Susan Rosenberg

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Susan Lisa Rosenberg (born 5 October 1955)[1] is a convicted American Jewish Communist terrorist. From the late 1970s into the mid-1980s, Rosenberg was active in the Extreme Left revolutionary terrorist May 19th Communist Organization ("M19CO"), which according to a contemporaneous FBI report "openly advocate the overthrow of the U.S. Government through armed struggle and the use of violence".[2] M19CO provided support to an offshoot of the Black Liberation Army, including in armored truck robberies, and later engaged in bombings of government buildings.[3] She has been called America's most dangerous woman.

After living as a fugitive for two years, Rosenberg was arrested in 1984 while in possession of a large cache of explosives and firearms. She had also been sought as an accomplice in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur and in the 1981 Brink's robbery that resulted in the deaths of two police and a guard[4], although she was never charged in either case.

Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years' imprisonment on the weapons and explosives charges. She spent 16 years in prison, during which she became an AIDS activist. Her sentence was commuted to time served by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001[5], his final day in office.[6][7]

Rosenberg was born into a Jewish middle-class family in Manhattan, New York. Her father was a dentist and her mother worked in the theatre. She attended the radical progressive Walden School in New York City and later attended Barnard College.[8] She left Barnard and became a drug counselor at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York. She also worked as an anti-drug counselor and acupuncturist at health centers in Harlem, New York, including the Black Acupuncture Advisory of North America.


  1. Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol., Inc.. Retrieved on 11 July 2020.
  2. US Department of Justice National Institute of Justice: FBI Analysis of Terrorist incidents and Terrorist related activities in the United States (1984)
  3. Rosenau, William (April 3, 2020). The Dark History of America’s First Female Terrorist Group.
  4. Raab, Selwyn (1984-12-01). "Radical fugitive in brink's robbery arrested". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-19. "A Weather Underground fugitive who had been sought for two years in the $1.6 million Brink's robbery and murder case has been arrested in New Jersey by a police officer who became suspicious of her ill-fitting wig." 
  5. "Clinton Pardon's List". The Washington Post. Associated Press. January 20, 2001. Retrieved July 23, 2017. 
  6. An Exclusive Interview with Susan Rosenberg After President Clinton Granted Her Executive clemency. Democracy Now! (2001-01-23). Retrieved on 2013-05-03.
  7. Christopher, Tommy (April 16, 2008). Clinton has Bigger Weather Underground Problem. Political Machine. AOL News.[dead link]
  8. vol13, 1989: America's Most Dangerous Woman? by Merle Hoffman. On The Issues Magazine. Retrieved on 2013-05-03.

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