1974  --  MAE  AND  THE  SLA


By Virginia McCullough

The great "Queen of Conspiracy",  Mae Brussell,  was fascinated with The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) whose foundation was built on the history of the 1960s and subsequent events that occurred in the early 1970s.  The words, written by Mae about the SLA in 1974, could have been written about  events occurring today,  14 years after her death in 1988.  In Mae's own words from her article Why Was Patty Hearst Kidnapped?:

The kidnapping of Patricia Campbell Hearst was as vital to the creation of the Symbionese Liberation Army as the murder of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to the beginning of World War I.  Both the kidnapping and the murder were used as an excuse to declare war.  The ensuing battles had been carefully prepared and anticipated by the merchants of death.

The end goal of the SLA -- World War III -- is to plunge the Third World masses into starvation and slavery.  We have accomplished this through the CIA in 77 countries.  The Third World inside the United States is the next selected victim.

The SLA was nurtured inside the American prison system.  This will provide the excuse to isolate prisons from future visitors, creating private Dachaus and another Auschwitz.

The SLA was created in order to spread terror and fear across the country.  There will be forced response upon existing radicals.  Domestic chaos will escalate.

The efforts to accomplish the doomsday effects attempted in 1974 were not entirely successful.  If Mae had lived to bear witness to the tragedy of Waco, the ludicrous conclusion that one man was responsible for the massacre of 168 people in the Alfred P. Murrah Building on April 19, 1995 and the unbelievable horror of September 11, 2001, it is safe to say she would have predicted each escalating event.

Mae was a seductive sorcerer who wove a siren song that her fellow sailors in the worldly sea clung to like a life jacket.  Mae was a wizard, a conjurer, a charmer, a bewitcher, a soothsayer, a shaman spellbinding her students with her magic knowledge.  The Queen of Conspiracy was a pushy prophet who tried to make us learn from the past in order that we might work to change the future.

Again Mae comments on the SLA  in her own words:

Public sensitivities were tested by well-placed cameras which invited us to witness the SLA cremation in Los Angeles.  How will we respond the next time troops are deployed to control the people?  What did you think of the first military operation inside the U.S., based upon the feeble creation of the mythical SLA., and our "first political kidnapping"?

The 1960s saw the systematic murder of politicians, civil rights leaders, minority spokesmen, educators, Black Panthers, prisoners, and many other concerned citizens.

In the 1970s, large masses of the population, now leaderless, can be controlled and exterminated.  We have allowed this situation to develop by not exposing each conspiracy as it came along, pretending the facts and evidence would disappear.

Dr. Marcus Foster, Oakland School Superintendent, was murdered by the same kind of people, and for the same reasons, as Martin Luther King Jr.

Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by the same kind of people, and for the same reasons, as Martha Mitchell.

Our lives are being manipulated by specific individuals who can be identified and exposed.  Conspiracy theories only remain "theories" when there is no court, no lawyer, no judge, no Congress, with the courage to expose the evidence.  In every case where the evidence is pursued, the "theory" becomes a clear-cut case of criminal conspiracy.

If Mae had lived to examine the U.S. government's organized massacre of innocents at Waco on April 19, 1993 she would have agreed with this painfully truthful poem:




They come dressed in black,
Wearing a mask
To perform for the government
Their assigned task
Leaving their victims broken and dead
Dreams left behind....words left unsaid.

You've given the morally destitute
Powers that are absolute.

You fell for the ruse
Of the six-o-clock news...
You let fear make your choice
You gave up your voice.

You didn't question..
You didn't ask...
Why they would hide
Behind a mask.

Your turned your back
On your brother's plight
And now it's too big for you to fight.
Your sister's pleas, you refused;
And now you're left --
Alone and confused.

The time has come
The truth is so hard.
There is no one left
To guard against "the guard".

First published in the Portland Free Press
January/February 1995

One only has to read her four file drawers full of research on the SLA to know beyond a doubt that this is a poem Mae not only agreed with but might have written in her next life.  A poem of conscience from a woman's heart commenting on history in a way only a woman can in today's turbulent world.

Mae Brussell would not have let us hide from the political prostitution  of former Missouri Senator John Danforth, special counsel responsible for the government's official final report on Waco.  On July 22, 2000 Danforth issued his final report and he did not mince words.  According to the New York Times "He (Danforth) declared the (government) agents did not shoot at the Branch Davidians and did not start the fire that destroyed the compound on April 19, 1993, claiming the lives of about 80 people.  He said the military was not used improperly and that the government 'did not engage in a massive conspiracy and cover-up'.  He spoke pointedly and passionately about how public confidence in government had eroded............"

Mae would have pointed out that the media, on that same day, wrote that: "Former Missouri Senator John Danforth and former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney have emerged as the leading contenders for the vice-presidential spot in Texas Gov. George W. Bush's run for president", CNN has confirmed.  Mae might have pointed out that "quid pro quos" have been the name of the game throughout history.  Certainly she would have pointed that the leaders of the "free world" are selected for the favors they do for powerful and rich people long before the people go to the polls.

April 19, 1995 was the second anniversary of the Waco murders and just after 9:00 a.m. America woke up to television broadcasting horrific pictures of a shattered federal office building in Oklahoma City.  What  would Mae have said about the early morning television broadcast showing the bodies of dead children being carefully lifted out of the charred remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Building and handed over to the cradling arms of firefighters?  She most certainly would have mourned and cried with the survivors.

Then Mae would announce that the best memorial to the victims was to seek the truth.  She probably would have labeled Timothy McVeigh "an agent provocateur" and "a migratory bird" and she would have urged her Brussellsprouts to see through the smoke and mirrors erected by the Merchants of Death and bathe in the cleansing waters of truth.  Mae would have pointed out that Timothy McVeigh had told the press, shortly after his arrest, that the government had planted a microchip in his butt and just before his execution that same government entered into an agreement with the doomed man that no autopsy would be performed on his body.  She would have urged each and every listener to THINK, THINK, THINK!

Then she would  have turned a skeptical eye to the official explanation.  She would have dissected the alleged evidence with the greatest analytical mind of the twentieth century.  Mae would have collected the newspaper clips and magazine articles.  She would have listened to radio talk shows, recorded the television talking heads and accumulated the evidence presented by the alternative press.  She would have cross indexed the evidence, analyzed it, documented it for dissemination and finally talked about it on her weekly radio shows. By so doing, she would have tried to teach each one of us how to use our own knowledge and power to alter our future and leave our children our legacy of a better world.

Then came September 11, 2001.  What can one say about Mae?  She simply would have said it couldn't have happened the way the government said it did.  She would have asked us to look at who profits from this latest tragedy.  Look at history, Mae would say.  The SLA did not give The Merchants of Death their much desired World War III.  Will the American public be conned into Ronald Reagan's apocalypse by the dramatic destruction of the twin towers?

This author yearns for Mae Brussell.  We all truly need her wisdom and guidance now more then ever.

Virginia McCullough ©  5/9/2002

1974 MAE  AND  THE  SLAIt was a very good year.  Part 1 Part 2  Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

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Art depicted in headline above - Pablo Picasso, Don Quixote, 1918.