March 18, 2009
By Cliff Kincaid
It's been quite a turnaround for Bill Ayers. The Communist terrorist
who planned bombings of police stations, in order to inflict maximum
injury and death on police officers, is now depending on the police
at the University of Illinois, where he is a "distinguished"
professor, to protect him from the tough questions of student parents.
In fact, one parent who presented Ayers with a Bible and a copy of
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was arrested last Thursday night and
charged with the curious offense of somehow interfering with
university affairs. A visibly-nervous Ayers accepted the books but
quickly placed them down on a table.
Mark Thompson, the parent of the University of Illinois student, is
scheduled to be in court on March 18, Wednesday, to face possible
charges and be prosecuted for daring to confront Ayers.
Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, have been denounced as
"murderous cowards" for planting anti-personnel time bombs that
killed police when they and members of their Weather Underground
Communist terrorist group had safely fled the scene. Now it appears
that Ayers is even afraid to engage tough critics in verbal exchanges.
This wouldn't be the first time. When Ayers gave a speech at St.
Mary's College in California on January 28, the question-and-answer
period was cut short before Larry Grathwohl, a former FBI informant
in the Weather Underground, was about to ask a question. Grathwohl
has charged that Ayers planned bombings intended to kill police and
that Ayers confided in him that Dohrn had planted the bomb that
killed San Francisco Police Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell on February
16, 1970. "This bomb contained fence staples and was placed on a
window ledge during a shift change ensuring the presence of the
greatest number of police officers and the greatest possibility of
death and injury," Grathwohl has said.
Retired San Francisco Police Officer Jim Pera, one of the first on
the scene, said that McDonnell took shrapnel, consisting of
fence-post staples, through his eyes, throat and brain. He died two
According to Lt. Roy Acree of the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign Police Department, parent Mark Thompson was arrested
on a charge of "interference with a public institution of higher
education" because of his activity at the Ayers lecture. Ironically,
the statute (720 ILCS 5/Art. 21.2 heading) was passed "in recognition
of unlawful campus disorders across the nation," which is precisely
what Ayers and his comrades in the Students for a Democratic Society
were doing on college campuses in the 1960s.
The law was designed to squelch activities "which are disruptive of
the educational process, dangerous to the health and safety of
persons, damaging to public and private property, and which divert
the use of institutional facilities from the primary function of education..."
Acree said it was his understanding that the law is designed to
prohibit somebody from interfering with the institution's "day-to-day
operations." He acknowledged that the statute was originally meant to
apply to disruptions of university board of trustee meetings,
presumably by campus radicals.
According to the official calendar of the event, Ayers, identified as
a school reform activist and Distinguished Professor of Education at
the University of Illinois at Chicago, was speaking as a "Unit
One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence" during the nights of March 9-12,
and all events were "open to the public." This occurred on the
On the night of March 8, there was a screening of "The Weather
Underground," described as "the Oscar-nominated documentary about
Bill Ayers and the rise and fall of this radical movement."
The dates and titles of the programs were:
March 9: Yes We Can: Reflections on Campaign 2008
March 10: Fugitive Days [the title of Ayers book about his days in
the terrorist Weather Underground]
March 11: Education for Democracy
March 12: The New Activism
Thompson, who attended every session with Ayers, believes that Ayers
is a "political pedophile" who engages in the socialist brainwashing
of America's college students.
Ironically, Ayers was speaking on the subject of "activism." Thompson
counters: "If anything I was the perfect case study for a lecture on
'the new activism,' as the evening [March 12] lecture was titled."
Decide for yourself: a YouTube video, recorded by one of Thompson's
friends, captures the event. While it shows Thompson engaging in what
could arguably be said to be obnoxious behavior at certain points,
during the question-and answer period following the Ayers lecture,
there is no indication that he threatened Ayers or disrupted the
event before campus police arrested him.
While local papers portrayed Thompson as an angry and confrontational
man who resisted arrest, he replies, "I never once disrupted the
speech. I made a point to let him spew his rhetoric, so I would have
the ammunition to rebut him. I only interjected when Q and A time arrived."
"I confessed that I intended to be arrested," Thompson says. "But the
idea that I resisted arrest is crazy. View the video. If that is
resisting or obstructing an officer, wow. That part is absolutely false."
Thompson, whose daughter attends one of the University of Illinois
campuses, has made it his mission to expose and challenge Ayers.
"Only in America can an admitted Anarchist, terrorist bomber,
Socialist and communist sympathizer become one of the nation's
foremost educational leaders in curriculum development, from
pre-school to post graduate, to teaching teachers," Thompson says.
"Bill Ayers' influence can't be overstated, as the vice president of
'curriculum development' for the American Educational Research
Association, the largest organization of its kind comprising over
25,000 professors and researchers."
Acree told AIM that Thompson had said that he figured his actions
would get him arrested, and that he apologized to the police officers
who arrested him later. Still, what did Thompson do that broke the law?
"I wasn't there," Acree said, although he did watch the incident on
YouTube. "I felt like at that time that Thompson was at the point of
interrupting the speaker, who was an invited guest of the university,
and was preventing the speaker from speaking."
But the video seems to show that the meeting was breaking up at that point.
Thompson, a Christian, wanted Ayers to have a copy of the Bible as an
expression of concern for his well-being. He also wanted Ayers to
take Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged and give it to his friend,
President Barack Obama. He believes the book should also be used in
educational classrooms. "That would be the most bang for your tax
dollar buck, to educate in the matters of the free market American
mindset as well as Socialism's foundational flaws, as history has
proven over and over," he says.
He is also adamant that Ayers should be dismissed from the University
of Illinois and that the state government should create a commission
to investigate the subversion of our educational system by Ayers and his ilk.
Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org