Barack Obama's ties to 1960's and '70's terrorist William Ayers have led to increasing scrutiny of Ayers. After spending years in hiding, the government botched the case against him, and Ayers got a PhD and became a "respected" university professor. Now, some of Ayers university colleagues are defending him with a website petition.
As of this writing, the petition has garnered 2853 [UPDATE: 3880] signatures, most attributed to university professors.
Barack Obama has close and extensive ties to Ayers. His political career was launched at a fundraiser at Ayers' house. They served together on the board of the Woods Foundation, and worked closely together for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, purportedly an education-reform group. Obama gave a positive review to a book by Ayers.
Ayers was a founder of the communist terrorist group the Weathermen, which bombed a number of buildings, including the Pentagon. Ayers shows no remorse for his crimes. As late as September 11, 2001, Ayers bragged about them.
But now, Ayers is a "respected" university professor doing important "academic research". Liberals had no problem with a unrepentant former terrorist as a university professor (don't question their patriotism!). As you might guess, Ayers' "research" is all about undermining America.
The statement blathers about Ayers is a victim of "McCarthyism". He's just as guilty as all the other "victims" of McCarthyism.
Seven professors from Western Michigan University are on the list.
40 Gary Miron Education
882 Joseph Kretovics Education
897 Jill Hermann-Wilmarth Education
1653 Lauren Freedman Education
2088 Allen Webb English
2112 Karen Vocke English
2643 Sue Poppink Education
(It should be noted that the website does not appear to verify whether the signatures are genuine. The list includes Kathryn Jean Lopez, #1202, the editor of National Review Online.)
Perhaps there should be a WMU Faculty Terrorist Watch List.
See also: Leftist MSU Professors Announce Support for Terrorist