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We Are Family
They say prayer has the power to heal So pray for me, mother In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell I'm a-tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others But oh mother, things ain't going well - Bob Dylan
The Manson Mythos, sad to say, seems endlessly relevant. In The Shadow Over Santa Susana, author Adam Gorightly quotes Preston Guillory, a Los Angeles ounty de!uty sheri"" at the time o" the Tate-LaBian#a slayings, in #onversation $ith Paul %rassner. Guillory shares this revelation& A few wee s prior to the Spahn !anch raid, we were told that we weren't to arrest Manson or any of his followers" #e had a sheaf of memos on $anson - that they had automatic weapons at the ranch, that citi%ens had complained about hearing machine guns at night, that firemen from the local fire station had been accosted by armed
members of $anson's band and told to get out of the area" &eputies started as ing, '#hy aren't we gonna ma e the raid sooner(' I mean, $anson's a parole violator, we now there's narcotics and boo%e" )e's living at the ranch with bunch of minor girls in complete violation of his parole" &eputies at the station *uite fran ly became very annoyed that no action was being ta en about $anson"""" +ow here's the ic er" Before the Tate illings he had been arrested at $alibu twice for statutory rape" +ever got ,imprisoned for parole violation-" $anson li ed to ball young girls, so he .ust did his thing and he was released, and they didn't put any parole on him" But somebody very high up was controlling everything that was going on and was seeing to it that we didn't bust $anson" Manson $as le"t alone, Guillory told %rassner, be#ause 'something big $as #oming do$n.' %rasnner as(ed ')hy $ere you given su#h an order*' to $hi#h Guillory re!lied 'I don+t (no$. )e didn+t question our su!eriors.' %rassner !ressed& 'Did you at least s!e#ulate as to the reason*' ,es, Guillory #on#eded& '-h, $e .ust "igured they $ere gonna (ill Bla#( Panthers.' #e were getting intelligence briefings that $anson was anti-blac and he had supposedly illed a Blac /anther" $anson was a very ready tool, apparently, because he did have some racial hatred and he wanted to vent it" But they hadn't anticipated him attac ing someone other than the /anthers" There+s a lot o" that these days, though mu#h less s!e#ulative than Guillory+s thoughts and several orders o" degree more #om!li#it. '/o one #ould have imagined them ta(ing a !lane' and #rashing it into the )orld Trade enter. /o one #ould have "oreseen the severity o" %atrina. '/o one anti#i!ated the level o" violen#e' in Iraq. But it+s irrelevant here $hether the #elebrity 0#ientologist $ent o"" s#ri!t or stayed on mission. The !oint is that Manson and his "ollo$ers $ere untou#hed be"ore the (illings be#ause authorities anti#i!ated mayhem, not be#ause they didn+t, and "or $hatever reason they $anted to see some blood shed. In this res!e#t, and almost #ertainly $ithout sus!e#ting it, the "amily be#ame an unde!uti1ed bran#h o" the LA ounty 0heri""+s De!artment. 2arly in his you ain't seen nothin' yet s!ee#h o" last $ee(, George Bush sited the bombing o" 0amarra+s Golden Mosque as the !rin#i!al trigger event "or Iraq+s se#tarian violen#e& 'Al 3aeda terrorists and 0unni insurgents re#ogni1ed the mortal danger that Iraq+s ele#tions !osed "or their #ause, and they res!onded $ith outrageous a#ts o" murder aimed at inno#ent Iraqis. They ble$ u! one o" the holiest shrines in 0hia Islam 4 the Golden Mosque o" 0amarra 4 in a #al#ulated e""ort to !rovo(e Iraq+s 0hia !o!ulation to retaliate. Their strategy $or(ed.' ,et even though they never made Ameri#a+s "ront !age, there $ere al$ays #om!elling reasons to sus!e#t a di""erent #al#ulus, and other hands on the trigger. 5or instan#e, %urt /immo noted that 'at least t$o $itnesses sa$ +unusual a#tivities by the Iraqi /ational Guard in the area around the mosque.+ T$o mosque guards re!orted "our men in I/G uni"orms had blind"olded them and !lanted e6!losives. A se#ond $itness, Muhammad al-0amarrai, the o$ner o" an internet #a"e in the area, $as told to stay in his store and not leave the area. 5rom 77 !m until 8&9: am, ten minutes
be"ore t$o bombs $ere detonated, the area surrounding the mosque $as !atrolled by +.oint "or#es o" Iraqi I/G and Ameri#ans,+ a##ording to al-Samarrai.' In A!ril ;::< Mi#hael %arem, then s!e#ial adviser to Paul Bremer, voi#ed #on#ern over the e6#e!tional #orru!tion and thuggish se#tarianism o" Bayan =abr, the 0hia Minister "or >ousing and onstru#tion in Iraq+s oalition Provisional Authority !a.ama !arliament. A "e$ days a"ter #om!osing a memo detailing his #on#ern, %arem and senior aide ?obert lay $ere #alled to a meeting $ith the PA+s de!uty administrator, @i#e Admiral 0#ott ?edd. ')e $ere thrilled at the end o" the meeting,' said %arem. '2verybody $as sha(ing their head about the #orru!tion. They said that they $ere going to get rid o" the minister.' But something else ha!!ened, be#ause some else - somebody very high up, to borro$ Guillory+s $ords - had other !lans& &ays later, he and 0lay were as ed to return to !edd's office" They wal ed in e1pecting to hear that 2abr had been fired" Instead they were told that their services with the 0/A were as of that moment terminated3 the minister would stay on" 4#e were told that we had lost effectiveness because we couldn't wor with the minister,5 6arem recalled" 4#e were in shoc "5 =abr $as !romoted to Minister o" the Interior and, a##ording to )arper's %en 0ilverstein, his a!!ointment '#orres!onds almost !re#isely' to the rise o" Iraq+s death squads. AA #oin#iden#e doubled-u! soon a"ter by the arrival o" the Death 0quad+s o$n Good$ill Ambassador, =ohn /egro!onte, as the ne6t Green Bone bully boy.C -" #ourse the Golden Mosque and Bayan =abr are already old stories by the measures o" Iraq+s dissolution and our o$n time+s seeming a##eleration, but almost daily ne$ "iligrees o" outrage are added to them. In Baghdad+s latest '!a#i"i#ation' #am!aign, governmentba#(ed militias are $ithholding "ood and !reventing the eva#uation o" $ounded, $hile D0 troo!s ma(e no e""ort to intervene. 'This military siege is (illing us,' said 0unni Abu 0ady. 'The Ameri#ans are doing nothing, as i" they are ba#(ing the militias.' It $as evident even be"ore the invasion that the $ar+s intention in#luded ma(ing a "ailed state o" Iraq. That that+s not yet #onventional $isdom sho$s .ust ho$ mu#h too many still $ant to believe bad !oli#y is made in good "aith. As %eith Gotts#hal( gingerly as(ed anada+s mainstream le"t last $ee(& """isn't it even barely possible, although it seems mad, that everything that has happened in Ira*, this 4progressive destructive chaos,5 has been the plan from the get-go and that civil war was not only e1pected but hoped for( If you must rule a people or a nation for the benefit of their natural resources and geopolitical value, would it not be a possible tactic to allow them to destroy themselves first without committing too many of your own people to the effort( )as Bush+s s!ee#h, as Eym!hora s!e#ulated, #ode to ena#t a 0unni geno#ide* )ill the atro#ity about to "all u!on Iran be#ome a 0hia holo#aust* I thin( the vision "rom the
)hite >ouse is grander than either !ro!osition. There+s a Mansoni# logi# at !lay here, and it+s been !laying sin#e Bush+s "irst stolen ele#tion. Des!ite multi!le o""enses and !arole violations, 0!ahn ?an#h $asn+t raided be"ore TateLaBian#a be#ause the !oli#e $ere e6!ressly told they should not arrest Manson or his "ollo$ers. Des!ite the grievous in.uries they+ve in"li#ted u!on the nation and the #onstitution, George Bush and Di#( heney $ill not be im!ea#hed be#ause Demo#rats have ele#ted, "or some reason, to ta(e im!ea#hment 'o"" the table.' Li(e an unmolested Manson sending his "amily on '#ree!y #ra$ly' burglaries o" #anyon homes Bush $ill not be sto!!ed by the la$, be#ause behind the la$ are the gods o" >elter 0(elter $ho are not yet "inished $ith him. As Guillory said o" Manson, so Bush is 'a very ready tool' $ho #urrently en.oys the un!re#edented and seemingly una##ountable !ermission to do the unthin(able. And be#ause he #an, something big is coming down. -nly a"ter his #haoti# $or( is done and the last door!ost daubed in gore may he be brought lo$. /ot to .usti#e, be#ause Ameri#an !residents never are, but !erha!s to a singular in.usti#e that has sometimes made their a#quaintan#e. Dntil then, he may as $ell tell us as another Te6an re!ortedly did, 'I am the devil, and I am here to do the devil+s business.'
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