really p***ed off the American public so much that, it would have made it difficult to let her off the hook so lightly.

  8. John Davidson permalink
    November 19, 2009 6:24 am

    Anyone sympathizing with this traitor should be on trial themselves.

  9. SanePerson permalink
    November 19, 2009 8:46 am

    She appears to be a sociopath. No conscience; self-serving, and thinks she’s conning others with “clever” arguments that are absurd.

    • peachey permalink
      November 19, 2009 2:05 pm

      Sane,
      I was under the impression that to be a Maoist required that you be a sociopath, devoid of moral values, devoid of faith, self-centered, pathological liars that are only concerned with the end result of instituting a brutal Maoist society. Obviously she believes that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  10. jschau permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:40 am

    She should have been tried for treason and sedition and should have been hanged long ago. She is as ugly as can be, inside and out.

  11. Paddy Donovan permalink
    November 19, 2009 10:24 am

    I’m absolutely stunned by some ( or many ) liberals view that we should be dominated, weakened, or destroyed by our enemies. Why is it that liberals hate themselves as well as their own country soo much? What brings about this incredible self-loathing? I’ve had liberals tell me that they believe that the ” white dominance ” of the western world needs to end ( whatever that means ) and we will get what ” we ” deserve. Maybe they are just masochists and enjoy the ” thank you sir, may I have another ” mentality.

    • jonathan permalink
      November 19, 2009 10:33 am

      And you better take them seriously, Paddy. They absolutely mean that. But yet, they can’t understand why all those white people won’t vote for them.

  12. Trenchant Commentator permalink
    November 19, 2009 10:28 am

    Lyyne Stewart represent absolutely nothing but the wasteful use of tampons. She should be flayed, drawn and quartered. But it’s still morning. I’m feeling very kind.

  13. jonathan permalink
    November 19, 2009 10:29 am

    Lawyers are THE number one problem in this country. They are a rare breed: Ruthless capitalist exploiters of the nation who enrich themselves while simultaneously serving as ruthless leftist aparatchniks for cultural Marxism.

    They above all others have contributed to the moral decline of this nation, by inculcating a system that substitutes truth for unjust standards of guilt. Technicalities are more important than truth. Is it any wonder the politicians are all liars and manipulators? They’re all lawyers.

    Not ONE problem this country has cannot be linked either directly or indirectly to these people, either as deliberate sabatuers or mere useful idiots too stupid to understand their own folly.

    An intelligent conservative candidate will make a complete overhaul of the legal system in this country a top priority, along with purging the Marxists and other subversives out of the education system.

    – Lawyers need to be taken out of the private for profit sector and made government employees who are NOT paid by litigation or clients. They want to make doctors state employees? Bulls**t. Make THEM government employees. Close down the law schools and set up government academies to educate them and make them GS employees. Law is ONE sector that needs to be run by the government.

  14. David Albion permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:34 pm

    Gawd she’s effing ugly. No wonder she hates us. She’s tried to pay us back for all the teasing she has copped. Looks the sort though that might enjoy the jail showers more than most. I hope she doesn’t come out, of jail, of course.

  15. Marx et al permalink
    November 20, 2009 11:49 am

    To think and to care about humanity is very difficult. We are divided by our differences, race, class, creed, gender, etc. White anglo saxon protestans came and occupied the inhabitants of this great country. It is a nation born in violence and treachery. Similar to what is going on in Cyprus, Israel, the Ireland, people will fight for their land and their human rights. We invaded Iraq based on lies from the neocons. Are we any safer. Now we are face with global warming and climate changes. Keep smoking your cigarettes and eating the corporate junks that feeds your inhumanity.

    • Jonathan permalink
      November 22, 2009 8:45 am

      So, Marx, exactly who is that you think you are supporting in your search for utopian just world? Castro?

      By the way, group guilt is a Marxist concept used to justify guilt. You probably think that I personally should be held accountable for the debateable “treachery” of the white anglo-saxon Protestants who came here, based solely on the color of my skin and nothing else. And of course, you should be the recipient of relief, since you presume to have some common connection to the oppressed.

      But of course, you will be disappointed as a victim class, once your friends on the left take control. You will discover that most of them are white secular humanist elitists.

    • Luke permalink
      November 23, 2009 4:32 am

      Marx,
      Surely you can’t be serious? The whole world order is determined by the use of force. Heck, In Africa they have been tribally warring for 20 thousand years. Peace to them is just time to reload. In Muslim countries strife and death are the norm since before Jesus.
      The Indians didn’t “own” America. They were nomads in a vast wilderness that hadn’t progressed into the modern age. They were overrun by the Juggernaut of the 19th century. They hadn’t advanced their culture for 10 thousand years.
      Libs love evolution. Well it does exist in this form. Adapt or die, advance or be swallowed up. Sad but true.
      Look at all of the good that has come from America. Europe would still be in Nazi or Communist chains except for the US.

      From an old quote: “Daddy,Daddy, How do the fishies live? Why, the big ones eat the little ones, my son. That’s how the fishies live.”

  16. Otis Houston Jr permalink
    November 21, 2009 9:19 pm

    The Klu Klux Klan Neo Nazis Skinheads and other thugs.Devide your enemies and unite your friends Win.All the treaties broken so who always told a lie the Government and they are still lying.It is better to have someone be able to say a good word about you then to have a lot of money my mother.I have the most respect love and admiration for my friend Lynne Stewart .Beauty is how you see it and a lot of you can not see.Lynne is my friend to the end BLack Cherokee White Jew . I stand up to all of you double eagle red white and blue.

    • Jonathan permalink
      November 22, 2009 8:39 am

      Otis, this is an English speaking website.

      Since Lynne the Commie is your friend, ask her to recommend some good remedial English grammar and writing courses for you to take online. Maybe there’s a Marxist reader book or something.

    • Luke permalink
      November 23, 2009 4:39 am

      Otis,
      You are so predictable. Do you attend Rev Wrights Church. You hate white and you hate America and I will bet my life you voted for Obama.
      You are a Racist and a bigot. Sadly, you are ignorant of your own biases and you live in an unreal parallel universe created in your own mind.
      It won’t be a foreign power that destroys America. It will be useful idiots like you.God help us all.

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