January 19, 2009

Bill Ayers in the news

UPDATE at bottom Heh... Known domestic terrorist who for some reason has gotten a free ride from the law and society had a bit of a comeuppance today. From the Toronto Star:
William Ayers turned back at Canadian border
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."
The article offers a mini-refresher course if you don't remember his actions:
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.
Of course he will get a lot of street cred from this and will be able to spin it into something that only makes his star shine brighter. Still, it is nice to see some nation grow a pair and recognize that he is still subverting the educational system and growing more little useful idiots. UPDATE: Jen pointed out -- rightly so -- that Ayers could have had an outstanding warrant, an unpaid traffic ticket, etc... Anything like this can cause an issue at the border. Posted by DaveH at January 19, 2009 5:43 PM