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From the Pen of David Horowitz: September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009


My reflections after Betty’s murder did not stop with the Panthers. I understood better now who they were, yet was puzzled by the way they seemed to operate with impunity. This was a reality that was a far cry from the image of the persecuted vanguard we had created (and were able to establish widely in the press). Law enforcement seemed unable to stop them, and at times was even paralyzed in its efforts to do so. If one thought about it without ideological blinders, the authorities we accused of harassing them were surprisingly forbearing, and on occasion even showed exceptional consideration. Although Newton had murdered an Oakland policeman, the chief of the Oakland force had warned him when his life was in jeopardy, even though the danger was created by his own criminal acts. And this was not the only instance I knew of. During Bobby Seale’s campaign for mayor, one of his bodyguards, jittery from lack of sleep, in the early morning hours had inadvertently shot and killed a crippled newsboy. This presented the authorities and the press alike an opportunity to destroy the campaign and do the Panthers serious damage. But the bodyguard was arrested and prosecuted quietly, while Seale went on with his mayoral quest—which included regular denunciations of the “fascist” power structure and its brutal repression of Panthers like him.

Radical Son

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  1. jbtrevor permalink
    September 28, 2009 5:39 am

    “It takes one to know one”


  2. Alan permalink
    September 28, 2009 8:09 am

    With DNA, David, why won’t the police reopen the case? I’m sure the evidence will point directly to Elaine Brown or that Flores creep. And if so, they should be placed in jail for the rest of their miserable lives with the key thrown in the Bay where they murdered her – no matter what Fruitcake (Jerry) Brown or anyone else screams.

    Or is it that law enforcement, especially in Oakland and Berkeley is coopted by the Leftard Fascists and Reverse Racists who control those towns?

    • Glenn Reynolds permalink
      September 28, 2009 6:48 pm

      If the case is to made, the police will do it. If not, there’s no case.

  3. REB permalink
    September 28, 2009 3:12 pm

    Alan, your comment that, “Or is it that law enforcement, especially in Oakland and Berkeley is coopted by the Leftard Fascists and Reverse Racists who control those towns?” is right on the mark, even to the national level. Why do you think Obama stated he wanted a national civilian security force as large as and as strong as the military? It’s like what happened in Nazi Germany when Hitler created the Brownshirts. In Germany, if you opposed Hitler you were a Jew. Here you’re a racist.

    Sieg Heil Comrades

    • Glenn Reynolds permalink
      September 28, 2009 6:49 pm

      Well that’s just plain silly.

  4. REB permalink
    September 28, 2009 8:35 pm


    Considering the facts that CA supports criminal activity thru illegal immigration, shows hostility to military recruiters, refuses to investigate invasions of churches by gays, warned Black radical activists of threats to their lives, refuses to investigate public schools forcing Muslim indoctrination on students while banning even private Christian prayers in public schools among other acts what just do you find plain silly — telling the truth, connecting the dots, or judging people by their words and past associations? Or do you just like to use the widest brush possible without stating a single fact or position?

  5. September 29, 2009 8:11 am

    I’m still waiting for justice in the Betty Van Patter case. I hope her daughter is still seeking that justice too and will surely get help from Obama!

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