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AFA 23: The Terror Connection, Pt. 2

Cal­i­for­nia Under Ronald Rea­gan

Part 2a 44:14 | Part 2b 44:43 | Part 2c 44:16 | Part 2d 44:18 | Part 2e 44:22 | Part 2f 41:25
(Record­ed August 28, 1986)

When Ronald Rea­gan was Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia, the state was the focal point of a num­ber of high­ly vis­i­ble, influ­en­tial and polit­i­cal­ly-con­nect­ed mur­ders and ter­ror­ist plots (real and alleged) asso­ci­at­ed with activism in the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty and/or anti-Viet­nam war move­ment. This pro­gram sets forth and ana­lyzes evi­dence link­ing much of this vio­lence to infil­tra­tion and provo­ca­tion by ele­ments of law-enforce­ment and the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty.

The broad­cast begins with dis­cus­sion of the Crim­i­nal Con­spir­a­cy Sec­tion of the Los Ange­les Police Depart­ment, an intel­li­gence unit of LAPD involved with polit­i­cal espi­onage, fre­quent­ly con­duct­ed in con­junc­tion with ele­ments of the fed­er­al law enforce­ment and intel­li­gence estab­lish­ment (FBI and CIA in par­tic­u­lar.) Tar­get­ing ele­ments of the polit­i­cal left (the Black Pan­thers and relat­ed ele­ments in par­tic­u­lar), the unit was alleged by Louis Tack­wood (one of its oper­a­tives) to have delib­er­ate­ly engaged in crim­i­nal activ­i­ties, includ­ing mur­der. The unit oper­at­ed out­side of the city of Los Ange­les and even out­side of Cal­i­for­nia. (By func­tion­ing out­side of its munic­i­pal juris­dic­tion, the unit was oper­at­ing ille­gal­ly.)

One of Tackwood’s most star­tling rev­e­la­tions con­cerns the “Squad 19” or “San Diego” con­spir­a­cy. Tackwood’s dis­clo­sures out­line a plan for the CCS (oper­at­ing in con­cert with ele­ments of the CIA and the Nixon White House) to stage a vio­lent inci­dent at the 1972 Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion in San Diego. This inci­dent, to be blamed on “left-wing mil­i­tants,” was to be used as a pre­text for sus­pend­ing the ’72 elec­tions and, in effect, insti­tut­ing mar­tial law. (Tack­wood passed a poly­graph exam­i­na­tion and his alle­ga­tions were sub­stan­ti­at­ed by the Los Ange­les Times, Wash­ing­ton Post and Newsweek.)

Next, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es Oper­a­tion Gar­den Plot, a late’60’s and ear­ly ‘70’s pro­gram which coor­di­nat­ed local police, FBI, and mil­i­tary intel­li­gence activ­i­ties against the polit­i­cal left, the anti-Viet­nam war move­ment in par­tic­u­lar. Super­vised by then Rea­gan legal advis­er Edwin Meese (lat­er U.S. Attor­ney Gen­er­al under Rea­gan), the under­tak­ing spawned the plans for mar­tial law, which were devel­oped by Oliv­er North’s Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil in the 1980’s. (AFA-23 direct­ly antic­i­pat­ed the Rex 84 mar­tial law con­tin­gency plans that were pub­licly revealed in July of 1987, near­ly a year lat­er.)

Much of the pro­gram deals with abun­dant evi­dence that the Sym­bianese Lib­er­a­tion Army were an “agents prova­teurs,” oper­at­ing on behalf of ele­ments of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. This por­tion of the broad­cast draws on the sem­i­nal research on the SLA by Mr. Emory’s dear friend and col­league the late Mae Brus­sell.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: evi­dence link­ing the CCS’s oper­a­tions to a num­ber of vio­lent deaths in the Black Pan­ther Par­ty; Tackwood’s con­tention that the CCS was involved in the fram­ing of Elmer “Geron­i­mo” Pratt (a Black Pan­ther Par­ty mem­ber wrong­ly con­vict­ed of mur­der and lat­er freed after decades of impris­on­ment); Tackwood’s con­tention that CCS was involved in the death of black activist George Jack­son and that of his broth­er; Tackwood’s alle­ga­tion that CCS was involved in fram­ing black activist Angela Davis; evi­dence link­ing the Squad 19 con­spir­a­cy to Water­gate; evi­dence sug­gest­ing that the oper­a­tions orig­i­nal­ly sched­uled for San Diego may have evolved into dis­tur­bances at the con­ven­tion in Mia­mi (the event was moved to that city); evi­dence that the var­i­ous crimes of the SLA were aid­ed and abet­ted by local police, as well as ele­ments of the fed­er­al law enforce­ment estab­lish­ment; evi­dence that the SLA’s oper­a­tions served as a pre­text for crack­ing down on polit­i­cal activism and restrict­ing civ­il lib­er­ties; infor­ma­tion indi­cat­ing that the oper­a­tions that took place in Cal­i­for­nia under the Rea­gan guber­na­to­r­i­al admin­is­tra­tions served as the foun­da­tion for sim­i­lar machi­na­tions con­duct­ed at the fed­er­al lev­el when Rea­gan became Pres­i­dent.


2 comments for “AFA 23: The Terror Connection, Pt. 2”

  1. Great pro­gram. Too Rela­vant to the news of the day.

    Posted by GK | February 11, 2013, 11:51 am
  2. The dis­turb­ing man­i­festo of Christo­pher Dorner brought to mind the alle­ga­tions of informant/whistleblower Louis Tack­wood and the con­tro­ver­sy around Mark Furhman dur­ing th OJ Simp­son Tri­al.


    Was Dorner’s ram­page sim­ply the act of a dis­grun­tled ex-cop, or could this be a weird unfor­tu­nate addi­tion to the intel­le­gence con­nect­ed Cal­i­for­nia Vio­lences like SLA and the Zodi­ac Killings?
    Is it pos­si­ble Dorner was sub­ject­ed to mind con­trol like Jack Ruby prob­a­bly was? What was the psy­cho­log­i­cal effect of the ram­page on the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion, and on the author­i­ties?

    Posted by GK | February 24, 2013, 12:12 pm

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