Larry Grathwohl: An Extraordinary Life from the Weather Underground to the FBI and beyond
Larry Grathwohl is one of those increasingly rare individuals who has led a truly extraordinary life. However, after speaking with him I found that he is an unassuming and truly humble man who has a strong belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Larry Grathwohl BIO
I joined the US Army in October of 1964 and after basic training I went through jump school and became a paratrooper assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. I went to Vietnam with the 1st Brigade as part of the 2 Battalion of the 502nd Infantry in July of 1965. I was 17 at the time and I consider that this was the first time I encountered the communists and the threat they represented to the United States and to our way of life.
During my 13 month tour, my unit received two Presidential Unit Citations, a Meritorious Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation and several other medals--including a Bronze Star with a V.
Upon returning from Vietnam I was assigned to Fort Knox Kentucky as a Drill instructor and I served in this capacity until my discharge in July of 1968. I then enrolled at the University of Cincinnati and in the summer of 1969 I was recruited by members of the Weatherman faction of the Students for a Democratic Society. At first my reaction was to pay little attention to people who appeared more crazy than real. But, after thinking about it I went to the Cincinnati Police Department who requested that I go to the meetings I had been invited to attend and let them know what was going on. I did this and later went to the FBI where my involvement would take me into this group of dedicated domestic terrorists. I found myself in meetings planning bombings meant to kill and injure as many people as possible with a focus on targets such as the Police and Army personnel. I moved my way up in the Weather Underground ranks and discovered that I was the only source of information the FBI had in the group, when the decision to go underground was made.
My cover was blown in April of 1970 after a staged arrest of two Weather Underground fugitives who were meeting with me at a restaurant in New York City . I told the FBI that my cover would be blown if this happened but, they insisted it had to be done. I continued to work with the FBI looking for fugitives and reviewing intelligence information.
I testified before a Senate Committee, several Grand Juries and the Ed Miller Mark Felt trail. I wrote the book “Bringing Down America” which was published in 1976 and details my experiences with the Weather Underground and the FBI.
I have spent years attempting to warn fellow Americans of the dangers these people pose now, as well as they did in the past. Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn have not changed the color of their stripes and they continue--to this day--to destroy this country’s government and [their plans] replace it with Communism.
Sher: Larry. this is a real pleasure for me as I have used your video exposé of the Weather Underground and their plans to kill at least 25 million Americans in several of my columns over the years. You are currently planning to re-release your 1976 book “Bringing Down America,” which seems as new today as it was over 30 years ago. The plans of the New World Order don’t seem to have changed at all over the years and its subjugation of humanity still seems to be its ongoing purpose. Do you see the plans of the Weather Underground--and the NOW for which it worked--changing at all over the decades or just getting worse? And please tell us how many portions of your book prove to be as fresh today as they were when you first wrote it.
Larry: “Bringing down America” is scheduled for release in digital format today. Hard copies will be available in a week or more.
What was new 30 years ago was the violence and the determination of individuals such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn who were part of the Weather Underground, with the sole purpose of destroying the United States of America, it's Constitution and the liberties it provides us. Nothing is really changed other than the commitment to violence which was predominant 30 years ago. Today the same goal is being pursued with a certain amount of success through the means of the political process; which has manifested itself in the form of Barack Obama and his administration. Simply take note of the numerous attacks on the Articles of the Constitution and the resultant attempts on the part of Obama's government to deprive us of the liberties guaranteed by the founding fathers. These are liberties that are now being attacked, usurped and with every means possible destroyed and eliminated from the human rights upon which this country was established.
Barack has not limited himself to merely attacking those liberties which he finds trivial but to include the very guarantee of freedom of speech by attacking any and all who oppose him. It is also important to note that Barack Obama is, without doubt, an associate, friend and fellow traveler along with Bernadine Dorn, Bill Ayers and many others who believe in the total destruction of this country. This association has been documented by people such as the mail carrier who delivered mail to Thomas Ayres home during the time that Barack Obama was an undergraduate at Occidental college.
I had not, in the past, recognized the association between the Weather Underground and the proponents of the New World order. However, when considering the Progressives recognition of the United Nations and the belief that this organization has the right and the ability to influence, if not directly, and affect laws for the people of this country, I find it necessary to reconsider with regards to the New World Order the possibility of a much more significant conspiracy than I have been inclined to do in the past.
Regarding what portions of my book are as significant today as they were in the past I would suggest the readers of “Bringing Down America” arrive at their own conclusions. As for myself, I see the objectives and goals of the weatherman to be the same today as they were 30 years ago and the only difference is the use of politics versus violence.
Sher: During George H.W. Bush’s one-term presidency, he spoke almost lovingly of the coming New World Order centered in and with rule from the United Nations…not sovereign nations. During the speech he said of his and others‘ plans to create this new world order: “When we are successful--and we will be--we have a real chance at this new world order. An order in which a credible United Nations can use its peace-keeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of its founder.” If that doesn’t send icy fear-laden chills down your spine nothing will. After the first Bush, President Clinton followed suit and worked diligently to help fulfill the NWO dream. In fact, the only president in recent history who didn’t subscribe to the “elites will run the world and a dumbed-down and heavily culled and eliminated portion of the human population” was President Ronald Reagan…and his assassination was attempted and almost succeeded. What do you make of these events in the 1980s-1990s?
Larry: First I would say, in regards to this question, look at my first answer. You're absolutely right in regards to Ronald Reagan and his belief and dedication to the United States and to its people and it's Constitution.
Sher: In 2008, it strongly appeared to me that Barack Hussein Obama had been chosen to complete the process of taking down the United States of America . I wrote a column “Is the USA ready for an American Stalin” about just that and--sadly--it has come true. Under the noses of the American people--and with apparent full knowledge and support from a sycophant Congress--the arguably illegal POTUS Obama has been quickly establishing both a Police State and a dependency nation. We are also witnessing a worldwide seemingly orchestrated collapse of world economies in order to force this New World Order (aka One World Government/Governance) into existence. As you have first hand knowledge of some of the planning stages of this, please give us your assessment as to how this plan is rolling out and what any of us can do to stop it…if that’s even possible.
Larry: I think in regards to an American Stalin Barack Obama is the definition. The only thing missing, at this time, is 20 or 30 million dead and that may be set to take place with the Department of Homeland Security via the NDAA act.
Presently the Department of Homeland Security is buying millions upon millions of rounds of ammunition mostly of the 9 mm and 40 caliber type. They have also purchased armored vehicles which are capable of withstanding mines and other explosive devices and the question begs: “for what purpose?”
I have to believe that this administration is looking for and hoping to create a situation that will permit them to reasonably and purposefully respond with action upon the civilian population. If you look at the activities of Homeland Security in the possible implementation of the NDAA act, the conclusion you can make is that this administration intends to suspend our constitutional rights in order to change this country as Obama has promised and, if necessary, to accomplish this through violence.
Sher: Larry, thank you so much for your time and I wish you the best in, again, making “Bringing Down America” a best seller for a new generation of readers.
Sher Zieve is a long-time syndicated columnist who generally writes columns of a politically Conservative and Constitutional nature. She also interviews notable people with an interesting and/or newsworthy story to tell. These include politicians, writers, activists and others in the news. Her work has been and continues to be carried by both national and international publications. Sher appears regularly on national talk shows.