If Ayers is still considered a terrorist, why isn't he in Prison?
At that- what the hell is he doing teaching college at the University of Illinois? Shouldn't he be in prison if he's still a terrorist as has been suggested over and over again?
- Sonny BLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
The McCain-Palin campaign has made much of the charge that their opponent, Barak Obama, "pals around with terrorists." The "terrorist" in question is Bill Ayers, a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois who has written numerous books on education and school reform, as well as served on several Chicago charity boards.
Ayers is also a political progressive who once organized a house party for Obama during his first campaign for public office. Ayers even donated $200 towards Obama's campaign for the U.S. Senate. Obama, who has a long-standing interest in school reform, also served on two nonprofit charity boards in Chicago with Bill Ayers, a man who is considered one of the top experts in the field by many educators, politicians, and philanthropists. Indeed, in 1997, Bill Ayers was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Chicago.
What are we to make of this? One of the odd things I have in common with Barak Obama is that I've also met Bill Ayers. I had a long dinner with him at Luca’s Restaurant in Keene, New Hampshire, after he came to Antioch University New England to give a talk on school reform. Ayers was articulate, thoughtful, and deeply committed to improving the lives of all our nation's children, including poor kids and inner city students of color. He was also charming and witty at the dinner table. We even spent a fair amount of time talking about his complicated past during the 1960s and 1970s--an era when he and I shared similar concerns.
In the mid-1960s, for example, Ayers actively supported the nonviolent civil disobedience campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King. Like King, Ayers also came to believe that the U.S. government's war against Vietnam was an unjust war of aggression in which the U.S. government committed horrendous war crimes everyday, year after year. After a time, as Ayers himself admits, he was increasingly traumatized by the U.S. government's relentless campaign of torture, imprisonment, assignation, mass defoliations and bombings, forced relocations of civilians, out-of-control massacres, and the systematic murder of over two million Vietnamese people.
His basic position on the war was simple and I think correct. The war was a monstrous evil and all the people of this country had a moral duty to stop it. To this day, Ayers wishes he had done more to stop the war. To his credit, Ayers actually engaged in countless nonviolent demonstrations, teach-ins, and citizen lobbying drives against the war. He also became an influential national student leader in the peace movement, which was growing rapidly in this country by the end of the 1960s.
Yet, just around this time, Ayers began to despair that nonviolent resistance would ever be sufficient to end America's immoral war of aggression against the Vietnamese people. Like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pacifist German Lutheran minister who ultimately joined an underground group that carried out acts of property sabotage and even attempted to kill Adolf Hitler, Ayers ended up co-founding a clandestine group called the Weather Underground. In the early 1970s, this group began to plan and execute bombings of public buildings like the U.S. Congress and the Pentagon, where decisions were being made daily that caused mass murder halfway across the world.
This was not Ayers' shining moment. In his memoir, Fugitive Days, he writes that his actions with the Weather Underground were understandable, but misguided acts of temporary insanity--even though no one was ever killed in any of the building bombings he planned and arranged. When reflecting back on his days with the Weather Underground, he’s said he is "embarrassed by the arrogance, the solipsism, the absolute certainty that we and we alone knew the way." This is a man who seems aware of the mistakes he made as a passionate young idealist gone awry in the face of a colossal evil.
I was also interested to hear that Ayers had even written an apology to the one person he ever injured, a lawyer caught up in the "Days of Rage" anti-war riot that Ayers helped organize in Chicago back in 1969 when the Weather Underground was just getting organized. Contrary to what McCain and Palin would have you believe, Ayers has also long condemned "all forms of terrorism--individual, group, and official." When quoted in a New York Times article in 2001 as saying "I don't regret setting bombs," a phrase the McCain-Palin Campaign trumpet over and over again in their speeches and television ads, he quickly wrote a letter to the paper and said that this was a "deliberate distortion" by the journalist and not what he believes at all.
As we sat together at dinner a couple years after this news report, Ayers talked soberly about leaving the Weather Underground in the mid-1970s and being surprised that all the criminal charges against him were soon dropped. He talked to me about how this allowed him to rebuild his career as an educator
- 1 decade ago
Yes, Bill Ayers was a terrorist and Yes, Obama is friends with Bill Ayers (though he tries to deny it)
In September 2001 Bill Ayers told the New York Times, "We didn't do enough."...and that he did not regret what they did.
He formed the group the Weather Underground, and some of it's members killed several police officers. Three Weather Underground members were killed in the 70's when the bomb they were making blew up.
Ayers and his wife ran from the law for 10 years. Bill Ayers did get off on a technicality, but his wife (who was on the F.B.I. Top 10 Most Wanted List) served time in prison.
Regarding Ayers release he said something like this, "Guilty as hell, free as a bird, what a great country."
Sadly, the United States has many professors who admit they are socialists, (shocking!) which is why our country is becoming more and more liberal. Bill Ayers has in recent years said he is part Marxist and part Anarchist.
The liberal media has done a great job hiding the facts about this man (and his relationship with Obama) from the public.Source(s): Wikipedia and various news sources
- kathy_is_a_nurseLv 71 decade ago
He was put on trial for his terrorist acts, which he freely and openly admitted. However, due to some procedural errors on the part of the FBI in gathering evidence, judge had to acquit Ayers. He boasted about his guilt as he left the court room, saying "What a country!"
So, should he be in prison... yeah. But sometimes the guilty have to go free to protect the rights of the innocent.
But what is REALLY scary about this guy is what he is doing now. His books and teachings are openly marxist. That he is teaching in college is not at all surprising. College academia has become the last bastion of Liberal, aging hippy anarchists. The only surprise would be if Ayers could get a job anywhere else EXCEPT a university.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Yes I do think that he is a terrorist. He tried to also plant a bomb at a dance for US Soldiers and their wives at Ft. Dix. It infuriates me that the veterans of the Vietnam war didn't recieve better from their fellow citizens. Anyone with a heart or brain hates war, and protests it, but these soldiers were over there, enlisted men and drafted men alike, witnessing horrific acts of violence everyday, and had to kill or be killed. They didn't need to come home and be spit on and BOMBED by people like William Ayers. My father is a Vietnam vet, and what some people considered "protesting the war" made it impossible for many soldiers to fully come home. They deserved so much better. I hope that someday these people realize their ignorance. This man is a terrorist, and it terrifies me that a man this close to being President has associated with him on many occasions.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
He is a former terrorist and left wing kook. Just like Jane Fonda is a former treasonous and left wing kook. And John Kerry is a former military sell out and left wing kook.
Being a left wing kook is not a crime.
- Super RuperLv 61 decade ago
Its a great question. More and more, people are throwing stones that make the US and its laws look silly. Another great example is the assertion that Obama is not an American citizen and not born in the US. Isn't that suggesting that NO ONE did their due diligence on this man when he became a Senator?
If these people actually believe all this propaganda, why are they not freaking out about the country that they live in - and that there is absolutely NO SECURITY????
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No he was NOT pardoned by anyone. He got off on a technicality. He now claims to be an anarchist. We don't imprison people for their beliefs in this country...not enough jails anyway.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
He got off on a technicality. The Colleges and Universities are liberal in their thinking. Double jeopardy prevents him from going to trial again. But it scared the begeebers out of him, so he's been a good boy. He's afraid to go out and bomb again.
The man is a coward.
- capcajunLv 41 decade ago
Pardoned by Clinton.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
he did his time.