If you were running the Illinois Humanities Council and a famous terrorist offered to help in your fundraising drive, what would you do? If you said “slam down the phone,” or something to that effect, it just shows how remote you are from the sensibilities of the Obama age. Because, in fact, when Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers offered to auction “dinner for six” at their house, the IHC cheerfully accepted.
Ayers and Dohrn were members of the Weather Underground in the 1960s and early ’70s. They set off bombs at the New York police headquarters, the U.S. Capitol building, and the Pentagon. In 1970, the group blew up the Park police station in San Francisco, killing Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell, a 45-year-old father of two, and wounding eight others. The San Francisco Police Association has claimed, as recently as 2009, that “there are irrefutable and compelling reasons to believe that Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn . . . are largely responsible for the bombing of Park Police Station.”
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