The Panthers did a relatively involved investigation of the SLA's police
ties and came to the conclusion that Cinque (aka Donald DeFreeze) had
worked for the police prior to his leadership of the SLA--with Donald
Tackwood of the Criminal Investigative Division of the LAPD and CHP (I
think) and had been approached by elements of the federal government as
well. Their apparent interest was for him to involve himself in a prisoner
support group that was populated mostly with radicals that eventually
became the core of the SLA. His involvement was to be a combination of
spying and provocateurism. His SLA involvement began after he was
unexplainedly (according to California Prison standard operating procedure)
transferred from a high security lockup (Soledad?) to Vacaville where he
"escaped" and made his way to the Bay Area.
At 05:37 PM 07/05/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>> Sarah Olson Ungagged! Special Program-"What's Goin On?" this Friday
>> with Jeffrey Blankfort
>> Sara Jane Olson is the object of a vicious prosecutorial campaign being
>> waged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office-the same boffo folks
>> that brought you the frame up of former Black Panther leader Geronimo ji
>> Jaga (Pratt).
>> Last Saturday night Olson spoke at a benefit in San Francisco, along
>> with attorney Stuart Hanlon, about her case and the 1970s-era Symbionese
>> Liberation Army (SLA), of which she is alleged to have been a member.
>At the time many of us thought that the SLA was a police front (like one of
>the terrorist organizations in Czarist Russia in which all but one member
>were Secret Police) -- and that the massacre at the end was a police
>double-cross of their agents. Does anyone on this list know anything either
>way re the group.
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