Andrew C. McCarthy

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Andrew McCarthy
Personal details
Born1959 (age 58–59)
Political party Republican
EducationColumbia University (BA)
New York Law School (JD)

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 US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. During the Obama administration, McCarthy promoted conspiracy theories that the Obama administration was aiding Islamist plots to sabotage the West from within.[6][7][8]

Education and career[edit]

McCarthy is a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in New York City. He was also educated at Columbia College and New York Law School, and has served as a professor at the latter and at Fordham University Law School.[9]

He 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 a conservative opinion columnist who writes for National Review and Commentary.


Barack Obama[edit]

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 US 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.[10][11] McCarthy described an article outlining the conspiracy theory as "thorough, thoughtful, and alarming".[12]

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."[13]

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.[14] 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."[9]

Throughout the Obama administration, McCarthy promoted conspiracy theories about the Obama administration's advancement of a "Sharia Agenda," arguing that radical Islamists were working with liberals within the US government to subvert democracy in the West.[6][15][16][17][18]

Jamal Khashoggi[edit]

After prominent Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi was killed and potentially murdered by Saudi operatives, McCarthy said, without evidence, that Khashoggi might be an operative of the Muslim Brotherhood.[19]


  • 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)[20]
  • How the Obama Administration has Politicized Justice (Encounter Broadsides, 2010)[21]
  • 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


  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. 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". Washington Post.
  4. ^ Fletcher, Laurel E.; et al. (February 2012). "Defending the Rule of Law: Reconceptualizing Guantanamo Habeas Attorneys". Connecticut Law Review.
  5. ^ "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 results, search (2010-12-07). How Obama Embraces Islam's Sharia Agenda (Bklt ed.). 45 S: Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594035586.
  7. ^ "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America". Newsweek. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  8. ^ "Obama: Anti-Anti-Terrorist | National Review". National Review. 2016-06-18. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  9. ^ a b Weiser, Benjamin (2010-02-19). "Top Terror Prosecutor Is a Critic of Civilian Trials". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Sessions, David (2011-03-24). "Jack Cashill's 'Deconstructing Obama' Argues Bill Ayers Wrote Obama's Memoirs". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. ^ "Andrew McCarthy's Defense of McCarthyism". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  12. ^ "Did Obama Write "Dreams from My Father" … Or Did Ayers? | National Review". National Review. 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  13. ^ "Thank the Clintons for Obama ... Again". Archived from the original on 2008-10-24.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  15. ^ results, search (2010-05-25). The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (1st ed.). New York: Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594033773.
  16. ^ "Andrew McCarthy's Defense of McCarthyism". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Foundation, The Bradley. "In Encounter Broadside, Andrew McCarthy tells how Barack Obama embraces Islam's sharia agenda > The Bradley Foundation". Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  19. ^ Kirell, Andrew (2018-10-19). "Fox News Spent the Past Week Smearing Jamal Khashoggi". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  20. ^ McCarthy, Andrew (2010). The Grand Jihad. San Francisco: Encounter Books. ISBN 1-59403-377-3.
  21. ^ McCarthy, Andrew (2010). How the Obama Administration Has Politicized Justice. San Francisco: Encounter Books. ISBN 1-59403-474-5.

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