The True Terrorism
(Pic of John Gilbride Murdered by MOVE Sept 27th 2002?)
Anyone paying attention at all to the "Free Mumia" movement lately could not miss all of the self-pitying, hyperbolic, whining, about the fact that the Philadelphia FOP have chosen to quietly demonstrate against Mumia’s birthday party. This demonstration, coupled with public pressure concerning other pro-Jamal events have Mumia devotees in a state of deranged fear-mongering and absurd accusations of "police terror".
Someone apparently forgot to remind the Jamal supporters that the First Amendment was not just written for them and their cop-killing hero, and that the right to peacefully protest is the right of the Fraternal Order of Police just the same as it is for them.
What stokes my ire however, is the naked and vulgar hypocrisy that the leaders of the "Free Mumia" cult exhibit with all of their vitriolic and mock indignation at the false notion of being terrorized.
Pam Africa and company would have people forget the fact that Mumia is convicted of the cold-blooded murder of a police officer and the fact that his main supporters are members of MOVE, who have eight of their own "brothers and sisters" in prison for killing a police officer and the wounding of several other police officers and firemen just a couple of years before Mumia gunned down Officer Faulkner.
They would also you rather forget the fact that the Mumia movement has shamelessly assaulted the relatives of Daniel Faulkner through their rhetoric and that their membership have literally spat upon Officer Faulkner’s widow. And if it wasn’t enough for Daniel Faulkner to be murdered on the street, he has to be killed again, over and over by Jamal’s supporters. Take for instance the following quote from the leader of the Mumia movement, Pam Africa:
"Who the hell is Danny Faulkner? We’ve known who Mumia Abu-Jamal is from the time he exited his mother’s womb. Now who the hell is Danny Faulkner? Why is the government so hell-bent on breaking the law that they don’t want to tell us who Danny Faulkner is? I don’t know. But I got some hearsay. I heard from reliable sources that this man was a pimp to some Black women, teenagers in school. I don’t know. It’s hearsay. But if you are calling this monster a hero, like we’re calling Mumia a hero, dammit prove it! We are demanding to know who’s Danny Faulkner?
The above statement needs no comment.
The Mumia movement would also have people forget that they count amongst their friends those who support convicted terrorists like Lynne Stewart and pseudo intellectuals like Ward Churchill who called the victims of 9/11 "Little Eichmannns".
This is what the Mumia movement is and these are the people they represent. For them to accuse anyone of terrorism is a perversity beyond words.
But a more personal example for me of MOVE and the Mumia cult’s acts of terror are with regards to a man named John Gilbride. His name may not be familiar to you, but he was a former MOVE adherent who was murdered in September of 2002. I know all to well about the terror imposed upon this man and his family because as a MOVE supporter it was something that I unfortunately and to my embarrassment, participated in.
His death brought an end to a horrific custody dispute between himself and MOVE’s current leader, the reclusive Alberta Africa and while there have yet to be any arrests in this case, it is becoming more and more clear that the responsibility for his death falls upon the shoulders of the cult to which he formerly claimed his allegiance to.
John Gilbride’s murder was the last act in a vicious and merciless war waged against him by MOVE members and close supporters. It was alleged by MOVE that John was a deadbeat and an abuser. They alleged that if left alone with his son, the child would be in great peril. Those of us who were close to MOVE, unfortunately, believed this lie and acted accordingly.
MOVE had us MOVE supporters (myself included) dress up with fake press passes to try and interrogate John’s family. A demonstration was set up against the Gilbrides accusing them of being child molesters. And MOVE even attempted to get John fired from his job by telling his supervisors at US Airways that John was part of a terrorist group.It was a campaign of a hatred and viciousness that could have been ripped from a COINTELPRO, how-to manual, but it failed. John wouldn’t give into MOVE’s demands that he not see his son. And in Sept of 2002, John paid the ultimate price for standing up to MOVE. It is a murder that remains unsolved, although media reports have indicated that Alberta Africa is a person that is considered a suspect.
MOVE, for its part, has floated a number of theories as to what happened to John. The most recent allegation involved sending out a letter attacking John’s father and accusing him of murdering his own son.The theory that has garnered MOVE the most attention, however, is their assertion that John was killed by the government. To believe this, you must first believe that John must have presented a clear and present danger to the well being of the republic. You would have to believe that in the government’s zeal to persecute MOVE that they would kill someone who is no longer with the group, who is in a bitter custody dispute with the leader of the said group, and who clearly had contempt and scorn for the stated mission of the group.
Of course, this makes no sense, but it gets worse. In explaining this theory to the media and toMOVE supporters, Alberta Africa alleges that John was killed to "hurt" her. As if this assertion was not mind-numbingly narccisisitc enough, she goes onto say that she and John were on the verge of reconciliation. Keep in mind, as these words were coming from her mouth, she was sitting in a house that was boarded up for battle and there was no evidence that John wanted anything to do with her or MOVE.On the contrary, it was made quite clear by John Gilbride that he wanted only to be able to see his son. This reconciliation concept was as contrived as were her tears that were shed for the sake of the media.
The other half of the "government hit" theory is that John was killed so that MOVE members could be framed for murder, that a set of events would be put into place that would lead to another May 13th.Yet, what I have gleamed from eight years of experience with MOVE, is that the only entity on earth capable of creating another May 13th is, in fact, MOVE. It is MOVE who chose to handle a custody dispute by boarding up its house and preparing themselves for war. It is MOVE, who turned a situation between two parties into an international affair because they did not want to restrict their vanity or egos. Furthermore, if the government wanted to create another May 13th by killing John, they are a little slow in getting around to it. If history provides any precedent, the only way that another confrontation will start is if MOVE wants to start one.
I vividly recall as a MOVE supporter, tearing up boards that were being placed as slats over windows at MOVE headquarters, thinking to myself how MOVE said that my activism on their behalf was structured to prevent another May 13th; yet, here I was assisting them in paving the way for another disaster, a disaster that was to be born from the womb of insidious cynicism, arrogance, and a complete disconnection from reality. I no longer wanted to be a part of it, the same as John no longer wanted to be a part of it.No, John was not killed by government "special forces" as a means to get at MOVE. John was murdered for the crime of wanting to see his son and not backing down from his justified position. He was killed because MOVE had painted themselves into a corner through their rhetoric and actions. They said that they would not allow for John to see his son, and quite obviously, they meant it.
Now, of course, MOVE has presented other conspiracy theories as to what happened to John, the only common thread between all of which is that they deflect blame from MOVE onto something else. Whether it be a "mystery woman" or a MOVE invented gambling problem, it is all fiction. It is a deceitful enterprise that is designed to obstruct justice and muddy the waters of reality enough so that people will lose sight of the fact that the only people who had anything substantive to gain from John’s death were MOVE members and their closest supporters.So it is with all of this in mind that I observe the Mumia slugs demagogue the issue of people protesting them as they fall all over themselves in an effort to get in front of a camera to plead their pathetic case. They have no shame, no intellectual honesty, no moral compass, and more importantly they have no facts to bear out their filthy propaganda. These killers of hope, destroyers of life, abusers of children.
Strip MOVE’s revisionist retelling of history bare and one finds a naked and indefensible parade of lies. Unshrowd it’s ideology and one observes a contemptible and confusing orthodoxy that instead of celebrating human life, cheapens it. Confront MOVE’s leaders and you will find yourself at the receiving end of crudely constructed, but no less believable, threats of violence. Demand that MOVE acknowledge your right to be a parent to your son, like John Gilbride did and you will find out that those threats were not empty words.
So keep all of that in mind while MOVE and Mumia’s support network poison your ears with their hollow cries of "oppression" and keep in mind their history before falling for their impotent pity routine.