An agent provocateur engaged in conversation with
Black local activists in Miami, and the result was the arrest
of seven people in connection with an alleged plot against targets
that may have included the Sears Tower. After the red-hot item
faded from the pages and screens of the corporate press, it was
revealed that the group had no contacts with any terrorist groups,
no explosives and few resources. We also learned the supposed leader
of this group was attempting to acquire only basic equipment, such
as boots and uniforms, from an al-Qaeda operative who was, in reality,
a federal informant. The entire case is based on conversations between
the group’s alleged leader, Narseal Batiste, and this FBI
informant. Federal officials have described the group’s alleged
plot to reporters as “more aspirational than operational.”
In other words, the seven did some talking to the wrong people -
end of story!
We have been though this route before. The agent sought
to involve a group of Black men in a conspiracy – of his own making.
This is one of the mechanisms by which the Black Panther
Party was brought down, 35 years ago. The party was thoroughly infiltrated
by federal agents, who provoked acts of violence at the behest of
the state – which is supposed to protect us against violence.
is a political plan behind the arrest of the seven in Miami’s Liberty
City. It seems to be the same plan as was deployed under the infamous
COINTELPRO program, that wound up killing Fred Hampton, head of
the Chicago Black Panther Party, and Mark Clark, another party leader
from south Illinois.
The murderers of these young Black leaders have never
been brought to justice. These racist white guys are criminals –
murderers – and still walking around. Probably pensioned by the
Chicago Police Force.
Certainly, we see state policy at work – a very successful
policy, one that repeats itself. It is a policy that killed off
the militant wing of the Black Liberation Movement during the early
We are seeing a repeat of the same behavior. The
brothers in Miami were merely activists, who spoke like us, talked
like us, and acted like us. They are us.
Community Leaders as Terrorists
In Miami, they used an agent provocateur to do their
work, just as they did against the Black Panther Party. The corporate
media ran with it. These brothers are already convicted, in the
eyes of racist white people.
Let’s be clear about this: the federal government
has a criminal in their pay; they are, therefore, involved in a
criminal enterprise. The young legitimate leaders of our people
are once again being targeted as terrorists.
Community activists, who give up their time every
day, mostly after working all day, are the last thing from terrorists.
They care more about the community than all others. The brothers
in Miami were activists for the community.
The GOP Mission
The Republican Party has decided to do what it has
been successful at doing for 40 years: to make Blacks the bogeyman
to the racist white electorate. This cynical and patently racist
approach has worked for the GOP for two decades. The GOP baits
Blacks, to get racist white votes. Miami shows they are doing it
The same people who have painted a picture of our
people as being drunken during the time of Reconstruction, are the
same people who are conspiring against Rep. John Conyers. He has
become the main enemy of 2006. The prospect of Conyers becoming
the head of the House Judiciary Committee is a racist white man’s
nightmare. White men like Karl Rove know that, and they work the
Black folks are evidently the target of the great
show in Miami. It is a sham, not a show, and everybody in Liberty
City knows so. The Republican administration in Washington can always
rely on white racism to get them into office. That’s why they excel
in the South, among racist whites.
They have made a media provocation that is designed
to get the racist white public inflamed. Now, the best and the brightest
of us are defined as a Fifth Column in the United States. They have
imprisoned us, and we have been made non-citizens.
The Republican Strategy
The Republican Party has a grand plan. Their base
is 30 percent of the American people, and they have the money to
turn it out. If the Democrats don’t turn out their base, they will
lose. The Black vote is the hard core of that base.
The GOP knows that the Black vote is what moves the
Democrats through the urban heartland of the nation. That vote is
about to be lost to the party, because it doesn’t deserve it.
The Republicans, who are our worst enemies, the White
Man’s Party, are playing to the white electorate. The Democrats
are not playing to their base – the Black Democratic vote – and
that will be their death knell.
Glen Ford and Peter Gamble are writing a book to
be titled, Barack Obama and the Crisis in Black Leadership.