[sixties-l] Re: Re: Fwd: Lawyers Seek SLA Shootout Files

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: 10/07/00

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    radman says: My recollection was Foster wanted to institute fingerprinting, 
    but these references don't say whether the ID cards were to have students' 
    fingerprints...(not that any of it justifies murder)...
    From: <http://www.sfbg.com/News/33/39/Features/sla.html>
    [Foster]...was a moderate African American educator who....aroused the 
    SLA's ire by proposing that students carry ID cards.
    From: <http://www.nexttimes.8k.com/olson.htm>
    The SLA claimed responsibility; members thought Foster was encouraging 
    conformity through the
    issuance of student-identification cards.
    And, just to mix things up a bit..
    From: <http://www.newsmakingnews.com/mbinsidehearstkidnap.htm>
    The purpose of the Foster murder was to establish the existence of the 
    S.L.A. In
    October, 1973, the American Nazi Party was passing out leaflets in the San 
    Leandro shopping center, outside Oakland, that stated, "There might be 
    shotgun blasts into the guts of Mix Master principals and superintendents." 
    Dr. Foster was black, and his co-worker and close friend, Mr. Blackburn, is 
    white. A well-respected black educator was eliminated in Oakland, and the 
    murder would be associated with black radicals to spread terror among the 
    Two different kinds of bullets were used for the shootings, which allowed 
    the white educator to live. The black man never had a chance; the bullets 
    that murdered him were tipped with cyanide.
    Another fictitious police front, the "August Seventh Guerrilla Movement," 
    claimed credit for the death of two Oakland policemen who went down in a 
    helicopter in December, 1973. The National Transportation Safety Board, 
    Hughes Aircraft, and local authorities said it would have been impossible 
    for radicals to have caused these deaths. The purpose of these feats of 
    violence in California, bragged about by people who are unknown even to the 
    F.B.I. and the local police, is to spread the illusion that multiple 
    terrorists are hiding among us, trying to create chaos and disrupt our 
    daily lives.
    The result was that when Patricia Hearst was kidnapped, it appeared that 
    America's first political kidnapping was an act performed by 
    already-existing militant forces.
    At 06:40 PM 10/6/00 -0400, Michael Rossman <mrossman@igc.org> wrote:
    Although I abhor such violence as much as the next pacifist, even at targets
    less-generally respected,  it's instructive to review the rationale given by
    the SLA for the assassination of Marcus Foster. As I recall, they saw him as
    presiding over the military pacification of the public schools -- the key
    points being their fenced enclosure with armed guards, and the drugging of
    then-termed "hyperactive" students, particularly with Ritalin. Although the
    paths of development since do not coincide with SLA expectations, the irony of
    the present situation is apparent. For the degree of protective fortification
    and policing has advanced significantly,  not only in inner-city schools but
    in spreading to those more privileged; and the degree of drugging, across all
    social levels, has multiplied remarkably with the popularity of ADD/ADHD
    diagnosis and the general trend towards pharmaceutical management of personal
    and social problems. Ironically also, perhaps, Foster's assassination was a
    significant factor in disrupting the development of analyses and activism
    concerned with the conjunction of these two continuing developments.

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