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Hillary and the Black Panthers: The Real Story ^ | August 18, 2003 | Richard Poe

Posted on 08/18/2003 4:03:00 PM PDT by Richard Poe

I CAN'T TAKE IT anymore. If one more person sends me that e-mail about Hillary and the Black Panthers, I’ll have to be dragged away screaming in a straitjacket.

You know the e-mail I’m talking about. It accuses Hillary of helping the Black Panthers get away with torture and murder during the early 1970s. With the 2004 presidential race drawing near, the spam mills are creaking to life, flooding the Internet once more with this agitprop classic.

Unfortunately, the e-mail mingles good information with bad, sowing more confusion than enlightenment. Some versions, for instance, carry the by-line of radio talk jock Paul Harvey, who says he did not write it. Such misrepresentations help Hillary defenders dismiss the e-mail as a hoax.

The story is no hoax, though. Its basic elements can be found in respected Hillary biographies and exposés such as Barbara Olson’s Hell to Pay; David Brock’s The Seduction of Hillary Rodham; Joyce Milton’s The First Partner; and Carl Limbacher’s Hillary’s Scheme.

Here are the facts.

In May 1969, fishermen discovered the body of Black Panther Alex Rackley floating in Connecticut’s Coginchaug River. Rackley’s captors had clubbed him, burned him with cigarettes, scalded him with boiling water and stabbed him with an ice pick before finally shooting him in the head.

New Haven detectives learned that the Panthers suspected Rackley of being a police informer. Panther enforcers had tied him to a chair and tortured him for hours. Police arrested eight Panthers and later extradited Panther leader Bobby Seale from California, after a witness accused Seale of ordering Rackley’s death. (1)

Campus radicals supported the Panthers. They organized mass protests in support of the so-called "New Haven Nine." Hillary was right in the thick of it.

By the time she entered Yale Law School in 1969, Hillary was already a radical celebrity on campus. Life magazine had featured Hillary in a piece titled, "The Class of ’69," which showcased three student activists whom Life’s editors deemed the best and brightest of the year. A line Hillary used in her Wellesley College commencement speech appeared under her photo: "Protest is an attempt to forge an identity." (2)

At Yale, Hillary helped edit the Yale Review of Law and Social Action – a leftwing journal which promoted cop-killing and featured cartoons of pig-faced police. (3)

A series of hard-Left mentors introduced Hillary to the brass-knuckle realities of revolutionary activism. As a Wellesley undergraduate, she met and interviewed radical organizer Saul Alinsky, whose Machiavellian tactics she admired. Hillary’s senior thesis supported Alinsky's call for class warfare. (4)

At Yale, Hillary found a new Svengali, in the form of leftwing law professor Thomas Emerson, known around campus as "Tommy the Commie." Emerson recruited Hillary and other students to help monitor the trial of the New Haven Nine for civil rights violations. Hillary took charge of the operation, scheduling the students in shifts, so that student monitors would always be present in the courtroom. She befriended and worked closely with Panther lawyer Charles Garry. (5)

Some believe that the enormous pressure exerted by the Left helped ensure light sentences for the New Haven Nine. Whether or not this is true, the punishments were mild.

"Only one of the killers was still in prison in 1977," reports John McCaslin in the Washington Times. "The gunman, Warren Kimbro, got a Harvard scholarship and became an assistant dean at Eastern Connecticut State College. Ericka Huggins, who boiled the water for Mr. Rackley's torture, got elected to a California school board." (6)

Hillary’s defenders argue that she played no "significant" role in the New Haven Nine’s defense. This is semantic hairsplitting. Obviously, Hillary was less "significant" than Charles Garry or "Tommy the Commie" Emerson. But Hillary served as a trusted lieutenant to these movers and shakers. Moreover, she had a national profile as a campus activist. Hillary was no rank-and-file student protester, as her apologists claim.

Indeed, Hillary’s work for the Panthers won her a summer internship at the Berkeley office of attorney Robert Treuhaft in 1972. A hardline Stalinist, Treuhaft had quit the Communist Party in 1958 only because it was losing members and no longer provided a good platform for his activism. (7) "Treuhaft is a man who dedicated his entire legal career to advancing the agenda of the Soviet Communist Party and the KGB," notes historian Stephen Schwartz. (8)

The defense of the New Haven Nine marked Hillary’s initiation into the sinister underworld of the hardcore, revolutionary Left. To my knowledge, Hillary has never publicly renounced nor apologized for her role in that movement. ____________________________
1. Joyce Milton, The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton, William, Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, 1999, p. 35; Barbara Olson, Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Regnery Publishing, Washington, D.C., 1999, p. 55.
2. Milton, 1999, p. 34; Olson, 1999, pp. 40-45.
3. Olson, 1999, p. 59-61; Evan Gahr, "Hillary and the Cop-Bashers: Will the Real Ms. Rodham Please Stand Up?",, June 20, 2000.
4. David Brock, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, The Free Press, New York, 1996, pp. 14-17; Olson, 1999, pp. 46, 48, 50.
5. Milton, 1999, p. 17; Brock, 1996, pp. 31-32; Olson, 1999, p. 54-56.
6. John McCaslin, "Hillary for the Defense," Inside the Beltway, The Washington Times, June 12, 1998, p. A9. 7. Olson, 1999, pp. 56-57.
8. Brock, 1996, p. 33.


Richard Poe is a New-York-Times bestselling author and cyberjournalist. His book The Seven Myths of Gun Control is due out in paperback in August 2003. Poe’s forthcoming book, The New Underground: How Conservatives Conquered the Internet will be available soon.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 2016election; alexrackley; blackpanthers; bobbyseale; election2016; hillaryclinton; richardpoe; roberttruehaft

1 posted on 08/18/2003 4:03:01 PM PDT by Richard Poe
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To: Richard Poe
Getting that e-mail so many times should let you know how much prople really hate the Hildebeast
2 posted on 08/18/2003 4:06:01 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (<><)
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To: Rightly Biased
3 posted on 08/18/2003 4:06:27 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (<><)
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To: Richard Poe
I haven't seen that one in ages. Now, is it true that the reason Eldridge Cleaver eventually became a Republican was because he met Hillary back then?
4 posted on 08/18/2003 4:08:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Richard Poe
We need to combine these emails. How about one where Paul Harvey introduces you to the widow of a former Nigerian Oligarch who want to transfer his millions into your bank account so that it can be donated to an anti-Hillary group.
5 posted on 08/18/2003 4:11:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Richard Poe
Excellent stuff, Richard. We've seen most of the connections before, but this does a great job of pulling them together and giving Hillary's radical origins a context. I'd like to see it widely distributed as an antidote to the leftists who use the errors in the Hillary / BP email worm to dismiss Hillary's real connections to organizations that were and are essentially terrorist in nature.

It's a shame that nobody has yet come up with a copy of Hillary's "Valentine to Saul Alinsky" thesis...
6 posted on 08/18/2003 4:13:33 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Leftists view the truth as an easily avoidable nuisance)
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To: nickcarraway
Against my better judgement, I read that email you're talking about. I instantly deleted it. I feel sorry for people who send around rumors - ain't Christian, ya know. And it just mucks up the real fight.
7 posted on 08/18/2003 4:14:52 PM PDT by bets
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To: nickcarraway
How about one where Paul Harvey introduces you to the widow of a former Nigerian Oligarch who want to transfer his millions into your bank account so that it can be donated to an anti-Hillary group.

It's been done.

The piece is called "I am a Bad Nigerian" and I have it on excellent authority that it was co-authored by George Carlin and Kurt Vonnegut

8 posted on 08/18/2003 4:15:54 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Leftists view the truth as an easily avoidable nuisance)
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To: nickcarraway
wELL, Here you are once again!

This WILL OPEN YOUR EYES. By Paul Harvey -

Conveniently Forgotten Facts

Back in 1969 a group of Black Panthers decided that a fellow black panther named... Alex Rackley needed to die. Rackley was suspected of disloyalty.

Rackley was first tied to a chair. Once safely immobilized, his friends tortured him for hours by, among other things, pouring boiling water on him. When they got tired of torturing Rackley, Black Panther member, Warren Kimbo took Rackley outside and put a bullet in his head. Rackley's body was later found floating in a river about 25 miles north of New Haven, Conn.

Perhaps at this point you're curious as to what happened to these Black Panthers.

In 1977, that's only eight years later, only one of the killers was still in jail. The shooter, Warren Kimbro, managed to get a scholarship to Harvard and became good friends with none other than Al Gore. He later became an assistant dean at Eastern Connecticut State College.
Isn't that something? As a '60s radical you can pump a bullet into someone's head, and a few years later, in the same state, you can become an assistant college dean!

Only in America!

Erica Huggins was the lady who served the Panthers by boiling the water for Mr. Rackley's torture. Some years later Ms. Huggins was elected to a California School Board.

How in the world do you think these killers got off so easy?
Maybe it was in some part due to the efforts of two people who came to the defense of the Panthers. These two people actually went so far as to shut down Yale University with demonstrations in defense of the accused Black Panthers during their trial.
One of these people was none other than Bill Lan Lee. Mr. Lee, or Mr. Lan Lee, as the case may be, isn't a college dean. He isn't a member of a California School Board. He is now head of the US Justice Department's
Civil Rights Division, appointed by none other than Bill Clinton.

O.K., so who was the other Panther defender?
Is this other notable Panther defender now a school board member?
Is this other Panther apologist now an assistant college dean? No, neither!

The other Panther defender was, like Lee, a radical law student at Yale University at the time. She is now known as The "smartest woman in the
world "

She is none other than the Democratic senator from the State of New York----our former First Lady, the incredible Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And now, as Paul Harvey said; You know "the rest of the story."

Pass this on! This deserves the widest possible press.
Also remember it, if and when she runs for President.
9 posted on 08/18/2003 4:22:22 PM PDT by chicagolady
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To: Richard Poe
Good 'un !

We should, perhaps, take Saul Alinsky's words/tactics to heart and adapt them to our own uses...
10 posted on 08/18/2003 4:25:18 PM PDT by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!)
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To: Richard Poe
11 posted on 08/18/2003 4:25:27 PM PDT by sport
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To: nickcarraway
12 posted on 08/18/2003 4:32:13 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Interesting Times
The piece is called "I am a Bad Nigerian" and I have it on excellent authority that it was co-authored by George Carlin and Kurt Vonnegut

I thought it was George Russel and Kurt Waldheim!

13 posted on 08/18/2003 4:42:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bets
You think they could at least be creative and come up with some different scenarios.
14 posted on 08/18/2003 4:43:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Richard Poe
15 posted on 08/18/2003 4:48:09 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Richard Poe
Left out is the disruption and property damage this caused in New Haven. The local paper, The New Haven Register/Journal Courier, hired armed guards to escort all their workers to and from their cars. Over 8,000 attended the May Day protest in support of the Panthers on the city Green.

Recently it has come out that black radicals in New Haven were working with Mayor Lee and other Democrat power brokers. The protests against the local establishment were a sham--an excuse to get Federal dollars into the Democrat political machine.

16 posted on 08/18/2003 4:55:32 PM PDT by DPB101
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To: genefromjersey
I'll fight Hillary until I die, BECAUSE she is guided by the Rules for Radicals. BTW, I've never been in Arkansas and have no plans to go ;} If you have ideas how the Rules can be adapted to our purposes without our becoming like the people we oppose, please let me know.
17 posted on 08/18/2003 5:36:29 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: ntnychik
The following is not my work nor my words; from something about Alinsky that I found a long time ago. As you can see, some of the rules CAN be adapted to fit any group; others (ridicule) may fall beyond the boundaries of your moral sensibilities. If you read through these rules, you'll see how closely the Clinton War Machine followed them; too bad Republicans can never get organized enough to try out a few. Maybe we're just too busy earning a living!?!

"Here are eight of Alinsky's 13 Rules for Radicals. They take advantage of the patterns of weakness, arrogance, repeated mistakes, and miscalculations large organizations and their leadership make:

"Power is not only what you have, but what the target thinks you have.

"Never go outside the expertise of your people. Feeling secure stiffens the backbone.

"Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the target. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty.

"Make the target live up to its own book of rules. If the rule is that every letter or E-mail gets a reply, send thousands.

"Ridicule, especially against organizational leaders, is a potent weapon. There's no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force concessions.

"A good tactic is one your people enjoy. They'll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They'll even suggest better ones.

"Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep trying new tactics to keep the opposition off balance. As the target masters one approach, hit them with something new.

"Pick the target. Target an individual, personalize the attack, polarize and demoralize his/her supporters. Go after people, not institutions. Hurting, harassing, and humiliating individuals, especially leaders, causes more rapid organizational change.

"This sampling of Alinsky's rules illustrates why opposition groups enjoy opposing and why corporations and institutions fail to win. Simply put, large organizations are never as committed to victory as their opposition is committed to defeating them. There are few surprises here, just unprepared organizations."

18 posted on 08/18/2003 5:46:39 PM PDT by Maria S ("..I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end" Uday H.)
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To: All; Richard Poe
.."IS it SAFE?" = HILLARY on Senate Armed Services Committee..
19 posted on 08/18/2003 6:00:34 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 ..)
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To: Interesting Times
I recall on the Rush Limbaugh program when he interviewed Barbara Olsen about her book on Hillary, she mentioned that she had Hillary's thesis, and she would send a copy to Rush. This is to the best of my recollection of that broadcast. I hope I have not misstated their conversation.
21 posted on 08/18/2003 7:47:14 PM PDT by harpo11
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To: Maria S
That isn't original material, that's somebody else's riff on Alinsky who, having died in 1967, probably didn't have anything to say about email. Here's the real thing:
Tactics mean doing what you can with what you have. Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give. Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.

For an elementary illustration of tactics, take parts of your face as the point of reference; your eyes, your ears, and your nose. First the eyes; if you have organized a vast, mass-based people's organization, you can parade it visibly before the enemy and openly show your power. Second the ears; if your organization is small in numbers, then...conceal the members in the dark but raise a din and clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more than it does. Third, the nose; if your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place.

Always remember the first rule of power tactics:

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.

The seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment...

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative...

The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. you cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying "You're right--we don't know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us."

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and "frozen." By this I mean that in a complex, interrelated, urban society, it becomes increasingly difficult to single out who is to blame for any particular evil. There is a constant, and somewhat legitimate, passing of the buck....

It should be borne in mind that the target is always trying to shift responsibility to get out of being the target....

One of the criteria in picking your target is the target's vulnerability--where do you have the power to start? Furthermore, the target can always say, "Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?" When you "freeze the target," you disregard these arguments and, for the moment, all others to blame.

Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all of the "others" come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.

The other important point in the choosing of a target is that it must be a personification, not something general and abstract such as a community's segregated practices or a major corporation or City Hall. It is not possible to develop the necessary hostility against, say, City Hall, which after all is a concrete, physical, inanimate structure, or against a corporation, which has no soul or identity, or a public school administration, which again is an inanimate system.

22 posted on 08/18/2003 8:03:17 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Leftists view the truth as an easily avoidable nuisance)
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To: Richard Poe
OMG, UNBELIEVABLE: Wellesley College 1969 Student Commencement Speech of Hillary D. Rodham ^ | Circa 1969 | Wellesley web site

23 posted on 08/18/2003 11:06:18 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: Richard Poe
Hi Richard.

Interestingly, "Hillary and the Black Panthers" seems to have now vanished from the archives of

24 posted on 09/16/2005 5:55:02 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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25 posted on 01/22/2007 11:37:15 AM PST by petercooper (Cemeteries & the ignorant - comprising 2 of the largest Democrat voting blocs for the past 75 years.)
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