How did Bernadine Dohrn go from the FBI 10 most wanted list in 1973 to associate professor of law at Northwestern University
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actions we're seeing from this administration. It's the June 18th, 1969
manifesto from The Weathermen.
Where is this hatred for America coming from? From people who share the
ideology found in this manifesto. It was "submitted" by a handful of
Weathermen radicals, most notably Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and Jeff
The Weathermen were an offshoot of the radical group Students for a
Democratic America (SDS). They formed in 1969 and the main goal for
their "revolution" was "the destruction of U.S. imperialism and the
achievement of a classless world: World communism" and to "achieve the
dictatorship of the proletariat."
They talk about Cloward and Piven and collapsing the system from
within. This is very important, because that's where we are headed.
People in the media will say that these people are not directly
connected to the White House. But they won't ask a more important
connection: Have the views from the radicals of the '60s, '70s '80s,
'90s — and even more recently — changed? What was their pivot point?
These guys wanted to destroy America. What caused them to act this way?
• Jeff Jones grew up in California. His dad worked
for Disney and was a pacifist and conscientious objector to the war. His
beliefs were not well thought out and he was easily swept into the
radical movement when he went to college in 1965
• Bernadine Dohrn grew up in Wisconsin in an upper
class suburb and attended college — the time of her first-known dive
into radicalism. She's known for uttering this unfortunate statement
about the Charles Manson murders: "Dig it... First they killed those
pigs then they ate dinner in the same room with them then they even
shoved a fork into the victim's stomach. Wild!"
Dorhn, now a respected member of society, says she was "lucky they
didn't kill anyone." Apparently she doesn't consider Ted Gold, Terry
Robbins and Ayers' girlfriend, Diana Oughton
"people" because they did die in a premature explosion of some bombs
they were making in 1970. Dohrn was also an FBI 10 most-wanted fugitive
from 1970 to 1973.
• Bill Ayers grew up in the upper-middle class
suburbs of Illinois. His dad was CEO of a giant utility company,
Commonwealth Edison. He attended an exclusive prep school — maybe that's
why he uses such fancy language — but says he "hated every minute
there" and liked the "free thought" he found at the University of
Michigan. Ayers was key in turning towards militancy. He now says about
the bombings that he doesn't "have anything to apologize for. I wish we
had done more"
In 1969 they bombed The Haymarket police statue; they bombed several
Chicago police cars parked in a precinct parking lot. Then they decide
to go underground. In 1970, they were suspected of a bombing at the San
Francisco Police Department. It was about that time that the three
Weather Underground members were killed when the bomb they were
preparing for Fort Dix went off.
Ayers ran from the law and went deep underground. It was during that
time he married Bernadine Dohrn. But the bombings continued: The
National Guard Association building in D.C.; an NYPD headquarters. And
let's not forget the 1981 armored truck robbery which they stole $1.6
million and eventually led to a shootout with police, leaving two police
officers and one Brinks guard dead and wounding several others.
Their most notorious bombings were:
• March 1, 1971: The United States Capitol in "protest of the U.S. invasion of Laos"
• May 19, 1972 (Ho Chi Minh's birthday): The Pentagon in "retaliation for the U.S. bombing raid in Hanoi"
• January 29, 1975: The bombing of the United States Department of State Building in "response to escalation in Vietnam"
If there is a turning point in any of these people, I haven't heard
it. And it matters. Why? Just look where they are now. These violent
radicals aren't just washing cars. We've flipped places. The Man is now
the activist and the activist is now The Man:
• Jeff Jones has his own consulting firm that helps
"progressive groups achieve their goals." He's on the board of Movement
for a Democratic Society, working closely with SDS (which is growing the
new Weathermen and Weather Underground — now available possibly in your
child's high schools now) and he's a member of the Apollo Alliance.
They, with funding from Tides, helped write the stimulus package.
Unconstitutional, sure, but Jeff Jones helps decide where your tax money
through the stimulus is going
• In 1997, Bill Ayers won citizen of the year award
for his work on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge project. He's a
professor at the University of Chicago. He served on the board with
President Obama at the Woods Foundation. They were neighbors and Obama
attended a campaign event at his house. He's now a respected and
influential member of society
• Bernadine Dohrn, married to Bill Ayers, she is now
associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and
was director of Northwestern's Children and Family Justice Center.
Teaching kids — that's great. Dohrn (and Ayers) played a key role in
organizing Free Gaza Movement, which launched the flotilla whose crew
attacked Israeli soldiers who boarded, stabbing them violently and even
throwing one over the deck
By the way, they have two adult children and have legal guardianship
of Chesa Boudin, son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. Boudin and
Gilbert were also former Weather Underground members. Kathy was
convicted in 1984 of felony murder for her participation in an armed
robbery that resulted in the killing of three people. She later became a
public health expert while in prison. She was released from prison in
2003. David Gilbert is still in prison, serving 75 years to life.
Speaking of prison, let's talk about:
• Linda Sue Evans, a Weather Underground member. She
was sentenced to 40 years in the 1981 cop-killing that I mentioned
earlier. In 1990 she was convicted of other violent acts. Her sentence
was commuted in 2001 by Bill Clinton. Today she's out there campaigning
for inmates' rights as an organizer for "All of Us or None," a group
that "combats the many forms of discrimination that [felons, prisoners
and former prisoners], as the result of felony convictions." She's
pushing for felon voting rights.
In 2008, Evans spoke at a nice event — the Soros Justice Fellowships
meeting, on a panel for prison reform alongside the executive director
of the Ella Baker Center, which is Van Jones' organization. In fact,
Evans received the Soros Justice Fellowship in 2001, awarded to
"outstanding individuals" who will implement innovative projects to
reform the United States' criminal justice system.
Soros... Soros... where have I heard that name before?
• Mark Rudd, another Weather Underground member, now teaches at a junior college in New Mexico
These violent radicals have dropped the radical prose for the radical
ends. They've been washed, shined up and put back on the shelf as
normal members of society.
The most dangerous man in America, Cass Sunstein, says of Bill Ayers
and Bernadine Dohrn: "I feel very uncomfortable with their past, but
neither of them is thought of as horrible types now — so far as most of
us know, they are legitimate members of the community."
"So far as most of us know" — who talks like that?
No one is asking the question: Do you still hate America and want to
destroy it? And the whole dictator thing, I'd like to call that a crazy
theory, but have you noticed the trends that we're heading toward?
During the progressive Netroots convention, President Obama said there's still work to be done:
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I'm confident that America is once again moving forward...
Still, change hasn't come fast enough for too many Americans. I know that. It hasn't come fast enough for me either.
What more is there to be done? Have we not given you everything you
asked for in order to "save" us? Health care? Done. Stimulus? Done.
Financial reform? Done.
He said he didn't want single-payer. So why do we still have to work
on health care? After financial reform, government controls 70 percent
of the economy. How much more control do you want? Well, Phase 2 of the
Weather Underground plan: Install a dictator.
Oh, I know that's "heavy" — to use '60s lingo — but is it possible?
That's for you to decide. The only thing you can go by are their