Conservative group calls for Ayers' arrest

March 13, 2009 3:30:40 PM PDT
The cold case of the bombing of a police station in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park four decades ago is only now beginning to thaw. The San Francisco Police Officers Association leveled a complaint against former Weather Underground organizers Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn of being involved in the bombing. The statement is based on allegations made by former FBI agent Larry Grathwohl who acted as an infiltrated informant.

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The police officers association, which is working through the conservative anti-UN group, America's Survival, Inc., is lobbying for the arrests of Ayers and Dohrn. The case concerning the bombing, which killed one officer and injured eight, went cold as a result of illegal intelligence gathering on the part of the FBI.

America's Survival Inc. held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on March 13 in order to lobby for the arrests of Ayers and Dohrn and invoke the Department of Justice and the FBI assist with the investigation. The panel of speakers, including the president of the organization, Cliff Kincaid, Larry Grathwohl, and a retired San Francisco police officer, seemed to be newly concerned about the case because of President Obama's presidency and his appointment of Eric Holder as Attorney General. Kincaid, who claimed the press conference would not have been necessary under a Republican administration, accused Ayers and Dohrn of "trying to spread their filth and poison" to the university students they educate. Increasing their concern was the fact that Attorney General Holder was involved in the pardoning of members of the Weather Underground.

Echoing this sentiment, one of the panelists, Herbert Romerstein, claimed that President Obama's political career was born in the home of Ayers and Dohrn. Romerstein, who once served as an investigator for the now disbanded House Committee on Un-American Activities, also claimed that the Ku Klux Klan was a "domestic movement" because its goals were inherently "pro-American," while the Weather Underground was not because it "worked on behalf of foreign governments."

Claiming only that they want justice done for the police officer who died in the bombing, Sergeant Brian McDonnell, they called for all pertinent evidence to be brought forward. "We believe more evidence is out there," stated Kincaid, noting that the current evidence includes Mr. Grathwohl's testimony and a newly found fingerprint. Expressing his disgust over the fact that Ayers and Dohrn are not behind bars, former San Francisco Police Officer Jim Pera noted, "Think about how these two Marxist-Leninist traitors are allowed to breathe the air of freedom when they should be gasping on the stagnant stenches of a prison cell or better yet, moldering in a post-execution gravesite."

The panel, however, appeared equally concerned about what they characterized as a resurgence of communism in the United States. They expressed anger over the fact that Ayers and Dohrn are able to work at prestigious universities and "brainwash college students." One of the panelists, Trevor Loudon, a researcher and libertarian political activist from New Zealand, outlined the resurgence of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the non-violent predecessor to the Weather Underground, and its parent organization, the Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), under the auspices of former Weather Underground members. Noting that MDS has "gotten smarter" and no longer needs to resort to violence in order to express itself, he was nonetheless concerned that MDS and SDS are creating "a generation of student activists."

When questioned as to what organizations fund America's Survival Inc., Kincaid irately refused to answer, claiming that the information is public and was declared to the IRS. The shouting match continued as a member of the press raised the point that members of the Weather Underground and its associated group, the Black Liberation Army, may have been striking out with violence as a response to earlier instances of police brutality. In response, Kincaid, exclaimed, "This is my news conference and I'm not going to permit it to be taken over by somebody who is trying to rationalize violence and murder." Pera further intoned, "Don't come in here and try and send out your brainwashing techniques to these people and say that the police caused the things that your people were doing to them." Panelists emphasized that case is still open and issued repeated calls for arrests. They requested that the Department of Justice provide all information that may be relevant to the Park Station bombing and that the FBI provide assistance to those continuing to investigate the case.

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