Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 12 Num. 01 ======================================= ("Quid coniuratio est?")
[Editor's note: I received the following from a reader of Conspiracy Nation; it gives extra background on supposed "spontaneous" urban riots.]
I have been reading your articles for about a year and a half and I wish to thank you for the work you are doing. It takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing, please take care.
The recent article [Secrets of the L.A. Riots] has raised certain questions in my mind. First, have you seen the professionally prepared documentary on the history of Watts? I mention this because there are references in there to a long history of government programs to bring down any black power base, especially in bringing down the Panthers. And, lo and behold, there is related in this video about how someone, parties unknown, left weapons out for all in the Watts ghetto to take. In the first L.A. riot in the sixties they were left in white vans. Just prior to the King riot they were left in boxcars (!) on SP-owned sidings.  The documentary has this charge (about the boxcars of weapons) being repeated by former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. This would seem to corroborate what you are writing.
Also, I have been told by a person whose name I can no longer remember, and what with the only person I know who could tell me the name on the run from our friendly government, I can no longer verify the following: When the Waco siege was just under way this guy got into the compound and interviewed several of the Davidians (it may also be that he interviewed by phone, at this point I'm not sure) and was told that one of the Davidians (the Harvard-educated Black guy, I cannot remember his name) had hacked into Pentagon and L.A.P.D. computers. The Pentagon files revealed a list of weapons confiscated by the Israelis in the Lebanon incursion (I'm not sure why they would have them except that some of these weapons were eventually put into the hands of the contras, as was reported in the NY Times about six months after the Grenada invasion, where, I believe, these same weapons were used to fill the warehouses for the photo-op session three days later). They were able to hack the LAPD records of weapons confiscated from crimes and came up with a number of matches to the Pentagon records. I can only assume that, if this is indeed true, that this would have been one of the reasons to so savagely go after the Davidians. Have you heard any thing of this? Again, it lines up with the revelations in your article.
Finally, I have talked with the editor of a local left-wing magazine who related information she received from a prisoner formerly in Pelican Bay. Apparently the prisoner, with not much else to do, decided to do an FOIA request for any documents on the Bloods or the Crips. In the letter to this editor was a copy of a document from the FBI on an operation in the LA ghetto that was given the acronym CRIPS, something like "community reources in the private sector", that was to organize Black teenagers. My friend has been sitting on this information for years and is quite afraid of what may happen to anyone who would release this. I can't say as I blame my friend. But this may be an avenue of investigation you may want to pursue.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see where this all gets to; I doubt very far. The people of this country are so asleep. Keep up the good work.
(Name withheld by request)
---------------------------<< Notes >>---------------------------  In the 1960s, CIA ran a domestic operation called "Operation CHAOS," which partly involved the placement of covert operators into groups expressing dissent with U.S. government policies. Some of these covert operators were federally funded, with the money "filtered through Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's antipoverty organization, and that the members included individuals from one of Chicago's most feared street gangs -- the Blackstone Rangers." (Source: Orders To Kill by William F. Pepper. ISBN: 0-7867-0253-2.)
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