FBI Informant on Weather Underground Furious at NY Times Comparison to Tea Party
Amid the much louder and vitriolic hatred frothing forth from Krugman, Rich, and Blow, the images almost slipped by entirely unnoticed.
Nestled alongside an article asking "When Does Political Anger Turn to Violence?," the New York Times made an overt comparison between the terrorists of the Weather Underground during the "Days of Rage" in Chicago and modern-day tea party protesters. It came in a pair of pictures on the sidebar, accompanied by a bitter caption under the photos that was far from subtle:
VARYING DEGREES OF RAGE: The Weathermen, including Bill Ayers, second from right, during the Days of Rage in 1969, and anti-health reform protesters in Washington on Sunday.
What marvelous anger roils beneath the facade of the ceramic and glass asylum on Eighth Avenue! Behold the occlusion in the heart of American politics, as an imperious old grey lady -- bitter, angry, distrusted, and unloved -- goes ignored despite her rantings. In a now continuous cacophony of conniptions, the Times has stretched its credibility well beyond its point of elasticity. It now serves as little more than a reassuring echo in the minds of those frantic to choke out the voices they wish not to hear.
The attempt was to tie the peaceful tea party protesters of today to the orchestrated violence of the Days of Rage. Those riots were organized by the Weather Underground -- a domestic terrorist group led by by a group of radicals including Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Barack Obama's murderous neighbors and fundraiser hosts. Just days before the riots "officially" began, a bomb claimed by the Weathermen blew apart a monument to those killed in the Haymarket affair.
It was one of many bombs planted by the Weathermen, a group of enraged left-wing ideologues who reveled in violence and thoughts of politically driven genocide. They cared not for the innocents they would kill if their plans succeeded. Their plot to bomb an enlisted officers' dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey, would likely have been the most deadly domestic terrorist attack in the United States prior to Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Murrah Federal Building if it had taken place as planned. Only the bomber's ineptitude kept that plot to kill hundreds of soldiers and their dates from succeeding. The premature detonation killed several Weathermen and leveled a Greenwich Village townhome.
Only the warning of an FBI informant and dumb luck kept similar bombs from killing scores of Detroit police officers and civilians. Bill Ayers found the "collateral damage" of mostly black families at a crowded nearby diner to be acceptable losses; finding another target, changing the timing to avoid a less than optimal number of deaths, or scaling back the attack would be "unrevolutionary."