By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio said about Christopher Columbus: “There are some troubling things in his history.” Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative commented, “Funny. There are some troubling things” about de Blasio’s history. He’s had three different names, a “honeymoon” in Cuba, and still supports the communist Sandinistas. Plus, he has a belief in the power of “progressive” Islam.
But instead of acting like an adversary press and demanding answers, he is being asked to comment on riding a bicycle to work and his favorite pizza joint.
Republican candidate Joe Lhota’s ties to the Tea Party—even the Republican Party—are regarded as sinister and subversive. But Bill de Blasio’s foreign connections and promise to close down the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance of potential terrorists is non-controversial. He also wants to can tough Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
On September 23 of this year, The New York Times published a lengthy article on Bill de Blasio and his communist and Muslim sympathies. De Blasio was considered just a run-of-the-mill liberal until the paper ran that profile, disclosing in a matter-of-fact manner his travels to Cuba and Nicaragua, involvement in a communist “solidarity” movement, and embrace of Islam as an emerging political force.
Incredibly, De Blasio says he still supports the Sandinistas and remains influenced by liberation theology, which was manufactured by the old KGB to dupe Christians into supporting Marxism.
In a way, the Sandinistas have changed. Then, Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was holding hands with Yasser Arafat and Muammar Gaddafi. Last year, he was holding hands with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The story line, though, is still the same: destroy the imperialists. Or, as Weather Underground terrorist bomber Bill Ayers put it to The New Yorker—de Blasio stood up to the “imperial monster” of the United States. And this security risk is on the verge of becoming New York City mayor? How has this happened?
One explanation is that Democrats went for the Marxist over the pervert, Anthony Weiner, who got most of the attention in the Democratic primary.
We had a researcher examine the archives of the Nicaragua Solidarity Network at Tamiment Library at NYU. Somebody knowledgeable about those records must have tipped off The New York Times.
De Blasio’s Nicaragua Solidarity Network was the Sandinista version of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Its most famous member was Lee Harvey Oswald. The communists—in this case the Soviet front U.S. Peace Council—set up “solidarity committees” for all the communist causes—Nicaragua, El Salvador, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
I have the original source documents in an 84-page dossier on de Blasio and his wife, who constitute the “Marxist power couple” looking to live in Gracie Mansion after November 5. His wife was a member of the Combahee River Collective, a Marxist outfit that railed against capitalism and freedom.
De Blasio’s Sandinista comrades were sponsored by the Cuban communists.
De Blasio never gave up on Cuba, even going there in 1994 on a “honeymoon” with his new wife, who had given up her lesbian lifestyle and had left that “collective.” It was an illegal trip, probably monitored by the FBI and the CIA. Where are the documents on that visit to the communist workers’ island paradise? How did he get in without Castro’s okay? Who did he meet with?
But there’s more to this story than Marxism, which most people think is a dead ideology that has no relevance today. The issue is safety and security for the people in New York City and our nation.
On 9/11 in 2012, at a freedom of speech conference sponsored by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer in New York City, I warned the audience about the media’s war on the NYPD. The New York Times had been relentlessly attacking the NYPD and Commissioner Ray Kelly.
The Associated Press was also probing and condemning secret intelligence operations set up by the New York Police Department following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Horrors! The police used informants to keep the city safe. Mosques and Muslim student groups were investigated and infiltrated.
For attacking the NYPD, the AP won a Pulitzer Prize. Then two members of that AP team wrote a book, Enemies Within, mocking the NYPD for watching and arresting America’s enemies. The AP reporters speak glowingly in their book of the Marxist lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild who dismantled the “Red Squads” of the 1970s and 80s, and have now filed suit to stop the NYPD’s surveillance of potential Muslim terrorists.
Marxist National Lawyers Guild attorneys, plus people like the ACLU’s Aryeh Neier, who went to work for George Soros, dismantled those Red Squads, which were charged with monitoring subversive and communist groups. It was during a time when the Cuban-backed Weather Underground, the Puerto Rican FALN, and the Black Liberation Army were killing both cops and civilians. Today, the Soros-funded Brennan Center is helping to lead the charge against the NYPD over surveillance of Muslim terrorists, demanding oversight, auditors, and special monitors of the police department. All of this is designed to make it harder for the police to do their jobs.
De Blasio has made it clear, in going for Muslim votes, that he intends to dismantle the counter-terrorism programs of the New York City Police Department. He is pandering to Marxist and other Soros-funded lawyers who have sued the NYPD. He has signaled that he intends to isolate and hobble the police in the face of Muslim terror plots.
On October 1, just about three weeks ago, these lawyers were in court again demanding new restrictions on the NYPD.
The National Lawyers Guild has now filed suit to close down police surveillance of radical Muslims. Meanwhile, their lawyers are also defending the Pakistani immigrant sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2007 for plotting to bomb the Herald Square subway station in New York City. He was “set up,” his lawyer claims. “Entrapment,” they cry. This, too, is part of the effort to close down the NYPD’s tactics of sending informants and undercover detectives into mosques to catch terrorists.
Weather Underground terrorist bomber Bernardine Dohrn, married to Bill Ayers, started out her career with the National Lawyers Guild.
Another group, Muslim Advocates, with the assistance of the Soros-funded Center for Constitutional Rights, is also suing the NYPD, this time on grounds that the surveillance is discriminatory.
So what happens to all of these suits if de Blasio wins? Most likely, he settles the cases and cripples the NYPD. He dismantles the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division & Counter-Terrorism Bureau. He prohibits the use of undercover operators and informants.
After reviewing his promises to the radical Muslim groups and radical Islamists such as Linda Sarsour, that is the inevitable conclusion.
In a recent filing with the federal court that is already monitoring the police, we have learned terror threats against New York City in the post 9/11 area have included targets such as:
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- Times Square
- The Federal Reserve Bank
- The New York City Subway system
- New York Stock Exchange
- Jet fuel storage tanks
In total, there have been 25 post-9/11 terror plots linked to New York City. The NYPD intelligence division has played a role in foiling at least 10 of them. Other national intelligence agencies like the NSA, CIA, and FBI have also played roles in uncovering and stopping these plots.
The communists started using radical Muslims to carry out their terrorist activities decades ago. Carlos the Jackal, the Cuban- and KGB-trained Marxist terrorist, converted to Islam and was also a KGB agent. Arafat was KGB, and so is Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is now running al Qaeda. All of this was brought out in reports and speeches at a “Lenin and Sharia” conference that featured a former officer of the Soviet KGB.
But none of this gets reported by the media. Yet, de Blasio is right in the middle of this network of foreign and subversive connections.
Consider that Marxist National Lawyers Guild attorney Lynne Stewart was prosecuted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the law against supporting terrorism. She provided illegal support to her client, the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Stewart told Monthly Review that Islamic terrorists were “basically forces of national liberation.”
De Blasio’s answer is to handcuff the police and dismantle the so-called “secret spying” apparatus.
Soros, who is backing de Blasio, gave $20,000 to the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee.
Even though de Blasio is supposed to be against the rich, you can’t get much richer than hedge fund operator George Soros. He’s a convicted inside trader to boot. Yet de Blasio advertises his endorsement from Soros on his own campaign website.
George Soros finances de Blasio’s friends, including those like the Brennan Center, the group Muslim Advocates, and the Center for Constitutional Rights, all of them waging war on the NYPD.
The people have a right to know. The media have to start doing their jobs. Time is running out on New York City. The election is November 5th.
Pamela Geller says that under de Blasio, the response to terror plots will be to cross your fingers and hope the bombs don’t go off.
Analyst Trevor Loudon says a “perfect storm is brewing” for New York City and that “People will die” if the wrong person is elected mayor.