ASI News 4 March 2009

March 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm EDT


Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground

PRESS ADVISORY:

March 12 News Conference to Demand that Attorney General Eric Holder Authorize Expanded Federal Investigation of Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers

Press Contact:  Fran Griffin of Griffin Communications, griffin@griffnews.com

 

1970 Cold Case Murder: Who Killed Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell?
Evidence Points to Weather Underground

Washington, D.C. – Pressure is mounting for an expanded probe of Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and their alleged roles in the 1970 bombing murder of a San Francisco policeman.

Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground and author of Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen, will repeat his sworn testimony that points to the involvement of the Weather Underground in the bombing murder of Sergeant McDonnell at a News Conference on Thursday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th floor (First Amendment Lounge), Washington, D.C. Grathwohl says that he was at a meeting where Ayers said that his wife Dohrn had planted the bomb.

The News Conference is being sponsored by the Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism, a project of investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid’s America’s Survival, Inc.  

The cold case of Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell, killed in 1970 when a bomb exploded at the San Francisco Park Police Station, has been quietly reopened by law enforcement authorities in the hope of finding the person or persons responsible for the crime. But Grathwohl and other speakers say that more cooperation at the federal level in the investigation is needed. That is why they are demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder authorize more resources for the probe.

Grathwohl will be joined by four other speakers who will discuss the McDonnell case, the violent history of the Weather Underground, and the reemergence of its members in political and campus organizing activities:

– Cliff Kincaid, veteran journalist and President of America’s Survival, together with internationally-renowned blogger Trevor Loudon, will release a new report on how members of the SDS and Weather Underground have revived a radical student movement on college campuses. The report will examine the international connections that people like Ayers currently have with anti-American regimes and movements. 

–Jim Pera, a retired San Francisco police sergeant who was one of the first on the scene after the February 16, 1970 bombing, will have photographs of the heavy metal staples from the bomb used to kill Sergeant McDonnell.

– Herbert Romerstein, a former Congressional investigator, will release a new report that examines the violent history of the Weather Underground and its links to other terrorist and communist groups. 

FOR THE PRESS: To make a reservation for the News Conference, send an email with your name, affiliation, and contact information to Fran Griffin at griffin@griffnews.com

The Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground is a project of America’s Survival, www.USAsurvival.org, an independent foreign affairs watchdog organization.



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