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The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther is being made into a book on tape and will be available soon.

On December 4, 1969, at 6:00 am, Jeffrey Haas’s law partner, Skip Andrew, knocked on his door. When Jeff opened it, Skip  announced that Fred Hampton, the dynamic young leader of the Black Panthers had been shot and killed in a police raid. Skip went to the apartment and began examining the bullet holes and collecting evidence. Haas went to the lockup to interview the raid’s survivors. From the bullet holes at the scene and the descriptions of the eye witnesses, it appeared that Fred Hampton was murdered in his bed.

The Assassination of Fred Hampton is Haas’s personal account of how he and People’s Law Office partners, including Flint Taylor, pursued Hampton’s assassins. They ultimately exposed the conspiracy between  FBI agents carrying out FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s secret and deadly Counterintelligence Program and the Chicago Police that led to Hampton’s assassination. Not only is this a story of justice delivered, the book puts Hampton in a new light as a dynamic community leader and an inspirational speaker.

“I don’t want myself on your mind if you’re not going to work for the people. Like we always said, if you’re asked to make a commitment at the age of 20 and you say, I don’t want to make a commitment only because of the simple reason that I’m too young to die, I want to live a little bit longer. What you did is, you’re dead already. You have to understand that people have to pay the price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. If you dare not struggle then damnit—you don’t deserve to win. Let me say peace to you if you’re willing to fight for it.”  — Fred Hampton

Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the 1969 police raid on the Hampton house.

Book Reviews

“At once journalist, lawyer and storyteller, Jeff Haas manages to sear into every page of this book a compassion seemingly forgotten, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the government assassination of Fred Hampton. This is mandatory reading for those who love and believe in freedom.”

—Elaine Brown, author and former chairman of the Black Panther Party

“This is an extremely important book–and a tale well told–for America to read if it wants to become what it says it has always been–the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General

“Thank You for writing this book. It’s an extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history. It ought to be mandatory reading in law schools. Better than any textbook it reveals just how easily justice can be thwarted and malicious aims disguised when powerful people conspire to violate the law (commit murder) and manipulate procedural rules to avoid responsibility for their crimes. You have done us a great service by sharing this history—a history that serves as an ominous reminder that the Empire Will Strike Back when challenged to dismantle systems of racial control. If and when a truly radical movement begins to thrive again—one that challenges America’s latest caste system—the movement will likely be met with the same ugliness and cruelty that has met every other movement for Black freedom in America. So this book is a cautionary tale, as well as a story of heroism. I have added you, the PLO, and Fred Hampton to my list of unsung heroes.”

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the post-racial Era, September, 2012

The Advantages of Using a VPN For Netflix

If you are like me when it comes to Netflix, then it is safe to say that you stream a lot, and you prefer that you have the best Netflix experience rather than some watered down version of Netflix. Trust me, that is a lot more common, especially if you are outside US, then there is going to be a watered down version of Netflix, which is simply not good enough.

In a situation like this, it is best if you just use a good VPN for that purpose. You can head over to https://www.lemigliorivpn.com/guide-vpn-faq/video-guide/netflix-italia-e-catalogo-mondiale/ and check out the options that you have.

In this article, we shed light on some of the advantages of using a VPN for Netflix. So, let’s not waste time and have a look.

You Get Access to Everything on Netflix

One of the biggest benefit of using VPN for Netflix is that you get access to everything. I know it does not look like much, but the good news is that there is so much content on the international version of Netflix, that you can spend days, and even months exploring your favourite genres and not get tired.

All The Latest Releases

Another benefit of using VPN for Netflix is that you get all the latest releases ahead of every other region. I know it does not look like much, but this is great for people who love the Netflix originals because I certainly do.

I can assure you that your experience with Netflix is going to be great when you finally couple it with a good VPN. Just make sure that the VPN you are opting for is actually as good, and do not forget to read the reviews.

Vehicle Safety Inspections: What You Need to Know

Road side accidents are one of the leading factors that lead to deaths worldwide every year as it can be very dangerous if proper safety measures are not taken. Even an experienced driver can run into an untimely incident that could potentially result in serious physical injury, and it could be due to various factors. The other driver on the road could make a minor mistake that might make it difficult to properly steer your vehicle in the right direction or your car might not be properly maintained which caused its mechanical failure. In order to make sure that your car is in good working condition you should get a vehicle safety check without any delay.

From faulty breaks to flickering headlights, any part of your car that is not up to the mark can increase your chances of facing an accident. Before you drive off to the workplace or leave your kids at the school in the morning, you should always go through some basic safety checks of your car so that you can ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road. No matter how late you might be getting for an office meeting, you should never skip this safety check. Coastwide Mobile Roadworthys & Air Conditioning is known for its high quality inspection services at the workshop for affordable rates. Their mechanics have more than 15 years of experience working in this field, so that they can deliver you high standards of safety certificates.

You should also keep track of the fluid levels in your car that might affect the overall performance of the vehicle. From engine oil to other steering liquids, everything should be checked. Never delay these maintenance tasks for your car so that you can have a safe drive.

The Growing Threat of Surveillance Technology

Take a look at any science fiction horror movie and you will notice that most of them tie in unobstructed monitoring into the story in one way or another. The concept of Big Brother came from the same idea as well; governments and organizations with the ability to spy on you whenever they want, capable of unravelling all of your secrets and completely analysing your personal identity. It sounds scary and quite creepy as well, knowing that someone who you have never even met knows you better than most people in your social circle, and the most unnerving part is that you cannot do anything to stop them.

Our governments are steadily bringing this grim sounding sci-fi world into reality thanks to a constant development in technology that harvests our personal data and stores it in databases. Biometrics, DNA, and surveillance technology is becoming more and more advanced every year, allowing governments and organizations to integrate these technologies into our day to day lives and making use dependent on them.

Nowadays many people across the world are openly giving away vital chunks of their personal data away in return for better integration with technology that makes their lives more comfortable. When smartphones introduced fingerprint scanners, everyone eagerly started using this technology in order to make their devices more secure, the same thing happened when Apple came out with its highly accurate facial recognition technology, and this sort of technology is not limited to the smartphone industry.

Banks have begun using all kinds of biometrics systems, including voice recognition software, retina scanners, and more. Currently, there are companies working on technology that will take biometrics even further and make it possible to identify someone from their heartbeat or from the way they grip their devices.

The most concerning thing is that while this kind of technology is being developed at a rapid pace, the legal aspects of privacy protection and data collection is lagging behind, meaning that there are loopholes and grey areas that allow pretty much anyone to openly compromise privacy.

One could say that the legal system and government may not want to restrict this rampant data gathering since it will prove beneficial to them in the long run. The invisible net used to monitor us has been around for quite some time now, but we have only begun to realise its existence, back when landlines were popular, governments would shamelessly tap into phone lines, and they continue to do the same with smartphones now.

Our texts, emails, and even our location is known to them, almost every modern smartphone comes equipped with a plethora of sensors that gather enough data to paint a very accurate picture of where we live, how we move around, and more.

While technology has helped us solved countless problems, it has also brought a whole new variety of problems and challenges that we are not even sure of how to address at the moment, problems that critically compromise our privacy.

Strip Searches Are Going Digital, And You Cannot Refuse Them

Strip searches are a travellers worst nightmare, but you cannot really say no to them since they are in place to ensure passenger safety, and now recently, there have been reports that traveller in the US are beginning to face “digital strip searches” as well, where authorities demand access to people’s digital devices without having to state any reason. The said digital search resulted in a lawsuit being filed against TSA and so far, from what we can tell, the lawsuit has not been resolved.

While the future of digital searches remains in grey zone in the US, it has been adopted as a policy in New Zealand. According to the law passed in New Zealand, customs can ask to inspect one’s electronic devices completely, meaning that you will also have to provide them with the means to unlock your device. If anyone refuses to provide full access to their device, customs can confiscate it, go through with forensically and fine the individual $5000.

This law has obviously raised plenty of privacy concerns, people are also concerned about what impact this law will have on their banking. Especially for people who carry cryptocurrency on their devices, this law can easily make it very challenging to go between borders while carrying bitcoin or any other sort of cryptocurrency.

Privacy compromising and invading technologies are becoming more and more common now, just take a look at fingerprint sensors on smartphone devices, various social media apps, and Apple’s advanced facial recognition system that has the ability to precisely map your facial features and store that data. This digital strip search (if it becomes more widely adopted) can easily take privacy invasion to a whole new level, customs can browse through your personal information, even collect it and misuse it, and you will not be able to lift a finger since the law will be on their side.

There has been a rising trend in privacy being sacrificed for security, in fact ever since the widespread availability of technology began, governments have been finding ways of keeping a track on people. Governments that compromise their population’s privacy cannot be taken as democratic bodies since they are robbing their citizens of their freedom, New Zealand’s latest move easily diminishes its status as a democratic country.

Privacy invasion and technology integration seem to have become interrelated now, one cannot maintain their privacy completely if they wish to integrate themselves completely with technology. The worst part is that society has become so dependent on technology that you really cannot survive in it if you keep yourself segregated from technology, smartphones are already a necessity, and now we are beginning to see a growing popularity in “smart home” systems such as Amazon’s Alexa that is more than capable of monitoring you while you are in your home. Should privacy be compromised for the sake of security? Is it right for our governments to take away our freedom? The answer to both of these questions should remain a definitive no.

Is Media Being Funded By The Government a Bad Thing?

Many journalists and publishers continue to believe that in order to provide quality content and coverage, the government should subsidise and support them. This practice is quite common throughout Europe, journalism based companies are supported and even owned by governmental bodies.

However, is it a wise choice to allow governments to support and invest in media? If you consider the fact that by investing in media, the government gains the ability to control it to an extent then the government should definitely be not allowed to fund media. When governmental figures begin having a say over what the media should and should not show, then they gain the ability to censor information and even manipulate it. There are numerous governmental figures all throughout Europe who own media channels, some even own multiple channels, for instance, the Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic owns the country’s most listened to radio station, two newspaper companies and a TV station as well.

Media organizations continue to enjoy this relationship that they have with the government since subsides and frequent funding keeps their pockets full and the government continues to have control over a direct source of influence. Public broadcasting organizations were created to ensure that media remains independent from various influences, however, a large majority of public media organizations of today receive most of their funding from private sources.

The problem with the media industry is that it is full of imperfections, some people continue to argue that journalism should not be funded by the government, but others argue that if journalism is not funded properly, it would begin to lose it quality. This argument leads to the question that what standards are used to assess the quality of journalism in the first place? If quality assurance is left in the hands of the government then the government would measure quality based on its own interests.

The quality of any product or service should be decided by its consumers rather than by those who produce that product or service, which is why media quality assurance should be left in the hands of the consumers. Governments could cut back on funding media organizations and introduce a tax that citizens can pay, an interesting thing to note is that removing government funds from the picture will not result in certain media organizations going into loss or collapsing, they would just have to deal with all the factors that unfunded organizations face every day.

A study showed that funded media companies pay their employees much higher salaries than unfunded companies, which goes to show that these organizations make the media market imbalanced and unfair for smaller organizations. Privately owned media is also not free from influence, it all comes down to the fact that media organizations give priority to anyone who funds them, and the only way to solve this problem is to take measures to ensure that the governance and functioning of the media industry is decided directly by its consumers.

The Execution of Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton (1969 news report)

A public domain video.

A 1969 news report on the assassination of Black Panther’s leader Fred Hampton.

On December 4, 1969, Chicago police raided Hampton’s apartment and shot and killed him in his bed. He was just 21 years old. Black Panther leader Mark Clark was also killed in the raid.

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and revolutionary] chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Hampton was assassinated while sleeping at his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1969. His death was ruled as a justifiable homicide by the inquest. A civil lawsuit filed in 1970 resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.