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tv   Vietnam War Protest Artifacts  CSPAN  August 19, 2015 6:21pm-6:32pm EDT

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states not be able to go to war, except in a deficient -- defensive -- and with popular referendum. some of those ideas are still out today. bob: but shall obey the government the guards and protect its rights. having citizenship is not enough, then should be aggressive for what is right, if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive. for what is wrong. 1970 four men itbed city hall because house the army research center, which conducted research for the military during the vietnam war. up next, a curator from the wisconsin historian --
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historical society shows us some of the artifacts from the bombing. >> we are in the basement of the wisconsin historical society where we house our museum collection. we are going to look at artifacts related to the sterling hall bombing of 1970. sterling hall is the physics department at the university of wisconsin campus. it house the army mathematics research center in 1970. the mathematics research center was a think tank for the army, created in 1957 to find ways to improve access to the and many -- enemy, in this case the vietnam war enemy, and also to provide more weapons. while the madison campus was in general,for the war in
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they tended to focus a lot of hate -- not hate but their uncomfortableness and anger at the army mathematics research center. they thought they were creating , not theo destroy enemy being soldiers, but also civilians. they felt that this was not a good way to approach more --war. these were mathematicians doing math to figure out how to improve ratios. they did not inc. of themselves so much as greeting weaponry. there was an attempt to bomb it in august when he fourth, 1970 -- august 24, 1970, it was the largest terror incident until oklahoma city in the on states -- united states. they were hoping to close down
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the center, people participating were anti-vietnam war, there were four of them. gang and his the brother, and david, and leo, or the four people who decided to bomb sterling hall. likeused a van, very much timothy mcveigh and obama city. -- oklahoma city. they were not successful at blowing up the research center. they took out the physics lab and the first floor. they killed one of the postdoc students. this finding was at the entrance to the center probably on the second floor. it was saved after the bombing by a professor. to aesearch center moved
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new building, the 12th floor to be safe after the bombing. they did not take the sign with them. , and whenssor hid it he retired five or six years ago, he offered it to us as a memento. >> the latest development that makeome up with a positive shall we say on the vehicle that was involved was that which was six -- suspected earlier, that was a 1967 falcon lucks club wagon.- deluxe club ae vehicle is described like bull's, built in a box shape -- bulls wagon bus. >> this was used as part of the incident -- evidence.
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this was saved by someone who came to look at the damage the next day and kept it on his desk as a souvenir. piece, itfabulous reflects the power of the bomb in the way it is bent in shape. we find it is a powerful piece for people to look at. they escaped. they heard on the radio fairly early that someone had been killed. they decided to escape to new york city. in new york city, the two slip --, carl and white split up. armstrong was the first one captured in canada in february of 1972. he was on the run for 18 months before he was captured. he was extradited, it took one
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year to extradite him because he fought it before he came to trial in madison in the fall of 1973. there are a lot of people who felt that his actions of trying to blow up the research center was a good idea, and was justified. robert was terrible, but the statement he was making was important. party,mstrong freedom freedom committee also established himself -- themselves. there was a lot of protests around the madison state capital with people wearing this t-shirt. people felt that carl should not go to jail. of feeling about carl going free. this last piece, a banner used
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in parades, says free carl armstrong. we know it was used by a member of the carl armstrong freedom committee. he took this around in several parades in the fall of 1973 to trial. karl's is a character, at the trial he decided to sit with his back to the judge. he was convicted, he got me three years, he served seven. were both captured in canada in 1976. they both came back, were jailed for five years, and leo bert is still at large. as an act with a
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person with a depraved mind. we are now looking at the tragic death of a brilliant young researcher. a night watchman was partially paralyzed, plus the loss of dozens of years of research, that is what i think has to look -- be looked at. of robert frost was significant. the antiwar movement was fighting death in vietnam, having a death in the anti-war movement was significant. they backed off. it took the wind out of the sails. sails. it also gave a chance who did not like the antiwar protesters saying, you guys are no better. it really dampened the antiwar movement, and kind of brought it to an end.
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it brought an end to the more dramatic statements made by the antiwar movement. i think as long as there are people who are member being woken up in the middle of the night by the bombing, and live two or three miles away, and felt it -- in 1970 this sort of thing did not happen in the u.s.. you might think, we lived through this a few times, but at that point it was new. there was different. -- it was different. s. rattled madisonian's i think it will continue to rattle them and tell --until they pass away. , think it makes madison unique
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not that that is a good thing. but we cannot deny it. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] look atr: coming up, a senator proxmire. >> one of the great things i have been able to do is to get elected in the last two campaigns, without expecting -- accepting any contributions and sitting less than $200. spent $177. $145 -- 1982i spent $145. >> do you think your other colleagues could do the same? >>


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