Representative Peter King, a Former Supporter of the Terrorist IRA, Claims WikiLeaks a Terrorist Organization
Peter King (R-NY) penned a letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urging WikiLeaks be declared a terrorist organization. What many don’t know is that King was a long-time supporter of the Irish Republican Army, a terrorist organization.
Representative King requested in the letter:
“I am writing to request that you undertake an immediate review to determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in accordance with Section 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In addition, I urge you to work with the Swedish government to determine the means by which Mr. Julian Assange can be brought to justice for his actions while recognizing and respecting Swedish sovereign law.”
According to a New Republic piece (which referenced a New York Sun article), in 1980 King joined Senator-elect Alphonse D’Amato on a trip to Belfast, Ireland on a fact-finding mission. It would be worth knowing which facts they were in search of in Belfast, just out of curiosity. According to the Sun article:
“Mr. King’s support for the IRA was unequivocal. In 1982, for instance, he told a pro-IRA rally in Nassau County: ‘We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry… By the mid-1980s, the authorities on both sides of the Atlantic were openly hostile to Mr. King. On one occasion, a judge threw him out of a Belfast courtroom during the murder trial of IRA men because, in the judge’s view, ‘he was an obvious collaborator with the IRA.’ When he attended other trials, the police singled him out for thorough body searches.”
Apparently, Mr. King — like most politicians — has entered into the hallowed land of hypocrisy and moral relativism. It should be noted that Irish terrorists (or freedom fighters, depending on one’s point of view) are quite different than Islamic terrorists. That, however, is not the point. Mr. King’s vocal support of the IRA on American soil and his association with Noraid (which British and Irish intelligence believed funneled guns and money to the IRA) certainly helped the IRA’s cause: a terrorist cause.
King only disavowed the IRA when it would have been politically suicidal to continue to do so following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Maybe the attacks brought the violence home for Representative King, or — what is more likely — he sensed, like any calculating politician, he’d be finished politically if he didn’t renounce his support of the IRA.
So, what moral authority does King have in pressing for Assange to be declared a terrorist, when he so closely associated himself with declared terrorists? And how ironic is it that King sits as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee–a terrorist sympathizer within an anti-terrorist bureaucracy.
Maybe someone should return the favor done to Assange and declare Representative King a terrorist.