After receiving a slap on the wrist four years ago for aiding and abetting Islamist terrorism, the bell is finally tolling for disbarred lawyer Lynne Stewart.
Stewart received a mere 28-month sentence in 2006 for passing on orders from her client, the so-called Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, to his Egyptian terrorist organization known as the Islamic Group. Abdel-Rahman, who is also spiritual leader of al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups, was convicted for orchestrating the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center.
Abdel-Rahman also issued a religious edict condemning Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to death. Soon after, fundamentalists assassinated Sadat in 1981. Abdel-Rahman’s group also tried to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 1995. To force the release of their leader, the group murdered 62 people in Luxor, Egypt, in 1997.
Stewart cheered on her client, hailing him as a freedom fighter. “Islamic revolution is the only hope” for the oppressed peoples of Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf states, and Saudi Arabia, she told a Marxist magazine in 2002. “If their people see that they want to reinstate a system of law and government that was in existence for hundreds and hundreds of years, I’m not going to judge.”
Now the septuagenarian Stewart will have plenty of time to ruminate and reflect on revolution and oppression. She has just been re-sentenced, this time to a 10-year prison term.
It’s only one third of the 30-year term the U.S. government sought but it’s a vast improvement over the previous sentence handed down by Bill Clinton appointee Judge John G. Koeltl.
As I noted on the blog of Capital Research Center (my employer), some in the media and blogosphere keep describing Stewart, an avowed Maoist, as a terrorist sympathizer. While it is certainly true that Stewart sympathized with terrorists, such a description does not get to the heart of her misdeeds.
Stewart violated federal prison procedures for dangerous offenders such as her client and deliberately conveyed orders from the client to his murderous terrorist group in Egypt. In doing so she became a terrorist in her own right and back in the old days would have been put to death.
If there is any justice in this world Stewart will live out the rest of her natural life behind bars where she belongs.
I wrote about Stewart’s treachery in Human Events in 2006. I also discussed Stewart in a profile of the anti-American law firm Center for Constitutional Rights.