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The Dohrn Connection
National Review Online ^ | May 7, 2012 | Robert VerBruggen

Posted on 05/07/2012 10:32:00 AM PDT by neverdem

Bernardine Dohrn has a history with the Justice Department. More specifically, in the early 1970s, she was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives because of her actions with the Weather Underground, a violent radical organization.

Times have changed. In 2010 and 2011, the Justice Department saw fit to give $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists Dohrn as a member of its board of directors: a $150,000 grant in September of 2010 and a $250,000 grant a year later.

The organization that received the grants is the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and the project that brought in the money is the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. JDAI aims to keep juvenile criminals out of “secure confinement” and to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

As a prominent figure in the Weather Underground — which was initially known as simply “Weatherman” — Dohrn helped lead the “Days of Rage” Chicago riot, and during her tenure the group was responsible for numerous bombings of government buildings. Although Dohrn has never renounced her past, her various legal troubles are behind her: She served some probation, several charges were dismissed, and she spent some time in jail for refusing to cooperate with an investigation. She’s now a law professor at Northwestern University, and her husband, fellow Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers, is a retired education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Burns Institute’s name comes from a man who himself exemplified the blend of civil-rights activism, academic prestige, and radical politics that defines the group today. W. Haywood Burns worked with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil-rights movement and eventually became the dean of the law school at Queens College. He also was married to Bernardine Dohrn’s sister, Jennifer, and he “represented the black radical Angela Davis against charges of kidnapping and murder, and coordinated the defense for inmates indicted in the Attica prison riot,” as the New York Times noted in his 1996 obituary.

The Institute’s biography of Burns refers to the 1971 Attica rioters as “people struggling for self-determination.” The rioters protested poor conditions by taking their guards hostage until police launched a full assault on the prison. One of the group’s leaders was Sam Melville, who had bombed numerous government and business buildings shortly before the Weather Underground began doing the same thing. After the horribly managed police assault left 39 dead — in addition to an officer who was killed by the rioters at the outset of the incident, as well as several inmates who were killed by other prisoners during the chaos — the Weather Underground bombed a New York Department of Corrections facility in retaliation. Virtually everyone involved in the Attica riots and their aftermath acted poorly, and yet, as Patrick Brennan has noted on NRO before, a certain group of aging radicals seems to see the incident as some kind of triumph.

Meanwhile, JDAI, the project that earned the Burns Institute its Justice grants, is spearheaded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2010 the federal government agreed to help the Casey Foundation fund training and other consulting services while it expands the program to new sites, and it was through this agreement that the Burns Institute secured its grants. During the grant-application process, the Justice Department does not typically require groups to provide lists of their directors.

The Burns Institute’s primary goal is to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice, a problem it attributes primarily to discrimination rather than disproportionate misbehavior. The Institute aims to get the U.N. to take a role in American juvenile justice, and it also works with local governments (for a fee) to address the issue. The organization’s process involves bringing together various stakeholders — police, parents, prosecutors, etc. — to discuss policy changes. The group says that this helps decrease juvenile confinement without sacrificing public safety.

If that’s true, it’s good. But there are plenty of charities that do good work without including Weather Underground co-founders on their boards of directors and openly praising prison rioters on their websites. Presidential administrations have considerable discretion when it comes to federal grants. But it is not too much to ask that the Justice Department avoid giving money to groups with ties to violent radicals.

The Burns Institute did not provide a comment in time for publication, Dohrn did not reply to several attempts to contact her, and the Office of Justice Programs declined to provide a quote for attribution.

— Robert VerBruggen is a deputy managing editor of National Review. 



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bernardinedohrn; dohrn; doj; jdai; nationalreview; robertverbruggen

1 posted on 05/07/2012 10:32:04 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

I guess she was Bill Ayres’ second heart-throb - after the rich chick who blew herself up when she was making bombs in her daddy’s Greenwich Village townhouse...and who is obviously the model for Obama’s composite girlfriend that appears in the “autobiography” Ayres wrote for Bambi.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 10:43:37 AM PDT by livius
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To: neverdem


3 posted on 05/07/2012 10:48:06 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: neverdem

The Justice Department has way way too much money..

Where do they get $400,000 dollars to throw around?..
Where do they get ANY money to allocate?..

Remember; The Justice has zero dollars not allocated by a republican Congress..
Somebody seems to be asleep at “the Switch”.. this is a real Boener..


4 posted on 05/07/2012 10:54:12 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: hosepipe

“Remember; The Justice has zero dollars not allocated by a republican Congress..”

THIS is what scares me to death and causes a lot of us to lose sleep at night. AND some may wonder why We The People are trying to dump oldsters like Lugar and Hatch. OHIO are you paying attention to anything?

DUMP Boehner for cryin out loud. DO something, please.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 11:07:39 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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6 posted on 05/07/2012 11:31:19 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
She’s now a law professor at Northwestern University...

Of course she is.

Like a lawyer I knew who became a mediator based on her high ethics.

Name o' da game.

As far as it goes...

7 posted on 05/07/2012 11:55:28 AM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor
How did we settle on Boehner as a fall guy?

And Lugar is the epitome of a RINO,...One World supporter.

8 posted on 05/07/2012 12:23:26 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: hosepipe

The house can’t cut DOJs budget if the Senate doesn’t approve a budget. That’s why the EPA is getting away with their crap. The Senate has road blocked any control the House may have to cut spending in any agency.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 1:05:47 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: neverdem

I most remember Dorhn from those days. The others kind of avoided television. Never even saw a pic of Oughton till she blew herself up. But we all thought Bernadine was hot. She never, on camera, gave the appearance of a drudge.In fact a lot of guys showed up to SDS events in the hope of getting lucky.


10 posted on 05/07/2012 2:18:07 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: maggief; STARWISE; 2ndDivisionVet; Cboldt; kristinn; Interesting Times; little jeremiah; LucyT

Just read LT Frmail and while reading this the thought: “How does the ZImmerman case fit it to their plan?” Kept popping into my mind. Should I get out the role of AL foil?


11 posted on 05/07/2012 3:39:46 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Iron Munro
I saw that FBI poster hanging in the little old post office in Governor's Harbour on the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas, in 1970. Kind of a surprise to see it there -- the FBI was really determined to catch them.
12 posted on 05/07/2012 4:02:56 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor; tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; Flotsam_Jetsome; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; ...
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Bernardine Dohrn has a history with the Justice Department. More specifically, in the early 1970s, she was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives because of her actions with the Weather Underground, a violent radical organization.

Times have changed. In 2010 and 2011, the Justice Department saw fit to give $400,000 in grants to an organization that lists Dohrn as a member of its board of directors: a $150,000 grant in September of 2010 and a $250,000 grant a year later.

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As a prominent figure in the Weather Underground — which was initially known as simply “Weatherman” — Dohrn helped lead the “Days of Rage” Chicago riot, and during her tenure the group was responsible for numerous bombings of government buildings. Although Dohrn has never renounced her past, her various legal troubles are behind her: She served some probation, several charges were dismissed, and she spent some time in jail for refusing to cooperate with an investigation.

She’s now a law professor at Northwestern University, and her husband, fellow Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers, is a retired education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

WaterWeWaitinFor wrote:

“Remember; The Justice has zero dollars not allocated by a republican Congress..”

THIS is what scares me to death and causes a lot of us to lose sleep at night.

Article and comments; don't miss # 11.

Thanks, hoosiermama. Didcha' ever wonder who masterminded the 1981 Brinks robbery?

13 posted on 05/07/2012 4:37:09 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: hoosiermama; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2880636/posts?page=19#19

Ping to an outstanding piece of research into the Trayvon money machine.

19 posted on Sunday, May 06, 2012 7:00:40 PM by Interesting Times


14 posted on 05/07/2012 4:46:53 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: lentulusgracchus

They’re just a couple of people who happened to live down the street from a Chicago community rabble rouser named Obama.


15 posted on 05/07/2012 5:07:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: LucyT; meatloaf
Notice meatloaf's comment:

The house can’t cut DOJs budget if the Senate doesn’t approve a budget. That’s why the EPA is getting away with their crap. The Senate has road blocked any control the House may have to cut spending in any agency

Sounds as though the Dem controlled Senate (not that many of the Senate Rs are of any use) are basically removing the House's ability to cut any monies out of the budget.

16 posted on 05/07/2012 5:44:09 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: neverdem

I think her real first name is Burnherdown.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 6:28:33 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: xkaydet65

“In fact a lot of guys showed up to SDS events in the hope of getting lucky.”
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Talk about dancing with the Devil!


18 posted on 05/07/2012 6:31:53 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: neverdem
I began to read this article without looking at the source and was sure it was Breitbart. Imagine my surprise to see it was NR. I hope this is a sign that the vetting is no longer confined to Breitbart and a handful of bloggers.

As far as BD and the JD goes, I agree with another poster; the JD has too much money and Congress is asleep at the wheel. They shouldn't have any extra cash that they can end run Congress with. This is not how the Republic is supposed to operate.

19 posted on 05/07/2012 6:37:05 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: little jeremiah
Sounds as though the Dem controlled Senate (not that many of the Senate Rs are of any use) are basically removing the House's ability to cut any monies out of the budget.

Exactly. So long as the Senate refuses to pass (or even votre on) any of the House's departmental budget bills, or pass a budget of their own, spending is controlled by the baseline budget and the debt ceiling.

In other words, Justice has last year's spending -- plus a certain percentage increase for inflation -- as a budget. And there is nothing the House can do to change it.

The only control the House has on overall spending is the debt ceiling negotiations -- where Boehner hasn't shown himself to be much of a negotiator.

Of course, it doesn't help that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell cuts the legs out from under Boehner whenever he seems to be gaining an advantage.

20 posted on 05/07/2012 7:05:11 PM PDT by okie01
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To: hosepipe
...this is a real Boener..
A Boener with no "schwing" factor at all.
21 posted on 05/07/2012 7:50:56 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


22 posted on 05/07/2012 8:52:26 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: livius
I guess she was Bill Ayres’ second heart-throb

And he may have been her second heart-throb. I heard Bob Beckel on the Hannity show say that he used to date her. Ewww.

23 posted on 05/07/2012 9:01:50 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: lentulusgracchus; Iron Munro; LucyT
Speaking of the neighborhood: Dots connected last week on the Chicago Crime thread.

Michelle Robinson Obama’s ancestors are from the Friends-Plantation area in South Carolina.

Jesse Robinson Jackson's ancestors are from the same area. His biological father is Noah Robinson.

Noah Robinson was a professional boxer

Moochelle spent enough time in the JJ home during her youth that the JJ siblings refer to her as Sis.

Noah Robinson,JJ'a half brother is doing life. He was involved with a Chicago street gang specializing in drugs, murder for hire and prostitution. The gang changed their name to El Rukn when they converted to IZZZlam in mass.

BO Organized the community that would be considered the gang's territory.

Louis FerretCon gave Tony Rezko his first job in the US keeping the boxer Mohamed Ali “in line”.

Tony Rezko helped finance the Obama home in the hood.

BlankO wife had a real estate license but only worked for Rezko. She is also the daughter of one of the more powerful Aldermen in CHicago.

And so goes the hood.

Altogether now: WE ARE FAMILY...

24 posted on 05/07/2012 10:48:14 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: hoosiermama
Altogether now: WE ARE FAMILY...

Que Walt Disney's "It's A Small World"


25 posted on 05/08/2012 12:36:34 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: Iron Munro; LucyT; MinuteGal; maggief; thouworm; Nachum; bitt; STARWISE; Liz; stephenjohnbanker; ...

IT’S A SMALL WORLD....

That’s the theme song for the group of people in Chicago from various countries who deal with real estate, banking, medical industry and BO.

Start out with any name(first or last) beginning with ‘A’ on this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2151323/posts

Alexi G. (banking/state Treasurer/candidate

Amrish Mahajan (banking/ Mutual financed ?? Wife connected with medical business.

Antoni (Tony)Rezko Now doing time but Arranged BO’s house purchase

Auchi, Nadhmi (General Mediteranian Holding

Anita (spouse of ???non-bid state contracts

Ali Ati, (pizza shops were fronts for

Abdelhamid Chaib (director of ‘RezkoConcessions’

Aires Bill (activist long time friend of BO

Aires Thomas (father besides all his other connections there’s banking and real estate.

Abbinanti, Robert “Bobby the Boxer” (gave BlankO his first job running the numbers...CHeck out how Alexi’s bank got it’s start.

Ali,Muhammed, the boxer Revko -FerretCon connection to

Axelrod, what we all know about and think we know First job was________

AIHAM ALSAMMARAE is linked to_____________ and nuclear engineering.

Aldermen....Take your pick of any CHicago Aldermen, particularly Burke.

These are just the “A” names from the first one hundred posts of the thread.

Check out their national heritage of each first.
Then look out how and to whom each is connected both here and abroad.
International banking?
Money laundering?
Drugs?
Medical connections/ what IS in the bill?
Mexican Street gangs?
El Rukn ties to JJ?

Chicago is the United Nation of Thugs and Corruption.
There are so many dots to connect to know and then prove beyond a shadow of a doubt who is guilty of what. Hopefully
many indictments are coming down sooner rather then later.

BlankO is lucky to be alive....Look for BO to pardon him to keep him quiet. Also look to see who his wife’s father is.


26 posted on 05/08/2012 5:44:12 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: neverdem

Remember, too, three years and still not official budget. Remember, also, Hussein is writing checks and executive orders willy nilly.


27 posted on 05/08/2012 7:15:59 AM PDT by bgill
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To: hoosiermama
Someone might accidentally have to let it slip within hearing of a North Korean or Chinese or Iranian spy, that that neighborhood is where Obozo has secretly buried a vast underground -- deeply buried -- warfighting center that will replace Cheyenne Mountain, "Kneecap", the SAC command bunker at Offutt AFB in Omaha, and all the other inadquate bunkering and mobile command centers. The crown jewel, the Main Prize of the American defense establishment.

Who knew? It was all so .... secret and all.

28 posted on 05/08/2012 2:13:05 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: philman_36
You'd think, for God's sake, that he'd at least give Bob Dole a call!! One phone call -- fixed up for life!
29 posted on 05/08/2012 2:17:38 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: xkaydet65
But we all thought Bernadine was hot. She never, on camera, gave the appearance of a drudge.

I just noticed her FBI photo in the "wanted" poster. Look how she holds her head -- all the photos. Proud, proud. Defiant, and "too good for you!". Proud + defiant + good-looking = hot.

30 posted on 05/08/2012 2:24:48 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: okie01
Of course, it doesn't help that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell cuts the legs out from under Boehner whenever he seems to be gaining an advantage.

So why has McConnell been so willing to break the Constitution for Obama? The world wonders as yet another turkey trots to water.

Unperceived magic sprinklings and lustrations on Kentucky interests wouldn't have anything to do with McConnell's pliability, would they?

31 posted on 05/08/2012 3:32:51 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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