Monday, August 18, 2008

Terrorist In Obama's Cupboard

Not much has been made by the MSM of Obama's close relationship with the 60's terrorist, Bill Ayers, but Stanley Kurtz at the NRO isn't letting this slide. Obama's off handed dismissal of his relationship with Ayers will not stand up to scrutiny.

Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon.

Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place “makes me want to puke.”

Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers’s and Dohrn’s home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.

Obama was the Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a radical organization that Ayers founded. And there is a paper trail that can document this relationship.

[...] a large cache of documents housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is likely to flesh out the story. That document cache contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The records in question are extensive, consisting of 132 boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material. Not only would these files illuminate the working relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, they would also provide significant insight into a web of ties linking Obama to various radical organizations, including Obama-approved foundation gifts to political allies.

But at the last minute permission access to these files was suddenly withdrawn.

Circumstances strongly suggest the likelihood that Bill Ayers himself may have played a pivotal role in this denial. Ayers has long taught at UIC, where the Chicago Annenberg Challenge offices were housed, rent-free. Ayers likely arranged for the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to be housed in the UIC library, and may well have been consulted during my unsuccessful struggle to gain access to the documents.

This reminds me of Kerry's refusal during the 2004 Presidential election to sign a Standard Form 180 which would have released his naval records and ended any speculation about what kind of discharge he received. Kerry eventually did sign the form a year later but only allowed three reporters to view the documents; the reporters stated that there was no indication that Kerry received anything other than an honorable discharge. But why didn't he do this during the campaign? Why a year later? Why only three reporters?

These circumstances only fueled more speculation that the records had been expunged.

(Good grief. It's the very beginning of the second quarter in the Giants/Browns game and the Giants just scored again, it's 30 to 3! Poor Browns.)

And Obama will most likely make the same mistake and the MSM will carry his water for him ... again.

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