by Chris Stevenson
After Nelson Mandela and his co-defendants’ miraculous acquittal of the treason trial, he went into exile. It was then that the Central Intelligence Agency began or intensified their surveillance of him. Though this is news to many, it shouldn’t be, given the CIA’s history on the Dark Continent. The agency was already deep in the Congo holding up African progress, how far of a stretch would it be for some of them to move operations toward the south?
Mandela was arrested in ‘56 for “high treason” and attempting to “violently overthrow the state.” In all 156 were arrested, four days later they were released on bail. When Mandela got home on bail his wife Evelyn had already moved out of the house leaving it bare. Rumors of infidelity plus her membership in the Jehovah’s Witnesses prevented her from supporting him in the struggle even though the Watchtower had no immediate viable answers for black South Africans either. Trial began in 1957 and went on for three years. In the midst of 17 African countries due to become independent in 1960, South Africa seemed to be going backwards. If the treason trial didn’t prove it, something more devastating soon would. The 3/21/60 Sharpeville Massacre where South African police-while in front of their own headquarters-would fire blindly into a crowd of black protesters, women conversing and laughing amongst each other first according to eyewitnesses, and then children, in all 69 people were murdered, over 180 wounded.
Some time ago a former African National Congress (ANC) bombmaker named Dennis Goldberg said during an event: “We believe that there was a British Intelligence agent in the nearby caravan park. Everyone thought he was a birdwatcher because he would climb up a telegraph pole with binoculars every day. But I think we were the birds he was watching,” according to a 7/11/13 story by Hannah Osborn for International Business Times. The British spy agency MI5 also was known to spy on him at the same time. Goldberg was arrested during a raid in July of ‘63, at a farm once known to be one of Mandela’s hideouts; Lilies Land in Johannesburg. Mandela operated under the assumed name David Motsamayi, a farm worker.
ANC activists and communists conducted their activities there. The US/UK spying led to the 7/11 raid and the arrest of 19. Some believe Mandela was already arrested for a minor charge, others thought he was still at large underground. Much of this info came out last July while Mandela was seriously ill. Nelson had begun a relationship with Winnie during the treason trial. They got married and had kids, but during his prison sentence for sabotage she would plot brutal violence.
A first wife who believed in political passivity, and a second who went so far over the edge she almost single-handedly destroyed his movement. What’s the chances of any man involving himself with two such women back-to-back, much less a man trying to change the face of his country? For black men the possibility is not so farfetched. People hear the latest verbal attacks on black-female obstructionism, but it’s wasn’t new, and evidently got it’s start in the Motherland. Can you find women of any other race or ethnic group who are so obtuse either purposely or inadvertently to their men’s goals? Yes Nelson would initially voice how he appreciated Winnie’s love and devotion, and he would stick by her for a couple years after his release. But whereas Winnie loved him, his adversaries manifested a quality more important to him at that time.
To best understand the magnitude of Mandela’s accomplishments from an American perspective, picture Huey Newton being imprisoned for 27 years after forming a special strike force within the Black Panthers which literally made them more of a threat than the KKK and Mafia. Imagine a scenario where they begin sabotaging white supremacists facilities mostly under Newton’s direction while incarcerated, until Reagan and Bush etc., try to meet with him and negotiate his freedom an end to American White Supremacy. After which Newton is freed, and later is elected President of the United States. Only then will you begin to get a clue of who Mandela was, and why he was so highly respected.
I mention CIA spying and manipulating in African Affairs and figures along the lines of Mandela, Steven Biko, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, and as of late even brown Africans Mubarak and Qadaffi. The same question regarding Lumumba also applied to Mandela; Why would the intel networks of powerful nations like the US bother themselves to allocate a budget to spy on a mere barefoot African? “I don’t like it when people question our motives on blacks or on Mandela because of an incident that happened 20 years ago in another administration,” said former George H.W. Bush Press Secretary Merlin Fitzwater. In fact he shouldn’t like it, at the time of those episodes Bush was a high ranking CIA official. People on the left call Eric Snowden a hero, black activists in Africa and America were under constant government secret watch way before the NSA, and there was no Wikileaks to expose them. Our NSA was a miserable racist cross-dresser named J. Edgar Hoover. The success of American government in this reportedly came by way of infiltration into the ANC by an undercover agent who managed to work his way into their inner circle. Cox News Service named senior CIA official Paul Eskel as admitting it.
“It is one of our greatest coups,” stated a former US official, CIA officer Donald C. Rickard, who worked undercover as a “consular official in Durban” and disclosed to the agency information that led directly to Mandela’s arrest, even stating he would be disguised as a chauffeur. Rickard is said to be living in Colorado today (Pagosa Springs) according to a news release by William Blum. Corporations like IBM, Kodak and others assisted with resources in the murder, torture and incarceration of ANC activists.
There is much to be said regarding whether or not all the people the US classifies as communist or terrorists are really bad people. One gets the feeling nowadays that you don’t have to do much to earn those labels. What is really going on with the Western powers is fear, and the message is don’t question them. In search of another Mandela? Pop culture says don’t even think about it. All you need do is to finally figure out who really controls pop-culture and major media?
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below