FOIA Lawsuit Fights to Reveal US Government’s Involvement in Nelson Mandela’s 1962 Arrest

7 April 2014 — Unredacted

Nelson Mandela welcomed by President Bill Clinton and Speaker Gingrich at a 1998 ceremony where Mandela received the Congressional Gold Medal - while he was still on the terror watch list. Photo: Ruth Fremson/Associated Press

Nelson Mandela honored by President Bill Clinton and Speaker Gingrich at a 1998 ceremony where Mandela received the Congressional Gold Medal – while he was still on the terror watch list. Photo: Ruth Fremson/Associated Press

Nelson Mandela was found guilty of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government on June 12, 1964, served 27 years in prison, and stayed on the US’ terror watch list until 2008 –including while he was president of South Africa. While the US joined the international community in condemning Mandela’s arrest in 1962, it has long been believed that American intelligence agencies played a key, behind-the-scenes role in the event, and a recent Democracy Now! exclusive with the FBI’s “most prolific” FOIA requester, Ryan Shapiro, adds more to this murky chapter in American history.

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The U.S.’ South Africa Policy at the Time of Mandela’s Arrest By Lauren Harper

13 December 2013 — Unredacted

Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 11.20.31 AMNelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison by a South African court on June 12, 1964, after being found guilty of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow the apartheid government. While Mandela’s imprisonment was criticized in the U.S. and abroad, at the time of his arrest, U.S. policy towards South Africa was more concerned with preserving access to South Africa’s natural resources than directly confronting apartheid. The five documents included in today’s posting, all part of the Digital National Security Archive’s South Africa collection, provide a glimpse of the U.S. walking a tightrope between strategic concerns and human rights issues at the time of Mandela’s arrest, and contextualize the outpouring of response to Mandela’s recent passing.

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Sequesters To Trim Government Debt; Malls Raise Consumer Debt for The “Sheeple” By Danny Schechter

4 March 2013 — Media Channel

Durban, South Africa: Back in 2002, South Africa hosted a UN environmental Summit on sustainability. It drew a rag tag army of green activists from all over the world, many excited to visit the now free South Africa that they fought for through the apartheid years, and hoping to meet members of the liberation movement led by Nelson Mandela.

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Reflections As Nelson Mandela Turns 94 July 18th By Danny Schechter

16 July 2012 — The News Dissector

 

Prisoner of Mandela: I was “Captured” and Inspired By His Movement

 

Cape Town, SouthAfrica: Nelson Mandela was released from prison 22 years ago. He has been “free” ever since. At the same time, I sometimes feel as if I became his prisoner—imprisoned by the work I have been doing enthusiastically in service to the struggle he led ever since the mid 1960’s.

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Video: STAY HUMAN – The Reading Movie

9 November 2011 — Restiamo Umani

STAY HUMAN – The Reading Movie, a feature film based on the book written by Vittorio Arrigoni.

Stay Human – The Reading Movie has 19 chapters for 19 readers. Each chapter will be read by personalities who have worked to support cultural, human and in particular the Israeli-Palestinian issue: Akiva Orr, Amira Hass, Brian Eno, Desmond Tutu, Egidia Beretta, Hilarion Capucci, Huwaida Arraf Ilan Pappé, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Massimo Arrigoni, Mohamed Bakri, Moni Ovadia, Nelson Mandela, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Oren Ben-Dor, Rabbi David Weiss, Roger Waters, Tariq Ali.

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