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The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders: U.S. Intelligence's Murderous Targeting of Tupac, MLK, Malcolm, Panthers, Hendrix, Marley, Rappers and Linked Ethnic Leftists Paperback – October, 2008

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Book author John Potash did his graduate studies at Columbia University where he concentrated in community organizing. He was founding publisher/editor of Social Justice Action Quarterly a national social work school newspaper that lasted four years and won four honors in the Campus Alternative Journalism Awards. He also received a certification in acupuncture drug treatment at Mutulu Shakur s former clinic, Lincoln Detox, in the Bronx. While mostly working as an addictions counselor, he has published articles (Z, Covert Action, Baltimore Chronicle), poems and short stories. Foreward Author: Pam Africa is Minister of Confrontation for the MOVE Organization. She is also the Co-Coordinator of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. She has further been featured on national television and radio programs. Foreword Contributor: Mumia Abu-Jamal (pictured on cover and discussed in Chapter 17) was a founding Minister of Information for the Philadelphia Black Panther Party. He then worked as a radio journalist for National Public Radio, winning the Peabody Award for outstanding journalism. He further published articles in prestigious media such as the Yale Law Journal, consistently covering leftist activist issues. After the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists elected Mumia their chair, he was shot in 1981. Mumia has written several essays a week which have been recorded and broadcasted on radio stations around the country by prisonradio.org. Afterword Author: Fred Hampton, Jr. (pictured on cover and discussed in Chapter 13) is the son of Fred Hampton, Sr., the famed Illinois Black Panther Party leader who was next in line to be on the Central Committee and as a national Panther spokesman. In 1990, Hampton became the president of the International People s Democratic Uhuru Movement. He is currently chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC). Hampton has been featured in the documentary Dave Chappelle s Block Party.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Progressive Left Press; 3rd edition (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979146909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979146909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This shows how the FBI can infiltrate almost any organization. From MLK,Malcolm X,The Black Panthers and Tupac Shakur. Most everyday Americans have no clue what the government does to people of color to keep them down. Buy this book now! I highly salute Mr. Potash for this wonderful book. You will never look at things the same again.
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In this small book is the radical idea that our federal government has from the 1960's on conducted a dangerous and deadly mission against Tupac Shakur and many other minority leaders. Author John Potash divides the book into 190 pages of discursive argument and nearly 100 pages with 900 references to support all his work. This may be because if his thesis is currect or government has committed deadly crimes against the public that are prosecutorial. Tupac Shakur, one of the early rappers, was gunned down at the age of twenty-five after at least 5 attempts at his young life.

John Potash after two decades of revolutionary research comes up with an FBI organization called COINTELPRO involving several state local,and of course Federal Government police state officials who are named and interviewed in the deaths of Bobby Seale, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy, Fred Hampton and many more minority activists. In the 1970's, the so-called "Gansta Rappers", were chased down one by one and attacked, killed or imprisioned by the federal agents of COINTELPRO.

By the end of this small book you are numb to the atrocities of the government and that they "Got Away With Murder". You would think that George W. Bush, who is included in this book, was just following older precedents of spying and torture that already has existed for forty years. John Potash names the men who he thinks killed Tupac Shakur and arrested many of his family. Remember that he includes so many interviews, Freedom of Information, FBI, CIA and other information agencies files, scholarly and underground articles, many publications. I can only conclude that I'm surprised nothing has been printed in the newspapers of his controversial thesis, and no real action has come about. Maybe our new President Barack Obama will try
to bring all these people to justice.
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This is an awesome and clear account of what "is" taking place in the black community. I have always suspected this, but this book brings names and places to light.
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with the way Black Leaders either were killed or taken down, etc.. this book is the truth. from the powers that be killing off Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson with 2Pac, Biggie,Eazy E and Jam Master Jay in between amongest others. obviously Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the Black Panther Party,etc.. also the images and the way media and the Physicological aspects that are part of the day to day life. the corperate take over of what you hear,see and the images, etc... has manipulated and Pimped alot of minds and kept a bug on things. this book is the truth, and it don't even matter about political signs because the fight to be one and the same ain't even close. a powerful book right here.
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Great essential information for all activist & groups. However the information is repetitive and sometimes contradictory as the same stories are retold in later chapters about the same events. The book would be so much better with better editors that use an index and dispersed the information chronologically or by subject
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Enjoyed, I compare this book to Behold A Pale Horse by William Cooper. Informative and makes your mind wonder about history, present and the future.
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Not really specific to Tupac, rather this book is a split off of the thicker, Drugs as Weapons Against Us. Both are not fun to read. They are pinned up reportage that provide little temporal and spatial background, which makes it difficult to appreciate just how quickly government can eliminate anyone identified as a threat.
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This book fills in the details of this country's surveillance tactics used on Tupac and other entertainers over the years. Reading this book confirmed some things I was aware of but gave more incidents that I never dreamed of. This author trend of thought jumps from one person to another. If you want a consistent story of each individual, the reader may be disappointed. I recommend sticking with it. It is well worth the read. Left me with plenty of food for thought and a deep sadness for the lack of morals in our country and government.
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