Might not a Prison term be more appropriate?
In reply to: The Buffalo News, Tuesday, May 20, 2014
An open letter to William AYERS, and a conversation we never had, maybe someone should !
Are you SENILE Mr. Ayers?, Whatever do you mean
”Nobody can decide: Were we freedom fighters, or were we terrorists?”
What a pathetic statement, I, (and thousands of others, incidentally,) have absolutely NO trouble in deciding exactly what you were and ARE!.
Yes, you, DOHRN, and the rest of your “sicko cronies” who are, today, in no small part responsible for the abhorrent state of this Great Nation.
You are and always were TERRORISTS Mr. Ayers, that’s it, plain and simple!.
You were a typical little “rich” boy, Ayers, who thinks it was funny to disrupt the Country, terrorize people, break and destroy property. People died because of you Mr. Ayers, just as surely as if you pulled the trigger. A lot more people would have died also, if you had not been such incompetent bomb makers. Oh yes, I know, you try so hard these days to make out that you were such “harmless young things, who meant so well, we did it for our Country”, what utter crap!. You were a crowd of vicious, hate-filled, anti-social psychopaths, that’s all, nothing more.
Did you write “Prarie Fire – “The Policy of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism”, also known as, “The Weatherman’s Manifesto”, Mr Ayers?
And, in it, did you write “We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men, underground in the United States for more than four years”.
Is that not exactly who you and Barak still are, Mr. Ayers ? I understand, Barak is more Antonio Gramsci, but you Sir, are a pure Marxist, Is that not correct, Mr. Ayers?
Did you not write: “We are deeply affected by the historic events of our time in the struggle against U.S. imperialism.
Our intention is to disrupt the empire, to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks, to make it hard to carry out its bloody functioning against the people of the world, to join the world struggle, to attack from the inside.”
Is that not exactly what you and Barak are trying to do, Mr. Ayers? Attack from the inside? I must compliment you, you did a fair job, so far, people were lulled into a secure state without seeing where you and your ilk had weaseled themselves into the hierarchy of academia. That is where you are seriously dangerous, Mr. Ayers. You, I believe, probably more than anyone else, are solely responsible for the total demise of the Education system to where it is controlled by Ideologues and stuffed to capacity with communistic principles.
And, how dare you suggest that:
“We took great risks. We could have hurt somebody, we could have killed somebody”
— You DID Sir, you killed and maimed people completely without regard for any normal standards.
Let’s look at the true lists of you and your friend’s accomplishments, shall we? Let us take it from Wikipedia for sake of argument,
- July – Members Bernardine Dohrn, Eleanor Raskin,Dianne Donghi,Peter Clapp, David Millstone and Diana Oughton travel to Cuba and meet representatives of the North Vietnamese and Cuban governments.
- August – Weatherman member Linda Sue Evans travels to North Vietnam. Weatherman activists meet in Cleveland, Ohio, in preparation for “Days of Rage” protests scheduled for October, 1969 in Chicago.
- September 3 – Female members participate in a “jailbreak” at South Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they run through the school shouting anti-war slogans and distributing literature promoting the “National Action.” The term “Pittsburgh 26” refers to the 26 women arrested in connection with this incident.
- September 24 – A group of members confront Chicago Police during a demonstration supporting the “National Action,” and protesting the commencement of the Chicago Eight trial stemming from the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
- October 6 – The Haymarket Police Statue in Chicago is bombed; Weathermen later claim credit for the bombing in their book, Prairie Fire.
- October 8–11 – The “Days of Rage” riots occur in Chicago, damaging a large amount of property. 287 Weatherman members are arrested, some become fugitives when they fail to appear for trial in connection with their arrests.
- November 8 – Sniper attack on Cambridge Police Station. Two shots were fired. Two Weathermen, James Kilpatrick and James Reaves, were indicted and then subsequently released when a witness recanted his testimony.
- November–December – Karen Ashley and Phoebe Hirsch were among the few Weatherman members to join the first contingent of the Venceremos Brigade (VB) that departs for Cuba to harvest sugar cane.
- December 6 – Bombing of several Chicago police cars parked in a precinct parking lot at 3600 North Halsted Street, Chicago. The WUO claims responsibility in Prairie Fire, stating it is a protest of the fatal police shooting of Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark on December 4, 1969.
- December 27–30 – Weathermen hold a “War Council” in Flint, Michigan, where plans are finalized to change into an underground organization that will commit strategic acts of sabotage against the government. Thereafter they are called “Weather Underground Organization” (WUO).
January – Silas and Judith Bissell placed a home-made bomb under the steps of the R.O.T.C. building. The bomb was made from an electric blasting cap, an alarm clock, a battery and a plastic bag filled with gasoline and explosives.
- February – The WUO closes the SDS National Office in Chicago, concluding the major campus-based organization of the 1960s. The first contingent of the VB returns from Cuba and the second contingent departs. By mid-February the bulk of the leading WUO members go underground.
- February 16 – A bomb is detonated at the Golden Gate Park branch of the San Francisco Police Department, killing one officer and injuring a number of other policemen (one seriously). No organization claims credit. (See San Francisco Police Department Park Station bombing.)
- February 21 – The house of Judge Murtagh, who was presiding over the Panther 21 trial, is fire-bombed with three Molotov cocktails by a WUO cell in New York City.
- March – Warrants are issued for several WUO members, who become federal fugitives when they fail to appear for trial in Chicago.
- March 6 – WUO members Theodore Gold, Diana Oughton, and Terry Robbins are killed in the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, when a nailbomb they were constructing detonates. The bomb was intended to be planted at a non-commissioned officer’s dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
- March 30 – Chicago police discover a WUO “bomb factory” on Chicago’s north side.
- April 1 – Based on a tip Chicago Police find 59 sticks of dynamite, ammunition, and nitro glycerine in an apartment traced to WUO members. The discover of the WUO weapons cache ends WUO activity in this city.
- April 2 – A federal grand jury in Chicago returns a number of indictments charging WUO members with violation of federal anti-riot laws. Also, a number of additional federal warrants charging “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution” are returned in Chicago based on the failure of WUO members to appear for trial in local cases. (The Anti-riot Law charges were later dropped in January, 1974.)
- April 15 – The FBI arrests WUO members Linda Sue Evans and Dianne Donghi in New York with the help of WUO infiltrator, Larry Grathwohl.
- May 10 – The National Guard Association of the United States building in Washington, D.C. is bombed.
- May 21 – The WUO releases its “Declaration of a State of War” communique under Bernardine Dohrn‘s name.
- June 6 – In a letter, the WUO claims credit for bombing of the San Francisco Hall of Justice, although no explosion has occurred. Months later, workmen locate an unexploded bomb.
- June 9 – The New York City Police headquarters is bombed by Jane Alpert and accomplices. Weathermen state this is in response to “police repression.” The bomb made with ten sticks of dynamite exploded in the NYC Police Headquarters. The explosion was preceded by a warning about six minutes prior to the detonation and subsequently by a WUO claim of responsibility.
- July 23 – A federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, returns indictments against thirteen WUO members and former WUO members charging violations of various explosives and firearms laws. (These indictments were later dropped in October, 1973.)
- July 25 – The United States Army base at The Presidio in San Francisco is bombed on the 11th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. [NYT, 7/27/70] On the same day, a branch of the Bank of America is bombed in New York.
- October 8 – Bombing of Marin County courthouse. WUO states this is in retaliation for the killings of Jonathan Jackson,William Christmas, and James McClain[nb 1]
- October 10 – A Queens traffic-court building is bombed. WUO claims this is to express support for the New York prison riots. [NYT, 10/10/70, p. 12]
- October 11 – A Courthouse in Long Island City, NY is bombed. An estimated 8 to 10 sticks of dynamite are used. A warning was given around 10 min. prior to the 1:23 AM blast by the WUO.
- October 12 – Around October 12 eight bomb explosions occur, Five in Rochester New York, Two in NYC, and One in Orlando FL. Despite warnings three persons are injured, none seriously. The Weatherman never claimed responsibility for the bombings nor have they ever been linked to them.
- October 14 – The Harvard Center for International Affairs is bombed by The Proud Eagle Tribe of Weather (later renamed the Women’s Brigade of the Weather Underground). WUO claims this is to protest the war in Vietnam. [NYT, 10/14/70, p. 30] The bombing was in reaction to Angela Davis’ arrest and was the first action undertaken by an all-women’s unit of WUO.
- October – Bernardine Dohrn, Katherine Ann Power, and Susan Edith Saxe were put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List
- December – Fugitive WUO member Caroline Tanker, who fled the country for Cuba, is arrested by the FBI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- December 5 – Five Weatherman are captured for trying to bomb First National City Bank of NY and other buildings on the anniversary of the death of Fred Hampton. These individuals subsequently plead guilty.
- December 11 – Vivian Bogart and Patricia Mclean from the WUO are arrested after throwing an incendiary bomb at the Royal National Bank in NYC around 1:30 AM.
- December 16 – Fugitive WUO member Judith Alice Clark is arrested on the Days of Rage indictments by the FBI in New York.
- March 1 – The United States Capitol is bombed. WUO states this is to protest the invasion of Laos. PresidentRichard M. Nixon denounces the bombing as a “shocking act of violence that will outrage all Americans.” [NYT, 3/2/71]
- April – FBI agents discover what is dubbed “Pine Street Bomb Factory”, an abandoned apartment utilized by WUO in San Francisco, California.
- August 30 – Bombings of the Office of California Prisons in Sacramento and San Francisco, allegedly in retaliation for the killing of George Jackson. [LAT, 8/29/71]
- September 17 – The New York Department of Corrections in Albany, New York is bombed, as per WUO to protest the killing of 29 inmates at Attica State Penitentiary. [NYT, 9/18/71]
- Dec 2 – Fugitive WUO member Matthew Steen, suspected in the US Capitol bombing, is arrested in Seattle by the FBI for bank robbery but convicted of federal conspiracy and sentenced to ten years.
- May 19 – Bombing of The Pentagon, “in retaliation for the U.S. bombing raid in Hanoi.” The date was chosen for it being Ho Chi Minh‘s birthday. [NYT, 5/19/72]
- May 18 – The bombing of the 103rd Police Precinct in New York. WUO states this is in response to the killing of 10-year-old black youth Clifford Glover by police.[note 1]
- September 19 – A WUO member is arrested by the FBI in New York. Released on bond, this member again submerges into the underground.
- September 28 – ITT headquarters buildings in New York and Rome, Italy are bombed. WUO states this is in response to ITT’s alleged role in the Chilean coup earlier that month.
- Around October, 1973 the Government requested dropping charges against most of the WUO members. The requests cited a recent decision by the Supreme Court that barred electronic surveillance without a court order. This decision could hamper prosecution of the WUO cases. In addition, the government did not want to reveal foreign intelligence secrets that the court has ordered disclosed.
- March 6 – Bombing of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare offices in San Francisco. WUO states this is to protest alleged sterilization of poor women. In the accompanying communiqué, the Women’s Brigade argues for “the need for women to take control of daycare, healthcare, birth control and other aspects of women’s daily lives.”
- May 31 – The Office of the California Attorney General is bombed. WUO states this is in response to the killing of six members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
- June 17 – Gulf Oil‘s Pittsburgh headquarters is bombed. WUO states this is to protest the company’s actions in Angola, Vietnam, and elsewhere.
- July – The WUO releases the book Prairie Fire, in which they indicate the need for a unified Communist Party. They encourage the creation of study groups to discuss their ideology, and continue to stress the need for violent acts. The book also admits WUO responsibility of several actions from previous years. The Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC) arises from the teachings in this book and is organized by many former WUO members.
- September 11 – Bombing of Anaconda Corporation (part of the Rockefeller Corporation). WUO states this is in retribution for Anaconda’s alleged involvement in the Chilean coup the previous year.
- January 29 – Bombing of the State Department; WUO states this is in response to escalation in Vietnam. (AP. “State Department Rattled by Blast,” The Daily Times-News, January 29, 1975, p. 1)
- January 23 – Offices of Dept. of Defense in Oakland are bombed. In a statement released to the press, Weather expressed solidarity with the Vietnamese still fighting against the Thieu regime in Vietnam.
- Spring – WUO publishes “Politics in Command,” which is its new political-military strategy. It furthers the line of building a legal, above-ground organization and begins to minimize the armed struggle role.
- March – The WUO releases its first edition of a new magazine entitled Osawatomie.
- June 16 – Weathermen bomb a Banco de Ponce (a Puerto Rican bank) in New York, WUO states this is in solidarity with striking Puerto Rican cement workers.
- July – More than a thousand women attend the Socialist Feminist Conference at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH in which WUO supporters attempt to play a major role.
- July 11–13 – The Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC) holds its first national convention during which time they go through the formality of creating a new organization.
- September – Bombing of the Kennecott Corporation; WUO states this is in retribution for Kennecott’s alleged involvement in the Chilean coup two years prior.
- 1976-1981 the Weather Underground slowly disbands, many members turning themselves in after taking advantage of the Federal Government dropping most charges in 1973 (illegal wiretaps and intelligence sources & methods issues) and of President Jimmy Carter’s amnesty for draft dodgers.
- February – The first issue of Prairie Fire Organizing Committee’s magazine, Breakthrough, is published.
- Spring – The John Brown Book Club compiles articles critical of the old WUO leadership and subsequent split in a pamphlet entitled: The Split of the Weather Underground Organization: Struggling against White and Male Supremacy.
- November 1977 – Former WUO member Matthew Landy Steen appears on the lead segment of CBS 60 Minutes, the first and last ex-Weatherman to appear on national television, urging WUO members still underground to “re-emerge and engage change at the community level.” Mark Rudd surrendered within 60 days; the remainder of the Weather leadership resurfaced the following year.
- November – Five WUO members are arrested on conspiracy to bomb California State Senator, John Brigg’s offices. It is later revealed that the Revolutionary Committee and PFOC had been infiltrated, and the arrests were the results of the infiltration. From this point on, some authors argue that the Weather Underground Organization ceases to exist.
- July – Former WUO member, Cathy Wilkerson surfaces in New York City and is charged with possession of explosives arising from the 1970 townhouse explosion. She is sentenced to 3 years in prison.
- December 3 – Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers turn themselves in. Charges against Ayers are dropped in 1973 (illegal wire taps & foreign intelligence sources and methods). Dohrn is placed on probation. It was discovered that the FBI had discussed a plan to kidnap her nephew, amongst other controversial schemes.
- October 20 – Brinks robbery in which WUO members Kathy Boudin, Sam Brown, Judy Clark and David Gilbert and the Black Liberation Army stole over $1.6 million from a Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall, near Nyack, New York on October 20, 1981. The robbers were stopped by police later that day and engaged them in a shootout, killing two police officers and one Brinks guard as well as wounding several others.
By this time an alliance had sprung up between the “Weather” and “Black Liberation Army”
The May 19th Communist Organization (also variously referred to as the May 19 Coalition, May 19 Communist Coalition, and various alternatives of M19CO), was a US-based, self-described revolutionary organization formed by members of the Weather Underground Organization. The group was originally known as the New York chapter of the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC), an organization devoted to legally promoting the causes of the Weather Underground. This was part of Prairie Fire Manifesto change in Weather Underground Organization strategy, which demanded both aboveground mass and clandestine organizations. The role of the clandestine organization would be to build the “consciousness of action” and prepare the way for the development of a people’s militia. Concurrently, the role of the mass movement (i.e., above ground Prairie Fire Collective) would include support for, and encouragement of, armed action. Such an alliance would, according to Weather, “help create the ‘sea’ for the guerrillas to swim in.”  The M19CO name was derived from the birthdays of Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X. The May 19 Communist Organization was active from 1978 to 1985. M19CO was a combination of the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground. It also included members of the Black Panthers and the Republic of New Africa
This alliance had three objectives:
- 1. Free political prisoners in US prisons
- 2. Appropriate capitalist wealth (armed robberies) to fund the third stage, and
- 3. Initiate a series of bombings and terrorist attacks 
M19CO committed the acts listed below. From 1982 to 1985 it committed a series of bombings, including bombings of the National War College, the Washington Navy Yard Computing Center, the Israeli Aircraft Industries Building, New York City’s South African consulate, the Washington Navy Yard Officers’ Club, New York City’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and the United States Capitol Building. Three officers were killed during the Brinks Robbery, but no one was injured or killed in their bombings. Almost all the M19CO members were all convicted in a US Court of Law for these offenses, but Elizabeth Ann Duke remains at large.
- In 1979 three members walked into the visitor’s center at the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women near Clinton, took two guards hostage, and freed Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Liberation Army. Shakur was serving a sentence of life plus 26 to 33 years for the murder of a state trooper.
- Several months later they arranged for the escape of William Morales, a member of the Puerto Rican separatist group, the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), from Bellevue Hospital in New York City where he was recovering after a bomb he was building exploded in his hands.
- In 1981 Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin, Judith Alice Clark, and David Gilbert, together with several members of the Black Liberation Army, participated in a robbery of a Brinks armored car at the Nanuet Mall, near Nyack, New York. Upon her arrest Boudin was identified as a member of the May 19 Communist Organization. Three officers were killed.
- Jan. 28, 1983, M19CO bombed the federal building on Staten Island, N.Y.
- April 25, 1983, they were responsible for a bombing at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.
- November 7th, 1983 US Senate Bombing
- August 18, 1983 bombed Washington Navy Yard Computer Center
- April 5, 1984 Bombed the Israeli Aircraft Industries Building
- April 20, 1984 bombing at the Washington Navy Yard Officers Club
- On November 3, 1984, two members of the M19CO, Susan Rosenberg and Timothy Blunk, were arrested at a mini-warehouse they had rented in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Police recovered more than 100 blasting caps, nearly 200 sticks of dynamite, more than 100 cartridges of gel explosive, and 24 bags of blasting agent from the warehouse.
- September 26, 1984 bombed the South African consulate
- The M19CO alliance’s last bombing was on February 23, 1985, at the Policemen’s Benevolent Association in New York City.
By May 23, 1985 all members of the group had been arrested, with the exception of
Elizabeth Duke, who remains a fugitive.
Elizabeth DUKE ! shall we go there Mr. Ayers? Maybe next time, Huh? Maybe real soon!.
WOW, That is quite a list Mr. Ayers, I don’t really think that there could be any doubt about whether you were “Terrorists”, do you?.
Neil SANKEY, Simi Valley, California
“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” – Plato