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Periodically, AFIB will post updates on topical events of
interest to subscribers. Unlike the regular weekly
bulletin, supplements will provide coverage of breaking
events and alternative views not found in the "mainstream"
media.

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CONTENTS: Supplement 10

1. (SAFC) A Message From Sundiata Acoli
2. (NATION) Pentagon Watching The 'Net
3. (AP) Prosecutors Try To Paint Salvi As A Calculating
Killer
4. (JNews) Operation Rolling Thunder -- Militia
Mobilization
5. (C-News) Scoop 116, excerpts from far-right, Washington
Think-Tanks
6. (BACOF) Immigrant Defense March, May 11 in S.F.

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** Topic: A MESSAGE FROM SUNDIATA ACOLI **
** Written 10:38 AM Feb 19, 1996 by nattyreb@ix.netcom.com
in cdp:misc.activism. **

I'll be sending out more information this week on the history of
the struggle of our beloved Bro. Sundiata Acoli.

GET INVOLVED!

SUNDIATA'S FREEDOM IS YOUR FREEDOM

From: Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign, P.O. Box 5537,
Manhattanville Station, Harlem, NY 10027

"His love for Black people is so intense that you can almost
touch it and hold it in your hand." - Assata Shakur

Sundiata Acoli is one of the longest held political prisoners in
the United States. He is an extraordinary human being who,
despite almost two decades of brutal and dehumanizing treatment
at the hands of the U.S. government, remains firmly committed to
the liberation of Black people in the United States. Although
Sundiata is special, he is at the same time also representative
of the many other Black people the United States has imprisoned
for fighting for the liberation of their people. Indeed,
Sundiata is one of the many Black political prisoners the U.S.
has tried to bury inside its prisons; people who fought and
continue to fight to transform this country and who have been
made to pay a heavy price.

As the 20th Century nears its end, Sundiata Acoli is actually one
of the longest held political prisoners in the *world*, having
spent over 22 years in prison. For five years he endured 23
hours a day in a cell in a New Jersey prison which, according to
the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is smaller
than the space requirements for a German shepherd dog. Sundiata
also spent eight years locked down 23 hours a day in the worst
prison in the United States, the United States Penitentiary at
Marion. In fact, Sundiata, like so many other dissidents in the
U.S., has been constantly brutalized in an effort to either
destroy him or force him to renounce his politics. The efforts
the U.S. has expended trying to destroy Sundiata is a testimony
to his importance as a leader of the Black Liberation Movement.

In the last few years, we have seen the release of political
prisoners in many parts of the world, from Nelson Mandela to
Soviet dissidents. Yet here in the United States most people
appear to be either unaware or unconcerned with our own Nelson
Mandela. We must change this situation if we ever hope to create
a humane society.

The time is long past due to free Sundiata Acoli. But the only
way this will happen is if there is enough of an outcry from
people like you. We hope that you will commit some time and
energy in this direction for two reasons. First, because the
injustice of his 22-year imprisonment demands redress. And
second, because his release will enable him to even more fully
contribute to the struggle for the liberation of Black people in
the U.S.

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From: Crsn@aol.com

Sundiata Acoli, Mumia Abu-Jamal, geronimo Ji-Jaga, and Leonard
Peltier were selected as Honorary Chairpersons of the 1996 Martin
Luther King Day Kansas City Celebration. The following is
Sundiata's statement to the mass ceremony.

Attention Today Means Less Detention Tomorrow

i'm honored today that you've again selected me as an
Honorary Chairperson of the SCLC MLK KC Celebration and that the
theme is "Attention Today Means Less Detention Tomorrow. That is
precisely the dilemma that We, as an Afrikan people, face today.

It's obvious that the Afrikan community was tricked by the
"War on Drugs" rhetoric into condoning a scheme that's sending
Blacks to prison in droves while White offenders go free.

Five grams of crack worth a few hundred dollars is
punishable by 5 years MANDATORY, but it takes five HUNDRED grams,
or $50,000 worth, of powdered cocaine, more commonly associated
with wealthier Whites, before facing the same five years. 1600
people go to prison each week, 3/4 of them either Black or
Latino, with the rate of Afrikan women imprisonment growing
faster than that of Afrikan men.

90% of the federal crack convictions in 1994 were of Blacks.
The normal assumption is that Blacks are the majority of crack
users. Wrong! Whites are the majority of crack users but were
less that 4% of the crack convictions and NO White person has
been convicted of a federal crack offense in the L.A. area since
1986, nor EVER in Chicago, Miami, Denver or 16 states according
to a 1992 survey. So today We find ourselves tricked into a
position where more Afrikan men are in prison than in college and
1 in 3 Afrikan men aged 20 to 29 are in prison, jail, probation,
or on parole.

Two things are growing faster than the Afrikan prison
population. One is the number of jobs for prison guards and the
other is prison slave industries. A California guard with a high
school diploma makes $44,000 after 7 years. That's more than the
state pays PhD Public University Professors, and $10,000 more
than its average public school teachers. The national ratio for
prisons is 1 guard for each 4.38 prisoners, meaning that every
time they lock up 5 new prisoners they hire another prison guard,
usually White.

The U.S. hypocritically condemns China with claims that it
uses prison labor in products it sells, while in fact, U.S.
corporations are doing the same, in spades.

Smith Barney, you know them, they make their money the old
fashioned way - SLAVERY! Not only are they heavily invested in
prison slave labor but so are other BIG BLUE chip companies. IBM,
Texas Instruments, and Dell use Texas convicts to assemble and
repair their computer circuit boards. Prison slave labor is also
used by AT&T for phone solicitations, TWA for flight
reservations, Honda for parts assembly, Spaulding for golf balls,
Lexus for logos, Brill manufacturing Co. for furniture, Eddie
Bauer for clothes and "Prison Blues" for jeans.

From 1980 to 1994 prisoners increased 221%, prison
industries jumped an astonishing 358%, and prison sales
skyrocketed from $392 million to $1.31 BILLION. By year 2000 it's
predicted that 30% of prisoners (or 500,000) will be industry
workers producing $8.9 BILLION in goods and services. Do any of
you actually believe this trend will end soon when fortunes are
made with each new prison built and filled with Blacks and other
people of color.

Crime has been decreasing for several years now but the
prison expansion boom continues. It's not crime, but RACISM, and
GREED for profits that's driving the soaring Black imprisonment.
Today is but a replay of how Blacks were reenslaved after the
Civil War when "immediately vast numbers of Black males were
imprisoned for everything from not signing slave-like labor
contracts with plantation owners to looking the "wrong" way at
some White person." The Black imprisonment rate went from zero to
33% almost overnight. Between 1874 and 1877 it went to 300% in
Mississippi and Georgia.

So what are We to do about this move to re-enslave us?
Well... We can stop our leaders from sponsoring or voting for any
more crime legislation or kick them out of office. We can begin
Economic Sanctions against the corporations profiting off our
prison slave labor and the racist death penalty and eventually
end them... only to await the next racist scheme sure to come. It
has been so since we were first brought to this country over 400
years ago.

And for 400 years, and more, We've been in an abusive
relationship with the government, and the White people, of this
country...sort of like a battered woman in such a relationship.
So how long are We to continue this masochistic abuse? Do We
continue until We are re-enslaved, or murdered in a genocidal
rage, or slowly poisoned with AIDS or the next diabolical
scheme...or do we leave this relationship and go our own way?
That is the real issue begging our ATTENTION TODAY if We are
serious about LESS DETENTION TOMORROW.

Most Whites, other than arch-racists, have no problem
envisioning a future "White-majority" that is just and nonracist
with Black minorities living in it. Likewise, most Blacks have no
problem envisioning living in such a society. But as soon as We
pose our vision of a similar "Black-majority" society that is
just and nonracist, most Whites take issue with it, nor can they
envision themselves living in such a society even tho We state
that "people of all races would be welcomed as citizens, as long
as they're ready to uphold the new society's principles." This
reaction suggests to me that most Whites can't conceive of living
in a multiracial society unless they dominate and control it.
They've done so, and have become accustomed to such, throughout
the history of Western Civilization.

So in closing I suggest that We begin thinking in terms of
not less, but NO DETENTION TOMORROW by giving serious thought
today to the planning and preparation of our people for the
future holding of a PLEBISCITE: a national vote among Afrikans to
determine if We want to go our own way, and if so turn our main
ATTENTION towards REPARATIONS, LAND, and INDEPENDENCE as the best
means to ensure NO DETENTION TOMORROW, and ever afterwards.

Sundiata Acoli
USP Allenwood
White Deer, PA
1/15/96

1. "Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy," U.S. Sentencing
Commission, Feb. 1995, pgs. 124-134.
2. "Slave Labor Behind Bars," The Revolutionary Worker, Oct.
29, 1995. Box 3486, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654, pgs.
8-9.
3. "Young Black Americans and the Criminal Justice System:
Five Years Later," Marc Mauer and Tracy Huling, 1995, The
Sentencing Project, 918 F Street, N.W. suite 501, Washington,
D.C. 20004, pgs. 18-20.
4. New York Times, October 28, 1995.
5. "War on Crack Targets Minorities Over Whites," Dan
Weikel, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1995.
6. op. cit., New York Times
7. op. cit., Los Angeles Times
8. Chicago Tribune, October 30, 1995.
9. "The Continuing Crime of Black Imprisonment," 1994, The
Committee to End the Marion Lockdown, P.O. Box 578172,
Chicago, IL 60657-8172.
10. op. cit., The Sentencing Project, pg. 1.
11. "Political Gains By Prison Guards," Fox Butterworth, New
York Times, November 7, 1995, pg. 1.
12. ibid.
13. ibid.
14. ibid.
15. op. cit., The Revolutionary Worker.
16. ibid.
17. "Brief History of the New Afrikan Prison Struggle,"
Sundiata Acoli, 1990, Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign, P.O.
Box 5538, Harlem, NY 10027, pg. 2.
18. op. cit., The Revolutionary Worker.
19. "Prisoners Look To A Free And Independent Homeland,"
Betty and Herman Liveright, The Guardian, February 20, 1991,
New York.

for more information:
sundiata acoli (squire), #39794-066
usp allenwood
p.o. box 3000-unit 3
white deer, pa 17887

sundiata acoli freedom campaign (safc)
p.o. box 5538
manhattanville station
harlem, ny 10027

sundiata acoli freedom campaign (safc)
5122 south ada
chicago, il 60609

crossroad support network
3021 west 63rd st
chicago, il 60629
312-737-8679 (voice/FAX)
crsn@aol.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CRUCIAL AUGUST,
1996 CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST
AMERIKKKA CONTACT:

STAC (STOP TARGETING THE AFRIKAN COMMUNITY)
SIS. SHIRIKI UNGANISHA
P.O. BOX 5161
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 64132
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Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa

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** Topic: PENTAGON WATCHING THE 'NET **
** Written 12:59 PM Feb 15, 1996 by nation in
cdp:gen.cybercultu **

The following is an article from The Nation magazine (March 4,
1996) that reports on a Pentagon study on how the military can
exploit the Internet. The Pentagon paper suggests using the
Internet for the routine interception of global e-mail, for
covert operations and propaganda campaigns, and for tracking
domestic political activity, particularly that of the left. The
article was written by David Corn, the Washington editor of The
Nation. If you have any comments or leads for follow-up stories,
please contact him at

202-546-2239/ph 202-546-1415/fx dacor@aol.com

To subscribe to The Nation, a magazine of politics and culture,
call 800-333-8536.

Pentagon Trolls the Net By David Corn (C) 1996

Internet users beware; Pentagon snoops are taking an
interest in your cyber-communications. Last summer, Charles
Swett, a policy assistant in the Office of the Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity
Conflict, produced a report that assessed the intelligence value
of the Internet for the Defense Department. His study discovered
the obvious: By monitoring computer message traffic and
alternative news sources from around the world, the military
might catch "early warning of impending significant
developments."

Swett reports that the "Internet could also be used
offensively as an additional medium in psychological operations
campaigns and to help achieve unconventional warfare objectives."
A striking aspect of his study is that there is one sort of
Internet user who attracts a large amount of attention from
Swett: cyber-smart lefties. The thirty-one-page, unclassified
study is mostly cut and dry. Much of it describes what the
Internet is and what can be found within its infinite confines.
Swett lists various "fringe groups" that are exploiting the
Internet: the white-supremacist National Alliance, the Michigan
Militia, Earth First, and People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA). He highlights MUFON--the Mutual UFO Network --
which uses the Internet to disseminate information on "U.S.
military operations that members believe relate to investigations
and cover-ups of UFO-related incidents." MUFON computer messages,

Swett notes, "contain details on MUFON's efforts to conduct
surveillance of DoD installations." The report does not suggest
that the computer communications of MUFON and these other groups
should be targeted by the military -- though X Filers will be
forgiven for wondering if something sinister is afoot. What
Swett apparently finds of greater interest than MUFON and the
"fringe groups" is the online left. A significant portion of the
report is devoted to the San Francisco-based Institute for Global
Communications, which operates several computer networks, such as
PeaceNet and EcoNet, that are used by progressive activists.
I.G.C. demonstrates, he writes, "the breadth of DoD-relevant
information available on the Internet."

The paper refers to I.G.C. conferences that might be
considered noteworthy by the Pentagon, including ones on
anti-nuclear arms campaigns, the extreme right, social change,
and "multicultural, multi-racial news." Swett cites I.G.C. as the
home for "alternative news sources" that fill gaps in the
mainstream media. (It might be good for Pentagon analysts to read
I.G.C. dispatches from Holland's Peace Media Service.) Yet he
seems to say that one can also track the left around the world by
monitoring I.G.C.: "Although [I.G.C.] is clearly a left-wing
political organization, without actually joining I.G.C. and
reading its message traffic, it is difficult to assess the nature
and extent of its members' actual real-world activities."

Swett's paper presents the world of opportunity awaiting a
cyber-shrewd military and intelligence establishment. The
Pentagon and intelligence services will conduct "routine
monitoring of messages originating in other countries" in the
search for information on "developing security threats." That
means overseas e-mail, like overseas phonecalls, will be
intercepted by the electronic eavesdroppers of the National
Security Agency or some other outfit. The data will be fed into
filtering computers and then, if it contains any hot-button
words, forwarded to the appropriate analyst. "Networks of human
sources with access to the Internet could be developed in areas
of security concern to the U.S." (But bureaucrats rest assured;
"this approach" -- using computer-assisted spies -- "could never
replace official DoD intelligence collection systems or
services.") The Internet "can also serve counterintelligence
purposes" by identifying threats to the Pentagon and U.S.
intelligence activities. As an example, Swett refers to a message
posted in a discussion group for "left-wing political activists"
that repeated an A.P. article about an upcoming U.S. Army Special
Operations Command training exercise at an empty Miami Beach
hotel.

Another growth area is the dirty tracks department. Noting
that government officials, military officials, business people,
and journalists all around the world are online, Swett envisions