The McCain-Palin campaign is dashing around the country pandering to the lunatic fringe with a very loose connection between Obama and William Ayers former member of the Weather Underground. Even the chief prosecutor of the Weather Underground case in the 1970s, William C. Ibershof expressed his outrage concerning the linking of Barack Obama to Bill Ayers by the McCain campaign in a letter to the New York Times.

As the lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen in the 1970s (I was then chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District of Michigan and took over the Weathermen prosecution in 1972), I am amazed and outraged that Senator Barack Obama is being linked to William Ayers’s terrorist activities 40 years ago when Mr. Obama was, as he has noted, just a child.

Although I dearly wanted to obtain convictions against all the Weathermen, including Bill Ayers, I am very pleased to learn that he has become a responsible citizen.

Because Senator Obama recently served on a board of a charitable organization with Mr. Ayers cannot possibly link the senator to acts perpetrated by Mr. Ayers so many years ago.

I do take issue with the statement in your news article that the Weathermen indictment was dismissed because of “prosecutorial misconduct.” It was dismissed because of illegal activities, including wiretaps, break-ins and mail interceptions, initiated by John N. Mitchell, attorney general at that time, and W. Mark Felt, an F.B.I. assistant director.

Clearly, no one at this juncture can deny the language McCain-Palin have chosen to use and repeat at their rallies is about instigation and inciting certain underlying feelings, their desperation is showing. Watch the attitude of the audience leaving one of their rallies.

Sarah Palin herself has had a closer and more extensive association with Alaska’s own political extremists, Alaska Independence Party (AIP) than she has ever acknowledged. A investigative piece by Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert for Salon paints a very different picture of Palin, one that is far more pertinent to this debate and this election than the Obama-Ayers connection of sitting on a board of directors together.

McCain and Palin are riding a dangerous line with their skewed words and they know it. Let’s hope it doesn’t become their legacy.

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