Susan Rosenberg

Susan Lisa Rosenberg (born 1955) is an American radical who drove the getaway car in the Brinks robbery (1981) in which two police officers and an armored-car guard were killed.cite news
title= Clinton’s Rosenberg Case
last= Nordlinger
first= Jay
date= 2004-11-29
publisher= National Review
accessdate= 2008-04-19
] After living as a fugitive for two years, she was arrested with an accomplice in 1984 while unloading 740 pounds of dynamite and weapons from a car into a New Jersey storage locker. She had also been sought as an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Joanne Chesimard. cite news
last= Raab
first= Selwyn
date= 1984-12-01
publisher= The New York Times
quote= A Weather Underground fugitive who had been sought for two years in the $1.6 million Brink's robbery and murder case has been arrested in New Jersey by a police officer who became suspicious of her ill-fitting wig.
accessdate= 2008-04-19
] Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years in prison on the weapons and explosives charges, but was not tried for the Brinks robbery and deaths. She was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, his final day in office.Tommy Christopher, "Clinton has Bigger Weather Underground Problem," "Political Machine," in "AOL News," April 16, 2008]

Rosenberg was born in to a wealthy and privileged family in Manhattan, attending the prestigious Walden School and Barnard College. []

In the 1970s and early 1980s Rosenberg used her father's wealth and political influence to controversially push her way into the May 19 Communist Organization, a splinter from the Weather Underground, a violent leftist organization in the United States.

New Jersey had sentenced her to 58 years on weapons and explosives charges. The state denied her parole because of involvement in the Brinks robbing. She was additionally convicted for her role in the 1983 bombing of the United States Capitol Building. (The bombing killed no one, however, it caused considerable damage.) The U.S. Naval War College, an Israeli company and a police benevolent associations were other targets of Rosenberg and her partners.Roger Kimball, "Meet the Newest Member of the FacultyClinton pardons a terrorist, and now she's teaching in Clinton, N.Y.," "Wall Street Journal," December 3, 2004]

A statement that her compatriots issued, on the occasion of the Capitol bombing, said, "We purposely aimed our attack at the institutions of imperialist rule rather than at individual members of the ruling class. We did not choose to kill any of them this time. But their lives are not sacred."

She was apprehended with Timothy Blunk in 1984 Cherry Hill, New Jersey with 740 pounds of explosives and numerous firearms.

She explained her actions on the WBAI radio station, "I was totally and profoundly influenced by the revolutionary movement in the '60s and '70s."

Her pardon produced a wave of criticism by police and New York elected officials. [Eric Lipton, " Officials Criticize Clinton's Pardon of an Ex-Terrorist," "New York Times," January 22, 2001]

In 2004 Hamilton College offered her a position to teach a for-credit month-long seminar, "Resistance Memoirs: Writing, Identity and Change." Some professors, alumni and parents of students objected and as a result of the ongoing protests, she withdrew from the offer.

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*Bill Clinton pardons controversy


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