By Gary P Jackson
Convicted terrorist Andrew Stepanian, who boasts about being praised for “succeeding where Karl Marx and the Red Brigades failed,” will speak Tuesday night before the presidential debate at Hofstra University.
Stepanian is a convicted felon. He was convicted of domestic terrorism in conjunction with attacks carried out by he and other members of his far left “animal rights group.” Stepanian is also a a leader of the anti-American, Anti-Liberty and Freedom group “Occupy Wall Street.” It should surprise no one that he is also a blogger at the Huffington Post and AOL.
Stepanian and other radicals recently staged protests against Mitt Romney’s campaign.
Brandon Darby at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government wrote in February:
AOL/Huffpo Hosts Convicted Domestic Terrorist & Occupy Organizer; Still Threatening Violence
Andy Stepanian, a convicted felon who served 3 years in federal prison after being convicted on domestic terrorism charges, writes for AOL and the Huffington Post–and hasn’t stopped threatening opponents with violence.
Stepanian’s HuffPo biography notes that “Andy and 5 others were charged and convicted as terrorists for their activism,” but casts him as the hero of a “landmark free speech case” and a survivor of “Guantanamo North.”
Here is how the often left-of-center Anti-Defamation League (ADL) described Stepanian’s involvement in animal rights terrorism against a research firm called Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), as part of a group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC):
May 2004: Federal agents in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington arrested seven people at their homes in connection with their SHAC activities.
Spokesperson Kevin Kjonaas was apprehended in Pinole, California, as were Lauren Gazzola, whom the indictment identified as SHAC’s campaign coordinator, and Jacob Conroy. Darius Fullmer and John McGee were arrested in New Jersey. Andrew Stepanian, a member of the Animal Defense League, an animal rights group that works with SHAC, was arrested at his Long Island, New York, home.
In Seattle, Joshua Harper, a self-described anarchist and SHAC activist, was arrested as well. The indictment against the so-called “SHAC 7” alleges that the defendants encouraged harassment and intimidation of HLS employees and tried to force the company out of business through acts of vandalism, stalking and computer hacking as well as e-mail blitzes, telephone calls and faxes.
The indictment further charged that SHAC targeted employees and shareholders, as well as companies that provided services to HLS, by posting personal information on its Web sites and encouraging followers to “operate outside the confines of the legal system.“
Stepanian now claims to have been a “political prisoner,” and has joined the Scott Crows and Lisa Fithians of the world to defend radical tactics in political organizing. He has been involved in organizing the communist and anarchist groups that came together in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his Sparrow Media organization is currently promoting a book entitled The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.
Unsurprisingly, Stepanian seems to hold a grudge against the men and women of the FBI–and others, like myself, who work with law enforcement to hold his leftist and anarchist comrades to the same laws and standards the rest of us have to obey in our democratic society.
In a recent Twitter exchange, Stepanian let his opinions fly–and issued violent threats in the process.
Read more here.
In July Dan Spencer wrote:
One of America’s unrepentant terrorists to lead Romney protest
Later today, Gov. Romney will be fundraising in the Hamptons. The left is planning a massive protest, busing in the usual left-wing suspects, including the Democrat supported Occupy, Move On, GreenPeace, etc. That these radical groups would choose to protest the presumptive Republican nominee is not surprising.
What is unusual, is the fact that the protest is being led by one of America’s unrepentant terrorists — Andy Stepanian. Stepanian a so-called Liberal/Progressive activist is an admitted convicted terrorist, who boasts about being praised for “succeeding where Karl Marx and the Red Brigades failed.” Sort of reminds one of Bill Ayers and Van Jones who helps astroturf the Occupy Movement and American Autumn.
The Terrorist-led protest is especially ironic, considering that David Axelrod has publicly said he condemns heckling Romney’s campaign. Nevertheless, I’m sure the Obama campaign won’t say a peep about a convicted terrorist organizing protests designed to do just that. The mainstream media certainly won’t bring it up either, although you can bet they’ll give coverage to the protests.
This leads us to tomorrow night’s appearance by Andrew Stepanian at the debate:
A convicted terrorist released from federal prison in December 2008 is scheduled to speak in Hofstra University’s “public area” outside Tuesday’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, The Daily Caller has learned.
Andrew Stepanian, a felon who went to prison for animal enterprise terrorism, appears on Hofstra University’s published schedule at 8:00 p.m., during the hour before the debate begins. Stepanian runs The Sparrow Project, a left-wing PR project whose website indicates connections with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Stepanian, an ardent animal rights activist, was convicted in 2006 of terrorism stemming from a criminal conspiracy to target a company that tested medications on laboratory animals. He received a three-year sentence for his activities on behalf of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, then the U.S. Attorney for the state, oversaw the prosecution of SHAC and six of its members under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, a 1992 law — later updated in 2006 — whose only section is titled “Animal Enterprise Terrorism.”
All the defendants were convicted.
Among SHAC’s tactics were the distribution of matchbooks printed with a picture of a black-masked figure and the slogan “strike a match.” Inside the matchbook cover was printed the name and address of a target.
Today, Sparrow Media’s website features an “about us” page that instructs: “We want you to strike that match, light that fire, and fight that fight.”
The New York Times reported that during the three-week trial of Stepanian and his co-defendants, “defense lawyers acknowledged that a Web site run by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty posted home addresses and other personal information about animal researchers and others.”
The defendants said they were engaging in free speech and claimed no connection with what the Times characterized as the resulting “vandalism, death threats, computer hacking and pipe bombs.”
Reached for comment, Stepanian said he would be speaking about ”the exponentially growing prison industrial complex and specialized prison programs like Secure Housing Units & Communications Management Units.”
Stepanian was housed in a Communications Management Unit in Illinois with other terror convicts during the final mouths of his incarceration.
Hofstra University’s website reports that the U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement are handling security for Tuesday’s debate.
How is it a convicted felon, a felon with a history of terroist activities that include bombings, is welcomed to speak at the same event where our President and his likely replacement are speaking?
For that matter, why is a violent terrorist, a man who still very much advocates violence as the solution, allowed to speak at in college in America?
Yes, I know there’s a thing called free speech that we all love, but is college the best place for a violent criminal terrorist to be allowed to express it?
You have a violent anarchist talking to a bunch of inexperienced, impressionable young kids. Inspiring others to be violent and unhinged is not acceptable.
Liberalism is not compatible with civilized society, and this is yet another example of that fact.