Thursday, July 21, 2011

Edward Vincent Hanrahan (1921-2009): He Helped Kill Fred Hampton

By Nicholas Stix

[Somewhere, I’ve got a substantial, unpublished ms. on Black Panther terrorist Fred Hampton I thought I’d published, but apparently I never got around to it.]

I posted the following note on June 16, 2009, in response to a June 16, 2009 demonography by longtime Chicago lefty, Don Rose, following the death of Ed Hanrahan, former Cook County state’s attorney, and the man most responsible for the killing of racial terrorist Fred Hampton, and the latter’s righthand man, Mark Clark. Rose’s burning was entitled, “Ed Hanrahan (1921-2009), Pivotal Figure in Chicago Politics.”


Last week the world bid farewell to the corporeal Ed Hanrahan, nearly 27 years after I proudly helped kill him politically.

In his own bizarre way—he may have understood this later in life—he was a pivotal figure in Chicago politics, unwittingly igniting a change that resonates to this very day with the elevation of a black Chicagoan to a very high place in the nation.

All the obituaries of former Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Vincent Hanrahan rehearsed the same basic information: Here was this smart, tough prosecutor with a great future—possibly mayor of Chicago—whose personal police squad assassinated a couple of Black Panthers in their beds in a predawn raid back in December, 1969. The killings cost Hanrahan re-election and his political career. It also cost the Chicago Machine its iron-fisted control of the city’s black vote.

The raid was billed by Hanrahan’s office as a shootout, wherein the Panthers were said to have massively opened fire at his cops, but great investigative reporting by the Sun-Times showed that dozens of bullets were fired into the apartment of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while only a single shot came in retaliation from within….

Don Rose left out the backstory to the “assassinat[ion of] a couple of Black Panthers in their beds.” Those Panthers were bloody Fred Hampton and his right-hand man, Mark Clark. Hampton was a domestic terrorist leading a race war, focusing, at first, on murdering white policemen. “Off the pigs!” was Hampton’s favorite phrase, which he constantly shouted to his devotees.

And this was no mere slogan. On November 13, 1969, one of Hampton’s men, Spurgeon \"Jake\" Winters, 19, ambushed and murdered Chicago policemen, John Gilhooly and Frank Rappaport, and was then shot and killed by responding policemen. The Panthers revered Winters for his acts, and named a couple of clinics after him.

On December 3, 1969, in one of the most righteous extrajudicial executions in American history, Hanrahan’s men dispatched the Panther terrorists. The ambush murders of Chicago policemen were thus halted, and the black race war slowed in Chicago.

Edward Vincent Hanrahan was a heroic figure. R.I.P.

[The following excerpt is from : “Black Columnist Tells Whites, ‘Leave Obama and Wright Alone!’ An Exercise in Reading Black,” from March 21, 2008. Following presidential candidate Barack Obama’s race speech, which was in response to the revelations by Fox News and World Net Daily that “Obama’s” longtime preacher, Jeremiah T. Wright, was a racist, America-hating monster, in a column entitled, “Wright caught in undeserved political glare,” black supremacist Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell ordered whites to cease and desist from criticizing “Obama’s” racism, particularly regarding his devotion to genocidal Black Liberation Theology. Like many genocidal black supremacists, Mary Mitchell is in the habit of issuing orders to whites.]

In 2006, many black Chicagoans sought to rename a street in honor of Fred Hampton. Hampton was a young, charismatic leader of the Black Panthers. The Panthers were a black supremacist, domestic terrorist group that engaged in extortion and drug dealing, but there was nothing distinctive about that, or there’d be 100,000 American streets named after black drug dealers and extortionists. What made the Panthers truly distinctive was their pioneering work in black supremacist pedagogy, by teaching black children that they were in a race war against whites, and in their systematic, national campaign assassinating policemen. Although they preferred murdering white policemen, they occasionally murdered black policemen, as well.

Fred Hampton was responsible for the ambush murders of white CPD patrolmen Frank G. Rappaport and John J. Gilhooly, who were shot by his henchmen, Spurgeon Winters and Lance Bell, on November 13, 1969.

Whether Hampton actually ordered the specific murders of Rappaport and Gilhooly is immaterial. As the leader of a terrorist organization, he was responsible for all killings carried out by his followers. (Although the analogy is imperfect, because John Gotti ran a criminal organization, while Hampton ran a terrorist organization, Gotti was responsible for every murder carried out by members of the Gambino crime family.)

In the early morning hours of December 4, 1969, Hampton and his lieutenant, Mark Clark, were shot to death in their apartment by a city-county-state-federal task force.

Mary Mitchell has grieved for Hampton and Clark ever since, and passionately supported the naming of a Chicago street “Fred Hampton Way.”

Mitchell and other Panther supporters (e.g., Hugh Pearson, in his book, Shadow of the Panther) frequently refer to the shootings of Hampton and Clark as “murders,” while rationalizing away Hampton’s culpability for the ambush murders of Rappaport and Gilhooly. (Actually, while Pearson has condemned the killings of Hampton and Clark as “murder,” he airbrushed the white policemen’s murders out of existence.) Meanwhile, I have never read an MSM writer of any race defend the killings of Hampton and Clark.

Fred Hampton was leading the Panthers in a race war, but he refused to honor the laws of war. His soldiers did not wear uniforms, separate themselves from civilians or, except when they were putting on a media show, brandish their weapons openly, making he and them “unlawful combatants.” Hampton’s favorite phrase was “Off the pigs!” and his followers responded in kind. He was also teaching the ways of race war to poor black children.

Not only do unlawful combatants not enjoy due process under civilian law, they don’t enjoy the minimum of legal protections under the laws of war. And I am speaking, based on the Geneva Conventions.

I realize that many readers will doubt that I speak based on the foundations of the Conventions, but that is because the latter have been so thoroughly misrepresented by treasonous supporters of al Qaeda.

As unlawful combatants, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark received battlefield executions, in what was the most righteous extrajudicial shooting in the history of the City of Chicago.

Mary Mitchell is so obsessively supportive of the Black Panthers and wistful in her longing for Hampton, that she finds the oddest pretexts for invoking their names.

In her February 10, 2004 column, “Trust fades as war cry rings too hollow,” she somehow managed to leapfrog from President Bush’s speech admitting that we had not yet found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to Hampton and Clark!

“I listened to Bush on Sunday and thought about Fred Hampton and Mark
Clark, the Black Panther leaders who were gunned down in their West Side
apartments during a police raid in 1969.”

My black supremacist readers will surely complain that I have quoted mere snippets of Mitchell’s words out of context. To which I say: Read her column. There is no context that would give sense to her words.

Mitchell complained, among other things, about the law enforcement officers (LEOs) having fired 100 shots to Clark’s one. Citing the number of shots LEOs fire at black suspects is now a pillar of the Black School of Rhetorical Bombast, according to which one shot fired at a racist, ultra-violent black is one shot too many. The only situation that would have satisfied Mitchell would have had Hampton and Clark shooting all of the LEOs dead, getting away without a scratch, and receiving a ticket tape parade and the keys to the city.

The point of the raid was to kill Hampton and Clark. It was not to give them an opportunity to murder still more LEOs.

Mitchell has claimed, among other things, that it was mere coincidence that Winters and Bell were Panthers and that they murdered two cops. You see, the current story is that Winters and Bell hadn’t actually planned on murdering two white cops that night; their real plan was to murder a black prison guard, and the white cops just popped up. According to Mitchell, they were two cop-killers who just happened to be Panthers. And it was just a coincidence that their fearless leader constantly called on them to murder policemen.

Mary Mitchell lives in a world of coincidences.

Somehow, whites managed to successfully beat back the “Fred Hampton Way” proposal.

In Mitchell’s March 7, 2006 column, “Blacks, whites unlikely to see eye to eye on sign,” she led with,

“Sometimes black and white Chicagoans need to agree to disagree -- and move on. This is one of those times. After all, most white people will never understand what Black Panther leader Fred Hampton’s life and death meant to black people. They did not live with the brutality that most black people endured at the hands of police in the late 1960s.”

“Most black people”? At that point, my b.s. meter exploded, and I had to go to the supply closet for a new one. (I run through them so quickly that I have to buy ‘em by the gross.)

Mitchell’s opening sounded almost diplomatic, but that was mere pretext. In her closing, she told “white people” to get out of black people’s business. Imagine a white columnist addressing blacks that way. His editor would kick him down the stairs. And as far as Mitchell and her ilk are concerned, ruling America is black people’s business.

I say, let’s not move on. And no, we can’t all get along. And when will blacks ever get out of whites’ business?

Postscript July 21, 2011: For years, I assumed that the killing of Fred Hampton was a straight-up extrajudicial execution, arguably the most righteous in American history. The truth, however, is apparently less straightforward.

According to an investigation undertaken by liberal journalist Edward Jay Epstein, Hanrahan had ordered the raid not intending to kill Hampton and Clark, but based on a claim by the FBI that the two had a cache of weapons. In fact, they apparently had only three shotguns.

According to Epstein, the raid turned into a firefight because officers entered from the apartment’s front and back entrances, and when the back officers heard a shot fired in the front by Clark, who was guarding that entrance, they fired, whereupon each side of officers responded to the opposite group of officers’ report by thinking it was fired on, and firing “back.”

In the end, however, Hampton and Clark both lay dead, so you might say Hanrahan’s men screwed up and got it right. Hanrahan paid for the raid with his political career, but in so doing, he saved untold numbers of lives.

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