Bill Ayers: Would Attack Govt Again If Necessary

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 10:43 PM

By Greg Richter

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Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers told Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly he isn't above being involved in violent attacks against the U.S. government again, but at almost 70, it isn't likely.

But he repeated a previous wish that he had done more to stop the war in Vietnam.

"We should have destroyed more property," he said, "to stop that genocidal war."

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Kelly aired a second part of an interview she conducted with Ayers last week on her show "The Kelly File" Tuesday night.




Ayers repeated denials he made in the portion of the interview aired Monday night in which he said that neither he nor his now-wife Bernadine Dohrn were involved in killings associated with his left-wing anti-government group.

Monday night's interview is below:



Ayers and Dohrn surrendered to authorities in 1980 after the most serious charges against them were dropped because of illegal surveillance used by the FBI. A year later, three members of Weather Underground were involved in a triple homicide in which two police officers and a security guard were killed.

Ayers said the killings, connected with the robbery of a Brinks armored car, were "a terrible, dreadful, miscalibrated, horrible action, and they paid the price" with prison sentences. "I don't think what they did was valiant," he said.

Ayers and Dohrn adopted the child of Kathy Boudin, who spent 20 years in prison for the killings.

Conservatives have long associated President Barack Obama with Ayers, with some even suggesting Ayers is the true author of Obama's autobiography "Dreams of My Father."

Ayers denied any such association, telling Kelly, "I knew him as well as he knew 10,000 other people. And today I wish I knew him much better, and I wish he'd listen to me."

When asked how much ideology he shares with Obama, Ayers answered, "Zero."

He said he and Obama have not contacted each other since Obama became president, though Ayers wishes he could. He said he wants Obama to stop droning people, close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and give everyone universal healthcare.


Kelly quoted Dohrn upon her surrender in 1980 as promising to use her energy organizing to defeat the American empire.

"Good for her. Great," Ayers said, though he said he can't imagine ever setting off bombs again, as he has admitted to doing at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol Building in the early 1970s.

"I doubt it. I'm 70-years-old, so it's unlikely," he said.

He added, however, "I'm not committed to nonviolence as an ideology, and, frankly, neither are you, because we live in the most violent society around."

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