Ayers’ attempt to absolve himself is obvious: if everyone is a terrorist, then none of us is a terrorist, most especially him. Unfortunately for Ayers, he doesn’t get to redefine terrorism to suit his personal desires. Nor does he get to claim that he was not responsible for the attacks he ordered without being challenged … though it doesn’t keep him from trying.
Enter former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl, who is still trying to hold Ayers responsible for his terrorist acts 38 years later.
Freep.com: I have to ask you about the specific allegation from, (Larry) Grathwol, the FBI informant, that there was a specific plot to blow up the Detroit Police HQ.
Ayers: None that I know. Then, I don’t know everything.
Freep.com: You’re familiar with his allegations?
Ayers: No. You’re telling me this.
Freep.com: You’ve never heard of this guy?
Ayers: I’ve heard of Grathwol[sic]. I remember him. But no, I’ve never read his book. I don’t know what he said. You’re the first person telling me.
Freep.com: He said that in February 1970 the Weatherman built two bombs targeting the Detroit Police Officers Association building and the 13th precinct.
Ayers: Not true.
Freep.com: (Reading from Grathwol) “The instructions I received from Billy Ayers was that the bombs to be used in Detroit must have shrapnel and fire potential.”
Ayers: Not true. Not true.
Freep.com: And you’ve never heard those allegations before?
Ayers: No. Not those. I’ve heard a lot. But I try not to watch Fox News too much because I think it’s poisonous.
Of course, Larry Grathwohl did not make these comments to Fox News. Cable news of any kind was nothing but a dream when Grathwohl testified in detail to the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee in 1974 regarding his time in the Weather Underground as an FBI informant. The same was the case when his book Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen was published in 1976.
PJ Media was able to contact Larry Grathwohl regarding Ayers’ evasive answer, and Grathwohl was far from surprised that the aging terrorist refused to take responsibility for the attacks he ordered.
Regarding Bill’s comments, I would be amazed at any remarks legitimatizing my accusations about Bill & Bernardine [Dohrn, a fellow WU leader and Ayers' wife] and their connection in the leadership of the WU. I take note of the fact that Bill responded with only a NO in regards to the bombings in Detroit. I also note Bills claim that he had never read my book even though he was not asked that question. Reports I submitted to the FBI during the time that I was with the WU document Bill’s & Bernardine’s activities. Further information regarding their locations are accessible under the Freedom Of Information Act indicating the accuracy of the information I provided to the FBI.
Consider the consequences if Bill acknowledges the correctness of anything I may have said, or say, about him & Bernardine, he faces the possibility of creating contradictions that could result in prosecution of both himself and his wife Bernardine.
Ayers and Grathwohl have not crossed paths in almost 40 years, but that may change tonight if Ayers carries through with his plans to speak at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. Move America Forward, a conservative activist group, is protesting Ayers’ speech on “social justice” at the college, and Grathwohl has accepted the role of featured speaker at the protest. It should be quite a reunion.