Donald DeFreeze was the first Black Patsy in Secret Govt. plan to take over the U.S.
by Mae Brussell and Stephanie Caruana (c)
From the Berkeley Barb, 1974 (Number 18) “Both Sides Now”
Mae Brussell is a researcher who has spent ten years studying political assassinations and conspiracies in the United States. On July 11, 1972, she wrote the first and so far the only article to give a reasonable explanation for the break-in and arrest at the Watergate — three weeks after the event. The article, “Why Was Martha Mitchell Kidnapped?” as well as a long companion piece, “The Senate Select Committee is Part of the Cover-Up,” were published in The Realist. A story about Mae Brussell’s first article, which connected Watergate with the Kennedy assassinations, appeared in BSN no. 16, p. 4, under the title, “Does Secret Government Control America?”
For three years, Brussell’s weekly hour-long radio news analysis show, Dialogue Conspiracy, has been broadcast over Station KLRB-FM, in Carmel, California. Tapes of Dialogue Conspiracy are available to other radio stations through KLRB-FM. Brussell is currently working on a complete account of the Patricia Hearst kidnapping conspiracy for The Realist, and a book called Murderville, U.S.A. She also teaches the first accredited university course entitled Conspiracies and Assassinations, at Monterey Peninsula College.
Stephanie Caruana is a writer whose work has appeared in Playgirl and the Los Angeles Times, and the author of a play, The Rip-Off.
The following interview was completed in April.
SC: Can you please explain what is going on? Who or what is the S.L.A., and why did they kidnap Patricia Hearst?
MB: The script from the very beginning was to have the nice rich white princess kidnapped by the mean black prison “escapees;” to drag out the scenario until the whole nation was involved with Patty’s fate; and then to sacrifice her. Donald DeFreeze and Thero Wheeler would be the patsies. DeFreeze would be the main patsy: the first black Lee Harvey Oswald.
He would wind up dead, or in jail, silenced, like Sirhan Sirhan, Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, Arthur Bremmer, and many other patsies. The intelligence agencies behind the plot didn’t plan that Patty Hearst, Donald DeFreeze, and Thero Wheeler would survive and tell their story. The whole plot for the paramilitary take-over of the United States might come out in the open if the truth is revealed about this kidnapping.
On the other hand, if the plan to assassinate Patty Hearst is carried out, he military intelligence agencies will be stuck with something around their necks that could be just as difficult to cover up as the truth about the Kennedy assassination. Evidence of a high-level conspiracy will keep cropping up, again and again, and many more people will be murdered.
Since the Watergate story began to emerge, some people have become more sophisticated, and more suspicious. They know they have been lied to by people on the highest level of our government.
The Hearst kidnapping is a domestic conspiracy. I has to be understood in its historical context.
The past ten years have seen the murder of a President, a Senator, Congressmen, civil rights leaders, and hundreds of other victims of what I believe are related conspiracies.
The next ten years will be bloody and fearful for all minorities in the United States. It appears that there will be a concerted effort on the part of the Defense Intelligence Agency to continue the policies of the Nazis they brought into this country following World War II.
(See “Does Secret Government Control America” in BSN No. 16, p. 4.) Genocide will be made possible by the same techniques used in Germany.
Two large airports will be utilized to move large masses of people. In addition to the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport, a new airport is planned in San Diego, next to the Mexican border. These airports have been designed with extra-thick runways, to accommodate giant 747 planes.
The planes themselves, which have proved “impractical for civilian use,” have just been purchased by the military, and are being remodeled for mass transport. Their engines are turned over every day, at a cost of thousands of dollars, so that they can be pressed into service at a day’s notice.
Two large new prisons, costing over $186 million, are proposed for California. One is located in San Diego, next to the “new airport.” The proposed prisons in Vacaville and San Diego will specialize in “mental problems,” turning inmates into zombies.
Twelve and a half million acres of California desert land, stretching from the Mexican border near San Diego to the Sierra Nevada, have been secretly and quickly closed off to all vehicles. “Fear of dune buggies” was the cover story for his act. There should be regular examination of this territory for new fences and structures of any kind.
A new $105 million hospital, the most expensive in the world, is being planned for Travis Air Force Base in California. It is located on 82 private acres, inaccessible to most persons. This will be a computerized hospital, designed to include a revolutionary “one-room treatment center.” Col. Oliver C. Hood admitted that this “one-stop treatment, laboratory, drug dispensing, examining room may be controversial and not universally accepted at this time.”
The point should be very clear. Given enough violence, murders, and kidnappings in the U.S.A., the new hospitals, prisons, and airports will be used for mass genocide. There is nothing going on is our economy to assure housing, jobs, or education for minorities.
Congress is purposely impounding funds, cutting off school bussing, and denying legal aid for the poor. President Nixon is moving to reduce welfare funds drastically, at a time when job opportunities for minorities are scarce. All steps towards equal opportunity and racial progress are being halted. These actions are said to be the results of the “energy crisis.”
Preceding the Hearst kidnapping in February, 1974, there was a series of carefully staged, “senseless, motiveless” killings. They were blamed upon “cults.” Persons who survived the murderous attacks described their assailants as “zombies.” “Operation Zebra” — black versus white.
A series of so-called “Fillmore fires” took place before the killings. They were named after Fillmore Street in San Francisco – a street in the black part of town. CIA arsonists have been known to do such things as burn their own churches, and set fire to many buildings in order to blame “hippies.” The association of minorities with murder and arson was achieved.
What we are now experiencing is the importation of the dreaded “Operation Phoenix” program into the United States. William E. Colby, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be conducting paramilitary operations in order to escalate the necessity for martial law. Through various created and manipulated acts of violence, the only “solution” to “chaos, anarchy, and senseless violent acts” will be a police state. Colby’s C.I.A. specialty, the “Phoenix Operation” in Southeast Asia, was known for its torture, political assassinations, mass murders (20,000 to 40,000 civilians), tiger cages, rigged elections, and slanted intelligence.
The fact that this person was approved for appointment as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by a Senate vote of 83-13 indicates that the Senate both agrees with, and rewards, an agent of theirs for these acts against mankind.
It is no coincidence that the same Senate turned down a vote, after 25 years of stalling and debating, on an agreement that would outlaw genocide as late as March, 1974.
A government that funds, promotes, recognizes, and allows war criminals to direct their domestic affairs reveals a total disrespect for our lives. This monster and its vicious machinery will now turn upon us at home.
The Phoenix program was an indiscriminate murder program in Asia, utilizing terror and the killing of innocent people. The Hearst kidnapping is part of the Phoenix program inside the United States.
SC: Is the Hearst kidnapping related to other political assassinations and conspiracies?
MB: Yes. It is the most important domestic military action since the murder of President John Kennedy.
SC: How are they related?
MB: The killing of John Kennedy marked the overthrow of a government elected by the majority. It was also the signal for a domestic “war” against minorities, students, and prisoners, and for the escalation of war in Southeast Asia. The Hearst kidnapping is the beginning of the reign of terror on our streets. It is part of a deliberate campaign of terror. It will be used to justify larger private police forces, more repression, and larger and more expensive prisons. There will be increased public distrust of blacks, Maoists, prisoners, lesbians, gays, hippies, radicals, communes, and genuine protesters who will be described as terrorist guerrillas. The most important scare tactic will be to link this kidnapping to worldwide guerrilla movements.
SC: What about the spate of kidnappings that have suddenly occurred since the Hearst kidnapping? are they related to this one?
MB: The kidnapping of Reg Murphy, editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was supposed to be synchronized with the Hearst kidnapping. There is other evidence that the two events were planned by the same officials. John Calzadilla, eight years old, was “kidnapped” in New York by people who were anti-Castro Cubans, some from Miami. Persons who witnessed his “captivity” claimed that he was happy, enjoying himself, and unguarded. He appeared to know his “captors,” and did not seem to be under any stress before he was returned home.
The halting of Princess Anne’s car, by a well-groomed, “unemployed” man with over $700 and a phony Marxist-Leninist ransom note in his pocket, was obviously an intelligence scare tactic. There is no possible way he could have taken her anywhere, since they were surrounded and closed off by traffic.
John Patterson, the American diplomat who was allegedly kidnapped in Mexico, was seen at a service station less then ten minutes after he drove away from the Consulate and “vanished.” His car was chained to a camper truck, being towed away. Witnesses said he appeared “calm and not guarded,” and Mexican authorities doubted the kidnap report.
Eunice Kronholm, the banker’s wife from Minneapolis, came home laughing after her instant departure from the shopping center. Her husband paid $200,000 “ransom” to a group of three men who were not even charged with kidnapping.
There has been a series of faked “mini-kidnappings,” similar to the rash of military-trained airplane hijackings a few years ago, which led to the stationing of armed police guards and X-ray machines at every airport.
Just because the media terms an event a “kidnapping,” does not necessarily make it a kidnapping at all.
SC: Are you saying that these are acts committed by provocateurs, to create a climate of fear?
MB: Of course. All the recent kidnappings were planned, funded and carried out by the same intelligence agencies. It would be easy to investigate the matter. Once the people are terrorized, you can force a police state on them. The San Francisco Chronicle recently ran an article with the headline, “A Constant Watch on Radicals Urged.” The article talks about a report made to a California Senate Subcommittee, based on the recommendations of a 63-page manual. Where did this manual come from? They don’t even know who or what the S.L.A. is yet, but the manual is there, and the report is ready within five weeks of the Hearst kidnapping. They recommend increased security for homes and offices, a constant watch on “radicals” such as blacks, chicanos, and labor organizations, and a neighborhood spy on every block. This is Nazi Germany.
SC: Attorney General William Saxbe was suggesting that the Hearst kidnapping in Berkeley could be part of a world-wide conspiracy. He cited various manuals and textbooks circulating among terrorist and revolutionary groups examined by the FBI.
MB: The structure for my book, “Murderville, U.S.A.,” is taken from a U.S. Armed forces manual, printed in South Carolina, called “Unconventional Warfare Operating Procedures.” A soldier at Fort Ord showed me how the U.S. military were being trained in counter-intelligence and domestic warfare. The parallels between our D.I.A. and C.I.A operations were proof that military agents and provocateurs could cause economic chaos, social unrest, and domestic fear in the United States, using the identical methods that we have used overseas. There is a closer relationship between our National Security Council and its intelligence operations and Nazi military intelligence than there is between so-called “terrorist books” and the international kidnappings taking place.
SC: Three weeks before the Hearst kidnapping, Joseph Remiro and Russell Little were arrested and later charged with the murder of Oakland’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marcus Foster. The S.L.A. claimed the “credit” for this murder, and later for the Hearst kidnapping. What is the relationship between these events?
MB: The purpose of the Foster murder was to establish the existence of the S.L.A. In October, 1973, the American Nazi Party was passing out leaflets in the San Leandro shopping center, outside Oakland, that stated, “There might be shotgun blasts into the guts of Mix Master principals and superintendents.” Dr. Foster was black, and his co-worker and close friend, Mr. Blackburn, is white. A well-respected black educator was eliminated in Oakland, and the murder would be associated with black radicals to spread terror among the community.
Two different kinds of bullets were used for the shootings, which allowed the white educator to live. The black man never had a chance; the bullets that murdered him were tipped with cyanide.
Another fictitious police front, the “August Seventh Guerrilla Movement,” claimed credit for the death of two Oakland policemen who went down in a helicopter in December, 1973. The National Transportation Safety Board, Hughes Aircraft, and local authorities said it would have been impossible for radicals to have caused these deaths. The purpose of these feats of violence in California, bragged about by people who are unknown even to the F.B.I. and the local police, is to spread the illusion that multiple terrorists are hiding among us, trying to create chaos and disrupt our daily lives.
The result was that when Patricia Hearst was kidnapped, it appeared that America’s first political kidnapping was an act performed by already-existing militant forces.
SC: There seems to have been a number of unexplained murders and senseless acts of violence in the San Francisco area recently. Do you think they are related to the Hearst kidnapping?
MB: Mayor Joseph Alioto hinted in a news conference on April 5 that he “suspects a possible relationship between the Patricia Hearst kidnappings and the city’s recent wave of random slayings.” He went on to announce: “We’ll have something to say about that matter next week, depending on the resolution of the Hearst case.” While Patricia Hearst, Donald DeFreeze and Thero Wheeler are alive, there is no way to link the S.L.A. to the Bay Area murders, because they were not involved in any of them. If the political patsies are killed, the law enforcement agents will associate a huge secret “army” and “cult” of blacks to all the murders.
Attorney General Evelle Younger, closely connected to the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department) and the national and prison conspiracies that have existed for the past few years, has been strangely silent about the Hearst case. He announced that he would have “plenty to say” when it is all over. In order to whip up a synchronized smear of radicals, Younger and Alioto, along with Attorney General Saxbe in Washington, will link up all C.I.A. intelligence operations involving terrorists, and blame them on an international radical conspiracy.
While the Warren Report was being written, there was a problem about denying Jack Ruby’s involvement in a conspiracy, and whether or not they could pass him off as a “lone killer.” Commission member Burt Griffin wrote to Howard Willens on this matter, on August 4, 1964. He said, “The preface and conclusion state that the Commission has found no evidence that anyone assisted Jack Ruby in the shooting of Oswald. We have not conducted an investigation which would effectively exhaust the possibility that someone did assist Ruby even if the assistance was unwitting. Inasmuch as Ruby is still alive and will continue to dicker concerning his fate, (our emphasis) I think it is a mistake for the Commission to make any statement which would indicate that its investigation in that regard has been exhausted.”
The Mayor, the Attorney General, the F.B.I. and the police departments must keep mum and delay their propaganda until the killings are over. Nothing can be smeared more easily than a dead body.
Remiro & Little
SC: The way Remiro and Little were captured seemed strange to me. They were driven around and around in a van at two o’clock in the morning, until a policeman came along and stopped them. They told him they were looking for the home of Mr. and Mrs. DeVoto.
MB: They had S.L.A. literature inside the van. Russell Little drove away in the van, and was captured by the police. Little had identification papers indicating that his name was Robert James Scalise. That was the name of a child who died of leukemia in Oakland in 1953.
Joseph Remiro ran off, and made it to his house, a few blocks away. Remiro was also using an alias at the time. The house had been rented by Remiro himself, under still another alias: George DeVoto. According to one newspaper account, Remiro conferred with several other people in the house for several hours about what to do. One of the people in the house may have been Donald DeFreeze. The police were in the area, looking for Remiro, but they did not come to the house.
The group inside the “safe house” agreed to “sacrifice Remiro.” He left the house to meet the police in the area. At the time, he wore a gun which was alleged to be the same gun that was used to kill Dr. Foster. The question is, since Remiro knew he ran a strong chance of being captured if he went outside the house, why would he wear the murder weapon? There was a similar incident in the Watergate case. When the first piece of scotch tape was taken off the door at the Watergate Hotel by security guard Frank Wills, a member of the robbery-bugging team put another piece of tape on the same door. This act led to their arrest.
SC: Do you think they were out to get busted?
MB: It might be. Having two self-confessed “soldiers” in jail gave the S.L.A. more reality. They also linked the fictitious S.L.A. to the prisons, bringing attention to “problems” which would be used to bring down more repressions upon innocent prisoners later.
After Remiro and Little were arrested, they were put directly into San Quentin, a prison, without being tried or convicted. This is unheard-of. Nobody goes into a prison that way. Normally, accused prisoners are held in a jail.
One of the big motives behind the Hearst conspiracy was to involve radical prisoners, and to suggest that those men, although behind bars, were having some influence on the violence in the streets. The script originally read that supposedly vicious black prisoners would avenge Foster’s death by killing Remiro and Little while they were housed on death row. But prisoners sometimes show more compassion toward their comrades, black and white, than prison guards and intelligence agencies want to believe. They all got along, and helped each other.
The government underestimates the intelligence of prisoners, hippies, and minority group members. When Remiro and Little found themselves in San Quentin, they realized what was going on. They were chained up at night; they were dragged past the gas chamber, on a special “tour,” and were carried off by three carloads of FBI men for two hours to a “secret meeting place,” without their lawyers present. Instead of being killed, Remiro and Little began to get an education. They ended up in the cells of some very educated and intelligent men, up on Death Row, who understood what was happening and who could sit and rap with them.
A very aware prisoner who has been kept in one of the isolation cells at San Quentin has said: “My keepers put two people back here with me: The Foster mess, you dig? Anyway, they are some beautiful people, and there was no reason at all for the establishment to take them out of the Adjustment Center and put them up here, in the quiet cells, of all places. The officials don’t like it, really, because all of us get along so good with each other. But you know how that goes.”
When Remiro and Little realized they had become patsies, and that they had been used, they tried to get a message across to DeFreeze: “Release Patty Hearst.” Remiro and Little may have realized that the whole S.L.A. idea — the murder and the kidnapping — had been staged under the direction of intelligence agents. Lee Harvey Oswald recognized he was being framed 24 hours after his arrest. He lived only long enough to say, “I am a patsy,” and “I didn’t kill anybody.” Remiro and Little wanted to prevent the climax of the plot from taking place: the murder of Patty Hearst. They got the message through, in spite of official obstacles.
CIA invents SLA
SC: Are you saying there is no such thing as the S.L.A.?
MB: The S.L.A. “army” was a fabrication of the C.I.A. to make a small group of people believe they had the support for radicals behind them and could become heroes. This entire production has been staged to create the impression that all clandestine intelligence operations, planned separately in India, the Philippines, Ethiopia, South America, Africa, Mexico etc., are one united radical front.
Some kidnappings actually do take place for political reasons. This has not yet happened inside the U.S.A.
The Hearst kidnapping can be recognized for what it is by the methods it uses; they are all part of every past C.I.A. operation. There is a tendency to simplify the culprits, such as trying to blame the C.I.A. alone for the Watergate affair, or other political assassinations and conspiracies. The fact is that the Pentagon, all branches of the armed forces, and the combined intelligence agencies work together in these plots. Extermination, murder, brain mutilation, electrode implants, and torture are nothing but a continuation of policies begun in Nazi Germany and imported into the United States during World War II.
America is basically a racist country. It is obvious that we do not intend to utilize one of our greatest resources, our minorities, in the system. Because the Intelligence Agency is responsible for their links with known Nazis, I blame them for the zombie killings and California murders, as well as other mass murders across the nation.
Victor Marchetti, who left the C.I.A. after sixteen years, is exposing some of their clandestine operations.
He warned that the “C.I.A. is already targeting on groups in this country that they feel are subversive.” The specialty of Mr. Colby’s C.I.A. has been to create chaos and social upheaval.
SC: What are the links of the C.I.A., and the “fictitious S.L.A.,” to the prison system?
MB: I have been studying political assassinations and conspiracies for ten years. By this time, I have an intimate acquaintance with all of these agencies: their personnel, their funding, their history, their dummy front organizations, and their methods of operation. For the past several years, I have broadened my research of conspiracies into the prison system. It is necessary to understand the use of prisons and prisoners to conceal political murders. The name “Hitler” is synonymous with prisons, because without a sophisticated prison system, Fascism would be no different from a democracy.
SC: But what would be the purpose of creating the S.L.A.?
MB: The overriding fear of the ruling class is that underdeveloped nations and third-world people have begun to demand that attention be paid to their basic needs, such as food, health, and education. At the same time, the population explosion means that more people must be “provided for” by the small handful that makes up the ruling class. To maintain power and what some people consider a “fair” degree of profit from their investments, whether in oil, minerals, industry, or agriculture, the elimination of large masses of population would mean they would have fewer people to deal with.
The average person would not permit or condone genocide, gas chamber, mass extermination, unless he felt personally threatened. Terror is purposely spread in the communities, by pitting blacks against blacks, blacks against whites, Chicanos against blacks and whites, young against old, and prisoners against the communities on the outside. Decreasing the population by drastic measures, instigated through fear, begins to seem feasible and even desirable.
“The Man Who Cried ‘I Am,'” a novel by John Williams, includes what is supposed to be a National Security Council document on the systematic planned genocide of all blacks in America. Black leaders today fear, and with good reason, that the “King Alfred Plan” is not fiction.
Another secret plan has been revealed, titled “Heliotrope.” The target date for this plan is 1976. This plan includes seizing control of Congress, the assassination of numerous Congressmen, and a complete military take-over. High-ranking Pentagon officials, the intelligence agencies, the Green Berets, and even the Coast Guard are involved.
The Senate Select Committee and other Congressional investigations have remained totally silent about James McCord’s position in relation to the military departments that would be utilized for a police state. Capt. Richard L. Franz, Navy Reserve, said McCord was a member of the Office of Emergency Preparedness. This special division, which had fifteen other members, met monthly to develop a list of radicals and contingency plans for censorship of news and U.S. mail in the “event of war.” That did not rule out civil war.
“Turnsole,” identical to the “King Alfred Plan,” calls for rounding up non-white people and eliminating them. None of this would be possible without associating large masses of the population with violent acts. Any person who is more than one quarter non-white will be exterminated. This means the extinction of all Mexicans, Indians, Blacks, Latins, Orientals, and people of mixed blood.
SC: The romantic and obviously artificial style of the S.L.A. talked about uniting all kinds of people: Blacks, Indians, Chicanos and so on. Do you think this was done to associate all these groups with kidnappings and murders, in order to justify their extermination later on?
MB: Yes; and the media will continue to spread these messages of fear until we expose these early para-military operations for what they are.
SC: To spread terror, make people distrust each other, and deliberately create the conditions for a police state…it is difficult to believe that such planning and execution can be going on. This type of activity is so far outside the sphere of most people’s lives and desires as to be almost unthinkable.
MB: Just read your morning paper, and see what is taking place in India, Ethiopia, Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. There are food riots in India. Ethiopia is exporting food, while at the same time, one million Ethiopians are starving. If the Ethiopians are eliminating huge masses of their population, we could do the same thing. One article in this morning’s paper stated that the “famine in Ethiopia is bringing prosperity.” You might even say we are helping to test out the process. If we allow these things to happen, we will follow their example in a short period of time.
With scarcities of food, water, and energy, riots and murders begin to take place that seem to call for punishment of the most “violent” kind. The evidence of planned genocide is there, right in front of us, if we take the trouble to piece it together.
SC: It is true that what seems to be artificially created scarcities of gasoline, and food staples such as meat and grain, have forced prices up to a point where it is becoming more and more difficult for people to feed themselves and their families. “Famine” is a word that couldn’t be used in polite society to refer to conditions in democratic, freedom-loving America; but it is easy to see how these conditions could be pushed slightly further, to the point where it would become impossible for large masses of people to obtain food. We seem to be straying from the subject of the Hearst kidnapping.
MB: Keep in mind that the Hearst script is only the beginning. Wait and see what follows. The poor were lined up for food. The food was thrown at them. A suggestion was made by Governor Reagan that they should be fed “botulism.” The stage is set for looking at hungry people and insulting them for their lack of “appreciation”…and acceptance of bags of cabbages disguised as steaks.
SC: Did the FBI know where Patricia Hearst was all along?
MB: The FBI has been behind every domestic conspiracy for the past thirty years. The intelligence agencies provided the safe houses, the agents, the weapons, and the funding. The fictitious S.L.A. “army” numbers 25 people, at most. And it is not an army at all. Their salaries, their cars, their mimeograph machines, and their cyanide bullets have to be paid for by the secret military agencies that funded Oswald, Sirhan, Bremmer, James Ray, and other conspirators. It takes seven or eight launderings of cash before it reaches the hands of many and varied agents. Some are in the army; others are teachers, or prisoners, or landlords; others work voluntarily, not knowing they are part of a larger plot.
the media cooperate
SC: What was the role of the media in the Hearst kidnapping?
MB: From a P.R. point of view, it was beautiful to abduct the daughter of the famous Hearst family known for their newspaper chain. Because she was a member of the Hearst family, Patty’s kidnapping is front page news all over the country. It costs $30,000 to buy one minute of advertising, but they got all the publicity for their United States-funded terrorism free.
Reg Murphy was kidnapped because he is the editor of the Atlanta Constitution. Ben Maidenburg, of Akron, Ohio, is the publisher of a newspaper. On March 6, 1974, a group calling itself the American Revolutionary Army made an extortion threat to WJW-TV and WAJR-TV, in Cleveland, threatening to kidnap Maidenburg and his son, and demanding that $2 million be given to “feed the poor.”
Lawrence Kwong made an assassination attempt against Jim Dunbar, a well-known radio personality in San Francisco. Kwong held a weapon up to a glass window at KGO, while Dunbar was on the air. The alarming statement that a killer was at the window went out over the air. Then Kwong went inside the building, and killed an employee named Ben Munsen. Following that, he ran down the street and committed suicide. There is good reason to believe that Kwong was surgically programmed to commit this violence. Secrecy regarding his purchase of the weapon, previous hospital care, trip to Hawaii, and autopsy strongly suggest a conspiracy in this case. The “official” investigation was very hushed up, and left more room for doubts than questions answered.
The pattern has been set. The media is geared to expect more kidnappings, and wild “cult” murders. They can now kidnap any person at all, not media-related, and receive instant coverage. The first were media-related kidnappings. People are now being kidnapped at random, to spread terror even further. The message is that no one is safe, rich or poor, princess or pauper.
SC: Another result of a wave of kidnappings might be that people would get used to the idea that other people can suddenly vanish. People who are considered hostile or dangerous to the system could be picked off at will, and it would be explained as “just another kidnapping.”
MB: This serves as an alternative to some of the recent elaborate plane crashes, involving the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, which have been arranged to disguise the murder of the one or more people aboard who were the real targets. There seems to be official secrecy as to how Mrs. Howard Hunt’s plane was downed. Was it in order to end, or at least control, demands for blackmail money made to the White House? (See “Fatal Plane Crash Linked to Watergate” in BSN No. 16, p. 5.)
SC: The mass media seems to come up with glib, quick answers to all these puzzling events. Key figures are rubbed out while surrounded by thousands of people and “security guards,” and the media quickly goes into the “Lone Assassin Chorus;” the Watergate was declared by the press to be a “third-rate burglary;” crucial potential witnesses like Murray Chotiner and William Knowland die mysteriously, and their deaths are immediately proclaimed suicides or accidents.
MB: The usual pattern is for the media to clumsily reveal about half of the story. The other half — such as evidence that conspiracies exist — is carefully covered up. Only enough is “revealed” to program the public, convince them they are being told what is going on, confuse them, and throw them off the track.
An important ingredient in the military kidnapping operation was the S.L.A.’s insistence that Patricia’s life depended on publication by the media of so-called “radical” tracts. The newspapers and the radio were filled with insults and threats to the “fascist ruling class,” the “corporate insect that preys on the people.” They listed the financial holdings of Randolph Hearst, an act which would make any corporate burglar jump right through the roof.
SC: The millionaires are getting scared. They are hiring private police to act as personal bodyguards. I understand that the Wackenhut Corporation, a large private police force with headquarters in Florida, headed by a “retired” FBI agent, reported that business is booming, and they are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for their services. The average working person probably wishes he could afford to hire a bodyguard too, but will probably be glad to settle for “free” police protection.
MB: The Shah of Iran was mentioned in one of the early S.L.A. communiques. The purpose of that was to link the oil rulers to U.S. and international terrorist groups. With former C.I.A. chief Richard Helms now stationed in Iran, many provocateur actions in the Middle East and Europe will be associated with the S.L.A. in San Francisco. Listing the investments and the worth of Hearst’s objects and possessions has made other greedy feudal lords even more anxious to protect their fortunes from the public. International police will continue to discredit the poor through planned acts of violence, while multiplying the weapons which guard fortunes and investments.
the DeFreeze Story
SC: Where does Donald DeFreeze fit into the Hearst conspiracy?
MB: De Freeze was selected as a patsy several years ago, by the Los Angeles Police Department. He had a long police record of arrests: for stealing 200 guns, for shooting a policeman, and for allegedly making bombs. He never seemed to get put in jail for these crimes. The L.A.P.D. had enough on him to keep him in jail for the rest of his life, if they wanted to. I refer to such men, who have records or are let out on parole, but who are completely at the mercy of the police department as “yo-yos,” because they are kept on a string and can be pulled back into jail at any time.
Somebody in law enforcement finally decided to “use” Donald DeFreeze. He was convicted on various charges in 1969, and sent to Vacaville prison on a 6-to14-year sentence.
Donald DeFreeze received extensive psychological testing. He comes from a broken home, has been on the street since he was thirteen, and is divorced. He is highly intelligent; he understands law, and represented himself in court. The L.A.P.D. reports describe him as “a man who lacks an identity.”
The criminal conspiracy section of the L.A.P.D., described by Louis Tackwood in his book, “The Glass House Tapes,” sent DeFreeze to the California Medical Facility, at Vacaville, which is famous for its behavior modification programs.
Since DeFreeze had been certified by the L.A.P.D. as a man who “had no identity of his own,” the behavior modification people at Vacaville decided to give him one. They profiled him after Ruchell Magee, a student of law, a black man who is serving time at San Quentin prison. DeFreeze took the name of “Cinque,” a black slave leader, which was also Magee’s chosen name for himself.
SC: How would you go about giving a black man a new identity in the California prison system in 1969?
MB: A “Black Cultural Association” (BCA) was formally recognized” by prison officials at Vacaville in 1969, when “tutors” from the community were allowed to come into the program. Various newspaper articles state that the purpose of the “tutors” was “to help inmates with academic subjects–and to introduce new subjects, dealing with black culture, such as black and African history.” The “tutors” from the outside community were to help black inmates “understand themselves” and prepare for outside relationships when they were released.
DeFreeze, sent to Vacaviille on a 6-to-14-year sentence, and an important member of the new Black Cultural Association, was hardly thinking about, or eligible for , parole. After his conviction on charges of stealing weapons and shooting a policeman, there is no possible way that DeFreeze would be encouraged or permitted to get revolutionary training while in the California prison system.
In those days, Chief Warden Nelson at San Quentin was saying, “No one can shake hands with a man who has his fist clenched over his head.”
And Raymond Procunier, Director of the California State Department of Corrections, proudly announced, “If we’ve got a group out preaching revolution, and we think it’s dangerous, we lock them up.”
Why would the California prison system, hell-bent on murdering all radicals and creating conspiracies to separate and segregate potential leaders, begin teaching Maoist doctrine and revolutionary ideas to a new recruit, in Vacaville, of all places? And why bend DeFreeze’s and Thero Wheeler’s ears with talk about Dr. Marcus Foster, the evil black school superintendent in Oakland, when DeFreeze and Wheeler were not eligible for parole for many years?
Since 1961, J. Edgar Hoover had been sending memos to all the top FBI leaders around the country, ordering them to disrupt any potential racial movements, and to prevent the emergence of a black Messiah who would be able to unite his people.
SC: What kind of tutors would be instructing prisoners in radical politics?
MB: White racists–what other kind? Who are Remiro and Little? Who is “Willie the Wolfe”? Who is Colston Westbrook, the black man who headed the Black Cultural Association at Vacaville? DeFreeze, also known as “Cinque,” described Wesbrook, his co-worker and teacher, as “a member of the C.I.A. intelligence, and part of the deadly Phoenix program in Vietnam.” The similarities between the terrorization going on in Asia and what is now happening in the San Francisco Bay area are too striking to take this charge lightly. William Colby, now Chief of C.I.A. operations in the United States, formerly headed the Phoenix program in Vietnam. We can expect the planned terrorization of the U.S. population to escalate rapidly.
Westbrook was mistrusted by even the straight press when he met them for an interview. He served seven years in the military: three in the Army, and four in the Air force, including four years in Korea. He told the Daily Californian that in 1965, he went to the American Embassy in Tokyo to “try to get some veterans benefits,” and was offered “ten grand to go to Vietnam.” He spent five years in Vietnam and Cambodia, “doing all sorts of things.” When one reporter asked him exactly what he did in Vietnam, he said, “I was working on contracts for an architectural firm.”
The Watergate exposures documented how Miami architects were offered huge amounts of money, all from the C.I.A., to come from the White House, in exchange for crucial plans of room structures, and particularly air conditioning vents, related to the rooms where the 1972 nominations would take place. Governments can be overthrown and regimes toppled if palace entrances are known and sealed off. There are other advantages, from a military point of view, including knowing architectural entrances and exits to buildings, i.e., Robert Kennedy’s walk through the kitchen pantry at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Westbrook said he had a “personal line of communication with the Premier Cambodia.” Donald DeFreeze and Thero Wheeler, black prisoners, must have been proud of their elite instructor, who chose to visit them every week, twice a week, for two years.
“Newsmen present were puzzled by Westbrook. Some thought it was just an ego trip. Others went away with all sorts of uncomfortable suspicions.”
Enter Claude Kirk
Willie Wolfe came from Pennsylvania in 1971, but was not known to have any interest in blacks before he went west. Russell Little and Robyn Steiner migrated to Berkeley in the fall of 1972, from Florida. Watergate didn’t begin to expose the extent of espionage operations from that state. Florida’s former governor, Claude Kirk, ran a campaign a few years ago from Miami, which included threats to “break the University of California.”
The day after Ronald Reagan and Claude Kirk were elected Governors of the two states, they met for lunch in Los Angeles. On the following day, Clark Kerr, President of the then-outstanding University of California, was fired, with absolutely no notice, and no severance pay.
Kirk was also the first Governor in the United States to hire a private police force. He used the same Wackenhut group whose contracts have increased following the Hearst kidnapping. A spokesman for the Wackenhut Corporation said that thirty-eight requests for information about protection had been received in a 24-hour period, as of February 25.
In Lauderhill, Florida, on February 22, as a result of the kidnapping of Reg Murphy in Atlanta, Georgia, “uniformed police and armed members of the Lauderhill Police Department walked with several golfers in the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic.”
Plainclothes policemen were also reported circulating in the galleries at the golf tournament.
George Wachenhut, head of the Wackenhut Corporation, put it so well: “Those days of the open, relaxed American way of life are over.”
SC: Is that what the Patricia Hearst kidnapping is all about?
MB: Exactly. There was a mass migration of at least eight out-of-state people to Berkeley. Emily and Bill Harris, college graduates, migrated to Berkeley from Indiana, in the fall of 1972. Angela and Gary Atwood also migrated to Berkeley from Indiana at the same time.
California prisons were exploding with racial violence and imported provocateurs. Why were out-of-state agents allowed to stir up more trouble? What social and political background did these people have to enter the prisons? What were their qualifications?
What were their motives? All these white “migratory birds” were involved in helping DeFreeze get his black education.” After the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, they split, leaving homes and jobs, and have not been seen since. Incredible — and impossible — and identical to all previous conspiracies I have studied. They suddenly cropped up in the California prisons; they all lived near each other; and after their assignment was over, they simply melted back into the woodwork, going on to other cities, other jobs, other schools.
The media said they “vanished.”
This reminds me of another white “do-gooder” who was involved in the untimely and tragic death of prisoner George Jackson at San Quentin. Stephen Bingham provided the excuse for what was to be a big shoot-out, following his visit with Jackson. Bingham was last seen, after leaving San Quentin, visiting with his uncle, Woodridge Bingham….who served in the U.S. Navy, with Naval Intelligence, and the O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services), the forerunner of the C.I.A., from 1943-1945. Were there military connections behind the long imprisonment of the victims of this conspiracy? Louis Tackwood, in “The Glass House Tapes,” tells of the role of the L.A.P.D., military, and law enforcement agencies in prison conspiracies.
Now, a few years after George Jackson’s death, the military and the Department of Corrections are once more bringing in white people, under the guise of friendship. When they all go back to where they came from, minority and other prisoners are left with the painful loss of the few privileges they had.
While in prison, Donald DeFreeze was told he could become a hero to the poor, oppressed minorities. He was surrounded by military intelligence.
When Jack Ruby was arrested in Dallas, Texas, following the murder Lee Harvey Oswald, a document was found on the seat of his car. It was a pitch on “heroism,” written by Warren Carroll of the C.I.A., for H.L. Hunt’s Dallas radio program, “Lifeline.”
Around the time that Kennedy died in Dallas, Jack Ruby had been in the company of two known hypnotists. One of them was CIA agent David Ferrie, from New Orleans. The other was Billie Del Mar, who was then entertaining in Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club. Del Mar fled from Dallas the day of the Kennedy assassination, and was never called to testify before the Warren Commission. With the help of Carroll’s script on heroism, Ruby could believe that by killing Oswald, he was performing a heroic act. His explanation was, “I wanted to show them that a Jew had guts.” It seems Ruby was performing for genuine anti-semites. He obviously wanted their approval.
SC: Are mind control, psychosurgery, or hypnotism used in political assassinations and conspiracies?
MB: The extent and scope of these methods of ordering behavior and erasing memory, following these acts of murder, has to be exposed. You can erase the memory of a murder from a person’s mind through hypnosis. You can also implant the conviction that a man has committed a murder, when in fact, he has not.
This happened in the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, where it was suggested to Sirhan Sirhan, by his psychiatrist, how he killed Robert Kennedy. Evidence exists to disprove this theory.
It is vital that we scrutinize what sort of “treatment” is going on in our hospitals and prisons. If the “King Alfred” and “Heliotrope” plans are to be put into effect, they require secrecy.
Including the prison system in the race-war kidnapping script provides an excuse to keep “outside visitors” out of the prison system. The official excuse will be that they are causing violence inside the prison, or that violence from inside the prison is “spilling out on the streets.” Through the planned use of selected provocateurs, the Department of Corrections can now screen prisoners’ mail, visitors, media interviews, and accessibility to medical records.
SC: DeFreeze and Wheeler both escaped from California prisons within a short time of each other. That seemed a little peculiar to me. Do you find any similarities between the prison escapes of DeFreeze, Wheeler, and James Earl Ray?
a staged escape
MB: After two years of heavy programming, DeFreeze’s mentors at Vacaville apparently decided that he was ready for the next step in the script: his “escape.” DeFreeze was transferred from Vacaville to Soledad Prison, near Salinas, California, in December, 1973. Four months later, in March, 1974, DeFreeze “escaped” from Soledad. But using the word “escape” is misleading; the facts are, that DeFreeze was placed in a situation at Soledad where all he had to do was walk away from the prison.
DeFreeze’s escape from Soledad parallels James Earl Ray’s “escape” from the Missouri penitentiary. Eighteen months later, Ray became the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King. Ray was a patsy too. Now Ray seems to want to tell the truth about the assassination of Martin Luther King, and one of the things he said, in a recent press conference, was, “Ask them how I got out of jail.”
A prisoner from Soledad has stated, “While Donald DeFreeze was here, I had a few conversations with him. I have always questioned his departure as being a simple walk-away. I didn’t come in contact with him personally until his last couple of weeks here. There weren’t many who would associate with him. He tried to give the impression of being super-cool, and he came across as cold. When I met him, he was working in the maintenance shop. I asked him if he was happy on his job, because if not, I might be able to find him something else. He replied that within a few days he was going to be assigned to work in the boiler room at the South Facility.
“On his first night, he was dropped off at midnight, and given a few instructions. His job was automatic; it only required an overseer. Then he was left to himself, and when an officer returned an hour later to check on him, he was gone.”
SC: First night on the job.
MB: He went right over the fence, and a change of clothing was provided by a still anonymous friend. I might add that most of the residents around Soledad are families of prison guards. They are not noted for giving changes of clothing to black convicts who come to their doors between midnight and 1:00 a.m. A car gave him a lift to the Bay area. Another convenience: Amanda de Normanville, who reportedly visited DeFreeze at Vacaville, “was suspected of giving him refuge after he escaped from Soledad.”
An intelligent man escapes from prison. Ordinarily, he would assume that the authorities would be looking for him. He would certainly not associate with people who had been known to visit him in prison. He would try to avoid contact with these people. Russell Little and Robyn Steiner had corresponded with the Department of Corrections about DeFreeze.
DeFreeze did just the opposite of what you might expect. He phoned his pals in the Berkeley-Oakland area immediately. They housed him. He associated with his “tutors” from Vacaville, who had various part-time jobs in the Berkeley area. All of them were “underemployed” in terms of their educational background. Two of them worked in adjacent food stalls near the U.C. Berkeley campus–yet supposedly they did not know each other.
After DeFreeze’s escape, the police made no attempt to contact any of the people he had spent so much time with while he was at Vacaville. This indicates police collusion.
DeFreeze escaped from Soledad in March, 1973. Patty Hearst was kidnapped one year later.
During the year in between, DeFreeze tried to join Los Venceremos, offering himself as a “hit man.” Venceremos turned him down. They did not trust him; they were not into killing and violence. The radical groups in the Bay area wanted nothing to do with DeFreeze.
SC: I can’t understand where DeFreeze’s head was at this time. Did he know he was acting as a government agent? Had he accepted the role of Spy, in order to get out of jail? If so, then he couldn’t really believe he was going to be a hero; he would know the whole operation was staged to hurt black people. He must have been aware that his jail break had been planned and engineered for him.
MB: DeFreeze was probably given a large hero pitch–probably something to the effect that the abduction of Patricia Hearst would rally the radical groups, and cause them to be socially involved once more. Violence by provocateurs had broken up all political movements following the Kent State killings and the bombing of Cambodia.
He accepted the favors given to him by the L.A.P.D. and the Department of Corrections. I am sure “Cinque” thought there was a large army of sympathetic people who would back him up.
The L.A.P.D. had fore-knowledge of the Marin County Courthouse shoot-out, where Judge Haley was killed and others were wounded–and I don’t mean fore-knowledge of the psychic variety. Jonathan Jackson, the patsy, had been promised a back-up, and another truck to assist him to free the captive prisoners. But when the action started, nobody was there to help him, and Jonathan Jackson was slain. So-called “friends” leave their patsies in the lurch, as in the case of Lee Harvey Oswald and other unsuspecting victims of espionage operations. (See “Jailbreak” in BSN No. 10, p. 2. From the above, it would appear that Jackson, Judge Haley, and other escapees and hostages were all patsies in what was essentially an attempt to convict Angela Davis of murder for having procured the guns used by Jackson.)
Eight months after the killing of Oswald, Jack Ruby begged Chief Justice Earl Warren, Representative Gerald Ford, and C.I.A. attorney Leon Jaworski to give him a chance to tell what happened in Dallas. Ruby realized that he had been double-crossed, and warned that if he were not heeded, “a whole new form of government would take place.” He said, “Because of the act I committed,” there would be massive killings and violence. Needless to say, Jack Ruby was never given the chance to tell his story; he died shortly after the interview.
DeFreeze was fully aware of how to get out of jail, where to go, and how to live for almost a year, without being arrested. He was provided with homes, food, weapons, transportation, and companions. At the Berkeley Library they copied drawings of a seven-headed cobra, used in S.L.A. literature, which had also been used as a symbol by black C.I.A. agent Ron Karenga and the L.A.P.D. (BSN note: This scenario appears in the 1969 novel, “The Spook Who Sat By the Door,” by Sam Greenlee. In the story Dan Freedman, the first black C.I.A. agent, defects to organize a secret guerrilla army, known as the Cobras.)
Russell Little, a close associate of DeFreeze, and well-known by the Department of Corrections, both at Vacaville and Soledad, was arrested on charges of killing Dr. Marcus Foster on January 11, 1974. The law enforcement officials had three weeks in which to link suspect Little to escapee DeFreeze.
The proof of a giant conspiracy in this case, is the fact that no police went to search for Little’s or DeFreeze’s other contacts in the weeks before the Hearst kidnapping. They had talked frequently about Dr. Marcus Foster while “instructing inside the prisons.” Yet nobody broke into the various Bay area dwellings where their companions were getting ready for “America’s first political kidnapping.”
These military agents presented themselves to DeFreeze as romantic Robin Hoods. When the heat was on, they split.
After two months of anxiety regarding Patricia Hearst’s kidnapping, a photograph and tape were sent out to further outrage middle America. This lovely girl, who only two months before was happily selecting her china in anticipation of a traditional marriage, was calling her father, publicly, a “liar,” holding a machine gun, promising to fight alongside of her brothers and sisters in the S.L.A., and denouncing her fiance and family.
Tension was building in the Bay area. Was Patty a member of the S.L.A.? Had she been forced to renounce her background? Was she making love to DeFreeze? How far would the establishment go in allowing such a display of arrogance? And how dumb can the American people be?
The media, the Hearst family, and the public are being fed the propaganda that the terrorists may have brainwashed Patricia Hearst. Nobody considers the fact that the C.I.A. and the intelligence establishment could brainwash Patty as they have the other agents used in their conspiracies.
We are going to see a great number of articles in the future from so-called experts and public officials. They will warn about more violence, more kidnappings, and more terrorists.
Mass media, the armed forces, and intelligence agencies will saturate our lives with fascist scare tactics and “predictions” that have already been planned to come true.
Whether Patty Hearst was allowed to live, or whether she is murdered, is no longer important in the general game plan. The scare tactics, armed forces in the streets, prolonged anger against her abduction, and fear for the future safety of others, is taking place.
SC: The majority of citizens believe radicals were responsible for these acts of violence. Is there any way we can halt this devastation process?
MB: It is the American fantasy that we never assassinated our President in Dallas, Texas.
Only “lone assassins” are capable of this act. It is the same fantasy that we don’t kill our own citizens, including the daughter of one of the team. What links the future murders to past murders is a chain of evidence hat becomes easier to identify with every criminal act.
All that is required to halt this madness is enough aroused citizens to examine the evidence of government complicity and conspiracy in this case.