|William Sullivan and J. Edgar Hoover shake hands. |
Sullivan oversaw COINTELPRO for Hoover. – Photo: FBI
It is Prison Friday here at Scission and once more I return to the glaring case of total injustice which has been perpetrated upon two Nebraska men for more than four decades now. The case, the saga, of the Omaha Two continues.
If you are not familiar with the case referred to here, merely click here.
No matter what happens now, the Omaha 2 have been robbed of their lives because they stood for Black Liberation. Mondo now, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, "...needs a walker to leave his cell in the Nebraska State Penitentiary's skilled nursing facility. He breathes heavily, clear plastic tubes pumping oxygen into his nostrils to compensate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a legacy of a cigarette habit he gave up when tobacco was banned in state prisons eight years ago."
It's an outrage.
Still he hopes to die a free man..as does Ed Poindexter, the other of the Omaha 2.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, who helped facilitate we Langa's surrender to police, considers their convictions “a gross miscarriage of justice” and said authorities feared loaded mouths more than they feared loaded guns.
"I brought Mondo in because I didn't want anything to happen to him," Chambers said recently. "... They felt Ed and David were like the head of a beast and if you killed the head, the body died. So they couldn't kill them literally because generally they were around other people. So the next best thing was to let the system take care of them, and they locked them away."
In 1975, U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom, and later a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, ordered a new trial for Mondo we Langa. However, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the merits of Mondo’s appeal and sent the case back to the Nebraska Supreme Court on procedural grounds during Chief Justice Warren Burger’s effort to undo rulings of his predecessor, Earl Warren. The Nebraska Supreme Court denied a new trial request despite the rulings of the four federal judges.
Recently the memoirs of Judge Warren Urborn who as noted above once ordered a retrial for the Two have been published. In it, the judge says quite simply the Supreme Court got it wrong.
Unfortunately, this isn't likely to do either man much good, although it does add another voice to the many crying out for their release.
The following is from the Examiner.