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The man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training - which preceded fatal shootouts with Oakland police in the turbulent 1960s - was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.
One of the Bay Area's most prominent radical activists of the era, Richard Masato Aoki was known as a fierce militant who touted his street-fighting abilities. He was a member of several radical groups before joining and arming the Panthers.
I used to publish an activist newsletter with Sara Jane Olson and then five years later she was put in prison for helping the SLA. So then I said that her main defense should be that the SLA was started up as a fake government group.
Apple Spider ("Weaving a web of resistance in the Twin Cities Progressive Community") is a new publication of the Arise! Resource Center and Bookstore in Minneapolis. The 6-page issue seen (December 1995) contains material on the boycott against Jessica McClintock clothing, a report on charges against members of the Twin Cities Coalition to Defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, information about the campaign to free Leonard Peltier, and an action alert regarding Minneapolis-based Nash Finch Company, as well as a calendar listing events and meetings through mid-January 1996. (2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405, 612-298-8489).
The Symbionese Liberation Army, like the People's Temple, was a creation of the CIA. The SLA had at its core a clique of black ex-convicts from Vacaville Prison. Donald DeFreeze, otherwise known as Cinque, led the SLA. He was formerly an informant for the LAPDs Criminal Conspiracy Section and the director of Vacaville's Black Cultural Association (BCA), a covert mind control unit with funding from the CIA channeled through SRI. The Menlo Park behavior modification specialists experimented with psychoactive drugs administered to members of the BCA. Black prisoners were programmed to murder selected black leaders once on the outside. The CIA/SRI zombie killer hit list included Oakland school superintendent Dr. Marcus Foster, and Panthers Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, among others. DeFreeze stated that at Vacaville in 1971-72, he was the subject of a CIA mind control experiment. He described his incarceration on the prisons third floor, where he was corralled by CIA agents who drugged him and said he would become the leader of a radical movement and kidnap a wealthy person. After his escape from Vacaville (an exit door was left unlocked for him), that's exactly what he did.
At Vacaville, Dr. Hamilton worked with Black men like psychiatrist Dr. Isaac Slaughter, and CIA contractor Colston Westbrook to produce inmate zombie assassins and political “patsies” out of Black inmates. Their most infamous creation was virtual reality Black revolutionary, Donald Defreeze, of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Dr. Hamilton’s cover was exposed by Congressman Leo Ryan in October of 1978, which may have led among other things to his assassination on November 18, 1978 in Guyana.