The Corner

FBI Probes Chicago Leftists: Some Crossed Paths With Obama

Today’s Washington Post features a story by Peter Wallsten (the reporter who obtained the Obama-Khalidi video tape) noting that, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI is investigating prominent peace activists and labor organizers for possible ties to terrorism. According to Wallsten, some of the investigation’s targets include “Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator.” This includes, for example, according to Wallsten, Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network, founded by Rashid Khalidi. (I tell the story of Obama’s ties to AAAN here.) According to the search warrants, investigators are tracking possible “material support” for “Columbian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists.” Wallsten suggests that the probe might be awkward for Obama, given his need for support from some of the leftist and labor groups involved.

This is just an investigation, of course, and all so-called targets should be presumed innocent. Also, the activists themselves are crying foul, with the help of close Obama ally, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). It’s important to protect the right of political dissent. At the same time, support for terrorism is a legitimate target of investigation. We’ll have to wait and see what, if anything, Fitzgerald comes up with.

The ultimate merits of this probe aside, there is no doubt that Obama was deeply immersed in a world where labor and socialist community organizing networks (that Jan Schakowsky was intimately a part of at the time) offered political support to revolutionary leftist movements in Latin America. I tell the story in Radical-in-Chief. Have some denizens of Obama’s old world crossed the line and offered “material support” for terrorism? That is as yet unknown. But because it’s so important to preserve the rights to even the most radical dissent, I hope that Patrick Fitzgerald had a solid basis for opening such an investigation.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Most Popular

Elections

A Collusion Tale: China and the Bidens

Understand what’s going on here: The media-Democrat complex is warning you, on the basis of no evidence, that if you don’t close your eyes to the explosive revelations from Hunter Biden’s computers, you will be abetting a Russian intelligence operation; yet it has become increasingly obvious that this is ... Read More
Elections

A Collusion Tale: China and the Bidens

Understand what’s going on here: The media-Democrat complex is warning you, on the basis of no evidence, that if you don’t close your eyes to the explosive revelations from Hunter Biden’s computers, you will be abetting a Russian intelligence operation; yet it has become increasingly obvious that this is ... Read More
Elections

Biden, Never

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found  here, here, here, here, here and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the ... Read More
Elections

Biden, Never

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found  here, here, here, here, here and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the ... Read More
U.S.

Looking for Racism

Liberals are expanding the definition of racism to silence their political opponents and justify their expansive claims on power. Despite America’s penchant for comeback stories and apology tours for celebrities and politicians -- especially those involving sexual and financial scandals -- racism remains one of ... Read More
U.S.

Looking for Racism

Liberals are expanding the definition of racism to silence their political opponents and justify their expansive claims on power. Despite America’s penchant for comeback stories and apology tours for celebrities and politicians -- especially those involving sexual and financial scandals -- racism remains one of ... Read More
U.S.

The Next Populist Revolt

For the past half decade, Europe has acted as a preview of coming attractions in American politics. The reaction to the confluence of immigration and terrorism on the continent foreshadowed the direction the Republican Party would take under Donald Trump. The surprise victory of “Leave” in the Brexit ... Read More
U.S.

The Next Populist Revolt

For the past half decade, Europe has acted as a preview of coming attractions in American politics. The reaction to the confluence of immigration and terrorism on the continent foreshadowed the direction the Republican Party would take under Donald Trump. The surprise victory of “Leave” in the Brexit ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More