Byron is quite right about statutes of limitations — in most states, there is no SofL on murder. But for most federal crimes, the SofL is 5 years — we’re long, long beyond it.
And, of course, what Ayers has is selective memory, not failed memory. When he was more haughty about his terrorist exploits, he wrote, for example: “Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.” If it was this easy to get witnesses to perceive, recall and relate, I might have stayed in the trial lawyer biz. Dohrn, too, had a keen sense of detail, gushing over the barbaric Manson Family murders: “Dig it! First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even shoved a fork into the victim’s stomach! Wild!”
But the larger point is this: We are too hung up on the word terrorist. Yes, Ayers was a terrorist, but he’s not anymore in the sense that he hasn’t bombed anything in a long time. He is, however, and he has always been, a radical leftist revolutionary. Don’t take my word for it — he proudly says it himself, as I detailed in this post yesterday.
That was the ideology that drove him to bomb American targets, it is the ideology he has taken to America’s classrooms (which are just a different front in the same war he has been raging against our society for 40 years), it is the ideology he has never hidden from anyone, and — here’s the point — it is the ideology that drove his partnership with Barack Obama. That’s the reason Obama is minimizing the relationship. Obama and Ayers worked well together — happily funding the same communists, socialists, America haters, Israel haters, etc. — because they were ideologically aligned. Obama is smoother and more marketable than Ayers, but ideologically they’re coming from the same place: American society needs drastic change. And if you want to know the change Obama and Ayers have in mind, look at what they did at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Look at Obama’s Chicago years, which explains why Ayers and Dohrn would host the launching of his political career from their living room. That’s where Obama doesn’t want to go — because if voters look there, he’s toast.