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Assassination of Thomas Sankara: evidence of a documentary by RAI 3 involve France, CIA and Blaise Compaoré
Robert R Moton (2nd president of Tuskegee Institute); A government spy and traitor to African people in the US
" He later became a member of the Boule' and played a vital role in sabotaging Garvey as well as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment happening on his watch while head of Tuskegee, signing-off on the experiments carried out on Afrikan citizens for over 30 yearz with the acknowledgement and support of the U.S. Department of Health.
According to (Steve) Cokely, Moton was hired by the government to spy on Garvey. He was an agent for the U.S. government to coordinate the program against Garvey in America. In one of his many lectures on the Boule' Cokely stated Moton was given $5million to keep Garvey out of Liberia and halt the Back to Africa movement in exchange for a favor regarding race relationz at a later date.........Moton, now a mole "Gay" Edgar Hoover would've had wet dreamz about, started attending Garvey's meetingz and would brief the government on the detailz. His reward? He got the 1st Black Veteranz hospital at Tuskeegee; the infamous place where the Syphilis Experiments were conducted, all on Moton's watch. Although history has been kind to Moton because of this government conspiracy, he and memberz of the staff at Tuskegee knew what was going on.
I was forwarded a quote that's allegedly taken directly from the Phi Beta Sigma history book — of which Moton was also a member — 'Our cause speeds on: An informal history of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity', by W. Sherman Savage:
"Many Americans, in and out of the military, felt that the "social equality" of the contacts of the Negro soldiers and French individuals and families would ruin the black Americans for their place in American society... Brother R.R. Moton was sent over on one of his special missions to prepare the black troops so that they might return to life in America properly."
In other wordz, Moton's job was to keep these Afrikanz in check, for returning "to life in America properly" meant them still being treated as subhuman. It should not surprise you that a Black man would agree to do such a job when you realize this is the nature of the Boule' man, one who wishes, a said on page 28 of the Boule's history book, "create an organization which would partake in the tenants (basis, or root) of Skull & Bones at Yale.
When we look, in particular, at Afrikan people, those in North America seem to exhibit the greatest effects of Global White Supremacy (GWS) for it is evident when we analyze the ongoing confusion leading to our collective lack of identity, the shade of skin, texture of our hair, and denomination of the god we worship. Organizationz like the Boule' have proven to be a vital element in the struggle to resurrect our Afrikan identity. Graham, a "privileged" Black kid who admitted the brainwashing he went through during his upbringing — like his fair-skinned grandmother who would only allow him and his brother to play outside in the shade and would scold them if any part of them were out in the sun, sayin' they needed not be any darker then they were —spoke of the residual impact it had that moved him to surgically reconfigure his Afrikan nose to look more european in his early twenties.
This is the makeup of a sellout, and this mindset is manufactured through breeding groups like the Boule' and trickle down to InRoads and Jack&Jill. It is within the confines of these groups where families subliminally (and even explicitly) live up to racist axiomz like, "If you're Black, get back; if you're Brown, stick around; if you're yellow, you're a fine fellow; and if you're white, you're right!"
In order to really understand this psyche, probably the best to analyze would be the Boule', aka Sigma Pi Phi, Fraternity, Inc.
Every month of May, memberz of the Boule' — which now claimz to have over 5,000 memberz and 112 chapterz throughout the United States and the West Indies — commemorate their founding by re-reading their history book as a symbol of renewing their allegiance to an organization modeled after Skull&Bones at Yale. In opposition, I propose every year, Afrikan people re-read select books that may renew our mission to restore our legacy; books like Chancellor Williams, ‘The Destruction of Black Civilization’ is one that immediately comes to mind.
I say this because the actionz of this over 100-year organization — which has spawned offspring that directly goes after our best and brightest (via organizationz like Jack&Jill, InRoads, and undergraduate fraternities and sororities) — have proven where their allegiance lay as it is obviously apparent it is not about liberating Afrikan people from the grips of GWS. But when it comes to the Boule', if you read the previous article I wrote, one should not be surprised. Question is, what are "those in the know" do? I believe books like Williams is paramount!
Over the yearz I've covered this topic, I've gotten responses from those who just can't shake this allegiance, even though they're not even direct beneficiaries! Claiming to not be "greek" or having ties to the customz of the greeks, most use this baseless excuse as a reason to continue membership. But I ask, where's the research and study? How idiotic is it to say one is in a Black Greek-Lettered organization, yet claim not to have any ties with greeks?!!?
I've deduced this to realizing there are those who are unreachable, and I assure you, it is not my intent to change them. Back in 1996, I was faced with the same decision once learning about the Boule', so I know the feeling of "loosing the benefits" of being a member (the alleged job hook-ups and business/social connectionz), but there's emphatically no way I could remain knowing this organization chooses to be abettorz of our people's social, mental, and spiritual demise.
Truly the choice is yourz, you can do what you will with the info we have on the Boule'. But for those who find themselves "riding the fence," here's a few more jewelz to ponder…
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BLACKS UNDER THE SPELL...
By the Greek definition, the word, "Boule'" was the lower house of the greek parliament or Adviserz to the king. There is also a French version of the word, which defines a conclave or coming together. Allegedly, this is the version sororities like Alpha Kappa Alpha who call their convention the Boule'. Using the Greek definition these career and socially successful Blacks are under the control of the larger Masonic society of secrets that round up America's doctorz, lawyerz, real estate ownerz, and celebrities commandeering the agenda of the black masses who look to these successful Blacks for influence and direction.
Over the yearz and many discussionz about the Boule', people have asked if the word "Boule'" meanz "Adviser", one would think they're actually giving advice instead of taking direction. Well, we all know english is a bastard language where some even say it's the language of confusion. The word "Adviser" is also spelled, "Advisor" and when you look up the definition, we find, "the spellings adviser and advisor are both correct. Adviser is the more common spelling in North America; advisor is more common in Britain. In both places, however, the adjectival form is advisory. In the U.S., adviser may be seen as less formal, while advisor often suggests an official position." — Websters Dictionary
So we find in most cases when speaking of the Boule', they are adviserz, hence, it is they who take orderz, not give them.
Clearing this up, we should know the mindset these elite have embodied. They are in a relentless pursuit of material wealth and acceptance from a species that owe their very existence to Afrikan people. The even sicker thing is knowing they're wiling to do practically anything for it!
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, the book, History of Sigma Pi Phi written by professor Charles H. Wesley, again, who also wrote the history books of the Elks, Prince Hall Masonz and the National Council of Negro Women, stated the Boule's primary founder, Dr. Henry McKee Minton wanted the Boule' tailored after the Skull&Bones Society at Yale. As a secret society that focused on Boule' member W.E.B. Dubois' term 'The Talented Tenth' or the 10% of enlightened American-Afrikanz, the Boule' supposedly has been controlling the other 90% socially, morally, economically, and even spiritually.
Minton was the prototype of the kind of men the Boule' would seek and attract. He was well trained, I mean, educated, and married into the powerful Wormley family of Washingto, DC. The head of the Wormley family, James Wormley (January 16, 1819- October 18, 1884), was the owner and operator of the Wormley Hotel, which opened in DC in 1871.
Apparently, Wormley worked with one, William Seward, a senator and eventual Secretary of State to President Abraham Lincoln, in Washington, DC to transport Afrikan escapees to freedom. In an 1870 manuscript written by Francis B. Carpenter in the Seward Papers notes, “Among the visitors in the evening was Mr. Wormley, the well known colored landlord of Washington. Greeting him cordially and introducing him to his other guests, Mr. Seward said, ‘Wormley and I went into the emancipation business a year and a half before Mr. Lincoln did, down on the James River. How was it Wormley – how many slaves did we take off on our steamer?’ ‘Eighteen,’ replied Mr. Wormley.”
This is interesting to note because on the same night Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, there was an attempt on Seward's life by Lewis Powell, an associate of Booth's. Wormley was the only American-Afrikan at the bedside of Abraham Lincoln when he died.
According to Graham, a Boule' member, in his book, Our Kind of People, Minton and the other four founderz "chose to model their group after ancient Greek organizations, in terms of structure and nomenclature." In other wordz any and all official names and symbolz would have everything to do with greek culture instead of Afrikan thus vowing to do away with their origin and choosing to be loyal protectorz of the very oppressorz of Afrikan people.
For example, Boule' Master researcher, Steve Cokely believes the Boule' was utilized effectively to limit the power and influence of Marcus Garvey. A meeting of all the prominent Black newspaper families and editorz from The Amsterdam News, The Chicago Defender, The Pittsburgh Courier, The Baltimore and Washington Afro-American Newspaper took place in Washington, D.C. took place in 1918 (that same year, on August 17 Garvey began publishing the widely distributed Negro World newspaper) where Masonic orderz were given to either not discuss Garvey or deem him persona non grata, so that no one would follow him and his Back to Africa Movement. Why? Why would Afrikan men want to block another Afrikan man's mission for repatriation?! The reason is obvious... they negroes felt nothing was better than what they currently had on their masterz plantation!
"Black public outcry against lynching, bordering on what some authorities considered to be "unpatriotic" expression in a time of war, was a domestic "nuisance" which might well hinder prosecution of U.S. war aims overseas. Though generally supportive of the use of black troops to further the defined interests of the country abroad, the AfroAmerican press was nevertheless quite given to providing front-page coverage to these almost daily atrocities committed against black Americans. With support from what appears to have been only a handful of colleagues in the Military Intelligence Branch, [Joel E.] Springarn [a Jewish U.S. Military Intelligence Officer (Negro Subversion Division) who doubled as head of the Jewish founded and led NAACP understood full well that any unilateral attempt to suppress publication of such stories, while at the same time allowing lynch mobs of white Americans to continue a favored pastime, would, at the very least, lead to further disaffection within the Afro-American national community. Consequently, Major Springarn, aided by Emmett J. Scott, evolved a plan to appease the most prominent and powerful molders and shapers of "black public opinion." On 5 June, Scott and Springarn drafted 'a letter to George Creel, chairman of the federal Committee on Public Information, requesting that the Committee sponsor, "at an early date," a conference of approximately twenty Afro-American editors and about "a dozen or so other influential leaders among the Negro people...." That three-day conference was convened in Washington, D.C. on 19 June. The thirty-one persons in attendance included John H. Murphy of the Baltimore Afro-American; Robert L. Vann, Pittsburgh Courier; Fred R. Moore, New York Age; Benjamin J. Davis, Atlanta Independent; Robert R. Moton of Tuskegee Institute; Archibald H. Grimke, president of the Washington branch NAACP; P. B. S. Pinchback, former governor of Louisiana; Kelly Miller, Howard University dean; Robert S. Abbott of the Chicago Defender; and W. E. B. DuBois. When the conference opened Wednesday morning, 19 June, the overall atmosphere seemed calculated to play upon the bourgeois sensibilities of black leaders in attendance. "To enliven the occasion for the visitors," reported the New York Evening Post.
A galaxy of "prestigious" speakers was invited to address the conference: Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War; George Creel, Chairman of the Committee on Pl;lblic Information; Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Edward N. Hurley, Chairman of the U.S. Shipping Board; as well as Major Joel E. Springarn and his brother, Capt. Arthur S. Springarn of the Medical Reserve Corps. Critical to any discussion of the controversial" treatment of Afro-American troops overseas were the testimonies of Gen. Paul Vignal, Military Attache of the French Embassy; and Majors Edouard Requin and L. P. Montal of the French High Commission, who also attended. Emmett J. Scott presided at all of the sessions. "The general plan which Mr. Scott and I had in mind," wrote Springarn to a superior the day following the conference, involved a general discussion on the part of all the conferees, so as to permit each man to "let off steam" as much as he desired, and then to guide the discussion in the right direction so that unanimous action might be possible before the conference closed.
(from "Closed Ranks": Major Joel E. Spingarn and the Two Souls of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, page 28-29
(give thanx, [email protected] Amherst for this jewel)
There had been an agreement that information concerning the nature and outcome of the conference would be handled solely through the office of Emmett J. Scott, who was head of the Boule' at that time. What hedz may not know is Scott was another who spied on Garvey and other progressive American-Afrikan leaderz for Spingarn and U.S. Army Intelligence under Yarborough and Van Deman.
The Boule's role is to be a support group acting on behalf of the interests of the Rhodes/Rothschilds Secret Society and Zionist's. Zionists like Joel E. Spingarn, one of the early leaderz of the NAACP who was behind designing it to operate as a spy institution, specialized in sabotaging community operationz. The pay-off for these Zionist international bankerz and the U.S. government, who viewed any action of independence and self-determination out of their control as a threat came in the form of a strategic alliance — the Zionist's are a movement for the reestablishment, development, and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel, and established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodore Herzl, later led by Chaim Weizmann.
These Zionists used anti-Semitizm as both a force and call of action to gain more power in the U.S. In order to do this successfully, there needed to be a focus of hate exclusively on American-Afrikanz and not the so-called jewz. It's said the last straw that triggered them into action was the lynching of a jewish pedophile and child-murderer, Leo Frank in 1915.
After Frank's lynching, the Zionists created the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to ensure that an organization would be in place where only jewz, their groups and interests would be protected. They went one step further and set up spy networks such as the Urban League, the NAACP and others who would take legitimate claimz of injustices and sweep them under the rug.
Agents like Spingarn worked closely with U.S. military intelligence under the command of Lt. Col. Ralph Van Deman and Lt. General Pelham Yarborough [It must be noted in 1914, the NAACP chose to honor this enemy of Afrikan people by creating the annual Spingarn medal! And if you look at the list of recipients, many are memberz of the Boule' or have been assisting in the delay of Afrikan liberation!). Reverend A.D. Williams (MLK's grandfather) worked in trying to advance the rights of American-Afrikanz and was targeted by military intel as a result.
History showz there were three generationz of King's who were targeted for political neutralization and defamation by Yarborough and his successorz including "Gay" Edgar Hoover. According to a story broken March 21, 1993, by the Memphis Commercial Appeal army intelligence's cover story, "Black Americans were ripe for subversion by German agents during World War I and later by Communists and anti-war groups." The truth is, America-Afrikanz were more likely being influenced by Zionist agents than Communist or German ones.
And it didn't stop there. What's not included in the history books is that Garvey was aiming to go after the international bankerz and even called the Rhodes/Rothschilds, Rockefellers and Firestone out for their crimes. This made him public enemy #1 because of the mass appeal his organization had around the world.
Garvey's influence began striking at the heart of GWS operationz and they wanted him gone. Word out was New York Assistant District Attorney Edwin P. Kilroe, even hired an assassin named George Tyler to kill Garvey on October 14, 1919, but his wife effectively interceded.
While in his Harlem office at 56 West 156th Street on October 14, 1919, Garvey received a visit from Tyler. Tyler told him that Kilroe "had sent him" to get Garvey and then pulled a .38-caliber gun and fired four shots, wounding Garvey in the right leg and scalp. Garvey was taken to the hospital and Tyler arrested. Then on October 16th, on his way for arraignment, Tyler leaped to his death from third tier of Harlem jail committing suicide — along with him went undeniable proof of the exact personz behind Garvey's attack.
All in all, when we look at the historical delay of Afrikan Liberation, we find it could not have happened without the hypnotic-like allegiance groups like the Boule' have with organizationz made up of white supremacist's. Along with Scott, probably the most valuable sell-out was R.R. Moton.
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R.R. MOTON [1867-1940]
Roughly 40 yearz before Boule' member Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his infamous speech on racial equality at the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Robert Russa Moton delivered the keynote address at the memorial dedication as requested by then-President Warren G. Harding in 1922, where he co-signed Abraham Lincoln's efforts to unite the country, but felt there was still much work to be done.
Born two yearz after the abolition of slavery, his mother taught him to read in secret. When plantation owner found out, he directed his daughter to take over teaching Moton. He later graduated from Hampton Institute in 1890, then remained there for the next 25 yearz as the schoolz head of discipline. He also traveled the country speaking about the need for racial equality, raising money for Tuskegee and helping establish a veteranz hospital in Alabama for black soldierz returning from World War I. Under direction of President Woodrow Wilson, during WWI, he was sent to France to inspect the Black troops. During his lifetime, he served as an adviser to five Presidents, Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Although he is noted in history for what seemz to be positive contributionz like these, many may not know another role he played, a part you'll find deleted in the history books… a vital instrument in the delay if Afrikan liberation.
In particular, one must note, the form of discipline he taught involved programming black troops on knowing their "place" once they got back from the war, because even though they put their lives on the line, this country continued to see them as 3/5ths a man.
He later became a member of the Boule' and played a vital role in sabotaging Garvey as well as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment happening on his watch while head of Tuskegee, signing-off on the experiments carried out on Afrikan citizenz for over 30 yearz with the acknowledgement and support of the U.S. Department of Health.
According to Cokely, Moton was hired by the government to spy on Garvey. He was an agent for the U.S. government to coordinate the program against Garvey in America. In one of his many lectures on the Boule' Cokely stated Moton was given $5million to keep Garvey out of Liberia and halt the Back to Africa movement in exchange for a favor regarding race relationz at a later date.
A comrad of mine, Brotha Insight, recently informed me of a conversation he had with his 95-year-old grandmother-in-law who's Liberian, born and raised. She expounded on Garvey's expedition deal that was a plan to purchase 1million acres of land in Liberia, West Afrika at $1 per acre in 1919.
Joel A Springarn, Founder of the NAACP
" Joel Spingarn was an Austrian Jew & Chairman of the NAACP from 1914-1919 and its president in 1930, operated a network of black spies within the Black community under the direction of the U.S. Army military intelligence Division (MID). Spingarn was a fierce critic and enemy of Booker T Washington who advocated self-reliance and economic empowerment just like Garvey.
Few blacks know that Spingarn ran a spy network against blacks, a domestic intelligence operation that served as a forerunner of the COINTELPRO FBI-led counterinsurgency seprogram of the 1960’s. In the service of this government spying operation, Springarn used his position at the NAACP to gather critical information on the Black community. Among other covert acts, he turned over to the MID the NAACP membership list of all 117 NAACP branches throughout the countery, with the names and home and business address of their top officers.
Agent Spingarn took on the secret assignment of infiltrating and recruiting America’s talented tenth. His target was the Black aristocracy. Spingarn was not the only early NAACP leader to work for Army intelligence. It is generally known that W.E. B. Dubois actively sought appointmnt to the intelligence division in 1918. Springarn had wrote a Colonel that Dubois would write in the Crisis “To make his paper an organ of patriotic propaganda hereafter”.)"
Assassination of Thomas Sankara: evidence of a documentary by RAI 3 involve France, CIA and Blaise Compaoré
Astounding allegations have come forth about the 1987 assassination of the former president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, through a documentary aired on Italy’s public channel RAI3. The documentary, entitled ‘African Shadows’ and by Silvestro Montanaro, details the alleged links of the American and French secret services to Sankara’s assassins and the involvement of the current President of Burkina Faso Blaise Compaoré. This week’s Pambazuka News brings you the striking three-part transcript of the recent documentary, featuring the testimonies of well-known Liberian figures. Pambazuka
The original testimonies are in english but there are not available neither on line yet, not even transcripted, because these are liberians people wich speak in the film. The film has been played in italian on public’s italian TV the RAI3 TV. He testimones were published first in italian and then translated in french by thomassankara.net web site. This version has been translated in english from french by by Josh Ogada for Pambazuka. You can watch to the film at http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/... thomassankara.net’s administrator
NARRATOR: This is an intriguing international issue. I am meeting with Liberian Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, ex-wife of Charles Taylor.
SILVESTRO: Do you think that people should be worried if Taylor tells ‘the truth’? Should important people?
LADY: Yes, absolutely. I am sure of it…
SILVESTRO: Very important people?
LADY: For sure. There is a part of this story that has remained hidden, even from me. I am certain that he still holds secrets. How did he leave the US? What deal did he make with Ghaddafi in order to train in Libya? Who were his friends, and what information did they give him?
MOMO: He had lots of friends in the US…
SILVESTRO: Important people?
MOMO. Yes, certainly, business people.
SILVESTRO: Can you give me any names?
MOMO: Ah, no. I cannot divulge their names. I am not a fool… He had friends in diplomatic circles, who have gone underground, but I know who they are, and that they would not be happy if I spoke out. Taylor did not drop out of the sky just like that. From prison to Liberia. It is them who sent him to Liberia, and they are very aware of this fact!
NARRATOR: This gentleman, also considered a war criminal by the UN, was Taylor’s aide-de-camp. Today, General Momo Jiba – one of those who know the real story – gives us a glimpse of the goings-on during the reign of Charles Taylor.
SILVESTRO: Who sent him here?
MOMO: Those who sent him know themselves. The big hand. They know everything. He did not come here alone. Taylor was in prison in the US … and all of a sudden, he was in Monrovia. How did he get out of a US prison? How was he able to escape?
SILVESTRO: The CIA?
MOMO: Eh heh... I cannot say it … a big hand, The Big Hand.
HISTORIAN: What happened in the US with Charles Taylor is quite a remarkable story.
NARRATOR: Liberia’s current minister of posts and telecommunications, Marcus Dahn, is also one the country’s pre-eminent historians. He also suspects a third force behind Taylor’s escape.
HISTORIAN: Taylor fled Liberia after President Doe accused him of stealing millions of dollars from state coffers. He was arrested and was due for extradition to Liberia. It is noteworthy that Taylor’s lawyer, Ramsey, one of the best in the country, was attorney general under Jimmy Carter. Taylor was incarcerated at a federal prison in Massachusetts, one of the most secure. It seems to me especially difficult to escape from a federal prison…
Taylor managed to escape, to come back here and launch a revolution to depose Samuel Doe.
BLEAH: It is impossible to escape form such a facility without someone’s assistance. Taylor was not a little bird. Neither was he God, or a spirit.
NARRATOR: Mose Bleah was Taylor’s vice-president, and one of his top aides. When Taylor fled, he became president for a period of a few months.
BLEAH: Many people, including some who currently occupy important posts in the government, helped us. Even our current president admitted to having assisted Taylor, and having given him financial assistance at the time.
SILVESTRO: But it was mostly the Americans…
BLEAH: Certainly … yes…
SILVESTRO: In what way?
BLEAH: How can I explain this to you… Our godfather – since some of us Liberians consider ourselves a province of the US – helped us. The US consented to Taylor becoming president.
ALLEN: You must understand that the leaders of the NPFL [National Patriotic Front of Liberia] chose Taylor. The leadership of the NPFL included the likes of Mrs Ellen Sirleaf, the current president.
NARRATOR: Cyril Allen was a leading figure in Taylor’s party, former head of the National Petroleum corporation and is now one of the top names on the UN’s blacklist.
ALLEN: They were seeking help in toppling Samuel Doe. So the Americans asked whom they had chosen to lead their revolution. Their response was immediate and unequivocal; we have a Liberian who has a bone to pick with Samuel Doe. This man has a brilliant military mind, he is intelligent and courageous… Unfortunately, he is in one of your prisons. We ask that you to let him go so he can lead the revolution. They complied, and there Taylor was…
SILVESTRO: They agreed?
ALLEN: Of course, they made it possible for Taylor to escape.
MINISTER DOE: You need to find out from the State Department, from the highest levels of the CIA, the FBI, and the political establishment … they know what happened. Listen, I never want find myself in the American prison system. It is practically impossible to escape. Incredibly, Taylor managed to escape. Who was Taylor’s lawyer? Ramsey Clark, former US attorney general and one of the most powerful men in the world. Taylor escapes from prison in Boston and the next thing we know, Taylor is in Africa. When Taylor got here, he had a sack-load of money. We enquired into the origins of the initial US$25,000. I had all this information on my computer, but unknown individuals destroyed it. Luckily, a friend of mine kept copies. One of the signatures on the document was that of the current president, and the other was, well, an American.
SILVESTRO: Where were you trained, prepared?
MOMO: I was trained…
SILVESTRO: Please be truthful.
MOMO: Yes… in Libya.
Sivlestro: Who trained you?
MOMO: He he, good question…
SILVESTRO: What kind of instructors did you have? Where were they from? Which country? Please be honest.
MOMO: I cannot reveal that on camera, it is top-secret. But they were definitely instructors.
SILVESTRO: Who supplied you with arms?
MOMO: For combat?
MOMO: He he.
SILVESTRO: The same people?
MOMO: No, no, it was a revolution, we provided for ourselves. Nobody gave us anything. President Taylor used his own resources.
NARRATOR: At this point, I ask the filming crew to leave and return with a hidden television camera.
SILVESTRO: So, who was it that trained you?
MOMO: He he … ok, I cannot tell him … besides he already knows…
SILVESTRO: The CIA?
MOMO: Yes, the CIA trained me.
SILVESTRO: How about Gaddafi … Libya.
MOMO: Don’t go there, that’s politics…
MOMO: Let’s not get into that, that’s politics.
SILVESTRO: And they gave you money…
MOMO: Money, everything.
MOMO: Everything, everything.
SILVESTRO: The CIA.
MOMO : Don’t go there… that’s politics
SILVESTRO: Good heavens.
MOMO: You know, they are dangerous … right now they want it kept quiet … they would not appreciate us talking about it. If we do, it would be dangerous for them…
SILVESTRO: How is it possible that the CIA helped Taylor escape from prison?
LADY: I am sure that they were involved.
SILVESTRO: But after that, he was in Libya planning the war against Doe. Libya was an enemy of the US.
LADY: I believe that Taylor was nothing but a pawn in this game. The US was against Libya, but at the same time was eager to overthrow Doe. It is for this reason that they needed an ally, and authorised Taylor going to Libya for training to fight these people. Even before he triumphed and became president, he was in constant contact with the US. He was part of a scheme to topple Doe. He needed to be clear with his priorities: the Liberian question, his orientations vis-à-vis the US, the natural resources at stake, especially petroleum, from which the US would benefit. Liberia was a strategic target, and for this reason, more important than the Libyan question.
NARRATOR: As General Momo states, Taylor was at this point working for the CIA, spying on Gaddafi and infiltrating African liberation movements that were training in Libya.
MOMO: It was a CIA operation.
SILVESTRO: The fact of the matter is that Taylor was working for the CIA, and had been sent expressly to infiltrate African liberation movements that were training in Libya.
MOMO: Those are the facts.
SILVESTRO: Are you sure about that?
MOMO: Absolutely. I was working with him, and we spoke about these issues. I am not in the habit of lying.
SILVESTRO: And how did Taylor go about spying on Gaddafi for the CIA?
MOMO: One … a key area was Burkina Faso.
SILVESTRO: Taylor’s mysterious escape path crosses with the fate of Thomas Sankara, the young president of Burkina Faso. Some time ago, Liberian senator and former warlord Prince Johnson, told the Truth Commission that he and Taylor had been involved in Sankara’s death. I approached him so he would explain the story.
PRINCE: But this is not part of what you have written here…
SILVESTRO: It is part of the last question.
PRINCE: No, it isn’t. And in any case, you must stick to the agenda you prepared here…
SILVESTRO: Excuse me?
PRINCE: You cannot raise a new issue that was not mentioned before.
SILVESTRO: Is it that difficult for you to answer the question?
PRINCE: No, no, it does not work like that.
SILVESTRO: So, what actually happened in Burkina Faso?
PRINCE: No, we … once an issue has been dealt with one, two, three times…
SILVESTRO: The issue of Thomas Sankara?
PRINCE: This is getting tedious.
SILVESTRO: Excuse me?
PRINCE: I went to the Truth Commission, I gave an interview to the French media that was broadcast worldwide, and I will go on repeating what I said about Burkina Faso.
SILVESTRO: I understand, but please answer the question.
PRINCE: Right, after I spoke, the president of Burkina Faso faced all kinds of problems, and I do not want to end up there again. Besides, if you really want to know what happened in Burkina Faso, why don’t you go there and ask President Blaise Compaoré … you are part of the international media, you are like a doctor, to whom the truth must be told. Therefore, go to Burkina Faso… (bursts of laughter).
NARRATOR: Then, with the camera ostensibly off...
PRINCE: There was an international plot to get rid of this man, and if I tell you how this happened, are you aware the secret services could kill you?
SILVESTRO: An international plot. Because the truth would harm the current president Blaise Compaoré. In 1987 when Sankara was murdered, Compaoré was considered his best friend. Immediately after Sankara’s death, Compaoré said ’I was ill’.
NARRATOR: Momo and Allen recount to me what exactly happened.
ALLEN: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, Blaise Compaoré, Thomas Sankara, Domingo Guengeré, and ... Foday Sankoh, as well as the man from Chad, whose name I can’t recall, had all been trained in Libya and were all friends. They are the ones who actually organised the Burkina revolution and installed Sankara as president. Once in power, he set about putting in place his plans. The next thing you know, the US had infiltrated the liberation movements and set about overthrowing Sankara, who was leaning too far left. The Americans were not happy with Sankara. He was talking of nationalising his country’s resources to benefit his people. He was a socialist so he had to go.
This section contains a sequence of archive images. What follows is the commentary accompanying the images.
NARRATOR: Video showing Sankara: Thomas Sankara was president of Upper Volta from 1983–87, and renamed it Burkina Faso, meaning ’land of the honourable’. To avoid foreign dictates, he refused aid from the IMF and the World Bank. Burkina Faso was semi-arid, hungry, indebted and had one of the highest infant mortality rates, with no hope of going it alone. He had to fight desertification, achieve food self-sufficiency, and provide healthcare. The new motto was ’two meals a day and ten litres of water a day for all every day’. The whole country, especially women, were mobilised to achieve this goal: to consume only what the country could produce on its own, without unnecessary imports and military purchases, end waste, privilege and corruption. He led by example.
SANKARA: Our ministers can only fly economy, not first class. We have abolished presidential immunity, and are in the process of lowering civil service salaries. There are court proceedings against those who are robbing our country, and these are taking place in public.
NARRATOR: Sankara ate millet, like the peasants in his country, travelled around in a small ordinary car, always wore traditional dress, and never had any personal property. His presidential salary was a pittance, and he shamed every other statesman in the world and at home. His example was not followed with enthusiasm. Roads, railways, schools and hospitals were built, agricultural production grew and desert was reclaimed. In the space of four years, the goal of two meals a day and ten litres of water was a reality. But the spectre of external debt racked up by past corrupt governments loomed. Sankara was fighting on the global stage against this new debt-slavery.
SANKARA: We must speak in one voice, saying this debt cannot be paid. And since I am the lone voice, I will be assassinated. We must say together, we cannot pay, because we have to work to build a future for our people. If only Burkina Faso refuses to pay, I will not be here at the next conference.
Silvestro’s comments: Sankara did well, and did it for all. He called into question the delicate power dynamics of the time. It was an issue that needed to be tackled. Momo Jiba and Cyril Allen, Taylor’s closest allies, recount what happened.
The interview continues
MOMO: My boss told me to approach Sankara for help in taking power in Liberia. In return, he offered lucrative business opportunities. Thomas Sankara told him he was not interested and asked him to leave the country. He told him that he would not help and asked him to find another staging point for his rebellion. Guengere, who is currently Burkina Faso’s minister of defence, Blaise Compaoré, Charles Taylor, and Chad’s current president … you know who he is?
MOMO: Yes, him too.
MOMO: They all met in Mauritania for a whole day … after a while they were joined by a white man from Paris. The discussions carried on, and then there was another meeting in Libya, where the Sankara problem was discussed some more. What emerged was that if we were to use Burkina Faso as a launching pad, Sankara had to be eliminated. Blaise Compaoré, would become president, and he would help us…
SILVESTRO: And was Gaddafi okay with the plan?
MOMO: Yes, yes … please remember, this must all remain confidential.
SILVESTRO: Yes, yes…
MOMO: If Gaddafi helped Taylor, and France sent word that they were in support of the coup d’état … better yet, if France provided funds and indicated that they would recognise Compaoré’s government, then all was well. Blaise told Guengere, the current Burkinabe army chief to avail a group of commandos, Taylor provided other troops, and the coup was staged.
SILVESTRO: Was France the only country involved?
MOMO: France was totally involved.
SILVESTRO: What about the US and the CIA?
MOMO: I am not sure of that … I don’t want to tell you lies.
ALLEN: The Americans and the French sanctioned the plan. There was a CIA operative and the US embassy in Burkina Faso working closely with the secret service at the French embassy, and they made the crucial decisions.
SILVESTRO: So the CIA and the French secret service…
ALLEN: And the French secret service decided to eliminate Sankara. Those are the facts.
MOMO: They sent their men, some commandos, and then there was Prince Johnson, and myself. We communicated by walkie-talkie, we had all the information on Sankara … when he left home, and when he returned … everything was planned.
SILVESTRO: Were you there?
MOMO: Of course, I was in Burkina Faso, I was part of the operation.
SILVESTRO: And were you present when Sankara was assassinated?
MOMO: Of course, I was in the room when he was assassinated.
SILVESTRO: What do you remember of that moment?
SILVESTRO: Sankara was waiting to meet Blaise Compaoré?
MOMO: No, it was not a meeting … there were important discussions taking place.
MOMO: And Blaise Compaoré, after seeming to have returned home at nightfall , was there, ready to act with the others … he entered the room and fired.
(On the first version it was written "at exactly midnight", but Silvestro MOntanaro told us that it was a mistake and that Momo spoke about the nightfall. thomassankara.net’s adminitrator)
ALLEN: He fired the first shot … Sankara was seated and Compaoré was across the table. Then there was a second shot, Sankara sank into the chair and died … a few seconds before that, he had been speaking to Compaoré.
MOMO: I was right there when Thomas Sankara said, ’Blaise, you are my best friend, I call you my brother, and yet you assassinate me?’ Blaise made an irritated gesture and said something to him in French – I don’t understand French very well – and then he fired a shot.
ALLEN: If Blaise Compaoré had not shot Sankara, Guengere would have done so, and would now be president. All of this was part of America’s interest in controlling Burkina Faso.
NARRATOR: Whatever the case, one thing is certain: The good will is gone and Burkina Faso is once again one of the world’s poorest countries.
We hope this documentary will contribute to the search for the truth, and lead to more vital testimonies.
We do not fully believe the version of events where Sankara was assassinated at nightfall in the presence of Blaise Compaoré, who fired the fatal shot. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the assassination took place between 16:00 and 17:00. However, we must remain open to this.
For a long time, Liberians have been suspected to have been implicated in the death of Sankara. Up to this point, not a single Liberian had offered an explanation as to what their role was. We have serious doubts as to the veracity of this account of the day he was assassinated, but the Liberian connection is confirmed.
We unearthed a fresh confirmation of the accusations against France and Libya.
Of great importance here is the implication of the CIA. Neither is this the first time that Liberians have confirmed it in detail. Charles Taylor would surely have collaborated with the CIA to infiltrate African revolutionary circles.
There are already several accounts that express surprise at Taylor’s escape from the US. Shortly before the release of this documentary, Taylor himself recounted his surreal ’liberation escape’ during the Special Tribunal on Sierra Leone, and confirmed that he had received assistance.
The producer can confirm that this documentary was shot before the release of the Liberia Truth Commission report that implicates the current president and several other personalities.
Source : http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/58463