Why is The Liberal Group Code Pink Praising the Conservative CPAC Conference?
Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2011
Another great article by Gregory Hilton. While it was important for the Patriot Act to be re-authorized for a time, I do recognize that since Obama took office the abuses of intelligence and snooping have gone up. All of the American people, and conservatives especially, should demand justice for these abuses. While I have been an admirer of James Bovard’s work, we need to keep in mind is that what we need to do is punish the abusers and punish them harshly. What we should NOT do is take away valuable tools for dealing with foreign intelligence threats.
We should keep in mind that illegal snooping was a real problem before the Patriot Act was ever passed. Remember when the Democrats obtained recordings of Newt Gingrich’s and John Boehner’s cell phone calls?
Gregory Hilton previously served as Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Fund; Director of Public Affairs for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Republican National Committee’s liaison to the White House Political Affairs Office during the Reagan Administration. Hilton also wrote a full-page political column for the conservative weekly Human Events. Hilton served as Executive Director of the American Security Council for 23 years and has helped to raise $100 million for non-profit organizations.
The liberal activist group Code Pink always blames America first, and now they have found new allies at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Last year I was stunned to see Code Pink’s co-founder Susan “Medea” Benjamin at CPAC. I would not have paid attention if she was protesting, but she was applauding. She enthusiastically approved of Ron Paul’s event, “Conservatives Against War.”
Now Code Pink is praising CPAC for a second year. Their kind words are for Ron Paul’s speech in which the Texas Congressman said: “The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment — that’s what it’s all about.” Code Pink now admires the Libertarian “Repeal the Patriot Act” seminar at CPAC.
The main speaker was Ivan Eland who was “incredulous” when CPAC gave an award to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and said:
Rumsfeld’s direct role in the unconstitutional excesses of the George W. Bush administration should have probably landed him in jail. . . The assertion that Rumsfeld is “honest” and “forthright” seems an Orwellian attempt to turn black into white.
The other speaker was James Bovard who praised the 27 Republicans who broke ranks to vote against the Patriot Act, which he called “John Boehner’s anti-freedom joyride. . . Congress doesn’t care about the abuses. Congress only cares about their campaign donors.” Bovard said there was a close overlap between the members who voted against the Act and those who attend Ron Paul’s weekly study meetings.
The Code Pink co-founder says her organization, the Libertarians and some Tea Party members are the only ones who are paying attention to the Constitution and defending it against abuse. Medea Benjamin also claims George W. Bush violated the Constitution which is why she was in the forefront of efforts to impeach him.
- Benjamin always refers to herself as a human rights activist, but she vigorously supports the worst human rights abusers. She wanted the United States to do nothing about genocide and ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslavia. The Taliban would still be in power if were up to her, and Saddam Hussein would have been allowed to control the oil fields of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She says “violence is never the answer.”
- She lived in Cuba for four years and has written three books praising Fidel Castro.
- Benjamin and her fellow Code Pink members have referred to U.S. soldiers as “murderers,” “terrorists,” “baby killers,” and “assassins.” They did that outside of a Halloween Party for children of service members who had been deployed to Iraq.
- She received diplomatic courtesy letters from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressmen Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). This allowed her to visit Fallujah, Iraq in late 2004 to donate $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the people who had just killed 51 Americans and wounded 560 more earlier that month. Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah was the heaviest US urban combat since the Vietnam War, and Benjamin said she wanted to assist “the other side.”
- She has been active in efforts to raise money for Hamas, and denounces Israel’s actions to protect its civilian population. She praises Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” for using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies. Benjamin is part of a grassroots movement to boycott Israel based on the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign that targeted South Africa.
- The first official letter from the Hamas leadership to President Obama on future negotiations was given to Benjamin for hand delivery. Code Pink wants the Obama administration to negotiate with Hamas without any preconditions, including no recognition of Israel and no halt to terrorist activities.
- Benjamin has been arrested dozens of times at anti-war events, and at Donald Rumsfeld’s home. She tried to arrest Karl Rove at a booking signing for war crimes.
- She believes Bush and Obama are the true terrorists. Benjamin is a member of the Green Party and was their U.S. Senate candidate in California. According to her, Republicans and Democrats are both “Stinking liars.”
- Susan Benjamin was born in 1952 and during her first year at Tufts University she renamed herself Medea after a Greek mythological character. Her role model was from a wealthy family, had an attitude of self-importance and elitism. The Greek character murdered her two children in an act of revenge against her husband.
- Who does Medea Benjamin like? She wrote about it on the Huffington Post:
Ron Paul’s anti-war/anti-empire message and consistent votes against war funding is a refreshing turn from liberal Democrats who decry war but always vote to fund it . . . At the Tea Party rally he took on conservatives for wanting to be policemen of the world. He says ‘We’re stretched too far with all this government spending overseas. We should just mind our own business.’ His anti-empire message appears to be catching on in right wing circles. Libertarians and social progressives can make common cause against expansive–and expensive–empire.