MSNBC host Chris Matthews
During yesterdays coverage of the Boston marathon bombing MSNBC host Chris Matthews said, “Normally domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right.”
Time to educate Chris Matthews about some left wing domestic terrorist.
First up Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and the other members of the Weather Underground who in the 70s and into the 80s committed dozens of bombings across the country. Some of the groups targets included the pentagon, State Department, New York City police, Judges, military recruiting centers, and many others. From a FBI document on the group:
Twenty-nine years ago Thursday, an explosion rocked the headquarters of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. No one was hurt, but the damage was extensive, impacting twenty offices on three separate floors. Hours later, another bomb was found at a military induction center in Oakland, California, and safely detonated. A domestic terrorist group called the Weather Underground claimed responsibility. Remember them? (emphasis mine)
Who were these extremists? The Weather Underground—originally called the Weathermen, taken from a line in a Bob Dylan song—was a small, violent offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), created in the turbulent ‘60s to promote social change.
When the SDS collapsed in 1969, the Weather Underground stepped forward, inspired by communist ideologies and embracing violence and crime as a way to protest the Vietnam War, racism, and other left-wing aims. “Our intention is to disrupt the empire…to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks,” claimed the group’s 1974 manifesto, Prairie Fire. By the next year, the group had claimed credit for 25 bombings and would be involved in many more over the next several years.
Members of Bill Ayers band of domestic terrorist would kill 2 armed guards and a police officer during a Brinks armored truck robbery. Three members of the group would kill themselves when their Greenwich Village townhouse bomb factory exploded.
TruTV-The Brinks robbery of 1981
Wikipedia-Greenwich Village townhouse explosion
As Chris Matthews is a product of the 60s and 70s he should remember or be aware of all of the acts of terrorism committed during that time by groups like the Black Panthers and Vietnam war protesters.
Anyone in law enforcement who knows anything about domestic terrorism will immediately rush to talk about the number one domestic terrorism threat facing this nation, Eco-terrorism committed by radical environmentalist. These greenies have committed major cases of arson in Arizona and Colorado, mass vandalism in California, sabotaged logging equipment in Oregon with the potential for causing death and injury to workers, and much more.
Fox News-FBI: eco-terrorism remains number 1 domestic terror threat
More recently we have the attempted acts of terrorism by members of Occupy Wall Street. In Ohio 5 occupiers were arrested for plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland. From the UK Daily Mail:
Five men, at lease three of them self-described anarchists, have been arrested in an alleged plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, the FBI said today.
A member of Occupy Cleveland revealed that at least some of the suspects had attended the group’s events, sparking concerns that some supporters of the anti-capitalist movement could turn to violence.
But there was no danger to the public in the bridge-bombing plot because the explosive devices were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee, the agency said.
Closer to home, for me, is the case of three occupiers charged with attempting to use Molotov cocktails during the NATO summit in Chicago last year. From ABC News:
Three men accused of building Molotov cocktails were also planning attacks at President Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters and at the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the NATO Summit, prosecutors said.
Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale Fla., 24-year-old Vincent Betterly of Oakland Park, Fla., and 24-year-old Jared Chase of Keene, N.H. have all been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or incendiary device.
“These men were here to hurt people,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a news conference.
The defendants are self-proclaimed members of the “Black Bloc” group.
In addition to materials to make molotov cocktails, police say the defendants had various weapons, including a mortar gun, swords, a hunting bow, throwing stars, knives, brass knucles.
This is but the tip of the iceberg of left wing domestic terrorism but I think Chrissy Matthews should be educated by now.