Sunday, October 31, 2010

Last Week from Indian Country Today

‘Endorse Declaration as a human rights instrument’
AUGUSTA, Maine – North America’s Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues marked United Nations Day with a presentation to a Maine audience about how indigenous peoples got a seat at the table of the international organization, and the continuing struggle to maintain and advance it.


•Pamunkey Indian Tribe files for federal acknowledgment
•Water rights settlement on hold
•Indian jail to house city inmates
•Cobell turns against Pigford
•EPA awards Oklahoma tribes
•Ed Department awards college improvement grants
•Echo Hawk names deputy bureau director
•NASA awards tribal colleges
•Kagan recuses herself from Indian trust case
•Roundup has Indian village, parades and dancing
•Focus on Native plants and people
•‘Endorse Declaration as a human rights instrument’
•Red Lake approves own wolf management plan
•US says Indians harassed at Christmas tree farm
•A face for the USDA in Indian country
•NARF to celebrate 40 years
•Cherokee Nation excluded from watershed-damage litigation
•NY state legislators support Seneca’s direct payment plan
•NY cigarette tax law stopped
•Jake Swamp dies at 68
•Pendleton Roundup returns events from the past
•Keepseagle earns settlement agreement
•Four corners festivities
•Uranium spill elicits traditional approach
•Mohawk leader Jake Swamp has died


Buchanan: Being a black Indian at a Chickahominy pow wow

I knew as the sweat rolled down my face that I was being watched.

“This is how tribal wars get started,” I said to my friend, Jane.

For news you won't get from Indian Country Today, see Censored News.

NYC: Unify against repression. Join us in a worldwide demonstration demanding recognition for U.S. political prisoners

Free All U.S. Held Political Prisoners
and Prisoners of War NOW!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Noon to 2 p.m.

Across from the United Nations
Northwest corner of First Avenue & 42nd Street

On Friday, November 5th the United States will give an oral presentation on its human rights record to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland. This is an historic event and an opportunity to shine a light on human rights violations on the part of the U.S. government and the use of U.S. courts to quash dissent.

This is a solidarity call to action. Join your movement to ours. Stand in unity against repression. Join us in a worldwide demonstration demanding recognition for U.S. political prisoners, prisoners of war, and exiles.

Sponsor: NYC Chapter Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee • • 646-535-3531

Endorsers (in formation): NYC Jericho, Popular Education Campaign to Free the Cuban Five, ProLibertad

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Friday, October 29, 2010

News from Indianz.Com


Native Sun News: 'Growing pains' for Rosebud Sioux Tribe store (10/29)
Native Sun News: Tribes hold keys to address changing climate (10/29)
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes hosts prayer days in Washington (10/29)
Shonda Buchanan: On being Indian and being Black at powwow (10/29)
Doug Cuthand: Respect the treaty framework with First Nations (10/29)
Chippewa Cree Tribe increases costs of storm recovery to $32M (10/29)
Native community worried about safety after multiple shootings (10/29)
Navajo Nation heads to polls amid charges facing one candidate (10/29)
Tribes top the list of campaign donations from gaming interests (10/29)
Alaska Native committee spends $1.26M to back Sen. Murkowski (10/29)
County to set up two polling places on Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation (10/29)
Seneca Nation singles out lawmakers as 'foes' in election mailing (10/29)
Recall petition submitted against chairman of Southern Ute Tribe (10/29)
Ponca Tribe in Nebraska hosts vigil for victims of domestic abuse (10/29)
Moapa Band of Paiutes lose battle against landfill at power plant (10/29)
Native American Fish and Wildlife Society holds meeting in Idaho (10/29)
Upper Sioux Community starts work on new water supply system (10/29)
HuffPo: Church in Michigan blends Indian and Christian traditions (10/29)
Mohawk community in New York reportedly offers slot machines (10/29)
More lawmakers seek to join Tohono O'odham Nation casino suit (10/29)
Gila River Indian Community mentors members for gaming jobs (10/29)
Chickasaw Nation presents plans for WinSpirit Casino in Kansas (10/29)
Judge halts sale of land for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino (10/29)
Native Sun News: Protest seeks better services for FAS children (10/28)
More headlines...

29 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Killing Reconciliation: Military Raids, Backing of Corrupt Government Undermining Stated U.S. Goals in Afghanistan
The Obama administration says it is backing a strategy of reconciliation with the Taliban. But just back from Afghanistan, unembedded investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley say night raids by US Special Operations are killing the reconciliation the administration claims to support. [includes rush transcript]

From Murder to Congress? Unrepentant Tea Party-Backed GOP Candidate Ilario Pantano Killed 2 Unarmed Iraqis
A former U.S. Marine who killed two unarmed Iraqis is running for a congressional seat in North Carolina and has received backing from the Tea Party. Ilario Pantano has said he has no regrets about fatally shooting the two at point-blank range after detaining them near Fallujah in April 2004. Despite his admission, the military cleared Pantano of wrongdoing in 2005.
He is now in a tight race with incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. For more on this story, we talk to reporter Justin Elliott, who has been following this race closely. [includes rush transcript]

Puerto Rico Marks 60th Anniversary of Jayuya Uprising
October 30 is the sixtieth anniversary of the 1950 Independence Revolt in Puerto Rico by the island’s Nationalist Party. It marked the most significant attempt at armed revolution in Puerto Rico since the late nineteenth century. Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez, who’s written extensively on the uprising, discusses its significance.

FBI Documents on Senator Paul Wellstone Raise Questions about His Death 8 Years Ago
Minnesota Public Radio has obtained the FBI record of the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who died in a plane crash eight years ago this week. The records show the FBI first tracked Wellstone in 1970 after he was arrested at an anti-Vietnam War protest. The records might also raise new questions about the plane crash that killed Wellstone, his wife, his daughter and three staffers. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the crash was caused by pilot error, but the FBI documents reveal for the first time that specific criminal leads were pursued by investigators.


•Panel: BP, Halliburton Ignored Cement Flaws
•US Intelligence Spending Tops $80.1B
•Audit: US Can’t Account for $17.7B in Afghan Spending
•Inquiry: Pentagon Official Misled on Spy Program
•Tsunami Death Toll Tops 400 in Indonesia
•Argentines, Foreign Leaders Mourn Kirchner at Wake
•Mexican Youths Protest Drug Killings
•North Korea, South Korea Exchange Fire on Border
•Report: Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law
•Poll: Latinos See Widespread Discrimination
•US Life Expectancy Falls to 49th
•Clinton Pressures Meek to Drop Senate Bid

Covert FBI war against Americans leaves dark memories

Covert FBI war against Americans leaves dark memories

It has been 54 years since the FBI launched a covert war against political dissents known as the Counter Intelligence Program or more infamously by its acronym COINTEL-PRO.

It is a program buried in the shadows of America’s history books; an era known to its victims as America’s dirty war against its own citizens.

The targets of such a program included the following: The Black Panther Party, The Communist Party of America, the Ku Klux Klan, the Socialist Workers Party, the New Left, the Students for a Democratic Society, the American Indian Movement, the Chicano Movement, the Puerto Rican Liberation Movement, Communist groups, anti-war organizations, Hollywood stars sympathetic to these groups, and civil rights leaders.

Fueled by the frenzied paranoia of McCarthyism and the growth of radicalism, the objective of COINTEL-PRO was simple; undermine and destroy popular movements by any means.

Imam Abdul Alim Musa was a member of the Black Panther’s Oakland chapter. He recalled “infiltration, destabilization.”

The FBI also went after the Chicano Movement, which became known as the Brown Berets and the Puerto Rican Liberation Movement.

Carlos Montes was one of the original Brown Berets. Montes told RT “The FBI worked with the LAPD and the sheriffs to keep the Brown Berets and local Chicano movements under surveillance. We were victims of agent provocateurs, police infiltration. They tried to incite our members to commit violence, so they would get arrested, and they did and we found out after we got arrested.”

Naji Mujihad, the director of Black August, an organization which works closely with Political Prisoners said, “Within their [FBI]’s internal memos, there were several black leaders whom they identified as particular such as Rev. Martin Luther King.”

The FBI’s COINTEL-PRO also engaged in writing false letters, articles and newsletters to create hostilities towards radical groups that had joined forces.

The FBI fabricated a letter to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. that suggested he commit suicide and threatened to expose information gathered by the FBI from wiretaps on King.

Hollywood actress Jean Seberg was also a subject of COINTEL-PRO. After Seberg supported a number of Black Nationalists groups and Native American groups, the FBI fabricated fake stories in the tabloids that Seberg was impregnated by a Black Panther member. The allegations were false, but led to a tense relationship with Seberg and her husband. Her child died days after it was born. She later committed suicide.

However, King and Seberg were not the main targets.

“They labeled the black panther party as public enemy number one,” said Mujahid.

Fred Hampton was one of COINTEL-PRO’s targets; he was one of the founders of the Black Panther’s Chicago chapter. Hampton was shot to death in his apartment, next to his pregnant girlfriend after an FBI informant drugged him as he slept. He was 21 years old.

“If you take Fred Hampton, it was outright murder, it was murder,” said Imam Musa. "If they can't misdirect them, they just kill them. That's the rule, that's the history of the United States government."

At the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre the American Indian Movement held the US government at gunpoint. The FBI moved in immediately to take out AIM’s leadership. Dennis Banks was one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement.

“The suspicion started to rise after we saw what they were doing to the Black Panther party. We had a series of meetings with the AIM leadership to bring that to our attention, that they might be targeting us for infiltration,” Banks said.

After Wounded Knee ended in a stalemate, a reign of terror soon gripped the pine ridge reservation in South Dakota. Over 60 AIM members were murdered and others were drug through the courts.

One of them was Leonard Peltier. He was convicted of two life terms in prison for the murders of two FBI agents. However, many argue the evidence and the witnesses were flawed and corrupted.

Today, in the US and throughout the world, Peltier is considered America’s foremost political prisoner.

Naji Mujahid insists COINTEL-PRO created political Prisoners. “What we recognize now as political prisoners are people who came out of this era, out of these tactics that are still in prison.”
However, Mujahid said “the United States Government doesn’t recognize having any political prisoners.”

In 1978, the US ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young told a news reporter "there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people whom I would call political prisoners."

Immense political pressure from Congress resulted in Young’s resignation the following year.

Before there were the WikiLeak papers or the Pentagon papers, there were the COINTEL-PRO papers. In the early 1970’s, activists broke into the FBI’s field office in Pennsylvania and stole thousands of documents pertaining to the FBI’s program. Almost immediately, a scandal exploded. Top officials from the FBI’s national bureau in Washington DC were summoned to Capitol Hill for a congressional investigation that exposed the FBI’s covert war against political dissidents in the United States.

That investigation was known as the Church Committee, it found that “Many of the techniques used would be intolerable in a democratic society even if all of the targets had been involved in violent activity, but COINTEL-PRO went far beyond that…the Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association."

Imam Musa, a victim of COINTEL-PRO, believes the FBI's program proved devastating for the country’s radical movements. "The modern COINTEL-PRO has quieted the people down."

“I think COINTEL-PRO was very dangerous for American society and even the American judicial system to support that kind of raw terrorism,” said Dennis Banks of AIM.

It was a time known for a culture of surveillance, paranoia and suspicion. A moment of the past that some argue today has left Americans and radical movements in the country in disarray.

The FBI program targeted groups like the Black Panthers on the guise that they were trying to over throw the US government. They specifically targeted individual like Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and other civil rights activists in an effort to crush the rise of black people, said Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz, the chairman of the New Black Panther Party.

“COINTEL-PRO is an official action of the US government through the FBI and is designed to crush the rise of black people and stop the rise of a black messiah,” Shabazz said.

The program official operated with the mission of preventing a coalition of militant black national groups, and preventing groups from gaining influence and credibility.

“They said that Martin Luther King would embrace nationalism or embrace national goals of black people of achieving a nation and territory of our own, or in other terms, self determination," explained Shabazz. “Then the goal of the US government, which was wicked, which was to kill and to assassinate, use sabotage, dirty tricks, false evidence and other methods of infiltration to stop our movement and to stop our rise towards our human rights and divine destiny.”

He added, “The US government owes our people, it owes the Indians, it owes the brown people that it has insulted with this counterintelligence program; it owes us all reparations.”

Today Dr. Martin Luther King is a symbol of peace and civil rights. He is highly respected and an American holiday honors his life.

“We have reduced Dr. King to a dream. But the Dr. Martin Luther King that spoke out against US foreign policy in Vietnam, US imperialism around the world, that’s the Martin Luther King that was wire tapped by Robert Kennedy,” he explained.

Shabazz argued that the counterintelligence program continues today, but now it is known as the USA PATRIOT Act.

Watch the full interview with Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz:

Filmmaker Claude Marks, the director of “Freedom Archives” and “COINTEL-PRO 101” said he hopes to open the doors to history on the topic of government repression that is being seen again today through the USA PATRIOT Act and post 9/11 politics.
When the COINTEL-PRO program became public, there was a great deal of outrage. There were a number of congressional hearings on the matter. The Congresses accused the FBI of conducting illegal surveillance of US citizens and began the process of legal change regarding what the government can and cannot do.

Many argue today than the government should utilize spying on citizens to prevent terrorist attacks. Marks explained that we must be mindful of the protection of political dissent separate from terror, and remember that the government rarely conducts just spying activities.

“The agencies of the government, first of all historically, did a lot more than simply spy. They actually conducted a level of disruption of organizations,” said Marks. “The scope of this was extremely broad and was very chilling on any kind of legal dissent.”

COINTEL-PRO was official disbanded in the 1970s, however no one was every official charged. No one was ever held accountable, said Marks. Since then the militarization of opposition to political dissident by the government has escalated.

“This isn’t about terrorism, this is about discouraging political opposition or what is deemed by the government to be unpopular political views,” he added. People have a right to dissent.

See interview with Claude Marks at

Another visit with Gerardo Hernandez

Another visit with Gerardo Hernandez
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 10:29

By Danny Glover and Saul Landau

We sat in the waiting room with eight other people, all black or Latino, while prison authorities “counted” -- presumably -- the prisoners. An hour and a half later we went through the “screening” machine while our shoes got x rayed -- the airport has moved to the prison; or was it vice versa?

A guard put an invisible stamp on our wrist; a heavy metal door opened electronically and we entered another room where a guard with a hand-held machine read the invisible stamp with some sci-fi machine. Another massive portal opened as if by dint of fairy magic and a guard barked orders to wait in the open-air passageway between the entrance building and the prison visiting room.

Inside, the well lit -- no passing secrets or contraband -- visiting room we went and a guard pointed to one of many small, cheap plastic tables with three plastic chairs -- amidst the other plastic accommodations in the room. Inmates and families conversed. We waited. After 10 minutes, Gerardo Hernandez appeared, hugged Danny and thanked him for making the You Tube video (look it up) explaining the case of the Cuban five.

Then he hugged Saul who said he’d just returned from Cuba and brought greetings from people who knew him

“How are people responding to the new reforms?” he wanted to know, referring to the economic changes – re-opening some of the private sector shut down by the 1968 “revolutionary offensive” and partially reopened in the mid-1990s, and to the massive layoff (500,000) of “superfluous” state workers as Raul Castro called them.

Saul reported people seemed anxious, but also dealing with the new reality. Gerardo nodded. “It was necessary,” he opined.

He had read newspapers and watched TV news related to next week’s election. “Will the Democrats lose one House or both?” he asked.

We didn’t know. Danny and Saul had watched CNN in the airport waiting room before we boarded the plane to go to Southern California and heard Wolf Blitzer and the other CNN “anchors” vie for fast-talk-say-nothing medals. We remarked on how cable news needs to create conflict (news?) 24/7 as its life’s blood. If no issue exists, create one. But crises arise. Sometimes even Lindsay Lohan and Wynona Rider don’t get caught taking drugs or shop lifting and CNN has to create conflict between gay former army officers and members of Obama’s staff over “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” This was part of CNN’s “election coverage.”

The prison authorities deny Gerardo access to email or computers, although convicted murderers and rapists don’t have those restrictions. He is able to talk to his wife on the phone. “Imagine, I can’t even send her an email,” he laughed sardonically.

Gerardo also can’t email his lawyers who recently filed a new appeal focusing on government documents showing payments made to Miami-area journalists who wrote articles designed to make the already “pervasive community prejudice” worse so that a Miami trial would become an impossible venue for Gerardo and his four mates to get a fair trial.

One Miami-based journalist, Pablo Alfonso, received $58,600 during the Five’s detention and trial period, but he only wrote 16 damaging articles [while he worked for El Nuevo Herald, Miami’s most important newspaper in Spanish]. Other government-paid journalists did negative TV and radio shows about the five men who had admitted their mission involved spying – but not on the U.S. government. Gerardo explained that Cuban Intelligence sent the men to Miami to penetrate violent exile groups who had planted more than a dozen bombs in one year (1997) in Cuban tourist sites.

The FBI did not arrest the bomb plotters, but rather grabbed the very people who had furnished the Bureau with evidence of terrorist activities based in South Florida.

A May 2005 United Nation’s Human Rights Commission concluded the original trial “did not take place in the climate of objectivity and impartiality” required for fair trials. The Commission’s report called for a new trial.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a previous appeal from the Five. But now, in addition to the bribing of journalists, appeal lawyer Leonard Weinglass has found the prosecutors had “withheld evidence that would have demonstrated [Gerardo’s] innocence.” Indeed, the government, Weinglass says, withheld “satellite imagery which would have shown that the shoot down on Feb. 24, 1996, occurred in Cuban airspace and not in international airspace. The key agency of the United States government which maintains satellite data has, up to now, refused to admit or deny that they are holding such data.”

On that day, three Brothers to the Rescue airplanes flew into Cuban air space after receiving multiple warnings not to do so. Cuban MIGs shot down 2 of the planes, killing pilots and co-pilots. This fact, reasoned Weinglass, would have given the Five and the MIG pilots a clear-cut defense to the charge of conspiracy to commit murder. (Radio interview with Bernie Dwyer

Ironically, the government never established Gerardo’s connection to the shoot down. They showed a communication commending him for his role in “the operation.” But Gerardo explained, “the operation” related to his helping another agent leave the country, not the shoot down. “They had other documents they didn’t show to the defense that would have shown I knew nothing about the events that day.” Weinglass included this in his new appeal.

Gerardo asked Danny about meeting his wife, Adriana, in Paris. Danny told him about the emotional encounter and Gerardo’s face lit up.

An inmate took photos of us. We said good-bye. Gerardo gave us the “keep the faith” fist in the air. We waved, left and began our drive south toward the Ontario airport passing the rows of unsold and empty houses in Victorville and the seemingly endless signs advertising chain stores and restaurants.

“Wow,” Danny said as he drove. “What an inspiring guy!”

Saul agreed. It was so worth the round trip, airport hassle, rent-a-car drive and wait in the prison – all the ugliness – to see how many inner resources one man could employ to keep his spirit high, and use them to inspire others.

Honduras: Indigenous Peoples Ready to Mobilize Against Hydro Dams‏

Indigenous and Black Peoples from across Honduras have said they are ready to mobilize against 41 dam concessions which they say violate their rights, threaten the environment and endanger their communities. Representatives from several organizations and members of the Tulupanes, Pech, Miskito, Maya-Chortis, Lenca and Garifuna Peoples met from October 2-3, 2010 to discuss the current ...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

28 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

At $4 Billion, Midterm Elections Poised to Become Most Expensive Non-Presidential Vote in U.S. History
A new report says spending for the 2010 elections will break the previous record for a midterm vote by around $1 billion. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, total spending could reach as much as $4 billion dollars this year. The report also says right-wing groups are spending more than double on advertisements than liberal organizations. We speak to the President of Common Cause, former Pennsylvania Congressman Bob Edgar. Common Cause is a non-profit citizen’s lobby promoting an accountable and transparent government.

"Free Speech for People" Coalition Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Decision Allowing Unlimited Corporate Spending on Elections
Part of the reason for the record-high campaign spending in this year’s midterm elections is the Supreme Court’s January ruling in in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled corporations have First Amendment rights and that the government cannot impose restrictions on their political speech, which cleared the way for corporations and other special interest groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. Earlier this month, a group of more than 50 law professors and prominent attorneys issued a letter calling on Congress to consider a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. We speak with two people involved with Free Speech for People, a coalition of public interest organizations that formed after the Citizens United ruling.

The Right to Food: Corporate, Foreign Gov’t Land Grab Causing Hunger in Poor Countries
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, joins us to discuss his recent warning that some 500 million small farmers in poor countries are suffering from hunger, partly because foreign countries and corporations have bought up large tracts of land. We’re also joined by Smita Narula, author of a new study suggesting that many of the land deals in Africa and South Asia lack transparency and could threaten local communities with eviction, undermine their livelihoods, and endanger their access to food.


•Report: Election Spending to Hit Record $4B
•Obama Defends Record, Urges Patience
•Angle Criticized for Anti-Immigrant TV Ad
•Wells to Modify 55,000 Foreclosure Documents
•Afghanistan Delays Ban on Private Military Firms
•Obama Issues Waiver to Send Military Aid to Countries Using Child Soldiers
•Virginia Resident Charged With Plotting to Bomb D.C. Metro Stations
•Computer Malfunction Knocked U.S. Nukes Offline
•Chicago Parents End Elementary School Sit-In
•Arizona Executes Prisoner After Supreme Court Lifts Stay
•Fmr. Argentine President Kirchner Dies of Heart Attack

New York Film Screening of "Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal"

A New Film Laying out the Facts

New York Film Screening of Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers & comments by Christina Swarns, Esq. Director, Criminal Justice Project NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 7:00 p.m

6:00 p.m. Reception

Baruch Performing Arts Center Engelman Recital Hall

Admission is free.

The general public should RSVP to 646-312-5073 or, via email, to

On Nov. 9, under orders from the Supreme Court, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider reinstating Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence. Mumia might still be executed. Justice on Trial, a new documentary by Big Noise Films, lays out the facts of the case, looks at recently discovered photographs of the crime scene and speaks to both sides of the case in order to understand the ongoing controversy around the world’s best-known death row inmate. In the process, the film explores what this case says about the US criminal justice system and why it continues to mobilize millions of people, here in the US and internationally.

This is a film for people who need an update on the facts and for those who need an introduction to the case.

Come and bring your friends. ---

Directions: For Engelman Recital Hall enter Baruch College's Vertical Campus on East 25th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues

Trailer here:

Democracy Now news clip on the film here:


To host a screening of the film,

Mumia: Why the November 9 hearing is so critical

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
(212) 330-8029

The only legal options to be considered at the Third Circuit's November 9 hearing are whether Mumia Abu-Jamal is to be executed or get life in prison without parole. Clearly neither of those two options is acceptable.

To fully grasp the significance of the hearing, one needs to revisit Federal District Court Judge William Yohn, Jr.'s decision of December 18, 2001. In that ruling the judge upheld Mumia's conviction but at the same time threw out his death sentence on the grounds that the verdict form used by the jury for sentencing at his trial violated the U.S. Supreme Court's Mills precedent and therefore entitled Mumia to have his death sentence overturned. Yohn then gave the state 180 days to convene a new jury trial only on the issue of Mumia's penalty, in which the choices would be either death or life in prison without parole. On the other hand, if the state did nothing, Yohn ruled that Mumia would automatically be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

At the time Judge Yohn stayed his ruling on the death sentence while the state appealed his decision to the next higher level of federal court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. (At the same time Mumia cross-appealed Judge Yohn's decision upholding Mumia's conviction.) Mumia was therefore never removed from Death row and remains there to this day.

On March 27, 2008, the Third Circuit upheld Yohn's decision on the death penalty on a 3-0 vote. Again the decision was stayed while the state appealed to the highest federal level, the Supreme Court. (In the same decision, the Third Circuit rejected Mumia's appeal on the conviction by 2-1 and, as before, Mumia cross-appealed that ruling.)

On January 10, 2010, the Supreme Court ordered the Third Circuit to reconsider its decision on the death sentence in light of its simultaneously-issued ruling unanimously rejecting an appeal from a white-supremacist named Spisak. That man admitted to killing at least two people in Ohio and openly wished to have murdered more. He had appealed his death sentence also as a violation of Mills, but involving a different aspect of it than Mumia's case. The Sixth Circuit, as did the Third Circuit in Mumia's case, ruled that the death sentence should be vacated, but the Supreme Court ruled that the Mills precedent did not apply in Spisak's case, and that therefore execution rather than life in prison was the appropriate penalty. Based on that decision, the Supreme Court immediately applied the same argument to Mumia's case and asked for the Third Circuit to reconsider the issue of execution for Mumia as well.

Thus, the hearing on November 9th is on Mumia's penalty only. The choices before the court are either to sustain Yohn's and its own earlier decisions or to reinstate the death penalty, clearing the way for Mumia's possible quick execution.

If the Third Circuit reaffirms its earlier decision to sentence Mumia to life in prison without parole, the state will most likely appeal to the Supreme Court. (This is exactly what happened with Spisak, after the Sixth Circuit upheld its own earlier ruling which had overturned the man's death sentence.) But in the unlikely event that the state doesn't appeal, it will then have 180 days to implement Judge Yohn's decision.

Of course if the Third Circuit rules against Mumia, he will appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the odds for relief are small, given the increasingly reactionary nature of that court.

Thus, Mumia's legal situation is extremely dangerous. His life truly is on the line, for no matter how the court rules, the only two choices under this legal system are either execution or life in prison without parole and, for the moment, the prosecution, with all its allies and backers, is fighting very hard for execution.



To make reservations for bus tickets to Philadelphia on November 9th, call 212 330-8029.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

John Ashcroft's Immunity and the U.S. Legal System

26. Oct, 2010
by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

Court Rules Ashcroft Can Be Held Liable For U.S. Citizen’s Post 9/11 Detention

The Situation

One of the cases the Supreme Court of the United States will take up in its 2011 session is Ashcroft vs. al-Kidd. John Ashcroft was the Attorney General under President George Bush Jr. In that capacity he appears to have knowingly violated the U.S. Constitution (as well as periodically forced his employees to listen to his horrendous singing voice). Abdullah al-Kidd is a Muslim American citizen who Ashcroft illegally ordered detained through the illicit use of a material witness warrant. Kidd was one of 70 detained in this manner. He was picked up at Dulles International Airport after the FBI lied to a judge in order to get the warrant for his seizure. Al-Kidd was subsequently held for long periods in a security cell where the lights never went out.

That John Ashcroft is the criminal and al-Kidd his victim is certain. That is how the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sees it. That court has refused to dismiss al-Kidd’s lawsuit against Ashcroft noting that the former Attorney General can be held personally responsible for action “repugnant to the Constitution.” That he knowingly and criminally acted to “arrest and detain American citizens for months on end, in sometimes primitive conditions, not because they have committed a crime, but merely because the government wants to investigate them for possible wrongdoing.” Ashcroft’s lawyers avoid the question of the illegality of his actions and simply say that he is immune from lawsuits for actions he took as Attorney General. On that basis they have asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the suit. The Justices have now decided to consider Ashcroft’s request.

Certainly John Ashcroft is not the first high U.S. official to reveal himself as an alleged criminal. Nor is it the first time that high government officials have acted in an unconstitutional manner. Right out of the starting gate , so to speak, the young United States created the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798) through which the Federalist party sought, quite unconstitutionally, to jail its political opponents. Andrew Jackson spit in the eye of both the Supreme Court and the Constitution by evicting the Cherokee Indians (1838), James Polk should have been impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors for lying to the Congress in order to start the Mexican-American War (1846), Abraham Lincoln probably violated the Constitution by some of his police actions during the Civil War, the raids and deportations that took place as a result of the Red Scares of the 1920s were at least in part unconstitutional, then you have Watergate, Irangate and now multiple potential Bushgates. Few of the politicians who ordered these criminal actions, or those who carried out those orders, ever faced punishment. [NOT TO SPEAK OF COINTELPRO]

The Position of the Obama Administration

What is interesting about the present case of Ashcroft vs. al-Kidd is that the Obama administration has decided to make illegality acceptable by institutionalizing the concept of immunity for highly placed men like Ashcroft. The administration will try to do this not through legislation, but through precedent– by defending Ashcroft’s claim to immunity before the Supreme Court. At first it seems strange that a professed liberal president such as Barack Obama would do this. But unfortunately, it is quite consistent with the illiberal stance he has maintained on the question of the constitutional responsibility of his predecessors in the Bush White House. From the beginning of his presidency, Obama decided to shield them from the consequences of their crimes. This position was initiated by the president’s “we should look forward” statement in January of 2009. In this statement he made it clear that he did not want to pursue those who had ordered or implemented (in this case) torture under the Bush administration. When popular pressure forced the president to allow his attorney general , Eric Holder, to open an investigation of the issue of torture it was arranged so the inquiry would have no teeth. Publically and up front we were told that no one would be prosecuted whatever the outcome of the probe. That is the last anyone has heard of Holder’s investigation of torture American style. The long and short of this is that the principle set down at Nuremberg, to wit following orders is no excuse for criminal behavior, will not be applied. Nor will giving the orders incur a penalty. The decision to defend Ashcroft’s claim of immunity is in solid accord with this position.

The logic of this position, and its likely consequences, warrants close examination. If we were to ask President Obama why he has decided to defend the immunity of alleged criminals who happen to be high government officials, and if he were to be perfectly candid in his reply, here is what he might say:

1. President Obama – It would be difficult for the president, or those who carry out his orders, to act freely and as needed if they had always to worry about litigation after the fact. This is particularly true in time of war and emergency.

My Reply – This assertion has been made by leaders of states from time immemorial. It is a variation on the raison d’etat argument that has historically allowed all manner of bad behavior under the guise of state interests. On the other hand, it is true that following the law can prove inconvenient under wartime or emergency conditions. Nonetheless, in the long run, lawlessness is much worse than inconvenience. It is to be noted that, in the American case, appointed and elected high officials (particularly attorney generals!) are sworn to uphold the law not to transgress it.

2. President Obama – While I have stopped the more egregious policies of the Bush administration, I am still responsible for the safety of all American citizens and, in our modern age, I have to be able to use all the methods, high tech and otherwise, to achieve this goal. Some of these methods might very well prove unconstitutional (warrantless wiretaps, for instance) and yet I must be free to use them because another 9/11 style attack must be prevented. And, if I am to use these methods, then I can not prosecute those who have done so before me. Otherwise I would be accused of being a hypocrite by my political foes.

My Reply – This argument juxtaposes unattainable 100% security against the traditional freedoms that makes America the country its founders intended. Do we want to sacrifice the latter for the illusion of the former? As James Madison once observed, “The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become instruments of tyranny at home.” That is the slippery slope President Obama seems willing to take us down. It also prioritizes the president’s political interests over the Constitution. This latter point of view can be carried further.

3. President Obama – You have to understand, that if I do not do all that is possible, be it constitutional or otherwise, to protect the nation I put myself in mortal political danger. I open myself to the accusation by my political rivals that I am “soft” on security or terrorism. And, if something does happen, such as another terrorist attack, then I am politically dead.

My Reply – Well, yes, this is so. However, what is also true is that prioritizing politics above law always leads us in the direction of corruption, or worse. By defending Ashcroft isn’t President Obama saying it is all right to break the law if you are highly placed and so lacking in imagination that you can not figure out a legal way of dealing with an emergency? For let us be clear, there is no evidence that after 9/11 the unconstitutional route was the only possible route to defend the country. Were the legal options and their constitutional variants ever seriously itemized and discussed? The Obama administration, like the Bush operatives, have never publically addressed this question.

Likely Consequences

If the Obama Justice Department proceeds with its plans to defend Ashcroft’s immunity claim and if, as is likely, the Supreme Court upholds that claim, we will be left with a politically based two tier legal system. It will set free to break the law every highly placed federal official every time he or she can claim an emergency situation. Then, after the fact, they will cite the immunity precedent. In the meantime, the fact that high federal officials are sworn to uphold the laws of the land will be rendered worthless, just another bit of political hypocrisy.

So what is it that we want for America? Do we want a two tier legal system where presidents and their appointees can break the law with impunity? Do we want a legal system where it is accepted that citizens and residents can disappear into federal dungeons? Is it all right with us that our fellow citizens, following the orders of the president, will torture, detain, shackle and otherwise abuse others without any regard for law – and they too will be immune? Because, whether they realize it or not, that is what the Obama Justice Department is arguing for when it defends John Ashcroft.

Dwight Eisenhower once asked the question, “how far can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” It is time for us to ask this question about the heinous “security” tactics of President George Bush Jr. as well as President Barack Obama’s unfortunate willingness to defend them.

Lawrence Davidson
Department of History
West Chester University
West Chester, Pa 19383

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27 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

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Candidates are entering the final few days of campaigning in what may turn out to be one of the more interesting midterm elections in recent decades. Most polls are forecasting Republicans will take control of the House, while Democrats are expected to hold on to the Senate, which would result in a rare split Congress. We speak to New York Times pollster and founder Nate Silver, and Ari Berman, political correspondent for The Nation magazine and the author of the new book Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics.

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The interview was conducted Sept. 19, 2010 in London.

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By Jared Ball
Created 10/26/2010 - 14:44
Submitted by Jared Ball on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 14:44

The U.S. government’s COINTELPRO assault on Black and radical political activists wasn’t just a Sixties episode: it was part of the continuity of oppression stretching from the European invasion of the Americas and the slave trade to this very day. American regimes are prepared to deploy COINTELPRO-like repression whenever popular movements threaten the established order. “Assassination, imprisonment, surveillance and encouraged internal strife [are] employed to forcibly dissolve these movements.”


by BAR editor and columnist Jared A. Ball

“ It is an introduction to the often omitted history of the FBI’s illegal wars of terror waged against the full spectrum of radical Left movements in this country.”

COINTELPRO 101, the latest film release from The Freedom Archives [3], is nothing like the all-too-common soft, liberal documentary which tells of worse and distant horrors so as to lessen the pain or awareness of those still occurring. It is not a film that imposes a happy ending by suggesting that its subject is somehow past. It is a film that makes plain the fact that all of your problems of today, from war, to incarceration, to banking crises, joblessness and environmental catastrophe, still exist because movements to do away with them suffered and continue to suffer the greatest levels of repression from the most powerful state apparatus in world history. And worse still, as Black Panther Party veteran Kathleen Cleaver states unequivocally, unlike the official Counter Intelligence Program of previous decades, today’s version is perfectly legal.

COINTELPRO 101 is just that. It is an introduction to the often omitted history of the FBI’s illegal wars of terror waged against the full spectrum of radical Left movements in this country. The Counter Intelligence Program which emerged in the post-WWII era of international struggles for human rights and national liberation simply focused internally to the United States all that had been carried out against populations abroad. It turned so-called U.S. citizens in the 20th century into insurgent rebels to be dealt with as any foreign army or movement. Assassination, imprisonment, surveillance and encouraged internal strife were employed to forcibly dissolve these movements. But, as this film so skillfully demonstrates, this all was merely an extension of a continuing state project of enslavement, genocide, theft of land, culture and humanity that pre-dates even the official declaration of U.S. nationhood.

The film’s brilliance is not simply its nicely-styled aesthetic elements. They are there of course. Strong interviews, rarely seen clips, high quality audio and video production across the board with equally strong narration from Liz Derias. But it is the film’s ability to force new confrontation with the political reality of today, as much as with the past, that truly demonstrates its value. The simple point made by Geronimo Pratt is also its strongest; that COINTELPRO made official the illegality of politics, the “criminalization of positions” represented by its targets. COINTELPRO was the political and legal descendant of its ancestors, slavery and genocide, and is now itself an ancestor to the still-implemented [4] policies of, for instance, the Patriot Act. This central theme of the film is its most important because it forces us to put in context the current and horrific state of peace, freedom and labor movements.

“ It turned so-called U.S. citizens in the 20th century into insurgent rebels to be dealt with as any foreign army or movement.”

As CONTELPRO 101 makes vividly clear, “ the Black misleadership class [5]” described so often in the pages of Black Agenda Report is the result of having first destroyed the rightfully ascending Black leadership class of that time. This film helps re-establish lost cognition imposed by popular anti-histories which allow for so many to falsely assume that Obama is a natural progression from Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The film inserts stolen pages of history that result in an assumption that Native America went willingly to the reservations and then happily stayed there having never having attempted movements to protect whatever remaining autonomy they might have had. No one who sees this film can return to conventional and now popularly re-emerging arguments over immigration or human “illegality.” In fact, COINTELPRO 101 goes further than most histories of this phenomenon in reminding us of the threats posed by the Puerto Rican and Chicano independence movements. One can only imagine with a kind of hope what these discussions would sound like were they to take place in this film’s context of state repression and specifically the killing of Chicano movement activists like Ricardo Falcon. Indeed, would these arguments even exist without first the assault on these movements and their representatives?

CONTELPRO 101 is the latest in an increasingly long line of collected, preserved and produced media from The Freedom Archives which seeks to appropriately tell the stories of diverse but unified efforts toward liberation. It powerfully summarizes the continued need of those in power to suppress and, in their own words, “neutralize” movements and individuals so that more acceptable replacements can be developed and promoted. For if, as the film asserts, the continued imprisonment of people like American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier is a “symbol” to, through discouragement, protect the state from further similar activity, then what do popular, sanctioned, elected leaders of today represent?

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Jared Ball. Online go to [6].

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Obama Answer This" Project

The “Obama Answer This” Project is the initiative of an incarcerated father and if he can reach the people out there then we hope we can count on you to spread the word because with 2.3 million behind bars we can no longer afford to turn a blind eye.

It is time to push something real out. Let's go hard for our people behind the wall, let's go hard for our kids out there that may face what is coming back their way, let's go hard together collectively because for the bottom there is no “agenda” and he has to answer to what is happening on our inner city streets and behind barbed wires.

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From protester to senator, the FBI tracked Paul Wellstone

From protester to senator, the FBI tracked Paul Wellstone

Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife Sheila jog to their campaign bus in their hometown of Northfield, Minn., on Nov. 6, 1990. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)It started with a fingerprint of a 25-year-old college professor who opposed the Vietnam War and ended with a search for his remains, 32 years later, in a wooded area near Eveleth, Minn.

The FBI's files on Paul and Sheila Wellstone, many of which are being made public for the first time after a Freedom of Information Act request by MPR News, shed new light on the extent of the relationship between the FBI and the political activist who would go on to become a U.S. senator from Minnesota.

Some of the information uncovered in the 219 pages was new even to some of his closest confidantes.

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26 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Iraq War Logs, "Tabloid Journalism" and Why WikiLeaks Is "Under Siege"
In an extended interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discusses the release of nearly 400,000 classified US military records on the war in Iraq, the biggest intelligence leak in US history. The disclosure provides a trove of new evidence on the number of civilian casualties, violence, torture and suffering that has befallen Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion. While the Obama administration is defending the US military’s record in Iraq, the allegations in the documents have sparked worldwide condemnation. Assange also confirmed that threats by the Pentagon would not stop WikiLeaks from releasing additional military documents related to the war in Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]

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Part II: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Iraq War Logs, "Tabloid Journalism" and Why WikiLeaks is "Under Siege"
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Last Week from Indian Country Today

Jake Swamp dies at 68
MASSENA, N.Y. – Jake Swamp, the Haudenosaunee elder statesman, has died.

Swamp, a member of the Wolf Clan whose Mohawk name “Tekaronhianeken” means “where two skies come together,” passed away unexpectedly the morning of Oct. 15 at Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena, N.Y. He was 68.


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State Department Review: UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

The U.S. Government looks forward to hearing from all interested parties as it undertakes its review of the Declaration. The US is accepting written responses up to (and maybe even a bit after) October 31st, 2010. Please let them know that your Tribe, Nation and/or organization supports and calls for full and unqualified endorsement by the United States!

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Not in America: Review of the Documentary Cointelpro 101

Not in America:
Review of the Documentary Cointelpro 101
Dr. Lenore J. Daniels – Black Commentator – 10/21/2010

There will be no swastikas this time but seas of red, white and blue flags and Christian crosses. There will be no stiff-armed salutes, but recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance. There will be no brown shirts but nocturnal visits from Homeland Security.
Chris Hedges, “How Democracy Dies: Lessons from a Master”

A few weeks ago, I came across an ad inviting college graduates to consider working for Homeland Security. For the college graduate, strapped with negotiating the repayment of student loans while struggling with minimum wages as servers at McDonalds, the starting salary of 35,000 is appealing and even more so for those with specialized skills in technology.

These college graduates are often not war bound as are their less fortunate “undereducated” and “unskilled” contemporaries. It is not hard to envision an entry level or managerial position with Homeland Security.

A lack of history is the unstated requirement. No Daniel Ellsberg (after or before the Pentagon Papers) need apply. And Homeland Security does not have to worry. No Daniel Ellsberg of any kind will apply­and they know it!

Orwellian grown-up-children only!


Fairly familiar with the story of how this government targeted activists for justice for the purposes of neutralizing social change, I realized after viewing the documentary Cointelpro 101 that the Left rarely has presented the Puerto Rican, the Chicano/Mexicano, Indigenous, and Black as efforts on the part of the government to destabilize and silence people of color. The government’s COINTELPRO program was nothing short of an assault and that assault, Cointelpro 101 makes clear, was direct, brutal, and criminal. And why not?

The collection of campaigns to neutralize the democratic progress in the U.S., COINTELPRO, is an extension of this nation’s involvement in the practice of genocide, conquest, colonization, and enslavement. The continued incarcerations of freedom fighters after 20 or 30 years as well as the incarceration of millions of Indigenous, Black, and Chicano/Mexicano and even the recent FBI raids in Chicago and Minneapolis targeting predominantly white activists are examples of the continuation of COINTEPRO today.

The goal of COINTELPRO was to “sow division and distrust” among citizens in a nation claiming for itself a model nation of democracy. COINTELPRO, as this film shows­was/is not only the criminal activities of a paranoid president or an even more bizarre FBI chief.

The producers of Cointelpro 101 (Freedom Archives, 2010) have assembled documentary footage, photos, and commentaries from Jose Lopez, Priscilla Falcon, Ward Churchill, Kathleen Cleaver, Geronimo Pratt, and others to present the historical and often simultaneous implementation of U.S. war strategies beginning in the 1950s to conquer the hearts and minds of the core Left in this nation. Cointelpro 101 does not preach­but it teaches.

Beginning (as the film admits) with the “lesser known” story of the Puerto Rican movement for independence, the U.S. government since its conquest of Puerto Rico in 1898, sought to eliminate the peoples’ struggle against colonization and imperialism. The film’s unflinching representation of the tactics used by the government leaves no doubt that U.S. citizens were under attack from within the Empire. Originally, the FBI targeted the Puerto Rican National Liberation Movement. But, as Cointelpro 101 shows, what began in Puerto Rico in the 1950s expanded to include Puerto Rican grassroots leaders and organizations in major Northern urban areas. The FBI compiled 165,000 files against Puerto Rican leaders and organization members. As the Puerto Rican Cultural Center activist Jose Lopez explains, the FBI had free reign to infiltrate organizations, blacklist, and arrest, incarcerate, and kill activists who attempted to protest against U.S. colonial policies.

By the early 1970s, the FBI targeted American indifference. With the aid of the media, the FBI created a red-alert narrative warning that the “minorities” are coming! Indifference took a stance against marauders! In turn, as Cointelpro 101 shows, the government green-lighted a pogrom of infiltrating, wiretapping, framing, and incarcerating activists groups everywhere and anywhere in the U.S.

The Chicano/Mexicano struggle for farmer’s and immigration rights did not begin in the 1960s but an extension of the conquest of Mexico by the U.S. government. Thanks to the goodwill of local law enforcement and (yes) right-winged vigilante groups, the FBI build up its attack­with willing bedfellows. (The KKK, other pre-Tea Party citizens, and law enforcement, were, not many years ago, one and the same militia force, with individuals members of both groups). As activists Ricardo Romero, Francisco “Kiko” Martinez, and Professor Falcon comment, this joint operation became an effective killing machine. Cointelpro 101 presents us with names and photos of freedom fighters, one after another, (Linda Montoya, an educator, Rito Conales and Antonio Cordoba, both “riddled” with bullets, Ricardo Falcon, 22 years old, and six young activists blow to bits in a car bomb)­outright murdered­most all in the early 1970s. What crime did these young people commit?

The “American public” has yet to confront this nation’s practice of genocide against Indigenous peoples, and few understand how the government’s assault on the people at Wounded Knee ultimately resulted in more oppression and the framing of American Indian Movement members, including Leonard Peltier. Fewer still understand how the U.S. government trained and funded “goon squads” to orchestra a reign of terror predominantly against the elderly leaders and women and children. (How different is this war tactic from the one in which citizens in Chile, Guatemala, for example, are trained at the School of the Americas to return to their homeland as military and police officials charged with terror and murder). When young AIM members were called in to protect the people, the U.S. government speeded to the reservations with armored tanks and high-powered weaponry­in support of its hired goon squads­not the elderly, women, and children. The Constitutional Rights of Indigenous people was, states Professor Ward Churchill, suspended.

Cointelpro 101 challenges the viewer to recognize the connections as well-planned and, most important, as Churchill states, “illegal” destructive strategy to eliminate people, a strategy no less horrifying than that one executed by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. In America, Churchill states, the government waged a counterinsurgent war against activists. Counterinsurgency, anti-war activist, Laura Whitehorn added, on U.S. soil is “supposed to be illegal.”

--Not in America!

But in America, the strategy to eliminate activists engaged in the fight for justice and social change had to also target the American public with a campaign labeling these activists criminals, conspirators against innocent Americans and the red, white, and blue. In other words, the American public had to be eternized by the language government officials and the media employed to demonize Puerto Rican, Chicano-Mexicano, Indigenous, and Black activists and their communities.

Take cover in your homes while we battle these monsters in the streets and in their adobes.

COINTELPRO, the film insists, the U.S. government inflicted violence and used terror on U.S. citizens (long before 9-11) as is its strategy against what it perceives as a threat to its racial, social, and economic dominance anyone else in the world. Inspired by the Civil Rights movement on the Left, these movements in Puerto Rico, in the Chicano-Mexicano communities, on Indigenous’ lands challenged their right to free speech, to organize, and to protest for social change, and the government’s response involved massive efforts on the part of hundreds of FBI agents, local law enforcement operations, and informants. A drugged-out-on-fear American public did not notice and did not care if the government cleaned the treasury to pay for an insurgency against American citizens of color.

The movement that began in the South, that is, the Hoover movement, spread throughout the country. J. Edgar Hoover’s fear of the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, spread, too, to win the hearts and minds of white America. Because the Civil Rights Movement, Cointelpro 101 shows, had the “ability to bring unity and to transform grassroots movements” into national campaigns, Black leaders had to be “neutralized.” To understand U.S. history is to recognize that enslavement of Africans and their descendents was but one phase in the relationship between Blacks and the U.S. government. The elimination of an enslaved Black was costly and therefore employed as a strategy to instill terror in the masses of Black workers and remove the treat of terror in the white community. But the effort to neutralize Black Americans began the minute Southerner confederate soldiers understood change in the South was on its way, and free-roaming Blacks on the landscape was not the change Southern citizens could live with and thrive. The official policy that spread throughout the U.S. then became one that encouraged the servitude or the neutralization of Black Americans.

In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, African Americans were the most visible and vocal population calling for social change. The work of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) and Fannie Lou Hamer drew the attention of the FBI’s COINTEPRO, who, as former Black Panther Geronimo Pratt explained, organized an assault that began with SNCC. Other targets of COINTELPRO included the Black Panthers and RAM. Leaders were expunged­shot dead­in the streets, in their homes, or in the prisons as the FBI infiltrated these organizations with agent provocateurs and informants. Many under surveillance were framed, charged with “crimes,” and forced to fight erroneous charges as “criminals.”

The Department of Justice, according to an ex-FBI agent, “learned everything and about people in a political organization.” In 1968, while protesters took to the streets. The Chicago Police department was organizing the “Red Squad,” and, as police footage reveals, the function of the Red Squad was to watch and ultimately infiltrate suspicious Black, Latino as well as anti-war organizations in order to neutralize leaders. Former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver recalls the Key Agitator Index, in other words, a list of grassroots and organization leaders the FBI targeted for an early death.

There is a moment in Cointelpro 101 when a juror from the Geronimo Pratt case, faces the camera: “We had no clue,” she admits, as to what the government could do or what they did do even tough Vietnam was going on. You couldn’t believe that your own government was doing that at home to one of its own citizens, to one of its own veterans.

Geronimo Pratt, a Vietnam veteran, joins and the Black Panthers and becomes an instant target of COINTELPRO.

That was America then…and this is America now…

Homeland Security!

“When those kinds of people are making decisions on what is politically appropriate for the citizens to do, then we don’t have a democracy,” states Kathleen Cleaver. COINTELPRO used taxpayers’ money to operate illegal and criminal activities, explains Pratt, to declare victims enemies of the people. Today, taxpayers fund the government’s strategy to continue expanding its surveillance of an ever-expanding number of activists and organizations within its borders and without while it attempts to win the hearts and minds of the “American public” with narratives profiling the “enemy.”

The message: “If you dare to go out and make social change, you will be punished” (Priscilla Falcon).

Today, the operation is more sophisticated, states activist attorney Bob Doyle. “It doesn’t have to be secret anymore.” As Cointelpro 101 shows, anyone can be charged as a terrorist today if engaged in radical politics. With the Patriot Act, adds Cleaver, there need not be a crime. “People are just investigated, whisked off to prison, [then] interrogated and tortured.” What was illegal under COINTELPRO is now legal. “Now, that’s the law.”

Cointelpro 101 shows that the discovery of COINTEPRO files and the Frank Church investigation barely fazed the government. How does the government take it upon itself “the supervising of what is allowed politically and what isn’t allowed politically?” asked Cleaver.

The “shoot to kill” suspected American “terrorists” did not begin under the Obama administration, but Obama’s selection assured the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that the business of murdering justice and democracy will progress. To what? What is that future envisioned by these fellow citizens?

All the voices who contribute to Cointelpro 101 agree in one voice that the U.S. government’s practice of injustice must be “dismantled” and replaced “with something that reflects our interests, concern with our well-being, and reflects a certain sort of respect for the dignity of our communities and traditions, and us as individuals.”

I watched COINTELPRO 101 thinking of the students who, while preparing cover letters and resumes to send to Homeland Security, inherited a perception of the terrorists homeland propaganda.

Students need to view this film.

Cointelpro 101 is a riveting recall of history for anyone who wants to be inspired to work toward an end to the U.S. practice of terrorism. Because it was not then: it is happening still in America!

To purchase the film or to learn more, contact: Claude Marks, or Phone: 415 863-9977.

Friday, October 22, 2010

News from Indianz.Com


NPR: USDA agrees to $760M settlement for Indian farmers case (10/22)
Billy Frank: President is keeping his promises to Indian Country (10/22)
Navajo Nation vice president among group facing fraud charges (10/22)
NPR: Navajo Nation could make history with first woman leader (10/22)
Alaska Federation of Natives endorses Lisa Murkowski in Senate (10/22)
News Wrapup: Alaska Federation of Natives opens annual meet (10/22)
Paper asks candidates about Native 8(a) government contracts (10/22)
Paper asks candidates about role of tribal government in Alaska (10/22)
Turtle Mountain voters oust chairman and four council members (10/22)
Jury exonerates former Sault Tribe chairman in severance case (10/22)
City weighs spending more for lawsuit against Fond du Lac Band (10/22)
Shinnecock Nation looking at lots of locations for possible casino (10/22)
Schwarzenegger signs bill to send gaming funds to communities (10/22)
Native Sun News: Elders hand Big Foot Ride to future generation (10/21)
Lawyer expects Keepseagle settlement to be completed in year (10/21)
WaPo Conversation: Indian farmers celebrate $760M settlement (10/21)
Tribal Law and Order Act a tool to combat crimes against women (10/21)
BLM distributes $5M in overdue trust payments at Fort Berthold (10/21)
Health Dialogues: The status of Indian health care for California (10/21)
Republican wants to repeal health law except for IHCIA portions (10/21)
Republican accuses Alaska Native corporations of violating laws (10/21)
Report: Public radio station airs Alaska Native political message (10/21)
Opinion: Consult Onondaga Nation about cleanup of sacred lake (10/21)
Letter: Help tribal authority and justice in Alaska Native villages (10/21)
Law Release: Native American children falling through the cracks (10/21)
More headlines...

22 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks Prepares Largest Intel Leak in US History with Release of 400,000 Iraq War Docs
The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks is preparing to release up to 400,000 US intelligence reports on the Iraq War. The disclosure would comprise the biggest leak in US history, far more than the 91,000 Afghanistan war logs WikiLeaks released this summer. We speak to the nation’s most famous whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the secret history of the Vietnam War in 1971, just before he heads to London to participate in the WikiLeak press conference. [includes rush transcript]

Juan Gonzalez: Controversial Evaluations System Will Unfairly Target New York Teachers
In his latest column, Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez says New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s plan to release 12,000 teacher data reports will unfairly tarnish city teachers. Klein’s ratings system, Gonzalez writes, "is one dimensional, the raw data is unverified, and even the people who designed it warned against using it as a sole barometer of teacher performance." [includes rush transcript]

With New Limits, US Military Reinstates "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
The military’s seventeen-year-old ban on openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from joining the US military is back on the books. But based on a new directive, only five senior military officials will be able to discharge service members for violating the policy. The change makes it harder for the military to remove openly gay troops. We speak to one of the most vocal critics of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Lt. Dan Choi, who this week filed papers to re-enlist after being discharged earlier this year. [includes rush transcript]

Does Opposing "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" Bolster US Militarism? A Debate with Lt. Dan Choi and Queer Activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
We host a debate on whether the queer rights movement should be focused on repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law between Lt. Dan Choi and queer antiwar activist and writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. Celebrating the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Sycamore says, only makes progressive movements in the US complicit with American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. [includes rush transcript]

"Lawless Courts": Lack of Accountability Allows Immigration Judges to Violate Laws, Deport US Citizens
A new report in The Nation magazine suggests that immigration judges who are supposed to give immigrants in deportation proceedings a fair hearing have been violating the law and even deporting US citizens. The article documents serious misconduct by immigration judges in Georgia, which has the country’s third-largest docket. According to the report, judges here appear more concerned about deportation quotas rather than immigrants’—and citizens’—rights. [includes rush transcript]


•Nearly 140 Dead in Feared Haitian Cholera Outbreak
•Official: US Claims of Afghan Peace Talks a "Psychological Operation"
•US to Unveil $2B in Pakistani Military Aid; Training Denied to Units Linked to Killings
•"Viva Palestina" Aid Convoy Enters Gaza
•Bulldozer Driver Testifies at Corrie Wrongful Death Trial
•Koch Brothers Convened Right-Wing Meeting in June
•45 Donors Account for Half of Chamber’s Funding
•Swift Boat Donor Spending $13M on Midterm Elections
•Obama Campaigns for Sen. Murray in Washington
•Alleged "Kill Team" Ringleader Refuses to Testify
•Pentagon Hosted Awlaki After 9/11
•Freed Iranian American Returns to US
•Rep. Grijalva Closes Office over Suspicious Package

Conversations on Native American Sovereignty in the 21st Century

Subject: American Indian Lecture Series

Conversations on Native American Sovereignty in the 21st Century
"Lynn 'Nay' Valbuena"
Vice Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians

Wednesday October 27, 2010

UCI Student Center, Irvine California
Room Doheny Beach A

Reception Follows

Child Care Available on Site
Everyone Welcome FREE Event


Join us for a Hearing on Racism and Police Violence

Join us for a Hearing on Racism and Police Violence

January 2011

Come share Testimony and Demand Accountability on the Issues of Racist Law Enforcement and Police Suppression of Civil Liberties. Testimony will include witnesses to police killings across the country and experts on the impact of racial profiling and mass incarcerations.

Sponsored By:

· Mieklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
· Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
· New Years Movement
· East Side Arts Alliance
· Onyx
· Collision Course Video
· National Lawyers Guild
· Hard Knock Radio
· US Human Rights Network

The testimony from this Hearing on Racism and Police Violence will be recorded for use in local, national, and international legal processes. Under international law, police forces are prohibited from committing “extrajudicial killings” (killings without any legal process). The United States government is required to enforce civil and human rights and prevent racist police conduct.

The Oscar Grant murder is but one example of police violence and extrajudicial killing, and we need to collect, document and share these abuses in order to hold the government accountable. The record of this hearing will be used to appeal to the United Nations to pressure the Department of Justice to take comprehensive action against racial profiling and police violence in accordance with the human rights obligations of the United States government under the Convention to Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and other international treaties.

CALL FOR WITNESSES. We encourage participants to submit written testimony, video testimony, or live testimony at the hearing. Testimony, ideas, and offers of support can be sent to or 499 14th Street, Suite 220, Oakland, CA 94612. For more information contact Sanyika Bryant at (510) 485-3125 or Michael Siegel at (510) 289-3318. Visit the National Alliance for Racial Justice and Human Rights website at

In Unity and Struggle,


Thursday, October 21, 2010

21 Oct 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

6 Months Since BP Oil Spill, Writer and Environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams Asks "Where Is Our Outrage?"
Six months ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and triggering the worst oil spill disaster in US history. More than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf, polluting coastlines in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. To mark the six-month anniversary, we speak to acclaimed writer and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams, who spent two weeks traveling the Gulf Coast this summer. [includes rush transcript]

Anti-Gay Fervor in Uganda Tied to Right-Wing US Evangelicals
Human rights activists in Uganda are warning that the lives of gay people are in danger after a newspaper published a front-page story featuring the names and photographs of what it called Uganda’s 100 "top" gays and lesbians alongside a yellow banner that read "Hang Them." We look at the ties of the anti-gay movement in Uganda to the far-right evangelical movement here in the United States with Jeff Sharlet, author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

Chicago Parents Occupy Elementary School Building to Prevent Demolition
A preliminary deal has been reached between Chicago Public Schools and a group of parents who have occupied a field house at Whittier Elementary School for thirty-seven days to prevent its demolition. The Chicago Public Schools have agreed to build a library and scrap plans to demolish the field house and lease it to the local parents’ association instead. We get a report from Democracy Now!’s Jaisal Noor and speak to Chicago community organizer Cecile Carroll. [includes rush transcript]


•Appeals Court Reinstates Military Ban on Gays, Lesbians
•Report: Banks, Attorneys General Meet in Foreclosure Probe
•New York Court Orders New Foreclosure Vetting
•Wells Fargo: Foreclosure Practices "Sound and Accurate"
•US Confirms $60B Saudi Weapons Deal
•Obama Launches 4-Day Swing Ahead of Midterms
•US Soldier Charged with Killing 2 Troops
•No Charges for Ex-Blackwater Operative in Iraq Killing
•Afghanistan Invalidates 1.3 Million Votes
•Israeli Settlers Build Over 600 New Homes
•Environmental Suit Accuses BP of Endangering Wildlife
•NPR Fires Analyst over Comments on Muslims
•Ex-Fox News Employee Claims Firing After Racial Complaint