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    <h1 class="page-title">Former policeman leads effort to free Omaha
      Two COINTELPRO prisoners</h1>
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          colorized-text"> September 22</span></time></div>
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            <p>Former Omaha policeman Tariq Al-Amin, head of Nebraskans
              for Justice, took his campaign to free the <a
                href="http://crimemagazine.com/j-edgar-hoover-and-framing-omaha-two"
                target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Omaha Two</a> 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 <a
href="http://woldcnews.newsone.com/1519228/former-panthers-wrongful-conviction-exposed-on-mondays-big-show/"
                target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WOL-AM radio</a> hosted
              by announcer <a
href="http://thewestsidegazette.com/radio-talk-show-host-carl-nelson-to-interview-former-omaha-police-officer-tariq-al-amin/"
                target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Carl Nelson</a> on Sept.
              21. The special broadcast gave Tariq a chance to tell the
              story of the <a
                href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/omaha-two-1"
                class="inline_link omniture-click-processed">Omaha Two</a>
              to a new national audience.</p>
            <p>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 <a
                href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/cointelpro"
                class="inline_link omniture-click-processed">COINTELPRO</a>.
              Hoover conducted a massive, secret war on America's
              political activists whose loyalty he questioned. The <a
                href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/black-panthers"
                class="inline_link omniture-click-processed">Black
                Panthers</a> 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.</p>
            <p>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.</p>
            <p>Tariq Al-Amin co-hosted a <a
href="http://www.examiner.com/article/omaha-two-freedom-event-at-malcolm-x-memorial-center-on-saturday">freedom
                rally</a> 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.</p>
            <p>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.</p>
            <p>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.</p>
            <p>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.</p>
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