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Memo 46: How To Hijack A Movement
"Keep your friends close: Keep your enemy closer"
This chapter is one of those that I find bittersweet because some of the people whose brilliance I've admired most over the years ae some of the same people who have been involved, in one way or another, of perpetrating plans and turning their heads to policies that they knew full well was not only wrong, but caused suffering.
But not just suffering.
They caused the erosion of a justice system we claimed was available and equal for all. Not for national security, not even for national defense or sensitive information that could be use in a detrimental way. It's done for the expediency of politics, to ensure winning elections and maintaining an image to the public all the while serving the commercial interests of the large corporations that enable their continued success in national leadership.
And for the sake of what they might call a big picture world view, lives are used and lost for what they might call the good of the nation, or for the good of the world as a whole, like one of those movies where people talk about the loss of life from a nuclear meltdown, and speak of a million casualties in a hour as if it was small potatoes. Not people. More like numbers that either do or don't represent dependents of the state.
I don't mean to sound so cyncial, but the following memo exemplifies the cynicism of this government, a nation that often speaks with pride about freedom of speech, the ability of citizens to elect and interact with elected officials and even how our communities band together totake care of he needs of our fellow citizens, even when the government is unresponsive.
Governments, throughout history, have felt threatened by such public an individual intiative not because it is detrimental, but because it dispenses with the need of government control, and since politics, especially these days, is more about the image of a candidate and the impressions given by their well written speeches than the actual accomplishments and the deception of their campaign promises compared to their actual initiatives as a legislator.
I find it ironic that Barack Obama's National Security Advisor for his 2008 Campaign - and now part of his administration - Zbigniew Brezinski - wrote this memo in 1978 during the Carter Administration concerning the threat of interference in policy because of certain political groups and citizen concerns, domestically and internationally, and the tactics used by the government to neutralize threats by absorbing them, giving the image that their concerns are now being addressed, only to soon discover that they were included in order to pacify them and to use their influence with the communities the government wished to silence or hijack.
And still, we wonder why citizens are not given the privilege to have and witness honest, open conversations about issues and policies anymore. This document will explain a lot. I hope Barack Obama sees this.
This is about the Carter Administration and Zbigniew Brzezinski.
This Document is Exhibit 10 of U.S. Supreme Court Case No.00-9587
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM-46
MARCH 17, 1978
Presidential Review Memorandum NSCM/46
SUBJECT: Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement
The President has directed that a comprehensive review be made of current developments in Black Africa from the point of view of their possible impacts on the black movement in the United States. The review should consider:
1. Long-term tendencies of social and political developments and the degree to which
they are consistent with or contradict the U.S. interests.
cc: The Secretary of the Treasury
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
STUDY RESPONSE TO PRESIDENTIAL SECURITY
Objective of our policy toward Black Africa is to prevent social upheavals which could
radically change the political situation throughout the area. The success or failure of
our policy in the region depends on the solution international
II. A. U.S. INTERESTS IN BLACK AFRICA
A multiplicity of interests influences the U.S. attitude toward black Africa. The most important of these interests can be summarized as follows:
IV. BLACK AFRICA AND THE U.S. BLACK MOVEMENT
Apart from the above-mentioned factors adverse to U.S. strategic interests, the
nationalist liberation movement in black Africa can act as a catalyst with far reaching
effects on the American black community by stimulating its organizational consolidation
and by inducing radical actions. Such a result would be likely as Zaire went the way of
Angola and Mozambique.
In order to prevent such a trend and protect U.S. national security interests,
it would appear essential to elaborate and carry out effective countermeasures.
Inside the United States these actions could include protest demonstrations against our policy toward South Africa accompanied by demand for boycotting corporations and banks which maintain links with that country; attempts to establish a permanent black lobby in Congress including activist leftist radical groups and black legislators; the reemergence of Pan-African ideals; resumption of protest marches recalling the days of Martin Luther King; renewal of the extremist idea national idea of establishing an "African Republic" on American soil. Finally, leftist radical elements of the black community could resume extremist actions in the style of the defunct Black Panther Party.
Internationally, damage could be done to the United States by coordinated activity of African states designed to condemn U.S. policy toward South Africa, and initiate discussions on the U.S. racial issue at the United Nations where the African representation constitutes a powerful bloc with about one third of all the votes.
A menace to U.S. economic interests, though not a critical one, could be posed by a boycott by Black African states against American companies which maintain contact with South Africa and Rhodesia. If the idea of economic assistance to black Americans shared by some African regimes could be realized by their placing orders in the United States mainly with companies owned by blacks, they could gain a limited influence on the U.S. black community.
In the above context, we must envisage the possibility, however remote, that black Americans interested in African affairs may refocus their attention on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Taking into account; the African descent of American blacks it is reasonable to anticipate that their sympathies would lie with the Arabs who are closer to them in spirit and in some case related to them by blood. Black involvement in lobbying to support the Arabs may lead to serious dissention between American black and Jews. The likelihood of extremist actions by either side is negligible, but the discord may bring about tension in the internal political climate of the United States.
3. Political options
In the context of long-term strategy, the United States can not afford a radical change in the fundamentals of its African policy, which is designed for maximum protection of national security. In the present case, emphasis is laid on the importance of Black Africa for U.S. political, economic and military interests.
In weighing the range of U.S. interests in Black Africa, basic recommendations arranged without intent to imply priority are:
1. Specific steps should be taken with the help of appropriate government agencies to inhibit coordinated activity of the Black Movement in the United States.
2. Special clandestine operations should be launched by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces, and to cause division among Black African radical national groups and their leaders.
3. U.S. embassies to Black African countries specially interested in southern Africa must be highly circumspect in view of the activity of certain political circles and influential individuals opposing the objectives and methods of U.S. policy toward South Africa. It must be kept in mind that the failure of U.S. strategy in South Africa would adversely affect American standing throughout the world. In addition, this would mean a significant diminution of U.S. influence in Africa and the emergence of new difficulties in our internal situation due to worsening economic prospects.
4. The FBI should mount surveillance operations against Black African representatives and collect sensitive information on those, especially at the U.N., who oppose U.S. policy toward South Africa. The information should include facts on their links with the leaders of the Black movement in the United States, thus making possible at least partial neutralization of the adverse effects of their activity.
V. TRENDS IN THE AMERICAN BLACK MOVEMENT
In connection with our African policy, it is highly important to evaluate
correctly the present state of the Black movement in the Untied States and basing
ourselves on all available information, to try to devise a course for its future
development. Such an approach is strongly suggested by our perception of the fact
that American Blacks form a single ethnic group potentially capable of causing extreme
instability in our strategy toward South Africa. This may lead to critical differences
between the United States and Black Africa in particular. It would also encourage the
Soviet Union to step up its interference in the region. Finally, it would pose a serious
threat to the delicate structure of race relations within the United States. All the above
considerations give rise to concern for the future security of
Since the mid-1960s, when legislation on the human rights was passed and Martin Luther King murdered, federal and local measures to improve black welfare have been taken, as a result of which the U.S. black movement has undergone considerable changes.
The principle changes are as follows:
*Social and economic issues have supplanted political aims as the main preoccupations of the movement. and actions formerly planned on a nationwide scale are now being organized locally.
*Fragmentation and a lack of organizational unity within the movement.
*Sharp social stratification of the Black population and lack of policy options which could reunite them.
*Want of a national leader of standing comparable to Martin Luther King.
B. THE RANGE OF POLICY OPTIONS
The concern for the future security of the United States makes necessary the range of policy options. Arranged without intent imply priority they are:
(a) to enlarge programs, within the framework of the present budget, for the improvement of the social and economic welfare of American Blacks in order to ensure continuing development of present trends in the Black movement;
(b) to elaborate and bring into effect a special program designed to perpetuate division in the Black movement and neutralize the most active groups of leftist radical organizations representing different social strata of the Black community: to encourage division in Black circles;
(c) to preserve the present climate which inhibits the emergence from within the Black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal;
(d) to work out and realize preventive operations in order to impede durable ties between U.S Black organizations and radical groups in African states;
(e) to support actions designed to sharpen social stratification in the Black community which would lead to the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated Blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different Black groups and a weakening of the movement as a whole.
(f) to facilitate the greatest possible expansion of Black business by granting government contracts and loans with favorable terms to Black businessmen;
(g) to take every possible means through the AFL-CIO leaders to counteract the increasing influence of Black labor organizations which function in all major unions and in particular, the National Coalition of Black Trade Union and its leadership including the creation of real preference for adverse and hostile reaction among White trade unionists to demands for improvement of social and economic welfare of the Blacks;
(h) to support the nomination at federal and local levels of loyal Black public figures to elective offices, to government agencies and the Court.
This would promote the achievement of a twofold purpose:
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