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Law prof owes explanation (Terrorist Prof. Bernadine Dohrn of Northwestern)
Daily Northwestern ^ | 4/5/05 | Guy Benson

Posted on 04/09/2005 9:38:38 AM PDT by jalisco555

On its official Web site, Northwestern offers an impressive biography of Law Prof. Bernardine Dohrn, detailing her work in children's law, her educational background, her academic appointments and other notable accomplishments. The university's profile curiously omits one of her most significant leadership positions: She was a principal organizer of the Weathermen, a radical cabal, during the late 60s and early 70s.

Among its many criminal exploits, the group claimed responsibility for no fewer than 12 bombings between 1970 and 1974, and Dohrn spent a decade hiding from federal authorities to avoid prosecution for assaulting a police officer.

A basic Internet search turns up additional details regarding Dohrn's checkered past, including a New York Times article which, ironically, hit newsstands on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The story featured Dohrn and her husband, Bill Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about their days as domestic terrorists. In one of several outrageous statements, Ayers said he "did not regret setting bombs," concluding the Weathermen "did not do enough" in the way of violence. A search also turns up Dohrn's mug shot from when she was on the FBI's list of 10 most wanted fugitives in 1970.

Offended by Dohrn's statements and actions, and concerned that my tuition may help to pay the salary of an unrepentant former terrorist, I tried to contact her to set up an interview. I hoped Dohrn would be willing to condemn some of her crimes and strike a note of reconciliation. Dohrn would not even speak to me, however, and her assistant informed me that she only discusses her radical days with "certain magazines."

Since Dohrn flatly refuses to answer questions from skeptical sources, she makes it very difficult to discern whether she regrets her crimes and whether she now rejects terrorism as a means to achieve political ends. If Dorhn has truly changed her ways, it would behoove her to clear the air and continue pursuing her laudable work in child advocacy. Her refusal to even discuss these issues leaves many questions unanswered and turns skeptics into cynics.

Below is a sampling of the questions I intended to ask Dohrn. I believe that NU students, who subsidize her livelihood, deserve forthright answers to these questions:

1. According to The New York Times article, your husband is said to have described the Weathermen credo as, "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents -- that's where it's at." Did you subscribe to that ideology? Do you reject it now? If so, will you apologize for those statements?

2. During the 70s and 80s, you pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, jumped bail, were indicted for inciting a riot and spent seven months in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating a robbery. Do you regret any of those actions, and do you have any newfound respect for the rule of law?

3. Your group has claimed responsibility for several bombings, including attacks on New York's police headquarters, a Harvard University building, the Capitol and the Pentagon. Were these attacks justified? Did they constitute terrorist acts?

Dohrn's presence at NU can hardly be classified as breaking news. However, the fact that NU employs someone with Dohrn's past is astounding, and her stonewalling has not assuaged my concerns.

Despite the considerable evidence I managed to access online, I am quite hesitant to call for anyone's dismissal without hearing both sides of the story. Through her refusal to discuss the matter, it is Dohrn herself who acts as the greatest obstacle to a balanced assessment. Therefore, I hope that many of my fellow students will join me in demanding some answers from Prof. Dohrn.

Guy Benson is a Medill sophomore and co-host of Feedback on WNUR-FM (89.3) He can be reached at g-benson@northwestern.edu


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: academia; bernardinedohrn; diehippiedie; dohrn; extremeleft; extremelift; farleft; hippiescum; northwestern; norwhwestern; nu; tenuredradicals; terrorism; weathermen

1 posted on 04/09/2005 9:38:38 AM PDT by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555


My God. The 60s and 70s were crazy! Now, I'm not saying any of you were weathermen liberals. But how many people here were idealistic liberals in the 60s and 70s?


2 posted on 04/09/2005 9:42:33 AM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: jalisco555
Here is Bernadine Dohrn's response to the above editorial:

The tone of Guy Benson's April 5 guest column, "Law Prof Owes Explanation," is the kind of poorly researched "new McCarthyism" so suddenly fashionable. The reporter says he is denied "both sides of the story," unable to get a "balanced assessment." He quotes my "assistant" and The New York Times quoting my "husband" and asks me to clarify his alleged comments.

Since I speak publicly about the war in Iraq, racism, children's rights, international law and human rights, Benson and all NU students are welcome to be part of the regular give-and-take I enjoy with students, audiences and activists. To clarify, I have never endorsed terrorism, the use of violence to intimidate or coerce a civilian (or any other) population.

I fought the illegal, immoral war against Vietnam and the organized terrorism of my government -- and I unequivocally oppose the terrorism of governments, individuals, and religious, political and irregular organizations. I believe we all have an obligation to speak up about what is being done in our name.

-- Bernardine Dohrn,

professor, School of Law

http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/08/425630d5d4b5e?in_archive=1

3 posted on 04/09/2005 9:43:54 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
But how many people here were idealistic liberals in the 60s and 70s?

Being an idealistic liberal is one thing. Plotting to murder policeman is another thing altogether.

4 posted on 04/09/2005 9:44:58 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Maybe so, but Dohrn has not changed her stripes and is instrumental in fomulating Illinois family law. She needs to answer the questions.


5 posted on 04/09/2005 9:46:43 AM PDT by FreedomSurge
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To: jalisco555
Dohrn needs one of these:


6 posted on 04/09/2005 9:48:22 AM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is not conservative!)
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To: Republicanprofessor

Ping


7 posted on 04/09/2005 9:49:45 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Hey, I was a member of SDS in 1964 and even knew some of the people who became Weathermen. We had our delusions, but beleive me, this was a small group of crazies who got even crazier over time because they only listened to one another. A cult, not a political movement. What is really disgraceful is the way the liberal establishment, to this day, idolizes and promotes the careers of people who behaved disgracefully.


8 posted on 04/09/2005 9:53:16 AM PDT by joylyn
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To: LauraleeBraswell
But how many people here were idealistic liberals in the 60s and 70s?

Me? Never! I was a "Youth for Goldwater" in high school and still have the memorabilia to prove it.

Most of these people in the "Weathermen" of the 60's and 70's were in their 20's and either Red Diaper Babies, or "intellectual" thugs influenced by the communist university enclaves of the North East, socialist Texas and Berkeley.

9 posted on 04/09/2005 9:58:14 AM PDT by elbucko (A Feral Republican)
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To: joylyn
beleive me, this was a small group of crazies who got even crazier over time because they only listened to one another.

An apt description of the DUmpster.

10 posted on 04/09/2005 10:01:02 AM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: jalisco555

She's a professor now with access to the minds and hearts of our young adults without any penance or doing any time behind bars for her terrorist activities? Amazing! Where's the Homeland Security people when you need them?


11 posted on 04/09/2005 10:03:01 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: jalisco555
I fought the illegal, immoral war against Vietnam and the organized terrorism of my government

USA drops bombs on Commies - illegal and immoral. Bernadine Dohrn dropping bombs on fellow citizens - completely acceptable and moral.

12 posted on 04/09/2005 10:14:12 AM PDT by ikka
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To: jalisco555
the kind of poorly researched "new McCarthyism" so suddenly fashionable.

Name-calling and personal attack - then no examples to back up the "poorly researched" claim. She is a classic leftist. My kid would not attend the NW law school if it was given to him on a silver platter. Craziness ....

14 posted on 04/09/2005 10:18:32 AM PDT by PLK
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To: ikka

"USA drops bombs on Commies - illegal and immoral. Bernadine Dohrn dropping bombs on fellow citizens - completely acceptable and moral.'

Leftist cultural values still permeate groupthink but we are still makin progress.

This Berbadine is a marxist and she and her ilk should stand trial for the communist genocide of 100 million in the past century.


15 posted on 04/09/2005 10:19:09 AM PDT by spanalot
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To: elbucko


Goldwater! I look at that and I think that the Republicans were a little crazy too! He was a crazy liberatarian, not a conservative! Haha.


16 posted on 04/09/2005 10:20:26 AM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: joylyn
Aside from the fact she's now infesting a law school - with all the negative anti-majority activism that implies - note her claimed work in the area of alleged "children's law".

Once it became "unfashionable" to openly espouse the communist cause, it's not as if many of its cadres renouced same, admitted their error, and proceeded to join local Rotary Clubs.
Instead they merely redirected their seditious efforts into three principal areas:
Environmental (read: anti-capitalist) causes, sadly our Churches and, like Dohrn, radical feminist - anti conventional families activites.

Given that Dohrn's choice is the same as Hillary Rodham Clinton's - another "former" 60's radical, this pretty much tells us which one represents the most primary threat.
17 posted on 04/09/2005 10:26:39 AM PDT by GMMAC (lots of terror cells in Canada - I'll be waving my US flag when the Marines arrive!)
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To: joylyn



I'm 18.

Anyway, young people can always be counted on to be niave and idealistic no matter what decade it is. It's actually because of brain chemicals. That may sound like a stretch, but the brain is still experiancing chemical changes up until the age of 18-22ish.

Which is why young people are so stupid.


18 posted on 04/09/2005 10:27:43 AM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Goldwater! I look at that and I think that the Republicans were a little crazy too!

Oh really! That only shows how ignorant you are about Barry Goldwater. The "Libertarian" stamp is a recent deconstruction of Goldwater by groups that did not agree some of his, "live and let live" philosophies. Be-that-a-as-it-may, Goldwater ended the draft, reformed the Joint Chiefs of Staff and paved the way for Reagan. If that's crazy, than I'm crazy too. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

19 posted on 04/09/2005 10:30:00 AM PDT by elbucko (A Feral Republican)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
Which is why young people are so stupid.

Don't know about that, but a lot of them can't spell.

I was a stupid member of the SDS until the Seale trial (Black Panther) in New Haven CT.,,, Opened my eyes at age 18, and never went back.

FMCDH(BITS)

20 posted on 04/09/2005 10:46:45 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
[ Goldwater! I look at that and I think that the Republicans were a little crazy too! He was a crazy liberatarian, not a conservative! Haha. ]

really...

A government that is big enough to give you all you need is big enough to take it all away -Barry M. Goldwater

21 posted on 04/09/2005 11:07:04 AM PDT by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe



We all want less government here. I'm not a liberatarian but I want less government.

Goldwater opposed Civil Rights, because he felt it was a state's rights issue. Not, because he was racist. Some people here opposed Terri Shiavo on the basic of State's rights.

The purpose of State's rights is to give the individual more freedom and say in government.


22 posted on 04/09/2005 11:09:51 AM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: jalisco555
Since Dohrn flatly refuses to answer questions from skeptical sources, ...

Can we say.... Hillary?

23 posted on 04/09/2005 11:30:26 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
But how many people here were idealistic liberals in the 60s and 70s?

I banged a few hippie broads. Does that count?

24 posted on 04/09/2005 11:35:40 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot


That was more than I needed to know.


25 posted on 04/09/2005 12:34:28 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

Weatherman "liberals" did not exist. These were hard core revolutionaries who hated Liberals even more than they did conservatives. Their greatest fear was that Liberals would "coopt" the revolution.


26 posted on 04/09/2005 12:39:31 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: jalisco555

Sarah Jane Olson with a degree.


27 posted on 04/09/2005 1:05:49 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
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To: jalisco555

She says she did not use terrorism to coerce a civilian population.

What response might she have if asked, did you use terrorism against our government?


28 posted on 04/09/2005 1:48:29 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: LauraleeBraswell
The purpose of State's rights is to give the individual more freedom and say in government.

There is absolutely no such thing as "States Rights" in the US Constitution. This concept is a word fabrication, like "Collective rights", that essentially mean nothing. Only individual human beings have the legal and moral standing of "Rights". The federal government and the states have "Powers, but "rights" are never mentioned in the text or context of the Constitution, nor are the terms used interchangeably. The Founding Fathers were specific as to what are rights and what are powers. Rights belong to the people only, the powers of government emanate from the people.

Furthermore, "Rights" are not a zero-sum game. That is, my "Right to Life" does not compel someone else to die, my right to Liberty does not compel another to slavery and my "Right to pursue Happiness" does not cause anothers sorrow. "Powers", however, are a zero-sum game. Powers granted the federal government are lost to the states. Powers residing with the state are not within the jurisdiction of the federal government.

This may all seem like so much semantics to you, but the word games played by the Left and the dogmatic right, depend upon the public being ignorant regarding these very real distinctions.

Goldwater did not oppose Civil Rights because he thought it was a "States Rights" (?) issue, but because the legislation proposed did not take into consideration the amount of social change that such legislation ignored. The fact that we still have racial problems today, 45 years later, is profound evidence of the ignorance of those times.

29 posted on 04/09/2005 1:49:08 PM PDT by elbucko (A Feral Republican)
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To: jalisco555
Does the Law Prof. Bernardine Dohrn have a Law License? Isn't she a Felon? She was a top 10 wanted by the FBI. I presume she was charged with a FELONY...shades of Ward Churchill with this criminal Professor. She needs to go, shame on Northwestern U., and their crappy LAW-less school.
30 posted on 04/09/2005 1:52:46 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Exactly right.The Weatherfolks believed the "corporate liberals"were the REAL enemy.In fact,they welcolmed police repression because it would RADICALIZE the liberals.They wanted total polarization and eventual civil war in which the black ghetto dwellers,the student radicals and hippie lumpen would overthrow the system and then they would bring in a coalition of the third world from China,Cuba,Africa and Vietnam to rule as a prelude to establishing a communist-small"c"- society.
You might be surprised to know how many of these ex-radicals are comfortably ensconsed in the upper middle class they previously reviled.I remember one Leftist from Berkeley who at least LIVED his ideals-Frank Bardacke of the Oakland Seven-who quit it all to pick fruit for years in the Salinas area with Mexican farmworkers.He learned Spanish and became a union organizer.I may not like a lot of this man's politics but I RESPECT a man like this who LIVES his beliefs,unlike Dohrn and Ayers who are now The Establishment they so hated long ago!


31 posted on 04/09/2005 2:04:25 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: iopscusa

Dohrn got her Law Degree way before she joined the Weathermen.She's from a very nice middle class Jewish family from Wisconsin but somewhere the sweet little girl got misled!I saw her in Berkeley in May,1969 wearing a yellow mini skirt and tight top.She was the unofficial sex symbol of the Movement back then!


32 posted on 04/09/2005 2:09:34 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: LauraleeBraswell

My God. The 60s and 70s were crazy! Now, I'm not saying any of you were weathermen liberals. But how many people here were idealistic liberals in the 60s and 70s?


I was...then I grew up.

Stop Excusing these scum-bags.


33 posted on 04/09/2005 2:13:57 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: jalisco555

Since I speak publicly about the war in Iraq, racism, children's rights, international law and human rights, Benson and all NU students are welcome to be part of the regular give-and-take I enjoy with students, audiences and activists. To clarify, I have never endorsed terrorism, the use of violence to intimidate or coerce a civilian (or any other) population.

I fought the illegal, immoral war against Vietnam and the organized terrorism of my government -- and I unequivocally oppose the terrorism of governments, individuals, and religious, political and irregular organizations. I believe we all have an obligation to speak up about what is being done in our name.

-- Bernardine Dohrn,

Shut up you lying GORGONITE.


34 posted on 04/09/2005 2:15:32 PM PDT by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: jalisco555; justshutupandtakeit
Bernadine a "revolutionary"? Bernadine is and always was the walking definition of Lenin's useful idiot. If her so-called "revolution" ever came to pass, the "ruling class" including all university professors would be among the first to be eliminated. And her dumba$$ husband is more of the same.
35 posted on 04/09/2005 2:23:17 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
That was more than I needed to know.

Well, at the moment I was being very idealistic so I thought that might count. Sorry if I missed the boast.

36 posted on 04/09/2005 2:31:19 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: iopscusa
Does the Law Prof. Bernardine Dohrn have a Law License?

Not sure about Illinois but I believe she was denied admittance to the Bar in New York because of her criminal activity. Amazing that she is teaching future lawyers.

37 posted on 04/09/2005 2:49:24 PM PDT by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
[ Goldwater opposed Civil Rights, because he felt it was a state's rights issue. ]

Civil rights IS a state rights issue..
UNLESS we are a democracy and NOT a republic anymore..
The United States has ZERO citizens....
ONLY states have citizens... You are the citizen of a state..
The federal government is a mental construct..
Only states are real places with real citizens..

Suggestion: find out the difference between a democracy and a republic..
The U.S. Constitution has three important words completely missing from its text anywhere within it..
1) democracy...
2) democratic..
3) democrat..

Maybe you THINK the founders were more ignorant than you...
They were not.. those words are missing, ON PURPOSE.
Not flameing you, just posting this for lurkers..
Whom might think they are U.S. citizens and are NOT...
Democracy is a social disease.. and democrats are carriers..

38 posted on 04/09/2005 4:12:36 PM PDT by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Riverman94610

Ayers was never anything but establishment. His father was the head of Commonwealth Edison, the electric company serving Chicago and its area, and very wealthy. He was educated at University of Michigan whereas Bernadine, sadly, went to one of my alma maters, the University of Chicago for her law degree.

They were typical of the bourgeoise which has always provided the core of communist leadership. It never was a party led by the working class. Lenin, Mao, Marx, Ho, Castro, Che none were workers.


39 posted on 04/11/2005 7:15:10 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: facedown

Ne'er-the-less they are still revolutionairies. Revolutionairies being devoured by the Revolution is hardly a new nor unusual case.


40 posted on 04/11/2005 7:16:55 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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