(eng) ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Olympics 1984

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Mon, 13 May 1996 09:04:33 +0200

raided undocumented Iranian "gypsy" cab drivers in the city. Over
one million Mexicanos have been arrested at the border in the
last year, while Reagan and the right wing are promoting an
hysterical fear of so-called "feet people" (undocumented
Mexicanos and Central Americans) crossing the border en masse.

The sheriff has announced that street gangs are plotting a
"reign of terror" during the Olympics, and is calling for
increased police presence in the community. He is planning to
build 2000 "temporary" jail cells to house the anticipated mass
arrests which will be made during the Games. The State
Legislature plans to authorize Governor Deukmejian to call up the
National Guard during, and at least six months after, the
Olympics, without even having to declare a state of emergency. At
the first signs of unrest, troops could be patrolling every
street corner in south-central L.A.

Last year, when a tornado hit mostly Black south-central Los
Angeles near the Convention Center, police cordoned off the
entire neighborhood. They required I.D. from everyone entering or
leaving a many-square-block area. Similar plans are in the works
to require passes for movement in and out of the Black community
surrounding the Olympic Village at the University of Southern
California (USC).

According to a leader of the Center for Black Survival, a
New Afrikan community organization in L.A., "Police will be
sealing off major streets supposedly to deter terrorism,
controlling all food and other deliveries into the area." A Black
woman told the newspapers, "I know the concern is terrorism, but
if there are no jobs this summer, the little people are going to
be doing some mini-terror of their own."


Who are the real terrorists in charge of the Olympics and
what are they planning? Olympics security planning is coordinated
at the highest levels of government. The Pentagon has budgeted
$60 million for security at the Games. Reagan has appointed
Michael Deaver, who runs the White House, as his personal liaison
to the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee. Below him are 600
Secret Service agents, international, federal and local experts
armed to take full advantage of the anti-terrorist mobilization
the Olympics provide.


Retired U.S. Army Colonel who is the leading operational
expert on counter-insurgency in the military, was retained
by Washington to conduct a study of the Olympic
anti-terrorist efforts. Beckwith, a former Green Beret
commander, founded the Army's Delta Blue Light commando team
one of the forces being sent to the Olympics and led it into
Iran during the hostage crisis.


Head of the FBI, which has principal operating
responsibility for security, has announced that 700 agents
are on assignment to the Olympics to supplement the hundreds
already on permanent duty in L.A. Under Webster, imperialism
has found the ideal successor to J. Edgar Hoover. Webster
has given the agency a face-lift, reorganized it and
presided over the new guidelines which give it freedom to
carry out break-ins and other illegal activities against
progressive groups.


Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, has been
somewhat resistant to FBI domination of security, insisting
on greater independence for his forces. Gates became
infamous for his defense of the lethal police chokehold when
he said, "Black people die disproportionately under the
chokehold because their arteries are not normal." Under
Gates, it was revealed that the Public Disorders
Intelligence Division (Red Squad) funnelled files on
individuals and left organizations to the John Birch
Society's Western Goals Foundation computer network.

Gates has travelled to Germany and Israel to consult with
their security experts. He has stated in T.V. interviews
that Americans must be prepared to give up some rights to
gain greater security. After a briefing in Quantico,
Virginia with FBI, CIA and NSA agents, he signed a protocol
with the FBI establishing a joint police-FBI Terrorist Task
Force on the West Coast.


Head of the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, has begun
holding closed hearings on security planning for the
Olympics. Denton's committee is being groomed as the HUAC of
today. (HUAC, the House Un-American Activities Committee,
led the anti-communist witchhunts of the 1950s.) Denton
claims that L. A. police and federal agents have told his
panel that people travelling to Lebanon for terrorist
training are returning to the U.S. to pose a threat to the
Games. FBI Director Webster testified to Denton's committee
that he has raised counter-terrorist activities to one of
the Bureau's top four priorities.


As the repressive apparatus is put into place, the
government is being unusually open about it:

* Recently the FBI brought network T.V. onto its high security
base in Quantico, Virginia, so it could broadcast training
exercises of its hostage rescue team. Shown on the six o'clock
news, this report featured agents rescuing a young woman "held
hostage by terrorists."

* The L.A. police have established close working relations with
the Israeli Mossad (espionage agency), according to Commander
William Rathburn. Shaul Rosolio, a "civilian" Israeli counter-
intelligence expert, met with the law enforcement leaders of six
Olympic countries. His company, the Jerusalem Research Group, has
helped reorganize the police forces of Costa Rica and Colombia to
carry out para-military operations. Rosolio met with Olympic
Committee security chief Edgar Best and gave a seminar to the
L.A. police academy. In his wake, the new Israeli consul to L.A.,
a former tank commander in the Sinai invasion, held a press
conference to announce an active Israeli role in protecting the

* Surveillance and dirty tricks against the left have increased
in the L.A. area. An agent of the California Department of
Justice, June Johnson, spied on the Palestinian resistance, the
Puerto Rico solidarity movement, and Prairie Fire Organizing
Committee. She infiltrated the anti-nuclear Alliance for Survival
and entrapped an activist into participation in a government-
sponsored "bomb plot" against the Diablo Canyon nuclear power
plant. Her role was exposed at the trial of the man, who was
acquitted. Johnson has disclosed that as many as twenty other
agents have infiltrated the anti-militarism movement in L.A.

* Other security forces are being coordinated for the Olympics.
The INS has announced new restrictions on immigration to deter
"terrorists and criminals" from entering L.A. Reagan's budget
provides a multi-million dollar increase in funding for the
Border Patrol, most of it concentrated on a fifty mile zone of

* Special police sharpshooters have been outfitted with silencer
equipped machine guns, and Hughes Aircraft is providing
helicopters to the Olympics Committee for surveillance and other
security purposes.

* The security hysteria being created around the Olympics
preparations has its national counterpart in the construction of
concrete barriers and bunkers around government buildings in
Washington D.C. These were put up to counter alleged Iranian
"suicide bombers," and in response to the bombing of the Capitol
by the Armed Resistance Unit in solidarity with national
liberation struggles in Grenada, Central America and Puerto Rico.
Unnamed federal sources have leaked to the press the existence of
one-hundred "terrorist groups" posing a threat to the Olympics:
fifty of them operating in the U.S. and fifty internationally.
Reminiscent of Joe McCarthy's list of communists in the State
Department, the groups on this list were not identified.


The anti-terrorist campaign being built up through the
Olympics is a microcosm of U.S. strategy. On April 15, 1984, word
of Reagan's secret National Security Decision Directive 138 was
leaked to the press. Called a "quantum leap" by the head Pentagon
policy maker on "terrorism," Noel Koch, this directive authorizes
the FBI, CIA and other agencies to carry out pre-emptive attacks
on "terrorists." The directive orders twenty-six separate
agencies and offices of the U.S. government to create plans to
implement the new policy.

Several weeks after this was made public, the chief of the
FBI's "anti-terrorist operations" held a news conference in which
he announced that nineteen organizations inside the U.S. are
being targeted as "terrorist groups."

As the economic and social crisis escalates, the State is
moving to stop revolutionary leadership from developing. The
central focus of the repressive forces and new laws are the
liberation struggles of Puerto Rican, New Afrikan (Black),
Mexican, and Native nations colonized inside this country. These
movements represent the aspirations of tens of millions of people
who are oppressed by the empire, not somewhere far away, but at
the very center of America.

In 1978 in Puerto Rico, the U.S. convened a major
international conference to plan repression against the Puerto
Rican independence movement and other revolutionary forces inside
this country. The working meeting was attended by top counter-
insurgency planners from the dictatorships of Argentina and
Uruguay, as well as by officials from Germany, Britain, Canada,
Israel, and by an editor of the mercenary journal "Soldier of
Fortune." The major project of the conference was to figure out
how to apply the fascistic counter-insurgency methods used in
other countries dictatorships and democracies alike to the
problems of the U.S. empire.

Under the cover of training the police to guard the Pan
American Games from the "terrorist threat of the Puerto Rican
independence movement," many long-range goals were set. Chief
among these were the revision of laws to enable the government to
deny legal and human rights to "suspected and captured
terrorists." This meeting set a priority on building a consensus
of popular support for repression. To accomplish this, the media
was urged to depict revolutionaries as heartless killers and
never as sympathetic human beings.

Faced with the prospects of growing mass struggles in this
country, and with the existence of an armed movement in the early
stages of development, the U.S. government is implementing this
counter-insurgency strategy. Some of its most striking features

* The creation of the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force, which works
with local police "red squads" to coordinate political repression
nationally. This unit is now carrying out a campaign of low
intensity warfare against the clandestine movements and public
supporters of the Puerto Rican FALN and the Black Liberation

* Violations of bourgeois legality in the trials of Puerto Rican,
New Afrikan and white anti-imperialist freedom fighters. Secret
juries, where the identities of jurors are never known, have
become standard practice.

* Political internment of activists through the Federal Grand
Jury witchhunts.

* The violation of the most basic human rights of captured
Prisoners of War, freedom fighters and political prisoners. The
attempted destruction of these revolutionaries through
psychological torture, denial of medical care, and isolation.

These repressive plans are also being broadened in order to
contain and scare off all progressive opposition to the U.S. war
drive. New FBI guidelines have given government agents the green
light to infiltrate, harass and attack many organizations.

The steady escalation of U.S. military intervention in
Central America, the crisis facing colonized people within this
country, are far more than a backdrop to the spectacle being
staged at the L.A. Olympics. Like the anti-communism of the 1950s
and the COINTELPRO repression of the late 1960s, anti-terrorism
today is the smokescreen being used to stifle and crush both
dissent and revolutionary progress. When we look at the Olympic
flame blazing before the American flag, when we see Reagan waving
to the fans, the gun towers will be there behind the scenes. It
is up to us to stand up to repression, not only in Los Angeles
but across this country, if our resistance is to grow in the
times ahead.


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