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Obama’s Pal William Ayers: The “Peaceful” Terrorist

29 March 2010 6 Comments

Today on this day, March 29, 1973, the last troops pulled out of South Vietnam. On November 18, 2008, I reported on William Ayers, the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist and his role in the anti-Vietnam war movement and his subsequent re-entry on the national scene as a “peaceful” terrorist. It seemed fitting to run it again today, so here it is.

In the re-release of William Ayers’ book, Fugitive Days, the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist revealed that he and President-elect Barack Obama are “family friends.” Last Friday Ayers appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America reinventing himself as a peaceful anti-war activist. “We tried to end [the Vietnam] war,” Ayers said, “but we never committed terror. It’s not terrorism because it doesn’t target people,” referring to his 1970’s bombing sprees.

Next, he tapped into the current anti-war sentiment using his Vietnam War resistance as a non-threatening illustration to compare with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ayers urged ‘people to participate in resistance in non-violent direct action’ to those wars. “I don’t urge violence at all but let’s admit that we live often in a sewer of violence and opposing that violence is key,” he said.

To enhance his fabrications, Ayers played the victim card by accusing the Republicans of perpetuating a “profoundly dishonest narrative… to demonize” him. On Democracy Now! with his wife, fellow terrorist, Bernadine Dohrn, they denied they were terrorists. It appears Ayers emergence on the national scene is an effort to expand his Chicago radical reach into the mainstream.

The facts, however, show that Ayers and Dohrn’s assertions are dishonest because the profoundly honest narrative that they are terrorists did not begin with Republicans. It started with law enforcement, notably, the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Consider this section from a FBI Weather Underground summary called The Chase: “FBI doggedly pursued these terrorists as their attacks mounted…. the Bureau arrested five members who were plotting to bomb a politician’s office. Others were identified after two policemen and a Brinks’ driver were murdered in a botched armored car robbery…” (Italics mine)

A Policelink.com article by Chris Cosgriff recounts: “On February 16, 1970, a bomb exploded at a San Francisco, California Police Department substation, fatally wounding Sergeant Brian McDonnell…. A second officer, Robert Fogarty was partially blinded by the bomb’s shrapnel… members of the Weather Underground, including Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were prime suspects.

On October 20, 1981… members of the Weather Underground undertook the robbery of a bank to finance their terrorist activities. During the robbery the group murdered an armored car guard and two members of the Nyack, New York, Police Department – Officer Waverly Brown and Sergeant Edward O’Grady, a Vietnam War veteran….several members… were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.” Story here.

Where have we seen Ayers and Dohrn’s deceptive tactics before? In Saul Alinsky’s 1971 book, Rules for Radicals, the go-to manual embraced by leftist activists, and some politicians including Obama and Hillary Clinton.

True radicals, Alinsky instructed, should camouflage their ideology not flaunt it. Alinsky drew from the Neo-Marxist strategies of Antonio Gramsci, one of the founders of the Italian Communist Party in 1921. Gramsci viewed revolution as a gradual infiltration instead of a bloody revolution. “Gramsci’s transformational Marxism was so subtle that few even noticed the deliberate changes.” Alinsky seized this strategy teaching his disciples to “cut their hair, put on suits” and infiltrate existing institutions. Currently, Ayers is a professor of education at Chicago’s University of Illinois.

One of the many tactics Alinsky instructs is to: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it…. When you ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments and carry out your attack…. “

Ayers’ targeted the Republicans, accusing them of using him as a campaign issue. In truth, it was Hillary Clinton who first made Ayers a campaign issue during the Primaries.

Incidentally, the Clinton White House also targeted their “political enemies,” namely the Republicans. During the investigations in the 1990s, the rational argument that supported potential Clinton malfeasance was that the Clintons were repeatedly found to be “factually incorrect.” Furthermore, according to the Office of Independent Counsel’s official findings, the Clinton White House withheld evidence from investigators. Using Alinsky’s tricks to demonize their targets, the Clintons attacked their accusers, and the rational argument that the Clinton’s were possibly guilty of alleged crimes became inconsequential.

Alinsky, who dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer, “the first radical…who rebelled against the establishment and… won his own kingdom,” prescribed forfeiting ethics to further the revolutionary cause, “Ethical standards must be elastic to stretch with the times,” Alinsky wrote.

Thus, like Ayers, it was easy for Obama to tell a dishonest narrative. Ayers wasn’t simply a guy in his neighborhood. They were family friends who did much more together including collaborating on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge that according to Stanley Kurtz funneled U.S. $100 million to radicalize students.

Obama was recently praised by Alinsky’s son, David Alinsky, who wrote: “Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008…”

Moreover, like Hillary Clinton, Obama refuses to release his Columbia University school records, just like Clinton initially withheld her senior Wellesley College thesis called, “There Is Only The Fight… An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.”

That there are people, like Ayers, who seem to believe that despite the facts, the public perception can be controlled is not new. What’s new about Ayers is his rhetoric. Alinsky instructed radicals to discard “the rhetoric that always says ‘pig’ in reference to police officers,” for example. Ayers, since his post-Obama Presidential win, has dropped the word “Pig” during his media appearances. He also dropped the tear up the “gut of the monster” (America), and the “kill your parents” type rhetoric he had previously employed too. That doesn’t make Obama’s family friend a peaceful anti-war activist.