A newly leaked terrorism assessment from a law enforcement fusion center in Virginia singles out Historically Black Colleges as potential “radicalization nodes” for terrorists. Reminder that the State is not the Black man’s friend?

Talk about an interesting dose of reality five months after the US elects its first Black president and the smoke and mirrors are evidently gone for anyone who wants to not-be ignorant.

The Raw Story:

RAW STORY has published the entirety of the 215 page report [.pdf]…

From page 17:

A wide variety of terror or extremist groups have links to [a highlighted area of Virginia]. This area not only has a diverse population due to the strong military presence, but it is also the site of several universities.

While most of these universities are considered urban, two are designated as a Historically Black Colleges and Universities, while Regent University is a private, evangelical Christian institution. While the majority of individuals associated with educational institutions do not engage in activities of interest to the VFC, it is important to note that University-based students groups are recognized as a radicalization node for almost every type of extremist group.

“If we are to believe this exaggerated threat assessment, Virginia’s learning and religious institutions must be hotbeds of terrorist activity,” said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, in an advisory. “This document and its authors have displayed a fundamental disregard for our constitutional rights of free expression and association. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time we’ve seen such an indifference to these basic rights from local fusion centers. Congress must take the necessary steps to institute real and thorough oversight mechanisms at fusion centers before we reach a point where we are all considered potential suspects.”

“There is an appalling lack of oversight at these fusion centers and they are becoming – as the ACLU has repeatedly warned – a breeding ground for overzealous police intelligence activities,” said Michael German, ACLU Policy Counsel and former FBI Agent, in a release. “The Virginia threat assessment isn’t just disturbing for encouraging police to treat education and religious practices with suspicion, it’s bad law enforcement. Lawmakers from all levels of government need to enact legislation to protect against these spying activities that threaten our democracy while doing nothing to improve security.”

This comes soon after the State of Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) complied a report singling out libertarians as potential terror threats to which I responded:

The American State is a terrorist organization!

By its own legal definition, the pot is calling the kettle, ‘black’. The definition’s right there. My classification is uncontroversial. MIAC’s defeats all logic and reasonable fact. This is the audacity of the MIAC report.

Libertarians are great at quoting the Constitution, Jefferson’s Axiom, Henry David Thoreau’s ‘best government governs least’, and Benjamin Tucker’s ‘government’s best when it doesn’t govern at all’ as proverbs. This isn’t the time for that. When the State wants to call libertarian dissent, ‘potential domestic terrorism’, libertarianism — not the Constitution — supplies our argument so much better.

Lew Rockwell hits the heart of libertarianism in the introduction of his latest work, The Left, The Right, and The State: “The reality of the State is that it is a looting and killing machine.”

This is our response to MIAC.

I think that assessment works here. Although, the pot calling the kettle, ‘black’ is a bad pun. (yuk! yuk!)

But, seriously, though I detest their use of violence within their own ranks, this is why the Black Panther Party of ole was the last serious Black movement in the USA. They refused to trust the State. Now, it’s commonplace for Black leaders to not only accept the State, but embrace its illegitimate use of force and those who wish to use that force in misguided, illusory preservation of the Union [sic] for their own cynical political gain in the State.

These reports are unrelated to the president, but this is related to the illusion of the State as a ‘friend to the Black man’ that the president’s election provided. It’s about time for this to stop from anyone who cares about the liberation of people from tyranny. If there’s any hope for some rational reaction from the Black community, there’s the International People’s Democratic Uhuru movement (InPDUM). While I’m not in full agreement with them, there are lines that libertarians should support — and as a minority, myself, that I admire and sympathize. From InPDUM’s “History” page:

InPDUM is known and respected around the world for demanding reparations to African people for slavery and colonialism, demanding an end to the police containment of our communities, pushing for real economic development instead of more police, protecting the dignity of our children as intelligent, capable and talented human beings, and taking the right stand on many other issues that face the African community, even when it is unpopular to do so.

InPDUM Stances:

African Internationalists and real revolutionaries understand that democracy is a form of the State and that the State, by its very nature is oppressive. Therefore, when we speak of democracy or democratic rights we mean the struggle to place limitations on the power of the colonial State to intervene in the affairs of our domestically colonized African people.

When InPDUM declared that the highest form of democracy is self-determination it was speaking to the fact that the bourgeois democratic State of a hostile, foreign and alien power, the U.S. of North America, holds African people in colonial bondage. For us the significance of the U.S. constitution and its other democratic utterances and institutions is the fact that they offer us opportunities to expose the colonial contradictions, to expose the dictatorship of the colonial ruling class.

It helps us to understand that our task ultimately is not to win relief through the achievement of democracy within U.S. society but to struggle against and overthrow this colonial, bourgeois democracy that holds us in bondage.

Acceptance of the bourgeois definition of democracy is to rob democracy of its class character and its relationship to the State. The primary relationship Africans have to the U.S. is colonialism, the imposition of a foreign and alien State power over the lives of our people the forcible expropriation of our capacity for self-determination. Therefore, understanding the State and its relationship to democracy is fundamental to understanding the essence of our struggle against colonialism. Indeed, the struggle against colonialism is the struggle for self-determination.

A weakness in the understanding of this question of the State and democracy challenged the ability of InPDUM to keep the struggle for self-determination in the center of its national democratic struggles. As a consequence, although InPDUM led many critical struggles for democracy on local levels against police terror, oppression of our children in the school system, ideological assaults by the bourgeois media, etc. these struggles did not necessarily win Africans to the struggle for self-determination.

While the people complain about the NAACP when they come to us because of the inability of the NAACP to unite with the struggles of the African working class, they maintain their loyalty to the NAACP because it stands alone, unchallenged ideologically by our movement and solidly supported by the white ruling class.

The so-called democracy of the U.S. originated during the period of legal enslavement of captured and kidnapped Africans and even as the Native People were being actively and viciously wiped out. The Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties, although waged in the name of all the African people, only provided democracy for the African primitive petty bourgeoisie who now run for president, lead genocidal U.S. colonial armies, act as nominal heads of local governments, drive Mercedes Benzes, etc. at the expense of the majority of our people who now catch more hell from the U.S. government than we did 20 years ago.

InPDUM Platform Points:

Point 1: We demand international democratic rights and self-determination for African people throughout the world.

Point 2: We demand community control of the police and the immediate withdrawal of the terroristic police and military troops from the African Community.

Point 3: We Demand community control of schools and Mandatory African history in schools.

Point 7: We demand an end to the colonial court and prison systems which have the majority of African men and increasingly African women and children, incarcerated, on probation or parole, and the immediate release of all political prisoners and prisoners of war.

Point 8: We demand an end to the theft, kidnapping, sale, abuse and removal of African children from their communities under the genocidal foster care system throughout the world.

Point 10: We demand reparations for African people.

Point 13: We demand the removal of borders, including immigration laws, that hold the African community hostage and debilitate the movement of African people throughout the world.

Imagine this group discussing the end of fiat money, non-monopolistic police and judicial services, public education, government parenting, the immorality of theft and its existence on the grandest of scales, imprisonment of the State as kidnapping, imperialism, just war theory, and the cynical nature of authoritative institutions and peoples’ need for those institutions to legitimize themselves to exercise its claimed authority with deontological libertarians — namely, those who claim to identify with the ‘libertarian left’ like Rothbardians, agorists, mutualists, etc.

Given InPDUM’s intense Black Nationalism, they’re obviously demanding reparations. Aggression toward an innocent individual is obviously immoral, but the possession of stolen property isn’t legitimate. Murray Rothbard makes the excellent rationalization for reparations in The Ethics of Liberty (.pdf, pgs. 60-61) which I analyzed before:

Am I saying that all Blacks should receive a check in the mail from a tax increase on Whites? Absolutely not. But the ancestors of plantation owners are in the possession of stolen property. The individuals didn’t commit the aggression and possession is a large percentage of ownership. Until an heir steps up or is found and proves to be an heir to the stolen property, the plantation owner’s heir legitimately owns the property under the homesteading principle as if the property were abandoned. But, the heir of the slave owns the fruits of his ancestor’s labor that his ancestor never collected. These terms can be decided with hard production numbers, property values in accordance with inflation and such because in a libertarian society, once that heir is found, the plantation owner’s heir no longer has a legitimate claim to the property title….

If the property’s changed hands a large amount of times, the present title’s still illegitimate. Like your wallet in the pawn shop, the current inhabitants derives from someone who stole the property itself or paid for it with the fruits of the slave’s labor — not their own or in an exchange for their legitimately acquired property.

[Walter Block wrote a absolutely enlightening journal article titled, “On Reparations to Blacks for Slavery” (.pdf, pgs. 55-73) in 2002 that I recommend reading on the subject.]

Ivory tower libertarianism has long been linked with Reaganite corporatism because of the Libertarian Party’s lack of principle to take on illegitimate institutions — accepting the utilitarian approaches to accepting possessors’ of property as legitimate owners for no real reason other than its own preservation as a party (which is now not only a joke to Dems and the GOP, but even libertarians). In Ethics, Rothbard also clearly states abolitionism as a prime strategy and the moral approach for liberty where anti-statist Black causes should be aggressively supported where they can’t ally with the cynical institutions like the NAACP and grandstanders like Jesse Jackson. (259)

Just as I call on libertarians to not monopolize their rhetoric around guns and gold to take a much more active role in the antiwar movement — not primarily because ‘it’s bankrupting our nation’, but because life is the most fundamental natural right to defend — institutional racism is still an element of the State. It isn’t anywhere near what slavery was, but still a cynical tactic for statists to atomize people into supporting their political parties in the left-right paradigm. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more reports like these come out of swing states like Missouri and Virginia to demean liberty in the name of preserving the State.

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