While the U.S. today declares that the natural inhabitants of the Virgin Islands have "no fundamental rights," it claims that it fairly tried these men in 1972, then held them in the U.S. federal prison system for 29 years. In 2000, even though the U.S. retired their "sentences," it directed the colonial government to hold them nonetheless, indefinitely, and illegally, and this is exactly what has been done for the last 15-years and counting.
WHO ARE THE VIRGIN ISLANDS 3?
THE VIRGIN ISLAND 3, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE “VIRGIN ISLAND 5,” HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED FOR 45-YEARS FOR Allegedly being THE persons responsible for the KILLING of Seven White People and a Mulatto at a golf resort owned by the Rockefeller dynasty in St. Croix in 1972.
EVEN THOUGH THE INCIDENT WAS DESCRIBED AS A “ROBBERY GONE BAD,” THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TREATED IT AS THE TIP OF SOME SORT OF “MAU MAU” UPRISING AGAINST IT ILLEGAL RULE. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT, THE U.S. SENT IN AN ARMY OF RACIST WHITE FBI AGENTS, ALONG WITH 300 MARINES, AND PLACED ALL BLACKS UNDER MARTIAL LAW. THE ENTIRE BLACK POPULATION WAS SUSPECT, PARTICULARLY YOUNG BLACK MEN, WITH OVER 100 OF THEM BEING ROUNDED UP IN HOUSE TO HOUSE SEARCHES. MOST OF THE YOUNG MEN WERE SUBJECTED TO BEATINGS AND VARIOUS FORMS OF TORTURE INCLUDING HANGING, WATER-BOARDING, AND ELECTRIC SHOCK TO THE TESTICLES (for a more detailed account click "Maracatu")
WITHIN A WEEK AFTER THE INCIDENT THE FBI SETTLED ON FIVE YOUNG MEN AS THE CULPRITS WITH SCANT EVIDENCE AND "CONFESSIONS" OBTAINED THROUGH TORTURE. THOSE FIVE YOUNG BLACK MEN WHERE ISHMAEL LABEET, RAPHAEL JOSEPH, WARREN BALLENTINE, BEAUMONT GEREU, AND MERAL SMITH. NOT A ONE WAS OLDER THAN 23 AND THEY WERE QUICKLY TRIED TOGETHER BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IN ITS TERRITORIAL COURT, BY A JUDGE WHO PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS THE ATTORNEY FOR THE ROCKEFELLER FAMILY, WHICH OWNED THE GOLF COURSE. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO CONVICT A ONE, WHICH WAS WHY THE STRATEGY WAS TO TRIE THEM TOGETHER, IN ORDER TO FUDGE THE FACTS. THE GUN USED TO KILL THE PEOPLE WAS AN AUTOMATIC RIFLE REGISTERED TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS POLICE DEPARTMENT, BUT NO POLICE OFFICER WAS EVER MADE SUSPECT. THE ASSAILANTS WERE MASKED THE ENTIRE TIME AND THE INCIDENT OCCURRED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, WITH THE ASSAILANTS ALLEGEDLY DISAPPEARING BACK INTO THE SURROUNDING RAIN FORREST FROM WHICH THEY CAME. HOWEVER, SOME WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE MEN SPED OFF IN A CAR.
AFTER A HASTY TRIAL, THE JURY INFORMED THE JUDGE THAT THEY COULD NOT CONVICT, HE ORDERED THEM HELD UNTIL THEY CAME BACK WITH GUILTY VERDICTS AGAINST ALL FIVE, WHICH LASTED NINE DAYS. ADDITIONALLY, THE U.S. WAS THREATENING THE FAMILIES OF THE JURORS THROUGH THE FBI AND ULTIMATELY THE U.S. GOT WHAT IT WANTED. WITHIN THE HOUR OF GETTING THE GUILTY VERDICTS THE JUDGE HAD ALL FIVE BROUGHT BEFORE HIM AND SENTENCED EACH TO EIGHT "CONSECUTIVE" LIFE SENTENCES, THEN HAD THEM IMMEDIATELY MARCHED FROM THE COURTHOUSE DOWN TO THE HARBOR IN CHRISTIANSTED WHERE SEA PLANES AWAITED. THE FIVE YOUNG BLACK MEN WHERE LOADED INTO THOSE PLANES AND WHISKED AWAY TO NEARLY THREE DECADES IN U.S. FEDERAL PRISONS FOR THE THREE. ONE MANAGED TO ESCAPE TO CUBA AND WAS GIVEN POLITICAL ASYLUM THERE IN THE EARLY 1980s, WHILE ONE SINGULARLY RELEASED IN THE EARLY 1990s FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR BY THE COLONIAL GOVERNOR, EVEN THOUGH HIS BEHAVIOR WAS NO MORE EXEMPLARY THAN THE REMAINING THREE.
IN 1983, WHILE BEING TRANSPORTED BACK TO PRISON IN THE STATES AFTER APPEARING BACK IN ST. CROIX FOR A COURT HEARING, ISHMAEL LABEET HIJACKED THE PLANE AND ESCAPED TO CUBA WHERE HE WAS GIVEN POLITICAL ASYLUM AND LIVES TODAY. FIDEL TOLD RONALD REAGAN THE U.S. WAS ENTITLED TO THE RETURN OF THE PLANE AND ALL ITS PASSENGERS BUT LABEET, WHICH IT WOULD PROSECUTE HIM FOR HIJACKING, BUT WAS GIVING HIM POLITICAL ASYLUM DUE TO U.S. FOREIGN RULE OF THE ISLANDS.
CURRENT ISSUE REMAINS CRIMINAL U.S. FOREIGN "OWNERSHIP" AND RULE
IN 2000-01, ALTHOUGH THE U.S. Terminated its SENTENCES against THE THREE AND over 100 of their fellow islanders, DISCHARGED THEM FROM ITS CUSTODY, IT DID NOT RELEASE THEM. INSTEAD OF BEING RELEASED AS REQUIRED BY LAW, THEY WERE all ILLEGALLY "TRANSFERRED" TO THE CUSTODY OF THE COLONIAL administration for indefinite illegal detention, the essence of mass political imprisonment
FOR THE PAST 15-YEARS THESE MEN HAVE BEEN DETAINED WITHOUT EVEN THE PRETENSE OF A PRISON SENTENCE, HELD BY A GOVERNMENT IMPOSED AND CONTROLLED BY A FOREIGN POWER - THE UNITED STATES. THIS GOES TO PROVE THAT FROM THE VERY OUTSET THEIR IMPRISONMENT WAS POLITICAL AND ILLEGAL, THESE MEN WERE MADE "TERROR SUSPECTS" 30-YEARS BEFORE GOERGE BUSH AND DICK CHENEY MADE THE TERM UP. jUST LIKE MANY OF THE SO-CALLED "TERROR SUSPECTS" AT GUANTANAMO BAY, THIS MEN WERE SWEPT UP IN A WARLIKE U.S. INVASION OF THEIR COUNTRY. AND JUST LIKE WAS DONE TO THE SO-CALLED "TERROR SUSPECTS" AT GUANTANAMO BAY, THESE MEN WERE ALSO SUBJECTED TO "ENHANCED INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES," OR TORTURE. AND JUST LIKE WITH THE SO-CALLED "TERROR SUSPECTS" AT GUANTANAMO BAY THEIR CONTINUED DETENTION IS OUTSIDE OF ALL KNOWN LAW AND MORALITY.
MALIK, HANEEF, AND ABDUL where removed from THE GOLDEN GROVE PRISON in st. Croix and SPIRITED OFF TO THE CCA "BLACK SITE" IN ELOY, ARIZONA on March 2nd, along with over 145 of their fellow islanders. THERE THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN NEW PRISONER NUMBERS AND SUBJECT TO PRIVATE RULES NEGATIVELY IMPACTING THEir legal rights, Essentially to serve the purpose of Disappearing them from THEIR FAMILIES, AND SUPPORTERS.
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Update #1: In December 2015, the VI3 all filed petitions for the writ of habeas corpus showing that they have been illegally and indefinitely held by the U.S. government and its colonial administration since 2000-01. Their petitions where sent to Wilma Lewis,the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands, the same court through which they were prosecuted and imprisoned. point they were locked-down, while there was no process issued on their petitions, in violation of U.S. and International law on Human Rights.Update #2: On March 7, the Virgin Islands 3, along with 145 other senior prisoners like themselves, were hustled onto planes and flown to private prisons in Arizona and Florida. Fortunately, all three were sent to the same "prison center" in Eloy, Arizona. All have been given new "private prisoners" by the Corrections Corporations of America (CCA), essentially disappearing them back into the U.S. prison industrial complex. It has taken us nearly a month to locate Malik, after he disappeared upon his arrival in Arizona, we now have confirmation that he is alive.
Update #3: Thanks to the prompt assistance from a comrade who just so happens to be a lawyer, with the courts not responding we were finally able to access the court records long-. By this, as a result of engaging with the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands, we have shown that in fact that court is not a "U.S. constitutional court," it is a court "in name only" as declared by the U.S. Congress, and is not bound by the codes and oaths that all Article III judges are, it is accountable only to the U.S. congress and not U.S. law. This then explains way the chief judge of that court, Wilma Lewis, has been allowed to totally get away with violating habeas corpus and the due process clause of the U.S. constitution.
Update #4: At the end of January, more than a month after the petitions were filed and when Wilma Lewis was to have acted on them, she entered an "order" on a motion for protection filed by Malik with regard to the retribution they were being subjected to for filing the petitions. Lewis responded to the motion and not the petitions, mentioning them only in passing, Lewis attempted to engage in a shell-game of making the issue to appear as one of "conditions of confinement," rather than the legality of of the detention. Read Wilma's "Order"
Update #4: Upon the failure of Wilma Lewis, in late March 2916, ITJ filed a petition for habeas corpus to Theodore McKee, the chief judge of the U.S. Third Ciruit Court, on behalf of the three. The Third Circuit supposedly has supervisory judicial authority over the "District Court of the Virgin Islands," however, the "U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands" is not actually a U.S. federal court. It is a U.S. federal court "in name only," not by the U.S. constitution, it exists only under the U.S. congress and not the U.S. constitution in order to accommodate the imperialist aims of the U.S. in the Caribbean.
Update #5: Theodore McKee refused to respect and process the petition for habeas filed on behalf the three by Kwasi Seitu, prompting him to file a complaint against the misconduct of himself and Wilma Lewis to the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit, which Theodore McKee heads. Theodore McKee fails and refuses to process the habeas petition filed on behalf of the three. In the meantime ITJ sends a letter to Lewis exposing her criminality and putting her in place. Read the Letterc
Update #5: A complaint was just receently filed with the Judicial Council of the U.S. Third Ciruit against Wilma Lewis and Theodore McKee for the denial of due process on the habeas petitions. However, Theodore McKee heads the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit, with no appellate excess, since there has been no processing of the claims as required by U.S. and international law. See "Complaint"
INTERNATIONAL INTERVENTION REQUIRED TO HALT WIDESPREAD U.S. VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CARIBBEAN
Hanif Bey, Abdul Azziz, and Malik Bey, along with over 145 of their fellow islanders, are being illegally held under the criminal foreign rule of the United States, as are the whole of their people/ For 45-years these men have been imprisoned through the blatant violation of domestic and international law by the United States and its courts. This cause represents a concerted action by the U.S. government to perpetuate the illegal imprisonment and indefinite detention of the natural inhabitants of the isles it illegally "purchased" from Denmark. The VI3 case has always represented a challenge to the rule of pirates, made so by the U.S. over-response to an incident that it perceived as a native challenge to its imperialism. The question remains whether it was or not, and then would it have been justified from the view point of the oppressor, never mind the oppressed.
They are being denied all access to the rule of domestic and international law by the judiciary of the U.S., they have no access to "a court of law." The "U.S." District Court for the Virgin Islands has refused to process their petitions, while allowing the colonial regime to subject them to enhanced physical restraint for filing the petitions setting forth their immediate release and that of over 140 of their similarly situated natives. Theodore A. Mckee, chief judge of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, has refused to issue process, and has thus criminally obstructed a habeas petition filed on behalf of the three. the Just as Wilma Lewis criminally refused to process, and has been allowed to get away with the blatant violation of due process on petitions of habeas corpus.
Clearly, the U.S. government has no true regard for the "Rule of Law," its own or international when it comes to maintaining its criminal imperial empire. We need your support in raising, challenging, opposing, exposing, and organizing resistance to the actions of our oppressors.
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Haneef Bey on the AmeriKKKanization of the Islands
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It is an irrefutable historical fact that nearly all of the European nations invaded and destroyed nations they encountered in the western hemisphere, completely wiping out entire people. As like with "ISIS," they acted under a religious pretense that gave them the right to go out all around the non-White world and take whatever they wanted from non-Christian peoples they called "savages."
The Caribbean was first invaded by Spain, beginning with Christopher Columbus, then came the French, the British, and the Danish. The Danish "purchased" from the French three islands they re-named as the "Dutch West Indies," which both the French and Danish populated with kidnapped Africans as slaves. The British laid claim to most of the other islands to the south, along with Jamaica. The Spanish though had the three largest Caribbean islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and two-thirds of Hispaniola.
In 1885, the U.S. tried to get Denmark to sell its claims to it, but the Danes refused. However, after the U.S. had destroyed Spanish rule in the Caribbean and, invaded and Haiti, Denmark knew that its time in the Caribbean was up. In 1917, accepting the offer it could no longer resist, the Denmark crime family agreed to sell its claims in the Caribbean to the U.S. or otherwise, have them taken by force.
RACIST AND CRIMINAL CONTINUATION OF IMPOSING THE CELEBRATION OF "tRANSFER DAY" AS TO OPPOSE AND AVERT AN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Every March 31st in the "U.S. Virgin Islands" is recognized as "Transfer Day," making the day that the Danish West Indies were formally sold to the United States by Denmark. The U.S. then renamed its newly acquired property as the "U.S. Virgin Islands," becoming "America's Paradise" on March 31, 2017. And every year since that date the U.S. has required the Native to "celebrate" and there are many that joyously do so, while it is an affront to the dignity and Humanity of the majority population.
For example, the following is an excerpt from a description by GoToStCroix.com :
"...the 100th anniversary of Transfer Day, so special centennial events will be held to commemorate this auspicious anniversary. The U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commission has been formed to organize the Centennial Commemoration of Transfer Day. The Centennial Commemoration will be a territory-wide, multi-year observation with events and activities ranging from parades, concerts, and multi-cultural celebrations, to exhibitions and festivals featuring local art, dance, music, and food. The series of events is currently scheduled to start in 2015 and continue through December of 2017.
The goal of the festivities is to highlight the continuum of historical events and people of the U.S. Virgin Islands including the pre-Columbian period and indigenous inhabitants, Columbus and the arrival of the early Europeans, the settlement of the Danish West Indies, the forced migration of Africans, the transfer of the Virgin Islands to the United States, and the territory and it’s melting pot of people and culture today. To organize and prepare the Centennial Commemoration events, $500,000 in grant assistance has been provided under the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program to the U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commission.
When the grant was given, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina stated: ‘I am pleased to support Governor Kenneth Mapp, Congresswoman, Stacey Plaskett, the members of the Centennial Commission and the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands as they plan their celebration of this significant milestone in the history of US-Virgin Islands relations,’ said Kia’aina. ‘The next two years leading up to the actual Centennial Celebration presents a host of opportunities to showcase their rich history and heritage as well as the future of the Virgin Islands." GoToStCroix.com
The U.S. Declares that Natural Inhabitants of its "Territories" have no "fundamental rights"
(taken from Mother Jones 6/5/15; written by Pema Levy, Reporter MJ, email email@example.com)
Well, this is awkward. This month, five people from American Samoa—the only place in the world where babies born on US soil are denied US citizenship—argued in federal court that the government's refusal to grant them birthright citizenship violates the Constitution.
On the other side of the case is the Obama administration, which cited century-old Supreme Court decisions that spoke of "savage," "uncivilized," and "alien races"—and many legal scholars now see as outright racist—to justify continuing to deny citizenship to these US nationals.
Over the past century, Congress has passed laws guaranteeing birthright citizenship to residents of US territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. But American Samoa, a Pacific Island chain that is home to some 55,000 people, is the lone exception.
American Samoans are classified as noncitizen nationals. As a result, the increasing number of American Samoans living stateside are ineligible for many federal and state government jobs and benefits, including many military jobs, despite serving in the military at high rates.
They cannot vote or serve on juries. In many places, they cannot own firearms. They can apply for US citizenship—but in order to do so, they must leave American Samoa during the months- or years-long process, uprooting their lives and leaving their families and community behind while they wait for a decision.
Now a group of American Samoans is suing the Obama administration and the State Department, demanding birthright citizenship. Their argument in the case,Tuaua v. United States, is pretty straightforward: The 14th Amendment, passed in the wake of the Civil War, grants automatic citizenship to everyone born in the United States—whether in a state or a territory.
Lead plaintiff Leneuoti Tuaua, for example, is a retired public safety officer who was unable to serve as a police officer when he lived in California because he was not a citizen.
Many legal scholars agree that the amendment, which reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States," was intended to apply to people born in US territories.
Moreover, the amendment overturned Dred Scott v. Sanford, which "was heavily about the question of whether certain constitutional protections applied in the territories," says Stephen Vladeck, a constitutional law expert at the American University Washington College of Law. "The original meaning of the Citizenship Clause seems to be fairly categorical."
Lawyers for the Obama administration argue otherwise. To back up their case, they rely heavily on a series of Supreme Court decisions that many scholars now contend are not only bad law but also racist.
The decisions, known as the Insular Cases, date back to the early 20th century, when the US had just won the Spanish-American War and acquired Puerto Rico and the far-flung new territories of Guam and the Philippines.
The US acquired American Samoa in two parts in 1900 and 1904 as part of its continued expansion. But American political leaders had a problem: They wanted the United States to become a colonial power, but they didn't want to extend constitutional protections to the overwhelmingly nonwhite residents of the new territories. (As one of the friend-of-the-court brief in the current case notes, the Democratic Party's official platform in 1900 argued that "the Filipinos cannot be citizens without endangering our civilization.")
To solve that problem, the Supreme Court came up with a bizarre, racially minded solution. The court invented two categories of territory; the Constitution applied fully in "incorporated territories," such as Arizona, which were settled mostly by white people and destined for statehood, while much of the Constitution did not apply in "unincorporated territories," such as American Samoa, which were not considered candidates for statehood, largely because of their racial and ethnic makeup.
Justice Henry Brown—famous as the author of Plessy v. Ferguson, which gave the court's blessing to segregation—refers to the inhabitants of the new territories as "savage" and "alien races" in the Insular Cases.
Brown contended that Congress would treat the territories well because it was guided by "certain principles of natural justice inherent in the Anglo-Saxon character." His colleague, Justice Edward White, hypothesized in one case that granting citizenship to an "uncivilized race" in a new territory would "inflict grave detriment on the United States" from "the immediate bestowal of citizenship on those absolutely unfit to receive it."