About the SF 8 Case
November 2007 [Hear this on audio – 300 kb mp3 file]
|Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom) at age 19, shortly before his arrest|
The SF8 case is about more than the continued persecution and destruction of the Legacy of the Black Panther Party. It is also an effort to legitimize and validate torture as a method to extract confessions from suspects to be used in a court of law. This case seeks to incorporate Cointelpro tactics as a means to further law enforcement techniques under the auspices of the Patriotic Act. Furthermore, this case indicates how multi-police agencies operate (Phoenix Taskforce), extending and blurring state and Federal jurisdictions to solve alleged crimes.
The consequence of these developments is how the post-911 criminal un-justice system has grown more militaristic in controlling the civilian population. For example, if it is believed that torture, coercion and secret extreme interrogations as employed by the CIA, FBI and U.S. special forces, etc, as in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay are legitimate; then similar practices will become common as a rule of law. It is incumbent on activists who oppose such domestic militarism to begin to organize a viable opposition, and one way to do so is to support the SF8, get involved with the Committee in Defense of Human Rights and the Jericho Amnesty Movement.
In particular, as a result of the unconstitutional practices of the FBI's COINTELPRO campaign, many political prisoners languish in prison after 30 to 40 years. A national determination and movement must be organized to reopen COINTELPRO hearings. Therefore, I call for every progressive organization and group to develop programs demanding the reopening of COINTELPRO hearings across the country.
We Educate to Liberate and
We Are Our Own Liberators.
Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom) #77A4283
Auburn Correctional Facility
135 State Street
P.O. Box 618
Auburn, NY 13021
E-mail: freethesf8 [at] gmail [dot] com