Far Left-Wing, Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan REVEALED as EMPLOYEE of RIGHT-WING Think Tank

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By Barrack

It’s been learned that far left-wing anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan – who was once chummy with Hugo Chavez – has been identified as having worked for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a right-wing think tank whose chairman is a former CIA Director named James Woolsey. In the screenshot below from Intelius, Sheehan is clearly identified as having worked for FDD.

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For those inclined to believe this must be a different Cindy Sheehan (there are more than just a handful of Cindy Sheehans), consider that this person’s age, college and hometown (Vacaville) all match those attributes of the Cindy Sheehan in question.

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During a 2015 radio interview with Lynn Woolley, Sheehan was asked about her alleged time as an employee of FDD but denied knowing the organization at all. Giving Intelius the benefit of the doubt means that either Sheehan was lying or FDD employed her without her knowledge. Also, to be fair, at the time of Sheehan’s popularity with the mainstream media, Woolsey was Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton and doesn’t appear to have joined FDD until 2011.

FDD Founder Clifford May

FDD Founder Clifford May

FDD’s president and founder is a man named Clifford May. According to May’s bio, the organization he founded was created in response to the 9/11 attacks.

In 2006, President George W. Bush gave a speech about the Iraq war and was introduced by May. At that point, perhaps no one more publicly despised Bush than Sheehan. Here is how Bush began his speech:

Cliff, thanks for the introduction.

It’s a pleasure to be with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. This organization was formed in the wake of the September the 11th attacks to fight the ideologies that drive terrorism…

…The foundation is making a difference across the world. And I appreciate the difference you’re making.

You’ve trained Iraqi women and Iranian students in the principles and practice of democracy.

Less than one year earlier, May threw down the gauntlet with Sheehan by publishing an open letter that was openly critical of her for being connected to Moveon.org and David Duke.

In fact, a quick google search of Sheehan and FDD shows that FDD was at the center of opposition to her.

Again, why would someone like FDD hire someone like Sheehan?

Woolsey: FDD Chairman and Former CIA Director

Woolsey: FDD Chairman and Former CIA Director

Though Sheehan being employed by FDD should be news by itself, the issue of when she was employed could be even more significant. Was it at the same time that she was making national news, which began mostly in 2005 and lasted for a few years?

Perhaps a little historical context is in order.

On April 4, 2004 – a little more than a year after the U.S. invasion of Iraq – Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in action outside Baghdad. Three months later, in June, Cindy met President George W. Bush and had relatively kind words to say about him. She even referred to Bush as “a man of God”. As the months passed, Sheehan became increasingly vocal in her opposition to Bush and the war.

The 9/11 Commission completed its report in July of that year. One of the things touched on in that report was the likely involvement of Iran in the attacks. On pages 240-41, the commission concluded that Iran – through Hezbollah – may have collaborated with al-Qaeda in the attacks and that the U.S. Government should explore it further. Imagine if the American people learned of Iranian involvement in 9/11 after the Bush administration made the decision to invade Iraq.

Here is that excerpt from the 9/11 report:

…while in Sudan, senior managers in al Qaeda maintained contacts with Iran and the Iranian-supported worldwide terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is based mainly in southern Lebanon and Beirut. Al Qaeda members received advice and training from Hezbollah… detainees have described the willingness of Iranian officials to facilitate the travel of al Qaeda members through Iran, on their way to and from Afghanistan… such arrangements were particularly beneficial to Saudi members of al Qaeda… we now have evidence suggesting that 8 to 10 of the 14 Saudi ‘muscle’ operatives traveled into or out of Iran between October 2000 and February 2001… In sum, there is strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers… After 9/11, Iran and Hezbollah wished to conceal any past evidence of cooperation with Sunni terrorists associated with al Qaeda… We believe this topic requires further investigation by the U.S. Government.

As the Iraq war raged on, Iran became increasingly involved and neither the Bush administration nor Congress took the advice of the Commission and pursued what the commission suggested. Despite this, a lawsuit filed in 2002 – a full year before the invasion of Iraq – by the wife of a victim of the 9/11 attacks was working its way through the courts. Then, in 2011, U.S. Federal District Court Judge George B. Daniels ruled in favor of the plaintiff in Havlish vs. Iran, et. al.

This means that a U.S. citizen’s suspicions one year before the invasion of Iraq were validated nine years later. How did she know more than the Bush administration?

Instead of uniting American ire against a common enemy that included Iranians, the mainstream media polarized the American people; Sheehan was a key part of that effort. Was she employed by FDD at the time?

Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr

In the wake of the invasion of Iraq, one of the figures that emerged was one Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iranian Shiite cleric. Aside from being quite unsightly, many Americans were beginning to notice him. Most could not understand why he wasn’t taken out. As the months passed, al-Sadr became bolder and more prominent. He actively undermined U.S. efforts in the region.

Today, al-Sadr is an Iranian-backed Ayatollah who got his way in Iraq and was ultimately promoted.

In the months prior to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011, Ayatollah al-Sadr had been demanding that withdrawal and may have influenced the decision to do so.

Moreover, it was revealed that Iranian weapons were being used to murder U.S. troops and had been throughout the war. Yet, Iran faced no real consequences from either the Bush or Obama administrations.

The top U.S. official in Iraq in 2004 – L. Paul Bremer – even identified al-Sadr as an outlaw leading an effort that the U.S. would “not tolerate”.

Pelosi (L) and Sheehan (R)

Pelosi (L) and Sheehan (R)

Yet, despite al-Sadr’s high profile and prolific public appearances, he was never dealt with by the U.S. Bremer’s proclamation proved to be incorrect; al-Sadr’s existence was tolerated and he was ultimately rewarded.

Al-Sadr was a figure who would have been easy to demonize in much the same way Osama bin Laden was demonized after 9/11. Instead, his name barely scratched the surface of American consciousness. However, a woman named Cindy Sheehan became perhaps the most polarizing American citizen of that time and the household name al-Sadr should have become. It’s safe to say that the incredibly divisive Sheehan found voice with the mainstream media while garnering both active support and opposition; she was the perfect distraction from Iraq… and Iran’s presence there.

L. Paul Bremer (L) and George W. Bush (R)

L. Paul Bremer (L) and George W. Bush (R)

Sheehan’s prominence with the national media really seemed to begin in early 2005, at Bush’s second inauguration. Then later that year, she set up Camp Casey, just outside Bush’s Texas ranch in Crawford. As the pro-American sentiment after the invasion of Iraq began to give way to domestic divisiveness, Sheehan became the face of that division. One of the consequences of this division was that much of the focus on Iraq and the foreign enemies of the U.S. was re-directed inward.

In light of a relationship between FDD and Sheehan that Sheehan denies, how would this far left-wing activist find herself at the center of media attention for months, if not years? The mainstream media chose to make her a story. That reality is not at all far removed from what was reported by New York Times reporter John Crewdson in 1977. Entitled, “C.I.A. Established Many Links To Journalists in U.S. and Abroad”, the case is clearly made that the CIA had operatives in the media.

Any employer/employee relationship between FDD and Sheehan should be tantamount to successfully mixing oil with water and legitimate questions should be asked.

Intentional or not, the presentation – and subsequent repetition – of Sheehan’s antics on a nightly basis didn’t just distract the American people; it divided them.

If Intelius can be trusted, she was also paid by a think tank currently chaired by a former CIA Director.

Note: FDD has been contacted for comment but did not respond by the time this post was published. We will update this post with their response if it is received.

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