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Re: “JR Valrey Is an Agent Provocateur

During the Rodney King Rebellions of 27 April 93, the police instigated a rebellion. Protesters chanted loudly and vociferously in downtown Oakland, I forget the exact corner. Anyway, an Uhuru House organizer was shooting footage of the demonstration. Without warning, two cops broke from the perimeter, tackled him, restrained and cuffed him, breaking his video camera and confiscating the footage.

That incident seemed to signal the entire police force to attack demonstrators. They surged into the crowd, breaking it apart, beating people with batons, elbows, knees and fists. About 150 people were arrested. We were detained overnight. People with records were forced into court or remanded into custody for the DOC.

Now, according to Benjamin Taylor's shabby logic, an armchair critic, the Uhuru House camera man was an agent provocateur. Yet I beg to differ differ with Taylor's view, which dumbs down the whole definition of agent provocateur. Taylor does this thru typical media misinformation techniques. F'instance, he takes the liberation struggle and stands it on its head. He poses himself as an "expert" or insider on liberation political ideology, and transposes these values with his own overtly simplistic analogies and pedestrian sophistry.

These are tried techniques used by the CIA in propaganda ops, by the FBI from COINTELPRO on thru Weed and Seed, and by local cops (and reporters) to incite gang violence when the cops have become the focus of rebellious youth. Police agents do not get arrested and charged by the police. The cops would have arrested another target. Police agents do not work as reporters AND go on the street as organizers.

But my question to Taylor is, if Valrey is an agent provocateur, who are the cop(s) who killed Oscar Grant. Heroes?

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Posted by Langalibalele on 04/08/2009 at 9:15 PM

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