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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and admitted co-founder of -- 1970s domestic terror group.
Is defending his actions.
Good -- Bill Ayers surfaces again remember him.
He -- out of the Weather Underground it's a group that bombed the US capitol the Pentagon and other government buildings.
Well he was challenged by reporters this weekend as he gave the keynote address.
In honor of the students who were killed at Kent State back in the seventies.
He was asked about the Boston terror attack and his past.
And it responded by saying you can't compare with the Weather Underground did forty years ago with what -- -- -- Brothers allegedly did last month in Boston.
He says the wedeman destroyed property.
In an effort to persuade the US government to pull out of Vietnam that was their cause to try to get the Vietnam War to end but our next guest tells a different story.
His family was personally targeted by Ayers and his group one night 1970.
John -- -- father was presiding over the trial of the black panther terror group at the time.
He says his family was nearly killed.
When the Weather Underground planted firebombs around their house and under their car with the family and set -- still inside that house they managed to survive.
But in the morning they woke up to blood red graffiti scrawled across the sidewalk that red.
Free the panther 21.
The Viet Cong have won and quote kill the pigs.
John Mark Todd joins me now with his story he is a city councilman in Yonkers, New York John welcome back of the program -- you former City Council.
Thank you episodes so kill the pigs outside -- your house after they tried to kill you.
And -- -- well let our viewers know that the Weather Underground though never it was never formally officially declared that they were behind it.
Not long before this Bernadine Dorn.
Who's now Bill Ayers his wife and longtime.
I had written a letter to the Associated Press saying that that.
In retaliation for what's going on north Vietnam attacks will be carried out unquote pigs military and government buildings -- -- without warning.
So is there any doubt first of all that the Weather Underground was behind the bombing a.
Your home and your families know there were three bombings that night our home a police precinct and a military recruiting station.
Bernadine -- -- and took credit for all three of those bombings and -- leader one of her cohorts Kathy will percent.
Ironically became -- New York City school teacher but she wrote her memoirs and she specifically took credit for the bombing of our house and in fact expressed disappointment.
That the bombs didn't do more damage to nobody was killed and they tried to step it up after that with dynamite -- -- Friday after you.
-- dad mother after my dad -- -- was the judge at the time on the panther 21 trial.
Trial was ongoing.
And they apparently didn't care who they went after so they went after my father.
While he was asleep in his home with his wife and three of his four children -- nine little -- nine year old little boy -- in your bed.
And what happens.
Middle of the night actually early in the morning of Washington's birthday for bombs went off.
Two in the front of the house there there were two of the front that went off.
There were bombs that would they -- placed under the gas -- of our car in the back of the house trying to blow up fold the whole works.
Actually the first two and off a neighbor came out saw the flames into the car and managed to extinguish that bomb believe it or not for one off.
-- comes out -- keynote speaker at Saturday's commemoration of the National Guard shootings at Kent State commemoration of the victim's parent in 1970 which four students were left dead.
It comes out says look.
We were about property damage that's all we were about no one died in the Weather Underground bombings.
And that he does that say quote how different is the shooting this is that his his equation of -- -- -- and his behavior and his own behavior with -- whether other Weather Underground.
Well how different is the shooting in Connecticut new -- shooting from a shooting a hunting range.
Just because the -- same thing there's no relationship at all.
Well the notion that bill layers in the Weather Underground were about property damage to make it sound like they were aging cars on Halloween night is served.
Brian -- the police officer in San Francisco who was killed by a nail bomb I'm sure there his family would feel differently.
The nine children who were orphaned when the Weather Underground gunned down.
A bank -- two policemen in Rockland county I'm sure those children would feel differently.
As they tried to rob Brinks -- a -- -- but you know maybe he's correct that no one died in the Weather Underground.
Bob means it was when they were trying to rob that bring in extra well you said they had they had to do it did they had to kill two cops and a security guard they deny there's -- say by the way quote what would you have done -- Felt they -- -- but all evidence is that an officer McDonnell in San Francisco was killed by one of their nail bombs.
But to the extent he can claim no one was killed by his bombs the only difference -- Bill -- in this -- native Brothers is that he was incompetent apparently.
I hate to make it sound flip but apparently they just built better bombs.
He went on to say -- -- quote we have a hard moral responsibility to look at the world as it is to open our eyes I am an activist.
And again underscored that he believes in in in property damage to save the lives of 6000 people who -- dying per week in Vietnam.
Well I'd ask him how many millions died in Vietnam and Cambodia after the United States left but that's a debate for another day.
What he did do was not activism what he did and what those -- indeed it was terrorism.
He has never apologize for I don't know how you apologize for murder frankly I don't think you can.
But he's never even attempted.
As you know Megan.
On September 11 itself.
He was quoted in the New York Times is saying the Weather Underground didn't do enough they should've done more.
-- -- you say -- it at the conclusion of that interview he said his.
Upbringing in a subsequent radicalization quote I was a child of privilege and I woke up to a world on fire and say funny thing -- One night soda died John thanks thank you make it.
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