Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo not only ditched his dog on his last day in office, he also gave New York a final thumb in the eye by cracking open the prison gates for one of the bloody-handed Brink’s murderers.
Never heard of the Brink’s murderers? That’s understandable; it happened a long time ago — Oct. 21, 1981, to be exact — and, besides, the killers themselves are much better known among leftists as the fellas and gals who merely pulled off a suburban New York armored-car “robbery.”
But that euphemism doesn’t begin to do the event justice: Two separate acts of premeditated slaughter that cut down a Brink’s guard and two police officers, executed by heavily armed thugs looking for a big payday and their radicalized accomplices, is more like it.
There was a lot of that going on back then — pampered students mouthing radical rhetoric and teaming up with common criminals for fun and profit — and it would almost have been comical had the consequences not been so far-reaching and so deadly.
Names like Brink’s getaway drivers Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark and Weather Underground bombers Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dohrn, along with the likes of Susan Saxe, Katherine Ann Power and JoAnne Chesimard, resonate. Not all were killers, if only by dictate of circumstance, but all of them were dedicated to the violent destruction of their country and its way of life.
Murder, in other words, came naturally. Yet while they were eager to do the crime — actual, honest-to-God armed insurrection — none of them have been happy doing the time. And the whining on their behalf has been incessant — yet productive.
The beneficiary of Cuomo’s parting gift is David Gilbert, late of the Weather Underground and serving a 75-years-to-life sentence for three counts of second-degree murder and, concurrently, four counts of first-degree robbery. Absent gubernatorial interference, he wouldn’t have been eligible for release until 2056, which seems about right — the gang’s three victims, after all, are serving terms of 1981-to-eternity.
As it is, Gilbert soon will go before a parole board, and then reacquaint with Brink’s getaway drivers Clark and Boudin. The latter is the mother of Gilbert’s 41-year-old son Chesa Boudin — the George Soros-backed district attorney of San Francisco who famously refuses to prosecute “crimes of poverty” like mugging, shoplifting and low-grade robbery.
Kathy Boudin herself, a well-connected so-called Red Diaper baby, managed to plea-bargain her way out of a heavy Brink’s sentence; she was paroled in 2003 after 20 years. Clark, who managed also to shoot herself during the Brink’s getaway, got 75-years-to-life for three felony-murder convictions — but walked free after Cuomo commuted her sentences in 2016.
Cuomo’s fascination with the case — you’d think breaking one triple murderer out of jail should be enough — would be a mystery if one didn’t know how receptive the ex-governor was to progressive pressure and its accompanying campaign donations.
In the case of the Brink’s convicts, that pressure was as relentless as it was disingenuous — the essential argument being that Boudin, Clark and Gilbert were good people caught up with bad company who realized their mistakes and had dedicated themselves to rehabilitation and remorse.
And while that approach might resonate regarding garden-variety, in-it-solely-for-the-cash felons, it’s nonsense on stilts when applied to well-educated radicals seeking to destroy the rule of law itself. Countries less dedicated to due process would have braced them against a wall and been done with it in 48 hours; the three should be grateful for every breath they take.
But grateful is not for radicals.
In the event, Boudin went on to become a professor at (no surprise whatsoever) Columbia University after her release; Clark hired on at a do-good not-for-profit — and while Gilbert faces procedural hurdles, soon he will be free to touch base with Chesa, perhaps to advise him on how best to continue the destabilization of San Francisco.
Because while it’s absurd to equate premediated bloody murder with Chesa Boudin’s no-such-such-thing-a-bad-boy approach to law enforcement, it is fair to note that while David Gilbert sought revolution through the commission of crimes, his son pursues change by abetting them. Sunrise, sunset, so to speak.
And Cuomo gave both approaches a big moral boost Monday — no surprise, of course, but shame on him anyway.
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