Weather Underground

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The Weather Underground Organization (WUO), commonly known as the Weather Underground, was a leftist terrorist organzation active in the United States from 1969 to 1977. It was originally called Weatherman and later became known colloquially as the Weathermen.

Stated aims included opposition to the Vietnam War and United States "imperialism" as well as support for Black Power and the formation of "a classless communist world."

Among other activities, the WUO conducted a bombing campaign targeting prominent government buildings and several banks.

An attempted bombing of a servicemen’s ball in 1970 was only averted because the device exploded prematurely, killing its manufacturers.[1]

"Brink's robbery" (1981) was an armed robbery and three related murders of guards and police officers, including a Black police officer, as well as wounding others. The crimes were carried out by members of the Black Liberation Army and a faction of the Weather Underground named the May 19th Communist Organization.

Leftist Wikipedia describes the organization as a "radical left militant organization". The initial summary in the article on the organization does not mention Brink's robbery, and the associated murders, with a word. It also strangely states that "none were killed in any of the terrorist attacks. " Wikipedia also cites claims by members that the bombings were not intended to hurt anyone, ignoring the intended servicemen’s ball bombing.

Many members were Jews. The name itself is from the Jewish Bob Dylan's lyric,"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows", from the song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (1965).

Despite their terrorist background, unlike anyone associated with claimed extreme right-wing views, many of the participants moved to comfortable careers in academia and elsewhere.[1]

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