Bob Owens interviewed Larry Grathwohl, who was an under-cover FBI informant as a member of the Weather Underground. In Eyewitness to the Ayers Revolution, Grathwohl describes his close associations and interactions with “Billy” Ayers.
Pajamas Media: Scattered news accounts on the Internet note that you were instrumental in foiling Weather Underground attacks in February of 1970, in Detroit. The Weathermen built two bombs targeting the Detroit Police Officers’ Association (DPOA) building and the 13th Precinct. Were the goals of these attacks symbolic property damage as were some other Weathermen attacks, or were these targets selected to kill police officers?
Larry Grathwohl: The instructions I received from Billy Ayers was that the bombs to be used in Detroit must have shrapnel (fence staples, specifically) and fire potential (propane bottles). The intention was to kill police officers.
Pajamas Media: One of the Detroit bombs was to be placed on the side of the DPOA building, and the blast was likely to cause damage to the adjacent Red Barn Restaurant, which had mostly African-American customers. Who ordered the attack, and what did he say when you told him that innocent civilians would be killed?
Larry Grathwohl: When I objected to Billy Ayers that more innocent people would be killed in the restaurant, he replied, “Innocent people have to die in a revolution.” Billy also acknowledged during a criticism session in Buffalo that Bernadine placed the bomb at the Park Police Station which resulted in the death of Police Officer McDonnell.
Pajamas Media: Bill Ayers came out of hiding around 1980, became an college professor, and has served on numerous boards and foundations. Do you think he’s changed in his radicalism?
Larry Grathwohl: Has Billy changed? I hardly think so.
Just a guy in the neighborhood whom The One thought had rehabilitated.
If accepting awards from and delivering speeches in praise of Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela are signs of rehabilitation, Obama is on solid logical ground. His award-winning “education reformer” friend is a man who believed that after his Communist revolution, the revolutionaries he led “would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers” for rejecting communism.
Just a man who lived in the neighborhood. And whom he happened to serve on two boards with. And whose book, by chance, he reviewed glowingly. And in whose home he launched his political career.
Obama: The unluckiest man on the planet, duped for years by an unrepentant terrorist too crafty and adroit at deception for a Chicago politician to understand.
So the story goes.