Fox News’ Bret Baier Exclusive Report: “Stand Down” 13 Hours At Benghazi The Untold Story [VIDEO]

September 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

Speaking publicly for the first time US security team members on the ground during the night of the attack on the secret CIA annex in Benghazi claim they were told “Stand down, you need to wait.” by “Bob” a top CIA Officer in Benghazi.

(Fox News) 13 Hours The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi–A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News’ Bret Baier.

Their account gives a dramatic new turn to what the Obama administration and its allies would like to dismiss as an “old story” – the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Speaking out publicly for the first time, the three were security operators at the secret CIA annex in Benghazi – in effect, the first-responders to any attack on the diplomatic compound. Their first-hand account will be told in a Fox News special, airing Friday night [Sept. 5, 2014] at 10 p.m. (EDT).

Based on the new book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi” by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team, the special sets aside the political spin that has freighted the Benghazi issue for the last two years, presenting a vivid, compelling narrative of events from the perspective of the men who wore the “boots on the ground.”

The security contractors — Kris (“Tanto”) Paronto, Mark (“Oz”) Geist, and John (“Tig”) Tiegen — spoke exclusively, and at length, to Fox News about what they saw and did that night. Baier, Fox News’ Chief Political Anchor, asked them about one of the most controversial questions arising from the events in Benghazi: Was help delayed?

Word of the attack on the diplomatic compound reached the CIA annex just after 9:30 p.m. Within five minutes, the security team at the annex was geared up for battle, and ready to move to the compound, a mile away.

“Five minutes, we’re ready,” said Paronto, a former Army Ranger. “It was thumbs up, thumbs up, we’re ready to go.”

But the team was held back. According to the security operators, they were delayed from responding to the attack by the top CIA officer in Benghazi, whom they refer to only as “Bob.”

“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta– we need to get over there, we’re losing the initiative,’” said Tiegen. “And Bob just looks straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.’”

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Multiple Live Streams: Ferguson Missouri Mike Brown Protest August 19, 2014

August 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency for the city of Ferguson, Mo and has imposed a city wide curfew which begins at midnight and ends at 5am (CT)

Update 8/18/14:Curfew lifted.

I don’t care who you are, you have got to admit this is a kick ass Drudge headline.
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(LIVE) Vice -Tim Cast:

(LIVE) KARG Argus Radio – I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO:

(LIVE) -James FromTheInternet:

(LIVE) Rebelutionary_Z #Ferguson:


Vice:  (Video below was live streamed August 18, 2014)

revAndujo:–Video below was live streamed August 18, 2014.

Donald Douglas links at American Power…thanks!

Also see: VIDEO: #Ferguson Violence: Black Panthers Chant ‘We Want Darren Wilson Dead…’

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Was Awarded Commendation For “Extraordinary Effort In Line Of Duty” (February 2014)

August 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Not only was officer Wilson doing his job, he was doing it right.

(Yahoo) –FERGUSON, Mo. — Six months before he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, police Officer Darren Wilson earned a commendation for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.”

Yahoo News confirmed the award through the February 11 Ferguson City Council meeting minutes and photos Wilson’s father posted to his Facebook page.

“Very proud of my son, Darren Wilson on his receiving a Commendation from his Police Department,” John Wilson wrote on February 11. “Congratulations Son.”

One image shows Wilson shaking hands and receiving the commendation from Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. In a second photo, the tall and slender Wilson brandishes smile as he returns to his seat with his honor.

Details of what the 28-year-old officer did to earn the commendation weren’t immediately available. (The Facebook page for the officer’s father appears to have been deactivated shortly after Yahoo News first published this story on Saturday morning.)


Wilson, a longtime Missouri resident, has been an officer in Ferguson for four years and served in nearby Jennings for two years prior. Jackson said Wilson has no history of disciplinary action and described him as a “gentle man” and a “quiet officer.”

“He has been an excellent officer for the police department,” Jackson said.

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@STLCountyPD: Name Released By Anonymous; ‘Bryan Willman’ Is NOT Officer Involved In #MikeBrown Shooting –Anon Twitter Acct Suspended

August 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Internet hacking group “Anonymous” released Thursday morning on Twitter what they claimed to be the alleged name of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend.

The group then warned that they will continue to release the officer’s photo, then his address, and finally “full documents” within hours if the St. Louis County Police Department does not respond.

However, the St. Louis County Police Department responded that the name the group posted is false. The department tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the name Anonymous released is not a Ferguson or a St. Louis County police officer. [...]

Below St Louis County PD conversing with Anonymous on Twitter before the account was suspended. Which is why it now appears to be one-sided.

‘Bryan Willman’; who Anonymous has  falsely claimed to be the officer who fatally shot 18 year old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri could be the Bryan Willman who is on the St Ann, Missouri police force:

bryan willman st ann mo pd not mike brown shooter

St. Ann …Ferguson…call me crazy but I do not see the similarity.

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Jesse Ventura: “Looking Over My Shoulder…Wondering Who Is Going To Come After Me –NEXT” [VIDEO]

July 30, 2014 at 9:09 am

Jesse Ventura on CBS This Morning today July 30, 2014:

Charlie Rose: “Some suggest Jesse, that you may have damaged your reputation by pursuing a lawsuit against a widow.”

Jesse Ventura: “I’m already damaged. I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the one place where I always felt safe. I can’t go there anymore without looking over my shoulder now wondering who is going to come after me next.”

Don’t get your panties in a bunch Jesse, something tells me that you are persona non grata at all SEAL reunions.

Moving along. The relevant bit begins at the 0:49 mark:
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Things that make you go …hmm…

Things that are crystal clear…

Kansas City Star Cartoon Mocks Death Of Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle [Update: Star Collecting Feedback]

Contradicting Prior IRS Claims, IRS Commish Confirms Lois Lerner Backup Tapes Found UPDATE: Gowdy vs Koskinen Video

July 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

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Oh, what a tangled web we weave: When first we practice to deceive.

(Fox) –The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing “backup tapes” — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know “how they found them” or “whether there’s anything on them or not.” But he said the inspector general’s office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any “recoverable” material.

The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes “no longer exist because they have been recycled.”

It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee first raised questions about the backup tapes on Monday, releasing a partial transcript from an interview with IRS official Thomas Kane. In it, Kane said “there is an issue” as to whether all the backup tapes were destroyed. Asked if they might still exist, he said he didn’t know but “it’s an issue that’s being looked at.”

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In related news:

Lerner Hard Drive Was “Scratched” IRS ignored advice to use outside experts to recover data

Washington, DC – Despite early refusals to make available IT professionals who worked on Lois Lerner’s computer, Ways and Means Committee investigators have now learned from interviews that the hard drive of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner was “scratched,” but data was recoverable. In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the Agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data. That information conflicts with a July 18, 2014 court filing by the Agency, which stated the data on the hard drive was unrecoverable – including multiple years’ worth of missing emails.

“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). “The Committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical drive was recycled and potentially shredded. To now learn that the hard drive was only scratched, yet the IRS refused to utilize outside experts to recover the data, raises more questions about potential criminal wrong doing at the IRS.”

It is also unknown whether the scratch was accidental or deliberate, but former federal law enforcement and Department of Defense forensic experts consulted by the Committee say that most of the data on a scratched drive, such as Lerner’s, should have been recoverable. However, in a declaration filed last Friday by the IRS, the agency said it tried but failed to recover the data, but is not sure what happened to the hard drive afterwards other than saying they believe it was recycled, which, according to the court filing means “shredded.”

Further complicating the situation, the Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that this declaration may not be accurate. A review of internal IRS IT tracking system documents revealed that Lerner’s computer was actually once described as “recovered.”

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Allahpundit sums it up here.

UPDATE: Watch the heated exchange between (hero) Rep. Trey Gowdy and the perpetually smug (villain) IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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Also see: IRS Commissioner: We’re Not Investigating Missing Emails


VIDEO: Lois Lerner Pleads The 5th AGAIN (IRS Hearing – Mar 5, 2014)

How Convenient! Senior IRS Offical Lois Lerner To Plead The 5th–Issa Issues Subpoena Anyway

IRS Hearing Darrell Issa: ‘Did Lois Lerner Waive Her Right To Take The 5th?’ [Video]

Email Bombshell! Lois Lerner Intentionally Sought To Hide #IRS Internal Communications From Congress

IRS Head To Gowdy: I Relied On “Common Sense” Not ‘Criminal Code’ When Evaluating IRS Conduct [VIDEO]

Obama Regime IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal Mega Link Roundup [UPDATED]

Lois Lerner: “Tea Party Is Very Dangerous” IRS Emails Support Targeting Claims [UPDATED With Email]

Emails From Lois Lerner Show IRS, FEC Colluded To Target Conservative Groups

100% Of 501(c)(4) Groups Audited By Obama’s IRS Were CONSERVATIVE!

Bombshell! Memo Reveals Obama IRS Focusing On Targeting Conservatives In 2012

Whoa! Attorney Cleta Mitchell Bitch Slaps Obama & IRS HARD –DOJ Investigation On IRS Targeting “Non-Existent Sham” [VIDEO]

‘True The Vote’ Founder: “I Will Not Retreat. I Will Not Surrender. I Refuse To Be Intimidated” [Video & Transcript]

WATCH LIVE: House Hearing On IRS Response To IRS Targeting Scandal (July 23, 2014)

July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

UPDATE: The hearing has adjourned.



SMOKING GUN: Email Bombshell! Lois Lerner Intentionally Sought To Hide #IRS Internal Communications From Congress

IRS Head To Gowdy: I Relied On “Common Sense” Not ‘Criminal Code’ When Evaluating IRS Conduct [VIDEO]

Obama Regime IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal Mega Link Roundup [UPDATED]

Lois Lerner: “Tea Party Is Very Dangerous” IRS Emails Support Targeting Claims [UPDATED With Email]

Emails From Lois Lerner Show IRS, FEC Colluded To Target Conservative Groups

100% Of 501(c)(4) Groups Audited By Obama’s IRS Were CONSERVATIVE!

Bombshell! Memo Reveals Obama IRS Focusing On Targeting Conservatives In 2012

Whoa! Attorney Cleta Mitchell Bitch Slaps Obama & IRS HARD –DOJ Investigation On IRS Targeting “Non-Existent Sham” [VIDEO]

‘True The Vote’ Founder: “I Will Not Retreat. I Will Not Surrender. I Refuse To Be Intimidated” [Video & Transcript]

VIDEO: Lois Lerner Pleads The 5th AGAIN (IRS Hearing – Mar 5, 2014)

How Convenient! Senior IRS Offical Lois Lerner To Plead The 5th–Issa Issues Subpoena Anyway

IRS Hearing Darrell Issa: ‘Did Lois Lerner Waive Her Right To Take The 5th?’ [Video]

Photo & Video: US Flags On Brooklyn Bridge Replaced With White Flags -Update 3

July 22, 2014 at 9:49 am


(DNA Info) –MANHATTAN — American flags were removed from atop the Brooklyn Bridge’s two towers Tuesday morning and replaced by white flags, sources said.

Police were checking surveillance footage from the bridge after images of the white flags hit social media about 7 a.m., sources said.

“Why are there white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?” City Council member Mark Weprin tweeted at 9:34 a.m.

It was not immediately clear how the white flags, which are usually a military symbol for surrender, got there. [...]

An astonishing security breach. Mischievous pranksters, political protest or a terrorist warning?

More photos at link.

ABC has live stream of one of the white flags flying here.

Video of a white flag flying atop the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Video of the US Flag flying on the Brooklyn Bridge

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UPDATE: This close up shot reveals what appears to be a faded (whitewashed?) US Flag.

NYPD scaling the bridge to remove the flags.


Unsettling. The Brooklyn Bridge security breach could have lasted up to two hours.
NBC New York:

A city employee tells NBC 4 New York the flags are 12 feet by 18 feet in size; the employee estimated it could take up to two hours to take a flag down from the bridge and raise another up

Counter-terrorism measure –FAIL

Officials question how vandals could have stolen the U.S. banners off Brooklyn Bridge, which as a terrorism target is under constant scrutiny.

The substitute banners — which typically signal surrender — were flying Tuesday morning from atop the 273-foot towers on the venerable bridge, police said.

It was unclear who was responsible, what happened to the missing American flags — and how the thieves gained access to a possible terrorism target under constant security.

The Brooklyn Bridge is considered a high-profile location, and there is a marked NYPD patrol car positioned on the Manhattan side of the bridge at all times as a counterterrorism measure.

According to the above article the flags are illuminated at night. Yet the NYC counter-terrorism cop on duty was asleep at the wheel, leaving a two hour window of opportunity WIDE open.  New Yorkers should breathe a collective sigh of relief  that the breach was not an islamic jihad bomb plot.

Not precedent setting. In 2004 left-wing extremists took a US Flag hostage.

It was not the first theft of a U.S. flag from the bridge. During the Republican National Convention in 2004, protesters made off with the flag and demanded the release of demonstrators arrested by the NYPD.

Reaching the flags is a difficult and dangerous trip handled by specially trained Department of Transportation workers.

More here.


(ABC) –Police officials said this afternoon that they have surveillance video of a group of four or five individuals walking onto the bridge shortly after 3 a.m.

Authorities said that at around 3:30 a.m., the lights that illuminate the U.S. flags on either side of the bridge could be seen flickering and then going out completely. At 5:30 a.m., construction workers noticed that two seemingly-white flags had replaced the American flags, police said.

[NYPD Commissioner Bill] Bratton said there was a 13-minute gap between the tower lights going out and the white flags going up.

When police investigated the scene, they found that the two American flags had been apparently bleached and large aluminum tins had been tied to cover the lights that illuminate the flags.

Watch NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s Full News Conference:

WTH? DHS & Border Control Swarm Small Illinois Village -UPDATE: Home Raided Update 2: Occupant Charged With Child Porn

July 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm

‘Waiting for something big to happen…on standby’
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Under a cloak of secrecy this morning DHS and Border Patrol suddenly descended upon a small Illinois village unannounced. No mention of FBI or ATF, and no mention as to why.

LIVINGSTON, IL (KTVI)– Homeland security, the US Customs and Border Patrol and other police agencies swarmed Livingston, Illinois.

They all parked in the field of a grade school.

The peacefulness of the town of 850 was broken by all the excitement.

The law officers would not comment about their operation, even to the school superintendent and they were using the school district’s land.

The site became an immediate attraction for citizens who say the officers were hospitable, inviting the kids to check out the choppers up close.

A spokesman in the U.S. Attorney`s Office said he cannot confirm or deny anything about an ongoing investigation. However we could learn more about this case Friday.

UPDATE: Authorities raided a nearby rural home but they remain tight lipped divulging zero info.

(Belleville News Democrat) –Federal agents, backed by local law enforcement, raided a home in rural northeastern Madison County Thursday morning.

Department of Homeland Security agents and Madison County Sheriff’s deputies blocked the driveway to the home located near the intersection of Silver Creek and Mriscin roads in Olive Township, between Livingston and Alhambra.

It is not known if anyone was taken into custody or for what authorities were looking. James Porter, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, would not comment on the operation, nor would any law enforcement personnel at the scene.

Authorities used a farm west of Livingston as a staging ground before moving on the home, located about three miles away. Tactical units were seen leaving the area around the home around 11:20 a.m. [...]


UPDATE 2:  Wow, this never crossed my mind. Sick bastard.

LIVINGSTON, IL (KTVI)– A follow up to a story you saw only on Fox, federal prosecutors have brought child pornography charges against Robert Godsey.
Prosecutors say Godsey had about 600 videos and more than 1,000 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Not to belittle the heinous act of possessing child porn. It sickens me to the core of my being.
But why DHS and Border Control?? Why such a huge show of force??

More from the Belleville News Democrat:

…Jim Porter, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, would not comment as to the scale of force used in executing the search warrant, other than to say authorities want to be prepared for what they “reasonably expect might happen.”

“It’s better to be over-prepared,” he said. [...]

Linked at the The Squirrel’s Nest…thanks!

Part 1: Megyn Kelly Interviews Obama’s Unrepentant Terrorist Pal Bill Ayers [FULL VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT]

July 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

“You sound like Osama bin Laden.”

Transcript via Fox News:

MEGYN KELLY, HOST: Breaking tonight, new fallout from two Supreme Court rulings, the latest in a series of setbacks described by one liberal scholar as quote, “The worst ten days of any modern presidency.”

But first a world exclusive. Good evening everyone and welcome to “The Kelly File.” I’m Megyn Kelly. We have full coverage of the Supreme Court’s way to brash back of the Obama administration later with Judge Napolitano.

But first, a special report tonight. Professor Bill Ayers admits to terrorizing this country, bombing buildings and committing other crimes during the 1970s. And he got away scot-free. Because this is America, he wound up as a college professor, who even helped a president launch his political career.

Over the years, Mr. Ayers managed to redefine himself, not as a terrorist but as a revolutionary, a kid who merely vandalized, not one who inspired murder. He is a man who took chances with other people’s lives and took every chance to dodge the tough questions until tonight.


MCCAIN CAMPAIGN AD, 2008: Barack Obama and domestic terrorists Bill Ayers, friends. They’ve worked together for years. But Obama tries to hide it. Why?

KELLY (voice-over): He was one of the most controversial figures of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

SARAH PALIN, R-FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country.

THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was eight years old somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense.

KELLY: A man everyone wanted to talk to but whose silence was deafening.

JESSE WATERS, “THE O’REILLY FACTOR”: What’s your relationship with Barack Obama? Mr. Ayers?

KELLY: Bill Ayers, friend of the man who would be president and an unrepentant terrorist whose group bombed America over and over again.

BILL AYERS, “WEATHER UNDERGROUND”: We figured out how to use guns and how to use bombs. Some people felt literally that the bigger mess we could make, the better. That is, that whatever it cost, whatever, you know, destructive kinds of activity we could do against the U.S. government, the better.

KELLY: The son of a prominent Illinois businessman, Ayers came of age in the 1960s, drawn to the civil disobedience of the day and deeply offended by the Vietnam War.

AYERS: We will build a revolutionary youth movement capable of actively engaging in a war against the imperialists. We will escalate our attacks until imperialism is defeated in Vietnam.

KELLY: In 1965 at age 20, he joined the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society or SDS. In late ’69 they held protests in Chicago, full of rage about the war, race relations and the wealthy.

“WEATHER UNDERGROUND”: Last night they armed themselves were sticks and chains and rocks and surged through the streets on Chicago’s north side to carry the fight to the enemy, the rich.

KELLY: The ravaged the city’s business district. Six people were shot, and dozens more arrested. Later that year, a seminal moment. Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was shot and killed by Chicago police. Out of that moment the group The Weathermen was born, a radical spinoff from SDS. Its mission — the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.

“WEATHER UNDERGROUND”: Hello. I’m going to read a declaration of a state of war.

KELLY: Shortly thereafter, a San Francisco police station is bombed and an officer killed. Police later say The Weathermen did it. Next comes the bombing of a New York judge’s home. The group then plots to bomb a military dance, but their explosives go off too soon, destroying a New York City townhouse. Found buried in the ruble, 66 of dynamite. The FBI concludes, had the explosives detonated, they would have leveled everything on both sides of the street. Three members of The Weathermen are killed in that blast, including Ayers’ girlfriend, identified by a single remaining finger. The Weathermen go into hiding and change their name to the Weather Underground. Still, the attacks continue.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Now we are everywhere and next week families and tribes will attack the enemy around the country. We are not just attacking targets, we are bringing a pitiful, helpless giant to its knees.

KELLY: Soon the group takes credit for more bombings, Ayers believed to be personally involved in at least three of them — New York City police headquarters in 1970, the bombing of the U.S. capitol in ’71, the bombing of the Pentagon in 1972. Around this time Ayers falls in love with fellow Weatherman leader Bernardine Dohrn. By 1973, the U.S. involvement in Vietnam is ending. But Ayers and Dohrn don’t surrender until 1980.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Bernardine Dohrn, the former anti-war leader and student radical surrendered today in Chicago.

KELLY: They only resurfaced because they had learned the most serious charges had been dropped due to government misconduct in the investigation, an incredible stroke of luck for the pair.

Within a year their former Weathermen comrades were at it again, this time robbing a Brinks truck in a crime that left three people dead. Ayers and Dohrn settle in Chicago, enter academia and later go on to befriend Barack Obama, posting a fundraiser for the then Illinois Senate candidate. When their friend becomes a presidential candidate, Ayers stays mostly quiet but emerges soon after the election sounding far from remorseful.

AYERS, “GOOD MORNING AMERICA”/ABC, NOV. 2008: I’ve been quoted again and again in saying I don’t regret it and frankly — and saying, I don’t think we did enough and I don’t think we did enough.

KELLY: And now for the first time ever, Bill Ayers walks into the Fox News Headquarters to face tough questions about his past and his future.

KELLY, (on camera): So we have to talk about you and your domestic terrorist past. Let’s start with this, let’s start with this. How many bombings are you responsible for?

AYERS: The Weather Underground I think took credit for just slightly over 20 in a period when there were 20,000 bombings in the United States against the war.

KELLY: And how about you personally.

AYERS: Me personally, I’ve never talked about it, never will.


You could have hurt some people.

AYERS: Absolutely.

KELLY: You acknowledge that.

AYERS: Absolutely.

KELLY: You claim you never did but you acknowledge the risks.

AYERS: Oh, there was a terrible risk and we actually did hurt three of our own people died in the townhouse in New York City in 1970, and that was an incalculable, horrible, devastating loss and yet what they apparently planning to do would have been more devastating. And so it’s a tragedy personally to us and to me but, yes –

KELLY: We’ll get to that in a minute. That was a nail bomb they were putting together. But the Weather Underground began in 1969 with protests –

AYERS: 1970.

KELLY: OK. Over the Vietnam War. But it became more and more militant as the years passed, the early 70s. In 1970 you declared a state of war against the U.S. government and urged your comrades, as you called them, to be more violent.

Here is fellow Weatherman Mark Rudd and your now-wife Bernardine Dohrn.


MARK RUDD, WEATHERMAN: We challenge each other to be more violent.

BERNARDINE DOHRN, WEATHER UNDERGROUND: There’s no way to be committed to nonviolence in the middle of the most violent society that history’s ever created. I’m not committed to nonviolence in any way.


KELLY: Why was more violence the answer?

AYERS: I wouldn’t argue that more violence was the answer but do I think –

KELLY: But those are your people.

AYERS: You know, what she said is “I’m not committed to nonviolence.”

KELLY: Mark Rudd was part of your group.

AYERS: He was part of the Weatherman faction of SDS. He actually was never in the Weather Underground but he was part of the –

KELLY: But you were upping the violent rhetoric as well.

AYERS: No question, our rhetoric was, you know, outstripped, a lot of what was going on. There’s no question. But here’s the reality. I was arrested opposing the war in Vietnam in 1965. Over the next five years — over the next three years, five years, I was arrested many times in demonstrations, in militant actions, sitting in a draft boards, all of it non-violent, all of it an attempt to bring a screaming warning that we were killing 6,000 people a week. And when the war dragged on after 1968 when a majority of people had come to oppose the war largely through the efforts of people like Martin Luther King, the Black Freedom Movement, vets coming home and telling the truth, and the anti-war movement, those things came together and a majority opposed the war.

Then the question was how do we stop it if it won’t stop? And this was a crisis for democracy and a crisis for the anti-war movement. In my own family, one of my brothers went to Canada, deserted the Army and I think he’s a war hero for doing that. One my brothers went to the communes went to join the Democratic Party, tried to build the peace wing, and I did what I did.

KELLY: You think Bowe Bergdahl is a war hero, too.

AYERS: I think Bowe Bergdahl, if he deserted, that was a heroic thing to do, absolutely, nobody knows if he did or he didn’t. But I did blog about that because I think throughout history, we should build monuments to the unknown deserters, the people who look at the craziness they’re asked to participate in and say, I’m not part of this.

KELLY: OK. So, I hear you now, explaining, you know, those sound bites we heard from Bernardine Dohrn, your now wife, she wasn’t at the time, she is now, and Mark Rudd and so on. But to put it in context, as they and you and your group were calling for more violence, what we saw in February of 1970, February 16, was San Francisco police officer Brian McDonald, a 44-year-old father of two and husband, was killed when a bomb went off at his police station and eight other police officers were injured in that blast. Now, your wife, Bernadine Dohrn, has been accused of that crime. Do you deny it?

AYERS: Absolutely deny it. Absolutely nothing to do with it. So, this is one of the things that keeps recycling.

KELLY: And let me just tell them how it does. I’ll give you the floor. Larry Grathwohl is somebody who infiltrated the Weather Underground. He claimed that you visited him in Buffalo in 1970 and complained that Bernardine Dohrn had to do it herself, that bombing, because others, quote, “weren’t active enough in committing violence.” And the San Francisco police union recently accused the Weather Underground of this murder.

AYERS: Complete lies. And Larry Grathwohl was in SDS but he was never in the Weather Underground and –

KELLY: SDS was the precursor to the Weather Underground.

AYERS: Yes, it was the student movement, exactly. And no, Larry Grathwohl was lying and the police union doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

KELLY: Bernadine Dohrn was not a fan of the police and referred to them typically as pigs.


DOHRN: Sisters and brother, a year ago we blew away the Haymarket pig statue at the start of the youth riot in Chicago. The head of the Police Sergeant Association called emotionally for all-out war between the pigs and us. We accepted it. Last night we destroyed the pig again.

It’s two and a half weeks since Fred Hampton was murdered by the pigs who own this city.


AYERS: Well, that was again the inflated rhetoric at the time. Yes, the Black Panthers did that, we did that. Yes.

KELLY: I mean, that sort of rhetoric is what sort of catches people’s attention when she is calling them pigs and celebrating bad things happening to the police, at the same time one gets murdered and then you allegedly went and told Larry Grathwohl she did it.

AYERS: It never happened.

But look, it’s true that the rhetoric was inflated. It’s also true. It’s also, you take the situation like Chicago today, the police are a violent, out of control enterprise in Chicago today. The shooting of unarmed people again and again, the stopping of people on the street, the endless arrests.

KELLY: Do you refer to them as pigs today?

AYERS: No, I don’t.

KELLY: Does Bernadine?

AYERS: No, not really. We hang out with them at the coffee shop and talked to them. But we disagree.

When you look at the Chicago Police Department, which has been involved in torture — and this is documented — involved in torture which has freed people off death row in the last five years because of a systematic, you know, practice of torture and forced confessions and so on, and these police officers are — every one of them isn’t guilty but every one of them is part of the conspiracy of silence, absolutely.

KELLY: Five days after that San Francisco bombing that took the life of Officer Brian McDonald, the Weather Underground bombed John Murtaugh’s home. John Murtaugh is –

AYERS: That’s also not true.

KELLY: It’s not true?

AYERS: No, it’s not true.

KELLY: Judge Murtaugh was a judge — a trial court judge in New York State who was hearing a case involving the Panther 21 and your group objected to the way he was handling that case and you came out –

AYERS: Well, we were supporting the Panther 21, there’s no question.

KELLY: That’s right. And then his home got firebombed in the middle of the night. He had a nine-year-old boy there named John, who has been very public about this bombing.

AYERS: Right.

KELLY: In your book with Bernardine, you quote, the Weather Underground communicate and you say as follows and I’m quoting now, “Two weeks before the townhouse explosion,” which is a different bomb, “four members of this group had firebombed Judge Murtaugh’s house in New York as an action to support the Panther 21, whose trial was just beginning. To many people, this was a very good action, within that group, however, the feeling developed that because this action had not done anything to hurt the pigs materially, it wasn’t very important.”

AYERS: I didn’t write that.

KELLY: It’s in your book.

AYERS: Which book?

KELLY: It’s your book with Bernadine. That’s on the board right there, it’s from one of your communiques.

AYERS: It’s not my communique –

KELLY: It’s your wife’s.

AYERS: No, I think it’s an autonomous group. I’m quite sure.

KELLY: No, it’s your wife. And not only that. But a former Weather Ground member –

AYERS: Weather Underground.

KELLY: Kathy Wilkinson — Weather Underground — Kathy Wilkinson further offered her own recitation on what happened and she claims that the Weather Underground when she was in it perpetrated that crime.

AYERS: She may have claimed it but that’s not true to my knowledge.

KELLY: She wasn’t telling the truth either?

AYERS: I don’t think so.

KELLY: John Murtaugh also believes that you, the Weather Underground, perpetrated that crime and he’s been on Fox News a few times. When I was hosting an afternoon show, he came on and he said the following. I want to give you a chance to respond.


KELLY: You’re a 9-year-old little boy asleep in your bed and what happens?

JOHN MURTAUGH: Early in the morning on Washington’s birthday, four bombs went off, two in the front of the house. There were two in the front that went off. They were bombs they placed under the gas tank of our car and the back of the house.

The first two went off.

The notion that Bill Ayers and Weather Underground were about property damage, to make it sound like they were egging cars on Halloween night is absurd.

As far as I’m concerned, Kathy Boudin, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and every one of them have blood dripping from their hands.


AYERS: Not true. It was always property damage in our activities, always. And so, it’s not just true.

KELLY: Do you deny Terry Robbins was responsible for that bombing? Because he was part of –


AYERS: I Have no idea if he was.

KELLY: You two were very close.

AYERS: We were very close, but he was in New York. I have no idea if he was but I don’t think he was but he’s gone and so we don’t know –

KELLY: He’s one of the guys who blew himself up.

AYERS: That’s exactly right. But, you know, one of the things I think that’s interesting about these activities of 40 years ago, I don’t think it’s bad to kind of steer through them and try to understand them.

KELLY: Have you written about them extensively –

AYERS: Have I’ve written about them myself. Absolutely. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. But I think it would be fair and balanced to also look at the violence that was and is going on perpetrated by the government, by the official agencies and organs of the government.

KELLY: Let me just tell you what I hear when I hear that. I hear you saying, you sound like with respect Usama bin Laden.

AYERS: What?

KELLY: In order to evaluate my actions which have hurt a lot of people, right? I know you deny, it but there’s evidence –

AYERS: I deny it.

KELLY: – that the Weather Underground was involved in these situations.

AYERS: But when John Murtaugh says for example, there’s blood on your hands, what blood is he talking about? He’s talking about his father?


KELLY: He’s talking about the San Francisco police officer.

AYERS: We had nothing to do with that.

KELLY: He’s talking about the three Weather Underground individuals who are killed.

AYERS: Right. But we had nothing to do with the San Francisco –

KELLY: That’s what you claim.

AYERS: That’s exactly what I claim.

KELLY: But there is of course evidence to the contrary. He’s talking about –

AYERS: If there’s evidence to the contrary, why wasn’t somebody put on trial?

KELLY: He’s talking about the Brinks armored car incident, where two police –

AYERS: Which again, we had nothing to — we were already above ground.


KELLY: All right. We’ll get to that in a minute. There’s evidence of it. And there was a former member of the Weather Underground who came out and said this is murder. You guys got to the point where you considered murder. And you acknowledged that yourself. It got to the point where this property damage wasn’t good enough for you.


Part 2 of the Kelly-Ayers interview airs tonight at 9p ET on Fox.

Also see: Confirmed: Bill Ayers Hosted a Fundraiser for Obama