WASHINGTON – Bill Ayers is on top of the world – even admitting now the role he played in the rise of Barack Obama’s political career.
So is his Weather Underground wife Bernardine Dohrn.
And now, their domestic terrorist friend, Kathy Boudin, who drove the getaway car in the Rockland County, N.Y., Brinks robbery in 1981, leading directly to the murders of two police officers, is being rehabilitated by Columbia University as an adjunct professor of social work.
That makes police officers and the families of her victims very angry.
James J. Kelly, president of the Rockland County Police Benevolent Association, has written a strong letter of protest to Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger.
“Last week we learned that Kathy Boudin was recently employed by Columbia University as an adjunct professor at the School of Social Work,” he wrote. “On behalf of the hundreds of police officers serving in Rockland County and the thousands of police officers residing in Rockland County, I feel compelled to comment on this very poor decision to hire Kathy Boudin.”
Kelly pointed out Boudin’s history in the 1960s and 1970s as a member of the terrorist organization called the Weather Underground, responsible for bombing the Capitol Building, the Pentagon and dozens of other targets from California to New York.
In 1981, Boudin and other members of the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Party robbed a Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall and killed Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Police Officer Waverly Brown, and Brink’s guard Peter Paige. Boudin was the operator of the U-Haul getaway vehicle and her actions immediately following the car stop directly led to the murders of O’Grady and Brown and, as Kelly says, “changed the lives of these two families forever.”
“Boudin exited the vehicle with her hands raised under the ruse that she was surrendering,” recalls Kelly. “She was able to distract the officers attention long enough to let her six cohorts, exit the rear of the truck armed with automatic weapons, and murder Sgt. O’Grady and Officer Brown. Kathy Boudin was sentenced to a term of 20 years to life under a plea agreement which included one count of murder.”
Kelly asks several pointed questions of Bollinger:
“Why would you employ a radical terrorist who was directly responsible for the deaths of two police officers?”
“Why would you remotely believe that letting a convicted murderer not only revel amongst your students, but guide and shape young, impressionable minds, to be a responsible decision for a college administrator?”
“Why do you feel it necessary to tarnish the memory of these heroic men by hiring a murderer?”
“Why would you needlessly cause the families of these brave men any more pain and suffering than they have already endured?”
“I implore you to do the honorable thing and fire Kathy Boudin,” wrote Kelly. “If you won’t do it for the family and friends of these true American heroes then at least do it for your student body. Please do not let the future leaders of this great country be subjected to the brainwashing of a radical, murdering terrorist!”
Kelly invited Bollinger to attend the annual memorial services for O’Grady, Brown and Paige held each Oct. 20.
“I would like you to attend and after over 30 years, witness the pain and grief still etched on the faces of their family, friends, and co- workers,” wrote Kelly. “Please come and hear the stories from the men who were there that fateful afternoon speaking of the truly heroic efforts Sgt. O’Grady, PO Brown, guard Peter Paige. Finally come to the memorial to hear of the absolutely deplorable acts that your newly hired employee committed that directly led to the murder of these three men, and ask yourself ” Would I want my child being taught by this or any radical, murdering terrorist?”