Attorney General Urged to Investigate Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
by Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism
Group to explore 1970 Cold Case Murder at March 12 News Conference
March 4, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Pressure is
mounting for an expanded probe of Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine
Dohrn, and their alleged roles in the 1970 bombing murder of a San
Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground and
author of Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen,
will repeat his sworn testimony that points to the involvement of the
Weather Underground in the bombing murder of Sergeant McDonnell at a
News Conference on Thursday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the National
Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th floor (First Amendment Lounge),
Washington, D.C. Grathwohl says that he was at a meeting where Ayers
said that his wife Dohrn had planted the bomb.
The News Conference is being sponsored by the Campaign for Justice
for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism, a project of
investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid's America's Survival, Inc.
The cold case of Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell, killed in 1970 when a bomb
exploded at the San Francisco Park Police Station, has been quietly
reopened by law enforcement authorities in the hope of finding the
person or persons responsible for the crime. But Grathwohl and other
speakers say that more cooperation at the federal level in the
investigation is needed. That is why they are demanding that Attorney
General Eric Holder authorize more resources for the probe.
Grathwohl will be joined by four other speakers who will discuss the
McDonnell case, the violent history of the Weather Underground, and
the reemergence of its members in political and campus organizing activities:
- Cliff Kincaid, veteran journalist and President of America's
Survival, together with internationally-renowned blogger Trevor
Loudon, will release a new report on how members of the SDS and
Weather Underground have revived a radical student movement on
college campuses. The report will examine the international
connections that people like Ayers currently have with anti-American
regimes and movements.
- Jim Pera, a retired San Francisco police sergeant who was one of
the first on the scene after the February 16, 1970 bombing, will have
photographs of the heavy metal staples from the bomb used to kill
- Herbert Romerstein, a former Congressional investigator, will
release a new report that examines the violent history of the Weather
Underground and its links to other terrorist and communist groups.
To make a reservation for the News Conference, send an email with
your name, affiliation, and contact information to Fran Griffin at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-255-2211.
The Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism
is a project of America's Survival, www.USAsurvival.org, an
independent foreign affairs watchdog organization.
SOURCE Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism
Justice for Victims of the Weather Underground
March 4, 2009
A live version of Forensic Files hits Washington, D.C. on March 12th,
as pressure mounts for an expanded probe of Bill Ayers and his wife,
Bernardine Dohrn, and their alleged roles in the 1970 bombing murder
of a San Francisco policeman. Ayers and Dohrn, now university
professors, were members of a communist terrorist gang called the
Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s whose aim was to
support communist regimes and anti-American movements around the
world and destroy the United States. The group received terrorist
training in Communist Cuba and was advised by Soviet and Cuban
A former FBI informant, a retired San Francisco policeman, a veteran
congressional investigator, and an internationally-renowned
researcher into extremist movements will be appearing at the National
Press Club to urge federal authorities to get to the bottom of what
really happened on February 16, 1970, when a bomb filled with heavy
metal staples exploded and ripped through the body of San Francisco
Police Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell at the Park Station police
headquarters. McDonnell was in the hospital for two days, bleeding
from his wounds, before he finally died.
The bombing was listed by the FBI as the work of the Weather
Underground, but Ayers and Dohrn, two of its top members, never
claimed credit for the blast. They have tried to insist over the
years that their bombs never hurt or killed anyone, except their own
members. However, the consistent testimony of former FBI informant
Larry Grathwohl, who participated in meetings with Ayers, has been
that Ayers told him that Dohrn planted the bomb.
What's more, the bomb that killed three of their own members when it
accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse was an anti-personnel
device intended for an Army dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Mark Rudd,
another member of the Weather Underground, reveals in a new book that
he was in favor of planting the bomb, saying that he wanted "this
country to have a taste of what it had been dishing out daily in
Southeast Asia…" What the U.S. had been trying to do was prevent a
communist takeover of South Vietnam.
One might think that a case as old as the McDonnell killing would
never be solved. But those familiar with real-life crime shows, such
as Forensic Files on the TruTV cable channel, know that law
enforcement authorities don't like to give up, and that advances in
forensic science have greatly improved the ability to solve the "cold cases."
To prove the point, in 2007, members of the Black Liberation Army
(BLA) were indicted for the 1971 killing of another San Francisco
Police Sergeant, John Young. The BLA worked with the Weather Underground.
In fact, the Weather Underground and the BLA in 1981 tried to rob a
Brinks truck and killed three law enforcement officers in Rockland
County, New York. Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and David
Gilbert went to prison for their roles in the assault, while their
"comrades," Ayers and Dohrn, raised their child, Chesa Boudin. Dohrn
was jailed for seven months for refusing to cooperate with a federal
grand jury investigating the murders.
Chesa Boudin would grow up and live in Venezuela and become a
self-described "foreign policy adviser" to Marxist ruler Hugo Chavez,
implicated by the evidence and newspaper accounts in support for the
Colombian FARC and Middle Eastern terror groups. By his own
admission, Ayers has traveled four times to Venezuela to lecture on
"educational" issues. He was described by Venezuelan authorities
during one appearance as a former leader of a "revolutionary and
anti-imperialist group" that "brought an armed struggle to the USA
for more than 10 years from within the womb of the empire."
At the March 121h news conference at the National Press Club, former
congressional investigator Herbert Romerstein will release a detailed
report on how the Weather Underground waged a campaign of violence
and murder that targeted police and the public. Former FBI informant
Grathwohl will repeat his calls for further investigation and justice
in the case of Sergeant McDonnell, and Jim Pera, a retired San
Francisco police officer who worked with McDonnell and was one of the
first on the scene of the bombing, will describe the devastating
effect of the blast. Ground-breaking international blogger Trevor
Loudon and I will release a report examining how a new "student
movement," under the direction of Ayers and Dohrn and others of their
ilk, is emerging on college campuses.
During their time in the Weather Underground, before they became
"respectable" and "mainstream" and associated with politicians like
Barack Obama, Dohrn and Ayers signed a document, "Prairie Fire: The
Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism," dedicated to Sirhan
Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy. Dohrn, perhaps even more
notorious than Ayers, once praised mass murderer Charles Manson as a
"true revolutionary" and declared, "Dope is one of our weapons."
Rudd, in his new book, reminisces about his sexual promiscuity,
involvement in bombings, and LSD trips. He is today a prominent
member of "Progressives for Obama."
These terrorists, who are hawking books and traveling on college
campuses around the country, are increasingly being met with public
resistance. Hundreds recently turned out to protest an Ayers speech
at St. Mary's College in California. But can the terrorists continue
to escape legal accountability for their past actions and the
violence they inflicted on others? In the McDonnell case, the
Biennial Report (2007-2008) of the California Department of Justice
reported that "In 2000, the SFPD [San Francisco Police Department]
reopened its investigation into the bombing of the Park Police
Station and requested investigative assistance from the DOJ. The
DOJ's Bureau of Forensic Services was also assigned to identify a
latent print collected from the original crime scene."
"The FBI and the San Francisco police department were looking to
prosecute Bernardine Dohrn for murder" about six years ago, Grathwohl
told me. "They were really pushing it and then it dropped off the
radar." The March 12th event is designed to put it back on the radar.
Participants in the press conference, organized by my educational
organization, America's Survival, Inc., are under no illusions that
the Obama Administration will react favorably. After all, the new
Attorney General, Eric Holder, was involved in the Clinton
Administration pardons of members of the Weather Underground and
Puerto Rican FALN terrorist group. But the director of the FBI,
Robert Mueller, is independent of the Administration and has a
10-year term that expires in 2011. He doesn't have to answer to
Holder or Obama.
With enough public support and evidence, the pressure to seek and
obtain justice in this case will mount and the authorities will have
no choice but to act.
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Cliff Kincaid is the
Editor of Accuracy in Media, and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism
Sponsored by America's Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org
March 12 National Press Club / First Amendment Lounge 12:30 2:30*
Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell:
Victim of Weather Underground anti-personnel shrapnel bomb allegedly
planted by Bernardine Dohrn (the wife of Bill Ayers) at San Francisco
Park Police Station, February 16, 1970.
Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, on
how the Weather Underground targeted police for murder and how
evidence in the bombing murder of Sgt. McDonnell points to Weather
Underground member and now "Professor" Bernardine Dohrn.
Jim Pera, retired San Francisco Police Sergeant, one of the first on
the scene of the Park Station bombing, on the impact of the Weather
Underground bombing campaign and the search for justice in the McDonnell case.
Herbert Romerstein, former Congressional investigator, on the violent
history of the Weather Underground and its links to other terrorist
groups, including the Puerto Rican FALN.
Trevor Loudon, anti-communist researcher and international blogger,
on how members of the SDS and Weather Underground are active
politically and creating a new "student movement" on college campuses.
Cliff Kincaid, veteran journalist and president of America's
Survival, Inc., on the need for the media to tell the complete truth
about the origins, foreign influence and direction, and present plans
of the SDS and Weather Underground.
*Attendance is limited and reservations are requested. Please call
443-964-8208 or email Kincaid@comcast.net to reserve a space. Leave
your name, affiliation and contact information. The National Press
Club is located at 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045.