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President Obama Said,
May 11th, 2011 @3:13 am  

You missed the part of him founding the weather underground terrorist organzation and having his friends blown up while making nail bombs that were going to be used on us horrible americans. Colleges are full of left wing america haters. they go to colleges to brainwash our impressionable youths. What a better way to train an army of leftists than to teach them how to pass on the ideology to children.

rob w Said,
May 11th, 2011 @4:02 am  

Being a professor does not make you distinguished. The fact that he is should be proof of that.

Shane Said,
May 11th, 2011 @4:25 am  

He was a member of the terrorist group, the Weatherman. He was not charged with crimes because his terrorist group was illegally infiltrated by the police. Shouldn’t you do more research before blindly following a candidate?
William Charles “Bill” Ayers (born 26 December 1944)[1] is an American elementary education theorist, and former leading 1960s militant. He is known for the radical nature of his activism in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as his current work in education reform, curriculum and instruction. In 1969 he cofounded the violent radical left organization Weatherman, which was active during the 1960s and 1970s. He is now a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, holding the honor of Distinguished Professor. His name was repeated internationally in 2008 following coverage of the Obama–Ayers controversy in the New York Times.[2]

Radical history

Ayers became involved in the New Left and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).[8] He rose to national prominence as an SDS leader in 1968 and 1969. As head of an SDS regional group, the “Jesse James Gang”, Ayers made decisive contributions to the Weatherman orientation toward militancy.[6]

The group Ayers headed in Detroit, Michigan became one of the earliest gatherings of what became the Weatherman. Between the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the June 1969 SDS convention, Ayers became a prominent leader of the group, which arose as a result of a schism in SDS.[6]

“During that time his infatuation with street fighting grew and he developed a language of confrontational militancy that became more and more extreme over the year [1969]“, former Weatherman member Cathy Wilkerson (who characterizes the Weathermen’s activity as “craziness”) wrote in 2001. Ayers had previously become a roommate of Terry Robbins, a fellow militant who was two years younger and “came to idolize him”, Wilkerson wrote. Robbins would later be killed while making a bomb.[9]

In June 1969, the Weatherman took control of the SDS at its national convention, where Ayers was elected “Education Secretary”.[6]

Later in 1969, Ayers participated in planting a bomb at a statue dedicated to police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket Riot.[10] The blast broke almost 100 windows and blew pieces of the statue onto the nearby Kennedy Expressway.[11] (The statue was rebuilt and unveiled on May 4, 1970, and blown up again by other Weathermen on October 6, 1970.[12][11] Rebuilding it yet again, the city posted a 24-hour police guard to prevent another blast.[11]) Ayers participated in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago in October 1969, and in December was at the “War Council” meeting in Flint, Michigan.

Larry Grathwohl, an FBI informant in the Weatherman group from the fall of 1969 to the spring of 1970, thought that Ayers, along with Bernardine Dohrn, were probably the two most authoritative people within the organization.[13]

Years underground

In 1970 he “went underground” with several associates after the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, in which Weatherman member Ted Gold, Ayers’ close friend Terry Robbins, and Ayers’ girlfriend, Diana Oughton, were killed when a nail bomb (an anti-personnel device) they were assembling exploded. Kathy Boudin and Cathy Wilkerson survived the blast. Ayers was not facing criminal charges at the time, but the federal government later filed charges against him.[3]

Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972, as he noted in his 2001 book, Fugitive Days. Because of a water leak caused by the Pentagon bombing, aerial bombardments during the Vietnam War had to be halted for several days. Ayers writes:

Although the bomb that rocked the Pentagon was itsy-bitsy – weighing close to two pounds – it caused ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ of damage. The operation cost under $500, and no one was killed or even hurt. [14]

While underground, he and fellow member Bernardine Dohrn married, and the two remained fugitives together, changing identities, jobs and locations. By 1976 or 1977, with federal charges against both fugitives dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct (see COINTELPRO), Ayers was ready to turn himself in to authorities, but Dohrn remained reluctant until after she gave birth to two sons, one born in 1977, the other in 1980. “He was sweet and patient, as he always is, to let me come to my senses on my own”, she later said.[3] The couple turned themselves in in 1980.

Ayers and Dohrn later became legal guardians to the son of former Weathermen David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin after the boy’s parents were convicted and sent to prison for their part in the Brinks Robbery of 1981.[15]

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Bob Babcock Said,
May 11th, 2011 @4:28 am  

I think your question intends to make a statement.

I remember those crazy days. Many of us were extremely frustrated with America’s bad behavior here and around the world. We grew up being taught in our churches to “love one another”, “turn the other cheek”, and to “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Yet our friends were being sent to kill or be killed in a war that didn’t make sense. Leaders who DID make sense were being assassinated. People were prevented from exercising their American right of voting, and enjoying the same liberties as others simply because their skin was dark. Oh, and they STILL drag them around the streets of Texas behind a pick-up truck until they’re dead in the 21st century!

What to do? What needed to be present to be heard? We couldn’t even vote to elect the people who ran this country yet we were subjected to their decisions.

The violence was a mistake and I’m sure that Bill Ayers and many others who advocated it back some 40 years ago will tell you that.

People can change. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in supporting people in being the best they can be.

Everyone reading this has made a mistake at some point. It makes no sense to be defined by that mistake for a whole lifetime.

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