Ed Driscoll

Illegal ANSWER

Remember ANSWER, the Communist anti-Semitic, pro-Saddam organization that was responsible for the bulk of the protests in American cities in 2002 and 2003, prior to our liberation of Iraq? Guess what, dude…they’re back!

This morning’s Washington Times reports the astonishing–to me, anyway–news that last week’s massive pro-illegal immigrant demonstration in Los Angeles was organized by International A.N.S.W.E.R. We’ve written about International A.N.S.W.E.R. a number of times; for example, here. It is a Communist organization and a front for the Workers World Party. The Workers World Party has been around for quite a while. It is one of the last unapologetically Stalinist organizations in the world; it supported the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. More recently, the WWP and ANSWER have supported dictators like Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Kim Il Jong.

These same groups organized or participated in most of the major demonstrations against the Iraq war; the fact that Communist organizations were heavily involved in the antiwar movement was, for the most part, an unreported story.

I once did some research to try to find out who is behind the Workers World Party. I obtained the government forms that it filed. Those forms are not required to identify donors, so, while I could infer that the WWP is kept afloat by donations from a few wealthy donors, I couldn’t tell who they were. The individual named on the documents did not return calls asking for more information.

This is a project that is still well worth doing. I imagine that if a trained investigator–a reporter, say–exercised some persistence, it wouldn’t be hard to find out who is behind these radical organizations. For some reason, though, mainstream reporters seem remarkably incurious about this subject.

Go figure. Of course, as James Lileks wrote back in 2003:

The idea of investigating who