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William Ayers turned back at Canadian border
thestar.com ^ | Jan 19, 2009 11:22 AM | Debra Black

Posted on 01/19/2009 3:11:35 PM PST by fiodora

An American education professor, one of the founders of a radical 1960s group known as the Weather Underground, which was responsible for a number of bombings in the United States in the early 1970s, was turned back at the Canadian border last night.

Dr. William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a leader in educational reform, was scheduled to speak at the Centre for Urban Schooling at University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. But that appearance has now been temporarily cancelled.

"I don't know why I was turned back," Ayers said in an interview this morning from Chicago. "I got off the plane like everyone else and I was asked to come over to the other side. The border guards reviewed some stuff and said I wasn't going to be allowed into Canada. To me it seems quite bureaucratic and not at all interesting ... If it were me I would have let me in. I couldn't possibly be a threat to Canada."

Ayers made headlines this summer after Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested that then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hung around with domestic terrorists like Ayers. The professor had hosted a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama in 1995, during his run for the state Senate. They also worked together on Chicago school reform and served on a charity board together.

Ayers first rose to notoriety in the early 1970s with the Weather Underground. The group claimed responsibility for bombings at the U.S. Capitol, a Pentagon restroom and New York City police headquarters. In 1970, a townhouse in New York the group was using to build a bomb blew up.

Nowadays, Ayers is known more for his work in educational reform. He has written or edited more than a dozen books — including his 2001 memoir Fugitive Days — and travels around the world giving lectures on education.

Jeffrey Kugler, executive director of the Centre for Urban Schooling, is deeply disappointed in the turn of events. For him it's a question of academic freedom. "It's kind of ironic the day before Barack Obama is going to become president this is what the Canadian border security has done," said Kugler. "It seems ridiculous that one university can't have a professor from another university to come and give a lecture on an important educational topic."

Kugler waited for five hours at the Toronto Island airport for Ayers. He was with a lawyer, but the border guard refused to allow Ayers to see the lawyer.

"The entire four or five hours he was not allowed to have representation at all. To me this is an issue of academic freedom. He could not be a threat to anyone ever. Anyone who knows anything about this man – he's a distinguished scholar at the University of Illinois and he has been involved in education reform over the past 15 years. To imagine in any way he was a threat to Canada is really absurd."


TOPICS: Breaking News; Canada; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; ayers; badhuman; badperson; billyayers; domesticterorist; obamasterrorist; rot; terrorist
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1 posted on 01/19/2009 3:11:36 PM PST by fiodora
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To: fiodora

Umm, maybe it’s for killing policemen, setting arson bombs in homes of judges, and building nail bombs to set off at dances??


2 posted on 01/19/2009 3:13:28 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: fiodora

Good for them ! Turn back this terrorist!


3 posted on 01/19/2009 3:13:50 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: fiodora

Maybe he should make sure he has better friends then Obama.... LOL


4 posted on 01/19/2009 3:13:53 PM PST by tomnbeverly ("In the hour of darkness and peril and need, the people will waken to listen and hear.....)
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To: fiodora

Too bad he was allowed back here.


5 posted on 01/19/2009 3:14:01 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle (I will not gird my loins for Joe Biden.)
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To: fiodora

Part of the downside of being a terrorist is that you end up on terrorist watch lists.


6 posted on 01/19/2009 3:14:18 PM PST by squidly
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To: fiodora

Canada doesn’t want our terrorists! What a shock!


7 posted on 01/19/2009 3:14:38 PM PST by packrat35 (To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women...)
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To: Travis McGee

My exact thoughts. Maybe Canada figured it had enough terrorists up there.


8 posted on 01/19/2009 3:14:42 PM PST by RetiredArmy (Jan 20, 2009: The Day Liberty DIED. Marxism & Communism officially are our government.)
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To: fiodora

LOL. Love It!


9 posted on 01/19/2009 3:16:06 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: fiodora

“guilty as hell, free as a bird” don’t work everywhere huh?


10 posted on 01/19/2009 3:16:35 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude ({new and improved redneck})
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To: fiodora

This thread made my day.


11 posted on 01/19/2009 3:17:26 PM PST by Jean S
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To: fiodora

Hooray for Canada.


12 posted on 01/19/2009 3:18:09 PM PST by Hattie
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To: fiodora
Ayers made headlines this summer after Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested that then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hung around with domestic terrorists like Ayers

Yeah, blame it on Palin. If the press had done their job, they would have brought it out. Also, it's pretty bad when even Canada doesn't want you.

13 posted on 01/19/2009 3:18:09 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: fiodora

LOL—second-best news today!


14 posted on 01/19/2009 3:18:55 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: fiodora

Canada was absolutely correct to do this. He has a terrorist background, and is inadmissible, period.

Way to go, Canada!


15 posted on 01/19/2009 3:19:36 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Go, Sonics! And take the Seahawks with you.)
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To: fiodora

Dear Professor “Airs”. You’re credentials are “fishy” and the Canadians have blocked the importation of Salmon Fellow bugs!


16 posted on 01/19/2009 3:20:26 PM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: Jean S

Made mine too...hope is alive.


17 posted on 01/19/2009 3:21:03 PM PST by donnab
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To: fiodora
"I don't know why I was turned back," Ayers said in an interview this morning from Chicago.

This piece of excrement has a PhD and can't figure out why a civilized Western democracy might want to deny him entry? You were denied entry,scumbag,for the same reason that Hussein basically denied ever having met you (or your whore "wife") during the last year or so.

18 posted on 01/19/2009 3:21:22 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama's worst fear is that the fat Governor will sing!)
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To: fiodora

LOL I thought he got turned back from coming into the US from Canada!

Still... good news!


19 posted on 01/19/2009 3:24:05 PM PST by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: fiodora
If it were me I would have let me in. I couldn't possibly be a threat to Canada."

Some replies just write themselves.

20 posted on 01/19/2009 3:24:22 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: fiodora

“Jeffrey Kugler, executive director of the Centre for Urban Schooling, is deeply disappointed in the turn of events. For him it’s a question of academic freedom. “

What a pantload of crap.

Apparently, Canada delivered a message for the United States, and to the Obozo crowd ... “Keep your trash south of the border”.


21 posted on 01/19/2009 3:25:04 PM PST by mgc1122
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To: fiodora

Really?????
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=Ayers

(Yeah, search works)


22 posted on 01/19/2009 3:26:01 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: fiodora

Must be the cold air up there...leads to clearer thinking.
They can recognize a terrorist when they see one!


23 posted on 01/19/2009 3:26:55 PM PST by Deo volente
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To: Travis McGee

Even money says he’ll be re-scheduled with an apology.

Just my guess.


24 posted on 01/19/2009 3:37:23 PM PST by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: fiodora
Dr. William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a leader in educational reform,...

Canada draws the line via common sense and we welcome this sleazebag as an icon of education with a title of respect.

25 posted on 01/19/2009 3:38:19 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: fiodora

Ayers has no clue why he was turned back? He would have ‘let myself in’ ? this guy’s a real sociopath with some serious delusions of grandeur - Freud would have had a field day with him.

best regards, blu


26 posted on 01/19/2009 3:39:25 PM PST by blueplum
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To: fiodora

They should have given him a fair trial, found him guilty and hung him.


27 posted on 01/19/2009 3:40:40 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: SandyInSeattle
Canada was absolutely correct to do this. He has a terrorist background, and is inadmissible, period. Way to go, Canada!
What I am wondering is why the dude even got a visa in the first place.
28 posted on 01/19/2009 3:43:04 PM PST by dbz77
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To: dbz77

Canada is a visa waiver country. They don’t need a visa to come here, and we don’t need one to go there.


29 posted on 01/19/2009 3:44:36 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Go, Sonics! And take the Seahawks with you.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; justiceseeker93; ..
Ayers...one of the founders of a radical 1960s group known as the Weather Underground, which was responsible for a number of bombings in the United States in the early 1970s, was turned back at the Canadian border last night.
I wouldn't care if Canada had allowed him in, provided we didn't let him return.
30 posted on 01/19/2009 3:45:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Some replies just write themselves.

It's that academic savvy talk augmented by a terroristic attitude inspired by a politically liberal attitude. ; )

31 posted on 01/19/2009 3:46:47 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: fiodora

Good for Canada! Too bad he was allowed re-entry to the USA. bummer.


32 posted on 01/19/2009 3:47:58 PM PST by mrs tiggywinkle
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To: fiodora
I wish that Canada had allowed entry for Ayers!

I only wish the refusal to enter had been issued on his return trip to the US. We can only dream of what might have been.

33 posted on 01/19/2009 3:50:27 PM PST by topfile
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To: SandyInSeattle
So, we know it's serious when someone is turned back. I know I've never had any problems crossing the border. But then, I've no criminal record.

BTW, love your tagline....

34 posted on 01/19/2009 3:53:28 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: fiodora

“I don’t know why I was turned back,” Ayers said in an interview this morning from Chicago.

Ummmm..., perhaps because he’s a terrorist...


35 posted on 01/19/2009 3:54:38 PM PST by Star Traveler
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To: anniegetyourgun

Thanks! Baseball season’s coming, so I guess I’ll need to change “Seahawks” back to “Mariners”.


36 posted on 01/19/2009 3:56:17 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Go, Sonics! And take the Seahawks with you.)
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To: fiodora

He can take consolation in being welcome at the White House.


37 posted on 01/19/2009 3:56:40 PM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: fiodora
I see now the Canadian Government hasn't COMPLETELY lost their minds...yet.

Bravo Bravissimo!

38 posted on 01/19/2009 4:05:07 PM PST by Beloved Levinite (R.I.P. My Beautiful America - Land of the Free & Home of the Brave - 20 January 2009)
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To: squidly
Part of the downside of being a terrorist is that you end up on terrorist watch lists.

Really? Even for radically liberal moonbats like Ayers? Who new? God really does exist.

39 posted on 01/19/2009 4:05:56 PM PST by The Anti-One (So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.)
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To: squidly
"Part of the downside of being a terrorist is that you end up on terrorist watch lists."

Beauty, squidly!

40 posted on 01/19/2009 4:06:28 PM PST by Beloved Levinite (R.I.P. My Beautiful America - Land of the Free & Home of the Brave - 20 January 2009)
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To: fiodora
"I don't know why I was turned back," Ayers said in an interview this morning from Chicago. "I got off the plane like everyone else and I was asked to come over to the other side. The border guards reviewed some stuff and said I wasn't going to be allowed into Canada. To me it seems quite bureaucratic and not at all interesting ... If it were me I would have let me in. I couldn't possibly be a threat to Canada."

Me, me, me. It's all about ME. Always has been, always will be.

41 posted on 01/19/2009 4:16:55 PM PST by Robwin
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To: Robwin
(Toronto) An unnamed Canadian official has said the Canadian Government did not want Canada's image tarnished by having a liberal terrorist telling us how to school our children. “I don't give a shit if Obama was only eight. We have already had our gene pool decimated by Pansy-ass American draft dodgers who came to Canada and bread with Canadian women. We don't need anymore liberals up here screwing us over”
42 posted on 01/19/2009 4:20:49 PM PST by JohnRam
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To: fiodora

Ha Ha. (Someone needs to get the Homer Simpson cartoon up.)

Should be turned around anytime he tries to leave Chicago. They deserve him.
For life.


43 posted on 01/19/2009 4:44:11 PM PST by romanesq
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To: fiodora

And the US has to accept him because...


44 posted on 01/19/2009 4:48:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: fiodora

and the RATS, take another one in the.................................HA ha!!!

45 posted on 01/19/2009 4:49:03 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist -)
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To: fiodora
I am going to call the Canadian Consul tomorrow and congratulate them on a job well done!

It is embarrassing that a violent terrorist has so much influence over the education of our children.

46 posted on 01/19/2009 4:55:12 PM PST by Chgogal (Don't look at me. You elected them, Comrade!)
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To: Chgogal; Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ..

LOL, will he call obi wan kenobi to get this all cleared up?


47 posted on 01/19/2009 5:00:11 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: fiodora

Given the man’s record, he should have been turned back at the U.S. border.


48 posted on 01/19/2009 5:01:08 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: fiodora

Canada refuses to admit a bomb-building, cop-killing terrorist.

Good for Canada!

God Bless Them!


49 posted on 01/19/2009 5:01:55 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: fiodora

Why is this man leaving the country during the coronation of the one?


50 posted on 01/19/2009 5:01:55 PM PST by exnavy (Democrats are NOT firearm friendly.)
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