Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bill Ayers: A Terrorist in Denial

In an op-ed in Friday's New York Times, Bill Ayers, the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist, attempts to whitewash his heinous past by insisting that he had never sought to "kill and injure people indiscriminately" or to spread "fear and suffering for political ends".

"For the past 40 years," he states pretentiously, "I’ve been teaching and writing about the unique value and potential of every human life".

However, let's examine his past and see what kind of value he placed on human life - h/t Nice Deb and Wikipedia:

In March of 1970, the Weather Underground conspired to plant a bomb at an officers dance at the Fort Dix army base. While the bomb was being constructed - in a Greenwich Village safe house - it accidentally went off, killing several members of Ayers' terrorist clique, including Diana Oughton, then-girlfriend of Mr. Ayers.

An FBI report later stated that the group had possessed sufficient amounts of explosive to "level ... both sides of the street". Harvey Klehr, professor of politics and history at Emory University in Atlanta, asserted that "the only reason" the Weather Underground was "not guilty of mass murder" was due to "mere incompetence".

However, Mr. Ayers, casually glosses over this event in his op-ed:

"In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in GreenwichVillage."
In truth, the Weather Underground was founded in 1969 [when the group split from the Students for a Democratic Society, however, it wasn't until 1970 that it began to formally use the name "Weather Underground"], but Ayers, in an attempt to distance himself from the the planned attack on Fort Dix and the Greenwich Village incident, simply altered the facts.

Larry Grathwohl, an FBI mole within the Weathermen, connected Mr. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine, to the planning and execution of a police station bombing in San Francisco [in February 1970] that killed one officer and injured two others.

In his memoir "Fugitive Days", Ayers, quoting from an editorial of an old socialist magazine, writes:
"Stuff several pounds of [dynamite] into a… gas or water pipe... insert a cap with a fuse attached, place this in the immediate vicinity of a lot of rich loafers... and light the fuse. A most cheerful and gratifying result will follow..."
Ayers once summed up the Weather Underground's political ideology as follows:
"Kill all the rich people... Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents. That's where it's really at."
As far as Barack Obama's ties to Mr. Ayers is concerned, suffice it to say that in 1995, Mr. Obama held a political fundraiser in this unrepentant terrorist's home - something, I believe, most people running for political office would never contemplate doing.

What's more - as I noted several weeks ago - the Obama campaign [in October] released a memorandum, entitled, "Will the McCain Camp be Challenged on their Lies?":

The memorandum went on to state that the McCain campaign was lying when it said that Barack Obama held a fundraiser in Mr. Ayers' home:
LIE: Senator Obama's political career was launched at a fundraiser hosted by Ayers.
FACT:....As the
New York Times [10/3/08] confirmed, previous coffees had been hosted for Obama's State Senate campaign. State Senator Alice Palmer, Obama's predecessor, introduced some of her longtime supporters to Obama at Ayers home. That's it. It wasn't even a fundraiser.
However, In a new afterword to his 2001 book ["Fugitive Days"], Mr. Ayers, clearly acknowledges that the event was a fundraiser:
“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign.
Bottom Line: Bill Ayers and Barack Obama can deny the truth all they want, they can even use the New York Times to cover their tracks, but the facts speak for themselves - and the facts never lie.