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Ayers on GMA: Putting the “unrepentant” in “unrepentant terrorist”

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 14, 2008 10:38 AM

Didn’t sleep much last night, so I was already feeling queasy when I tuned in to watch a bit of the Good Morning America interview with Barack Obama’s good family friend, Bill Ayers. Now, I’m really feeling sick in my stomach. The interviewer actually did an adequate job of trying to press Ayers on his terrorist past. But in the end, he acquiesced and let Ayers have the last, morally equivalent word. (Allah’s got the vid clips and more deconstruction.)

Ayers refused to say that the violent crimes of the Weather Underground were wrong. He talked about domestic terrorism as if it were akin to toilet-papering a neighbor’s tree. He magnanimously acknowledged that the Pentagon bombings “crossed lines of propriety, legality, and perhaps common sense.” Perhaps?

Confronted with the Prairie Fire manifesto’s dedication to Sirhan Sirhan, he waved it off with a quick “I reject that.” Asked about his 9/11 quote in the NYTimes lamenting that his terrorist outfit “should have done more,” Ayers whinnied that the quote was taken out of the context of the number of people killed in Vietnam.

Huh?

More:

“What you call the violent past, that was a time when thousands of people were being murdered every month by our own government. … We were on the right side,” he told “GMA.”

The co-founder of the Weather Underground was, as McCain has claimed, unrepentant about the the bombings his group committed during the 1960s.

“The content of the Vietnam protest is that there were despicable acts going on, but the despicable acts were being done by our government. … I never hurt or killed anyone,” Ayers said.

“Frankly, I don’t think we did enough, just as today I don’t think we’ve done enough to stop these wars,” he said.

Ayers adamantly denied that the Weather Underground engaged in terrorism because it didn’t “target people to kill and injure them.” Oh, yeah? Tell it to the families of Waverly Brown, Edward O’Grady, and Peter Paige.

I suggested yesterday on Fox that those families should be offered equal time to rebut Ayers’ self-whitewashing.

Here is equal time:

Sergeant Edward J. O’Grady Jr.
Nyack Police Department
New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 20, 1981

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, October 20, 1981
Weapon Used: Rifle; Automatic
Suspect Info: Paroled in 2003

Police Officer Waverly L. Brown
Nyack Police Department
New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 20, 1981

Biographical Info
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: 19

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, October 20, 1981
Weapon Used: Rifle; Automatic
Suspect Info: Paroled in 2003

Peter Paige, Brinks security guard, killed October 20, 1981

Sergeant Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown were shot and killed by heavily armed members of a domestic terrorist group, the Weather Underground, who had just robbed a bank and were attempting to escape. The suspects had just murdered an armored car guard and wounded two other guards before loading themselves into the back of a rental truck to be driven away by accomplices. The truck was stopped at a roadblock manned by several Nyack officers.

One of the female occupants in the cab of the truck told the officers their guns were making her nervous. Thinking they had stopped the wrong truck, the officers began to holster their weapons. Almost immediately afterwards several of the heavily armed men exited the back of the truck and opened fire with automatic weapons, fatally wounding Officer Brown and Sergeant O’Grady. The suspects fled the scene in different directions but were all eventually apprehended and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. One of the suspects was paroled in August 2003.

A suspect convicted of killing Police Officer John G. Scarangella of the New York City Police Department, was a prime suspect in the murders of Sergeant O’Grady and Officer Brown. When he was arrested for the murder of Officer Scarangella, he was in possession of a gun linked to the murders of Sergeant O’Grady and Officer Brown. That suspect was never charged in these murders.

Sergeant O’Grady was a Vietnam War veteran. He was survived by his wife and three children.

The Weather Underground was also connected to the Black Liberation Army, which was responsible for the murders of at least one dozen other police officers throughout the country. The Weather Underground is believed responsible for the unsolved bombing murder of San Francisco, California, Police Department Sergeant Brian McDonnell on February 16, 1970.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

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