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The website for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is assigned to protect the United States and enforce its laws, links to sites that laud the work of unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and promote freedom for convicted agent-killer Leonard Peltier.
The issue was highlighted by researcher and writer Phil Kent, who heads a communications company in a lengthy career that includes a stint as a press secretary to a U.S. senator, years of writing for the Augusta, Ga., Chronicle, the presidency of the American Research Foundation and serving as spokesman for Americans for Immigration Control.
His report was documented by WND, which confirmed that the FBI website page discussing hate crimes lists as a “resource” the Southern Poverty Law Center, a radically liberal organization that according to its own site “is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry … using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy.”
The website calls Ayers “a civil rights organizer, radical anti–Vietnam War activist, teacher and author.” Ayers was responsible for bombings of the New York City police headquarters in 1970, the U.S. Capitol in 1971 and the Pentagon in 1972 and later was quoted as saying he didn’t think he did enough.
The profile tells how Ayers co-founded the Small Schools Workshop to reform education systems “by restructuring large, factory-model schools into teacher-directed, intimate learning environments” and how he “helps aspiring teachers recognize and tap the potential of every child.”
As WND reported, the Workshop was founded by Mike Klonsky, who served with Ayers and Ayers’ wife, former Weathermen terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, in the Students for a Democratic Society group, a major leftist student organization in the 1960s that later splintered, with Ayers and Dohrn leading a more activist approach with the Weathermen. Klonsky reportedly favored less aggressive tactics, promoting the philosophy that young workers possessed the potential to be a revolutionary force to overthrow capitalism.
WND also reported that Obama and Ayers worked together on an education foundation, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which provided startup capital to the Workshop.
In 1995, with Obama as its chairman, the newly formed Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school-reform organization, gave the Workshop a grant of $175,000. The Challenge provided another $482,662 to the Workshop over the next few years.
Ayers was one of the original grantees of the Challenge and was co-chairman of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, one of the two operational arms of the Challenge.
The report doesn’t include the fact that Ayers’ Weather Underground faced accusations in the bombings.
Ayers, a onetime full-time leader for Students for a Democratic Society, also helped launch Barack Obama’s political career with a fundraiser in his home and worked alongside Obama at a Chicago nonprofit. He then hired Obama to serve as chief of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
WND columnist Jack Cashill also has produced a series of columns arguing it was Ayers who ghostwrote Obama’s award-winning autobiography, “Dreams From My Father.”
Ayers, along with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were the main founders of the Weather Underground, which splintered from the SDS. The terror group ultimately was assigned responsibility for some 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.
Ayers characterized the Weather Underground as “an American Red Army” and said the ideology was to: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
In a 2001 memoir, he wrote, “Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”
In a 2001 interview with The New York Times, he said, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” Accompanying the article was a photograph of him stepping on an American flag.
The SPLC, linked by the FBI, also features on its Tolerance site an article called “Thanksgiving Mourning.” The piece urges teachers to ask students to write letters “mourning” Thanksgiving Day on behalf of those for whom it serves “as a reminder of colonization’s devastating impact on indigenous peoples.”
It refers teachers to the United American Indians of New England site, which on the home page promotes the defense of Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of shooting and killing two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975.
The United website also features Peltier’s letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
Kent’s video questions the FBI’s Web links in light of its official mission to “protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign-intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the Untied States, and to provide leadership and criminal-justice services to federal, state, municipal and international agencies and partners.”
“Is the FBI showing leadership to other law-enforcement agencies when it recommends ‘resources’ that promote a terror bomber and the defenders of cop killers?” he asks.
“Why is the FBI recommending a website that tells children to go visit the defenders of these cop killers?”
And, “Should American taxpayers subsidize the promotion of organizations that defend domestic terrorist and cop killers?”
The FBI media office, contacted by WND and asked for comment, transferred a reporter to an answering machine and then declined to return the call.
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