[Pnews] Former policeman leads effort to free Omaha Two COINTELPRO prisoners
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Tue Sep 22 15:20:00 EDT 2015
Former policeman leads effort to free Omaha Two COINTELPRO prisoners
Former Omaha policeman Tariq Al-Amin, head of Nebraskans for Justice,
took his campaign to free the Omaha Two
<http://crimemagazine.com/j-edgar-hoover-and-framing-omaha-two> to the
airwaves in Washington, D.C. Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa,
former David Rice, were the subjects of a special two-hour radio program
on WOL-AM radio
hosted by announcer Carl Nelson
on Sept. 21. The special broadcast gave Tariq a chance to tell the story
of the Omaha Two <http://www.examiner.com/topic/omaha-two-1> to a new
The Omaha Two were leaders of Omaha's Black Panther affiliate chaper
National Committee to Combat Fascism. The pair were also targets of J.
Edgar Hoover's illegal, clandestine counterintelligence operation
codenamed COINTELPRO <http://www.examiner.com/topic/cointelpro>. Hoover
conducted a massive, secret war on America's political activists whose
loyalty he questioned. The Black Panthers
<http://www.examiner.com/topic/black-panthers> were the target of the
most lethal ferocity of COINTELPRO actions. The Omaha Two were convicted
for the 1970 murder of a policeman after a controversial trial that
included a withheld FBI Laboratory report on the identity of the
anonymous 911 caller that lured Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr. to his death.
Carl Nelson's advocacy for the Omaha Two will be a big boost for Tariq's
Midwest-based campaign. Nelson was so impressed by the story of Mondo
and Poindexter that he compared them to Nelson Mandela. Nelson said the
two men were caught in the same kind of net that imprisoned Los Angeles
Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt. Unlike the Nebraska prisoners,
Pratt was able regain his freedom after a quarter-century behind bars,
The Omaha Two have been locked up forty-five years, serving life
sentences, at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.
Tariq Al-Amin co-hosted a freedom rally
in August at the Malcolm X Memorial Center in Omaha. Tariq opened the
program and then had co-host Mary Dickinson, an officer in Nebraskans
for Justice, tell the gathering about the role of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation in framing the two men for Minard's murderer. Independent
researcher Kietryn Zychal discussed the role of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms Division in the case.
Video clips of the prisoners were shown, updates on the health of the
two men were also given. Both prisoners suffer from the effects of their
long years of confinement with impaired health. The last time the
Nebraska Supreme Court looked at the case they dismissed it out-of-hand
without even issuing a written decision leaving the men with little
recourse to the courts.
Tariq's tireless efforts were long aided by the late Marvin McClarty.
McClarty was also an Omaha policeman who had been stationed outside
Mondo's house the night it was searched and dynamite was allegedly
found. The search seemed suspicious to McClarty who saw detectives
carrying things into the house. After his retirement, McClarty took on a
weekly public access television program with Tariq where the two men
reviewed police reports of the previous week.
Tariq closed his WOL radio interview by talking about the
disappointments of his effort. Tariq said others have encouraged him to
give up but that he knew the right thing to do was to keep working for
justice for Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa. Veteran radio host Carl
Nelson now joins Tariq and has added his voice to the call for freedom.
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