[Ppnews] Anti-COINTELPRO demonstration at Nebraska State Capitol for the Omaha Two
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Thu Mar 15 13:02:45 EDT 2012
Anti-COINTELPRO demonstration at Nebraska State Capitol for the Omaha Two
By Michael Richardson, COINTELPRO Examiner
Several dozen demonstrators spread a 30 foot banner across the
entrance to the Nebraska State Capitol on Tuesday in behalf of the
Omaha Two. Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice)
are serving life sentences at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in
Lincoln for the 1970 murder of an Omaha policeman.
The Omaha Two were convicted after a COINTELPRO-tainted trial where
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover had ordered
evidence withheld from the jury. Poindexter and Mondo were leaders
of Omaha's Black Panther affiliate chapter and targets of Hoover's
clandestine war of counterintelligence against domestic political activists.
Serving 41 years in prison, the Omaha Two are among America's
longest-held political prisoners.
The capitol steps demonstration was organized by Ben Jones of the
Anti-Oppression Art project. Jones used Facebook to help recruit
people to help hold the giant banner.
Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa continue to maintain their innocence
for the murder of Larry MInard, Sr. on August 17, 1970. Minard and
seven other Omaha police officers were lured to a vacant house by an
anonymous 911 call about a woman screaming. Instead of a woman,
police found a booby-trapped suitcase filled with dynamite which
exploded in Minard's face as examined it.-
J. Edgar Hoover ordered the FBI crime laboratory to withhold a report
on its analysis of a recording of the 911 call. Omaha police had
sent the tape to Washington to determine the identity of the
anonymous caller. The unknown caller presented a problem in making a
case against the two Black Panther leaders.
For a year prior to the bombing, Paul Young, the Special
Agent-in-Charge of the Omaha FBI office had been under pressure from
Hoover to eliminate the Black Panther leadership. After the Omaha
Two trial in April 1971, where the jury never got to hear the voice
of Minard's killer on the 911 tape, Young was rewarded for his role
in the case with a transfer to head the Kansas City FBI office.
Ivan Willard Conrad, the FBI laboratory director, talked with Hoover
about the unusual request to withhold information since it involved
the death of a policeman. Hoover told Conrad to withhold a report on
the identity of the caller which Conrad noted on the COINTELPRO memo
about the tape. Hoover never publicly acknowledged his role in the frame-up.
The Omaha Two are on the agenda Saturday at the Left Forum at Pace
University in New York. The title of the panel discussion is
Remembering Our Comrades and is one of the opening sessions.
For further information on the Omaha Two click HERE -
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