ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
If the masses don’t wake up, galvanize their resources and initiate a counter offensive the fascists
will soon implement their plan to restructure AmeriKKKa into a police state that would
make Hitler and Stalin blush with envy.
The AmeriKKKan Gestapo
By Junious Ricardo Stanton
From 1940 to 1973 the CIA and FBI engaged in twelve covert mail opening programs in violation of Section 1701-1703 of Title 18 of the United States Code which prohibits the obstruction, interception or opening of mail. Both of these agencies also engaged in ‘surreptitious entries” – break ins- against American citizens within the United States in apparent violation of state laws prohibiting trespass and burglary. Section 605 of the Federal Communications Act of 1934 was violated by NSA’s program for obtaining millions of telegrams of Americans unrelated to foreign targets and by the Army Security Agency interception of domestic communications.
Final Report of the Select Committee To Study Government Operation With Respect to Intelligence Activities of the U.S. Senate 94th Congress 1976
They hate us because of our freedoms.
George W. Bush
What the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency, related intelligence agencies and police organizations did covertly to U.S. citizens in the past, the recently passed US PATRIOT and Homeland Security Acts have made legal. As Africans in America we have never enjoyed the freedoms whites boast about in their propaganda rhetoric, but the truth be told neither have Dick and Jane Sixpack. Reviewing the findings of the Church Committee Reports on Intelligence Activities which included COINTELPRO and domestic CIA activities against U.S. citizens (which were illegal but put in play by President Richard Nixon) we discover Big Brother, a euphemism for the police state has been alive and kicking for quite some time.
Some black folks are familiar with COINTELPRO which was a federal and state government campaign to disrupt destabilize and undermine the black community. Looking at the FBI’s own documents you can see the campaign was not just aimed at radical organizations such as the Revolutionary Action Movement, The Black Panther Party for Self Defense or The New Republic of Africa but organizations such as Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s SCLC and the NAACP. The targeting of our community ran the gamut of illegal mail openings, electronic surveillance, infiltration, disruption, smear campaigns, intimidation and harassment, to frame ups to government ordered assassinations. (Type in COINTELPRO or Church Committee Report on your Internet search engine browser and peruse what comes up)
During the reign of COINTELPRO people of color bore the major brunt of the FBI’s covert program. But, white dissidents, radicals and labor unions were targeted also, albeit not with the same lethal ferocity and intent as we were. That was then, today it’s a whole different ball game. After 9-11 the Bush cabal effectively brow beat and intimidated most dissent (only Democratic leaders and Tom Brokaw received anthrax laced letters!) and pushed through legislation that rather than preventing or minimizing terrorism, have made the same government activities that were denounced in the Church Committee Report in 1976 legal! Big Brother has been revived and is stronger than ever under the guise of anti-terrorism, public safety and domestic security.
Whereas under Hoover and the presidents he served, the targets were people of color, dissidents, revolutionaries, visionaries and true lovers of freedom, the new draconian measures passed by a fascist leaning Bush administration (fascism being defined as an autocratic, repressive, rabidly racist nationalistic, militaristic and imperialistic regime) every citizen is a target, one to be watched, spied upon and coerced into doing its bidding.
White AmeriKKKa is in for a rude awakening. The worst nightmares of the Militia groups, civil libertarians and defenders of the pre New World Order white supremacist lifestyle may soon come true. If the masses don’t wake up, galvanize their resources and initiate a counter offensive the fascists will soon implement their plan to restructure AmeriKKKa into a police state that would make Hitler and Stalin blush with envy. Under the guise of making AmeriKKKa safer, of providing protection and security which they dismally failed to do on 9-11 (and for which not one intelligence director, general, or cabinet official has been reprimanded or fired) they now have cunningly given themselves even more power to snoop, spy on, arrest, detain and incarcerate ordinary citizens when they couldn’t or elected not to use these powers to prevent 9-11.
We are used to police power abuses, we know how COINTELPRO and government sanctioned drug smuggling and sales have destabilized our communities and left us more vulnerable to disorganization and attack. The recently passed Homeland Security Act makes it easier for Big Brother to eavesdrop on innocent citizens and violate the Bill of Rights white folks hold so dear in the name of national security. As our ancestors used to say, “what goes around comes around.”.
posted 30 December 2002
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A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family thats about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrinas inexorable winds is the voice of Wards narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her familys raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brothers blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt. Her fathers hands are like gravel, while her own hand slides through his grip like a wet fish, and a handsome boys muscles jabbered like chickens. Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isnt usually just metaphor for metaphors sake. She conveys something fundamental about Eschs fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, whats salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.
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By Noam Chomsky
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forwardin the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest “real progress toward freedom and justice.” Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. “This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the worldto millions, I suspectfor the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” John Pilger In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism . . .the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us.Publisher’s Weekly
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