Terrorists, Then and Now

John Hinderaker

Saturday was the anniversary of the Kent State shootings in 1970. The keynote speaker at the annual commemoration service on the Kent State campus was Bill Ayers, Barack Obama’s political mentor. At the time of the Kent State confrontation, Ayers was underground, a terrorist on the run. Terrorists are perhaps less popular today then they were forty years ago, and after Ayers’ speech, a reporter had the temerity to ask Ayers whether he was any different from the Tsarnaev brothers. Good question!

There is no relationship at all between what Weather Underground members did and the bombings that two brothers allegedly committed on April 15 in Massachusetts, Ayers said in response to a reporter’s question. No one died in the Weather Underground bombings.

That is debatable: the Weathermen are widely believed to have been involved in the bombing of a San Francisco police station in which one officer was killed and another blinded, and Ayers’ former colleagues carried out the 1981 Brinks robbery in which three people were murdered. To the extent that the Weathermen’s casualty count was low, it was due entirely to the group’s incompetence. Ayers conveniently fails to mention that the famous 1970 Greenwich Village explosion that killed several of his fellow Weather Underground members occurred while they were making bombs packed with nails to kill soldiers at Fort Dix.

And there is no question that Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, enthusiastically advocated violence, including mass murder. Their book Prairie Fire, published in 1974, advocated the violent overthrow of the United States government…


The article continues at PowerLine.


Sgt. Brian McDonnell.

Sgt. Brian McDonnell.


Related: Still unrepentant post-Boston: Bill Ayers defends Weather Underground bombings

At Weasel Zippers, Bill Ayers Defends Weather Underground Bombings, “Can’t Compare Them To Boston Bombing”

…Property damage? For those who may not recall, The Weather Underground were the “terrorists” of the 60s and early seventies, along with aligned group, the Black Panthers. WU bombed multiple buildings, including the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon.

They were suspected in the other bombings, including one that killed a police officer in San Francisco.

Three of their members were killed when they were preparing a bomb loaded with nails (much like the pressure cooker bombs used in  Boston) to blow up at a dance at Fort Dix in order to kill and maim as  many military as they could.

What happened to Bill Ayers? Despite admitting to participation in bombings, including those at the Capitol and the Pentagon, he was never punished. He became a professor, has inculcated how many others in his hatred for this country and has even said he “didn’t do enough”.


At The Daily Caller,  video of Ayers from March 2102.

Update:  Bill Ayers and His Media Groupies



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