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Home-grown terrorism

Posted By Joseph Farah On 12/05/2001 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

The New York Times broke a story on Sept. 11 of this year that was slightly overshadowed by the tragic events that transpired that morning.

Nearly three months after the worst terrorist attacks in the history of the world, it’s time to re-examine that story.

The story was about a home-grown terrorist – one that not only got away with bombings of the U.S. Capitol in 1971, the New York City Police Headquarters the year before and the Pentagon in 1972 but one who is totally, 100 percent unrepentant about those actions.

His name is Bill Ayers. He was a leader of the Weather Underground – a terrorist faction of the Students for a Democratic Society.

”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Ayers told the New York Times in the story published ironically on Sept. 11. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Ayers spent the 1970s as a fugitive. But today, he lives in a big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago.

He is not only proud of his terrorist actions, he prospers from them.

His new book, ”Fugitive Days,” currently ranked 25,228 by Amazon, is the 56-year-old’s memoir. But this incompetent bomber is also a liar. He admits that parts of his story are fictionalized.

A publicity shot for the book shows Ayers with the American flag crumpled in weeds by his feet.

Though he admits his role in the bombings, Ayers, we’re told, is probably safe from prosecution. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department told the New York Times there was a five-year statute of limitations on federal crimes except in cases of murder or when a person has been indicted.

In 1970, Ayers was said to have summed up the Weatherman philosophy as: ”Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”

Today Ayers is a “distinguished professor of education” at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And he says he doesn’t actually remember suggesting that rich people be killed or that people kill their parents, but ”it’s been quoted so many times I’m beginning to think I did,” he said. ”It was a joke about the distribution of wealth.”

“He went underground in 1970, after his girlfriend, Diana Oughton, and two other people were killed when bombs they were making exploded in a Greenwich Village town house,” the New York Times explains. “With him in the Weather Underground was Bernardine Dohrn, who was put on the FBI’s ’10 Most Wanted’ list. J. Edgar Hoover called her ‘the most dangerous woman in America’ and ‘la Pasionara of the Lunatic Left.’”

Between 1970 and 1974, the Weathermen took responsibility for 12 bombings, Ayers writes, and also helped spring Timothy Leary (sentenced on marijuana charges) from jail.

Today, Ayers and Dohrn, 59, who is director of the Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern University, are married.

In 1969, after the Manson family murders in Beverly Hills, Dohrn told a Students for a Democratic Society audience: ”Dig it! Manson killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach.”

In Chicago recently, Dohrn said of her remarks: ”It was a joke. We were mocking violence in America. Even in my most inflamed moment, I never supported a racist mass murderer.” A joke? Pretty funny, huh?

Would Ayers do it all again? ”I don’t want to discount the possibility,” he told the Times.

Ayers has something else in common with Osama bin Laden – besides a fascination with terrorism. His father, Thomas, now 86, was chairman and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Edison of Chicago, chairman of Northwestern University and of the Chicago Symphony. In other words, he’s another rich-kid terrorist.

Dohrn got a slap on the wrist for her charges. She pleaded guilty to a rioting charge and received three years probation and was fined $1,500. The federal charges against them were dropped before they surrendered to authorities in the 1980s.

Does this make you angry? While the U.S. is at war with terrorism, our universities here in the United States employ people like Ayers. They prey on our children and fill their minds with romantic tales of fighting “inside the belly of the beast” – the United States of America.

But here’s the real punch line of this sick joke.

Guess what Ayers teaches? He instructs prospective K-12 teachers in “moral education” and in the “ethical and political dimensions” of education.


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