Don’t worry about Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez. He can’t hide behind hostages anymore. He’ll get his.
Colombian FARC rebels executed four members of the security forces during a botched mission to free them from a decade as hostages, the most violent act by the group since troops killed its leader Alfonso Cano this month.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has a policy of killing hostages if troops approach their camps, shot three of the captives in the head and the fourth in the back, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
The bodies were found in chains, he said.
This was the third group of hostages killed by the FARC.
I have previously noted the connection between FARC and our very own leftists here and here. Commenting on FBI subpoenas issued in the days following Colombian troops killing the FARC leader, finding computers and memory sticks, was their attorney:
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.
Yeah. They are the 99%.
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.
Two months later, Deutsch penned an insightful piece on the recent Supreme Court ruling on the material support for terrorist organizations. He wrote:
In late September the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and anti-war offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several anti-war and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive actions, the Justice department was taking its lead from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project which decided that non-violent First Amendment speech and advocacy “coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.
The search warrants and grand jury subpoenas make it quite clear that the federal prosecutors are intent on accusing public non-violent political organizers, many affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), of providing “material support,” through their public advocacy, for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Secretary of State has determined that both the PLFP and the FARC “threaten US national security, foreign policy or economic interests,” a finding not reviewable by the Courts, and listed both groups as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).
Of course, the first targets of this draconian expansion of the material support law will not be a former president [Carter] or the establishment media [New York Times/Washington Post], but members of a Marxist organization and vocal opponents of the governments of Israel and Colombia and the U.S. policies supporting these repressive governments.
Let’s be clear about this: Their own lawyer is stipulating to the fact that these people are Marxists. He goes on to lament the Supreme Court ruling on material support for terrorists as a violation of the First Amendment.
Despite the non-violent, peacemaking goal of this speech and training, the majority of the Supreme Court nonetheless interpreted the law to make such conduct a crime. Finding a whole new exception to the First Amendment, the Court decided that any support, even if it involves non-violent efforts towards peace, is illegal under the law since it “frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends,” and also helps lend “legitimacy” to foreign terrorist groups. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts, despite the lack of any evidence, further opined that the FTO, could use the human rights law to “intimidate, harass or destruct” its adversaries, and that even peace talks themselves could be used as a cover to re-arm for further attacks. Thus, the Court’s opinion criminalizes efforts by independent groups to work for peace if they in anyway cooperate or coordinate with designated FTOs.
Frees up, indeed. These people gave material support to FARC and they now have the blood of hostages on their hands. These public servants, including teachers, union organizers and antiwar/ community leaders need to be brought up on charges. NOW. Patrick Fitzgerald has had this case for over a year. His failure to act gives legitimacy to those who question just how political he is.
On December 9, 2009, Mr. Fitzgerald stated:
Governor Blagojevich has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree. We acted to stop that crime spree.
We have another crime spree, Mr. Fitzgerald. It’s called the Occupy movement.
At least one of the subpoenaed Marxists, Joe Iosbaker, was photographed marching for an Occupy movement in Chicago.
Can we call the Occupiers Marxists yet?