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Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist

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This man, through fraud, stole $285 million from 21,000 depositors — most of them elderly — at his bank in the late 1980s.  When his bank went belly up, the Federal Government had to step in to save it, at a cost of $3 BILLION. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison (by the California state courts) and 12 years in prison (in Federal court).

He was a close personal friend of John and Cindy McCain during the time he committed these crimes. One might say they palled around, but that would not capture the closeness of their relationship. They traveled together on holidays, including trips on this man's jet to the Bahamas.  This man made over $150,000 in contributions to the McCain campaign, with the goal of having McCain prevent Federal inquiries into fraud by his bank. Cindy McCain invested $300,000 in a development project with him.

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This man is believed to have set off four bombs in the late 1960 and early 1970s — at a police statue in New York, the New York City police headquarters, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Capitol — to protest the Vietnam war. The bombs destroyed property, but did not produce any injuries or deaths.  Total property damages from these bombings appear to have been around $1 million. He was never charged for these bombings.

This man was charged for by the Federal for participation in the Days of Rage protests, but those charges were later dropped.  (The Days of Rage protests resulted in $183,000 in property destruction. A Chicago lawyer was paralyzed when he tried to tackle one of the Days of Rage protesters, and hit a concrete wall.)

When he committed these acts, for which he was charged but never tried, Barack Obama was eight years old, living thousands of miles away.

Barack Obama only met this man some thirty years later, after he had become a distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois and a leading figure in the education reform movement. Barack Obama and this man served together on the board of an education reform charity, along with other prominent Chicagoans includings a numbers of conservatives, founded by Walter Annenberg, a prominent donor to and friend of Ronald Reagan.

So, you tell me: which man was the bigger "domestic terrorist." Which man did more damage to our country? Which relationship raises more questions about judgement?

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