24.8.10

FORTY YEARS. A few members of the procommunist left antiwar movement decided it was time to stop talking about Defense Department sponsored research in Sterling Hall and do something about it.
For the next 25 years, until the Oklahoma City bombing, Sterling Hall would rank as the worst domestic terrorism act in the United States. For many who heard the explosion at Sterling Hall that warm morning of Aug. 24, 1970, it was much more.
The aftereffects of the bombing are still visible in Sterling Hall's brickwork. The bombing induced people of all political persuasions to become more prudent in their dissent or in their enthusiasm for celebrating or suppressing dissent, developments that would be welcome now, preferably without another act of domestic terrorism.

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