Ayers’ comeuppance and the holes in my own memory

I grew up in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s.  I have vivid memories of the brief, highly middle class era right before the hippies came (when houses and people looked liked sets and actors from the Dick Van Dyke Show); of the be-ins in Golden Gate Park; of the incredible human degradation that quickly characterized the Haight Ashbury; of the fear that stalked the City during the height of the Zodiac Killer’s reign of terror; of the release of the homeless onto the City streets, turning parts of the City into the urban equivalent of psych wards; and of the societal narcissism that was the self-actualization movement of the 1970s.  What I have no memory of at all, even thought it happened within miles of my home, is the February 16, 1970 bombing at the Park police station, which wounded 9 and killed one.

Ironically, though, that bombing may prove to be one of the pivotally important events that occurred within my childhood frame of reference.  People who care are beginning to agitate to have the Justice Department and the FBI open their files on the matter, and about the Weather Underground, since there is reason to believe that Bill Ayers (that Bill Ayers) and Bernadine Dohrn may have been directly complicit — and there is no statute of limitations for murder.  Sadly, we can expect Eric Holder to push back.  Read more, lots more, about it here.

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  • Gringo

    Bill and Bernadine, who in 40 years have learned nothing and whose only regrets are that they didn’t do enough. Have at it!

  • Danny Lemieux

    This should provide a good test case of the politicization of the Obama judiciary.

  • Marguerite

    Ayers and his wife are now oh so desirous of the bourgeoisie respectability which they snorted at in their terrorist past. After all, he is a professor now and wants to quibble over the meaning of ‘unrepentant’. My husband thinks that Ayers family is well connected at that is the reason that he has skated for years instead of serving a sentence for his crimes. Does anyone know if this is true?

  • Gringo

    Marguerite :

    IIRC, the reason he was not prosecuted for his crimes was that the FBI committed breaches of procedure/ broke the law itself in tracking him over the years.

    Bill Ayer’s being the son of a Com Ed honcho- the father was also involved in public life in the Chicago area – is most likely the reason why Bill Ayers was accepted back into Chicago society.

    Prairie Fire, which lists “Billly Ayers” as one of its four co-authors, was dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert Kennedy, among other “political prisoners.” (Because Sirhan Shirhan killed RFK for RFK’s support of Israel, it WAS a political act, not the act of a lunatic.)


  • suek

    About that “politicization of the Obama judiciary” thing…


  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    IIRC, the reason he was not prosecuted for his crimes was that the FBI committed breaches of procedure/ broke the law itself in tracking him over the years.

    Deepthroat, the FBI sleeper agent that sought to bring down Nixon because Nixon told him to F off when Deepthroat wanted a top slot in the FBI after the predecessor went bye bye, ordered illegal searches of Weatherunderground homes, thus destroying any case against them, which included Bernandine and Ayers.

    If you thought the “whistleblowers” and “Watergate” were about people trying to enforce the “rule of law” on a President, you thought wrong. Everyone thought wrong. Cause the real deal is always the product of terrorists and master propagandists, it is often never the product of idealists or crusaders. There is not enough subtlety in the latter two.