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Omaha 2

Omaha 2

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Published by: Mosi Ngozi (fka) james harris on Mar 12, 2011
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After COINTELPRO became public in 1977, and theFreedom of Information Act was passed in 1978,Rice and Poindexter were able to access their FBIfiles, which were each over a thousand pages long,although they only received small portions uponrequest. In 1978 Amnesty International published areport finding that irregular conduct by the FBI dur-ing its COINTELPRO operations had underminedthe fairness of trials of a number of political activistsduring the 1970's. This led to the 1980 conviction(and 1981 pardon by President Ronald W. Reagan) of FBI Director L. Patrick Gray and Edward S. Miller.However, beyond the general campaign to discreditand smear BPP member, the particular links betweenCOINTELPRO and this case were uncertain untilSenator Chuck Hagel facilitated release on over athousand pages of relevant documents in 2001.
Commuting Sentences
Since 1993, the Nebraska Parole Board has votedunanimously and repeatedly to commute both men'ssentences to time served. However, as of September 2005, the Nebraska Board of Pardons has refused toschedule a hearing in the matter. One Board member has even asserted that there are "no circumstances"under which he would consider commutation.
Cause célèbre
David Rice and Ed Poindexter are recognized aspolitical prisoners, as their arrests and convictionswere marred by circumstancial evidence and policefalsehoods, and occurred in a time of intense politicalturmoil. Controversial Omaha police officer, TariqAl-Amin, has led the charge for the freedom of Riceand Poindexter in Omaha, while AmnestyInternational and the NAACP are among the nationalorganizations which support the immediate release of the two men.
Please write to the Omaha 2 at:
Ed Poindexter
#1104037525 4th AvenueLino Lake, MN 55014-1099Minn. Correctional Facility
Mondo We Langa (D. Rice)
27768 / Box 2500Lincoln, NE68542-2500For more information on the Omaha 2, pleasecontact their support group at:
Tekla Johnson, Lincoln Justice Committee
PO Box 4756Lincoln, NE 68504Local groups working on the Omaha 2 case:
Los Angeles Branch of theAnarchist Black Cross Federation
PO Box 11223Whittier, CA 90603E-mail: la@abcf.net
Jericho Amnesty Coalition
PO Box 34186Los Angeles, CA 90034
Both have served over 30years in prison for a crimethey did not commit.
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