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Andrew C. McCarthy III (born 1959)[1] is an American columnist for National Review. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.[2][3][4] A Republican, he is most notable for leading the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks.[5] He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003.

Andrew McCarthy
Personal details
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Political party Republican
EducationColumbia University (BA)
New York Law School (JD)

Early life and careerEdit

McCarthy is the oldest of six children. His father died when he was 13.[6] He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx borough of New York City, and Columbia College.[7][8]

After graduating from Columbia, McCarthy became a Deputy United States Marshal in the Federal Witness Protection Program[6]. While working at the US Marshal's Office, he studied law at New York Law School.[8]

After law school, McCarthy joined the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as a paralegal.[6] In 1996 he was rehired a prosecutor at the Southern District in 1986 and worked directly with then US Attorney for the district, Rudy Giuliani, whom he later credited for inspiring his career.[9] McCarthy achieved renown in 1995 for leading the successful prosecution of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and eleven others for planning and carrying out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the planning of a series of further attacks against New York City landmarks.[5] McCarthy led the satellite office of the Southern District, in White Plains, New York, for five years, where he contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.[8]

After the September 11th attacks in 2001, McCarthy's became a key member of a command team of prosecutors tasked with drafting search warrants and "connecting dots" in the ensuing investigations.[7]

McCarthy is currently a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, serving as the director of the FDD's Center for Law and Counterterrorism. He has served as an attorney for Rudy Giuliani, and is also an opinion columnist for National Review and Commentary. He has also been a regular contributor to Fox News.[10]

He has also served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and Fordham University School of Law.[7][8]

ViewsEdit

Prosecution of TerrorismEdit

McCarthy was a key member of the terrorism prosecution team after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Starting in the late 1990's, however, he became a vocal skeptic of the use the Southern District of New York's law enforcement infrastructure as the primary method of countering terrorism, stating: “We've become headquarters for counterterrorism in the United States.... Not the CIA. Not anyplace in Washington. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. From the country’s perspective, it’s not a good thing.” A prosecutor’s job, he added, “is not the national security of the United States.”[11]

He harshly criticized the Obama administration for trying suspected terrorists in civilian courts.[12]

Support for Rudy GiulianiEdit

McCarthy has known Rudy Giuliani since at least as early 1986, when he began his career under Giuliani at the Southern District of New York.[6] In February 2007, McCarthy authored an endorsement for the fledgling candidacy of Rudy Giuliani during 2008 presidential election campaign in the National Review. [9] McCarthy also served as Giuliani's attorney during the campaign. [citation needed]

Barack ObamaEdit

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, McCarthy wrote a number of posts on the National Review's Corner blog stating that he thought that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama was not serious about protecting United States national security against threats from Islamic extremism and elsewhere, and that Obama had a number of troubling ties and associations with leftist radicals. McCarthy promoted the false theory that Bill Ayers, co-founder of the militant radical left-wing organization Weather Underground, had authored Obama's autobiography Dreams from My Father.[13][14] McCarthy reviewed the article as "thorough, thoughtful, and alarming".[15]

McCarthy argued in October 2008, "that the issue of Obama's personal radicalism, including his collaboration with radical, America-hating Leftists, should have been disqualifying."[16]

In May 2009, McCarthy provided details of a letter declining an invitation from Attorney General Eric Holder for a round-table meeting with President Barack Obama concerning the status of people detained in the War on Terror. McCarthy noted his dissension with the administration in their policies regarding the detainees.[17] On December 5, 2009 he came out publicly against prosecuting Islamic terrorists in civil courts rather than military tribunals, saying "A war is a war. A war is not a crime, and you don't bring your enemies to a courthouse."[7]

Throughout the Obama administration, McCarthy promoted views about the Obama administration's advancement of a "Sharia Agenda", arguing that radical Islamists were working with liberals within the United States government to subvert democracy in the West.[18][19][20][21][22]

Jamal KhashoggiEdit

After prominent Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi operatives, McCarthy stated that Khashoggi might have been an operative of the Muslim Brotherhood.[23]

Gun violenceEdit

McCarthy has stated on Fox News that he supports gun violence restraining orders as a tool for American law enforcement to remove firearms from those found to be a danger to themselves and/or others. He believes that the measures can reduce the country's gun violence problem.[24]

PublicationsEdit

  • Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihad (2008)
  • How Obama Embraces Islam's Sharia Agenda (Encounter Broadsides, 2010) ISBN 978-1-59-403558-6
  • The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (2010)[25]
  • How the Obama Administration has Politicized Justice (Encounter Broadsides, 2010)[26]
  • Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (Encounter Books, 2013) ISBN 978-1-59-403691-0
  • Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment (Encounter Books, 2014)
  • Islam and Free Speech (Encounter Broadside, 2015) ISBN 978-1-59-403748-1
  • Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency (Encounter Books, 2019) ISBN 978-1-64-177025-5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Terror Conspiracy: A Sweeping Victory By the Home Team". New York Times. October 2, 1995. Retrieved November 7, 2016. ...Andrew C. McCarthy, a 36-year-old Bronx native...
  2. ^ "Andrew C. McCarthy" (columnist bio). PJ Media. pjmedia.com. Archived from the original on November 13, 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. ^ Powell, Michael (October 17, 2006). "Lawyer Sentenced for Aiding Terrorist Client; 28 Months Is Far Less Than Prosecutors Sought". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Fletcher, Laurel E.; et al. (February 2012). "Defending the Rule of Law: Reconceptualizing Guantanamo Habeas Attorneys". Connecticut Law Review.
  5. ^ a b "Andrew C. McCarthy, Director, FDD's Center for Law and Counterterrorism". Biographies. Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  6. ^ a b c d Weiser, Benjamin (2010-02-19). "Andrew C. McCarthy, a Terrorism Prosecutor, Changes View". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  7. ^ a b c d Weiser, Benjamin (2010-02-19). "Top Terror Prosecutor Is a Critic of Civilian Trials". The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b c d "Andrew C. McCarthy". American Freedom Law Center. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  9. ^ a b "Giuliani for President". National Review. 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  10. ^ "Andrew McCarthy". Fox News. 2019-02-16. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  11. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (2010-02-19). "Andrew C. McCarthy, a Terrorism Prosecutor, Changes View". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  12. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (2010-02-19). "Andrew C. McCarthy, a Terrorism Prosecutor, Changes View". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  13. ^ Sessions, David (2011-03-24). "Jack Cashill's 'Deconstructing Obama' Argues Bill Ayers Wrote Obama's Memoirs". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  14. ^ "Andrew McCarthy's Defense of McCarthyism". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  15. ^ "Did Obama Write "Dreams from My Father" ... Or Did Ayers? | National Review". National Review. 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  16. ^ "Thank the Clintons for Obama ... Again". Archived from the original on 2008-10-24.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ results, search (2010-12-07). How Obama Embraces Islam's Sharia Agenda (Bklt ed.). 45 S: Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594035586.
  19. ^ results, search (2010-05-25). The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (1st ed.). New York: Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594033773.
  20. ^ "Andrew McCarthy's Defense of McCarthyism". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  21. ^ Testimony of Andrew C. McCarthy Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts Hearing on: "Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism" June 28, 2016.
  22. ^ Foundation, The Bradley. "In Encounter Broadside, Andrew McCarthy tells how Barack Obama embraces Islam's sharia agenda > The Bradley Foundation". www.bradleyfdn.org. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  23. ^ Kirell, Andrew (2018-10-19). "Fox News Spent the Past Week Smearing Jamal Khashoggi". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  24. ^ https://www.foxnews.com/media/andrew-mccarthy-red-flag-laws-are-constitutional
  25. ^ McCarthy, Andrew (2010). The Grand Jihad. San Francisco: Encounter Books. ISBN 1-59403-377-3.
  26. ^ McCarthy, Andrew (2010). How the Obama Administration Has Politicized Justice. San Francisco: Encounter Books. ISBN 1-59403-474-5.

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