Ayers was a member of the Weathermen. They bombed and murdered and set fires, then had to run from the FBI. While hiding out, they called themselves the Weather Underground. In 1977 while most were still fugatives, the New York Times ran a piece that shows fidel castro was up to his neck in their activities.
Cuban espionage agents operating in the United States and Canada supplied limited aid to the Weather Underground, a militant antiwar organization, in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, according to a top-secret report of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
During the recent Pennsylvania presidential debate, George Stephanopoulis asked Senator Obama about their association, so we’ll let the senator describe it as transcribed by ABC
Stephanopoulis – A gentleman named William Ayers. He was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.
And, in fact, on 9/11, he was quoted in the New York Times saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” An early organizing meeting for your State Senate campaign was held at his house and your campaign has said you are “friendly.”
Can you explain that relationship for the voters and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?
OBAMA: George, but this is an example of what I’m talking about. This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George.
Ayers, and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, who was much more infamous at the time, promoted revolution, murder, armed robbery and terrorism. She called white youth to arms.
In 1972-73, FBI official (Mark) Felt and his colleague Edward S. Miller authorized nine illegal break-ins at the homes of Weather Underground members. When the black bag jobs became public, the federal government decided it couldn’t prosecute the alleged terrorists.
Does the name Mark Felt sound familiar? It should – he was Deep Throat, the Washington Post’s favorite tattler. Illegal break-ins for others were bad – for him, good.
Where did these revolutionaries get their ideas, aid and comfort? fidel castro, of course. The report quoted by the Times was the result of a study conducted to find out just how much support the communist governments were giving U.S. revolutionaries. The FBI concluded it was not much – apparently even the Soviets and Chinese didn’t want close association with these fruitcakes. But a shared hatred of the U.S. was enough for fidel.
-Three years before militant members of the students for a Democratic Society split off to form the Weather Underground Organization in 1970, North Vietnamese and Cuban officials were influencing radical antiwar strategy through foreign meetings. Many of these meetings were held in Communist countries, including Hungary, Czechoslovakia and North Vietnam,
-The conduit for contact in the United States was a group of intelligence agents assigned to the staff of the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in New York. These agents arranged for American youths to be inculcated with revolutionary fervor and, occasionally, to be trained in practical weaponry by Cuban military officers through the so-called Venceremos Brigades.
-After the Weathermen went “underground” in 1970 and many of them were being sought by the F.B.I. on criminal charges, Cuban intelligence officers were in touch with them from both the New York mission and the Cuban Embassy in Canada.
-Cuban officials helped several Weather Underground adherents who feared arrest in the United States to travel to Prague, Czechoslovakia, and then to reenter the United Slates surreptitiously.
The report says the Weather Underground didn’t always share exactly the same goals as the Cuban DGI (equivalent of the CIA), but they were similar enough.
It said the ultimate objective of the D.G.I’s participation in setting up the Venceremos Brigades “is the recruitment of individuals who are politically oriented and who someday may obtain a position, elective or appointive, somewhere in the U.S. Government, which would provide the Cuban Government with access to political, economic and military intelligence.”
The report said this conclusion was based on information from former officials of the D.G.I.
The Cuban intelligence officers were described as particularly eager to recruit Americans who had political contacts or who were related to United States government officials.
“A very limited number of VB members have been trained in guerrilla warfare techniques, including use of arms and explosives,” the report said. “This type training is given only to individuals who specifically request it and only then to persons whom the Cubans feel sure are not penetration agents of American intelligence.”
There are direct quotes about Obama’s friend, Ayers.
It also reported that contact with the Cubans in the United States was made at the Cuban Mission to the United Nations on East 67th Street in Manhattan. Several top officials stationed at the Embassy in 1969 and 1970 were identified in the report as Cuban espionage agents.
A man who was publicly described as the most effective informer the F.B.I. ever placed among the Weathermen, Larry Grathwohl, reported to the bureau that a code system for communications had been set up by the Cubans, the report said.
“In February 1970, leading WUO member Bill Ayers told fellow underground WUO member Larry Grathwohl that if communication could not be made through these Canadian numbers, an individual should get in touch with the Cuban Embassy in Canada in order to establish contact with other members of the WUO,” the report said.
“To do this an individual should use the code name ‘Delgado’ when referring to himself and the person with whom he desired to make contact,” it said.
In another incident, the report said, four Weathermen who had been in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigades were sent back to the United States through Czechoslovakia rather than through Canada with other brigade members to lessen their chances of being arrested by the United States authorities. The four wanted to get back to the United States safely after the explosion of a house in Greenwich Village killed two members of the Weather group, Dianna Oughton and Ted Gold, and the Cubans “obliged” them by making the European travel arrangements, the report said.
As usual, where there is anti-American activity, there is fidel. And why does it matter today? Because Bill Ayers is a vaunted figure in the American education system – teaching our children’s teachers to preach revolutionary social change, as shown in a must read article in City Journal.
Indeed, the education department at the University of Illinois is a hotbed for the radical education professoriate. As Ayers puts it in one of his course descriptions, prospective K–12 teachers need to “be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and . . . be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, a teacher teaching for social justice and liberation.” Ayers’s texts on the imperative of social-justice teaching are among the most popular works in the syllabi of the nation’s ed schools and teacher-training institutes. One of Ayers’s major themes is that the American public school system is nothing but a reflection of capitalist hegemony. Thus, the mission of all progressive teachers is to take back the classrooms and turn them into laboratories of revolutionary change.
Ayers has obviously not fallen far from the ear of fidel. For a more recent look at the revolutionary couple, here’s video shot in December 2006 by Walking Eagle Productions at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Fired Professor Ward Churchill had told the Denver Post that he had taught the Weathermen how to make bombs. Here’s what the couple had to say:
Plus, Fausta has more on the Obama/Ayers link. As does Michelle Malkin.And while Ayers says in the above clip he has trouble remembering, one woman has no trouble remembering her college association with him – “Every time I see Ayers’ name I shudder with fear and rage and realize that I will never be able to erase the mark he left on my life one evening 40 years ago.”
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