Guilty As Sin, Free As A Bird


John M. Murtagh at the NY Post:

Tale of two terrorists

Somewhere near Boston early Monday morning, he packed a bomb in a bag. It was by all accounts relatively crude — a pressure cooker, explosives, some wires, ball bearings and nails . . . nails which, hours later, doctors would struggle to remove from the flesh of bleeding victims.

His motive is unclear. His intent is not: It was to maximize injury, suffering, pain, trauma and, yes, death.

Perhaps Monday’s bomber will be caught, perhaps not.

Perhaps Monday’s bomber will be offered a teaching job at Columbia University.

Forty-three years ago last month, Kathy Boudin, now a professor at Columbia but then a member of the Weather Underground, escaped an explosion at a bomb factory operated in a townhouse in Greenwich Village. The story is familiar to people of a certain age.

Three weeks earlier, Boudin’s Weathermen had firebombed a private home in Upper Manhattan with Molotov cocktails. Their target was my father, a New York state Supreme Court justice. The rest of the family, was presumably, an afterthought. I was 9 at the time, only a year older than the youngest victim in Boston.

One of Boudin’s colleagues, Cathy Wilkerson, related in her memoir that the Weathermen were disappointed with the minimal effects of the bombs at my home. They decided to use dynamite the next time and bought a large quantity along with fuses, metal pipes and, yes, nails. The group designated as its next target a dance at an Officer’s Club at Fort Dix, NJ.

Despite the misgivings of some, it is reported that Kathy Boudin urged the use of “anti-personnel bombs.” In other words, she wanted to kill people not just damage property. Before they could act, her fellows were killed in the townhouse explosion. The townhouse itself collapsed; Boudin fled.

She reappeared over a decade later driving the getaway car for the rag tag mix of Weathermen and Black Panthers who held up a Rockland County bank in 1981, murdering three in the process. Survivors of the ambush along the New York State Thruway recount how Boudin emerged from the driver’s door, arms raised in surrender, asking the police to lower their guns. When they did, her accomplices burst from the back of the van guns blazing.

As I said, people of a certain age remember this history. For those that don’t, Robert Redford is kindly about to release a movie recounting the Rockland robbery (albeit relocated to Michigan). By all accounts, the film lionizes the Weather Underground terrorists, Boudin and her accomplices.

Perhaps to bring it full circle, Professor Boudin can soon guest-lecture at a film class at Columbia when the Redford movie is screened.

Other than the passage of time, one can find no real distinction between the cowardly actions of last Monday’s Boston murderer and the terror carried out by Boudin and her accomplices. Yet today we live in a country where our leading educational institutions see fit to trust our children’s education to murderers and Hollywood sees fit to celebrate terrorists.

The Web site of Columbia’s School of Social Work sums up Boudin’s past thus: “Dr. Kathy Boudin has been an educator and counselor with experience in program development since 1964, working within communities with limited resources to solve social problems.”

“Since 1964” — that would include the bombing of my house, it would include the anti-personnel devices intended for Fort Dix and it would include the dead policeman on the side of the Thruway in 1981.

Maybe, if he is caught, Monday’s bomber can explain that, like Boudin, he was merely working within the community to solve social problems.

Perhaps Monday’s bomber will be caught, perhaps not. Perhaps, some day, Monday’s bomber will be offered tenure at Columbia University.

Mr. Murtagh left out a couple important names: William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. They are two other surviving members of the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground. But they weren’t just members, they were leaders of the group.

Back then Billy’s girlfriend was Diana Oughton. Diana was a terrorist too, but she kinda got herself blown up in that townhouse explosion, along with a a couple other terrorists. Billy sought solace in the arms of Bernadine, and while on the lam they got married. Billy and Bernie had to hide our for a few years but now they are both prominent citizens of Chicago. She is an associate professor of law at Northwestern University and until 2010 Billy was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I know what you are thinking. You are wondering why those two terrorists are not rotting in prison. Well it seems that the FBI was misbehaving a little bit back then and the prosecutors decided to drop the charges against Billy. (The fact that Billy’s dad (Thomas G. Ayers) was the CEO of Commonwealth Edison at the time is just a coinky-dink.) Bernie wasn’t so lucky – she had to spend three whole years on probation.

Fast forward a few years and we see that Billy and Bernie have a new BFF – an ambitious young man named Barack Obama. They were so impressed they helped Obama launch his political careers. But exactly how they met and other details of their relationship is a closely guarded secret. Obama called Ayers “Some guy who lives in my neighborhood” while Billy and Bernie refuse to comment or answer questions.

So I just can’t help but wonder what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be doing 20-30 years from now. Hopefully that answer will be either “life without parole” or “decomposing”.

Guilty as sin, free as a bird, it’s a great country.” – William Ayers

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36 Responses to Guilty As Sin, Free As A Bird

  1. HELENK says:

    one of the first reasons I could not like backtrack was his association with bomber billy ayers.
    to this day I feel that what bomber billy could not do with a bomb he is doing with obama.

    This Boston Bomber will not go free, no rich daddy to save his ass.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I got banned from Corrente for arguing that the relationship with Bill Ayers was relevant to Obama’s qualifications.

      • 49erDweet (D) says:

        You forgot. Nothing ever sticks to Teflon. Logical people seem to make that same mistake, over and over.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Have you seen the #hashtag about being banned by David Sirota ? LOL. Silly but makes pretty good points about when liberals lose arguments or can’t provide the facts, they ban you!

    • DeniseVB says:

      For the life of me I can’t figure out why we (generic) bitch and moan about the Patriot Act and other rights’ concerns and not be screaming from the rooftops for a basic Top Secret Clearance for our President.

      My first gov job required one and it went back to my birth through every school I attended and address I lived at. At the time (I was 20) every neighbor got a visit from the feds too. (“oh, the blonde floozy with the Mustang? She’s okay, hangs out with sailors, not commies”). 😀

      Obama would have never passed the test for clerk-typist GS-2.

      • yttik22 says:

        I know! The number of background checks I’ve had to have for my crappy job are just surreal. You’d think I’d have top security clearance for something cool by now.

        • DeniseVB says:

          The first job my son applied for was Va State Police and made it all the way through the process until his little marijuana bust in college popped up. Fast forward, soon after 9-11, he was hired as an air marshal. Been with them ever since. Whew.

    • HELENK says:

      to this day I can not understand why the left that admires bomber billy, donation dorn and the other bombers can not see that to these people they are collateral damage. If one of the students they teach were killed by domestic terrorist with a “cause” it would be ok

  2. myiq2xu says:
  3. 49erDweet (D) says:

    A smart trainer always remembers the elephant is boss – when he wants to be – and works overtime to keep the elephant content. It will not be pretty when the electorate finally realizes they’ve been Backtrack’s elephant, not his constituency.

  4. 49erDweet (D) says:

    Remind me, what’s the definition for insanity again? Somebody needs to remind NJ’s Christie, except he doesn’t strike me as a fellow taking kindly to counsel.

  5. Propertius says:

    Dohrn and Ayers are both children of the American aristocracy, which protects its own. Tsarnaev is an immigrant from a Central Asian shithole – he’ll die in prison, one way or another.

    • Constance says:

      Tsarnaev is the sort of person the American aristocracy would happily adopt. He will likely get life in prison until some vapid elected liberal lets him out.

  6. Propertius says:

    An awful lot of people who were involved with SDS in the early (nonviolent) days thought the RYM/Weather faction (and Ayers in particular) were FBI agents provocateurs who were intent on discrediting the New Left.

    You know, kinda like what Obama has done to the Democrats.

    • swanspirit says:

      Whole groups of people who were involved with or knew SDS went in another direction .

      They (we) denounced the violence that Ayers and the Underground espoused and used . He was accused , and guilty in my eyes of discrediting the antiwar and civil rights movements . The little “hareem” he kept was not exactly popular with feminists either .
      The fact that Obama had anything to do with him at all ,is totally relevant , as is most of Obama’s past which has been whitewashed and rewritten . But to say he is not the person the left thinks he is , is very old news to most people here at CH .

      • Propertius says:

        Well, I suppose the Rainbow folks have the virtue of being relatively harmless (I know a few of them). I really doubt if they’re going to improve the lot of humanity by squatting in a teepee in some National Forest, dropping acid, and watching the pretty lights, though.

        There has to be some workable middle ground between being a violent sociopath and a disengaged dropout, doesn’t there?

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      I’d forgotten that. But you’re right. That was a clever ploy.

  7. nerdle says:

    The whole issue with the suspect’s miranda rights is blowing up, right now. The media has successfully concocted another meme that seemingly is trying to let him off scott free, or at least, create a lot of sympathy.

    I’ve been talking to people and they repeat “what went wrong” “he’s a kid” and now it’s miranda this, miranda that. I’m sorry, but when you choose to make heinous actions that intentionally endanger the lives of others, you are not a child. I don’t even think you have a freaking heart. People really need to start bridging their emotional and logical centers.

    • yttik22 says:

      I think all this miranda garbage is just the media blowing hot air. The bomber is likely unconscious, so it really doesn’t matter. I also think he’s going to spill the beans. He’s 19 years old, all hyped up on jihad. If he survives, I have a feeling he’ll be talking all over the place. I doubt he’s going to want to remain silent and get all lawyered up.

      • myiq2xu says:

        If I was the prosecutor I would insist he be Mirandized and given a lawyer. I would make sure all the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed. I would want there to be no doubt and no valid legal challenges to his conviction.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I think this decision is being made at the federal level, so again, pointing to the DOJ. Lots of worry about that 😉

        • 49erDweet (D) says:

          I agree on immediately appointing counsel, (and initiating the discovery process). But, #1. If he’s under medication and currently unable to be interrogated, or #2. Not going to be interrogated about the crimes for which they intend to charge him, the Miranda warning means nothing and is a waste of time. See Orin Kerr’s VP post again. They already have enough chargeable crimes they don’t need to interrogate him for to put him away for several life times. So boo hoo if his statements on those were to be tossed out. And whatever he says about others’ crimes would not protect them because he wasn’t warned, so I think it’s an unnecessary step.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      Like elliesmom’s, my clan also has a couple of loose, progressive bricks whose cranial elevators don’t often reach their top floors. Now having so much fun with them it should be illegal. They are screaming “Mirandize him” and I’m smiling and nodding, saying, “That doesn’t apply if they’re guilty” and they look at me, pause, and say, “Oh”! Subject closed. I’d feel guilty but they suck up so much air it’s a relief to not hear them right now.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Dollars to donuts those same people think a 15 year old girl is old enough to choose abortion without parental consent.

    • Propertius says:

      He’s not a kid, he’s a legal adult. That has pretty much nothing to do with his Miranda rights. Due process and 5th Amendment rights apply to everyone – treating them as inconveniences to be dispensed with on the whim of a prosecutor (especially one with Carmen Ortiz’s dubious track record) is a really dangerous precedent.

      In the long run, an unrestrained State is a helluva lot more dangerous than some murderous little shitbag with a pressure cooker.

      • Propertius says:

        This was supposed to be a reply to yttk’s comment about Miranda rights. Sometimes wordpress baffles me. 😉

      • Propertius says:

        Treating them as inconveniences to be dispensed with on the whim of a prosecutor

        Or a drone-happy Chief Executioner, er, Executive, for that matter.

  8. driguana says:

    I was in college at Ohio University (sister school to Kent State) in the late 60s…hated these radicals then, despise them even more now. Even though I was a hard core liberal in those days, they did not represent the thinking of most of us in school in those days. I am appalled that Redford would make a film glorifying them in any manner and equally appalled that Columbia would hire Boudin. I’m glad I don’t have to have a connection with any university these days and will never support another Redford, Moore or Gore film, that’s for sure. the best way to deal with these people is not to support them and their projects….let them preach to their own out of tune choir.

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