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FBI File: Weatherman Underground
August 20, 1976

Unearthing the Weather Underground
By Joseph Morrison Skelly
October 17, 2008

The Weather Underground
By U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
January 1975

Outlaws of Amerika
By Western Goals Publishing Company
1982

The Terrorist Underground in the United States
By Samuel Francis
1984

The Mind of a New Left Terrorist
By Ronald Radosh
November 27, 2001

William Ayers' Forgotten Communist Manifesto: Prairie Fire
By ZombieTime.com
October 22, 2008

US: Days Of Rage
By University of Utah Educational Archives
July 25, 2001

Blogs Cite Similarities between Terror Manual, Obama Campaign
By Gil Ronen
November 2, 2008

The Unreal Bill Ayers
By Charles Lane
December 11, 2008

RNC Forecast: Severe 'Weather' Watch
By Thomas Ryan
August 30, 2004

Ayers/Dohrn -- The Biggest Albatross Around Barack Obama's Neck
By Syd And Vaughn
April 23, 2008

Obama and His Weatherman Friends
By Allan H. Ryskind
April 29, 2008

Tribune Covers for Obama's Terrorist Friends
By Cliff Kincaid
May 8, 2008

William Ayers, Model Citizen?
By David Freddoso
August 18, 2008

Obama's Weathermen Pals Should Worry Voters
By Deroy Murdock
October 9, 2008

Time Bomb
By Peter Jamison
September 14, 2009

Bill Ayers Admits Writing 'Dreams' to Conservative Blogger
By James Simpson
October 6, 2009

Obama Tied to Ayers ... at Age 11
By Aaron Klein
June 19, 2009

Defending All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic
By John Perazzo
June 16, 2009

The Terror Legacy of the Left
By Gary DeMar
June 3, 2009

Seminar in Shamelessness
By Mary Katharine Ham
May 25, 2009

Justice for Victims of the Weather Underground
By Cliff Kincaid
March 3, 2009

Terrorist Ayers Has His Say on Same NYT Page McCain Was Refused
By Media Research Center
December 12, 2008

From the Horse’s Mouth
By Melanie Phillips
December 8, 2008

Eyewitness to the Ayers Revolution
By Bob Owens
October 28, 2008

“Team Cuba” — Ayers, Dohrn, just “two political activists” from Obama’s neighborhood, visited Cuba in September 2008By Brenda Elliott
October 27, 2008

The Cloward-Piven Strategy, Part III: Conspiracy of the Lemmings
By Jim Simpson
October 27, 2008

The Case against Barack Obama, Part 2
By Larry Elder
October 23, 2008

Obama's Friend Bill Ayers Planned Taing over Government, Re-education Camps, and Genocide
By StopTheACLU
October 22, 2008

All the One's Men
By Amil Imani
October 16, 2008

Obama's October Surprise
By Lynn Woolley
October 15, 2008

Obama's Three Strikes
By J.R. Dunn
October 13, 2008

Terrorists as Professors
By James Fulford
October 10, 2008

Why Won't Obama Talk about Columbia?
By Andrew C. McCarthy
October 7, 2008

4 Weathermen Terrorists Declare Support for Obama
By Aaron Klein
October 2, 2008

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis
By James Simpson
September 28, 2008

“Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird”—Ayers, Obama, and the Exclusionary Rule
By James Fulford
September 14, 2008

Thank the Clintons for Ayers … and Obama
By Andrew C. McCarthy
September 1, 2008

The Torch Passed to the Radicals
By Wesley Pruden
August 28, 2008

Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?
By Stanley Kurtz
August 18, 2008

Obama: The Company He Kept
By Rita Kramer
August 4, 2008

Obama’s Boys of Summer
By Daniel Flynn
June 29, 2008

You Need a Weatherman to Tell Which Way Obama Will Go
By Mary Grabar
June 22, 2008

The Spirit of '68
By Rich Lowry
May 8, 2008

Obama’s Trouble Persists
By Jamie Weinstein
April 30, 2008

Obama's 'Mainstream' Friends
By Jeff Jacoby
April 28, 2008

Barack Obama, the Weather Underground, and the Spirit of Revolution
By Sandy Rios
April 28, 2008

Obama's Hurdle
By Linda Chavez
April 25, 2008

Debunking Obama's Ayers "Fact Sheet"
By Guy Benson
April 24, 2008

You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know which Candidate Blows
By Ann Coulter
April 23, 2008

From Urban Guerrillas to “Upstanding Establishment Citizens”: Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground in Perspective
Kevin Lamb
April 18, 2008

Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection
By Cliff Kincaid
February 2008

The Ghosts of Bill Ayers
By Sol Stern
October 17, 2006

Remembering a Sixties Terrorist
By Donna Ron
January 4, 2006


Videos:

The Weather Underground
By Independent Television Service
2002

Marxist Terror in America
By America's Survival

The Real Story of the Weathermen
By CBC
1982

Obama's Friends
July 2, 2008

The Weather Underground
By Sam Green and Bill Siegel


Weather Underground Publications and Manifestos:

Weather Underground Declaration of a State of War
By Bernardine Dohrn
May 21, 1970

Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism
By William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Celia Sojourn, and Jeff Jones
1974


Books:

The End of Time
By David Horowitz

Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies
By Jeremy Varon

 


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  • Declared “war on Amerikkka” at its Flint War Council in 1969
  • Responsible for the deaths of police officers and the wanton destruction of public property
  • Some former members are now comfortably ensconced in University professorships



Weatherman (known colloquially as The Weathermen) was a political faction elected in 1968 to lead the radical group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The organization took its name from a line in the Bob Dylan song Subterranean Homesick Blues ("You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"). Emerging in 1969 as the most militant wing of the SDS’s Revolutionary Youth Movement, the fledgling Weatherman issued a "manifesto" eschewing nonviolence and calling instead for armed opposition to U.S. policies; advocating the overthrow of capitalism; exhorting white radicals to trigger a worldwide revolution by fighting in the streets of the "mother country"; and proclaiming that the time had come to launch a race war against the "white" United States on behalf of the non-white Third World.

Grounded in identity politics, Weatherman ideology and rhetoric rebelled against what later came to be known as America’s “white skin privilege.” Weatherman opposed the strategy of a rival SDS faction, Progressive Labor, which rejected the sexual and chemical excesses of the counter-cultural movements of the 1960s in favor of a purer, Marxist-Leninist popular front movement aimed at developing student-labor alliances. 

FBI files from 1976, recently made public under the Freedom of Information Act, confirm the connections between Weatherman, Castro's Cuba, and Moscow. Weatherman leaders like Mark Rudd traveled illegally to Havana in 1968 to engage in terrorist training. There, camps set up by Soviet KGB Colonel Vadim Kotchergine were educating Westerners both in Marxist philosophy and urban warfare.

At a 1969 "War Council" in Flint, Michigan, Weatherman leader Bernardine Dohrn (currently a law professor at Northwestern University and a Board member of the ACLU) praised the serial murderer Charles Manson and his accomplices: "Dig it. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even shoved a fork into the victim's stomach. Wild."  She then proclaimed that the time had come to launch a war against "Amerikkka" (Weatherman always spelled "America" this way, to convey the group’s belief that the nation was ineradicably racist to its core). Toward this end, Dohrn advocated the formation of an even more radical “Weather Underground” cult to carry out covert terrorist activities rather than public acts of protest. By early 1970, her wish would be realized.

Weatherman's first public demonstration was its October 1969 "Days of Rage" protest in Chicago, timed to coincide with the trials of the Chicago Seven (a group of radical leftists led by Tom Hayden), who had fomented a riot at the Democratic Party nominating convention in that city the previous year. Advertised with the slogan "Bring the war home,"  "Days of Rage" sought to create enough chaos to shock the American public out of its alleged complacency vis a vis the Vietnam War.

The opening "Days of Rage" salvo, designed to glorify the anarchist movement, was the October 8 demolition of a statue dedicated to the memory of eight policemen who had been killed in the Haymarket Labor Riot of 1886. Thereafter, some 300 people -- both members and supporters of the Weatherman agenda --  ravaged Chicago's business district, smashing windows and destroying automobiles. Six people were shot and seventy were arrested. The violence continued, though on a smaller scale, for each of the next two nights. As Sixties historian Todd Gitlin observed, however, no popular uprising was sparked by these events, much to the group's dismay. Notable "Days of Rage" leaders included Bill Ayers, now a Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, and Mark William Rudd, currently a mathematics professor at a New Mexico community college.

Weatherman was further radicalized by the December 1969 shooting death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton by Chicago police. Hampton was a street thug who, in his much-heralded "morning education" programs, taught black youths that violent opposition to the U.S. government was a worthy goal. He was quoted in a 1969 Chicago Sun-Times article as saying, "I am at war with the pigs," and forecasting an armed struggle between blacks and whites. He routinely carried weapons and instructed his subordinates to do the same. For Weatherman, Hampton's death provided one more excuse to pursue a revolutionary agenda. In July 1970 the organization issued a "Declaration of a State of War" against the United States government, using for the first time its new name, the "Weather Underground Organization" (WUO), adopting fake identities, and pledging to pursue covert activities only.

Shortly after that Declaration was made public, three members of the Weather Underground accidentally killed themselves in a Manhattan townhouse while attempting to build a powerful bomb they had intended to plant at a social dance in Fort Dix, New Jersey -- an event that was to be attended by U.S. Army soldiers. Hundreds of lives could have been lost had the plot been successfully executed.

The Weather Underground went on to claim credit for some 25 bombings over the next several years, detonating explosives at the rebuilt Haymarket statue, a bathroom at the Pentagon, the Capitol barber shop, the New York City police headquarters, and a variety of other targets. 

The Weather Underground also (for a fee of $25,000) helped psychedelic drug guru Timothy Leary break out of a California prison and arranged for his transport to Algiers. When Leary was re-arrested in 1974, he cooperated in the FBI investigation of WUO in exchange for a lighter sentence.

The Weather Undergound aspired to take over the U.S. government and establish re-education camps in the American southwest; the organization estimated that it would be necessary to kill some 25 million people "die-hard capitalist[s]" who could not be reformed. 

By the time the U.S. withdrew its military forces from Vietnam in 1975, the Weather Underground was clearly losing vitality as an organization, having failed to invigorate a new radical movement in the U.S. or to inspire an all-out war against the government. In the wake of President Jimmy Carter's amnesty for draft dodgers, members of the group began to emerge from hiding. Many were never prosecuted; others had their convictions overturned. Some, like Rudd, Dohrn, and Ayers, claimed places for themselves in academia, while others attempted to return to the mainstream. 

On October 20, 1981 -- long after the Weather Underground had ceased to exist -- former Underground member Kathy Boudin and her soon-to-be husband, David Gilbert, were accomplices in the robbery of a Brinks armored car in Nyack, New York. In the course of that heist, one Brinks guard and two Nyack police officers were murdered. Also involved in the robbery was Judith Clark, who had served a prison term for her participation in the "Days of Rage." Boudin hired attorney Leonard Weinglass, a law partner of her father, to defend her in the case. Weinglass arranged for a plea bargain whereby Boudin pled guilty to one count of felony murder and robbery, in exchange for a prison sentence of twenty years to life. She was paroled in 2003, however, over strong opposition from New York State police. Gilbert remains in New York's Attica State Prison, having refused to bargain.

In 1985, former Weather Underground members Susan Rosenberg (who also was implicated in the Nyack robbery) and Linda Evans were apprehended while transporting 740 pounds of explosives which they both acknowledged were slated for use in additional bombings. Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years in prison, Evans 40; President Bill Clinton pardoned both women in January 2001.

 

 

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