Bill Lann Lee, a former U.S. Assistant Attorney General who served during the Clinton administration, is deeply involved with a group that donated thousands of dollars for the legal defense of convicted terrorist lawyer Lynne Stewart.
Five-and-a-half years after being convicted of providing material support for terrorism, Stewart last month was resentenced to ten years.
Lee, who was Bill Clinton’s top civil rights officer from 1997-2000, is a donor to, and serves on the advisory board of, the Impact Fund. The Berkeley-based foundation directed a $5,000 grant to the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee in 2006.
The grant came as Stewart was appealing her February 2005 conviction on five felonies, including providing material support for terrorism and obstruction of justice. A jury found she had passed messages from her client, “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman – the man convicted in 1993 of plotting to blow up the United Nations, … Read More ➡
Sen. John F. Kerry has just passed another tax onto wealthy Republicans – by having his wife pay half-a-million dollars in back taxes on his yacht.
Kerry has been docking his $7 million, 76-foot yacht, Isabel, in Rhode Island, which has no yacht tax, since he purchased it in March. However, Massachusetts has a 6.25 percent “use” tax on any item bought elsewhere for use in Taxachusetts. State officers regularly track down those purchasing tires, alcohol, or other consumer goods in neighboring states, such as tax-free New Hampshire.
Keeping the boat stashed out-of-state saved Kerry more than $500,000, including “$440,000 in Massachusetts sales taxes and $70,000 in annual excise taxes.” However, the Department of Revenue had begun investigating claims the sloop had been seen off the Nantucket coast.
The senator insisted to the press that the matter was “not an issue,” and testily demanded, “Can I get out of … Read More ➡
Five-and-a-half years after being convicted of providing material support for terrorism, terror lawyer Lynne Stewart finally received a sentence commensurate with her crime. She was resentenced last week to ten years. But if George Soros had his way, she would be free today.
Stewart made a career out of defending street criminals and terrorists, including Sammy “The Bull” Gravano (pleaded guilty), Weather Underground terrorist David J. Gilbert (convicted), and Larry Davis (acquitted of wounding six policemen and killing several others in 1986, only to be convicted of a later murder and killed in prison). It should have come as no surprise that Stewart, who worked “less than a mile from where the World Trade Center once stood,” represented “the Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman.
Rahman, who had ties to at least one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, was arrested later that year for plotting to … Read More ➡
When George Soros invests $50 million to revolutionize the way Americans think about a certain issue, it would normally be deemed newsworthy. Not so with the formation of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Three months after a summit in New York state last July, Soros pledged $50 million to INET, which promises “to promote changes in economic theory and practice” by “providing the proper guidance” to “the next generation.”
Despite its name, its philosophy is nearly a century old. The group blames the economic crisis on free market capitalism and promotes a return to the theories of John Maynard Keynes. INET hosted its inaugural conference April 8-10 at King’s College, Keynes’ school, and called on economists to “apply the same Keynesian courage and innovation” to ending the worldwide recession.
That conference’s proceedings reveal INET is applying its talent to “contracting” the U.S. economy, redistributing its wealth, and creating … Read More ➡