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The Weather Underground – Domestic Terrorists

Weather Underground Documentary– Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

Watch this interview of guy who was a child when the Weather Undergound bombed his house with he and his mom and dad at home. The Weather Underground was lead by Bill Ayers (in whose home Barack Obama kicked off his political career and yet, they are not palling around kinda friends -cough , choke, stiffle laugh).

Here is an article from Chicago magazine, complete with picture of Ayers standing on an American flag.

Between 1970 and 1974, the Weatherman took credit for 12 bombings, including one of the United States Capitol and another involving several police cars. The group always emphasized that their targets were property, not people. And, in fact, no one was injured—except, of course, some of the Weatherman’s own.

In 1980, Ayers and Dohrn turned themselves in. (The first words Ayers’s father said to him were, “You need a haircut.”) By then they had had two children together, and the bombing conspiracy charge against the couple had been dismissed due to government misconduct.

Dohrn plea-bargained to charges of inciting to mob action and resisting police officers. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $1,500 fine. Ayers was not charged. Even then he showed a way with words: “Guilty as hell, free as a bird—America is a great country,” he said.

This story on CNN kills me. They go through how BO is lying about his relationship to Bill Ayers (which I understand the motivation for because, after all, they guys is a DOMESTIC TERRORIST)…then this talking head essentially says, “Well, what’s wrong with that?”

This is an interesting piece about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, on which BO served as chairman of the board with Ayers. The Chicago Annenberg Challenge, founded by Ayers, received funding for education during the time BO served on the board (1995-2001).

When Obama made his first run for political office, articles in both the Chicago Defender and the Hyde Park Herald featured among his qualifications his position as chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a foundation where Ayers was a founder and guiding force.

Obama assumed the Annenberg board chairmanship only months before his first run for office, and almost certainly received the job at the behest of Bill Ayers. During Obama’s time as Annenberg board chairman, Ayers’s own education projects received substantial funding. Indeed, during its first year, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge struggled with significant concerns about possible conflicts of interest.

With a writ to aid Chicago’s public schools, the Annenberg challenge played a deeply political role in Chicago’s education wars, and as Annenberg board chairman, Obama clearly aligned himself with Ayers’s radical views on education issues. With Obama heading up the board and Ayers heading up the other key operating body of the Annenberg Challenge, the two would necessarily have had a close working relationship for years (therefore “exchanging ideas on a regular basis”). So when Ayers and Dorhn hosted that kickoff for the first Obama campaign, it was not a random happenstance, but merely further evidence of a close and ongoing political partnership. Of course, all of this clearly contradicts Obama’s dismissal of the significance of his relationship with Ayers.

The author, Stanley Kurtz, claims to have been given the run-around by officials of the Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago where “a large cache of documents…contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge”.

Just before my plane took off, I received an e-mail from the special-collections librarian informing me that she had “checked our collection file” and determined that “access to the collection is closed.”

In 2001, the CAC “handed over its remaining assets to a permanent new institution, the Chicago Public Education Fund”.

Obama served on this Fund’s “Leadership Council,” from 2001 through 2004, overlapping with council service by Bill Ayers’s father, Thomas, and Ayers’s brother, John. Bill Ayers, as noted, was a CAC founder, its guiding force, and co-chaired CAC’s powerful “collaborative.” CAC appears to have been housed at UIC because of Ayers’s connection to the school.


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