Terrorists As Professors
October 10, 2008, 06:45 PM
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Here`s a point that hadn`t occurred to me—we`ve been writing about William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn for years, before their association with Obama made them the subject of the national conversation, but I hadn`t thought of what it would be like to study with a terrorist as professor. Sarcasm and the Socratic method make professors objectionable enough, but terrorism? You`d be afraid to raise your hand in class.

Evan Coyne Maloney, whose documentary Indoctrinate U exposes political indoctrination on the college campus, shot a scene about the subject. It wound up on the cutting room floor, but he`s posted it on his website.

In this deleted scene, we told the story of how 1960s campus radicals morphed into today`s academics. Three of those radicals were Ayers, his now-wife Bernardine Dohrn, and Mark Rudd. Together, they led the Weather Underground, a group committed to the violent overthrow the U.S. Government.

To bring about their hoped-for communist utopia, the Weathermen bombed dozens of targets around the country including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and military recruiting stations. In executing their various attacks, the Weathermen killed a few of their own and also murdered a security guard while robbing an armored car. They targeted the families of judges, celebrated the Manson murders, and through legal technicalities, most of them avoided jail.

Decades later, they`re still unapologetic. In an interview published on September 11th, 2001, Ayers told The New York Times, "I don`t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn`t do enough."

What does all of this have to do with higher education? Watch the video to find out.