In Memory of Larry Grathwohl, FBI Informant, The Weather Underground

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by Sharon Rondeau

Larry Grathwohl, October 13, 1947-July 18, 2013

(Aug. 9, 2013) — The Vietnam veteran and sole FBI agent who penetrated The Weather Underground during the 1960s, Larry Grathwohl, passed away on July 18 at his home in Cincinnati, OH.  He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, his mother, and several siblings.

His 1976 book, Bringing Down America, recounts his time with members of the domestic terrorist group, one of whom had indictments against her dismissed without explanation by the Obama regime after 24 years in hiding from the authorities.  Grathwohl had “joined” the organization while attending the University of Cincinnati and using the alias “Tom Neihman.”

The Weather Underground, which was originally called The Weathermen, was founded by William Ayers, a colleague of Barack Hussein Obama in whose home Obama launched his Illinois Senate campaign.  A spinoff of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Weather Underground sought to stop U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War by means of bombings, riots and destruction of public property.

In the foreword to his book, Grathwohl’s co-author, Frank Reagan, stated that there has been a “four-decade cover-up of the real history of the Weather Underground.”

Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were in hiding from federal authorities for ten years, during which time Ayers admitted to creating false identities after searching cemeteries for the names of children who most likely died without Social Security numbers.

The fugitive from justice whose indictments were dismissed in June 2009 reportedly possessed multiple “counterfeit Social Security cards” and “five or more false identification documents” at the time of her arrest.

Grathwohl’s involvement with the domestic terrorist group concluded after he testified to federal grand juries and congressional committees about his activities while under cover with The Weather Underground.  In 2008, he attempted to raise awareness of Ayers’s and Dohrn’s activities and to confront Ayers about the murder of Sgt. Brian V. McConnell at the Park Station Police headquarters in San Francisco in 1970, which Grathwohl said they committed by their own admission.

On September 11, 2001, Ayers said in an interview with The New York Times that in regard to the bombings and at least three deaths which resulted from The Weather Underground’s activities, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama said that Ayers was “a guy who lives in my neighborhood, a professor of English,” but their ties may be much closer than that.

Over the years, Grathwohl has been a prominent speaker at conferences on Marxism.  He has been a guest on TheBlazeTV, the Dr. Laurie Roth Show, and has been interviewed by columnist Sher Zieve, who described him as “one of those increasingly rare individuals who has led a truly extraordinary life.”  Exactly one year before his passing, Grathwohl spoke at the “America’s Survival Conference,” where he characterized Ayers and Dohrn as “associates” of Barack Hussein Obama.

In a video now uploaded to YouTube, Grathwohl described “re-education camps” cited by Ayers’ group as a place for those who refused to conform to communism, which it planned to impose on America.

A video tribute was made to Grathwohl’s life produced by Ruth Bryant White of Breaking News Journal and other media sources entitled “Honoring America’s FBI Guy.”  BNJ has been working to produce a movie called “The Company You Don’t Keep” in response to the release of “The Company You Keep,” produced by Robert Redford.  A review in Vanity Fair characterized the Redford film as an “unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism.”

Grathwohl joined the service in 1964, served in the 101st Airborne Division during Vietnam and earned the Bronze Star.  In place of flowers, Grathwohl’s family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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