Activist & Terrorist: Which Judy Clark Did Governor Cuomo Grant Clemency?

While most Americans were discussing, and disgusted by, President Obama’s decision to grant clemency to former Pvt. Manning, many NY residents were looking towards a similar decision by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo – clemency for Judy Clark.  The question is, “Which Judy Clark did Governor Cuomo grant this clemency?”

Who was Judy Clark, and why was she serving a life sentence in NY State Prison? Her supporters claim she was an activist, government watchdog and protester targeted by an overzealous government wishing to get her out of the way. As proof of their belief Clark was set up, they point to a $100 million lawsuit she filed against the FBI for harassment and civil rights violations. Opponents cringe at the thought of Clark walking free again – possibly as soon as the end of 2017 if a parole board agrees she is reformed. Most former law enforcement officials involved in her case agree she was an activist but claim it was a front designed to cover up her real life as a domestic terrorist.

I first heard of Judy Clark in the early 1990’s while I was living in NYC, where she would be mentioned on the anniversary of the deadly Brink’s robbery for which she was sentenced. But it wasn’t until I read a recent article that I learned how truly devious, manipulating and deadly this woman had been. The truth is almost as fascinating as it is frightening. Unfortunately, it appears as if the majority of those involved with her present day fate appear to have lost focus of the fact that every coin has two sides.

In the article, Daniel Flynn describes how activist Clark used her anti-government protester status to support her multi-million dollar lawsuit against the FBI, claiming that the continued investigations of her for subversive activities were nothing more than warrantless violations of her civil rights and included secret break-ins at her home, recording of her activities and monitoring who she associated with. Despite the success of her lawsuit, her involvement in the Brink’s robbery proved the FBI was correct about her. But, what is frightening is how Flynn describes Clark using the suit to not only put the brakes on the FBI’s surveillance, but even use it to gather resources needed to conduct her own counter surveillance.

With files obtained through discovery, Clark was able to develop lists of associates under similar investigation, surveillance techniques used and specific information the FBI possessed. With this information, which FBI agents claim filled 5 filing cabinets, Clark learned all the FBI’s secret methods and even identified possible undercover agents. She used this information to develop elaborate travel routes, communication methods and disguises designed to defeat her FBI watchers – vital to the successful planning and carrying out of the later robbery.

So, while Governor Cuomo may believe he is granting a possible second chance to a reformed activist who was taken advantage of by the wrong crowd, those who know her true nature see him as releasing a devious, manipulating murderer who has yet to show remorse for those she hurt. In modern terms, they see her as a domestic terrorist who still despises the government.

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Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

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