On October 5, 1969, the Haymarket Police Statue in Chicago was bombed. A Weathermen riot in the same month left a Chicago district attorney, Richard Elrod, paralyzed for life. Dohrn celebrated this man’s paralysis. A bomb was planted in San Francisco in 1970 that killed a police officer, and the FBI believed that Dohrn built and planted that bomb. Another officer was seriously wounded and partially blinded in the same bombing. A fire bomb was thrown at a judge’s house.
It didn’t stop there. The Weathermen were very busy.
The National Guard Association building in Washington, D.C., the New York City Police Headquarters, the Pentagon, the Capitol building, The United States Army base at The Presidio in San Francisco, the Bank of America headquarters in New York City, the Marin County Courthouse, a Queens traffic court building, a Long Island courthouse, the Office of California Prisons in Sacramento and San Francisco, The New York Department of Corrections in Albany, the 103rd Police Precinct in New York, the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare offices in San Francisco, The Office of the California Attorney General, the Anaconda Corporation, offices of Department of Defense in Oakland, and the Kennecott Corporation were all bombed by Weathermen Underground.
In 1974, Praire Fire was published, written by Dohrn, her future husband and Obama pal William Ayers, Celia Sojourn, and Jeff Jones. In it, they call for violence and dedicate the manifesto to terrorists and murderers, including Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy. The FBI ultimately placed Dohrn on their Top Ten Most Wanted list, and she was known as the most dangerous woman in America. She eventually married fellow terrorist and Weathermen leader William Ayers.
Remarkably, when the two turned themselves in to authorities in the 1980s, they somehow were able to escape prison time. In fact, Dohrn is leading a pretty cozy, comfortable life. She is currently an professor at Northwestern University, where she is also Director of the Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center. Neither Ayers nor Dohrn have expressed any remorse for their actions; Ayers famously proclaimed that he wished they had done more in an article published on September 11, 2001.
Considering all this, does Bernardine Dohrn really feel that she has any room to call people who have not participated in any acts of violence whatsoever terrorists? The hypocrisy is sickening and astounding. The fact that Dohrn, a former terrorist, still sees herself as an anti-American revolutionary fighting The Man is both pathetic and disturbing, especially when you take into account that Dohrn and her husband helped to launch the career of our current president.
But don’t worry about her. It’s those violent extremist tea partiers who have never shown any violent tendencies that you’ve got to worry about.