Thursday, October 17, 2013

Poem: The Original Terrorists by Amiri Baraka; also Who Killed Alex Odeh?

The Original Terrorists
Amiri Baraka
The terrorists have been here a long time. The ones who took the slaves
The ones who ran and underbossed
the plantations. Especially those
who made money from them. They still at it.
They never stopped. These old guard terrorists. And
they still at it. Still terrorizing.
When slavery was sposed to be ended, they thought up the Klan
The Knights of the white Camelia!
When we was sposed to get reparations
They got Andrew Johnson
a barefoot white man
to stop it.  Every time we take a step
these terrorists appear.
They ain’t never gone no where
But you take a step forward
they come out!
King spoke,” I have a dream!”
and we paid for it
with the four little girls. Blown up in Birmingham. Before that
we won the bus boycott
the terrorists blew up Dr. King’s house.
The real terrorists
been with us hundreds of years. DuBois
called it The Sisyphus Syndrome. You push the rock up the mountain
The terrorists appear and try to roll it back down.
Now Obama get in defeating
Cain's son, the one in the bible
live in Arizona where they shot that congresswoman
in the head, and now wanna ban Latino studies
these is them Terrorists. Still terrorizing.
That 's Goldwater's state
famously backward. A terrorist. McCain turned tail in Viet Nam
He come back a hero terrorist. Terrorist
just the same.
We get clear enough to elect Obama
the terrorists take off they Klan clothes
put on some suits , they the t party, now. TEA
The Evil Assholes, they terrorists & Nazi's
like always. They do anything to stop America's getting rid of it’s craziness.
They never let all of us
be Americans. They terrorists
And the Republicans they even got negroes 
Real Public Coons, they terrorists too
like Tom Ass Clarence & his evil wife
Citizens United , they terrorists, hurt us worse than
the Taliban. GOP, Grand Old Psychopaths.
What Al Queada can’t do the Republicans can
Been doing it in one costume or another
for hundreds of years
Now they so frustrated, they Racist Addiction
coming down on them, Boehner’s nose running,
Got new maniacs to please, old jones coming down, Ted Cruz, a Texas junkie
had a crying jag in Congress, , or the other nut, Ryan
trying to stop you from sending your kids to college
a real mullah for sure
Terrorists took over congress, listen to them
absolute nuts . What the Taliban can’t do
they are doing, close down
the United States government.! Now who
would do that? Think about it. What
the Taliban and Al Quaeda couldn’t do. Terrorists in the congress
locked down the govt because
the black dude there , just as they would in the 19th century
when a blood wanted to vote. We facing the sickness
of terrorists. Been terrorizing all of us
for hundreds of years. When we gonna catch em
and lock ‘em upl These terrorists. Catch em
and lock ‘em up! Then we can cure ourselves,

Civil rights groups call for new inquiry in to Santa Ana office bombing that killed Palestinian-American Alex Odeh

Plea for fresh investigation into 1985 death of anti-discrimination leader Alex Odeh

Civil rights groups and members of Congress are pressing the US Justice Department (DOJ) to renew its investigation of a 1985 office bombing that killed Palestinian-American civil rights leader Alex Odeh and injured seven people.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, Jewish Voice for Peace and others have launched a petition campaign asking Justice to further investigate the explosion, which demolished the committee’s office in Santa Ana, California. The online petition has about 10,000 signatures.

California Democratic Representative Loretta Sanchez sent a letter to the department in June and is seeking other lawmakers to sign a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The FBI identified suspects after the attack, but none were ever named or indicted.

“Whenever a leader for a civil rights organisation is killed, it is the responsibility of our country as a whole – and a civil rights community as a whole – to stand up and demand that their killers be brought to justice and to insure that the US Department of Justice does everything in its power to close the case,” NAACP President Ben Jealous told reporters on Monday.

The DOJ, which has furloughed workers due to the government shutdown, had no immediate comment on Monday, which also was the federal Columbus Day holiday.

In 2010, the FBI described the killing of Odeh in an agency news blog as “an active, ongoing priority investigation” and noted a $1m reward.
Representative John Conyers, said that he wants the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to convene a hearing on the bombing.

“We’re going to pursue it vigorously and we’re not going to let any more time lapse,” Mr Conyers said. “We’re going to continue to help all of the organisations that are involved build up more and more support for us getting to where we ought to be in terms of a horrific, violent crime that has – I think – been put on the back burner for far too long.”

At the time of the attack, the FBI said they believed the bombing was the responsibility of the militant Jewish Defence League. An attorney for the group denied the allegations and asked for a retraction from the agency. The FBI also linked Odeh’s killing to two other acts of domestic terrorism in Brentwood, New York and Paterson, New Jersey, that same year.

Odeh, the West Coast regional director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was killed as he opened the door to his office on 11 October, 1985.

The bombing occurred the morning after Odeh said on a Los Angeles television news broadcast that Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yassir Arafat was a “man of peace” because of his role in securing the release of passengers from the hijacked Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in Egypt.

Odeh, who came to the US from Palestine, was described by both Jews and Arabs as a non-violent man who advocated compromise. According to the American-Arab committee, Odeh immigrated to the United States in 1972 and became a US citizen in 1977. He was a poet and lecturer.

Alex Odeh: Key dates 
1972 Alex Odeh immigrates to the US
1985 The morning after he gives a TV interview calling Yasser Arafat a “man of peace”, Odeh, the regional director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, is killed.
2010 The FBI describes the killing of Odeh as “an active, ongoing priority investigation”.
June 2013 Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez writes to US attorney general Eric Holder asking for an update on the investigation.

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