ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing November 1, 2010 on The American Thinker website.
The evidence is overwhelming. The media interest is zero. The UFO strategy is in force.
Let me explain.
I’m talking about the unsolved Weather Underground murder of San Francisco Police Officer Brian V. McDonnell. A bomb placed on Feb. 16, 1970 outside the Golden Gate Park police station ripped through Sgt. McDonnell, who died two days later. His killers never paid a price.
Apart from simple justice, here’s why this open case still matters. According to testimony by undercover FBI agent Larry Grathwohl, William Ayers was almost certainly involved. Ayers helped launch Obama’s political career in 1995 at his home in Chicago and served on two boards with him. Ayers told Grathwohl that Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, planted the bomb. In 1971, the FBI found Ayers’ fingerprints and those of other Weather Underground terrorists in an apartment that had been a bomb-making factory.
Because of prosecutorial errors, Ayers went free, boasting, “Guilty as hell, free as a bird.” Dohrn remained underground until 1980, spent jail time for lesser charges, and then went on, like Ayers, to be a professor at a major college. Ayers was at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dohrn is at Northwestern University.
On Oct. 21, Larry Grathwohl told his story at a seminar at the National Press Club sponsored by America’s Survival, Inc. Moderator Cliff Kincaid, who recently obtained a 601-page FBI file of Barack Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, unveiled a raft of speakers and evidence pointing to manipulation of American liberals by actual communist revolutionaries.
Among the speakers was New Zealand blogger and investigative reporter Trevor Loudon, who uncovered former “green jobs czar” Van Jones’ communist background, which led to Jones’ resignation in 2009. Jones is now back at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress.
I spoke as well, reporting on the FBI file on Harry Hay, a Communist Party member off and on from 1934 to 1948 and a founder of the Mattachine Society, an early homosexual activist group. Hay also co-founded the Radical Faeries and championed the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Hay was cited as an “inspiration” by longtime homosexual activist Kevin Jennings, whom Obama appointed as the nation’s “safe schools czar” at the U.S. Department of Education.
Another speaker was Paul Kengor, best-selling author of a new book, Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. Dr. Kengor has the goods on numerous leftists, including the Hollywood Ten, who became famous during the McCarthy era. Four of them, according to FBI files, actually had Communist Party cards with membership numbers. It might be good to recall this the next time you see the media describe them as the “famed Hollywood Ten.”
The evidence is so obvious that communists infiltrated many liberal causes and unions and that the liberal media have looked away while crying “McCarthyism.” I call this the UFO strategy. Even if you actually saw a UFO, you’d be considered, uh, crazy. What’s different here is that the communist influence on America’s Left is no delusion. It is thoroughly documented.
On Oct. 23, Kincaid, with a video camera, confronted both Ayers and Dohrn at an environmentalist event in Washington, D.C.
Kincaid: “Why did your husband tell [undercover FBI agent] Larry Grathwohl that you planted the bomb?”
Dohrn: “That is so stupid.” She went on to deny involvement.
Kincaid then asked Ayers about the dedication to radicals in the 1974 manifesto Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism that included Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy. Signed by Ayers, Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and Celia Sojourn, the manifesto says, “We are communist men and women, underground in the United States for more than four years … The only path to the final defeat of imperialism and the building of socialism is revolutionary war … Without armed struggle there can be no victory.”
Kincaid: “Mr. Ayers, if you’re anti-war, why did you dedicate your book to the assassin of the leading anti-war candidate in the country?”
Ayers: “You’re delusional.” He walked away while others blocked the camera.
In an onstage presentation, Dohrn addressed the charges in a pamphlet that Kincaid had circulated. She said, “We live in a time of greater polarization, of hate speech and hate talk. … We were never terrorists. It’s all crap.” That flatly contradicts a New York Times interview published on Sept. 11, 2001, in which an unrepentant Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting bombs” and “I feel we didn’t do enough.”
Dohrn also misrepresented what she and Ayers were doing in the 1970s — aiding and abetting communism: “We were trying to stop the murderous assault that for 10 years killed three million people in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and U.S. service people. It was the right thing to do.”
In his Oct. 21 presentation, former FBI agent Grathwohl noted that no anti-war literature was found in the Weather Underground bomb factory, just communist booklets urging violent revolution.
In any event, the anti-war movement was instrumental in the U.S. pullout in 1975, leaving Cambodia at the mercy of Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot, who killed more than two million of his countrymen. For Dohrn to claim that she and Ayers were merely peaceniks when they were in fact agitating for a communist victory is a lie worthy of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel 1984.
This all should be very hot stuff, given Ayers’ and Dohrn’s long association with Barack Obama and their continuing activism, which includes, according to Kincaid, recent visits to Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela and with radicals in Gaza. But the press is silent. They have spent far more time, personnel, and treasure searching Sarah Palin’s garbage cans.
On May 22, 2008, Kincaid held a seminar unveiling evidence about Frank Marshall Davis and his eight years influencing a young Barack Obama in Hawaii. Among the speakers was Herb Romerstein, the dean of researchers on communism, whose work has spanned six decades. The Big Media skipped it, except for the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who ignored the facts and viciously ridiculed the gathering, calling Romerstein “a living relic.” Milbank likened the event to a “UFO convention.”
The UFO strategy. It’s very handy against a mountain of inconvenient facts. But facts are stubborn things.